Detective Comics 23.1 features Poison Ivy for "Villains Month," and has a beautifully illustrated cover by Jay Fabok and Nathan Fairbairn. The 3D lenticular cover can be seen here. Gotham City is dark, now that the Justice League is dead, and the villains of the New 52 Universe are taking over. People are rioting in the streets, and the inmates are running wild. Poison Ivy walks the dangerous streets, covering it green, bringing the city back to a natural state. She walks past some thugs, and takes care of them with her pheromones, after all, who can resist the beautiful Poison Ivy?
Ivy comes across a couple arguing, where the man is being aggressive towards his wife, and he wants to see his daughter. This reminds Ivy about her childhood, seeing her parents arguing. The readers see a flashback of Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy), and we see what she saw, when her father would hit her mom. Once the flashback sequence is over, the story resumes in the present time, and Ivy summons some large vines to wrap around the man who is being aggressive to his wife. Ivy gives the lady some advice, walk away with her daughter and leave him to his fate, or she could save him, at her own risk. A short flashback sequence follows this scene.
Poison Ivy continues on to take out more thugs with the aid of her vines and plants. From time to time some flashback panels appear to give the readers more origins of Pamela Isley, before she became Poison Ivy. Ivy continues to cover the city green with foliage, and she comes across Commissioner Gordon, but, she escapes, and the story ends.
This issue isn't bad, it's worth reading. The story is good, the interior artwork is different from the cover art, but still nicely illustrated, and the colors look fantastic. The readers get a great visual of Gotham City, now dark, up in smoke, and taken over by the villains. I give Detective Comics 23.1 three out of five stars, it's a good, solid issue. Detective Comics 23.1 (Poison Ivy #1) is written by Derek Fridolfs, artwork by Javier Pina, colors by John Kalisz, and cover designed by Jay Fabok and Nathan Fairbairn. The standard 2D edition retails for $2.99 and the cover price for the 3D lenticular edition is $3.99, but due to the shortage of these versions, comic retailers and sellers on sites like eBay are up selling them. Check local comic shops and listings for pricing on these lenticular covers. Standard editions are also available on digital formats, on the days these issues are released.