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About the Author

Brad Meltzer is best known for his novels Dead Even, The Tenth Justice and The First Counsel. His comics works include Identity Crisis and Green Arrow: Archer's Quest. Ralph "Rags" Morales, is known for his artwork on DC's Identity Crisis, Batman Confidential and Hawkman, Turok Dinosaur Hunter for Valiant and Magic the Gathering: Dakkon Blackblade from Armada/Acclaim Comics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Identity Crisis
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Slp edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232580
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.6 x 15.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Lies. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestsellers, Heroes For My Son and Heroes For My Daughter, collecting heroes from Jim Henson, to Rosa Parks, to Mr. Rogers. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show, Brad Meltzer's Decoded -- one of the co-creators of the TV show, "Jack & Bobby" -- and is the #1 selling author of the critically-acclaimed comic books, Identity Crisis and Justice League of America, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. His newest book, The Fifth Assassin, will be published in January 2013.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. You can find him regularly on facebook.com/bradmeltzer or at bradmeltzer.com.

For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush. He was selected by the Department of Homeland Security to brainstorm different ways that terrorists can attack the US. The Inner Circle is about a young archivist in the National Archives who finds out that George Washington's secret spy ring still exists to this very day.

His books have spent nearly a year on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a kosher thing or what.

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. He also co-wrote the oath that the President of the United States gives to all AmeriCorps members. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love Absolute editions. Once you purchase and read an absolute edition, it is hard to go back to standard sized books. However, absolute editions are expensive, yet many of us are willing to pay top dollar if we feel we're getting value for our dollar. I was excited to hear Brad Meltzer say "we're adding so many extras" about the Absolute edition of Identity Crisis on the DC Comics blog "The Source".
Alas, Brad Meltzer lied to me. I don't want others to be disappointed the way I was, so here's exactly what you're getting with Absolute Identity Crisis:

-an oversized hardcover book with sewn binding, ribbon marker, dust jacket, and slip case.

-Identity Crisis #1-7 (the seven issue mini-series)

-bonus material identical to that found in both the Identity Crisis hardcover & paperback editions still in print including introduction by Joss Whedon, commentary by Brad Meltzer & Rags Morales, and variant cover gallery (two covers to a page).

-the only bonus material unique to this absolute edition is a reprint of the first draft of issue #1's script (with four script pages on one page of the absolute).

Apparently, when Brad said "we're adding so many extras" he meant "we're adding one script". Additionally, the product description on the Absolute itself says there are "sketches" included as bonus, yet there are none to be found in the book. I was expecting a sketchbook similar to that found in other absolutes like Absolute Dark Knight & Absolute Superman For Tomorrow. What I wasn't expecting was no sketches whatsoever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mckennal1851 on January 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First: My original review of the work goes first. Second: Scroll to very end if you only want to know about the Absolute Edition and it's false "extras." Why You Should Still Read Identity Crisis Even in 2013
First, you could just say that Brad Meltzer is a darn fine writer. And you wouldn't be wrong. Meltzer writes well almost every time out, and he seems never short of new ideas. You could also say that we've seen the end of the mystery in Identity Crisis now, we know what happens, and the same scenario has now been played out on soap operas, movies, television serials, etc. And you wouldn't be wrong there, either. (Shakespeare's tricks and Dickens's plots have all been borrowed a lot, too.) So why do we go back? Why read Identity Crisis now when we already know the story, already have seen its coolest and creepiest moments reviewed, regaled, and revived on geek internet sites galore? The answer: Because Identity Crisis is truly one of those moments of very good if not great (and I argue that it's great) literature where the smallest parts are all fascinating and the entire piece of art, taken as a whole, resonates even now as it did then. WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS HEREAFTER. Most people are going to remember this as the DC story where the mystery is solved by seeing Jean Palmer's footprints in Sue Dibny's brain; yes, her footprints' marks meshed into Sue's brain tissue, literally into her grey matter, or, at the least, the pinky-colored stuff. And, yes, touches like that make us look up and say, "Wow, Meltzer! How'd you think up that one?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By abefroman on October 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I really like this story, as well as, the art. However, I understand why so many are upset. The price is way too high, which is why I did not buy it when it came out. However, due to the recent price drop, I was able to pick this book up for $23. At that price, there is no reason not to buy this. It is essentially the same price as the tpb, if you bought it at retail.

The book is your standard absolute.....oversized book, slip-case, great paper quality, sewn binding, and a few extras. The extras are the same ones in the tpb, but there also is a script with this edition. I am usually not a big "extras" person, so the lack of them doesn't really bother me.

So should you get the book.....yes. At the going price you can pick this up, buy it. It is a great story, with amazing art, and truly should be read in this oversized format.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam Holmberg on November 28, 2011
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I won't review the product itself, save to say that this is one of the most important modern comic stories. It is tightly written, well drawn, and should be read by anyone who loves a great comic book story. Brad Meltzer manages to create a story that treats superheroes as characters and the world found in the comic magazines published by DC in the way that Chris Nolan has treated it in his Batman films - as a living, breathing place where these characters do not exist in the vacuum of that old idea "they're superheroes, so rules don't really apply." What I will comment on is this Absolute Edition, which does both justice and a disservice to this seminal work.

Brad Meltzer's story required an artist that could bring his strong, specific vision to life; Rags Morales is up to the task in every way. His character work is spectacular, and his compositions are often brilliant. Seeing the artwork in the larger Absolute format (which blows it up to the size of a page of original comic book artwork) was the thing I most looked forward to in this edition, and it did not disappoint. Gregory Wright's colors, which truly brings Morales' work to life, benefit similarly from this larger treatment.

However, DC set the bar high on these editions with their earlier Absolute releases, which added a selection of supplimental material to the books. In many cases this material was "ported over" from other, earlier special editions (for example, much of the material in Absolute Kingdom Come was from an earlier, slipcased hardcover edition) but I found this forgivable because much of this material had not been seen by the general public. However, this edition is little more than a larger version of the trade paperback, with all the TPB's suppliments included.
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