Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer

Identity Crisis

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) to deliver an all-too-human look into the lives of super-heroes, and the terrib...

Details Identity Crisis

TitleIdentity Crisis
Release DateAug 16th, 2006
PublisherDC Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Comic Book, Fiction

Reviews Identity Crisis

  • Anne
    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 abou...
  • Alejandro
    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 MeltzerIllustrator: Rags MoralesCovers: Michael Turner HOW FAR YOU'LL GO TO PROTECT YOUR SECRETS? Superheroes (at least many of them) depend of the privacy of their secret identities, but some time to time, it's unavo...
  • Sr3yas
    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! Premise Remember Elongated man (AKA Ralph Dibny) of Justice League? No? Well, neither do anyone. Let's just...
  • Ozan
    This 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... ...
  • James DeSantis
    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 D...
  • Donovan
    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 va...
  • Dan Schwent
    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 per...
  • FotisK
    Πολύ καλή ιστορία και σκίτσο. Απολαυστικό.
  • Sam Quixote
    “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 s...
  • Gianfranco Mancini
    One of darkest and best DC comics I've ever read.The death of an hero's wife.The death of ideals.The death of a dream.This and much more in this amazing murder mistery tale, and the ending is going to shock you for good. Twice.Never read about Elongated Man before buying this hardback in a comics-buying-rampage at a convention here in Rome last month, but in a few pages the author made me love poor Ralph and Sue (ok, she was another DC "woman in ...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    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.
  • Chelsea
    Law and Order: Justice LeagueSo, this has a wonderful start. Like an extremely memorable start because it reminds me of the start of a good one shot crime thriller. It pulled me in, used a narrative that was compelling and it set up an interesting plot. Unfortunately, it kind of went downhill for me once we really got into Dr. Light's possible motives.I'll get into a bit of why I hate sexual assault as a plot device further in because I told myse...
  • Lono
    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 “rai...
  • Roxanne
    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...
  • Robert
    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...
  • StoryTellerShannon
    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.
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.One of the best things about superhero stories is the writers that can give these an edge so sharp that it could cut right into your emotions and make you bleed with passion. Not every story has to follow a conventional structure. When it comes to DC Comics, you can find just about all kinds of style, and this seven-part graphic novel looks to give superheroes an emotional touch that will leave y...
  • kartik narayanan
    Identity Crisis has been my favorite TPB ever since I read it about 10 years back. I had the opportunity to re-read this week and my feeling about it has not changed an iota.I still consider it to have one of the best story lines pertaining to superheroes, period. There are a lot of themes explored here - why secret identities are important, how heroes & villains have to live with the consequences of their actions, how the lines are crossed somet...
  • Sesana
    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.T...
  • Jedi JC Daquis
    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 a...
  • Travis
    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 ...
  • J
    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 com...
  • 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, ...
  • Edwina
    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 ho...
  • David Church
    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!
  • Gavin
    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...
  • Chris
    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 ...
  • Martin
    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) Fir...
  • Will Robinson Jr.
    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 fict...
  • Jonathan
    This is definitely one of the best comics I have ever read. The art and the writing are both top-notch.