Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin and Hugo Petrus
Colors by June Chung
In the conclusion of the Everyone Loves Ivy storyline, Ivy continues to control the entire planet and everyone on it with the exception of Batman and Catwoman.
After forcing an Ivy controlled Superman to almost kill him with one punch, his face and body are healed thanks to Ivy using Harley Quinn’s skills as a neuroscientist. Bruce wakes up in a hospital room surrounded by mind controlled heroes while Catwoman continues to try to talk sense into Ivy in her lair. Ivy laments her actions during the War of Jokes and Riddles and what she allowed Riddler to do while she was with him. She almost seems jealous that Catwoman wouldn’t allow herself to become involved.
Bruce and Selina are trying to help Ivy the only way that they know how. Bruce makes a risky move of having Selina knock Ivy out long enough to break Harley out of her spell. He proceeds to escape the hospital with her in the Batmobile and the two of them race to Ivy’s location to try one last gambit to try to find a way to get through to Ivy. It’s a desperate move for the couple as they know what the stakes are if they fail and introducing an unstable element like Harley could make matters even worse.
There was something really satisfying about the way this issue and story ended. It hit all the right beats for a story to be effective in learning about the characters involved as well as resolve a conflict in a new way. King does a great job of getting to the psychological heart of these characters and injecting enough sympathy for villains like Ivy that a typical fight filled ending would be unsatisfying.