Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #3 review


Cat’s TidBits: Dr. Grimley’s murder is now under investigation and Poison Ivy’s sporelings are starting to show their abilities, but can she convince the investigators that she wasn’t the cause of the murders?


This story keeps on getting more interesting by the minute; Dr. Pamela Isley at this point has no idea that her best friend Dr. Grimley has been murdered (kidding about the best friend part). She walks into the office, realizing that she isn’t able to go inside the laboratory due to the investigation. Then you have this guy, who seems to be a major character now, Dr. Bapna is the one that discovered Grimley’s death and is being considered a major suspect. Come on. The investigators can’t believe that right?


Then these sporelings have been born! Poison Ivy delivered these babies (not sure if they would be called that, because they’re a hybrid of plant/human, but we’re going to go with it) and they have their own abilities. Rose, who’s able to speak to plants, and Hazel, who can grow vegetation. I’m going to assume that these abilities are going to come in handy later on, when she’s going to need their help in fighting off someone… which could be sooner than later. See spoiler below.



THAT’S THE THING KILLING EVERYONE! Well, that’s what it looks like.

Basically, there’s really not much going on. Other than the deaths of these two doctors, but the real mystery is trying to figure out who’s killing and pointing the fingers to Poison Ivy. Along with the fact that she’s trying to “turn a new leaf”, she’s struggling to keep her cool at times and honestly, I’m loving every bit of it. The issue with trying to make these ‘villains’ now ‘good’, is that you’re still going to see their personality and her thoughts on it are pretty hilarious reading through the issue.


Dr. Pamela Isley turning that leaf over.


Poison Ivy not caring about that leaf she just turned over.

The Good: The story is pretty good. We’re not going too fast, where we’re forgetting important factors that seem like they’re going to come up later on in the comic book and the art is downright beautiful. Obviously. She’s Poison Ivy. Oh, and there’s a special guest that comes out in this issue!





The Bad: I’m a facial expressions type-of-girl and there were a couple of times where the art was not so great at this.

Recommended If:

  • You enjoy Dr. Pamela Isley playing dirty.
  • You appreciate good artwork.
  • You like it when the Gotham Sirens come together.


Overall: I was pleased with this issue and not only, because a special guest that I truly love so much came out in it, but because it’s flowing nicely. Sometimes, comic books can be all over the place when you read them, but Chu is doing a great job with this one. Like I keep mentioning with this comic book, I don’t like it when our villains are trying to be good, it’s funny and I enjoy it, but I enjoy it more when we can read their thoughts on how they’re struggling with it. Sounds familiar? I feel like we do this all the time, but we don’t cross that line (mostly, because we don’t want to get in trouble with the law… or be in jail.)


Score: 8/10