Identity Crisis #2

Writer: Brad Meltzer Artist: Rags Morales, Michael Bair Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 14, 2004 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 13
7.1Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Continuing the shocking miniseries that shakes the entire DCU to its core! In the aftermath of a devastating loss, past and present members of the JLA revisit a deep dark secret of their collective past. Alliances form and trust is broken as the heroes face their darkest moment.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Jim Kingman Jul 18, 2004

    For this long-time reader, who has always seen the Satellite Era of the League in a positive and, over time, nostalgic light, the revelations are jolting. Still, it is all very well-handled. Meltzer works hard, and succeeds, in making this story connect to the Leagues history. He gives a sense of urgency, drama, tragedy, and pathos to the proceedings. While reading this tale, Meltzer made me angry, amazed, sympathetic, and thoughtful, all at the same time. He brought back many good memories, and has messed with every one of them. Morales and Bairs artwork is terrific. I cant stand whats happening here to my favorite characters in Identity Crisis #2, yet Im going to read it over and over again, just like I used to read each issue of JLA in my younger days, enjoying every page and panel of it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Filip Vukcevic Jul 18, 2004

    The dialogue is crisp and the pacing quite cinematic. All in all, this series is turning out to be quite the pleasant surprise and I cant wait to see what we get next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - James Redington Jul 18, 2004

    If this mini series continues to hit the mark and perform like it has in this issue and the last, we comic fans are in for a treat. There are few comics which have made the characters human to me, this is one of them. This is better than the 1st issue. This is superhero drama at its finest and I welcome the next issue with open arms. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jul 18, 2004

    Rags Morales deserves every opportunity to show off his skills as an artist on this high-profile project, and he's put this platform to good use as this miniseries features some of his best work yet, as he offers up a small army of characters, and he's more than up to the task of capturing the moments of emotional turmoil, as the scene that delivers Doctor Light's attack is truly unsettling. I also rather enjoyed his take on Captain Boomerang as he looks exactly like the boorish half-wit that I came to love in the pages of "Suicide Squad". I also enjoyed the one page spread where Doctor Light stands confident behind the protection that his bodyguard provides, as one shot visually conveys a wealth of information. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Javier Lugo Jul 18, 2004

    The art is great. Morales and Bair put in a lot of work in the details, like the expressiveness of the hands and eyes. The settings are well-rendered and the art compliments the story well, as it brings the heroes down to earth while still making them larger than life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Jul 18, 2004

    Ordinarily when a comic is promoted as having long-lasting consequences, that ends up being just so much empty hype. Usually that's because the events happen on the surface and don't affect who the heroes really are. But in the case of Identity Crisis, the characters change as people. What happens here will affect them forever. I can't wait to see where this story goes. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Dallas Jul 18, 2004

    But I sure hope the series begins to make more sense. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Jul 18, 2004

    While there are five issues left to prove that this was not frivolous after all, the writers haste to expose the big secret has caused a potentially stirring revelation to instead reek of cheap sensationalism. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Jul 18, 2004

    I had thought the vogue for turning spandex heroes feet into the dirtiest of clay was a nineties phase whose time had passed, but Meltzer resurrects it in unwelcome ignominy. What a disappointment, considering his knowledge of continuity (Phobia as a supporting character, though now revealed as a murderous dominatrix; Cap Boomerang revealed as a letch, a word which has no meaning in the context of this story), but this is a complete missed opportunity, a nadir for the team, and maybe for the genre. Read Full Review

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