History ComicBook / IdentityCrisis

6th Feb '17 4:49:34 PM AnotherGuy
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As the story begins, Sue Dibny, the wife of the superhero, the ComicBook/ElongatedMan, is mysteriously murdered while her husband is on stakeout. The [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] investigates the scene of the murder, the Dibny household, and are bewildered by the lack of evidence to be found. While sending out most of the League and the ComicBook/TeenTitans to look for fire and/or teleport based villains, the core members of the League (minus Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}) secretly turn their attention to small-time villain, Dr. Light (the male one, not to be confused with the woman superhero who debuted in [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths the Crisis]]). But before they can confront them, [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West]] and [[Franchise/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner]] overhear the League's plans and demand to know why they are confronting Light.

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As the story begins, Sue Dibny, the wife of the superhero, the ComicBook/ElongatedMan, is mysteriously murdered while her husband is on stakeout. The [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice Justsice League]] investigates the scene of the murder, the Dibny household, and are bewildered by the lack of evidence to be found. While sending out most of the League and the ComicBook/TeenTitans to look for fire and/or teleport based villains, the core members of the League (minus Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}) secretly turn their attention to small-time villain, Dr. Light (the male one, not to be confused with the woman superhero who debuted in [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths the Crisis]]). But before they can confront them, [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West]] and [[Franchise/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner]] overhear the League's plans and demand to know why they are confronting Light.



* StuffedInTheFridge: Sue. Mind you, it is a ''murder mystery'', presumably someone had to get killed off to motivate the story, someone close to a superhero. ''However'', that someone just ''had'' to be a superhero's wife. Also Jack Drake.

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* StuffedInTheFridge: Sue. StuffedInTheFridge:
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Mind you, it is a ''murder mystery'', presumably someone had to get killed off to motivate the story, someone close to a superhero. ''However'', that someone just ''had'' to be a superhero's wife. Also wife, Sue Dibney. However, the trope is averted in that rather than focusing on the effect on Ralph, Sue's character is explored further, so she isn't just a prop for the male character's character development.
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Jack Drake.Drake, however, is a straight example, with no other purpose than to turn Tim into an orphan like Bruce.
11th Jan '17 2:48:35 AM rafi
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* AdaptationalBadass: Deathstroke the Terminator goes from a CrazyPrepared, highly-trained and ''slightly'' augmented badass to a superhuman with reflexes that can allow him to "surprise" ComicBook/TheFlash with a sword thrust behind Slade's back. That would be the Wally West Flash who once had time slow to a standstill when a sniper's bullet touched his neck.

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* AdaptationalBadass: Deathstroke the Terminator goes from a CrazyPrepared, highly-trained and ''slightly'' augmented badass to a superhuman with reflexes that can allow him to "surprise" ComicBook/TheFlash with a sword thrust behind Slade's back. That would be the Wally West Flash who once had time slow to a standstill when a sniper's bullet touched his neck.



* CoyGirlishFlirtPose

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* CoyGirlishFlirtPoseCoyGirlishFlirtPose: During a flashback of Ralph Dibny meeting his future wife Sue for the first time, Sue does this pose while talking to him for the first time.



* TookALevelInBadass: This series revamped the Calculator into Oracle's EvilCounterpart.

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* TookALevelInBadass: TookALevelInBadass:
** Deathstroke the Terminator goes from a CrazyPrepared, highly-trained and ''slightly'' augmented badass to a superhuman with reflexes that can allow him to "surprise" ComicBook/TheFlash with a sword thrust behind Slade's back. That would be the Wally West Flash who once had time slow to a standstill when a sniper's bullet touched his neck.
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This series revamped the Calculator into Oracle's EvilCounterpart.
7th Dec '16 7:57:01 PM DustSnitch
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* AdaptationalBadass: Deathstroke the Terminator goes from a CrazyPrepared, highly-trained and ''slightly'' augmented {{Badass}} to a superhuman with reflexes that can allow him to "surprise" ComicBook/TheFlash with a sword thrust behind Slade's back. That would be the Wally West Flash who once had time slow to a standstill when a sniper's bullet touched his neck.

