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Poison Ivy blossoms into her first solo adventure! There are animals. There are vegetables. And there is somewhere in between. That's where Dr. Pamela Isley, a.k.a. Poison Ivy, finds herself. Instead of battling the Dark Knight, she is now a researcher at the Gotham Botanical Gardens, studying the possibility of creating plant-human hybrids. But when her fellow scientists sta Poison Ivy blossoms into her first solo adventure! There are animals. There are vegetables. And there is somewhere in between. That's where Dr. Pamela Isley, a.k.a. Poison Ivy, finds herself. Instead of battling the Dark Knight, she is now a researcher at the Gotham Botanical Gardens, studying the possibility of creating plant-human hybrids. But when her fellow scientists start turning up dead, she's both the natural leading suspect and the only person (or plant) who can crack the case. To solve the mystery, Poison Ivy must team up or throw down with her oldest friends and closest frenemies, from Harley Quinn to Catwoman to the Swamp Thing. Can she keep things under control, or will she be responsible for a deadly new harvest? Sprouting from the brains of the up-and-coming creative team of writer Amy Chu and artist Clay Mann, it s a mean, green murder mystery starring one of Batman's greatest rogues! Collecting: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death 1-6


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Poison Ivy blossoms into her first solo adventure! There are animals. There are vegetables. And there is somewhere in between. That's where Dr. Pamela Isley, a.k.a. Poison Ivy, finds herself. Instead of battling the Dark Knight, she is now a researcher at the Gotham Botanical Gardens, studying the possibility of creating plant-human hybrids. But when her fellow scientists sta Poison Ivy blossoms into her first solo adventure! There are animals. There are vegetables. And there is somewhere in between. That's where Dr. Pamela Isley, a.k.a. Poison Ivy, finds herself. Instead of battling the Dark Knight, she is now a researcher at the Gotham Botanical Gardens, studying the possibility of creating plant-human hybrids. But when her fellow scientists start turning up dead, she's both the natural leading suspect and the only person (or plant) who can crack the case. To solve the mystery, Poison Ivy must team up or throw down with her oldest friends and closest frenemies, from Harley Quinn to Catwoman to the Swamp Thing. Can she keep things under control, or will she be responsible for a deadly new harvest? Sprouting from the brains of the up-and-coming creative team of writer Amy Chu and artist Clay Mann, it s a mean, green murder mystery starring one of Batman's greatest rogues! Collecting: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death 1-6

