Poison Ivy #4
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Marcio Takara
Colors by Arif Prianto
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
The Rundown: Poison Ivy lends her aid to co-workers while making strides in carrying out her ultimate plan and later battles a deadly enemy.
After a questionable interview, Ivy takes a job at a shipping company as a means to forward her current objective. During her time there she witnesses the unscrupulous behavior of her direct employer and makes new friends. Soon, Ivy decides to put an end to her boss’s actions in a surprising confrontation. Then, she and Jesslyn make a connection. Later on, Ivy has an unusual encounter.
The Story: Wilson crafts a compelling narrative that showcases more of Ivy’s compassion. I find it interesting that Ivy is in a constant battle with her humanity. Throughout the series we’ve seen her spare potential “victims” because of some kind act or unexpected connection. Although she believes her mission is just, and people are presented as the greatest threat, Ivy still encounters those that have the ability to change her heart. I can’t help but wonder if this duality of emotion will pay a significant part in the story’s conclusion.
The Art: The illustration is presented in realistic comic styling. The attention to detail and focus on both character and background is transportive and emotionally connective. And the action sequences, though limited, are both exciting and terrifying.