Review – Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #6: Split Decision

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Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #6
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #6 variant cover, via DC Comics.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #6 – Jody Houser, Writer; Adriana Melo, Penciller; Mark Morales, Inker; Hi-Fi, Colorist

Ratings:

Ray – 8/10

Corrina: So..Breakup? Evil?

Ray: Over the course of this miniseries, we’ve been following Harley and Ivy on a surprisingly low-stakes road trip. They head from stop to stop, deal with another villain trying to exploit Ivy, and stay ahead of the Floronic Man. But last issue threw everything for a loop in the cliffhanger as they were confronted not with the expected villain, but with another version of Ivy controlling the rogue vegetation. In Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #6, It turns out that the “Ivy” Harley has been taking along with her on the road trip has been one of many “Ivies” that were grown by Luthor’s restoration formula. Most of them were destroyed in the fire, but this one survived and without Harley has become a representation of everything Ivy hates about humanity. It feels almost meta – this is literally the battle between the villainous Ivy and the heroic Ivy to determine who will control her personality and the direction of the character.

Needless to say, this is a tense debate in the fandom itself, and Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #6 goes out of its way not to answer it. I wonder if Houser was essentially a bridge writer, giving us a crowd-pleasing miniseries before Ivy’s direction is determined by someone on a bigger writer. She seems to get those assignments a lot, but always does an excellent job with them. The evil Ivy tries to portray the events of the series as Harley manipulating her, but it’s clear that the other one has more agency than is being made out. Ivy’s nature, being something both more and less than human, makes it extremely easy for every writer to revamp her character and this series leans into that. The ending has a melancholy tone that leaves Ivy’s fate unresolved and the Harley/Ivy romance (because, let’s be real, that’s what it is) in limbo. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but a strong finish that leaves the door open for a future reunion.

A strange beginning. Via DC Comics.

Corrina: The ending of this series seems to have been a foregone conclusion, at least so I read from Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #6. With this series, DC now has a story to show that Harley wants to be a hero, and it also has the ability to make Poison Ivy either a hero or a villain, depending on the whims of the writing and editorial.

I could stomach this ending perhaps better if the series as a whole had been stellar but I’d call it good to very good, with the ending’s foregone conclusion messing with any of the good moments. Harley & Ivy are one of DC’s few LGBTQA+ couples and, to break them up, DC basically made one of them go crazy. (And it wasn’t Harley but rather the stable member of the pairing.)

So, overall, disappointing on many levels. It leaves Harley in a good place, I suppose, but the series continued the deconstruction of Ivy as a strong character and reduced her to, well, a crazed split personality.

The art, however, does a fine job of not only showing the difference between the two Ivys but also Harley’s despair at somehow doing the wrong thing.

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5 thoughts on “Review – Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #6: Split Decision

  1. Damn f*ck DC for ruining Ivy and Harlivy yet again. At this point I just think they’re trying to get rid of Ivy so Harley can date other people (not that it stopped them before, we know Harlivy are in a open relationship) but it feels like they want to seperate them for some damn reasons. They better fix it or I’m done with them.

    1. complete failure of the series. It is unclear why it was necessary to break the most interesting pair. All desire to read and follow the characters has disappeared. Just nonsense.

  2. complete failure of the series. It is unclear why it was necessary to break the most interesting pair. All desire to read and follow the characters has disappeared. Just nonsense.

    1. Terrible decision and plot-line for that issue. Renders any attachment we had for Ivy – null and void. Unless some clever writing comes into play, then I’m done following whatever they plan for Ivy. Awful twist and a serious disrespect to those that loved the Harley-Ivy pairing all these years. A boot to the face.

  3. this was all about the wall crowd saying that Holly Quinn and poison ivy will being sexualised Explotation of biseaxal couples. When are they going to start firing these woke writers and getting rid of this woke nonsense?!

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