30 review for Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    Okay this was pretty awesome. And I'm not even a DC fan so THAT IS SAYING A LOT!! But this book was like 99% epic badass women and all I can think of is "why do we have 52 supermans and batmans AND NO POISON IVY FRANCHISES?!?!" This would look so great on a screen, with all the planets growing and ripping people's heads off and all that fun stuff. #nice And I liked that the comic was actual on the grittier side! Lots o' murder. Ivy was ready to smash chauvinist heads in. BLOOD WAS SHED. #alsonice Okay this was pretty awesome. And I'm not even a DC fan so THAT IS SAYING A LOT!! But this book was like 99% epic badass women and all I can think of is "why do we have 52 supermans and batmans AND NO POISON IVY FRANCHISES?!?!" This would look so great on a screen, with all the planets growing and ripping people's heads off and all that fun stuff. #nice And I liked that the comic was actual on the grittier side! Lots o' murder. Ivy was ready to smash chauvinist heads in. BLOOD WAS SHED. #alsonice And Ivy is pretty awesome! I liked how she was pretty much a nerdy science women, who was also pretty badass in a fight. AND she was a fierce mama bear because she's genetically engineering babies out of plants. As you do. And sure her children were green, but that just means they're healthy probably. ALSO CAT WOMAN AND HARLEY QUINN ARE IN HERE AND THEY'RE SO COOL. The only problem? No plot...hahahah. I mean, there were a few murders in Ivy's workplace and she's like "It's not me" and then goes home and murders an annoying guy. Which is understandable, of course, but probably not helpful if you're suspect in a murder case. So we're going to squint suspiciously at her intelligence levels here. And like there were monsters at the end, but the plots were really simple, to the point where they just walked into the badies' evil lab, killed evil and then left again and all was grand. *YAWN* And pretty annoyed at how sexualised the cover is. Do male superheroes pose like that? NO. Do male superheroes wear costumes that'll actually protect them? YES. CAN WE GET A LITTLE FAIRNESS GOING ON ABOUT NOW. It's 2016 already omg. So I did like it! And I'm pretty much sold to thinking Poison Ivy is EPIC. I just wish the comic had had an engaging plot to go along with Miss Ivy raising her children, punching in sexist dudes' teeth, and having flawless hair all the time. But like she didn't even barely have a romance?!? So that was a win!! INTELLIGENT FEMALE SCIENTISTS WITH SUPER POWERS = #NICE.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Cycle of Life and Death is so shitty it’s only fit for compost – no wonder Poison Ivy’s never had a solo title before! Because she has to for this book, Ivy’s suddenly gone straight and gotten a job as a plant researcher at the Gotham Botanical Gardens – but then her colleagues start dying! Oh noooo, could it be her or could it be some crap Scooby-Doo-esque villain? The answer will make you fill your pants with boredooooommmmm… This is a bad whodunit largely because there’s barely any time spent Cycle of Life and Death is so shitty it’s only fit for compost – no wonder Poison Ivy’s never had a solo title before! Because she has to for this book, Ivy’s suddenly gone straight and gotten a job as a plant researcher at the Gotham Botanical Gardens – but then her colleagues start dying! Oh noooo, could it be her or could it be some crap Scooby-Doo-esque villain? The answer will make you fill your pants with boredooooommmmm… This is a bad whodunit largely because there’s barely any time spent on trying to figure out whodunit – the killer just reveals themselves at the end. Sooooooo exciting… Meanwhile Ivy, while not responsible for the first couple of murders, does kill another person from the lab so… what’s the difference between her and the murderer? So much for turning over a new… leaf (hoho)… but why did she want to turn her back on a life of crime in the first place? We never find out. Amy Chu’s writing stinks. The guy Ivy kills was so unnecessary too. He’s blackmailing her for being her alibi for the first murder even though she had no involvement with it and was hanging out with Harley at a bar – so why did she allow herself to be put in that position by having him lie for her instead of just copping to the truth!? Besides the other Gotham City Sirens, Harley and Catwoman, briefly appearing, Swamp Thing also cameos, probably to keep the reader momentarily awake. Ivy grows some sentient plant-human hybrids for stem cell-related reasons but why make them sentient if you’re just growing them to harvest?! Her “kids” turn out to be as violent and bratty as Ivy so I guess like mother, like daughters – still didn’t care about any of them! Clay Mann’s (his parents had a sense of humour!) art is fine but nothing you wouldn’t see in a thousand other superhero comics. How does the rhyme go – “leaves of three, let them be”? Agreed. Let Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death be.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Ivy is one of my faves, and we rarely get to see her doing anything these days, she has just somehow become a sidekick to a sidekick, so finally she gets her own mini series. I did really like this one, even though at times it felt rushed especially the ending, and sticking in loads of characters that really didn't need to be there, just let Ivy have her five minutes in the spotlight. The artwork is amazing, the story definitely has its moments it's basically like one of Ivy's cabbage patch babi Ivy is one of my faves, and we rarely get to see her doing anything these days, she has just somehow become a sidekick to a sidekick, so finally she gets her own mini series. I did really like this one, even though at times it felt rushed especially the ending, and sticking in loads of characters that really didn't need to be there, just let Ivy have her five minutes in the spotlight. The artwork is amazing, the story definitely has its moments it's basically like one of Ivy's cabbage patch babies says a scooby doo episode, so if you like the sound of that you'll love this. Overall it's a pretty good outing for Ivy, and it's well worth picking up i'm giving it a higher rating just because i want more Ivy trades she definitely deserves them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    CF Dracarys

    The plot of this graphic novel was pretty intriguing. I wanted to know what was going on, it had a lot of unpredictable mystery. The dialogue was well written, it wasn't corny or unnatural. The panels could be crowded and clustered. Note to the team, Poison Ivy can be a badass without obscenely large breasts and without being practically naked with her nipples out. The ending was meh, but overall it was decent. The plot of this graphic novel was pretty intriguing. I wanted to know what was going on, it had a lot of unpredictable mystery. The dialogue was well written, it wasn't corny or unnatural. The panels could be crowded and clustered. Note to the team, Poison Ivy can be a badass without obscenely large breasts and without being practically naked with her nipples out. The ending was meh, but overall it was decent.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Artemis

    'Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death' has its flaws, but damn did it make me feel warm and good after reading. I've read so many disappointing books recently that I've been in kind of a slump - not the best way to end the year, for sure - but maybe something fun was what I needed. And Poison Ivy's first solo comic miniseries is anything but poisonous. It's a light refreshment, or like a break to have a girls' night out, complete with a makeover and dancing. No alcohol required. I had never really 'Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death' has its flaws, but damn did it make me feel warm and good after reading. I've read so many disappointing books recently that I've been in kind of a slump - not the best way to end the year, for sure - but maybe something fun was what I needed. And Poison Ivy's first solo comic miniseries is anything but poisonous. It's a light refreshment, or like a break to have a girls' night out, complete with a makeover and dancing. No alcohol required. I had never really cared for Batman's plant-controlling femme fatale adversary in the past - far too many of her incarnations are scantily-clad and exploitative. She's a misogynist's wet dream, with her sexual allure portrayed in a negative light (female villains can be sexy, of course, but it shouldn't be the reason why she's a villain to begin with), and her deadly kisses and lack of a real personality outside of sultry Eco-terrorist who cares more for plant life than human life. A grown woman who knows what she wants, sure, but Poison Ivy to me always represented the most stereotypical negative traits associated with being female; right down to using the power she has - her intelligence and sexuality - to seduce, control and kill men. And she's as boring as moss growing on a plank of wood. Clearly Ivy's male writers and artists were "preoccupied" with her body rather than her as a person. However, her friendship with the jovial Harley Quinn may have saved her character, in my opinion. The partnership is so complex and entertaining in how they interact and bounce off of one another. Harley and Ivy are even canonically a romantic pair now, which, after many years of seeing how their game-changing and irresistible coupling has progressed, makes perfect sense. 'Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death', written by Amy Chu, sees Dr. Pamela Isley, aka Poison Ivy, as: A brilliant scientist; a thawing ice queen towards humanity; a lover of all plants and trees and their intricacies (she can talk to them through "the green"); a mystery solver (one character remarks that it feels like they're in a Scooby Doo episode, very funny); a mother hen caring for female human/vegetable/flower hybrids; and an all-around semi-reformed villainess taking control of her life after leaving the Gotham City Sirens behind. There are cameos from Harley (there's a little like a lovers' spat between the two, if in a queer-baiting subtext, and it's resolved nicely in the end), and Catwoman. No Batman or any other famous villains here. Hurrah! Plus Ivy is given a new friend, Darshan Bapna, who is a POC and an interesting, funny character in his own right. Ivy doesn't form any romantic attachments to anyone in her comic; except Harley, but that could've benefited from being a lot clearer. Poison Ivy without a male love interest? Hallelujah! Praise Gotham for its unlivable hellhole and swine! Also, huge bonus for the commentary on how sexist men think women in STEM fields are "a distraction", and showing that touching a woman without her consent is definitely wrong. Despite the miniseries's good characterizations, richness and good humour, I am well aware it has problems. Pam is still drawn to wear little clothing even when it's impractical, and is subjected to T&A shots - where it looks like she had breast implants in between chapters and panels. It is so ridiculous. Like the cover of the book itself. The creative team apparently decided that the best way to introduce a fresh, new Poison Ivy to new and old fans alike is to have her pose sexually, porn-style. Of course. Not like it's 2016 and we should know better when portraying women by now, or anything. The cover alone almost made me want to skip reading the book, not giving me anything I haven't seen hundreds of times before. Fanservice = sexist, objectifying, degrading, pointless (we've had the internet for twenty years - why do comics still do it!?), exhausting, and boring. Then there's Pam's morality curve and scale, or lack of. I guess her murdering two men - one a stalkerish, sexist pig and the other a dog abuser - is meant to show her struggle in changing her villainous, human-hating (or, specifically, man-hating) ways. That she can't help herself sometimes, for old habits die hard. But she is absolutely remorseless throughout, and there is no internal conflict in that regard. It's cathartic, maybe, especially in an anti-heroine, but iffy. It doesn't occur to the reforming femme fatale that if she could get a second chance, why can't other bad people? Ivy hasn't earned a redemption arc. She uses her flower power and human and plant stem cell research to create life in this story, to become an overprotective mother. But she isn't the least bit fazed with abruptly ending the lives of those she doesn't like at the drop of a hat. By the way, both times Pam kills, it is right under the nose of the decent and caring Darshan. He never finds out, and it doesn't become the slightest issue in their growing friendship. Even more baffling is Pam doesn't face any consequences for killing - the two murders are barely a footnote in the plot - and did I mention she is already a murder suspect of her lab partner and boss at that point? Not very smart, Pamela, she with the mysterious wiped-out history and low profile (how can nobody recognize her as Poison Ivy, anyway? It is seriously the glasses?). And yet, I think I love 'Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death'. It is simple, adoring, with educational aspects on ecology. Fairly well-structured, plotted and paced for a mystery, the characters are fun (go Rose, Hazel and Thorn - Ivy's own Cabbage Patch Kids!), the artwork is nice despite the questionable anatomy on female bodies, the action gritty and drawn solidly with exciting haste, and the ending is surprising yet satisfying. It really follows through with its title, 'Cycle of Life and Death': this theme is played out in different ways in terms of story and character development. Amy Chu gave Poison Ivy and her solo comic outing heart. It blossoms into something imperfect, but beautiful. It's good to be green. Final Score: 3.5/5

