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Includes Issues:Identity Crisis 1-7
Original Publication Dates:August 2004 - February 2005
TPB Publisher:DC Comics
TPB Publication Dates:August 16, 2006
Pages:288[More Info]

Lists:Comics, DC Modern Age, DC Universe, Post-Crisis
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Unique Reading Order ID: 200905020000
Chronological List Value:2005.02
TRO Database Book ID:763 [More Info]

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  1. Daniel Davis wrote on at May 29, 2010 6:01 pm:

    Hey Ian — hope your holiday weekend is off to a lovely start. It sounds like congratulations are in order for your friend. A close friend of mine always wanted to go to that school in Savannah…

    So I’ve got some fixes for you. I did some reading this afternoon and got through JSA: Lost, The Flash: Secret of Barry Allen and Identity Crisis, and would strongly suggest that a reordering is called for.

    You’ve got them in the right order for the publication chronology, but it gets tricky because of the crossover element. Both “Lost” and “Secret” tell stories that begin prior to “Identity” before ultimately tying into the crossover. “Secret,” in particular, has a second half which touches on every single plot turn of “Identity.”

    So I think the ideal reading order for the three would have to be: Identity, Lost, Secret. As for the Challengers of the Unknown book that you have between Secret and Identity, I haven’t read it so I don’t know for sure, but I looked up the covers to the individual issues in that collection online and none of them have Identity Crisis logos on them, which suggests to me that they didn’t tie-in at all. So placement on that one is probably less important.

    Hope that all made sense! I’m trying to be somewhat vague because I don’t want to spoil any plot developments for you in books you haven’t read.



    Ian replied on May 30th, 2010 at 2:07 am:

    haha, awesome. I appreciate your vagueness.

    Sounds like good reasoning to me (and I’ve certainly had to do similar switching around with other crossovers).

    I’m going to change it to match your suggested order and then make any tweaks to surrounding books after I’ve read through. Might be a bit, but this comment will be here so I’ll be reminded if I need to be :)


    Ian replied on May 30th, 2010 at 2:11 am:

    PS. a quick flip through of the challengers volume (and my prior knowledge of it) seems to confirm your theory that it doesn’t really have anything to do with the crossover – and possibly not much to do with anything. period. haha. Seems to be entirely doing its own thing. But I’ll know for sure once I get there.


  2. Daniel Davis wrote on at May 30, 2010 3:01 am:

    Yeah, I think you’re doing a much more comprehensive read than I am. I started with Crisis on Infinite Earths last year with the goal of getting caught up. Eventually I wanna just pick up and read new trades as they come out. In order to make that a realizable goal I’ve constantly trimmed my list of books that were neither characters/stories I was interested in nor important stories for DCU continuity. Thus books like Challengers of the Unknown have just gotten passed over entirely.

    Of course, given that there are still around 250 books in my queue that whole “caught up” thing isn’t happening any time soon. [grin]


    Ian replied on May 30th, 2010 at 3:03 am:

    yeah, I have to admit that it’s often frustrating seeing really cool books coming out that I know I’m not going to get to for years – but it’s also really rewarding to be spending so much time ‘earlier’ because when developments happen I’ve been acclimatized to that past period and they effect me more the way they would have effected those readers.

    For example, I’m reading so much pre-crisis stuff now that when I get back to the modern age it really is going to seem shocking and modern to me!


  3. Daniel Davis wrote on at May 30, 2010 3:08 am:

    I think the only pre-crisis stuff I’ve read is “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow” and the stories in the “Crisis on Multiple Earths” collections. One day I’ll have to start collecting the Archive Editions or Showcase books.


    Ian replied on May 30th, 2010 at 3:11 am:

    If you’re playing quick catch up, the Crisis on Multiple Earths stuff is all you really need to get into the modern dc events, I think, but there is a lot of other good stuff there too. I’ve found I’m enjoying it much much much more than I thought I would.

    Showcase books you can often find for insanely cheap (around 5 or 6 bucks for 500 pages of comics!) Just look on ebay for lots or on amazon, half.com, etc.

    I wouldn’t buy silver age archives unless you really know you like the material, it’s a large investment for stuff available in black and white for so cheap.

    The golden age stuff is often at the same time horrible and amazing, sometimes for the same reasons. It’s super interesting stuff, but not really required for following the modern stories.


  4. Daniel Davis wrote on at May 30, 2010 3:19 am:

    Yeah, I went back and forth about the archives vs. showcase edition — but price will almost certainly make Showcase the much more appealing option.

    And you’re right about the relevance issue — that’s why I haven’t picked any of them up yet while I’m focused on the catching up.


    Ian replied on May 30th, 2010 at 3:27 am:

    yeah, I think when I have more free time again I might keep going with reading the modern age stuff (before I used to have one pre-crisis and one post crisis book I was reading at all times.) but lately I only have time to read a 10-20 page story a couple times a day so the pre-crisis stuff is great.

    I’ve been stuck at “Baptism of Fire” in my modern age reading for about two months now, haha, while I play catch up in the 40s and 60s.


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