The Identity Crisis series (IDC) and Identity Crisis Universe (IDCU) represent my fun forays into the superhero world of comic books. I grew up on ‘80s and ‘90s comics and still enjoy graphic storytelling mediums in my reading (both in and out of costume).
My goal with the all stories in the Identity Crisis universe is to put my own unique spin on the familiar tropes we fanboys and girls have grown to love. I continue to ask myself, “What else do superheroes do?” The answers result in new story ideas that combine gritty, mature realism with corny and colorful spandex.
Avengers and Watchmen meet The Walking Dead and Pulp Fiction. Spandex adventure for adults.
Superheroes. Undead. ‘Nuff said.
The country’s premier superhero team is missing. So when a mutant monstrosity goes on the rampage, it’s Spitball to the rescue! He’s a third-string hero today, determined to be first-string tomorrow.
And the Army may be giving him just the chance he needs. Spitball has been invited to undertake a secret mission into America’s heartland. What he’s about to discover, however, is not a chance at stardom but a horror movie come to life…
Hungry Gods is a fast-paced adventure of costumed superheroes, government conspiracy theories, and flesh-eating zombies.
A doomsday cult has risen in Mesa City.
Signs of the Never-Ending Serpent haunt alleyways and nightmares, and the police seem powerless to stop it. Medicine Man and Coyote stood against them and Coyote paid the ultimate price. Her partner hasn’t been seen since. Gone off the deep end, they say.
Is there no one who can save us from the End of Days?
Red Mantis doesn’t have a lot of experience, but he’s no stranger to combat. And the mysterious Shadow Puppet appears impervious to death and everywhere at once. But when faced with the true horrors of the Never-Ending Serpent, will these rookie saviors prove friends or foes?
Nakai and Nizoni Proudtree are Native American kids growing up on the wrong side of Mesa City, where it’s not cool to root for superheroes. No wonder: the patron cape of the neighborhood is currently on a rampage. Probably not a good idea to steal his car, then, even if it is for the right reasons…
Masks is a triple play of action, adventure, and pure pulpy fun. Combining the classic conventions of the genre with gritty new twists, this trio of superheroic tales is sure to please comic book fans young and old. The featured story “Medicine Man” also earned an honorable mention from the Writers of the Future Contest.
Gabriel Simonson was a con man and jewel thief, but not anymore. He’s just been promoted to the inner circle of the most infamous crime organization in America.
But don’t congratulate him yet.
Success here could be just one desperate, last breath away from certain doom. But when the supervillain Warlocke makes you an offer, you don’t dare refuse.
Warlocke’s newest plot, however, may set Gabe and his fellow henchman on a collision course with rival villain Rosethorn, the undisputed metahuman drug czar of the West Coast. If these two criminal empires go to war, casualties will be high. Gabe may not survive.
Hell, California may not survive!
The second installment of the Secret Origins series is a novella of crime, noir, and capes, and reveals the story behind some of the most infamous characters of the Identity Crisis Universe.
This book also includes the very first superhero short story of the IDCU, “Dreams of Flying.”
Is the Raven a trickster or a hero?
The Coyote is dead. And her partner, Medicine Man, is on a rampage through the underworld. Now is a good time for villains in Mesa City to keep their heads down.
Nakai and Nizoni Proudtree are Navajo kids growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. In Shadowtown, it’s not cool to root for superheroes. Even so, stealing the high-tech car of a vengeful crusader on the warpath is probably not a good idea…
But sometimes good kids do what they have to to survive. And sometimes the healing magic we need most comes from unexpected places.
This young adult fantasy adventure earned an Honorable Mention in the international Writers of the Future Contest. It also appears within the pages of the costumed mini-collection Masks and is a tale of the Identity Crisis Universe.
The future of the Identity Crisis Universe hangs in the balance.
A swarm of biomechanical monsters attack the Volans Space Station, thrusting Earth’s Apex superheroes onto the frontline of an interstellar war.
Nuclear colossus Adam Smasher is the most powerful man on the planet, with an ego to match. An orphan of alien gladiator circuits, the relentless warrior Ballista now fights to protect her adopted home. And Symian’s inhuman genius could only be born from the unfettered jungles of the Congo.
Together they are the future’s greatest (dysfunctional) superhero team.
And its last hope.
A non-stop romp of superheroes, space opera, and pure pulp fun. J. D. Brink brings you another series of mature spandex adventure for grownup fanboys and fangirls everywhere, no matter your timeline.
Eight tuxedo-clad felons are committing copycat robberies, mimicking infamous criminals from the late ‘90s. Normally, the Phenomenal Five wouldn’t bother with something as mundane as bank heists. They’re superheroes. They’re supposed to fight monsters, thwart terrorists, and jail supervillains.
That’s what Silk Spider tells herself, but their leader has her on the case nonetheless. She’s putting her detective skills to work, as well the vast resources of a superhero HQ.
And when she catches up to this new Eight-Ball Gang with her bullet-proof corset and anger-fueled super-strength, she’ll make them sorry they ever put on their masks.
Behind the Eight-Ball is a supercharged story of crime and justice, action and adventure, set in the mature spandex world of the Identity Crisis Universe.
Herb Collins doesn’t just dream about flying, he takes to the skies. And as soon as this self-conscious grocery store manager can figure out a proper secret identity, he’ll be the biggest superhero Cleveland has ever seen!
But be careful what you wish for. When Herb dons his costume and takes on his first, real super-powered fight, he learns a lesson he’ll never forget.
This short story, written ten years before Hungry Gods was ever conceived, features characters that have become lore in the Identity Crisis Universe.
In Mesa City, there’s one hero you can count on to defend justice.
Okay, there are two: the mysterious Shadow Puppet and that show-off, Mr. Wonderful. The Shadow Puppet is thought to be dead. And the man behind the mask almost prefers it that way. But he just can’t let the Mr. Wonderfuls of the world get the best of him.
Tonight he returns from the grave!
“Puppet Theatre” is a fun short story that both blends and defies superhero stereotypes.