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason Carpenter

    Very cool story. Loved the overall idea, and the writing was great. Wasn't a great fan of the art, but that's not to say it wasn't good quality art; just not to my taste. Very cool story. Loved the overall idea, and the writing was great. Wasn't a great fan of the art, but that's not to say it wasn't good quality art; just not to my taste.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kinan Diraneyya

    Art: 10 Story: 1 A great book of wallpapers, I mean the art of this story is 10/10, rarely seen comics as good, but the story sucks, it is so bad I had to give it a 3 despite the breathtaking art. (view spoiler)[ It is stated throughout this story itself that Ivy has no background records, and yet she begins the story as an employee at a goddam research institute. Halfway throughout the story she kills one of her colleagues after inviting him to her house (the man was a prick but there was absolutely Art: 10 Story: 1 A great book of wallpapers, I mean the art of this story is 10/10, rarely seen comics as good, but the story sucks, it is so bad I had to give it a 3 despite the breathtaking art. (view spoiler)[ It is stated throughout this story itself that Ivy has no background records, and yet she begins the story as an employee at a goddam research institute. Halfway throughout the story she kills one of her colleagues after inviting him to her house (the man was a prick but there was absolutely no reason to kill him), and then she spares the other colleague who breaks there. Oh, AND SHE TEAMS UP WITH HIM TO FIND OUT WHERE HER STOLEN RESEARCH IS. The story involves some girls that Ivy creates at her house as an experiment, they contribute nothing to the story beside filling one issue with their irrelevant rebellious teenage years (which they reach in 15 weeks because they are some human plant hybrid). Eventually though, the bad guy breaks into Ivy's house instead of her finding him, so yeah cool, they just kill him there and the story ends. but hey at least you get to see swamp thing at that final showdown, I mean he didn't have any role to play in the story but who doesn't like swamp thing? (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    Very good! So Poison Ivy has her own series, well mini-series anyways! So the story is that Ivy works at a research lab, her boss is killed(who was the only one willing to give Ivy a chance, due to her being a supervillain), and she needs to find out who did it! The story was funny in some parts, and was overall very good! We also see 3 guest appearances, 2 of them you kinda expect, the last one though at the end, was completely unexpected, I did not see that one coming! I guess my only gripe, i Very good! So Poison Ivy has her own series, well mini-series anyways! So the story is that Ivy works at a research lab, her boss is killed(who was the only one willing to give Ivy a chance, due to her being a supervillain), and she needs to find out who did it! The story was funny in some parts, and was overall very good! We also see 3 guest appearances, 2 of them you kinda expect, the last one though at the end, was completely unexpected, I did not see that one coming! I guess my only gripe, is that it kind of just ends abruptly. But other then that, its pretty good, if you wanna know more about Ivy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    It took 50 years for Poison Ivy to get her own solo comic...only for Swamp Thing to come out of nowhere to save the day. Down with the plantriarchy!

