Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger
Art by Sara Kipin
My Rating: 5 stars
Cover Rating: 10/10 I find this to be so beautiful! It introduces the art style of the whole graphic novel perfectly.
Publisher: DC comics
Publish Date: June 1st, 2021
Number of Pages: 208 pages
Received: DC comics provided an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review.
New York Times bestselling author of The DUFF Kody Keplinger and artist Sara Kipin reimagine an iconic DC antihero with a gothic-horror twist.
There’s something unusual about Pamela Isley–the girl who hides behind her bright red hair. The girl who won’t let anyone inside to see what’s lurking behind the curtains. The girl who goes to extreme lengths to care for a few plants. Pamela Isley doesn’t trust other people, especially men. They always want something from her. Something she’s not willing to give.
When cute goth girl Alice Oh comes into Pamela’s life after an accident at the local park, she makes her feel like pulling back the curtains and letting the sunshine in. But there are dark secrets deep within the Isley house. Secrets Pamela’s father has warned must remain hidden. Secrets that could turn deadly and destroy the one person who ever cared about Pamela, or as her mom preferred to call her…Ivy.
Will Pamela open herself up to the possibilities of love, or will she forever be transformed by the thorny vines of revenge?
Opening Sentence: “I’m so sorry.”
I thought this graphic novel was beautiful. It told the story of a girl with trauma whose trauma twists into actions that aren’t beautiful. Ivy’s actions are misguided, but yet they are very understandable considering the circumstances.
What I Loved:
The art! I am a sucker for beautiful art and as can be seen below “Poison Ivy: Thorns” has just that. It’s a gothic yet colorful art style that had me turning pages fast.
Seeing an origin story. This is the story of how Ivy became Poison Ivy. What drove her to become a villain. It’s sad, but it’s also reasonable. Her pain and her want to become more then a victim. To end her own suffering it’s admirable even.
Friends to lovers. I love seeing this. Alice starts as Ivy’s friend and they get to know each other and discover they both want so much more. Alice is someone Ivy can finally let come close to her and I loved seeing it.
All in All:
Poison Ivy: Thorns is well worth the read! It was beautiful and it stuck with me for weeks after I read it (I know took me way too long to review, but it does say a lot that it has that staying power). It made me happy to read. There was so much nuance to it.
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