In Poison Ivy: Thorns, Pamela Isley has a new origin story, one that makes her an even more powerful woman than ever.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Poison Ivy: Thorns!

DC finally just reconnected Poison IvyThe origin story in a way that matches her incredible evolution over the years, transforming her into not just a more compelling and stronger antihero, but a stronger woman. Though she is still prey to the sins of numerous men, her ability to break free in this heartbreaking tale of her beginnings comes from the strength she gains from a woman’s poignant and poignant love, and her determination not to let others use her. Body.

Fans may be familiar with Pamela Isley’s origin story involving her college teacher Marc Legrand, with whom Pamela falls in love. Rather than follow that path, writer Kody Keplinger and artist Sara Kipin begin their story before Pamela heads to college in Poison Ivy: Thorns. In the book, her father uses her as a glorified guinea pig, who is desperate to find a cure to save his dying wife. It is these experiments that give Ivy her powers. Meanwhile, Pamela is perpetually subjected to unwanted sexual advances and harassment from a sports school.

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During this time, Pamela has already become an ecological terrorist, releasing some of her father’s experimental toxins to stop the construction of a new project that is replacing a beautiful park. Unfortunately, her efforts led to many people in the area becoming ill and forced to evacuate their homes, including Pamela’s gay friend Alice, who comes to stay with her. Of course, this causes some complications, as Pamela’s father wanted to prevent Alice from learning about his unethical practices.

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Driven by her unconditional love for Pamela, Alice helps future Poison Ivy confront her stalker and abusive father. And while Pamela’s efforts are pure at first, strange circumstances – including an unpleasantly unsympathetic director and a ruthless father – force the budding eco-terrorist to take more drastic action. All of this culminates in Pamela poisoning her sexual harasser and murdering her father.

Poison Ivy: Thorns It is a tragic story, as many origin stories are, exacerbated by a love that, while incredibly pure, cannot bear the inevitable curse that powers always bring into the life of every metahuman. Alice really wants to be a part of Pamela’s life and help her in any way she can, even to her own detriment. Also, despite learning that Pamela accidentally poisoned her, that her family was displaced due to Pamela’s toxin, and that Pamela killed her stalker, Alice still does everything in her power to be there for Pamela. Alice’s sacrifice, therefore, becomes even more poignant when Pamela feels compelled to leave Alice behind.

However, Pamela is more empowered this time, despite being twice the victim. She does not commit crimes for another man. She trusts them herself for the plants she loves. And the men who control her don’t have that power over her for long. It is she who controls her destiny. More importantly, it is a woman’s love that gives Poison Ivy the ability to become a better person and not let anyone else use it.

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