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Identity Crisis [Library Binding]

Brad Meltzer , Rags Morales , Michael Bair
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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18 April 2008
In the tradition of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and "Kingdom Come" comes a murder mystery that will shake the foundations of everything you thought you knew about superheroes! When Elongated Man's wife is found murdered in the Justice League of America Watchtower, a secret is uncovered which could destroy the entire JLA - if some of their most powerful foes don't destroy them first! Superman, Batman, the Flash, and a host of other heroes must race to discover the killer...for it seems that their own friends and family are also under threat! Who will live? Who will die? And which heroes are implicated in the darkest secret of all?
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  • Library Binding: 288 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435261275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435261273
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 17 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,185,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a genuine comics landmark." -- Publisher's Weekly August 1st 2005

"This sharply illustrated dark soap opera deserves to be placed near the top of the canon." --The List 1-15 December 2005, review by David Pollock --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brad Meltzer is a newcomer to comics, but has a formidable reputation as a thriller writer. His novels The Tenth Justice, Dead Even and The First Counsel were all New York Times bestsellers. He is the current writer of Justice League of America. Rags Morales is the fan-favourite artist of Hawkman and JSA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who the hell is Sue Dibny? 1 Jan 2013
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER

"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 the scenery but aren't spotted despite Firehawk being on fire at night, watching an alley with a box in it, 2 gangsters, and a "super" villain who are somehow all connected. Sue Dibny, Elongated Man's wife, is preparing a surprise birthday for him so he's put on his tights and headed out into the night to give her room. But it's not going to be a happy birthday as she is about to murdered. Sue, it turns out, is the first in a line of family members of superheroes who are being targeted for some reason.

This first chapter... I think I could write an entire dissertation solely on how stupid this chapter is. First off - Elongated Man. Does anyone know who he is, let alone his wife? Does anyone care? His wife's dead - so what? We've just been introduced to these characters. Maybe you're one of the Silver Age readers who might remember these characters but I'm guessing most people coming to this book aren't, and I'm definitely one of them. But the response is hilarious. EVERYONE in the DCU mobilises as if their entire world is shook up. Sue Dibny is dead? SUE DIBNY? The correct response would've been "who?" but it seems she meant a great deal to everyone in the DCU despite not being a superhero and being the wife of a superhero called, yes, Elongated Man.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Era? 19 Aug 2005
Ever since the epochal Crisis on Infinite Earths Series in the mid-80s, DC have annually produced one 'event' series every year, crossing over into various other titles, wherein all the numerous superheroes of the DC Universe are brought together for some reason or another, like an alien attack in Invasion, or the death of the sun in Final Night. Sometimes these series have an important, long-ranging impact on the DC Universe, like the original Crisis. Other times they are just so much sound and fury, like Genesis or Zero Hour. Identity Crisis is 2004's big effort and falls somewhere in the middle.
The plot concerns the murder of Sue Dibny, the wife of the Elongated Man. Unable to catch her killer, the fear that someone has found out the secret identities of the superheroes and is targeting their family members draws the heroes closer together, and also causes old secrets to rise to the surface. The job of writing this fell to Brad Meltzer, most famous as a thriller novelist, whose only previous comic work (that I know of) is a well-received run on Green Arrow, who has a significant role in this. Meltzer proves with this series that he has a considerable aptitude for comic-book writing. His script is littered with memorable scenes, like the fight between Deathstroke and the Justice League. The murder mystery itself is compelling throughout the series, but, although there are clues and foreshadowing throughout, providing for a rewarding second reading, the revelation of the killer's identity was greeted with a general sense of disappointment when originally printed. It is an intriguing ending but not necessarily one that bears being examined too closely.
Identity Crisis is different from most of DC's big events in that it is very small scale.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An utter masterpiece 21 Feb 2007
This is what got me into comics. This story is amazingly powerful, more so than I thought a comic could ever obtain. I mean, how could something about guys in tights flying around make you really look at life?

But this graphic novel isn't about heroes in tights with amazing powers, its about the people behind those masks, with feelings and families.

Really, whether you are an avid comics fan or a first timer, read this. It will captivate you and suck you into the characters with the masterful storytelling and some extrememly powerful images. Not to be missed by anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! 10 Dec 2013
By Paul
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's been months since I've read Identity Crisis, but it's one thing that I feel deserves some praise.
It' not often I will pick up a Graphic Novel and read it all through in one sitting, the story drawn me in after the first issue.
One of DC's best mini series which doesn't include major roles for the likes of Batman and Superman.
I highly recommend this to any comic book fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really yanking at the heart strings 26 Sep 2013
By Morgan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had this on my 'must read' list for months and I finally got around to it. Can I just say 'WOW!' This is definitely my favourite story arc I've read because it's funny when it isn't tearing your heart out. Beautifully written and so emotive that I cried twice while reading it. Even if you know what' coming up, it still catches you off guard.
A must-read for all DC fans, honestly (especially since it focuses on family/personal relationships rather than SOLELY being heroes)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique comic book 15 Aug 2012
This is a comic that will be hard for me to review as it is unlike any comic book DC has published before.
At the time of its original release the book gained a lot of attention due to the writer being Brad Meltzer, a Bestselling American author of murder mystery books.

I said that this will be a hard book for me to review as in most of my reviews I like to give a brief summary of the plot but I feel like I cant with this one. Mentioning any part of this story will ruin the plot and in a murder mystery it is very important to let the reader experience the story without knowledge of what will happen.
All I will say about the story is that an event happens which emotionally effects the entire justice league and forces them to look at how they view their families and friends, this leads to a lot of great moments with characters such as batman, green arrow and the flash.
The book reads like it is just a comic book adaptation of a murder mystery novel which is what some people say is a problem but I really enjoy it, it makes the book feel unique and with the amount of comics that I have read that is saying a lot.
Some critics said originally that the book was a bit too dark and the writer treated certain characters like they weren't important but the people who criticised it for that were people that followed comics for a long time while I've only been reading comics for 5 years so to me these things didn't really hinder my enjoyment.

The art has a couple of bad moments, superman for example looks a bit odd is some panels however everything else is pretty much great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Great story,and and as expected fantastic artwork,this is one of the best JLA stories I have read recently.I didnt see the twist coming at the end of it! Read more
Published 19 months ago by nafnamtab
4.0 out of 5 stars DC murder mystery!
Identity Crisis is a very enjoyable and reasonably straight forward comic book. It's a murder mystery that follows most of the DC Universe characters uncovering various details as... Read more
Published on 15 May 2012 by j.r
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
Before I can say anything else about this book, I have to say that the art isn't really to my taste. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by Miss L. Bruce-Kerr
1.0 out of 5 stars Revisionist Guff
5 stars? Surely not?

This attempts to make the DC universe grim and gritty, to suggest that some of the villains are nasty pieces of work who rape people, and the heros... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2009 by Stephen Balchin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Identity Crisis is masterful. A superb story with great interaction of characters and outstanding art and writing. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2009 by Gavin S. Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars You will never see these Superheroes in the same light again!!
What would you do if as a superhero, someone knew your secret identity and chose to attack and kill your family? Read more
Published on 19 July 2008 by Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
I have avoided many DC comics titles for many years, being sick of the cosmic scale stries that look pretty but have no depth. Then came Identity Crisis. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2008 by K. A. Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading
I am still relatively new to graphic novels in general, and the DC Universe in particular, with this being the first one I have ever read but I must say it has definitely inspired... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2007 by T. R. Alexander
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