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For the last few weeks, I've been on a Batman binge. After beating Arkham Knight and the associated DLC, I've read Zero Year, Rebirth Batman, Rebirth Detective and Batman Eternal, as well as looking up some other series like Poison Ivy: Life and Death and digging out my copy of Cast a Shadow to re-read. I'm definitely going to put a post together on the last one at some point soonish.

This post, however, is going to be a sort of Poison Ivy pick 'n' mix.

Cast a Shadow does of course contain one of my favourite Batman panels ever )



While digging through my old books, I also re-discovered Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen's Li'l Gotham, which did a remarkably deft take on Poison Ivy in four panels. )

In Cycle of Life and Death by Amy Chu and Clay Mann, Ivy is working incognito at a lab when Doctor Quinzel pops in for a visit.  )

In Batman 26, we get to see Ivy joining The War of Jokes and Riddles )


And over at Detective, the Bat-hipsters are having fun at the basketball )
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Free Comic Book Day has been and gone for another year, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some bargains to be found. Top Cow have bloody loads of free issues available on their website. I'd recommend all of Think Tank and I'm going to take a punt on Madame Mirage, Aphrodite IX and IX Generation. If you really like what you see, spend some Cash Money on it at the store.

The first thing that I picked up was the Witchblade Animated issue, but the late Darwyn Cooke and Paul Dini. Somebody pointed it my way because it's got The Magdalena in it.

For those of you unfamiliar with her, The Magdalena is the descendant of Mary Magdalene and Christ, and is armed with the spear that pierced Christ's side. She's a legacy, working for the Catholic Church, and there have been generations of Magdalenas. I would love to read a book about the medieval Magdalena, like Lake of Fire, but I don't see it happening.

I'm moderately intrigued by her new series, though I'm not enjoying it as much as Vol.3 )
On to the actual issue for free )
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One of the big names when it comes to Batman villains, the Riddler has worn a number of different variations over the years. From egotistical violent criminal to relic of a more innocent period of supervillainy to Batman's Smartest Foe, Eddie Nygma is curious as he's often subject to far more internal analysis than you'd expect for a man who wears clothes covered in punctuation.

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List of people to blame for this...
Writer for #37: Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmoitti
Writer for #23: Paul Dini
Story Consultant for #23: Keith Giffen
Artist for #24-24: Tom Derenick
Inker for #24-23: Wayne Faucher
Colorist for #24: Tom Chu
Colorist for #23: Pete Pantazis
Artist for #35: Manuel Garcia
Editors: Mike Carlin & Elisabeth V. Gehrlein


I've been wanting to get back to the empty abyss that is Countdown to Final Crisis, but it is such a slog... a dark, unpleasant, and mean-spirited slog that it is hard to get through and muster the energy to do it.

So, let's just skip ahead to the absolute bottom of the barrel. Quite possibly the worst issues of this entire run: #24 & #23, the introduction of Superboy-Prime, aka Superman-Prime at the time.


WARNING: Violence, gore, and vomiting are seen in these comics.

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