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Poison Ivy: Thorns

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  933 ratings  ·  184 reviews
New York Times bestselling author of The DUFF Kody Keplinger and artist Sara Kipin reimagine an iconic DC antihero with a gothic-horror twist.

There's something unusual about Pamela Isley—the girl who hides behind her bright red hair. The girl who won't let anyone inside to see what's lurking behind the curtains. The girl who goes to extreme lengths to care for a few plants
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by DC Comics
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Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
ivy is simply a gay icon to me <3
Jul 24, 2021 rated it liked it
A very YA Gothic romance. Deals with issues of abuse and sexual harassment. The characters are very one dimensional in this f/f romance. Everyone plays a stereotypical role with no nuance. It's something of an origin story for Poison Ivy although a lot of the elements are a bit glossed over as the pacing is very off. ...more
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
The DC YA graphic novels have been pretty miss for me, but I think Poison Ivy: Thorns is the best one so far— although the competition wasn’t very tough, let’s be honest. The themes in this book were great, if a bit too blunt. I appreciated the casual f/f romance and Ivy learning to take control of her life and reject men feeling entitled to her body. Go into this expecting the usual YA tropes and suspend your disbelief just enough— and you might enjoy it enough to have a good time. In broad str ...more
Rod Brown
A gothic horror take on Poison Ivy's teenage origins goes down smooth and easy. I wish it had backed up just a little bit, because Pamela Isley seems pretty far along the road to becoming a super villain right at the start. But it is still one of the better books published under the DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults imprint. ...more
Eva B.
Poison Ivy has always been one of the most interesting DC characters to me, and that, combined with my love of the Gothic aesthetic, prompted me to pick this up and it did not disappoint!
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An origin story for supervillain "Poison Ivy", centred around themes of bodily autonomy and romance. Pamela Isley is being harassed by a rich boy at school and experimented on by her dad at home, and everything looks bleak. She has a friend, or potentially more than a friend, in Alice, but the men in her life look at her as something they can control and use for their own desires. It's a dark book, with some heavy themes, but the moments of companionship between Pamela and Alice bring a certain ...more
Jul 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
Actual Rating 4.5 stars, I want a sequel of it so badly!!

So what happened is few weeks ago I saw the official voice over trailer of this GN on YouTube and that grabbed my attention immediately, from then it was most anticipated read for me of this month, this week I finally picked it and wow! It has fulfilled my expectations very well and I am in love with this version of Ivy so so much!

Poison Ivy : Thorns is DC's YA graphic novel that retells the origin of Ivy with dark themes and gothic appr
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
In this graphic novel, we get to see the DC character in her earlier years and what made her begin her villainous journey. Is she truly villainous or is she misunderstood? I don't care. I enjoyed this story. There's feminism, revenge, Sapphic love and a loving nod to nature. While the illustrations could have pushed a little, I'm not mad at them.

Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2021
A really nice read, even for the non-superhero fans (like me).
bridge raymundo
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Welcome to Bridge's Pride Month 2021 Graphic Novel Review Catch-Up Extravaganza!

In the month of June I embarked on a journey to read more graphic novels and comics-- an area of readership that once upon a time seemed to be the focus of every young nerdy man's gatekeeping. No more, I say! I'll be the first to say that comics intimidate the crap out of me. I've always loved superheroes but I never knew where to start and then I saw that this book had been released. DC's "Poison Ivy: Thorns" is a g
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
honestly think they could’ve done much more with this if it had been longer. i thought the pacing was a little strange, i wanted to be able to sit with the characters more. i realized after reading it that this is the origin story for poison ivy (which is super rad, i’ve never been much of a DC/marvel comics person) so maybe that’s why it was so short, but if anything it was a quick and cute read. i really like alice, and i thought the storyline was interesting, but the writing was really boring ...more
Jun 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-comics-2021
This is a fantastic story for Ivy and great graphic novel too. It's nice to see an origin story that fits the character so well and treats her with respect. It's also a realistic portrayal of what Ivy would be like today as a teenager. She cares about the environment, she's a vegetarian, she wears vintage, thrifted clothes. Ivy's love interest, Alice dresses goth which was also a nice touch, signalling she's also somewhat of an outsider, someone who doesn't seek to fit in. Their conversations fe ...more
M.  Reads Books and Fics
I just started getting into comics, and I’ve been really into DC.

I’m adoring these new takes on the stories. I don’t knee much about ivy, but I really enjoyed this one. She is suffering from the discourse between her father and his work paired with the family secret. When a classmate stays with her, things start to change...

