Dear G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara,
Great issue. Ivy’s motives and struggles remain understandable, from taking out the garbage (maybe I should’ve felt bad when the gross HR creep got murked, but I didn’t) to her one night stand,which was was strangely…a pleasant surprise. She acted human again, and it brought a drive for purpose and completion to the forefront, which brought her back to knowing why she can’t do this. There’s a mystery afoot, too, and the end of this story arc still feels unpredictable…but I don’t want to speculate, so I’ll just say: Well done again.
Love this panel. #GoTeamGreen
Another track for Ivy’s road trip:
Ps. I’m only going to do this for the original 6 issues, peeps don’t worry!
Additional thoughts on Dr. Isley, pt.4
She’s a “villain”, sure, but Ivy is complicated once we pay attention to how she interacts with people. Sure she was supposed to (possibly/allegedly) represent the women who would seduce you, use you, and throw you away, and who loves money, but that’s not how I’ve personally read her most of the time. She’s the distant one that you crave, but can never have—and money is more about stability and independence than it is greed. Hidden in her anger and isolation is often a tragic longing to be loved and to feel free, and whether they mean to or not, they are playing with it beautifully here.
Her OG bravado isn’t arrogance so much as it’s a lack of trust, and a defense mechanism. Not unlike another alpha I know: Catwoman, who by association w/ Batman gets to be considered an anti-hero. So why can’t Ivy be one?
I mentioned it in regards to HQAS, since it looks like Ivy will be taking over/giving the LOD a makeover next season (and back to Diana) if anyone can turn Ivy into something that resembles a hero, it’s Diana—someone she respects, who will respect her in return. Someone who leads with her heart just as much as Harley. Someone she can admire for their transparency, in a world where honesty can seem in short supply.
And now it’s all becoming clearer why this strange combo are my favorite characters.