Poison Ivy #1
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Marcio Takara
Colors by Arif Prianto
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
The Rundown: Poison Ivy travels through the Midwest leaving a trail of chaos in her wake.
The story begins with a brief narration. Later, In Wyoming, a father and son find something disturbing. Soon an encounter with Poison Ivy leads to the discovery of a shocking series of events. Later, she travels cross country and finds herself in a bar where her actions are being discussed on local news. There Ivy remembers her last encounter with Harley Quinn. Afterwards, she deals with adversaries in an unusual manner. Finally, she resumes her journey toward self-destruction.
The Story: The first issue in this limited series takes us into the deliciously twisted mind of Poision Ivy. Wilson does an excellent job of creating a nuanced and charismatic character that feels more anti-hero than villain. I love it when a character’s motive is based on righteousness but is actually destructive. I found myself sympathetic to Ivy’s plight and understanding of her heartbreak. Yet, her actions, though are understandable are never played down. Also, I would be remiss if I did not bring up the earth conscious messaging placed throughout the tale. The acknowledgment of the spirit of the Earth and the incautious nature of humankind’s animal breeding were not lost on me. I am all in on the storyline and I am excited for the next chapter of the story.
The Art: This issue features stunning artwork crafted in a modern, realistic comic design. Many of the panels feel like gallery paintings. I’m impressed with the care taken to present both the characters and environment in such a detailed manner. The setting is just as important as the events taking place therein. I feel the tone of the story and the mindset of Poison Ivy is perfectly captured. And I was completely transported with every turn of the page.