is quite possibly the most polarizing and controversial DC story of all time - Publishers Weekly
called it "both wildly popular and reviled." Though the book has its definite supporters, the Brad Meltzer-written, Rags Morales-illustrated series caused so much consternation, that Rolling Stone
even asked Grant Morrison (who wasn't involved with the comic) about it - seven years after it came out.
Not only did Identity Crisis reveal that Doctor Light, previously seen as a mostly harmless goofball, was in fact a brutal rapist who sexually assaulted beloved supporting character Sue Dibny at the Justice League's headquarters, it also killed off Firestorm, Tim Drake's dad, and Sue herself.
Sue, who along with her husband Elongated Man are generally considered the embodiment of the whimsical side of the DC Universe, was then murdered by Jean Loring, the Atom's ex-wife. Loring's not-so-perfect murder of Sue included shrinking herself down using her ex’s tech, crawling around Sue's brain in an attempt to give her a stroke (because, sure!), accidentally killing her, and then burning Sue's corpse with a flamethrower for good measure. If you’re asking why Jean even had a flamethrower with her, well, the line starts to the left.
Oh, did we mention Sue was pregnant at the time?
But before you get too upset at Jean Loring about all of this, keep in mind that it started as a plan to reunite with her ex-husband. Crazy, Stupid, Love, right? And what’s more, it worked!
Unlike most characters, Ralph and Sue remained dead long after they both passed on (Ralph joined his wife shortly after her death at the end of 52) although in good comic book fashion, became ghosts … detective ghosts. However, they both returned to the living during the New 52 in Secret Six #12. Fans were glad to have them back – and they’d even likely welcome back the goofy, mad scientist version of Dr. Light and the not-stroke-inducing-flamethrower-murdering-to-get-her-man-back Jean.
But many fans are also probably hoping Identity Crisis does what the Dibnys couldn’t - stay buried forever, at least in continuity.