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Identity Crisis

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by Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales, Joss Whedon

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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


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 terrible price they pay for doing good.

When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets! But before the mystery is fully solved, a number of long-buried secrets rise to the surface, threatening to tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice.

Bonus features include extended commentary by Meltzer and Morales, the rest of the creative team talking about their favorite moments, a look at Morales's sketchbook and more!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
This seven-issue miniseries by bestselling author Meltzer (The Zero Game) was both wildly popular and reviled, and the collection shows that both views have merit. It does knock the rust off scores of DC characters while opening avenues to explore post-9/11 morality. On the other hand, it trashes the roles of characters whom readers have come to consider old friends and tampers outrageously with years' worth of continuity. The story begins shockingly when the wife of the minor super hero Elongated Man is brutally murdered. Things get increasingly serious as other members of the Justice League of America find that their loved ones are targets. The super villains are a lot nastier than they used to be; the heroes, meanwhile, are forced to admit that they could have been responsible for some of what's gone wrong when they started tampering with the minds of villains who deserved it or even fellow heroes who merely disapproved of the idea. This makes familiar heroes more morally ambiguous-more human-and the old, easy trust is lost, with long-term consequences still to be revealed in future DC story lines. In the meantime, Meltzer's script and Bair's inking of Morales's penciled art serves the realistic aspect of the characters very well, making this book a genuine comics landmark. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
This top-selling, expertly written and drawn mystery has become a flashpoint for superhero fans. When Sue Dibny, wife of the Elongated Man, is brutally murdered, the world's heroes-Superman, Batman, Nightwing, and many others-head out to find the killer, hoping that their own loved ones won't be next. But Flash and Green Lantern uncover a secret in the past of Sue and the Justice League-a secret which, had it not been hidden, would have torn the super-group apart, and which still might do so. Meltzer, author of popular prose thrillers such as The Zero Game, is a long-standing superhero fan, and the dialog and interaction he writes for the heroes is excellent. Penciller Morales, inked by Bair, does strong work in the traditional idealized realism of superhero comics, with an extra measure of grit and emotion added. But long-time fans are liable to balk at the book's revelation, feeling that it badly taints favorite characters and fondly remembered stories. Still, this story has had great impact on DC's current output, making it a must-read for many. Recommended for all collections, but with a rape scene (depicted without nudity), it's for mid-teens and up. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and several other top selling political thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad has been on the bestseller list for his nonfiction, advice, children’s books, and graphic books. He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was on the Columbia Law Review.

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B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University

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Identity Crisis 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Theus More than 1 year ago
I have always been in love with the DC characters that we all grew up on but one of the problems is that many of the stories have already been done. Identity Crisis takes the classic 'who dun it' mystery and gives it a modern and super-hero twist. I have never read a story (in a comic book) that is so touching and personal to the point that you could relate to the character and even almost cry. This is an important story line for the DC universe and should not be missed. On a side note I do believe that DC and all comic book companies should put warnings on their covers. This story has some very adult themes and situations that I really don't think children under the age of 14-15 should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have heard about this story recently and saw it became available for the nook and purchased it. What a story! I never knew the DC characters could get so dark. I am glad that DC has opened up their library to almost all platforms now. Dont miss this book.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Brad Meltzer, who is one of my favorite authors, pens a fantastic murder mystery that flashes back to untold parts of JLA history and hits like a punch to the gut. I think his version of both Ollie and Wally were spot on and the shocks and reveals were astounding here. Rags Morales did an outstanding job on pencils. He makes each character identifiable whether in costume or out. Overall, whether you are a DC fan or not, this is a must read.
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The monumental seven issue limited series 'Identity Crisis' is finally collected into one large hardcover volume and loaded with extras. This series, which sparked controversy among long time fans of the Justice League, casts the moralistic league in a new, and rather dark light. In many ways Identity Crisis serves to out do Marvel Comics at its own game of showing the frailty of superheroes, long their trademark. As the story unfolds, Sue Dibney, the wife of the Elongated Man has been murdered, and her body badly burned. The Didney's home was outfitted with the most advanced security systems available and yet the killer got in and left without a single clue. Even the combined abilities of Mister Miracle, The Atom, The Ray, The Metal Men, and Animal Man cannot find even the slightest trace of a clue. After the funeral, attended by most of the heroes of the DC universe, teams are formed to track down villains who use fire as a power and soon the Teen Titans, The Outsiders, The JSA, the old JLI, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, and others are hot on the trail of the suspects. But another group meets in secret...a group including Green Arrow, Hawkman, Black Canary, Zatanna, Atom, and the Elongated Man. When The Flash sneaks in on the meeting he learns of a startling revelation. Years earlier, in the League's satellite headquarters, Sue Dibney was alone stargazing when she was attacked and sexually assaulted by Doctor Light. The maniacal Light then threatened the wives of the other members so this group, without the knowledge of Superman or Batman, had Zatanna perform a magical lobotomy on Doctor Light, but only after a divided vote among the members with The Flash (Barry Allen) providing the deciding vote. The Flash is outraged but reluctantly joins the group in their search for Light. Meanwhile Jean Loring, the ex-wife of Ray Palmer (The Atom) is attacked and hung but survives. Again no clues can be found. Now all of the heroes with family are on edge. Someone is targeting their loved ones. Is it Doctor Light, or another villain? Identity Crisis presents a divided league and one were not uses to seeing. Wally cannot believe that Barry Allen would have voted to mess with Light's mind. What's interesting is how the members are more afraid of Batman finding out about what they did than Superman. Some fans may look at this as tainting the reputation of the JLA but on the other hand this is not the 1960's anymore. It's a harsh world we live in and writer Brad Meltzer has reflected this among the JLA members. The art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair is just gorgeous. The battle with Deathstroke was among the most dynamic I've seen in years. Bair has been a favorite of mine since his days on the Young All-Stars. He's an extremely underrated talent. The book features an introduction by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and also features commentary by Meltzer and Morales on specific scenes such as why Batman was not in attendance at Sues funeral, the seating arrangement of the heroes at the funeral, and the science involved in the battle with Deathstroke. They also discuss the scene where Sue is sexually assaulted by Doctor Light and how the colors by Alex Sinclair show the cold tragedy of the scene. This commentary truly helps the reader understand the story in greater depth. Finally there's also a cover gallery of the various variant covers that were produced. Identity Crisis in many ways is an even more important series than the namesake Crisis on Infinite Earths from the 1980's. While that series ultimately generated little change to the DC universe outside of the Death of Barry Allen, Identity Crisis is a story that could have lingering effects for years to come. Reviewed by Tim Janson
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was easily one of the greatest stories the DC universe has ever told. The death of a major character and the unvailing of the dark secrets of DC's greatest hereos. From Dr. Light to Deathstroke, the villians steal the show in this masterpiece. The issue were Deathstroke takes apart the JLA one by one is one of the best issues ever written. If you enjoy comics and great stories pick up this graphic novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great graphic novel. I used to love comics when I was a kid but have not picked one up in years. This book was better than anything I remember as a kid. I was excited to discover that the author used complex themes and situations that the 'superheroes' encounter on a personal level. You are totally hooked on the story once you read the words and see the beautiful drawings and ink work. You really get involved with the characters.. you are rooting for the superheroes on a personal level and forget the whole saving the world angle. Great Buy!