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Identity Crisis (Identity Crisis #1-7)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  17,564 Ratings  ·  599 Reviews
The most talked-about and successful miniseries of 2004 the story that has created ripple effects throughout the DC Universe for many years to come is now available in a stunning hardcover volume! New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (GREEN ARROW) teams with artists Rags Morales & Michael Bair (WONDER WOMAN) and cover artist Michael Turner (SUPERMAN/BATMAN) ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 16th 2006 by DC Comics (first published 2004)
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Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a Secret Identity
This is one of my favorites, and (to me) it still holds up after multiple re-readings.
Word of warning: People seem to either love it or hate it.
Obviously, I'm in the Love It! section, but that doesn't necessarily mean you will.


How many of you out there know who Elongated Man is?
Better yet, of those of you who know, how many of you care what happens to him? Thought so. Well, if you read Identity Crisis, you will find yourself caring not only about him, but his wife, Sue, as well. As it turns out
Solid story and a personal favorite!

I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be able to make a better overall review.

This TPB edition collects "Identity Crisis" #1-7.

Creative Team:

Writer: Brad Meltzer

Illustrator: Rags Morales

Covers: Michael Turner


Superheroes (at least many of them) depend of the privacy of their secret identities, but some time to time, it's unavoidable that some supervillain would find out thei
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do you remember 2015's Viral image that broke the Internet?

*Blue and Black for me*

Identity crisis is the graphic novel equivalent of THE dress. I went through rating & reviews of my GR friends and there was scarcely any 3-star review! It's either five or four (Majority, like Blue and Black) and then straight to one or two!

Well, that's odd!

Remember Elongated man (AKA Ralph Dibny) of Justice League? No? Well, neither do anyone. Let's just say he is revised and reintroduced in Identit
James DeSantis
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This might be one of my favorite comics I've ever read from DC. I can see why some might not like it. It retcons things, it changes the past of characters, and it's far darker than most DC comics. When Elongated Man's wife is murdered every superhero (well almost every) goes on a hunt to find out who it is. This is when we begin to dig deep into the past of the JLA.

The main characters of this series (or event I guess) are Green Arrow/Wally/Tim Drake/Bruce/Clark. They get the most attention anyw
Aug 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
That book just sucked the life and joy out of me while i was reading it... i like dark but that's halloween dark... the fun stuff... but this comic book is just not that dark but a drag. Did they try to make a more realistic story ? may be this was the goal... ? as far as realistic goes, all the realist writers put great amount of humor in their books cause life has humor in it and they don't want you to feel terrible when you read their book... but this book had no humor... it was straight out ...more
Mad Tom
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope

Not my favorite. It has some serious problems, like the Dibneys, mistreatment of female characters, and the mystery. And although I found myself getting excited for the mystery, the big reveal was pretty lame.

Firstly. Who the hell is Sue Dibny? I think it's safe to say the average reader doesn't know who she is. I can't remember ever reading about her, and I've only seen the Elongated Man (worst superhero name ever, by the way) a few times in various events and crossovers. In my research I disc
Dan Schwent
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Elongated Man's wife is murdered and the search for her killer opens up a whole can of worms involving super-villains having their memories erased.

The best comics are the ones that are about something. Starman is about stepping into your father's shoes. Sandman is about stories. The Watchmen is about how power corrupts. This one is a mystery that raises a lot of ethical questions. Meltzer's writing is really good and Rags Morales's art is the perfect fit. Having Green Arrow being one of the main
Sam Quixote
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
“Identity Crisis” is probably one of the most baffling event books I’ve ever read. By turns it’s unintentionally funny, confusing, and ultimately pointless. At its core, it is a deeply cynical story and seems to be DC’s attempt at Watchmen-ifying the DCU - and utterly failing.

It opens with two unfamiliar characters speaking atop a rooftop: Elongated Man (yes that really is his name!) and Firehawk, a pair who look like the most generic superheroes ever created. They are failing to blend in with t
Crystal Starr Light
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bullet Review:

Very decent. I saw in a friend's review that it felt a lot like Watchmen, and I concur. For whatever reason, all the elements worked for me; in particular, I grew really fond of Green Arrow/Ollie. It's also overdramatic and pretentious as hell, but there's worse out there.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon an absolute edition Identity Crisis super-cheap and couldn’t pass it up, as I remembered liking this when it originally came out years ago. I still enjoyed it.

Both Sam's (Sam's review) and Martin's(Martin's review)reviews did an excellent job at pointing out a couple of things that might make this slightly over-rated collection a disappointment for some. Relatively unknown characters, melodrama oozing from every page, the “rainbow of interior monologue captions” throughout, as we
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
You just know when the first page is literally everyone crying that you made a terrible decision.

Luckily however it is a really good read and worth the emotional trauma and you totally get pulled into the story straight away. It's pretty much packed with a shit ton of characters as they try to figure out who is targeting their relatives. I could have done with a little more Aquaman because i felt like everyone else got a say and had their little 'it's my turn to play detective now' but Arthur a
This tale looks at superheroes and the people they love and how they protect them.

When a loved one is in great danger the JLA and JSA jump into action and we get to see their diverging viewpoints.

Easily in the top ten for JLA/JSA stories.

OVERALL GRADE: A minus to A.
Back when it first came out, Identity Crisis was getting a lot of very positive press, and it's obvious why. It's a crossover event that's very well-written and has an intensely personal, emotional, and even relateable story. Unlike pretty much every other crossover event I can think of, it's about love, loss, grief, and making the right and moral choice when there is no right and moral choice. Powerful stuff. Oh, and it's a murder mystery, too.

