Identity Crisis (New Edition)

Identity Crisis (New Edition)

by Brad Meltzer


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#1 New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (The President’s Shadow, House of Secrets) delivers a look into the all-too-human lives of superheroes when the spouse of a member of the Justice League of America is brutally murdered.

With one of their own dead, the entire superhero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets. But before the mystery is fully solved, long-buried secrets of the heroes rise to the surface, threatening to tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice.
Rife with mystery, intrigue and tragedy, Meltzer brings the nuance and suspense of a mystery novel to the printed page, turning our conception of the mythological Justice League on its head and showing the deep humanity in our favorite heroes. With pencils by the divine Rags Morales, Identity Crisis is one of the great tales in League lore.
Collects Identity Crisis #1-7.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401263133
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 90,583
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Brad Meltzer is the author of the New York Times bestselling thrillers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires and The Zero Game. His first comic book work was Green Arrow: The Archer's Quest but his breakout success came with the critically acclaimed Identity Crisis illustrated by Rags Morales. He has recently followed up with the best-selling run writing the adventures of the Justice League of America illustrated by Ed Benes.



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New York, New York


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

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Identity Crisis 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 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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Don’t know who most of the characters are, but still enjoyed the story. Melt zero is a great writer.
harpua on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I used to be big into comics years ago, even had my own mail order business I attempted to start up when the internet was in it's infancy. I've since fallen out of the industry and have fallen way behind on my story lines. I've since been trying to pick up some trade paperbacks to try and get caught up. I've yet to read any of Brad Meltzer's novels, though I've got a few on the shelf and am looking forward to getting to them some day soon, so when I saw this story I was excited to get into it. I wasn't disappointed, here was a story that held me entranced throughout and I finished this in one sitting. The artwork was superb and as with most comics, enhanced the story, set the pacing, built the suspense and entertained in it's own way. The problem I had with this book were of my own creation. I was too far out of the stories to truely understand what was going on or why. While this is a standalone series and I didn't need to keep up with the characters, I really felt no sympathy for them either. Most of the characters that starred in this, were side characters in series that I didn't follow before anyway. The ones I enjoyed back in the day, were really sideline characters in this one, so in that I was a bit disappointed, but as I said that was my failing no the authors. If you enjoy comics and even have a passing interest in the characters and story, pick this up it will be worth it.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really surprised to see the love/hate thing going on for this one but I guess it's one of those "say anything you want about me just spell my name right" things. It was a big event and a lot of stories fed off it. I haven't read any of the other stories (though I have on in my bag waiting) but this one was fun for me. There was suspense, action, mystery, moral dilema's, murder and yes rape. Some people complained about it being too adult, too dark etc... but really that's what I want in a comic. I don't want to read Robin saying "Golly gee Batman...". So yes this one's not for the kiddies but really much the writing today really isn't. Maybe some comics just hide it better, like the sexual innuendo in Shrek, so that the kids just don't get it. I loved both the teamwork and the division between the superheroes. I liked the glimpse into the "day in the life of a super villian". I liked them making fun of the Calculator's old costume. Lots of cool stuff and that's not even mentioning the killer art. So if you're a purist or squeamish you might want to avoid this one. Otherwise dig in and have fun with it.
Shmuel510 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(Warning: review contains spoilers.)I knew nothing at all about this going into it; I found it at the library, mistakenly assumed from the title that it was one of DC's periodic let's-retcon-the-uni/multiverse series, and decided to give it a shot.It ain't perfect. You need to suspend your disbelief to the breaking point to buy several of the plot developments, including the final explanation. For once, I found that I was pulled along enough to ignore the inconsistent and nonsensical bits, but I wouldn't blame anybody else for not being able to.Between Sue's death and her rape, women-in-refrigerators would seem to be in play, though one might argue that offing Robin's dad and Captain Boomerang¿yes, I think both count¿provides gender parity there. Still, it would have been nice had there been a strong, well-rounded, non-insane female character in the book who didn't die in the first chapter. In particular, Zantanna might have been used as more than a plot device.Still... if you can get past all that, it's an engaging read, the art is excellent, and it adds some nice shades of gray to the goody-goody Justice League.
wikiro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would have to say I'm surprised I usually dislike comics pretty bad but this one had me reading it again. Only Watchman has ever interested me that much. Its deep and interesting without the little drama innuendos that annoy you in a dramatic work of literature. They stay to the story ties and not give you surprise added drama but a surprise ending instead.
mattypsaidso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written by novelist Brad Meltzer, this trade takes on some pretty tough issues. Dealing with the murder of one of the JLA members' wives, Meltzer paints an intricate and somewhat disturbing tale. Very intense and very well done. I found it pretty affecting,and pretty emotionally stirring.
KevlarRelic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ah, Identity Crisis. I bought you because I had never been in a comic book store before, and I was afraid that the geeks playing WARHAMMER ONE TRILLION would set themselves upon me if I left without buying something.Never before has fear of a stereotyped group been so fortuitous. You are a great book IC (may I call you IC?). You are beautifully drawn. Your plot is very interesting and moving in a human way. I am so glad I met you.
aproustian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alex Sinclair's coloring is to die for, and the story's excellent, too. Delves into some of the lesser DC superheros' morals and motivations.
bigorangemichael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Endorsed by Joss Whedon, this is graphic novel collects the seven issues of the Identity Crisis mini-series. I read all seven episodes in one sitting. Somoene is targetting the loved ones of superheroes in the DC Universe. But what's the agenda and why? The answers are truly universe changing and shocking, including not just the identity of the serial killer but also revelations of events that happened in the early days of the Justice League. Identity Crisis examines what it means to be a hero and just why someone would choose this life. It also looks at the impact on the families of those who choose that way of life. Definitely worth reading.
yarmando on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intriguing mystery, somewhat muddled by the crowd of obscure characters. The shocking theme in the center -- abuse of power to muddle with an individual's mind -- has been treated elsewhere probably to better effect, since it's something of a red herring here. Still, an enjoyable exploration of the private lives and vulnerabilities of mythic individuals.
highvoltagegrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not your typical super hero saves the day comic. It is not based on the big name heroes and I am not really sure the day is saved. Despite that, or maybe because of it, this graphics novel has been widely popular and critically acclaimed.The story is written by Brad Meltzer, who I believe writes mystery novels. He brings flavor over to this comic. The comic is a `Whodunit¿ at its core. Sure there are super powered beings in it, but it shows a more human side to them. They feel pain, they have dark secrets and they tell lies. Meltzer does an excellent job of painting a real and emotional face on these chiseled jaws and hourglass figures.The art fits the story like a glove. Sure everyone has a perfect body, but there is some reality in the mix. This is especially true in the faces. Emotions are captured in sadly beautiful perfection.But this is a mystery novel and everything besides the reveal is just fluff. So was the reveal worth it? It didn¿t wow me. It tied up nicely and fit in well with the tone of the storytelling. I think I was just looking for some grand, evil scheme. However the book wanted to show us that we are all just human, even if we are Superman.Book Rating: 3/5Book Received From: Personal PurchaseReviewer: Wally
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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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