Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2 review


Cat’s TidBits: Dr. Pamela Isley is trying to figure out the culprit of Dr. Luisa Cruz’ murder, before the cops start pinning it on her, but the evidence isn’t really helping. And that little DNA experiment of hers… Well, it’s not so little anymore.


I can’t stress enough how easy it is to follow this comic book; I am enjoying the scientific aspect of it, but with a feminine touch. And no gentlemen, trust me, you can still easily enjoy this comic book. I want to first talk about the plot at this moment; Dr. Isley is a little hard to be likable, unless if she’s around Harley Quinn when she’s in her alter ego, Poison Ivy. Though, if we think about it, this is her personality! When you have someone who’s in love with plants and is technically her second life, I can only imagine how hard it is to get down to the ‘human-level’. You can tell she’s trying though, especially when she’s around her colleagues and Harley Quinn (which, I’m assuming she’ll be coming out a lot.)


This image was pretty funny. Trying to give her alibi, but can’t trust Harley Quinn all that much.


I love that we’re not only seeing Scientist-Dr. Pamela Isley, but we’re also getting Poison Ivy; There is a fine line between what is a superhero or super villain and I’m glad to see that she’s still committing murders. Not, because I enjoy them *ha*, but because that’s who she is! This was something I didn’t expect to see anytime soon, since we’re seeing detective, friend, and scientist Pamela, not destructive Poison Ivy. At least she did it out of good intentions — Sounds familiar? Catwoman is another DC Comics character that blurs that fine line between good and evil.


It’s refreshing to see a humorous thing in comic books, like this one above. I know when I’m reading comic books, I enter this fantasy world where I’m a person in their world, forgetting that in reality, it’s far from that. If you’ve ever read those tumblr hashtags on #OnlyInGotham, you know exactly what I’m talking about. When I read that, I feel like it’s real, like I’m actually living in Gotham… Which really isn’t a good thing -LOL. But this ‘Gotham’s got Talent’ is a reminder to what is real in our world.

I don’t want to give away too much, but that DNA experiment that Dr. Pamela Isley is working on… really, freaking creepy. Reminded me of that movie, Splice. Anyway, want to see the results. SPOILER BELOW.



So weird… But I wonder what storyline this will bring us.

The Good: Interesting like you wouldn’t believe. Kudos to Amy Chu for keeping us interested; this comic book will continue wondering what’s going to happen next. And with that ending, now I’m really curious. The artwork when Poison Ivy is in the frame, is so beautiful! The rest seems very bland, but when the flowers are in the frame, it’s gorgeous.

The Bad: Even though we are getting to understand Poison Ivy and her way of thinking, I feel like we are ignoring characters that are going to play a major part down the road. Hope that improves. Probably the reason why it affected my scoring, it needs to find the balance between characters involved and the main character. After all, both things create the main story.

Recommended If:

  • You enjoy scientific lingo.
  • Poison Ivy is your woman crush everyday.
  • You like comic books that remind you of science fiction horror films (ha).


Overall: READ THIS COMIC BOOK! I know many people were curious about this comic book, because we thought, ‘Really, DC? Another villain you’re going to make good?’ But it’s not like that at all. It still has gory scenes, when needed, and it’s perfect in introducing interesting plot twists. I’m telling you, if you enjoy science fiction horror films it’s like this. But with characters that we love. *Insert a grinning happy face here.*


Score: 7.5/10