The murder mystery falls by the wayside over and ov
Jedi JC Daquis
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Instead of going grand like its other Crisis siblings, Identity Crisis goes deep. And it hurts.

Elongated Man's wife is murdered and someone has to pay for it. As the superheroes find out the person responsible, filthy secrets about our beloved characters are laid bare. Brad Meltzer has effectively humanized many DC heroes and villains, putting them in a situation where their superpowers are close to being useless and playing with their emotions as if you were reading a novelized drama anthology.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Can Guess My Secret Identity
Recommended to Robert by: Rachel
Shelves: dc
This book came highly recommended (thanks, Rachel), and now I can see why!

What has always been a key feature of the Supers, particularly of the DC Comics variety? Maintaining those pesky secret identities, of course! so when the wife of a long-serving Justice Leaguer is found murdered, our heroes go into overdrive wondering whose loved one might be next to be targeted.

Brad Meltzer also writes those wordy things called, em, novels so the scripting could have suffered from being overly wordy, but
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy, dc-comics, 2016
Brad Meltzer surprised me with this, because somehow he turned Elongated Man (who?) into a compelling character.

This was a little reminiscent of Watchmen's, especially in the deep cynicism department. I don't want to reveal much about the plot other than that THIS is why we don't tell people our secret identities (I'm looking at you Civil War.) Basically Elongated Man's wife is murdered, setting off a ripple of fear throughout the superhero community.

The characterization was great, and I feel
Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
So, I literally just read this entire thing in one sitting. I started it and kept telling myself "just one more page" till there were no more pages to turn. Wasn't quite sure of what to expect as opinions on this one seem quite polarized, but it's one of my favorites of every comic I've ever read -- hands down. It reminds me why I read comics, or rather any book for that matter; I want to be challenged to think on things I normally try to avoid, or that just never make their way in on a normal d ...more
Jul 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-books
A mystery novel of a comic book that relies on writing numerous DC heroes out of character as well as some fairly tasteless bits involving a villain.
Manages to suck most of the fun and nobility out of the Justice League, as well as setting a trend for some really dark, dreary stories that relied on forced plot twists to make them work.

Another prime example of the genre I like to call 'if it's going to be realistic then lots of characters must be unpleasant and have lots of really horrible things
May 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now THAT is how you write a quality comic book. The artwork is spectacular -- there's scarcely a panel wasted, not one that isn't very dramatically blocked and quite a few that are right up there with great moments on film. The story is gripping and written with a surprisingly careful hand. Too often, comic book writers remake the characters they inherit in order to ink their own private childhood fantasies. Meltzer, on the other hand, did his homework and took the time to parse out the many fac ...more
David Church
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Still one of my all-time favorite graphic novels. Brad Meltzer takes a storyline that "goes" there. Very controversial story. Loved how he brought this story to life with more twists and turns than a curvy road. I still reread this graphic novel frequently, in video game terms, this book has a high replay value. 5 stars!
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I tremendously enjoyed this. However, I can see how some would see it as trying way too hard to make things dark. That being said, that's not my opinion, but I do know what they mean. I'm just taking this story as what it is.
A story about the Justice League, and what it means, and how on Earth it has been able to stand this long, and a look at some of the dirty little secrets that come out about how it has been maintained.
It's also interesting to see a JL story where the Big 3 (Supes/Bats/WW) ar
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful and emotionally charged, Identity Crisis offers a hard-hitting narrative that humanises the superhero genre. Ralph Dibny, otherwise known as Elongated Man is one of a small number of superheroes with a publicly-known identity. When his wife Sue is murdered in their home, the heroes of the DC universe are sent into a frenzy of despair. A small group confront the initial suspect, bringing secrets to light that challenge the Justice League members and their personal beliefs. As the mystery ...more
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Read the 10th Anniversary edition, years after my first read-through, and I find that my original review/impressions of this book still hold. The art still bugged me. It wasn't terrible per se, but there were -at times - some issues with proportions and continuity, but who am I to complain? Rags Morales is a successful comic book artist and I'm not. The book wasn't without its surprises, though. For example: I'd fortgotten that (the original) Firestorm dies* in this story - oops, spoiler alert ( ...more
This is definitely one of the best comics I have ever read. The art and the writing are both top-notch.
Will Robinson Jr.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A truly haunting tale that hits you emotionally. Just finished reading Identity Crisis and it quite possibly one of the greatest comic book stories I a have ever read. How I have never read this book since getting back into comics in early 2011 really escapes me. It just goes to show you that not only was Marvel doing amazing stories in the early 2000s but DC Comics was knocking it out of the park as well. The editorial decision to get famed fiction author Brad Meltzer to write for DC Comics was ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was ok

Wasn't really a fan! So, no Darkseid, no alternate timelines, no parallel earths, just a murder mystery! So long story short, the Elongated Man's wife Is killed, and the ongoing theme is about how the heroes protect their loved ones! We find out that certain heroes have been wiping the minds of super villains, to protect their loves ones after Dr. Light tried to do something unsettling, but was stopped; ya this a very mature story, I would expect that in a else worlds story like
Aug 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
I wanted to like this more, but I just never really got that into it. Interesting idea, maybe if I'd read more DC comics growing up I would have been more interested in this.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest graphic novels ever written. It is an utter tragedy, in the Greek tradition, but it is so well done. You will never regret reading this book.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars for an amazing, interesting, heartbreaking, and morally questioning story. I didn't love the art, which is why I'm dropping this down to a 4.5, but otherwise this was a fantastically well-done story. It's one of the few superhero graphic novels that successfully brings everyone together and gives each main character their own time, development, and purpose.
I especially like how Green Arrow tells this story to Wally & the addition (and subtraction) of Batman in the original ta
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even g ...more
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