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Poison Ivy #21

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

Who’s black, grey, and green all over?


Uncover how Poison Ivy and the Dark Knight Detective himself first came to blows in the final chapter of G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara’s unforgettable Origin of Species storyline.

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27 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Poison Ivy #21 brings the final chapter of the titular character’s origin story as well as brings us back to the present and it does a really good job of showing Pamela’s evolution as well as as how, at the heart of things, she’s always been the same: a woman wanting to do the right thing. We also get her first confrontation with Batman which sheds more light on Batman’s nature than anything else, which makes for a bit of refreshing perspective in a universe where the heroes are often the standard bearers. Wilson does a sold job of balancing the different facets of Pamela in this issue – having her take accountability without sacrificing herself while also giving us a lot to work with as we go with the character into what feels like a new chapter. This is a standout issue of a standout series.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This is one of the few portrayals of Arkham that I’ve seen that position it not as a supervillain holding pen but as a cruel, exploitative institution that creates as many villains as it houses, and it’s not long before the isolation starts breaking Pamela down. She finds unlikely help from a fellow inmate – whose inmate might be revealed later, or maybe not—and is able to talk her way out of there as a first offender. But of course, she’s not going to stay that way. There’s a great segment with Batman that reminds us of just how close these two could have come to being allies, but both their stubbornness keeps them on opposite sides of the law. And of course, this entire compelling segment is just Ivy’s fever dream as she battles with the strange creature inhabiting her, as it’s released into the world—and sets up the next arc with a horrific last-page visual that sets the stakes high for the next arc.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Why do people insist on cliffhangers? Come on… you already know that I’ll be reading the next issue, and I don’t need the extra push! The amazing work from the whole team in Poison Ivy #21 guarantees that I’ll be paying very close attention to every detail I can, next time.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    The conclusion of Poison Ivy’s origin story is an emotional and character-rich story. With incredible art and storytelling, the issue dives into Ivy’s motivations and illustrates that the character is more than just a femme fatale.

  • 85


    Life finds a way, and Poison Ivy is the living proof of that. Dr. Pamela Isley is more than what she once was, connected to the Earth and humanity in a way only other creatures like Swamp Thing are. Poison Ivy fights for her friends, for her love, and a better world, even if she doesn’t always know the best way to go about it. Wilson, Takara, and Prianto’s “Origin of Species” has been a powerful recalibrating of Ivy’s origins, and Poison Ivy #21 sets Pamela up to return from near death and face the Floronic Man with renewed purpose and clarity.

  • 85


    This is the best series I’m reading right now, and this issue continued to showcase Wilson’s knack for dialogue. I hope that this level of quality is sustainable now that this origin is essentially over.

  • 50

    The Batman Universe

    The decision to split up Isley’s origin into three parts and include recent elements such as Bella Garten indicated an exciting take on the story. Unfortunately what we got was unfocused, episodic, and full of repeated ideas and frustrating dead-ends. If you’re unfamiliar with Ivy’s origin or want to see a more in-depth blow-by-blow then this is a serviceable version. Otherwise, it’s gonna be a no from me dog.

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