With Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death we have a Pamela Isley attempting to concentrate only on her plants and avoiding the whole superhero/super villain scene. There is a lot of set up here but not much pay off until the last panel starts Isley’s quest. Unfortunately, we have to go through a lot of filler in order to get there. Especially considering how short this issue is to begin with, there’s not much to go on.
Story: Pamela Isley is assisting at the Gotham Botanical gardens, helping to cultivate and care for rate plants. She’s become a global Lara Croft in her spare time, tracking down rare specimens. A visit by Harley Quinn doesn’t convince her to go out creating chaos but a murder at the botanical garden later that day will start her on quest for vengeance.
Breaking down the issue into essential parts: Pamela Croft, Botanist Raider in random foreign location taking out bad guys. Pamela Ph.D. giving a tour. Pamela bored with Harley at a bar with random thugs who need a pounding. Pamela sex kitten posing in various positions at home near naked. Then Pamela striding a bike like it’s a…well, you get the idea. The issue feels like a series of vignettes and there’s really no Poison Ivy yet. I had hoped for more of a hook in the beginning to keep me motivated to check out the next issue. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.