A story decades in the making!
Long has her tale been told by others, but witness for the first time-in intimate detail-the one true secret origin of Poison Ivy, as revealed by the viridescent villainess herself.
The GLAAD Media Award-winning team of writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Marcio Takara reunites to tell this heartbreaking and historic origin story as only they can.
COMICONStrap in and prepare for a story years in the making, as the curtain is peeled back in ‘Poison Ivy’ as the villain finds the space to tell her true life story. Every type of story this team sets out to tell is a delight, full of eerie gorgeous imagery and impeccable story development energy.
Geek DadThis reminds me a lot of the origin of Harley Quinn as well, but Woodrue isn’t a cackling clown that it’s hard to see how someone could fall in love with. He’s an all-too-real monster, and this is easily the scariest he’s come across. This feels like it could be opening some fascinating doors into the history of these plant-based characters, but the underlying story is darkly familiar in the best way.
ComicBook.comPoison Ivy #19 takes the idea of one's life flashing before their eyes as they die and turns it into a revisiting of Pamela's origin story and much in the same way the entire Poison Ivy run has helped craft more humanity and accountability into this beloved character, this new origin adds new depth and nuance as well. The issue sees young Pam in the sway of the sociopathic and brilliant Jason Woodrue who happens to be her professor and later greatest enemy, but also doesn't put at his feet her failings. Pam takes accountability for her own naiveté and the various places where she could have chosen differently. It also cleverly weaves in some other characters and makes them part of her early story as well. It's beautifully done even if there is little action and it is beautifully crafted both in story and art. Poison Ivy #19 is a fantastic issue.
AIPTThe existential nature of Poison Ivy #19’s character study beautifully bookends the issue, with Pamela dying from Woodrue’s violent exit from her body and reflecting on not only the general gift that life is, but also how she chose to embrace the gift of life, and wrench power back under her control. Wilson asserts that Poison Ivy was not born from Woodrue’s experimentations, or engaging with Batman in Gotham City, but from her first act of real rebellion. While Woodrue may still cause Isley to gain powers, Ivy choosing to steal from the school lab – even though it was at Woodrue’s direction – gives the antihero more agency over her creation and the future she decides for herself.
Comic WatchPoison Ivy #19 strips away the series’ hallmark psychedelia in a compelling exploration of one of life’s mundane horrors: abuse.
The Batman UniverseThe beats are undeniably familiar, and there are some major red flags that pop up in this re-telling of Poison Ivy's origin. Nevertheless, I have faith in G. Willow Wilson's writing, and I'm curious to see where the story goes. This, on top of it being one of the best looking comics on stands today, makes Poison Ivy #19 well worth picking up!
Dark Knight NewsPoison Ivy #19 gives us more background on Woodrue and Pammy, which is always interesting, but I'm just not sure about the pacing. We were in the middle of a MAJOR plot point, so the switch to a slightly calmer comic feels a bit weird. However, I trust our team. They've gotten us here so far and the ride has been amazing.