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Sunday, June 11, 2023 

Seattle Times sugarcoats Poison Ivy

The Seattle Times did a fluff-coated interview with Islam apologist G. Willow Wilson, the author who first penned the Muslim Ms. Marvel book, and now has a comic starring Poison Ivy on her resume:
Last June, Seattle author G. Willow Wilson released one of the first solo comic book series to feature iconic DC villain Poison Ivy. In just six comic issues, her gritty story of retribution and a learned love for humanity delivered readers a deeper dive into this Batman villain’s plant-wielding ways and her romance with fellow anti-hero Harley Quinn.

Poison Ivy’s limited series took the comic book world by storm, garnering an outpouring of positive reviews and winning a GLAAD award. Most notably, the comic was recently announced as the first permanent, ongoing series for the character.

For Seattle readers, Ivy’s story is especially exciting, due to the character’s strong connections to the city. Local fans can see the city they know and love now in “Poison Ivy Vol. 1: The Virtuous Cycle,” which collects Poison Ivy #1-6. A special edition, “Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy #1,” will be available July 4.
Given how Seattle's become a victim of left-wing devastation, one must wonder how many people still love it there. Or why we're supposed to find a story starring a villainess "exciting" based on the specific spotlight.
It’s not Wilson’s first time making her mark across many literary universes. She has written for well-known comic series such as “Wonder Woman,” “The X-Men,” “Superman,” and is the co-creator of the Hugo and American Book Award-winning series, now on Disney+, “Ms. Marvel.”

Seattle as a culture hub for sustainability and a city on the front lines in the fight for climate justice correlates to Poison Ivy’s motives as well. A beloved fixture in the DC world for over 50 years, Ivy has made her intentions clear as a militantly eco-friendly villain. She wants to save the Earth from destruction by humankind and will go to any lengths to do so.

“We might agree with her motives,” Wilson said. “But not with her methods, which makes for a very compelling villain.”
And what's so "compelling" about villainy that it qualifies for a spotlight as opposed to heroes? Of course, as anybody sensible who saw Tom Taylor's ghastly Son of Kal-El series knows, with that kind of political approach, that's why it wouldn't work well for heroes to be depicted campaigning for climate change either.
“I think a book that is not afraid to say those things — that is not afraid to call out the people who lied and let the world continue to burn, really resonates with people, especially younger generations.”

As a result, a huge segment of readers who have led to the comic’s success doesn’t see Poison Ivy as a villain at all. Wilson says the pandemic and looming climate crisis have created a massive cultural shift, generating timely fan support around a villain who not only forces systemic environmental change but goes after the corporate oligarchs against it.
No kidding. If they don't consider Poison Ivy a villainess, no matter how many lives she may have cost in past decades since her original debut in 1966 (in Wilson's comic, she devours Floronic Man), then something is terribly wrong with morale, but that's sadly been the case for years. And if the accusation in the comic is reserved for people who allegedly led to climate crises, that's cheap liberal politics alright. Towards the end, it says:
“It’s a journey of self-discovery — a story about love, about revenge,” Wilson said. “And if you like eco-terrorist lesbian body horror, this book is for you.”
Of course, one must also wonder what's so special about a comic spotlighting a lesbian who's a criminal, and if memory serves, Pamela Isley's turn to lesbianism was actually established more in the early 2000s than before. As I think I've argued before, there've been far too many horror-themed tales in the past decade, and it's had a very bad impact on entertainment as a whole. One more reason this comic should be avoided by anybody sensible, along with anything else written by Wilson.

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Technically, Poison Ivy is currently closer to an anti-hero than a villain currently (though I'll admit it's very blurred right now). But yeah, this villain worship's getting out of hand, and I'm really sick and tired of seeing characters, good or evil, being forcibly altered to become homosexual. It also really ticks me off with Ivy since she's a redhead, and given how gingers are often treated, if they're not race-swapped, they're made gay. Get Ivy back to being straight, please. Same goes for Alex Danvers as well.

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