OK, just like I promised myself, I read the 3-issue mini-series Batman: Harley and Ivy (2004) and, as expected, I loved it! The comic was the work (script/plot/art) of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. Dini and Timm, of course, created the character of Harley Quinn who first appeared in the “Joker’s Favor” episode of Batman: The Animated Series (1992-95). She was originally voiced by Dini‘s college friend, soap star Arleen Sorkin. The character of Poison Ivy, by the way, was created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, and first appeared in Batman #181 (June 1966). Anyway, Shane Glines did the inks on issue #1 and some of #2.
Batman: Harley and Ivy follows more comical misadventures of BFFs Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn as Ivy tries to procure the rare zombie root. Well, Ivy is Harley‘s BFF, while Ivy tries hard just to tolerate Harley‘s antics. However, deep down inside Ivy‘s green pleart [plant + heart = pleart], she kind of likes Harley. Harley‘s like Ivy‘s little blonde puppy – the kind that follows you home when you try to lose them in the woods miles away. She’s playful and mischievous, but obedient, too; and, Ivy can’t help but love her. Now, I love psychotic, bat-shit crazy Harley Quinn; but daft, scatterbrained Harley, which this comic delivers, is a whole lot of silly fun.
Batman: Harley and Ivy #1 (of 3): Bosom Buddies. Harley and Ivy hope to steal the rare South American zombie root which Ivy will use to distill a chemical that will make anyone a willing slave since her special kiss only works on men. However, due to Harley‘s mistake, they break into the Botanical Society on the wrong night. Batman apprehends them, but, not before Harley destroys the zombie root. “I don’t ever want to see you again!” Ivy tells Harley, two weeks later, in Arkham Asylum. Ivy escapes and boards a boat headed for Costa Verde to find a new zombie root to finish her plan without Harley. But, of course, Ivy‘s little blonde puppy follows her.
Batman: Harley and Ivy #2 (of 3): Jungle Fever!. Harley and Ivy find themselves in a Costa Verde prison, in their undies, being brutalized by butch guards. Soon, President Ceballos summons them to his estate. However, Ivy uses her powers of persuasion to force the dictator to allow them to continue their search for the zombie root. In the jungle, Harley and Ivy battle a pair of “high-tech mercenaries hired to threaten protestors” making a stand against loggers. Ivy gets her zombie root, takes a minute to have sex with the jungle, and persuades President Ceballos to “guarantee the future preservation of his country’s rainforests.” Batman, however, isn’t fooled.
Favorite scene: Harley and Ivy are stopped by the mercenaries. “We’ve been hired to clear this hellhole and we don’t take kindly to trespassers,” one of them warns. “Not even cute ones like us?” Harley grins.
Batman: Harley and Ivy #3 (of 3): Hooray for Harleywood!. Back in the States, Harley and Ivy are relaxing in their apartment, in their undies. Harley zones out on cartoons, while Ivy busts her butt on the zombie root formula. However, they’re almost out of money. When Harley learns that a movie is being made about them, they go to Hollywood and take over the production in order to “run up the budget and skim millions off the top!” Harley becomes the director and films scene after scene of Batman getting blown up. Eventually, they must face Batman who has taken the place of the next actor playing him. The movie is released, becomes a hit; and Harley, in Arkham Asylum with Ivy again, makes plans for her next blockbuster.
Fantastic! Now, my Kindle Cloud Reader is stocked with two fun comics that I’ll return to now and again: Gotham Girls and Batman: Harley and Ivy! What should I download next? Another comic? A book? I don’t know!