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Poison Ivy #12

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

Ivy and Janet’s celebrity wellness excursion comes to a horrifically tantalizing close as Pamela Isley faces the unintended fruits of her murderous road trip. Will she make it back home to Harley in one piece or is Ivy going to be added to Gløp’s body count?

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27 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    A few loose ends and a rampaging lamia spore won’t keep Poison Ivy from the love of her life, as ‘Poison Ivy’ #12 brings the first year of this amazing series to a close and sets it up for what’s coming next. Defying all odds, this former mini-series turned limited series turned ongoing brings its A-game with every single issue tapping into some amazing character, story, and visual energy. Now’s the time to hop on board if you haven’t already.

  • 97

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    POISON IVY #12 wraps up the series second arc on a very strong note. Wilson successfully ties it into the first arc. By doing so, she lays the foundation for what could be a series where characters actions truly matter and will impact stories down the road. A new arc begins in the next issue, and its worth checking out by anyone who hasnt yet sampled the series.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    An issue like #12 was bound to happen eventually. Wilson and company need to balance out the moody supernatural horror with the occasional moment of action intensity that blows over into deeply reflective inner emotional drama. The story was building to this sort of climax over the course of the past eleven issues. It’s nice to see it play out in a suitably dramatic burst. It’ll be interesting to see where Wilson and company take the story from here.

  • 91

    Comic Watch

    In the newest issue of Poison Ivy, Ivy once again faces the consequences of her actions after a well-meaning wellness guru turns into a gunky fungus monster, courtesy of a wild strain of the parasitic fungus Ivy was previously using to destroy humanity. While Ivy is turning over a new leaf (and not for the first time), G. Willow Wilson’s writing reminds us that change and growth take time: being a better person requires constant effort and responsibility for past actions. It isn’t a one-time decision. In the words of another G. Willow Wilson character, Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, “Good is not a thing you are. It’s a thing you do.”

    While COVID-19 may not exist in the DC universe, Poison Ivy nonetheless asks its readers to consider anti-vax rhetoric and our responsibility for one another through (an inexact but impossible to miss) metaphor. While Jessica Fong’s gorgeous and playful cover seems to promise Ivy terrorizing a beauty influencer and surrounded by a zombified film crew, this snapshot doesn’t relate to the issue’s contents. Instead, the brunt of the issue focuses on Ivy’s struggle to save the wellness retreat attendees, all of whom have become infected with the fungus – including Ivy’s love-smitten quasi-girlfriend Janet. Given the real-world COVID-19 pandemic, it’s inevitable that any story focusing on an outbreak has COVID undertones. Incorporating current events or pop culture has the potential to make a piece of media feel dated in the long run, but Poison Ivy feels all the more bold and vital for taking the risk.

    Marcio Takara’s artwork continues to put the “dead” in “drop dead gorgeous,” combining beauty and ecstasy with grotesquery, muck, and mortality. Colorist Arif Prianto’s occasional use of photorealistic textures in backgrounds is mildly jarring, but his color choices – juxtaposing organic tones and neons – make the contrasts in Takara’s work all the more magnetic.

    Issue after issue, Poison Ivy continues to be a near perfect marriage of style and substance. Poison Ivy #12 is no exception.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    This was planned to be the original end of the series before it was extended to an ongoing, and it’s clear that this is the second time this series was given a new lease on life. While the first arc was tightly plotted and ended with an intense emotional catharsis as Pamela finally triumphed over her longtime nemesis Jason Woodrue, this second arc has mostly been about the difficult question of what comes next. Pamela and her associate Janet—who Pamela has now become involved with despite her ongoing relationship with Harley—have stumbled into a Goop-inspired retreat that devolved into a strange fungi-fueled orgy. While everyone has been infected, the ringleader has been transformed into something horrible—a fate that will await everyone exposed to the mutated fungi unless Pamela comes up with an antidote. It’s a good hook for an even bigger threat than Woodrue.

    This coming arc seems like it’s going to turn into somewhat of a zombie thriller, with Pamela and her allies—including Harley—hunting down those still infected and eliminating them before they can become plague vectors. Obviously, the idea of a fungi-fueled zombie plague isn’t new—it’s the subject of the top series on TV right now—but Wilson seems to have a good handle on the concept. What doesn’t work quite as well is the attempt to make some commentary on anti-vaxers this issue. While some of the lines being parroted are very timely, it’s hard to believe that someone would choose to keep the spores because they fear the antidote after seeing someone literally transformed into a feral beast in front of them. It feels like commentary in search of a story, but the overall concept of the series is strong. I’m hoping the addition of Harley to the title will help it get back the momentum of the first arc.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    I’m so happy that this comic’s getting a longer run now. I couldn’t imagine having to stop at this issue and say goodbye to the Ivy of today. Wilson’s made me fall in love with this character all over again and this is definitely going to be the revival of Pamela Isley and her poisonous ways. I can’t wait to see what we get from her in the future, will be here for ride and probably love every second of it.

  • 65


    have mixed feelings about this issue of Poison Ivy. On the one hand, I like the overall idea of the story and where it is going. On the other hand, I think that the execution is really off.


    The Poison Ivy ongoing series is far from perfect. Wilson has some great concepts and a good voice for Ivy, but I want to see the execution of this series improve as it continues.

  • 60

    I really like Poison Ivy as a series and while this issue is a good one with its further explored idea of Ivy developing a conscience and doing better to make some sort of amends for her previous actions, it’s also obvious that this is where the series was intended to end before it was extended. Things slow down and sort of take a quiet turn, though there’s also some awkward injection of social commentary – something that has worked well in previous issues but not so much here. Even for those flaws, however, it’s still a good issue with a strong concept and the addition of Harley at the end that seems poised to take things in a new direction. The art is also outstanding and fantastical at several points which overall elevates the whole thing.

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