Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2

Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2

Writer: Amy Chu Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 17, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 14
7.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Murder in the lab! As the police investigate the death of her mentor, Dr. Pamela Isley suspects poisoning! But by whom, and why? Before the cops suspect her alter ego, Poison Ivy, Pam needs to find the true murderer. Meanwhile, her DNA experiments are about to pay off!

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Feb 19, 2016

    A great second issue, Poison Ivy is truly growing as a character thanks to an entertaining and complex story. There is mystery, intrigue, and some classic "Ivy" moments that lead to an incredible revelation that could have serious ramifications in DC comics for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 18, 2016

    Poison Ivy has a number of areas it can dig into as it progresses from here and while I suspect the murder angle will have its own interesting twists and turns, it's the events going on at Pamela's home that will intrigue me the most. This book moves things right along, though it's a bit exposition heavy at times and with an almost awkward recap page, but it gets us to where we need to be in establishing things and people without it feeling too forced or by the numbers. A lot of this is smoothed out a bit thanks to the Mann's artwork as the pair have put together a great looking book that leaves me wanting whole sections of this done up in bigger ways with some of the visuals. It's an appealing looking book that I suspect will come together as a whole with the story as we get into the second half of it as more elements surface. Definitely a bit of a slower burn but one that you want to ease into like that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Paul DePaola Feb 19, 2016

    The first issue was a great character study of Poison Ivy, here we get more of her as a character but a proper mystery is forming around her. While we don't get very many leads or suspects, the story is well written and drawn. I like the idea of Ivy as a mother and I'm very interested to see what direction the rest of the story goes in. I just hope they don't want to long to get into the mystery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Harry Roachford Feb 19, 2016

    In total this series is shaping out fairly well. It's by no means perfect but it works well as a way to flesh out the new 52 version of Poison Ivy. She's trying a new path and reading along her strange adventures are for the most part fun to read. Now that the fleshing out stage is over the next four issues should be very intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 17, 2016

    Generally this is a good issue as it conveys hollow nature of Poison Ivy and her lack of humanity. Meanwhile she relates to a coworker who is extreme in many ways but similar to her as well. The story progresses nicely and the mystery is unfurling in an interesting direction. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Feb 17, 2016

    Things are opening up andmore characters are introduced as the mystery of the Botanical Gardens Killerdeepens. There's some good personality development and some nice scenes, butit's tough to figure out what's important in this book and what's justbackground information. Pamela seems to walk through the world in a daze, notunlike some people I remember from college. Remember these people? Somethingconcrete would happen, like their car would break down, and they're like, “theuniverse has determined I don't need a car, I suppose.” Pamela seems sort oflike that, except she has more disdain for humanity. And that makes me like hera lot. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brittany Anne Feb 18, 2016

    READ THIS COMIC BOOK! I know many people were curious about this comic book, because we thought, 'Really, DC? Another villain you're going to make good?' But it's not like that at all. It still has gory scenes, when needed, and it's perfect in introducing interesting plot twists. I'm telling you, if you enjoy science fiction horror films it's like this. But with characters that we love. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Feb 17, 2016

    Unfortunately, Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2 shows that a good story and good art do not always add up to a good comic. The curation of the creative team is the issue here, not the effort put in. And sadly, no matter how you feel about Ivys characterization, change is going to go over much better everyone is working toward the same goal. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Feb 19, 2016

    Aside from the final page, I didn't think this issue moved the story forward as much as it should have. The first issue set a high bar, so I can't be too harsh. Despite my criticism, I hope DC picks Chu and Mann to be the creative team should Poison Ivy ever be awarded an ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 22, 2016

    I'd definitely be up for more "Poison Ivy" helmed by Chu once this miniseries is over. Chu gives us a real mystery to try and solve, complete with multiple suspects and motives. Her depiction of Ivy is strong and interesting, yet still dangerous. This is exactly the take on the character I've been hoping we'd see again, and so far, so good. I'll definitely buy the remaining issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 20, 2016

    In improvement on issue #1, with engaging plot developments but still a weirdly elusive protagonist... Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Feb 18, 2016

    Last issue I was very generous with my rating. This time however I am going to be more critical though I am still on board with this series and want to see it improve. I would like to see some more clarity. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Feb 25, 2016

    heh. This book continues to be disappointing, and I am really not that surprised. This book doesn’t seem to have any impetus to GO anywhere with it’s story, and it drops us off at the end in basically the exact same spot we were with the end of issue one, but with a different dead body. Like I said before, I feel like this issue and issue one could have been combined into a single issue, cutting out Harley, and the naked Ivy scenes, and changing this issue’s story so Ivy doesn’t show up to work in a prestigious botanical science lab wearing yoga pants and a crop top, to only be objectified sexually by a coworker as a means to give her an alibi other than beating up random bikers and forcing them into unwanted sexual contact with each other. The artwork is passable, but the story is absolutely a waste. This book isn’t anything worth reading for anyone who isn’t a fervent Ivy-Leaguer, and will be the kind of thing that they rant and rave about, even though the story is a mess, the characters are wooden and without any real “life” to them, and Ivy is a murderer AND sex object all in one bland, boring stroke of the pen. I wish that there was more to this book, because I think that Ivy solving a murder mystery could have been a quite engaging story, but pretending like Pamela Isley isn’t a public figure KNOWN to be Posion Ivy is somethinh that felt out of place for me, and for Harley Quinn to show up and nobody notice that she’s a psychotic criminal as well, then they beat up and sexually assault bikers- then Ivy lets some skeevy botantist (which is the most ridiculous character description ever, basically it feels like Howard from the Big Bang Theory paid for his college selling cheaply made roofies and extacy. This book makes me wish I had roofied myself when I was done, so I could forget that this mess ever happened in the first place. That’s two big letdown issues in a row- so that’s it for me. I wont be reviewing or talking about this book an

  • 10
    RosenRose Feb 18, 2016

  • 10
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  • 10
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  • 10
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  • 9.0
    Henry Killinger Feb 28, 2016

  • 9.0
    RedDiamondDame May 21, 2016

  • 8.5
    Redeadhood Feb 25, 2016

  • 8.5
    SwampyCA Jul 3, 2016

  • 8.0
    Zumba Feb 19, 2016

  • 8.0
    Vancha Mar 30, 2016

  • 7.5
    TheFallenKing13 Feb 17, 2016

  • 6.0
    EggMath Mar 2, 2016

  • 5.5
    DXO Jul 31, 2016

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