REVIEW: ‘Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy,’ Issue #2 (of 6)

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Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2

DC Comics Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 picks up where the last issue left off, with Floronic Man attempting to use Ivy to control the Parliament of Flowers, and with it, the Green. Written by Jody Houser, with pencils from Adriana Melo, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Hi-Fi, and letters by Gabriela Downie Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 is one that gives readers more questions than answers.

After escaping Floronic Man at their home, the new and heroic Harley and Ivy are on the run but like it was shown last issue, Ivy isn’t at 100 percent. Last issue, Ivy had to use all of her strength to maintain a form that is more than a pile of vines on the floor, now, in Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 we see muscular and strong Ivy spring forth to take on the Floronic Man. That said, this issue also continues her struggle, fighting to keep her form and now even remember what she just did. In a move that shows their friendship, Harley acknowledges that Ivy needs more help than she can give and reaches out to Jervis Tetch a.k.a. the Mad Hatter.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 is an issue that showcases Harley’s love for Ivy – whether it’s platonic or more, it’s undeniable. Harley’s concern for Ivy is something that comes across in not only the dialogue but also in her actions. A lot of the times, their relationship is one that pays lip-service to their love for each other without much substance behind it. As much as I love Tom Taylor’s DCeased, that book handled it such a way. Thankfully, here, Houser has written iterations of the characters that contain a history, a friendship, and a love that you know has been active beyond the six-issue mini-series.

The choice to make the events of this series directly follow and incorporate the Heroes in Crisis event was the right one. Stemming from Ivy’s death in that series, Houser is able to reference the events at Sanctuary in a way that feels authentic, like how two friends mention moments and make references to a past shared experience. This works to make this feel less like a story dependent on the event and more-so a unique story.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2

Additionally, Melo and Morales’ art is unique. When Ivy uses her power to escape from Floronic Man, she emerges beautiful, but she also emerges as a symbol of power, her costuming existing more like armor and less like the leaf swimsuit we know her for. She’s muscular first and sexy second which is exciting as a longtime fan of an often hyper-sexualized character.

Overall, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 solidifies my opinion of the mini-series as a whole. It’s one that hits on the heart of the characters by creating a real relationship. In addition, even though I have never been a fan of narratives that center villains as heroes, this one works and works well. I truly can’t wait for the next issue.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 is available wherever comics are sold.

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TL;DR

Overall, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 solidifies my opinion of the mini-series as a whole. It’s one that hits on the heart of the characters by creating a real relationship. In addition, even though I have never been a fan of narratives that center villains as heroes, this one works and works well. I truly can’t wait for the next issue.