"Identity Crisis is the comic that ruined comics… Everything that’s wrong with modern comics begins here. It’s fundamentally ruinous. It ruins things in the past, it ruins things in the future and it’s terrible."
Chris Sims, War Rocket Ajax #117 (via paulsebert)
Now…I happen to like Identity Crisis, not because of its consequences to canon or anything, in fact I think it should be read as a stand alone. As a little discussion on why secret identities are important, the fall out from being ‘outed’ and most importantly how even within a group of heroes, it can all go to shit if someone within the group goes ‘bad’, if one of these infallible ‘good guys’ looses their halo and turns against the others.
Its also a nice little debate on utilitarianism, is the good of the group really worth more than the individual? Or the whole for the greater good, to protect all you stand for (morality and justice) should you do something than in itself is not moral or just…
Its a nice little dip into Batman as a strict Kantian v’s this Utilitarian group.
And at its heart its a book about how Superheroes are still vulnerable as shit because there will always be people they love and could loose. It breaks them down and makes them relateable.
Shit, I don’t think i’d have gotten through the death of my father if it wasn’t for having Tim loosing Jack Drake in Identity Crisis, and it was Cancer who killed my dad not Captain Boomerang.
But still I had that, I had that to relate to, I saw someone else sharing my pain.
Identity crisis is a book that should have you thinking about shit and asking questions.
In the same way Arkham Asylum: A serious house on serious earth is a psychological discourse rather than something that actually happened.