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* AdaptationalBadass: Deathstroke the Terminator goes from a CrazyPrepared, highly-trained and ''slightly'' augmented {{Badass}} badass to a superhuman with reflexes that can allow him to "surprise" ComicBook/TheFlash with a sword thrust behind Slade's back. That would be the Wally West Flash who once had time slow to a standstill when a sniper's bullet touched his neck.
21st Oct '16 10:50:25 AM siberia82
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** Black Canary on [[Film/XMen Rebecca Romjin]] and [[Film/BatmanReturns former Catwoman]] Creator/MichellePfeiffer.

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** Black Canary on [[Film/XMen [[Film/XMenFilmSeries Rebecca Romjin]] and [[Film/BatmanReturns former Catwoman]] Creator/MichellePfeiffer.
13th Aug '16 8:40:15 PM AnotherGuy
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* CentralTheme: Violation, be it sexual assault or mind rape.

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* CentralTheme: Violation, be it sexual assault or mind rape. [[spoiler: Or trust.]]
7th Aug '16 12:19:47 PM nombretomado
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So in the end, where [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths the Crisis]] and Zero Hour were large crossovers that involved retconning and large gigantic battles, ''Identity Crisis'' was much more low key, being a quieter crossover that was instead a murder mystery. However, that is why fans would point to this book if a new reader ever asked for a good starting point to get into TheDCU. The retcons were smaller, but a little obvious. Especially with the ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]''.

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So in the end, where [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths the Crisis]] and Zero Hour were large crossovers that involved retconning and large gigantic battles, ''Identity Crisis'' was much more low key, being a quieter crossover that was instead a murder mystery. However, that is why fans would point to this book if a new reader ever asked for a good starting point to get into TheDCU.Franchise/TheDCU. The retcons were smaller, but a little obvious. Especially with the ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]''.
31st Jul '16 1:29:50 AM vexer
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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Dr. Light's rape of Sue is enough for a circle of JLA members to lobotomize him, something they never did to any villain beforehand. [[TropesAreNotGood Unfortunately, this series led to other comics to include rape as a source of drama often with little need to and little tact. This pretty much upended Dr. Light's return to form, as subsequent writers tended to make him a serial rapist.]]

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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Dr. Light's rape of Sue is enough for a circle of JLA members to lobotomize him, something they never did to any villain beforehand. [[TropesAreNotGood Unfortunately, this series led to other comics to include rape as a source of drama often with little need to and little tact. This pretty much upended Dr. Light's return to form, as subsequent writers tended to make him a serial rapist.]]
12th Jun '16 4:14:47 AM MCanter89
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''Crisis on Infinite Earths'' and ''Zero Hour''- these two series were massive crossovers and usually resulted in some form of RetCon for at least one character involved. ''Crisis'' was the big one, merging [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Earth-2]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Earth-1]] together, bringing us into the newly established ComicBook/PostCrisis era. ''Zero Hour''... made Hal Jordan, the most popular GreenLantern, [[FaceHeelTurn into a supervillain]] and [[ContinuitySnarl mucked up continuity]]. What ''Identity Crisis'' brought was similar, but definitely NOT what readers were expecting.

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''Crisis on Infinite Earths'' and ''Zero Hour''- Hour'' – these two series were massive crossovers and usually resulted in some form of RetCon for at least one character involved. ''Crisis'' was the big one, merging [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Earth-2]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Earth-1]] together, bringing us into the newly established ComicBook/PostCrisis era. ''Zero Hour''... Hour''… made Hal Jordan, the most popular GreenLantern, [[FaceHeelTurn into a supervillain]] and [[ContinuitySnarl mucked up continuity]]. What ''Identity Crisis'' brought was similar, similar but definitely NOT what readers were expecting.



