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The New 52 - Poison Ivy by Femmes-Fatales The New 52 - Poison Ivy by Femmes-Fatales
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. :D

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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EveApplefield Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know... I like the redesign and I like Poison Ivy as a character but I really dislike the double standard thing going on. I mean, she's basically a date rapist, since it's been said that she slept with some of her drugged victims before torturing/killing them. If that was a guy who did that as part of his MO there'd be an uproar but for Poison Ivy there has never been one at my knowledge Shrug . That said, both DC and Marvel (Carol Danveeeers !) are notoriously bad at handling this particular issue, so ... yeah.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Poison Ivy is identified as a villain though and her actions are not portrayed as being acceptable. Although, I can't say I've ever come across an issue where it explicitly states she has sex with her drugged victims. Most modern interpretations of the character have begun to interpret her through a queer lens. In other words, her preference is implied to be with women (notably, Harley Quinn) while her interactions with men are merely parts of her scheme. She shares that similarity with Mystique, as Mystique's only real loving relationship has been with a woman while she uses men as tools in her schemes.

There have been further instances of rape, where women have drugged men and slept with them in comics. Tarantula raped Nightwing, while Talia raped Batman. In both instances, there was a backlash amongst readers. The second example in particular created a major stir and many fans took issue with this narrative, especially since it changed the nature of the characters' relationship and completely harpooned Talia's character. I actually explored this particular instance in a blog entry titled "Top 10: Comic Book Characters Ruined by A-List Writers." If you're interested, you can find the link here: divas-femmes-fatales.blogspot.… . It can't really be a double-standard when there is documentation of there being an uproar over women raping men in comics.
emprahsque23 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Her origin story in New 52 really gives off a scary sociopathic feel
comicbookstore Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
No I disagree I wanted her to be a nudist with the green skin again or white skin. Hey it makes sense for this particular character since she is all about natural nature and even seduction so if their was unnecessary cover up its defiantly poison ivy. Harley Quinn I can agree with you defiantly since she is very iconic with the other look and cat woman has been zippered up before it just depends on who is the artist and how he or she draws her. But I respect your opinion.
Filipe19991 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
She is actually naked. All her "clothes" are actually plants protecting her body and she can create plants from all her body and she doesnt depends on outside plants while in buildings or urban places, where BOP takes down. Plus when she use her spores to seduce people, she deplays with sexy poses and seduce her victims with her spores, which makes hipnotic illusions of almost paradises florests.
BloodTalonHero Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I love the new look! I'm glad she's Caucasian again. I wasn't a fan of green skin. I'm not saying I hated it, just preferred the normal skin color. I dint like the new hair but your piece made me change my mind. I have given her the old hairstyle in the pic I'm drawing but now I'm gonna redraw it.

Good job on the suit. I like that you drew the vines coming out of it. It shows her new capabilities. I like her black and green eyes. She looks confident and dangerous. Her hair looks very nice. I like the way you draw hands. They look slender and feminine. It takes me a while to draw hands and when I do they look nowhere as good as this. Keep up the good work! I agree with you about the irony. They covered her up while Harley looks like she joined the HellFire Club. ;)

I like the BoP series and I hope Ivy stays on the team.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love Ivy with green skin because it makes so much sense for her character. On top of that, it helps to add diversity to DC Comics. It's bad enough that it's like white people palooza over at DC Comics and the Batman Rogues are even worse. The vast majority of his villains are Caucasian so making Ivy green helped to really diversify his cast. On top of that, it helped to distinguish her further. There are so many Caucasian redheads in comics (Barbara Gordon, Poison Ivy, Caitlin Fairchild, Jean Grey, Theresa Rourke, Black Widow, Firestar, Hawkwoman, Cyclone, etc.) that it makes it so that unless they're drawn in-costume it's impossible to tell them apart. Of course, we do know that Ivy is still green in the DCnU (it's shown in Batman: The Dark Knight) and it is merely that Ivy is able to shift her skintone into whatever she chooses. Of course, I'd hardly say she's fully "Caucasian" in BoP since she looks like her skintone is much paler. It's very vampiric.

Anyway, thanks for the compliments. :) I'm glad I could change your mind on her hair (especially since her previous hairstyle was SUPER generic and now she actually has one unique to her) and also thanks for the compliments on the hands. They're such a hard thing to draw and I have a lot of difficulty with drawing them so it means a lot that you like the way I draw them.
ma6 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really wish Jesus Saiz stayed on. I'm not digging Travel Forman on Birds.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd have to go back and check the last issue of BoP to really see what I thought about the art but I don't remember being overly offended by the change in art. Still... not entirely sure why this is relevant to my art. XD Haha.
ma6 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cause it's 52 Birds of Prey...?
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