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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Detective Comics #23.1-Poison Ivy

September 6th, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Written by: Derek Fridolfs

Art by: Javier Pina

Color by: John Kalisz

Cover by: Jay Fabok

Published by: DC Comics

The Poison Ivy villains month one shot is the first one I’ve read so far and I must say, I thought it was fantastic. It was very well written and by the end I wished it were a continuing series and not just a one shot.

This issue gives you a look into Ivy’s past and shows how she came to be. In the first half of the book I thought she had issues with men who control women, but by the end you learn that she pretty much has issues with all men. It’s Ivy’s world and males just want to hold her back.

The artwork was very good and went well with the story. The flash backs were in a different style than the rest of the book and upon first glance I thought maybe they were drawn by different artists, but this is not the case. The fact that an artist can have that kind of range in a single comic really impresses me and if they ever do decide to continue this series this is the team they need to have working on it.

The only things I would change about this comic are the cover and I would make Ivy come across as more of a villain and less of a victim. In the beginning I thought they were going to just make her look like a good person who does more good than evil, and since its villains month that is just unacceptable. By the end her goodness is pretty much gone. The 3D cover however can’t change to make me like it. Compared to the others it is very plain and the 3D is kind of a waste, moving leaves isn’t worth the effort to me. Besides that though I loved the comic.

If all of the villains month one shots are this impressive, I wonder what crazy idea DC will come up with next to take all of our money. Whatever it is I hope other publishers don’t get any ideas, my wallet can’t handle this for long!!!

4 out of 5 nerds


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