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Identity Crisis

“Chapter One: Coffin”

Volume 1, Issue 1, August 2004
Released June 9, 2004

Cover Price: $3.95
Estimated Issue Sales: 173,421 Rating
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Identity Crisis, Vol. 1, #1. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Brad Meltzer
Penciller: Rags Morales
Inker: Michael Bair
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Assistant Editor: Valerie D'Orazio
Editor: Michael Carlin

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Cover Description: From left to right, Elongated Man, Black Canary, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Flash II, Hawkman I, and Zatanna stand in mourning above a coffin. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: The DC Universe is turned upside down when someone attacks a family member of a Justice Leaguer.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Cameo (Booster Gold makes a minor appearance)

Costume Worn: MARK XII armored power-suit

Issue Notes: Events in this story must take place following the events of JLA Classified issues 4-9 for reasons obvious to readers of this issue. As the story progresses, many changes were made to the history of the DC Universe as a result of revelations made in this series, though none directly effect the history of Booster Gold.

Reprint Notes: This issue has been collected with the rest of the series in Identity Crisis.

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Image Copyright DC Comics

Page 31, panel 1

Page 36, panel 3
Though Booster is not shown on-panel, a narrative panel details that Booster and Beetle are leading a group of heroes to interrogate Heat Wave, a former member of Flash's Rogues Gallery recently turned hero. The only evidence incriminating Heat Wave is that Sue was badly burned, indicating a criminal who uses a fire motif.

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Boosterrific Review: The first-class art of Rags Morales and Michael Bair set the stage for writer Brad Meltzer's whodunit story about the murder of a beloved Justice League supporting character and the widespread emotional damage that it causes. While we at Boosterrific believe that the storyline of the Identity Crisis mini-series is ultimately flawed and recklessly tragic for the DC Universe, that doesn't stop this first issue from being a remarkably beautiful and deep comic book that is successful on all fronts and is completely deserving of any praise that it receives.

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  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.

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