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) I will admit that my love for Poison Ivy was late blooming (HAHAHA) in all my years of Batman worship. I don’t know if it was because “Batman and Robin” (though Uma Thurman is a goddess and I now appreciate her characterization in spite of everything), or my disinterest in plants in general, but it took far too long for me to love Dr. Pamela Isley. It didn’t happen until I was looking for a cosplay outfit that wouldn’t require a wig, and I dove he (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) I will admit that my love for Poison Ivy was late blooming (HAHAHA) in all my years of Batman worship. I don’t know if it was because “Batman and Robin” (though Uma Thurman is a goddess and I now appreciate her characterization in spite of everything), or my disinterest in plants in general, but it took far too long for me to love Dr. Pamela Isley. It didn’t happen until I was looking for a cosplay outfit that wouldn’t require a wig, and I dove heart and soul into making a Poison Ivy costume. And it turned out AWESOME, if I do say so myself.So now that my love for Ivy is here to stay and all encompassing, I was totally tickled when I saw “Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death” during a weeding project at work. I wanted to give this book a stay of execution and wanted to see what author Amy Chu had done with my girl. There were two, maybe three, really strong aspects to this book. The first is that we get to see Pamela back in her research role, and we get to see how awesome she is at it. While we are used to seeing her as an eco-terrorist or just a general baddie that Batman has to take on, it’s sometimes easy to forget that she is a brilliant scientist, and seeing her passionate and stupendous at her work was heartening as hell. Chu shows that Pamela is in her element, and even throws in some really satisfying moments of fighting back against sexism and misogyny in STEM. True, it’s with violence, but it’s a power fantasy so that’s just fine. The second aspect I enjoyed (a mild spoiler alert here) was the exploration of Poison Ivy as not only a scientific creator, but as a mother as well. She creates human plant hybrids that she raises as her daughters, and I thought that showing motherhood and nurturing sides of Poison Ivy while still letting her maintain her strength and power. Too often these more feminine themes are thrown aside as if they aren’t strengths in superhero stories, so to see it here was great. And the third aspect was seeing some other DC lady favorites like Harley Quinn and Selina Kyle show up and help Ivy when needed, as well as a cameo from another DC character that I’m going to keep under wraps. Those aspects aside, “Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death” didn’t have the oomph that I wanted from it. While I liked Ivy as a mother figure, her relationship with her three ‘daughters’ Rose, Hazel, and Thorn didn’t get enough deep dive attention. The affection was there, sure, but we didn’t really get to see it build and transform, as a time jump to speed up the plot deprived us of the actual character and relationship development. Another quibble I had was that the relationship between Ivy and Harley Quinn wasn’t nearly sapphic enough. There was something of a hint towards them perhaps being an item if you knew to look for it, but there was a bit more attention towards Ivy’s scientist colleague Darshan and the sexual tension there. To Chu’s credit, while Darshan is a nice addition to the story, his relationship with Ivy doesn’t really go anywhere. But the fact that even the hint of her being with a guy got more attention than the long standing undertones of the Ivy/Harley relationship made me even more frustrated. And finally, I didn’t really care for the artwork. The reason for this is that while this story really is great in that it puts Ivy at the front and gives her agency and a lot of cool things to do, the character design was definitely still through the male gaze. It just doesn’t fit with the tone of the story. I’m glad that Poison Ivy got her own story where she could show off her strengths, and there were certainly good things about “Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death”. I just wish that we had gotten more. But if you like Poison Ivy, you will find things to like here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Obelina Wang

    Catwoman (when she made her cameo): Long time no hear, girlfriend. What’s up? Cat got your tongue? (Oh nooooes, being in costume and having cool powers doesn’t actually exempt you from lameness?! 😛) Harley Quinn showed up too, and of course, there can be no Harley Quinn without some mention of her famous lover (‘…..wasting my life over some psychotic ex-boyfriend’). 🍃Okay, jokes aside, this was actually a fun and quick read for me. I know a lot of people didn’t really love this miniseries due to i Catwoman (when she made her cameo): Long time no hear, girlfriend. What’s up? Cat got your tongue? (Oh nooooes, being in costume and having cool powers doesn’t actually exempt you from lameness?! 😛) Harley Quinn showed up too, and of course, there can be no Harley Quinn without some mention of her famous lover (‘…..wasting my life over some psychotic ex-boyfriend’). 🍃Okay, jokes aside, this was actually a fun and quick read for me. I know a lot of people didn’t really love this miniseries due to its lacklustre plot and storyline. I guess I’m lucky in this regard, as I had zero expectations going into this. I didn’t read any reviews beforehand, and I barely even know anything about Poison Ivy as it is... so for me, it was just a chill time learning about this woman who’s partially human and partially plant on a basic level. And also what she is choosing to do right now with these abilities of hers. “Selective gene technology means it’s now possible to combine plant and animal DNA. Magnificent. We’ve used hybridization to breed plants with other plants for decades. This breakthrough has given me a new purpose, a new beginning. Beyond someone else’s idea of a hero or a villain.” We don’t see Poison Ivy in a villainous role, but one in which she wants more like her to exist in the world. She carries out researches in Gotham Botanical Gardens in hopes of creating a healthy, sustainable plant/human hybrid, while also developing some other fun things on the side like pheromone recipes. 😯👀 Additionally - which is actually the less interesting part of the story for me - she also has to figure out who is going around killing her fellow scientist colleagues. The part I enjoy more of is seeing the results of her research come to fruition and the process of it, it would have been fun if they did more with the sporelings. On dogs that tried to attack them (quote I like, applicable to almost all species I’d say) 🐶: “Fight or flight. It’s survival of the fittest in Gotham. And these dogs have survived atrocious conditions and abuse at the hands of humans. Now they’re angry. Pitbulls are a misunderstood breed. I can emphatize. You put any creature in a hostile environment and they develop defense mechanisms. But that doesn’t make them bad.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    The last 2 issues really tugged at my heart.

