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DB Comics Mailbag: How Do Poison Ivy’s Powers Work?

 

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AT A BASE LEVEL, POISON IVY CAN BRING DOWN A SEVEN-STORY BUILDING WITH TREE VINES

Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18. DC Comics.

In many respects, Poison Ivy has been described as a Gotham City Siren. Among Batman’s rogues she is a powerhouse that has threatened the Dark Knight both physically and mentally. At a base level, she is powerful enough to bring down a building. Let’s explain.

In Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are out to save Catwoman. Recently, Talia Al Ghul has jealousy over Selina’s feelings for Bruce. As a result, she commissions Zatanna to wipe Selina’s memories of Bruce’s secret identity.

Though Zatanna is conflicted she agrees to keep Batman‘s secret. Meanwhile, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn attack the apartment where Zatanna and Talia are staying with Selina. Powerfully, Pamela topples the apartment building with her vines.

In New York, the average apartment size is about 866 square feet. At about 50 pound per square foot, a seven-story apartment building weighs 303100 pounds or 151.55 tons. Really, the question is to explain how Poison Ivy can produce such chlorokinetic power.

 

POISON IVY IS A CHLOROKINETIC

3. CHLOROKINESIS CAN MOVE TREES TO GIANT SIZE:

Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18. DC Comics.

Concerning Pamela Isley’s accident and become Poison Ivy, read our article. In the Post-Crisis continuity, the villain has vast chlorokinetic powers. Let’s explain. Namely, chlorokinesis is the ability to move plants, trees and organisms containing chlorophyll.

To calculate the insolation needed for the vines to move 30 meters high, we roughly assume a 300 meters squared albedo canopy. Typically, this applies to trees and not vines. However, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinesis is directly depending on light absorption by photosynthesis.

In the issue, Pamela had to generate an Energy Projection of 5111019.38901 Joules. At 30 meters tall, a tree should generate a 0.11 albedo canopy. At 150.97 billion meters, the sun shines 1355.74 Watts per meter squared of light energy on Earth.

Definitely, Poison Ivy performed a Building Level of Energy Projection according to the Power Level Wiki.

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2. WITH TOXIKINESIS, POISON IVY CAN KILL 1000 MEN WITH PURPORTED CARDENOLIDES

In 'Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow' (1992), Pamela Isley is stated to have enough poison to kill a regiment.
Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992). DC Comics.

In Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992), we learn about the extent of Poison Ivy’s toxikinesis. Since Crisis On Infinite Earths, the femme fatale has gained the ability to seduce or kill with a toxic kiss.

Incredibly, her poisoned blood contains thousands of toxins which despite their amount has not killed Poison Ivy. Rather, they have made her stronger. After an exam, we learn the villain’s blood contains enough toxins in her blood to kill a regiment.

At about a 1000 men, her poison is also able to kill an elephant. Recently, it has been found that a species of rats contains a toxin called cardenolide that allows it to kill an elephant in small amount.

Moreover, a small amount of cardenolides is enough to stop a human heart. With 115000 Joules of energy, the human heart beats many times a minute. Since she can kill a thousand men, she can generate 115000000 Joules of energy per day.

At a base level, her toxikinesis produces a Peak Human Level of Energy Projection.

1. THE GREEN IS HER CONNECTION TO EARTH’S BIOMASS

Gotham City Sirens (2009) #4. DC Comics.

Importantly, Poison Ivy is actually a mystic. Indeed, her chlorokinesis actually allows her to tap into an ambient energy called the Green. Really, this power exists within the Earth’s vegetation.

Effectively, Poison Ivy is able to see within the Earth’s biomass across vast distances and sense the events in the environment. As an eco-terrorist, this is very important when she has to solve problems or operate on a large scale. Finally, to answer the user’s question.

Indeed, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinetic cells are photosynthetic. Moreover, her photosynthesis would preclude her need for food, sleep and sex. Since she has access to the Green like Swamp Thing she may even duplicate herself by self-pollination. Visit Batman’s feat reversing her chlorokinesis.

ANSWER:

Really, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinesis is mystical and explains her ability to produce toxins and connect to the Green while maintaining a human appearance.


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Gotham City Sirens Vol 1 18 in DC Database.
Predicting Maximum Tree Heights and Other Traits from Allometric Scaling and Resource Limitations in PubMed Central.
The Secret Social Live of Giant Poisonous Rats in The University of Utah.
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Battles Of The Week: Batgirl vs Catwoman Round I (Heroine vs Villain)

 

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Writers and Artists

Fabian Nicieza and Kevin Maguire.

