Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janin
“EVERYONE LOVES IVY” part one! Mikel Janin returns to BATMAN for a brand-new epic! Pamela Isley’s influence can spread as far as vegetation will allow, putting the whole world at her fingertips. Can Batman and Catwoman stand their ground against an entire planet of Poison Ivys?
The next story arc for the lovebirds Batman and Catwoman is here and things get out of hands rather quickly. Their engagement hasn’t gone exactly to plan and the new idea of a fan-favorite villain makes it even more difficult. The last couple of issues have been pretty damn good, but I feel like this weeks is a speed bump more than anything. The action takes a seat back in this one and long strings of dialogue keep this issue afloat. In true Tom King form, the psychological aspects are the most appealing ones, but this time it simply isn’t as interesting as what we usually get.
Poison Ivy makes her return to the current run of Batman, this time being in the present after her appearance in the flashback-storyline last year. She’s out to conquer and change the entire world this time around by way of literally putting everyone’s minds under her control. Yes, billions of people become under her control (somehow) and her power seems nearly unlimited now. Well, of course, it doesn’t work for everyone as Batman and Catwoman find a way out of her control quick.
That’s the gist of what happens here, and I felt like this issue spent too much time on something so simple. The characterizations and smart dialogue is there, so there’s still enjoyment to be had here. It just goes by too quickly, and it feels like half an issue by the end. The art is a highlight though as Mikel does a great job capturing the iconic characters in a realistic way.
This week’s installment of Tom King’s stellar run on Batman is a bit stale, even with the inclusion of vibrant villain Poison Ivy. The characterizations are on point and dialogue hits very well, but not a lot goes on here. The premise is also slightly hard to believe at points, even for a Batman comic. The art is entertaining and immersive, but I still found myself getting bored by the slow pacing. I hope the story turns out to be more eventful because it would be a wasted opportunity here with Poison Ivy if it doesn’t.