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Identity Crisis [Paperback]

Brad Meltzer , Rags Morales
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Aug. 16 2006
The most talked-about and successful DC Comics miniseries of 2004 is now available in a stunning hardcover volume!New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer delivers an all-too-human look into the lives of super-heroes and the terrible price they pay for doing good.

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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.)
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Grade 10 Up–After the tragic death of Sue Debny, the wife of the Elongated Man, the members of the Justice League of America and most of the DC superheroes are brought together to investigate. Sues murder is unsettling for a couple of reasons: she was a friend, and whoever committed the crime knew enough personal information to be able to sneak past security. Even more troubling are the letters that the family members of other heroes receive, indicating that they are the next targets. The superheroes split into teams to follow the leads that they are most suited to solve. The novel asks: how far do you go to protect your loved ones? What if everything you stand for goes against your need to protect your family? The story moves quickly and the full-color artwork is splendid. Morales captures human emotion in such a way that he breathes life and authenticity into the characters. The coloring job is superb: the dark, somber tones perfectly set the mood. Some of the action occurs offscreen, such as the flashback to Sues rape, making what happens even more dramatic and powerful. Featuring a good mystery, great fight scenes, and good writing, Identity Crisis is an exciting read for fans of the DC universe.–Erin Dennington, Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of DC' s best Nov. 3 2013
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If you have heard of the elongated man, this story will make him one of your favourite characters. The moral dilemma that is presented and the twists and turns flow naturally.
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DC Comics' Identity Crisis has been acclaimed by critics and fans. The rationale for its success can be attributed to the following main reasons;

1) an engrossing plot line that is skilfully written
2) beautiful art work
3) a gripping story that has impact on the characters

This is why Identity Crisis will also be considered a standard twenty years from now.

The pacing is over-the-top while the passion of the characters is felt with emotions running high in their search for the culprit(s). Meltzer makes us care about Elongated Man's pain, Robin's intense reaction to his inability in rescuing the most important person of his life as well as The Atom's poignant reaction towards the murderer.

While the script contains strong elements, it is Meltzer's ability to manipulate the reader with the heroes and villains' characterization that makes him capture our imagination. After battering our senses with death and tragedy, Meltzer hits it out of the ballpark with the final act. Life and the human sprit endure for our heroes despite the loss of their loved ones. They all come to terms with it in their own time and manner with the aftermath of the situation. The interaction between Superman and his mother, Nightwing attempting to reach out to Robin in his hour of need or Elongated Man coping with his grief gives the story the proper closure that makes this series an instant classic.

A powerful script does not make a great comic. There....

....I said it and am glad that I did because it is the truth point blank. Many argue that visual is not important or secondary to which I have to wonder why they bother with comic books instead of a novel in the first place.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow very impressed Nov. 2 2006
Format:Paperback
To preface my review I haven't quite finished reading it yet, I am on the last chapter. Anyway a friend and I routinely buy graphic novels and trade them back and forth to read. This was one of his, and I wish I had bought it!

Very basically this is a mystery murder graphic novel featuring the superheros from the DC universe. Someone is killing off their loved ones and the heros are desprete to find out who it is and stop them.

This has to be one of my favorite graphic novels of all time so far. Up there with Batman: Dark knight returns, and Kingdom come, and the Watchmen. You get a glimpse of the darker sides of superheros, and I found it to be an emotionally wrought read. Buy this one, I doubt you will be disappointed.
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