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Identity Crisis Paperback – Aug 16 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1 edition (Aug. 16 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401204589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401204587
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.1 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The IDENTITY CRISIS mystery uses all of Mr. Meltzer's skills as a thriller novelist." -- The New York Times

"If it's been ages since you read a superhero comic, start with this one." -- The New York Post

"A genuine comics landmark." -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Brad Meltzer is a name that is instantly synonymous with the term "creative visionary." Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, this graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School had received 24 rejection letters for his first novel, Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires and The Zero Game. He is also co-creator of the TV show Jack & Bobby  -- and the author of the critically acclaimed comic book IDENTITY CRISIS and GREEN ARROW: THE ARCHER'S QUEST. He got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf -- published by Kinko's. The first comic book Brad ever read was JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #150 (1978). He was seven years old. Needless to say, it changed his life. Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife and his comic book collection. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
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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Easily one of the best stories put out by DC in recent years. There are elements of tragedy and mystery, all surrounding a very controversial decision made by the JLA which threatens to cause a serious divide.

Identity Crisis spotlights several B or even C list heroes instead of focusing primarily on the trinity. This story legitimately changed the status quo of the DC universe as a whole for quite some time with its consequences spilling out across several other books.

The Verdict: great art, great story, highly recommended!
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The story, the art, just great. It shows that even super heroes aren't perfect. In that sense it borrows a bit from the Watchmen. A mysterious crime, a cover-up and the grim side of the superhero biz. Plus you get to learn more about some of the lesser-known DC Universe characters, which is a good thing. It's smart and intriguing. It all makes for a engrossing read and, as far as I'm concerned, a classic.
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I got this upon recomendation from a friend. As a non DC fan I didnt really know too much about the characters or vilians but I absolutly loved this book. I loved how it was written and the emotional rollercoaster it took me through. There is a "surprise" ending that completely rocked me. I highly recomend this to anyone!
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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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