First Look: “Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death”

The upcoming, long-gestating Poison Ivy miniseries is almost upon us, and DC has released a synopsis along with some exclusive first-look images.

Life. Death. Poison Ivy has power over both. But can she keep her friends and hold down a regular job at the same time? As Dr. Pamela Isley, she joins the prestigious plant sciences department at Gotham Botanical Gardens, but things quickly get complicated when a fellow scientist is murdered and it looks like the work of Ivy!

Also, this issue guest-stars none other than HARLEY QUINN!

This looks to be a pretty interesting take on Ivy.  There are shades of “House & Garden,” one of the most genuinely sad episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, where she had the pretense of going straight because she desired a family.  Wanting to hold down a respectable job and keep genuine friends is just a few steps removed from that, and the murder mystery angle should provide some interesting conflict.

Plus, that Harley Quinn seems to be pretty popular.  We’ll see how these two interact with each other.  Should be interesting.

The series, which launches in January, features writer Amy Chu and pencils from Clay Mann.  Check out the gallery below for some of Mann’s variant covers and some costume concept sketches.