A few weeks ago, Bleeding Cool scooped the Gotham Gossip about where Poison Ivy was going. And now it has been confirmed. Spoilers ahead…
We have been following the various split personality decisions at the character's publisher DC Comics in recent years. With one side of the company dedicated to portraying a queer heroic character looking to save humanity, with her best girl Harley Quinn. Against another side dedicated to restoring her Batman villain roots as an environmental terrorist, without any of that Harley Quinn nonsense getting in the way. To the extent that Poison Ivy was literally split into two beings, one a crazy warrior, the other a simpering fool. All the while that Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn have been getting together – and getting married – in the Harley Quinn Animated Series, with a spinoff comic book by Tee Franklin and Max Sarin continuing the story of their relationship.
Recently, Batman writer James Tynion IV had a stab at reconciling the different aspects of Poison Ivy in the light that much of DC Comics editorial – including the Poison Ivy traditionalists – had been made redundant. In the most recent Batman #117, the Poison Ivys were combined, she not only did not destroy Gotham, but saved it. But what is to come? Today sees the publication of Batman: Fear State Omega written by Tynion IV and a story in Gotham City Villains Anniversary Special #1 written by G Willow Wilson. which speak to Poison Ivy's present situation and future in 2022.
And as we reported, yes, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy will be together in Eden – and that's the full complete Pamela Iseley, if less powerful than before. But for how long?
She defines herself as not a hero or a villain, just herself. And will save the world in her own way, without The Gardener…
And today's Gotham City Villains story by G Willow Wilson and Emma Rios will see Poison Ivy working again solo as an environmental terrorist or activist, depending on your view…
Using her plant manipulation power to invade a major polluting plant…
…taking down the polluters in chief, killing their employees…
Those who don't look like Harley Quinn, at least.
And it looks like Poison Ivy will indeed have more stories to be told in the Batbook in 2022, as we are promised that "Poison Ivy's story blooms in 2022". from such seeds do great oaks grow.
Could we have G Willow Wilson and Emma Rios providing more Poison Ivy tales of terror next year? And what happened to her and Harley Quinn to take her to this state? Is this how DC will see Poison Ivy going forward?
And less of the lovely dovey Ivy in last week's Catwoman #37 and Harley Quinn #9?
Might she actually get her own solo title going forward? Meanwhile, Harley Quinn, operating solo as well has her own terrorist intentions regarding the new Arkham Tower. More on that in more Gotham Gossip, I think…
CATWOMAN #37 CVR A YANICK PAQUETTE (FEAR STATE)
(W) Ram V (A) Nina Vakueva (CA) Yanick Paquette
Catwoman's attempts to keep Alleytown, and those around her, safe from collateral damage have failed. Simon Saint, the Wight Witch, Father Valley, and the Magistrate have all compromised her newly founded kingdom and brought her entire life to the brink. But despite Selina's dreams of queenhood crashing down around her, there is still hope in the form of the Alleytown Strays. Could these children, trained by Selina, be her salvation? Or will they, too, pay for their involvement with Catwoman with their lives? And with Queen Ivy and Ivy aware of each other now, will they destroy the city or become one again?
Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 11/23/2021
HARLEY QUINN #9 CVR A RILEY ROSSMO (FEAR STATE)
(W) Stephanie Phillips (A/CA) Riley Rossmo
Harley Quinn here, reporting live from Fear State! And let me just say…I've jumped outta airplanes, faced down the baddest criminals in Gotham, thrown punches at Batman, and filed my own taxes without instructions from the IRS, but reuniting with Poison Ivy to try to save all of Gotham…? Let's just say I've got a little anxiety. I'm only one well-dressed and overly verbal former psychologist turned heroic clown, after all. Which is why I've teamed with the Gotham City Sirens to take down Scarecrow and…wait…why is Keepsake here? This couldn't just be an easy, straightforward mission, could it? I blame the writer…
Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 11/23/2021
GOTHAM CITY VILLAINS ANNIVERSARY GIANT #1 (ONE SHOT) CVR C FRANK QUITELY PENGUIN CARD STOCK VAR
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Frank Quitely
Written by Danny DeVito, Wes Craig, G. Willow Wilson, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Joshua Williamson, Stephanie Phillips, Dan Watters, Nadia Shammas, and Mairghread Scott Art by Dan Mora, Wes Craig, Emma Rios, Riccardo Federici, Max Raynor, Max Fiumara, Skylar Patridge, Ariela Kristantina, Khary Randolph, Jill Thompson, Christian Ward, Gabriel Walta, and others Gotham City may be protected by the Dark Knight, but this major metropolitan destination is also plagued by some of the deadliest, most nefarious villains in the DC Universe! In this oversize anniversary giant, DC Comics proudly presents tales of Batman's deadliest foes written and drawn by some of the biggest, most exciting names in comics! 2021 marks an anniversary year for the Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, the Mad Hatter, Killer Moth, and the original Red Hood, and Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1 brings these baddies to life in some big ways! Also featuring the anniversary celebration of the Penguin, written by none other than the man who brought Oswald Cobblepot to life in Batman Returns, star of the silver screen Danny DeVito!
Retail: $10.99 In-Store Date: 11/30/2021
BATMAN FEAR STATE OMEGA #1 (ONE SHOT) CVR B SIMONE BIANCHI CARD STOCK VAR
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Riccardo Federici (CA) Simone Bianchi
As Gotham's Fear State comes to a close, a new day dawns on the city…one without Batman. But the Dark Knight's absence does not mean the city is without heroes. Join James Tynion IV and Riccardo Federici as they bring "Fear State" to its conclusion and introduce a new status quo that will reverberate throughout the DCU for years to come.
Retail: $5.99 In-Store Date: 11/30/2021