For some reason, they won’t let me forget. I hate the story, "Identity Crisis", in so many ways. But that is not my issue today. My issue today is that DC won’t just let me forget it and move on. This once declared "stand alone story", has become almost a cornerstone of the DCU at this point. It is referenced almost as often as the founding of the JLA.
Identity Crisis, for those who do not know, is a "who done it" murder mystery which also tries to answer "why did this villain go from first rate to laughable". In its pages, Sue Dibny, wife of Elongated Man, member of the JLA, is murdered. Then we find out that back during the Satellite era, the era when the team was often referred to as the "Worlds Greatest Super Heroes", was not so great. In flash backs, we discover 1) Sue Dibny was raped by Dr. Light. 2) The JLA minus the big names finds out. 3) They mind wipe Dr. Lights memory. 4) Zatanna goes beyond normal mind wiping and tries to ‘change’ Dr. Light. Something goes wrong. 5) Batman arrives and Zatanna has to mind wipe Batman of those 10 minutes. 6) This event causes a rift in the team. 7) The big names of the league are left in the dark about this. Modern day. Dr. Light is assumed to be the murderer and the League sets out after him. Light hires Deathstroke, who smartly takes on the League one at a time and defeats them one at a time. Atom Ray Palmer’s wife, Jean Loring, is saved from a hanging. Captain Boomerang is hired to kill Robin Tim Drake’s father, and dies while accomplishing this. In the end, it turns out it was Jean Loring who killed Sue Dibny. She did not intend to, only intended to hurt her to get Ray to pay more attention to her.
I tried to tell the story without too much bias. I freely admit here again, that I do not like this story on many levels. Again, my issue today is that DC will not let me forget it and move on.
JLA 114 to 119 is clearly a sequel to this, picking up many points from it, especially the conspiracy of mind wiping of villains and not telling the entire team what had transpired.
52. One of the main threads of this story was Ralph Dibny trying to get his wife back or make sense of her death.
new JLA story number 1. Issue 5 or 6. when Kathy Sutton, Red Tornado’s girlfriend is attacked, the narrator mentions this story in reference to why Kathy has a high powered armament.
Today. I’ve been reading previews of Trinity at Newsarama.com on a regular basis. Seemed like a story I might enjoy. Decided to take the plunge two weeks ago, if I could get all the parts back to issue 1. The owner at my local comic shop said we might have difficulty locating the first few. This week I went for it. We went diving in his back issue bins and to his amazement we found all 18 issues out so far. So I bought into the series. I started reading it on Thursday night. Issue 1 was OK. Friday I read issue 2. It was better. I read issue 3 as well. Saturday I read issues 4 thru 8. I was hooked. This afternoon I picked up issue 9 and could not stop reading. I loved it. The main story. The back up stories. The way they tied together. The way they tied back to the 8 or ten issues of JLA that Kurt Buziek had written of the old series. I was having a grand old time. I should save some I said, but the story kept drawing me farther in. I thought about how the new characters of Konvict and SunChainedInInk might make cool HeroClix playing pieces. everything was going great right through issue 17. I couldn’t help myself, I read issue 18.
And there it was. The autopsy of Sue Dibny. Again with Identity Crisis. What is it? What is DCs fascination with this story, that they feel it needs to be referenced over and over again? As I said before, I did not like Identity Crisis. Being reminded of it brings back strong negative emotions I felt while reading it. It puts a melancholy pall over the current story, like Trinity, dragging it down.
Please DC, stop referencing Identity Crisis in other stories and let those of us who did not like it move on.