Identity Crisis

Issue #1

Cover Date: August 2004
Subtitle: Coffin
Writer(s): Brad Meltzer
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Mike Bair
Storyline: Elongated Man (Ralph Dibney) and Firehawk were on a stakeout. Below their perch, they watched a possible arms trade. While waiting, he told her how he and his wife, Sue, met. Bolt, with the help of the Calculator (who fancied himself as the "Oracle" of the bad guys) moved in to complete the deal. He teleported to the location. The sellers began shooting at him. Firehawk went down to intervene, but Ralph got a call from his wife. He demanded Firehawk fly him home. As Bolt lay on the ground with gunshot wounds, so did Sue Dibney. Her killer knew who he was killing. Ralph found her body (with burns over 42%) and her birthday present to him: a positive pregnancy test.
Clark Kent visited his parents when he received a call on his JLA signal device. Nightwing was visiting his parents' grave site when he got the call. The two Green Arrows were sparring with Ted Kord when they heard. Tim Drake - Robin again - heard it from TV, while watching with his father. Oliver got word to Ray Palmer. Batman found nothing at the scene: no forced entry, no alarms tripped. The rest of the guys (Mister Miracle, Atom, the Ray, Animal Man, etc.) began their investigation. After the funeral, the different teams (Outsiders, Titans, JLI, etc.) split up to check leads. Ralph believed Dr. Light was the killer.


Issue #2

Cover Date: September 2004
Subtitle: House of Lies
Writer(s): Brad Meltzer
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Mike Bair
Storyline: Elongated Man's group - Zatanna, the Atom, Hawkman, Green Arrow, and Black Canary - prepared. Wally (the Flash) and Kyle (Green Lantern) were caught spying on them. They told the youngsters why Dr. Light was their target: he'd raped Sue years back on the Justice League satellite. They caught him, but he threatened her and everyone else's loved ones. Zatanna put a spell on him to affect his memory and brain functionality.
Dr. Light, free again, purchased the protection of Slade Wilson - Deathstroke the Terminator.
Dr. Mid-Night called Oracle. His autopsy showed Sue was dead before she was burned. Dr. Light could not have been the killer.


Issue #3

Cover Date: October 2004
Subtitle: Serial Killer
Writer(s): Brad Meltzer
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Mike Bair
Storyline: Deathstroke took down the Flash as he attacked with a sword to the torso. Zatanna was next. Then Hawkman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and the Atom were neutralized. As he was taking on GL, the rest of the team regrouped. Dr. Light regained his memories. Wally forced Oliver's hand and he told the kid about some of the other people who they'd had to mind-wipe.
The Calculator, Captain Boomerang, and Merlyn talked. Robin came home; his father noticed his black eye. The Atom's ex-wife, Jean Loring was hanged in her home.


Issue #4

Cover Date: November 2004
Subtitle: Who Benefits?
Writer(s): Brad Meltzer
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Mike Bair
Storyline: The Atom got to Jean in time to save her. The League ran their tests, and for the second time in four days, their security systems had been defeated. Superman saw a uniqueness about the noose and called Oracle. She pinned it down to Slipknot (real name Christopher Weiss). Slipknot, who lost an arm to the Suicide Squad, was in prison. Arrow and Wonder Woman questioned him, but he knew nothing. Dr. Light and Slipknot, the two apparent attackers, had only the Suicide Squad in common.
The "bad guys" continued to watch the goings-on. Captain Boomerang met the son he never knew he had. Batman went over his notes with Alfred. He was trying to determine who could be benefiting from the attacks. Tim (Robin) called in sick to spend some time with his father. Green Arrow went to Hal Jordan's grave so he could contact the Spectre. He insisted his old friend punish the guilty. He couldn't even tell Oliver who the killer was. He joked with Hal, asking him when he was "coming back."
Lois Lane received a letter telling her she was next.


Issue #5

Cover Date: December 2004
Subtitle: Father's Day
Writer(s): Brad Meltzer
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Mike Bair
Storyline: The League attacked the "bad guys." Hawkman took down Monocle, Flash got Merlyn, and Deadshot was hit in the neck with his own bullet when he fired on Green Lantern. None of the teams were making any progress with the suspects they captured. Firestorm was killed in combat. He exploded after being stabbed through with a sword.
Captain Boomerang worked with his newly found son. When one of the throws went awry, he learned his kid had speed. Robin talked to his father before going out on patrol. Soon afterwards, Jack Drake called Oracle. Someone sent him a package containing a gun. She got word to Batman and Robin; they headed that way. Captain Boomerang killed Drake, but Drake got a shot off that killed Boomerang.


Issue #6

Cover Date: January 2004
Subtitle: Husbands and Wives
Writer(s): Brad Meltzer
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Mike Bair
Storyline: Robin got to his father too late, his father was dead at age 43. Captain Boomerang's son was turned away from the scene. The League kicked themselves for letting Boomerang defeat them. Boomerang's son took over his father's name. Flash tried to get some info from Green Arrow about Batman and Dr. Light's mind wipe. Oliver told him they'd also taken Bruce's memories from the incident. When he found out what they were doing, Batman went berserk. They voted unanimously to have Zatanna take that night from him.
Batman found what appeared to be Calculator's headquarters, but he'd already split with all his equipment. The autopsy came back on Dibney, she'd died from a blocked bloodstream in her brain. Even before he heard that, Batman's evidence began to point to the Atom.


Issue #7

Cover Date: February 2004
Subtitle: The Hero's Life
Writer(s): Brad Meltzer
Artists(s): Rags Morales, Mike Bair
Storyline: Ray Palmer, who'd become closer to his ex-wife, caught her in a lie - she asked him about the note and weapon that was sent to Jack Drake. Ray knew it was never mentioned and got her to confess - she found one of his old costumes and somehow temporarily gained his powers. He said she only wanted to hurt Sue in hopes of getting him to run to her own aid. He had her committed to Arkham Asylum.
Wally, who was still having problems with Batman being mind wiped, invited Oliver to dinner with him and Clark. Everyone seemed to try a little harder to get along and to make time for each other.


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