This is a fantastic origin story. I could not put it down, and I loved the art.

Perfect for new and old comic fans. Also, it’s queer!
This graphic novel will appeal to readers who like dark, atmospheric tales with horror and gothic elements, like Wilder Girls by Rory Power and Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.

Read more in my blog post for YALSA’s The Hub here:
Ben Truong
Poison Ivy: Thorns is a graphic novel and is written by Kody Keplinger and illustrated by Sara Kipin. It is the retelling of the origin story of an enigmatic villainess.

Outside of class, Pamela Isley spends her time at Huxley High School’s greenhouse, which was donated to the school by her mother and at home involved in secret biological experiments with her obsessive scientist father.

While Pamela's ill mother remains absent for most of the book, her influence on Pamela is evident. The teen also
Anniken Haga
I was very pleasantly surprised by this! I'm not the biggest YA fan, but I do love Poison Ivy as a character, so I had to give this book a chance, and I'm glad I did!

The artstyle is dark and atmospheric, and while it did a great job at setting the stage, I did find it a little flat at times. Not often, just a few panels, but it was enough that I felt I needed to mention it.
It also made it hard to see the changes hinted at, which I think took away from the story rather to give it anything.

Aug 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
**Review coming soon**
Aug 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
My love for Poison Ivy runs deep and this revival of the best DC villain was BEAUTIFUL.

I’ll take six copies, please. ❤️
Sep 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
An atmospheric, gothic twist on Poison Ivy's origin story. Only the art style, which I didn't particularly like, kept it from getting a 5. ...more
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Review to come.

Rating - 2/5
Julia Pika
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Edelweiss & DC for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

A dark gothic re-imagining of Pamela Isley's transformation into Poison Ivy, this story is less superhero-ish and more grounded in its story.

A true tale of tragedy that's sure to please any Poison Ivy fans! It's fascinating to see Pamela's moral compass fall apart as her life gets more and more complex.
robins' round
Jul 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poison-ivy
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Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Could've been better if it wasn't so rushed. ...more
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics

Really enjoyable re-imagining of Poison Ivy's origin with a bit of a gothic bent to it. Most of the story revolves around control and autonomy - both for the plants Pamela wants to protect and her own self which is being abused and harassed. I fully admit that I rounded up because I love Ivy so much and it's just always depressingly rare when she's written with care. I also really liked her love interest, but this is also bias as I'm always a sucker for cute goth girls. My biggest complaint
'Poison Ivy: Thorns' is a gothic horror reimagining of the origin of DC's famous femme fatale ecoterrorist.

As well of being a victim of the patriarchy and the inexhaustible forms of misogynistic abuse that come with it, teenage Pamela Isley loves and idolises her varying-state-of-fridging mother very much. It was she who inspired Pamela's love of plants, and who had wanted to call her daughter Ivy. Pamela took her moniker from that, out of respect for her smart and passionate mum.

'Poison Ivy: Th
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
DC Comics provided a e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions my own.

In Poison Ivy: Thorns, Pamela Isley is different from other high schoolers. She is a loner who also hides a secret from her fellow high school classmates. Her mother is ill and her father is trying to find a cure but everyone just thinks that her mom is off on a research trip. In reality Pamela’s mother is in a coma in the families basement. Staunchly private, Pamela’s unstable father makes the curious
Jul 29, 2021 rated it liked it
My favorite vegan lesbian ecoterrorist 🥰🥰🥰
On a more serious note anything with Ivy I'm bound to love. The art style of this was also STUNNING. I just feel like I'd enjoy this more if the themes weren't as heavy handed and if there wasn't as much of a focus on the romantic relationship. Ivy's backstory also falls into some clichés and logistical issues (but seeing that this is ya it gets more of a pass).
Anyways stan Ivy
Sarah Dunmire
Jul 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
That was good! Sad, though. Pamela has a sad history with her parents and is treated poorly by her peers. Love that she’s so eco-friendly and how that informs her future villainous self, despite coming from innocent origins. I enjoy origin stories of villains, and this was a well-done teen version.
Nicole Moon
This was my first DC comic and I enjoyed it a lot! It's quite a dark story with a gothic vibe (perfect for fall) which isn't normally for me but it was so good on a rainy day. I was so invested in Ivy and the romance in here was so sweet (tho my heart: broken). I definitely need to read more comics that feature Ivy. ...more
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, comics
very cool gothic romance. ivy is such an icon
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I'm a 19-year-old college student and young adult author. My first book, THE DUFF, debuted on September 7, 2010. I write books for teenagers and strive to be honest and true-to-life. For more info, check out my website.

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