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Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer
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Nov 15, 2011

This is the graphic novel that changed my perspective on the entire genre. Identity Crisis is a psychological thriller written by Brad Meltzer that infused characters seen only as action icons with depth and humanity. The murder of Elongated Man’s wife Sue Dibney leads the entire superhuman community on a search for the criminal who is infiltrating the homes of superheroes (even those with guarded identities) and attempting to murder their loves ones only to find it is the person they least expected. This novel played with an ocean of elements with suspense, action and mystery to name a few. The most impressive point to me lays in the humanizing of his characters; characters that a lot of people don’t ever see as human. The story was a step above the other DC Crises because the story revolved around the one point each and every person can identify with: Fear. Meltzer attacked the families of superheroes because that is where each is most vulnerable. The most nuanced example of humanity came from the fact that each hero was often called by their original name, referring to the vulnerability in their persona. Superman was virtually invincible but Clark was trembling with fear over Lois. As a writer, I learned that creating flaws in your characters are the heart of making them believable. This book had an amazing plethora of dynamics but without the characters to believe in, so many would have been in vain.
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