DC Comics Gives A First Look Of New YA Graphic Novel ‘Poison Ivy: Thorns’

by Olly MacNamee

Just in time for Pride Month, author Kody Keplinger (The DUFF) and artist Sara Kipin are reimagining DC Comics’ Poison Ivy in Poison Ivy: Thorns, a new young adult graphic novel promising romance with a gothic-horror twist.

“The original young adult (YA) graphic novel follows closed-off teenager Pamela Isley as she navigates her thorny high school years. Pamela might be the school’s most passionate caretaker of the campus greenhouse, but her deep love and devotion only applies to plants. She doesn’t trust people easily —especially men, who always seem to want something from her — and prefers to hide behind her bright red hair. That all changes when a cute goth girl named Alice Oh comes into her life. Alice makes Pamela feel like pulling back the curtains and letting the sunshine in. But there are dark secrets deep within the Isley house. Secrets Pamela’s father has warned must remain hidden. Secrets that could turn deadly and destroy the one person who ever cared about Pamela, or as her mom preferred to call her…Ivy.” 

It would seem this fan-favourite anti-hero has a fan in Keplinger too. And for quite some times she explains:

“Poison Ivy has been my favorite comic book character since I was a little girl. Getting to write a story about her in one of my favorite genres (gothic romance), brought to life by the amazing art of Sara Kipin, is just a dream come true in so many ways. It’s spooky, it’s romantic, and it’s full of drama. It was so much fun to write, and I hope readers will fall as in love with Pamela and Alice as I did.”

But for Kipin, it was a challenge. But one she overcame:

“I’m very proud and excited to be part of Poison Ivy: Thorns!Working on this book during 2020 was a very tough experience, but through my own struggles, I hope readers can see the time and love I poured into these pages. Kody did a fantastic job writing a fun, gothic romance story, and I can’t wait for new and longstanding Poison Ivy fans to read it!”

 The book is available to preorder now and hits stores everywhere books are sold on Tuesday June 1st, 2021. With colour art by Jeremy Lawson and lettering by Steve Wands.

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