Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #6 Review




That's It?

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Adriana Melo, Mark Morales
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 12, 2020

I was looking forward to this mini-series because of DC Comics pushing it as the book that would heal Poison Ivy from that shit show Heroes in Crisis.  There words, not mine!  Well, maybe I paraphrased it a bit, but still, this mini seemed important, especially with the Avatar of the Green job up for grabs.  Somewhere along the line, however, this book seemed to turn more into Harley Quinn and her pal, Ivy, and that's a shame.  So, going into this final issue, I have lowered my expectations a bit and hope we get a decent ending that gives Ivy a good enough new status Quo.  Do we get that?  Let's find out...


The issue opens with a quick flashback and then an exposition drop.  It seems that Ivy hasn't been complete this whole time, and the fire Harley started earlier in the series to save Ivy from her doppelgangers may have done more damage than initially thought.  With that, we find out the Flouronic Man was never the big bad and that Harley should have paid more attention.  It kind of fits if you tilt your head and squint your eyes, but it just doesn't feel right.  You can't convince me that this was the original way this was supposed to end.




The issue continues with Ivys fighting, a plant/zombie attack, and Harley and Ivy doing their best to save each other.  Unfortunately, when you love someone, you have to set them free, and Harley has to run away from her BFF as we get a "two redheads walk into a bar..." explanation of what's going on.

The issue ends with an ambiguous ending that doesn't give us any new or old status quo!  Instead, we get Harley driving away, thinking of Ivy and not knowing jack shit...just like the reader!




Well, that was a waste of time and money!  At least it wasn't Heroes in Crisis 2: Electric Bugaloo!  I don't know what to say except that this is the sort of book that makes me question if DC Comics cares about its fans.  You let Tom King screw up and kill a bunch of characters and then put out a book that is supposed to make things right, and this is how you end it?  With a non-ending?  As a fan of Poison Ivy, I guess I should be used to getting royally screwed every time she shows up, but that doesn't mean I have to smile while it's happening!  Believe me; I am not smiling right now!

Bits and Pieces:

After the disturbing and disgusting Heroes in Crisis, DC Comics pushed this mini-series as a rebirth for Poison Ivy.  Well, it looks like they screwed up two rebirths if my count is right!  This non-ending is a slap in the face to fans of the character and ended up feeling like the worst kind of money grab.  I liked the art in this finale, but not much else.


4.0/10

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