feature requests

Identity Crisis (Comic Book Industry Events and Awards)

  • Identity Crisis

Report Menu | Comic Events & Awards List

Books: 45
Cover Price: $136.58
Current Value: $276.50

Sue Dibny, wife of the Elongated Man, is murdered, her body horribly burned. The super-hero community rallies to find the murderer.

Early suspicion rests on Doctor Light, as it is revealed that he had raped Sue Dibny years earlier in the Justice League satellite headquarters. It is also revealed that the Atom, Black Canary, Hawkman, Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and Green Arrow allowed the sorceress Zatanna to mind-wipe the captured Doctor Light. Not only was his memory of the rape of Dibny removed, but his personality was also altered to make him less of a threat. Thinking that Light may now have murdered Sue, the superheroes attempt to capture him. However, Light has hired Deathstroke to protect him, and in the ensuing fight between Deathstroke and the JLA, Doctor Light regains his memory, is enraged at the violation, and escapes.

The murderer next tries to hang Jean Loring, the ex-wife of the Atom. The attempt fails. The murderer then sends a death threat to Lois Lane (Superman's wife). Finally, a hit is arranged by Captain Boomerang on Jack Drake, the father of Robin (Tim Drake). However, Jack Drake receives a note warning him of the impending attempt on his life, as well as a gun, both sent by an unknown party. As Jack Drake fatally shoots Captain Boomerang, the latter manages to throw a razor boomerang at Drake's chest, injuring him fatally. Batman confiscates the note before the authorities or the media can learn of its existence.

As the investigation continues, Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond) is stabbed by the Shadow Thief, who wields the Shining Knight's enchanted sword, breaching his skin. Approaching critical mass, Firestorm flies into the sky and explodes.

Bolt is seriously injured in a shootout by two thugs transporting Lex Luthor's battlesuit.

Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) reveals to the Flash (Wally West) that Batman had walked in on the heroes while Zatanna was performing the mind-wipe of Doctor Light. When Batman tried to prevent them from doing so, he was mind-wiped as well.

Eventually, the autopsy of Sue Dibny's body by Doctor Mid-Nite and Mister Terrific reveals that Sue Dibny had been killed by an infarction in her brain. A microscopic scan of Dibny's brain shockingly reveals two tiny footprints as the cause of the infarction.

Mid-Nite and Terrific, along with Batman, separately realize that Sue was murdered by someone with access to the technology of the Atom, Ray Palmer. (Palmer's technology grants him the ability to shrink himself to subatomic size). Before they can discover whether it was Palmer or someone using his technology, Palmer learns that his estranged wife, Jean Loring, is aware of the note sent to Jack Drake (knowledge of which had been kept secret). He deduces that she was the killer.

Loring asserts that she did not mean to kill Sue, nor was it her intention for Jack Drake to be killed. She argues that she sent the note and gun in order for him to protect himself and survive the attack. She tells Palmer that she undertook the plan, which included faking the attempt on her own life, in order to bring Ray back into her life. Palmer realizes that she is insane, and Loring is committed to Arkham Asylum.



Reading Order

Series Publisher Book
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 1f
     Teen Titans (2003-2011) DC Comics Issue # 23
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 7b
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 6b
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 5b
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 4b
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 3b
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 2c
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 2b
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 1e
     JLA (1997-2006) DC Comics Issue # 115
     Birds of Prey (1999-2009, 2015-2016) DC Comics Issue # 83
     Green Arrow (2001-2007) DC Comics Issue # 55
     DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy (2005) DC Comics Issue # 4
     JLA (1997-2006) DC Comics Issue # 119
     JLA (1997-2006) DC Comics Issue # 118
     Green Arrow (2001-2007) DC Comics Issue # 54
     JLA (1997-2006) DC Comics Issue # 117
     Green Arrow (2001-2007) DC Comics Issue # 53
     JLA (1997-2006) DC Comics Issue # 116
     Green Arrow (2001-2007) DC Comics Issue # 52
     Teen Titans (2003-2011) DC Comics Issue # 22
     Firestorm (2004-2006) DC Comics Issue # 6
     JSA (1999-2006) DC Comics Issue # 67
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 7
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 6
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 5
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 4
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 3
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 2
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 1d
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 1c
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 1b
     The Flash (1987-2009) DC Comics Issue # 214
     The Flash (1987-2009) DC Comics Issue # 215
     Robin (1993-2009) DC Comics Issue # 132
     Manhunter (2004-2009) DC Comics Issue # 5
     Manhunter (2004-2009) DC Comics Issue # 4
     Manhunter (2004-2009) DC Comics Issue # 3
     Adventures of Superman (1987-2007) DC Comics Issue # 636
     Teen Titans (2003-2011) DC Comics Issue # 21
     Teen Titans (2003-2011) DC Comics Issue # 20
     The Flash (1987-2009) DC Comics Issue # 217
     The Flash (1987-2009) DC Comics Issue # 216
     Identity Crisis (2004-2005) DC Comics Issue # 1
World Community Grid Logo
ComicBookRealm.com: 48 years, 304 days, 15 hours of Run Time
Help projects like: Smash Childhood Cancer, OpenZika, Help Stop TB, FightAIDS@Home - Phase 2, Outsmart Ebola Together, Mapping Cancer Markers, FightAIDS@Home
Join World Community Grid today!
  • Newest
  • DC Comics's Challengers of the Unknown Issue # 82markjewelers
  • Oni Press's Merry Men TPB # 1
  • Antarctic Press's Rags Issue # 1 - 2nd print
  • Marvel Comics's The Amazing Spider-Man Issue # 1unknown-b
CBR.com member auction items ?