Identity Crisis: 9 Things It Got Right (And The 1 Big Thing It Didn't)

7. The Effect On Batman

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Perhaps out of all the heroes, Identity Crisis has the most significant effect on Batman. While many would have expected him to be front and centre of the story using his detective skills to catch the killer, it is in his role as mentor and friend that the most significant impact happens.

Then Robin Tim Drake is caught between two fathers - his biological father Jack Drake and his mentor Bruce Wayne. As the story progresses Robin must choose between the two, which ultimately ends in Jack Drake's death and a schism forming in his relationship with Bruce. It places Batman in a position of yet again failing one of his charges.

The second aspect ties into the events of Tower of Babel, where Batman shows that he does not entirely trust the League and that he is prepared should they go "rogue". Identity Crisis shows his fears are not wholly without merit and that his so-called "friends" had wiped his mind of their actions.

These events lead directly into the construction of Brother-Eye in Infinite Crisis.


Kevin McHugh is a code-monkey by day and a purveyor of the unpleasant by night. Having had several comics published by Future Quake Press he is now moving into prose. An avid fan of punk rock, cheap horror movies and even cheaper fast-food Kevin can be found pontificating either on Twitter or over at WhatCulture Comics where he is a regular contributor. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two daughters.