Mind Capsules – Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1 and Hercules #3

Poison Ivy Cycle of Life and Death #1
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1

Writer – Amy Chu
Artist – Clay Mann
Inker – Seth Mann
Colours – Ulises Arreola
Letters – Janice Chiang

Pamela Isley, better known as Poison Ivy, has turned over a new leaf. She no longer wants to do the criminal thing and is looking to focus on her profession and be respected among her peers. Harley of course is having a really hard time understanding it all. It seems boring and Pam really does not need the money, but as Ivy puts it, she simply finds it stimulating to be around people with the same intellect. Of course Harley is insulted, thinking Ivy called her stupid so with Harley off in a huff, Ivy heads home for the night and back to work in the morning and then straight into a mystery. It is nice to see DC put a little faith in Poison Ivy, thinking she can carry a series on her own and if this issue is anything to go by, then they can be rest assured that their faith was well-placed. It also does not hurt that Poison Ivy is a member of the Batman family, villain though she is and sales are almost guaranteed. Amy Chu delivers a fun story, one that sees a more grounded Poison Ivy on the side of right and it is a little refreshing as she has always seemed a better hero than she has a villain. That is not to say that she will always do the right thing – she has a habit of not doing so, but for the moment, Ivy looks to be walking the straight and narrow. The mystery involves her colleague whom we are first introduced to in this issue and more pointedly, her death. It is a bit of a shame because she would have made for a good supporting character, but such as it is, it will be quite interesting to see if Ivy can get any answers as to why it happened, not to mention who did it. More than anything, you can probably expect Batman to show up at some point – whoever might be in the suit and it is also more than likely that Harley will return, so while the series might be a little predictable in that sense, overall, it has started off strong and looks like it will be quite an enjoyable read.

3.5 out of 5

Hercules #3
Hercules #3

Writer – Dan Abnett
Artist – Luke Ross
Colours – GURU-eFX
Letters – VC’s Joe Sabino

The Uprising Storm continues to claim the ancient creatures of myth and due to that fact; Hercules has been dealing with more and more of them on a daily basis. This time it is a group of Kentauros and after the usual fisticuffs are had, Hercules and their leader talk it out. It is a troubling thing that is happening and for the moment, there seems to be no resolution in sight though it is discovered that the Uprising Storm could signify the birth of new gods in wake of the decimation that is taking place. What that means for Hercules is unknown, but the man is determined to find out, not only for everyone else’s sake, but his own too. Continuing the new adventures of everyone’s favourite mythic hero is Dan Abnett and Luke Ross and they do so by creating a sense of fun coupled with action and adventure. This particular story also sees Gilgamesh – he who is called the Forgotten One, by all that is except for Herc and their landlord – rise to the occasion. Gil’s funk has been an ongoing one and though Hercules has been prodding him to do some heroing, to make his way out in the wide world once again, Gil cannot seem to do so. Now though, Gilgamesh does so and instead of accomplishing some great deed, he walks straight into a trap. Hercules has always featured a lot of comedy in his books and that is still present, but Abnett tones it down and it is nice to see the book and the hero treated a little more seriously than he has in the past. Luke Ross provides some really solid artwork and incorporating all of these mythic creatures, which are congregating in New York for some reason, really makes the book more fun than it should be. With a good mystery as the cake-topper, Hercules is turning out to be a truly exceptional title.

4 out of 5

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