  13. 5 out of 5

    brianna

    rumours are true pamela isley is the love of my life <3

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Though the story was super basic, I’m still glad I picked this up. Loved seeing Ivy in her own series kicking some major ass. It’s was great to delve a little more into her motives for being who she is and her general demeanour towards others as well. I feel like she usually gets a bad wrap; seen as just a sexy villain or a crazy plant lady with no substance. As said before, story was a little basic but it was wrapped up generically and was fun to see some old faves (Harley, Selina, Alec) make s Though the story was super basic, I’m still glad I picked this up. Loved seeing Ivy in her own series kicking some major ass. It’s was great to delve a little more into her motives for being who she is and her general demeanour towards others as well. I feel like she usually gets a bad wrap; seen as just a sexy villain or a crazy plant lady with no substance. As said before, story was a little basic but it was wrapped up generically and was fun to see some old faves (Harley, Selina, Alec) make some appearances. Still don’t understand how she was able to just get a job at a high quality science facility... what’s with those background checks? Even if someone “let her in” persee, I’m pretty sure everyone kinda knows what Poison Ivy looks like... but meh. I guess worth the read if you like Poison Ivy though! 💚

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elisa The-Bookie-Monster

    I loved this! I want more I want an adventure with Rose, Hazel and Thorn!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carly

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    Poison Ivy works best when she has other characters to bounce off of. This mini-series doesn't really give her that. Instead we get a murder mystery, a couple of cameos (one of which I will admit is very effective), and a genetics-gone-awry story that has some goofy bits and a pretty decent climactic battle. Ivy has decided that she wants to be a scientist again and requires funding? So she is working in a lab where of course people start dying and strange mutations get created (the whole idea of Poison Ivy works best when she has other characters to bounce off of. This mini-series doesn't really give her that. Instead we get a murder mystery, a couple of cameos (one of which I will admit is very effective), and a genetics-gone-awry story that has some goofy bits and a pretty decent climactic battle. Ivy has decided that she wants to be a scientist again and requires funding? So she is working in a lab where of course people start dying and strange mutations get created (the whole idea of Ivy being a single mother is weird but it does kind of work). I wasn't thrilled with the story, but it was okay, and some of the new characters make for decent if uninspiring foils. The art is good throughout, and thankfully stays away from the over-sexualized outfits of the past (she even gets to wear a lab coat some of the time), although I'm not sure anyone told the cover artist that. It's not a character-defining mini-series, but it does have its moments and I don't regret reading it. For the New 52, that counts as a win.

  18. 5 out of 5

    SuperSillySerra

    I really wanted to like this one. I've been trying to find this series for a while. Ivy rarely ever gets her own writings so I was pretty excited for this one. Unfortunately, I don't feel like it got all of Ivy right. Poison Ivy is just looking for a second chance. Shes tired of the villain life and wants to spend more time on science! After getting hired at Gotham Botanical Gardens, Ivy starts to work on these hybrid planet babies. But someone is after her work! Trying to raise kids and solve I really wanted to like this one. I've been trying to find this series for a while. Ivy rarely ever gets her own writings so I was pretty excited for this one. Unfortunately, I don't feel like it got all of Ivy right. Poison Ivy is just looking for a second chance. Shes tired of the villain life and wants to spend more time on science! After getting hired at Gotham Botanical Gardens, Ivy starts to work on these hybrid planet babies. But someone is after her work! Trying to raise kids and solve a mystery is hard work, good thing she has friends! Im not sure what more I was expecting from the book. I didnt like how she treated Harley, I didnt like that she would just murder people when it was convenient (yeah shes a bad guy but shes more clever then that!). It didnt really give us anything new, it didnt make Ivy special, and the end was open ended... on to the next one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea &#x1f3f3;️‍&#x1f308;

