DC Comics has big plans for Pride month this year, and the comic book giant will kick things off by giving plant-based baddie Poison Ivy, one of its most endearing LGBTQ characters, a love story to die for helmed by two LGBTQ heavy hitters.
“Poison Ivy: Thorns” brings New York Times bestselling author Kody Keplinger (“The DUFF”) and artist Sara Kipin together to craft a gothic romance focused on the budding relationship between Pamela Isley, better known as Poison Ivy, and “cute goth girl” Alice Oh. But family secrets and Isley’s strained relationship with her father threaten to shape Isley just as much as embracing love.
The story reimagines the origin story of Poison Ivy, one of the most popular DC characters among LGBTQ audiences, with a clear focus on her LGBTQ identity. Ivy’s same-sex attraction was hinted at for years within the DC canon until her pairing with fellow villain Harley Quinn provided an avenue to point to it more directly. That relationship made its way to DC’s animated universe in the series “Harley Quinn,” giving LGBTQ audiences a healthy and enriching narrative that treated LGBTQ relationships with a unique realism.