SYNOPSIS FOR “THE CAT AND THE BAT, PART ONE”

Barbara Gordon is working at the Gotham City Public Library. Suddenly, she notices her father’s notebook has been stolen. Quickly, she chases down the thief and finds out it is Catwoman.

In order to retrieve Commissioner Gordon’s notebook, she must beat down on Catwoman. However, it is easier said than done.

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‘Batman Confidential’ (2008) #17. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Enter the contestants in Gotham City. On the left side is Batgirl, and on the right side is Catwoman.

Let’s look at the stats.

BATGIRL – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Athlete 8%
Durability: Athlete 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Combatant 33%
Intelligence: Genius 42%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Utility Belt.
  • Batrope.

CATWOMAN – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Catwoman Costume.
  • Claws.
  • Whip.

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THE FIGHT

Catwoman has stolen Batgirl’s father’s notebook. Now, Batgirl is in pursuit. Urgently, Batgirl must fight Catwoman to retrieve it.

The battle to decide who is the true martial artist!

DAMAGE SCALE

DAMAGE POINTS

The fight starts out with Batgirl gassing Catwoman with a smoke bomb. Then, she punches Catwoman.

BATGIRL EXPLOSION AND BLUNT FORCE ATTACKS: 1 DAMAGE PT + 5 DAMAGE PTS = 6 DAMAGE PTS.

On the following page, Catwoman responds with devastating attacks.

CATWOMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x5): 1 DAMAGE PT x 5 = 5 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the fight, Batgirl is defeated and sits on the floor.

CATWOMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.

TOTAL


BATGIRL’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-6 DAMAGE PTS.

DURABILITY: ATHLETE

Durability: Athlete 8%

CATWOMAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-6 DAMAGE PTS.

DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

WINNER: CATWOMAN WINS. ROUND II ON NOVEMBER 15TH.

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CATWOMAN'S FIRST APPEARANCE

Batman (1940) #1, the feature titled “The Cat” is the first appearance of Catwoman in DC continuity. In the issue, Catwoman is a thief that steals a $500,000 necklace worn by Mrs. Travers. To stop the thief, Dick Grayson goes undercover on the yacht. Then, Batman and Robin have to stop her.

'Batman' (1940) #1, the feature titled "The Cat" is the first appearance of Catwoman in DC continuity.
Batman (1940) #1, the feature titled “The Cat” is the first appearance of Catwoman in DC continuity. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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“Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl” Review

 

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Superman/Batman: Supergirl (2005). DC Comics.

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Superman and Batman work together to battle evil in many forms.  

Critically, Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl is the most popular Supergirl origin story in Post-Crisis continuity. Importantly, in an alien contact Supergirl arrives on Earth. And a dangerous menace rises that threatens DC’s Trinity.

Together, writer Jeph Loeb and superstar artists Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald collaborate on the story. Really, the writing shines on the paranoia of alien invasions.

Nevertheless, the art in the book is characteristic of Loeb’s run on Superman/Batman: muscular, bold, violent. Moreover, Darkseid vs Superman!

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This comic showcases Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl. One good feature of this comic is that it is available in Paperback and Hardcover formats. It is published by DC Comics.

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS


  • Publisher: DC Comics.
  • Language: English.
  • Print Length: 168 pages.
  • Paperback and Hardcover formats available.
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2005.
  • Dimensions: 6.65 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches.

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To begin, Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl deals with Supergirl’s most popular origin story. In fact, the Hardcover was a sell-out at the time.

Importantly, as the Girl of Steel causes tensions within DC’s Trinity, a new threat rises. Dangerously, Darkseid has set his sights on Superman’s Kryptonian cousin. And Supergirl must choose between Earth and Apokolips.

The comic is good for your collection. You will definitely marvel at Michael Turner’s strong pencils, the characters’ erotic physiques and the color palette.

COLLECT JEPH LOEB’S AND MICHAEL TURNER’S RUN

This is the comic to own in order to build your Superman/Batman collection. Together, this comic is part of Jeph Loeb’s and Michael Turner’s popular run on the ongoing series. Successfully, the comic has been adapted to the popular Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

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CUSTOMER REVIEW RATINGS

This product has 116 global ratings with a customer review rating of 4.7 out of 5.

