Warning: SPOILERS for Heroes in Crisis #2
The death toll of DC Comics' first mass shooting keeps growing, with Poison Ivy confirmed as one of the characters killed. And as Harley Quinn says her goodbyes to her longtime lover and friend, the question of who's really to blame isn't as easy as obvious as it once seemed.
This news will come as a shock to those who missed out on the start of DC's new event miniseries, Heroes in Crisis. Starting with a tragic mass shooting at the superhero retreat Sanctuary, the series wasted little time in killing off beloved heroes. But even if fans have read that first issue, the death of Poison Ivy wasn't revealed. Only in Issue #2 does Booster Gold mention Ivy as one of the heroes who fell, and as Harley is hardened in the fallout, the true victims of the slaughter, like the culprits, are still a mystery.
- This Page: Poison Ivy's Death Changes Harley Quinn
- Next Page: WHO is Responsible for Killing Ivy?
Poison Ivy is Revealed as a Sanctuary Victim
The first issue of Tom King and Clay Mann's series dealt an emotional blow by not just having a real-world form of mass violence strike the DCU, but by juxtaposing the crime scene with testimonials - recorded by the victims, upon their arrival to Sanctuary. As part of their healing process, the guests checked in to the facility bare their weaknesses. It was how Heroes in Crisis #1 revealed the first, lesser-known casualties of the attack, and in Issue #2, it's how readers learn that Poison Ivy was also a patient when the attacks took place.
Previous testimonials focused on the emotional, mental, or physical afflictions plaguing DC's heroes, often the ways in which these 'unbreakable' do-gooders actually do break down in private. But in Ivy's case, this testimonial highlights Harley Quinn's arrival to Sanctuary right alongside her partner/friend/girlfriend/soul mate. What may look to some as classic Harley mania, stealing the spotlight and failing to remain grounded is revealed as something more, as her playful teasing of Ivy earns a smirk. Harley's there to make sure Ivy gets help, and as always, Ivy sees through the hysterics to the heart. At least, she used to...
Harley Quinn Mourns Poison Ivy Alone
Fans are spared actually seeing Ivy's death, or any visual "evidence" that she was among the victims (the first issue showed plenty, setting the tone of shock and demand for answers that is clearly going to continue in the series). But as her name is listed elsewhere among the dead, Harley returns to her classic jester costume - the one she more than likely would have been sporting in her earlier days alongside Ivy as a "Gotham City Siren" - and says a few words to her lost love. Perched atop a bridge, Harley voices her regrets at telling Ivy to go to Sanctuary for help (she won't be alone in that regard) and drops a rose as she apologizes for not being stronger for both Ivy, and herself.
But beyond just more heartbreaking goodbyes, Harley's regret at joining Ivy at Sanctuary is going to deserve some extra scrutiny. Because the actual hero, villain, or person who carried out the attack may still be up for debate. And this early in the investigation, one of the prime candidates who may have murdered Poison Ivy and countless others... is Harley Quinn herself.