Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death is a new six-issue mini-series written by Amy Chu with art by Clay Mann. This is the first time ever that Poison Ivy
has had her own stand alone series and Chu makes sure it counts.
In this story, Dr. Pamela Isley is not only a super villainness with a day job, but has to deal with the appearance of her “friend” Harley Quinn who causes more trouble for the botanist.
“Poison Ivy is super sexy, super smart, like Lex Luthor smart, and she could probably take over Gotam if she wanted,” says Chu. “She’s a protector of the plant world, but she also still has some human in her. You may agree with Ivy’s perspective, but not her methods. Does that make her a villain?”
Chu finds a way to have Ivy ride the line between scientist and sociopath within the first 22-page comic. She has been able to make Poison Ivy a sympathetic anti-hero instead of a villain hellbent on destroying humanity to save the environment.
Mann’s art along with Colorist Ulises Arreola and Inker Seth Mann is beautiful and blends perfectly with the story almost making it jump off the pages playing like an animated series. This is one of those books that you don’t want to wait until next month to read and DC’s side stories and mini-series have been some of the best books the comics publisher has been putting out for the last couple of years.
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death Issue One is out today online and at your local comic shops.