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Poison Ivy #23

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Mixed or average ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

The world is eating itself alive as the zombified victims of Poison Ivy, led by the reborn Dr. Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man, descend upon Slaughter Swamp’s foremost botanical supervillain. With time running out, Ivy will have to use every ounce of herself in order to defend her life. But will it be enough… and is her life even worth saving?

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Unexpected dire threats from the past sometimes call for unexpected dire choices, a lesson that Pam and her allies are quickly learning in Poison Ivy #23. Horror is the name of the game for this series that continues to do one of the best jobs in the big two at really getting to the heart of it’s charactes and the world they inhabit.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This has been a very strong conclusion to the arc, and it’s wild that Wilson seems to have a lot more story to tell.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Erm… I’m genuinely not sure where we can go from here. G. Willow Wilson had best have the most spectacular follow-up for this issue, as I screamed, yelled, and laughed. Most of all I, will keep reading.

  • 80


    If you’ve been sticking with this series, you should definitely read the conclusion of Wilson’s new origin for such an iconic member of Batman’s rogues gallery. The last page leaves readers of quite a cliff-hanger, and for all the complaints I’ve had about how drawn out this story has been as of late, I still think that this arc came to a satisfying conclusion.

  • 70

    While the issue drags out the “death” of Poison Ivy perhaps a little longer than necessary – and one could argue ultimately involves more characters than one might need in order to give it a dramatic flourish, Poison Ivy #23 is still a strong conclusion to the title’s current arc. The issue caps off Pamela’s origin story and presumably her reconciliation with that origin, offering a face off with Woodrue that forces her to confront the impact of her choices as well as her own mortality. It sets up a great cliffhanger and positions the story for what could be an interesting new story going forward. The only real issue is how drawn out it all is, but the destination at least makes the journey worth it.

  • 68

    Comic Watch

    Poison Ivy #23 is a splatterpunk extravaganza undermined by its emphasis on queer tragedy.

  • 45


    Ultimately, Poison Ivy #23 feels like the story ran out of steam a while ago and is treading water to make it to issue #24 because that’s what fits in a trade paperback. The opening line suggests at a thematic connection to the slow killing of our planet, but the book never really goes for that connection. I suspect Wilson and Haining were going for a tortuous death for Ivy before a potentially triumphant return in the next issue. Perhaps it was too good a job.

  • 40

    The Batman Universe

    A step up from last month, but how could it not be? If you’re a Harley or Jason Todd fan, pick this up if you want to see them here.  Otherwise, the plotting is still very much stuck in the mud.

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