    This was interesting. I feel like Ivy's interpreted differently in every single comic I've read with her in it. My favorite take being the New 52's birds of prey, surprisingly. This book did a great job maintaining Ivy's ferocity in every aspect of her life from protectiveness over her work, protectiveness over life and protectiveness over her sporelings. I liked Luisa and Darshan as characters. Harley and Selina popped up for a bit. The sporelings were interesting. I quite enjoyed the art and i This was interesting. I feel like Ivy's interpreted differently in every single comic I've read with her in it. My favorite take being the New 52's birds of prey, surprisingly. This book did a great job maintaining Ivy's ferocity in every aspect of her life from protectiveness over her work, protectiveness over life and protectiveness over her sporelings. I liked Luisa and Darshan as characters. Harley and Selina popped up for a bit. The sporelings were interesting. I quite enjoyed the art and it was interesting because I don't entirely think it was overly sexualized. I liked the detail put into ivy's look with the vines intertwined over her legs. Tentative recommend for me. I didn't find the story as engaging as I would have liked but I was pretty entertained.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I am a huge Poison Ivy fan, she is one of the first comic book characters that drew me in. I was so excited when I heard she was going to have her own series and about darn time! The other Gotham Sirens already have had their turns. The art was wonderful in this series, it just lacks a great story. The one that is at play is rushed, and leaves a lot of questions in its wake. I had really great hopes for this series and was happy that Ivy had her moment to shine all on her own. I just wish she wa I am a huge Poison Ivy fan, she is one of the first comic book characters that drew me in. I was so excited when I heard she was going to have her own series and about darn time! The other Gotham Sirens already have had their turns. The art was wonderful in this series, it just lacks a great story. The one that is at play is rushed, and leaves a lot of questions in its wake. I had really great hopes for this series and was happy that Ivy had her moment to shine all on her own. I just wish she was given a better story to shine in.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy!

    It was fun spending more time with a somewhat reformed Poison Ivy. I was hoping for more Harley/Ivy making out, but OH WELL. I liked the art, but it occasionally veered a little too pin-up for my tastes, and I couldn't figure out why/how Ivy would be in regular clothes in one panel then her leaf micromini dress in the next. It was fun spending more time with a somewhat reformed Poison Ivy. I was hoping for more Harley/Ivy making out, but OH WELL. I liked the art, but it occasionally veered a little too pin-up for my tastes, and I couldn't figure out why/how Ivy would be in regular clothes in one panel then her leaf micromini dress in the next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mackie Welch

    I liked this. I really knew nothing about Poison Ivy...and still kind of feel like I don't know a lot about her? I was kind of expecting an origin story, which this most certainly wasn't. But I loved the art and story and will definitely read more. I liked this. I really knew nothing about Poison Ivy...and still kind of feel like I don't know a lot about her? I was kind of expecting an origin story, which this most certainly wasn't. But I loved the art and story and will definitely read more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed Ahmed

    First Poison Ivy Solo, and it was great. a crime mystery that happens in the lab where ivy works and she tries to uncover it with some special guest appearances (not going to spoil that). the mystery itself is good and keeps you hanging until the end and the story overall is great. the art done by Clay mann is exceptional, and the other issues that was done by others was just not as good.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Poison Ivy

    This book is AWESOME AND COOL!!! Poison Ivy blossoms her first solo adventure!!! I really like this book and that's why I rate it 5 stars. This book is AWESOME AND COOL!!! Poison Ivy blossoms her first solo adventure!!! I really like this book and that's why I rate it 5 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Benny

    Amazing comic!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelly K

    This was surprisingly fun as hell with a bit of weirdness. I see you, DC.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andy Haigh

    It's common knowledge that Batman features some of the best villains to ever appear in comics. Despite being around since the 60's Poison Ivy hadn't actually got her own comic until this one appeared. Poison Ivy is a villain but not necessarily an evil one more like chaotic neutral which has plenty of potential to work with. Cycle of Life and Death is a murder mystery by way of sci-fi horror which works well in some ways but is incredibly frustrating in others. There's a definite feeling that Amy It's common knowledge that Batman features some of the best villains to ever appear in comics. Despite being around since the 60's Poison Ivy hadn't actually got her own comic until this one appeared. Poison Ivy is a villain but not necessarily an evil one more like chaotic neutral which has plenty of potential to work with. Cycle of Life and Death is a murder mystery by way of sci-fi horror which works well in some ways but is incredibly frustrating in others. There's a definite feeling that Amy Chu had an idea for an interesting story featuring Poison Ivy but the DC suits were like “Yeah that's great but you only get 6 issues” so the story seems really cramped and condensed and it really shows. There's very little space for any of these characters to develop. Artistically it seems to lack consistency, Ivy seems to go up several cup sizes in certain panels for example and there's a sense that Chu and the artistic team aren't really on the same page here. Overall a disappointing affair for the characters first solo title.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lorna (lornaslibrary)

