Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janin
Colored by: June Chung
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quiet space to read and fully give oneself over to reading? Maybe some of you have that or some of you do not even care to, but I wouldn’t it mind it one bit. As a parent my reading space is not mine alone. What follows is how I actually read Batman #41.
DON’T COLOR ON THE KITCHEN FLOOR. Batman has the best villains. Poison Ivy is ok, there are certainly less interesting baddies, but she has never been one of my favorites. STOP PULLING ON THE CAT’S TAIL! Bruce and Selina are trapped in a simple Ivy spell or is it a sophisticated nightmare? This is one surreal issue. I loved it and Ivy, shocking! The script’s pacing and wonderfully realistic – and frighteningly vibrant work of Janin (and company) – sell me on this cerebral Tom King Poison Ivy story. as3334ljfaak/////DON’T HIT THE KEYS WHILE I’M TYPING.
The comic is Ivy’s to narrate and she pulls us in, weaving an unsettling & seductive web. I’m not sure I even know what is dream and what is real in this at times. The success here is the tone. I’m not 100% on what the story is exactly, but Ivy wants something or at least Bruce. There is a great layout – TIME FOR A DIAPER CHANGE – right in the middle of this where the phrase, “I love you too,” is said by a cornucopia mash of people, some VERY recognizable, ahem Donald Drumpf…Superman, the Pope, etc The scene is kinda mind-bending. Is Ivy lustful?
Ivy takes over all of Gotham…Alfred (how? I don’t know)…Her broken eco-terrorist plot is not fully revealed, but I imagine Ivy might be a tad upset (jealous?) of Selina’s capturing of Batman’s heart. PUT YOUR PANTS BACK ON IF YOU’RE GONNA STAND IN FRONT OF THE WINDOW. The comic ends as Bruce and Selina stand as the only opposition to Ivy’s demented green villainy.
As a part one to a story this is an intriguing opening. The payoff, hopefully, is worth the price of admission. At the very least this is a beautifully disturbed vision of obsession. Buy the ticket, take the ride…