November 16 s Batman 117 is advertised as the ending of the current Fear State crossover event going through the Bat-family titles, yet ultimately is a brand-new beginning to a traditional duo in DC Comics.
Spoilers in advance for Batman 117.
Although Fear State isn t regarding Poison Ivy centrally, she has appeared in the crossover event as an atrocious version of herself, despite last being seen as reasonably heroic in recent issues of Cat woman. Poison Ivy has actually been fairly unpredictable in the last few years, oscillating between hero and also villain depending upon the storyline — puzzling fans of the characters, as well as comic viewers generally.
Although seemingly unexpected at the time, Batman 117 by James Tyrion IV as well as Jorge Jimenez draws it all with each other by saying that there have actually certainly been multiple Toxin Ivies running around the DC World for years — also before her death/resurrection in Heroes in Dilemma. No, this isn t multiverse variations — it s something more based... or planted, instead.
According to Harley, right previously 2018 s Batman 41 when Poison Ivy struck Gotham the last time, the recently-introduced DC bad guy the Garden enthusiast was worried she might not survive and spliced off the most precious innocent part of you and also place it in a seed and grew it securely away. ( Away remaining in the caverns below Gotham City.).
The Garden enthusiast — actual name Bella Garden — is an eco-terrorist presented in Batman 107. She was disclosed to have actually been Poison Ivy s university girlfriend, and also, although they separated she kept an interest being used plants to further her objectives.
Although some crooks discovered this variation of Ivy the Gardener secreted away and also tried to overturn her to their own usages, Cat woman saved the innocent Ivy in Might s Cat woman 31. Cat woman as well as Harley after that brought this innocent Ivy to the more public, extra atrocious Ivy we ve been seeing in comics just recently.
She s obtained all of your innocence, Harley claims. The component of you that still sees the very best in individuals. The part of you I can see is missing. She s terrific... see?.
The atrocious version of Ivy unwillingly accepts reunite and merge with the innocent Ivy — resulting in the initial time Ivy has actually evidently been entirely since 2018.
Among the first points she notices is how her plants have insinuated themselves all with Gotham — which due to the present Fear State event individuals up there are trembling with fear. It s frustrating. I can do another thing with my reach....
Poison Ivy after that utilizes her plants — and also their pheromones — to cool down the city.
Recognizing this stress even her finished power, she makes a decision to relinquish a few of her power — and finds a great location for it: in healing a hurt child the Insanity Collective had offered her earlier in the Fear State crossover.
Nevertheless, that, Ivy has one more thing she d like to do — with Harley. Harley starts squealing a bit regarding seeing her previous lover back as herself for the very first time in three years, but Ivy cuts her off, saying Harley. Quit chatting..
As well as they kiss.
This collection of occasions would seem to deal with the harshness bordering Poison Ivy at DC over the past few years, with her relatively pointless vacillating in between villain as well as hero as well as back once again, as well as the subtle dissolution of the Ivy/Harley partnership which was teased as early as 2009 in Gotham City Sirens and afterwards formally verified in the New 52 Harley Quinn run as sweethearts.
The Ivy/Harley love appears to continue in Harley Quinn 9, which takes place sale on November 23.