“Poison Ivy” – Chapter Sixteen
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Marcio Takara
Color Artist: Arif Prianto
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Review by Fay Clark
Once upon a time, there was a red haired scientist who wanted to help save the planet. Now, there’s a red haired anti-hero who’s slowly killing it. There are always two sides to the story, and Poison Ivy #16 gives us a look into both.
Chuck-ing you in the deep end.
Firstly, Chuck is no Janet from HR! Secondly, WHERE IS JANET FROM HR?!? It feels like G. Willow Wilson’s making fun of me. She knows my love for Janet and is keeping her away. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Now, onto the rest of the comic. This is a monologue heavy issue that shows Wilson’s true writing skills. Ivy’s a walking exposition narrator, yet nothing about this issue feels info-dumpy, it simply feels like Pamela’s just telling us a story.
Wilson makes you feel like you’re sitting in a movie theater, enjoying a cinematic masterpiece. We’re being told a story, through words and stunning artistry. It’s amazing. Everything Chuck’s going through is told through Ivy, rather than Chuck himself. Even though we’re seeing his story, it’s a version where we don’t have all the answers… because Ivy doesn’t. That kind of storytelling from Wilson, makes you feel something without giving you the whole story. This is very impressive.
Marcio Takara and Arif Prianto work in tandem beautifully. The opening of the issue is amazing, but when you add the color everything really comes to life. Once again we see a myriad of hues being used on the pages. Seeing Chuck’s two distinct lives depicted with two different art styles, was brilliant. The “normal” side if life and the “green” side. I don’t think I’ll ever get over seeing The Green in all its glory.
Poison Ivy #16 truly furthers the storyline, mostly with some excellent character development. The plot, however, seems to have stagnated slightly. However, this means nothing when considering the amazing work of Wilson and the team. Every page is thrilling, and I keep wanted to explore more of the amazing world they are creating.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment