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A quick Poison Ivy story by Neil Gaiman...

The story is told from the perspective of a man looking to access Poison Ivy in order to determine whether she'd be suitable for a place on the Suicide Squad... in addition to having a creepy fixation with her before he even gets in the same room as her. Not that the Arkham staff actually know this, as his cover is that he's there studying various patient's case files in order to determine whether any miscarriages of justice have occurred...

His first meeting goes well, and he mentally notes that despite what her numerous files suggest, she actually seems pretty "normal". And his rather obvious crush is noted by Ivy almost immediately, who subtly flirts with him for a while before he leaves. The agent goes out for dinner with one of the Arkham guards, who seems a bit annoyed that he seems more interested in asking her questions about Ivy than making small talk.

She warns him that Ivy is, well, poisonous. As a friend she's dangerous because she'd devour you. As a lover she's dangerous because she'd suck you dry and leave you empty. And as an enemy... well she'd just kill you. The guard notes that Ivy sees people the way other people see weeds, messing things up for the rest of us and never really capable getting rid of all of them.

After watching a secret security feed of Ivy's cell for a while and deriding her choice of reading material as "feminist trash", the agent goes back and asks her about her childhood.





Later the agent calls his wife and kids, who think that he's on a business trip. Which is true... kind of. Taskforce X calls him to ask him why he's taking so long to get a read on Ivy, the Suicide Squad has a high rate of turn over and they need fresh blood ASAP.

That night the agent sleeps with the guard from before, and he makes her go away afterwards by saying Ivy's name over and over while she's pretending to be asleep. It's at this point that the agent is starting to realise that his obsession with Ivy might be starting to get out of hand, as she's increasingly becoming all he can think about.

The next day he flaunts his rank by forcing Arkham's warden to let Ivy out of her cell so she can walk around in the hospital's garden... Yeah. It's at this point the agent pretty much straight up offers her the government job, which is an idea she seems pretty amused by.



Paula, the guard who the agent slept with, gloats a tad by saying that she warned him that something like this would happen. He staggers to a bathroom, where he throws up and finds that he has a lip-shaped burn on his cheek where Ivy kissed him, something that he hopes fades so he doesn't have to explain it to his wife.

He staggers back to his office, only to find that Ivy either already knew about his cameras or just discovered them, and is now screaming at him to not back out of his deal to get her out of Arkham. He switches off the audio feed as he writes up his rejection letter for Taskforce X, muttering how despite his attraction to her, she's just too crazy for the programme... Though whether that's his actual assessment or his annoyance over her not just being the sex object he used to see her as is up for debate...

Date: 2016-03-02 11:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
And of course, Ivy did end up joining the Suicide Squad at a later date.

And Gaiman also wrote one of the creepiest cameo appearances by Ivy in the "Black Orchid" miniseries.

Date: 2016-03-03 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gtrout
The Poison Ivy sequence in Arkham in Black Orchid remains one of my favorite Ivy sequences ever.

Date: 2016-03-03 04:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] commodus
I kind of like Ivy more as a principled eco-warrior, whose morality can kind of be left up to the audience. So sometimes she can shock you with the lengths she'll go to, but if you listen to her, you might find yourself agreeing with the points she makes.
I think it's nice when writers get that about her, or just when they buck convention and approach Ivy as a real character with real motivations, beyond just being eye-candy and making cheap double entendres.

Date: 2016-03-03 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lego_joker
Huh. I take the exact opposite stance, but maybe that's because I dislike environmentalist characters in general.

That reminds me, I gotta finish my review of The Batman's season 3 premiere.

Date: 2016-03-03 06:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
Environmental characters are crapshoot. Sometimes they work, sometimes they are absurdly preachy, sometimes the villains waste money just to pollute the environment. Eco Terrorists as bad guys were common in the 1990s, IIRC.

Date: 2016-03-03 10:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Duke Nukem, Looten Plunder and, my personal favourites, Dr Blight and her supercomputer MAL.

Date: 2016-06-06 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
Cosigned on all of these. The best Captain Planet had to offer

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