Batman #42 Review (SPOILERS)

Batman #42
DC Comics

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janin
“Everyone Loves Ivy” part two! Poison Ivy has taken control of every man, woman and child on the planet, and only Batman and Catwoman have escaped her influence. But will the pair of them be enough to nip this in the bud?


Beng perhaps the most “comic-booky” storyline from Tom King’s run, “Everyone Loves Ivy” is proving to be something I have slightly mixed feelings towards. This new issue is better than the last, but the storyline continues to be a bit far-fetched (even for a Batman comic). With that being said, there are still things to enjoy here. Poison Ivy has continued her control over the entire earth, including every superhero, except Batman and Catwoman. This leaves them to be the only ones able to stop Ivy and her path to “world peace”, and they have to use their wits to manipulate her into losing.

Although the concept is pretty ridiculous at times, the dialogue and art really make this an entertaining issue. As Bruce and Selina plan their wedding, they are “allowed” to roam Gotham under Ivy’s supervision.  This leads to Ivy using various superheroes to follow and listen in on their convos. All of the Justice League are under her control, somehow, so she uses the big guns pretty quickly. If that wasn’t absurd enough, Batman and Catwoman fend off the League very easily at first. This includes Catwoman kicking each of the Flashes down without breaking a sweat.


I know this is just a comic, and crazy things happen all of the time, but Tom King plays a little too loose with the range of possibilities in the DCU. The assumption is since Ivy is the one controlling them she doesn’t know how to use their powers, so I’m going to let it slide for now. If you are picky about these sort of things then you may not like this issue, especially if you know how Tom King can go out really there with his work.

The moment when Batman gets punched and killed by Superman is a lot more realistic, but of course, he gets saved by none other than Harley Quinn herself. What’s Batman’s plan? He’s now in contact with Quinn, so I guess he knows if anyone can snap out of it she’s the one. The highlight here is Batman and Catwoman’s chemistry, they go hand in hand with everything and it’s great to read. Although the story around them isn’t the greatest, their relationship is as interesting as ever.

In conclusion:

Once again there is some very “comic-booky” logic thrown in here like the last issue, but if you can get past that there’s enjoyment to be had. The dialogue is a lot of fun and the art is stellar once again, so entertainment is surely this issue’s strength. As the relationship between Bruce and Selina continues to grow, I find it hard that someone could deny that they are meant to be. I’m still excited for what’s to come for the next part of this story, but I’m much more eager to get to the next “big thing”.

Rating: 7/10

– Marcos Melendez

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