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Johnny Bullet
DC Comics
Identity Crisis #7
By Hervé St-Louis

Dec 17, 2004 - 13:15

Publisher(s): DC Comics
Writer(s): Brad Meltzer
Penciller(s): Rags Morales
Inker(s): Michael Bair
Cover Artist(s): Michael Turner


This is the final of DC Comics’ blockbuster mini-series revealing the identity of the villain responsible for Sue Dibny’s murder, the attempted murder on Jean Loring and the assassination of Jack Drake. Many plot holes are left dangling in the air, like how did the villain know about Robin’s identity or why send someone who committed a crime in Opal City to an asylum in Gotham?

Meltzer sums up this story well. Nothing happens and nothing changes although DC Comics promised readers a conclusion with repercussions. It seems like they changed the scenario at the last second. Although plausible, Meltzer did not foreshadow the villain’s motives. Meltzer could have made the heroes mind wipe the villain to tie up the other big theme of the story, but didn’t.

Morales continues his uncertain magic. His habit of reusing panels and zooming in, without adjusting the line width is tiring. His inker, Michael Bair, probably shares the blame. Speaking of inking, one could swear that another inker did the Justice League sequence in the watchtower. Is the mystery inker next’s year’s blockbuster? Identity Crisis was over hyped.


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