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

 

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IN SUPER POWER EXPLAINED

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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LINKS

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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Fan Theory: The Swamp Thing’s Transformations Prove Levi Kamei Is A Homo Magi

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FAN THEORY

SPOILERS AHEAD

Cover of 'The Swamp Thing' #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing.
Cover of The Swamp Thing (2021) #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing. DC Comics.

IN ORIGIN STORIES

LEVI KAMEI STRANGELY TRANSFORMS INTO SWAMP THING

After the demise of the previous Swamp Thing alias Alec Holland, our new series begins. In The Swamp Thing (2021) #1, Indian Levi Kamei is chosen to be the next Avatar of the Green. After a visit to his family in India, Levi becomes connected to the Green.

Strangely, he transforms on different occasions into the Swamp Thing. In The Swamp Thing (2021) #2, he finds a guide in Jennifer Reece. As Levi struggles to make sense of his transformations, his new guide eventually helps him face past family trauma and a trip into the Green.

Cover of 'The Swamp Thing' #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing.
Cover of The Swamp Thing (2021) #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing. DC Comics.

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LEVI’S FAMILY CONNECTION TO THE GREEN PROVES HE IS A HOMO MAGI

In The Swamp Thing (2021) #9, we learn the truth about Levi and the Green. In the issue, The Green has a powerful connection to Levi and his hometown in India. Originally, Levi and his brother were bonded to the Green growing up. However, Levi soon forgot about it and became a scientist as an adult working for Prescot Corporation. Determinedly, Prescot Corporation took an interest in the Green. In fact, before Levi’s birth, the company had acquired information on the Avatar of the Green.

Now, using Jennifer Reece, they baited Swamp Thing into their trap. In addition, Levi’s trauma is revealed when he recalls his father’s murder over the company’s plans to develop land in his village. Initially, Levi sided with his company’s plans despite the residents’ opposition. Evidently, given Levi’s transformations which change Swamp Thing’s permanent transformation, and his connection to the Green, we can assume the hero is a Homo Magi.

The Swamp Thing.
The Swamp Thing. DC Comics.

 


LINKS

Swamp Thing #1 in Comic Vine.
Swamp Thing #2 in Comic Vine.
Swamp Thing #9 in Comic Vine.
The Green in DC Database.
Homo Magi in DC Database.
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My Comics Reading List For October 2021 (Marvel and DC)

 
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In ‘Thanos’ (2018) #17, Silver Surfer (The Fallen One) falls into a trap set by Thanos before facing future Thanos. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

This is My Comics Reading List for October 2021. For anyone just jumping onto comics, we are recommending the following single issue comics as jumping on points into regular subscriptions. You will not regret it!

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1. ‘INFINITE FRONTIER’ (2021) #3 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Green Lantern and Obsidian are hunting down Alan Scott’s old enemies. Meanwhile, Black Lantern Roy Harper is stranded in space.



2. ‘HEROES RETURN (2021) #1 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

An all-out, drag-out brawl between the Squadron Supreme and the returned Avengers.



3. ‘SUICIDE SQUAD: GET JOKER’ (2021) #1 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Critically-acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello brings together Red Hood, Harley Quinn and Firefly for three issue series. When Amanda Waller decides to take down the Clown Prince of Crime, she enlists the help of Batman’s former Robin, Jason Todd.



4. ‘TEEN TITANS ACADEMY’ (2021) #2 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Mysteries are unraveling in the Teen Titans new school: What is happening with Shazam and his powers, who is Raven’s new dark pupil, and who is Red X?




5. ‘IMMORTAL HULK’ (2019) #4 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

Arizona Herald reporter Jackie Mcgee is on the hunt for Bruce Banner. To stay ahead of the competition, she contacts Walter Langkowski, Bruce’s college roommate. Unbeknownst to Walter, he is going to die today.



6. ‘MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN’ (2019) #16 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

In a new series by Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed, welcome to the new adventures of Miles Morales. Miles is babysitting his new little sister, Billie Morales. However, there is trouble underground. Plus, Ultimatum threatens the Morales family.



7. ‘THE SWAMP THING’ (2021) #1 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

A new era of Swamp Thing begins in this 10-issue series. Indian Levi Kamei has been chosen as the new Guardian of the Green. But, he can’t control his transformations. In the meantime, a monstrous menace arises that Levi must stop.



8. ‘SAVAGE AVENGERS’ (2019) #3 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

Kulan Gath has returned and has set a trap for the Savage Avengers. In order to protect humanity, the Savage Avengers must slay a god.




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