The customer review said: “Michael Turner’s artwork is the epitome of what comic art should like. In the introduction, Jeph Loeb said that Turner drew the best looking females in all of comics. I’d happen to agree with him. Not only the women look good though. Turner’s Batman is one of the coolest looking versions of Batman ever. Even as much as I love Jim Lee’s art, Turner’s Batman put Lee’s to shame. Like Jim Lee, Turner’s super-detailed work caused him to become one of the hottest artists in comics. It’s really sad that Turner passed away a few years after this volume came out.”

There are seven negative reviews. One negative review pointed the poor plot: “This was a shame. I think supergirl is a cool character and can be done well, but this just makes clear that DC has no idea what to do with her. There is no characterization, no back up characters and the story can only loosely be called a “story.” The art is cool and it seems that is all this book has to offer. It’s a real disappointment, especially after Peter David’s run on the previous Supergirl (linda danvers) which was excellent. Stick with Many Happy Returns, possibly the best supergirl story ever (along with Crisis on Infinite Earths).”

Overall, this comic was good.

CONCLUSION


POSITIVE:

  • Paperback and Hardcover format available.
  • Popular Supergirl origin story.
  • DC’s Trinity.
  • Hardcover sell-out at the time.

NEGATIVE:

  • Hypersexualized females.
  • Poor plot.

OUR PRODUCT REVIEW RATING:


I recommend this comic as the most popular Supergirl origin story in Post-Crisis continuity.


























Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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Battles Of The Week: Beast Boy vs Cyborg (Hero vs Hero)

 

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Writers and Artists

Sean McKeever and Angel Unzueta.

SYNOPSIS FOR “DEATHTRAP (PART I)”

The Titans are on the hunt for a traitor. In order to find him, they must draw out Vigilante.

In order to lure him, a mind-controlled Cyborg baits a fight with the Titans and particularly, Beast Boy.

IN MIND CONTROL

BEAST BOY VS CYBORG! ‘NUFF SAID!
Titans (2012) #12. DC Comics

Enter the contestants. On the left side is Beast Boy and on the right side is Cyborg.

Let’s look at the stats.

BEAST BOY – NEW EARTH

Strength Class: Metahuman 17%
Weaknesses: Conventional Warfare 25%
Quality Opponents: Demon 67%
Limitations: Morals 50%

SCORE: -20.5

FORMIDABILITY: CIVILIAN

CYBORG – NEW EARTH

Strength Class: Metahuman 17%
Weaknesses: Advanced Weaponry 42%
Quality Opponents: Demon 67%
Limitations: Teamwork 67%

SCORE: -3.5

FORMIDABILITY: CIVILIAN

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THE FIGHT

In order to lure Vigilante, Cyborg stages a fight with the Teen Titans. During the fight, he fights Beast Boy.

The battle to decide who is the strongest Titan!

WINNER: BEAST BOY WINS BY INCAPACITATION.

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CYBORG IN COMICS

‘DC Comics Presents’ (1980) #26, titled “Where Nightmares Begin”, marks the first appearance of Cyborg in DC continuity. Robin arrives on the scene of a terrorist siege at S.T.A.R. Labs. Before Robin can act, his future teammates Cyborg, Raven and Starfire appear to him in a vision at Titans Tower. At the end of the issue, it is revealed Raven gave Robin a vision of the future.

The issue was created by Jim Starlin and Marv Wolfman.

DC Comics Presents' (1980) #26, titled "Where Nightmares Begin", marks the first appearance of Cyborg in DC continuity.
DC Comics Presents (1980) #26 marks the first appearance of Cyborg in DC continuity. DC Comics.

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Power Level Wiki Preview: Batman Undergoes The Thogal Ritual

 

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In JLA (2003) #89, Flash evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light.
In JLA (2003) #89, Flash performs a super speed feat. In the issue, Wally evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light. DC Comics.

IN WIKI PREVIEW

In Power Level Wiki Preview, I continue Batman’s Greatest Feats. I explain his feat in Robin Vol 2 #175. You can register to a free or a paid membership in order to view the wiki section.

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Anti-Monitor vs Random Team 15

 

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Zeus (Marvel) vs Random Team 14

 

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Galactus vs Random Team 13

 

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Parallax vs Random Team 12

 

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