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November 10, 2004 – Identity Crisis #6

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Story by Brad Meltzer
Art by Rags Morales
Inks by Michael Bair
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Kenny Lopez
Cover Art by Michael Turner

Published by DC Comics | $3.95

Last month in this very section I predicted that the person who was revealed to be the killer in Identity Crisis #5 wasn’t actually the killer at all, rather one of many killers hired by a mastermind serial killer.

At the comic book store today some geek was talking to one of the store employees about this book — which apparently they had both already read — right in front of where it was stacked on the shelves! I had to run away to the other part of the store lest they reveal too much. I wanted to punch them both in the mouth, but then I like that place way too much to get banned for life.

Before I made my escape I heard one of them say “well, they said that the DC Universe would never be the same after this, and boy were they right…” This sentence played over and over in my head the rest of the day until I got home. What did it mean? Obviously the true killer’s identity was going to be revealed and it wasn’t going to be someone minor. Oh, no! Is it really going to be Nightwing like all the internet rumors are saying?!? My usual comic book reading routine is to read the indies first, then the Marvels, then the DCs, all of which are broken down from least anticipated to most anticipated, which for the last six months has meant that Identity Crisis has been the last book of the night to be read. Not this time. This time as soon as I got in the door I sat down and read Identity Crisis #6¬†right away.

And now the mastermind is revealed, and I am absolutely floored. I am in complete and utter shock. It has been a long time since a comic book has effected me this much. I felt both excitement and dread as the clues were revealed until realization hit me just as Dr. Mid-Nite and Batman (separately) figured out the identity of the serial killer, and I was stunned beyond belief.


I will say this — it’s not Nightwing.

It’s going to be very interesting how the motivations for the killer are going to be revealed and explained. I imagine that the uproar over the identity of the killer will be only slightly less comparable to when Hal Jordan went psycho killer all those years ago. This is a major, established DC hero, folks. One who has shown no previous murderous tendencies (then again, most serial killers seem very nice on the outside). People are probably going to freak out and claim that DC has “ruined” yet another beloved character.

I’m not sure how to feel, personally. I need to mull it over some more in my head. On the one hand, this is a totally unexpected and shocking twist in a book that has heretofore delivered everything that it has promised at a very high level of craft by Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales. On the other hand, the killer is one of my favorite second tier (some might argue first tier) heroes in the DCU.


Conor Kilpatrick
Blown away.

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  1. Reading this issue was such a rollercoaster for me. I finally had to throw the book across the room when i finally finished in shock

  2. Did you actually throw a comic book across the room?


    And if so, was it gently thrown?

  3. Well, I think it would have been more traumatic if it was Nightwing.

    I also think that this could be another false alarm.

    This hero could very well turn out to be the one, but in a mystery like this, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was one final twist.

  4. I wouldn’t either, but that seemed pretty definitive to me.

  5. nooooo
    this is a false alarm
    there has to be a person with similar powers.

    i’ve only found one…Mr. Poseidon
    i don’t know his history though

    and he’s obscure enough that i think i can mention his name without giving away who we think the killer is.
    if you look him up and his powers thats your own spoiling.

    also i think lex luther is involved somehow.
    i wouldn’t be suprised if he is behind all of this

    he could easily know all the identities, we know he found out who superman is.

    i’m just saying don’t count him out.

    because no way did -you know who- do this. i don’t buy it
    not one bit!

  6. It was literally hurled – at great speed – and it hit the wall and dropped to the floor

    Luckily I bought 2 copies (one for my friend) so I gave him the thrown one

  7. Nice.

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