Regarding BATMAN #43

As nasty as the tactics and action in “The War of Jokes and Riddles” got, writer Tom King brought the weight of it home by capably communicating the emotional effects (and fallout) the battle had on Batman’s soul.

In this issue’s conclusion of “Everyone Loves Ivy,” King returns to those dark days to demonstrate how they’ve driven Ivy to her current status as the horticultural queen of the world. After an outrageous plan for getting punched full-on in the face by Superman lands Batman in the care of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, the pieces begin to fall into place for the unraveling of Ivy’s reign. Bruce communicates with Ivy via Harley as Selina speaks to her in person; the women discussing the roles they played (or, in Selina’s case, didn’t) in the Joker/Riddler battle royale, while Bruce reminds Ivy that anyone can come back from anything… if they want to.

Full review at Batman On Film!

Regarding BATMAN #42

It’s three weeks into Poison Ivy’s reign as queen of the world, and only Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are immune to her horticultural horrors.

For the most part, Ivy allows them to move freely, because really, what are two people going to do when she’s got the whole planet seeing green?

Batman hatches his dumbest, craziest, and bravest plan ever… and just wait until you see what it is.

You can read my review at Batman On Film!

Regarding BATMAN #41

After surviving the savage swords of Talia al Ghul, celebrating a double date with Superman and Lois Lane, and enduring Batman’s banishment to a dimension of demons with Diana of  Themyscira, Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are rested and ready to take on the entire world… and thanks to Poison Ivy, they’re going to have to!

You can read my review at Batman On Film!