Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #5 Review

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Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Adriana Melo, Mark Morales, Hi-Fi, and Gabriela Downie
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8, 2020

I was looking forward to this book coming out mainly because it promised to wipe away the utter garbage that was Heroes in Crisis.  Yea, that's also going on with Wally West in Flash Forward as well, but seeing Ivy get back to being herself (or better!) is my jam.  While I like this series enough so far, I think Jody Houser got a bit stuck between a jokey book and an important one the last two issues, but that is probably something you can chalk up to having Harley Quinn along for the ride.  That said, I want the tone from the first two issues back here for the penultimate issue.  Do we get that and is it any good?  Let's find out...

Well, we open with a bit of a jokey map to show where our two heroes are and where they are going to next...Manhatten and a showdown with the Flouronic Man!  They get there very quickly and start making their way towards the inevitable showdown...Harley cracking wise and Ivy very leery of a trap being sprung around them.

After a setup that might have worked better with real motion involved, they attack some plants and are joined by Batwoman.  Well, joined isn't really the word, since Kate is in town with a few day to...capture Ivy!  It's all a misunderstanding as Batwoman is not aware that Manhatten is being overtaken by plants controlled, not by Ivy, but by the Flouronic Man.  Kate agrees to join to confirm who the bad guy or gal is and that my friends is what you call a team-up!

While Harley picks Batwoman's brain on being a superhero, Ivy's... Ivy Sense (?) goes off as they are attacked by rejects from the Wizard of Oz's forest.  I don't know if it's on purpose, but these obstacles are hardly that as they get past them quite easily and stumble upon the next trouble...hostages!

That's Batwoman's ticket out of the issue as she helps the captured people and Harley and Ivy continue their march towards Woodrue.  That's when we get the awesome looking and a tad bit confusing cliffhanger that shows that the two gals have a big problem they are going to have to deal with before this story is over.

Bits and Pieces:

While I still have hopes for something special, this book seems content to coast to the finish line.  Jody Houser throws obstacles at our heroes, but they just seem to be there to take up time and space and so, never feel like a real threat.  The art by Adriana Melo is great and the cliffhanger promises so craziness next issue.


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