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Plus + More Poison Ivy-centric stuff please + The artwork is gorgeous + A quick, fairly light read. There are some gritty aspects, but considering the subject matter it's not quite a dark as you'd expect (which I guess could also be a minus, but personally I enjoyed it) + It's great to see a woman be allowed to be career-driven and maternal, rather than having her pick one or the other + None of the women take any shit from men and it was great + It's interesting to see a villain try Actual Rating: 3.5 Plus + More Poison Ivy-centric stuff please + The artwork is gorgeous + A quick, fairly light read. There are some gritty aspects, but considering the subject matter it's not quite a dark as you'd expect (which I guess could also be a minus, but personally I enjoyed it) + It's great to see a woman be allowed to be career-driven and maternal, rather than having her pick one or the other + None of the women take any shit from men and it was great + It's interesting to see a villain trying to create a new life for themselves. Ivy isn't exactly ashamed of her past or who she used to be, she just wants to move on, have a good career, and be able to carry out her research Minus - Would have liked more focus on the murder mystery aspect - The stakes weren't particularly high for Ivy personally. Although I enjoyed her character and was rooting for her to succeed, there was never any real danger that she wouldn't so it wasn't as engaging as it could have been - I enjoyed the sporelings part in the story, but what started out as a murder mystery involving a woman trying to overcome her past and being faced with losing her progress rapidly lost focus on her entirely and became about rebellious teenagers trying to find their place in the world. I enjoyed both aspects of the story, but I think they would have been better off had each aspect been given it's own individual plot instead of mashing them both together - More involvement from Harley and Selina would have been nice - I know Ivy is a highly sexualised character already, but there was absolutely no need to draw her boobs like that CW: Murder, gore, body horror, torture

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I received this book as a first read giveaway! This collection was fantastic! Poison Ivy needed her own collection. Chu gives Ivy a great new backstory while staying true to the character.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    I've always had a thing for Poison Ivy, so I was super hyped when I saw she'd gotten her own comic! I had some problems with it, but at the same time I really liked what it was building up to, and I really hope more people buy it and show interested in Ivy, so we get to see more of her. My problems: The fact that we only got a small, and I'm talking you-wouldn't-catch-it-if-you-didn't-know-her-sexuality-small, hint to her sexuality. I love that Ivy is so open about her love of women (is she bi? I've always had a thing for Poison Ivy, so I was super hyped when I saw she'd gotten her own comic! I had some problems with it, but at the same time I really liked what it was building up to, and I really hope more people buy it and show interested in Ivy, so we get to see more of her. My problems: The fact that we only got a small, and I'm talking you-wouldn't-catch-it-if-you-didn't-know-her-sexuality-small, hint to her sexuality. I love that Ivy is so open about her love of women (is she bi? I actually don't know if she swings both ways or not). In this album, though, there are only the small hints of Harley and Catwoman calling her ''girlfriend'' and the fact that she clearly isn't interested in men in a sexual sense. Those that want, though, can just call her a stuck up bitch or even read some sexuality into some of the relationships, and that way picture her as hetro. That said, LGBT+ isn't all about sex and showing of what you like. LGBT+ people live their own lives, and that is surely true for Ivy as well, as this album proves. So kind of a mixed problem, this. My second problem, and the somewhat bigger one, was the fact that they drag in these other characters as well. First there's Harley, then Catwoman shows up, and then Swamp Thing. Why not let Ivy handle things herself, DC? She surely can. I also felt the ending was a bit rushed, and I do hope we get a follow up story. I'd love more Ivy, but I'd also like to see what happens to the Sporlings. Crossing my fingers all four of these awesome women get more attention. Onto what I liked, for so far this has been a downer review. There were many things I liked. First of was Ivy in herself. As said, I've always liked her, and so it was great to get to see her in her own comic. Compared to the Harley Quinn comic, I didn't have any trouble with the setting, though. Ivy is a scientist to begin with, she isn't crazy, and she clearly has some priorities. She isn't in herself a bad person, and have never been bad in the way many think of people being bad either. Therefore, it wasn't hard to picture her getting a job like she did, gathering the information that she did, and doing the experiments that she did. I can really relate to the fact that she wanted someone like her in her life, and so she actually created them! The story was also interesting, but I felt it was kind of a little all over the place. I like the general setting, but as said above, I'd like Ivy to shine some more. There were many things in this book that was more about the Sporlings than about her, tbh, and I wouldn't be surprised (Just really disappointing) if this proved to be an origin story for the girls. They even asked about their origin in this book, which may have been a hint, if I care to look too closely. I loved the art style. It was just what I like. Realistic but still a little dark and artsy and clearly a comic.

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