Thursday, July 31, 2008

Joker's Asylum: Poison Ivy #1

J.T. Krul & Guillem March

I missed this comic at the local comic shop, so had to look for it at the San Diego Comic-Con. I love Poison Ivy, but this was not worth the effort it took to track it down. Joker's Asylum is a series of one-shots where the Joker relates a story of a character from Batman's rogues' gallery from his cell in Arkham Asylum. The Joker's scene is really over-the-top silly (and not funny in the least), sort of reminding me of the campy Tales From the Crypt openings. And indeed, the rest of the comic follows suit. When Poison Ivy isn't nude with bits of plants conveniently placed to hide her...bits, she's practically falling out of her outfit anyway. And Ivy axing a guy to pieces...then telling a lame little joke...a bit much. Plot-wise, it doesn't make much sense either. Exactly how does Batman recall seeing the green of Ivy's skin on a hooker...at the end, after the fact? Either he saw it before or he didn't. You don't recall something you didn't notice before. Anyways...a mess. The bad art...not helping matters. If this is par for the rest of the series, let's hope the book quietly fades into oblivion.

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