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April 12, 2010

A Reminder: Identity Crisis Was a Terrible Mystery

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , — Chris Eckert @ 6:55 pm

There are many reasons not to like Identity Crisis, Brad Meltzer’s best-selling murder mystery book for DC Comics. I’ve railed against it before, including in an embarasingly sloppy proto-FBB post you can read here. But even if you don’t mind its push towards “Superhero Decadence” or a dozen other charges against the book, it’s important to remember that it was an absolutely wretched murder mystery. To illustrate this, earlier today I wrote up a summary of the story from the culprit’s — SPOILER ALERT — perspective. Originally this was just a message board post, but I decided to remind everyone of this important Identity Crisisfact.

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July 28, 2008

Ambush Bug: Year None Annotations: Part None

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 1:00 am

When I was a young man, my two favorite creators were probably Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen, and their most personal works, The Invisibles and Ambush Bug were definitely two of my favorite comic books ever. A few years ago, a comic called Identity Crisis came out, which was definitely not one of my favorite comics. People have used a whole lot of words to describe why it wasn’t a very good comic — I’ve done it myself — and this week, Ambush Bug Year None even gets in on the fun.

I’ll be putting up nerdy annotations about all the obscure junk in AB:YN later this week, but before that I want to post something even more incredibly nerdy and self-indulgent than Ambush Bug annotations. Nearly four years ago, there was a thread on The Something Awful Forums about Identity Crisis which became a communal effort to “solve the mystery”. It’s probably blocked off from public view at this point, but it was a big sprawling conversation that ended up spawning a separate message board, and it was the site where half of Funnybook Babylon made each others’ acquaintance. Everyone had their pet theory about Identity Crisis, and mine was derided as the most crackpot of them all. Well, I might have gotten a few details off, but four years later, all I can say is I AM VINDICATED. Excerpts below.
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