Here's the fifth pin-up in a new series I'm doing called The Women of the New 52. This one is of the dangerous Poison Ivy!
When Poison Ivy was announced to be part of DC Comics' Birds of Prey, there was a collective groan from many fans. "Isn't Poison Ivy a super-villain? Why is she hanging out with Black Canary?" For me, I saw her place on the team as being loaded with potential. Why is Ivy on the team? Is she good? Is she bad? Of course, Duane Swierczynski has done wonders with Ivy and the rest of the Birds. She doesn't feel forced into the book and it's evident that she's not exactly welcome on the team (especially when it comes to Starling who calls her the Crazy Salad Lady). It's also glorious to see that Swierczynski is returning Ivy to her roots as an environmentalist whose motivation is to save the Earth's wildlife and to punish those who abuse the Earth's resources. I'm super pumped for the next arc which will place Ivy centre stage.
When Ivy was redesigned for the New 52 line of books, she received a drastic change in physical appearance. She's Caucasian once more but is sporting facial tattoos and super cool black eyes with green irises. She wears an organic suit which she can use to create vines and other plant life. It makes her ten times more powerful than she's ever been. As with most designs from the relaunch, it took me a while to adjust to Ivy's new look but I love it now. I also find it ironic that Poison Ivy, the Gotham Girl who's always had the most reason to dress provocatively, is dressed conservatively while her former Gotham City Sirens co-stars are being slutted up. I mean really... Catwoman can't seem to leave her costume zipped up and Harley Quinn may as well changed her name to Whoreley Quinn in that get-up she calls a costume. Poor Harley.
I don't even know how Harley kicks butt without having a wardrobe malfunction in that thing... But I digress...
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