Booster Gold Confirms Ivy's Dead, But Not The Killer...
Hard as it may be to believe, the identity of the killer is still completely unknown, even as the first issue seemed to confirm that Booster Gold killed dozens of DC heroes due to a psychotic break after a seriously rough couple of years. Originally, Booster and Harley Quinn each pointed the finger at the other for the deaths, as the only two patients who managed to escape Sanctuary with their lives. Harley informed Booster that he perpetrated the attacks, whether he realized it or not. And to her point, Booster has gone through enough mental trauma to concede that he may have actually been the killer. And now, that includes Poison Ivy, too.
Despite Booster's trusty robotic sidekick Skeets recommending that he shut up about his possible role in the murders of Wally West, Roy Harper, and others, he can't keep it bottled up. And as Booster rattles off the names of the dead that Harley, or maybe HE killed, all but one of them is known beforehand. Both Wally West and Roy Harper a.k.a. Arsenal were found next to one another, shortly after Blue Jay's death and testimonial started the issue. But Booster adds "Ivy" into the group of confirmed dead he witnessed before making his escape.
Just that quickly, confirming that the slow and horrible stream of details and confirmed casualties that come with any tragedy apply to the superhero community, too. And as for assigning responsibility for it happening in the first place... well nobody is going to have a tougher time with that question than Batman.
Batman May Bear The Blame For Ivy, Too
With Booster Gold a prime suspect, and Harley Quinn too distraught to plead her case either way, Batman is working the crime scene. And based on his reaction to the Sanctuary shooting in the first issue, he's putting much of the blame for the tragedy on his own shoulders, along with those of Wonder Woman and Superman. It was their idea to give the heroes of the DC Universe a place to be vulnerable - and they died because of it. But when it comes to Poison Ivy, he was one of the foremost supporters of the idea that she be admitted to the facility, despite recently taking over the world and controlling every person on it.
The storyline was told in the pages of the main Batman series, and included some truly incredible moments of villainous manipulation - the most memorable being when Superman killed Batman with a punch, before Ivy brought him back to life, obviously. In the end. Batman turned to Harley Quinn for help calming Ivy down, ultimately agreeing that she was no villain... she just needed some help. And because of that mercy, she's now dead along with who knows how many other characters. That's not the kind of blindside that Batman ever responds to positively.
Hopefully he'll actually have the downtime to work through his guilt over the issue, since the main plot of the issue now hinges on Batman possibly letting Superman's secret identity slip. All fans have are questions and mysteries for now, so it's possible to hold out hope that Poison Ivy yet lives. But with Booster naming her among the dead, and Harley mourning her too... we wouldn't bet on it.
Heroes in Crisis #2 is available now from DC Comics.