They reveal that years ago Dr. Light managed to teleport to the League's satellite and discovered Sue alone and [[RapeAsBackstory proceeded]] [[RapeAsDrama to rape her]]. Light is stopped quickly, but lustfully swears he will do it again [[CardboardPrison as soon as he's released]], and in the meantime [[EvilGloating will tell all the other supervillains how he raped Elongated Man's wife]]. The League then decides to wipe his memory and change his personality so the threat is defused. In the present, Dr. Light discovers he's the League's target and hires Deathstroke, but in the tail end of the fight, Light regains his memories and escapes, revealing the truth in an optic construct only the Flash is fast enough to see. The Flash sees that Batman was there the night Sue was raped, but ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} mindwiped him as well when he tried to stop Dr. Light's mindwipe.

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They reveal that years ago Dr. Light managed to teleport to the League's satellite and discovered Sue alone and [[RapeAsBackstory proceeded]] [[RapeAsDrama to rape her]]. Light is stopped quickly, but he lustfully swears he will do it again [[CardboardPrison as soon as he's released]], released]] and in the meantime [[EvilGloating will tell all the other supervillains how he raped Elongated Man's wife]]. The League then decides to wipe his memory and change his personality so the threat is defused. In the present, Dr. Light discovers he's the League's target and hires Deathstroke, ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}, but in the tail end of the fight, Light regains his memories and escapes, revealing the truth in an optic construct only the Flash is fast enough to see. The Flash sees that Batman was there the night Sue was raped, but ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} mindwiped him as well when he tried to stop Dr. Light's mindwipe.



Robin and Boomerang Jr. both lose their fathers and the mystery is apparently solved... until the autopsy of Sue reveals tiny footprints in her brain, which really killed her. Batman learns of this and deduces also that the Atom didn't kill Sue, and we learn that Jean discovered one of Atom's spare suits. In an attempt to reconnect with Ray, her ex-husband, Jean tried to organize an illusion of a threat to superhero families, but accidentally killed Sue and hired the wrong assassin for Jack Drake. Ray commits Jean to Arkham Asylum, shrinks to a microscopic size and disappears completely.

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Robin and Boomerang Jr. both lose their fathers and the mystery is apparently solved... solved… until the autopsy of Sue reveals tiny footprints in her brain, which really killed her. Batman learns of this and deduces also that the Atom didn't kill Sue, and we learn that Jean discovered one of Atom's spare suits. In an attempt to reconnect with Ray, her ex-husband, Ray (her ex-husband), Jean tried to organize an illusion of a threat to superhero families, but accidentally killed Sue and hired the wrong assassin for Jack Drake. Ray commits Jean to Arkham Asylum, shrinks to a microscopic size size, and disappears completely.



So in the end, where [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths the Crisis]] and Zero Hour were large crossovers that involved retconning and large gigantic battles, ''Identity Crisis'' was much more low key, being a quieter crossover that was instead a murder mystery. However, that is why fans would point to this book if a new reader ever asked for a good starting point to get into TheDCU. The retcons were smaller, but a little obvious. Especially with the ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]''.

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So in the end, where [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths the Crisis]] and Zero Hour were large crossovers that involved retconning and large gigantic battles, ''Identity Crisis'' was much more low key, being a quieter crossover that was instead a murder mystery. However, that is why fans would point to this book if a new reader ever asked for a good starting point to get into TheDCU. The retcons were smaller, but a little obvious. Especially with the ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]''.



8th Apr '16 11:57:32 PM JudasZala
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In issue 4, Green Arrow has a conversation with The Spectre/Hal Jordan on when is he coming back; Hal replies, "I'm working on it". This foreshadows Hal's return as Green Lantern in ''Green Lantern: Rebirth'', which was published next month.
20th Mar '16 7:53:24 PM SirSapphire
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* RealityEnsues: Perhaps as a {{Deconstruction}} [[spoiler: "Batman vs. The Justice League" [[CurbStompBattle is no contest.]] Bruce is soundly beaten even without the heavy hitters like Superman or Wonder Woman taking part.]]
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