I get a surprising number of hits here because of the thoughts I shared on Tim Drake as Red Robin two years ago. I haven’t had much to say since then because the book started taking a nosedive shortly thereafter. Need I also mention that the book got even worse after Bruce Wayne was recovered from his trip through time? The character has stayed strong throughout, but everything around him hasn’t been worth reading.
Of course I can only say this after having read it, which is unfortunate…
I am beginning to think that this is DC Comics to a T. By that I mean that they have strong characters in stupid and uninteresting storylines. Look at it this way: DC characters are iconic and incredibly well known, but how many must-read stories have they published in the past decade? Aside from Identity Crisis and the epic Green Lantern stories, nothing.
In 1994, writer Brad Meltzer attempted a story concept that DC Comics had not tried since Watchmen – the superhero murder mystery. It is true that characters are murdered in mysterious fashion in superhero books, but the books are still primarily about action and fighting. The hero does solve the mystery, but at the pace appropriate for a mystery story. Usually, the last ten minutes of that sort of storyline are relegated to the hero mentioning clues and a number of other items that were kept obfuscated from the reader due to either poor writing (no one can prematurely solve the crime if the clues are kept out of sight) or poorer writing (no one can prematurely solve the crime if the solution was not decided until the last ten pages were written). Fortunately Meltzer avoided that in writing DC’s Identity Crisis, but the reader would need to both completely ignore the well written red herrings presented as well as have a strong familiarity with all of the characters involved in order to jump to the appropriate conclusion. Continue reading “Identity Crisis”