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Detective 752 – Batman enters the park, and the Jacobian gets a new life

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Rucka, Martinborough and Mitchell conclude the Poison Ivy 2-parter in Detective 752 (Jan. 01).

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Batman enters Robinson Park, hoping to find some solution before the police send their troops in.  He has to battle Feraks, but figures that will just draw Ivy’s attention, and he needs to find her anyway.

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Sasha Bordeaux is still at the Wayne Building, not able to find Bruce anywhere, and joins the long list of people frustrated over his mysterious absences.

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Batman does talk with Ivy, but the stalemate continues.  Still, Ivy is sad about the situation, rather than defiant.

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She wants to save the park, and the children, but it seems impossible to do both. So she orders the children to leave.  They do, and briefly wind up in the hands of the police, but then turn around and come back into the park.  They willingly become human shields to protect Ivy from Gordon and the police.

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The story reaches as positive a conclusion as it possibly could.  Ivy leaves the park, saving the children, but does wind up carted back to Arkham.  It leaves one relieved, if not happy.

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Leelee finds herself back at square one in this chapter of the Jacobian, by Gorfinkel, Johnson and Panosian.

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The Jacobian now believes himself to be a simple fisherman, with no memory of anything that has happened so far.  But Leelee finds him before the fake memories have had time to really take.  But the Mahmetchik are there, and the characters wind up fighting on a boat.

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Leelee solves that problem – blowing up the boat.

 

Detective 751 – Sasha Bordeaux debuts, and the Jacobian finds a magic child

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Rucka, Martinborough and Mitchell tend to Poison Ivy in Detective 751 (Dec. 00).

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Even though No Man’s Land has ended, Poison Ivy has remained in control of Robinson Park, with her Ferak creatures defending it, and a group of children who have become her devoted followers.  Gordon and the police decide the time has come to get her out.

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Lucius Fox decides the time has come to get a bodyguard for Bruce Wayne, and hires Sasha Bordeaux.

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Bruce is not pleased.

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But he is also not able to argue against Lucius’ reasoning.

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Gordon sets up a perimeter around the park, and the Ferak’s start fighting back.

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Spotting this from his building, Bruce excuses himself from Sasha to go to the bathroom.

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While not shown to be any less ruthless, Poison Ivy is still quite a sympathetic figure in the story.  No one else really seems to care about the park, or the children.  And there is nowhere else for her to be.

As well, starting with this story, Poison Ivy’s colouring is no longer shown to be human skin tone, but rather a more plant-like shade.

The story concludes next issue.

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The Jacobian story jumps a bit, as he and Leelee are now in the middle of a combat situation, thanks to Gorfinkel, Johnson and Panosian.

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There is a child general, reputed to have magical powers.  The Jacobian catches up to him just as the enemy troops do.  They are prepared to kill the boy, but he actually has powers – not unlike the Jacobian.

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The Mahmetchik appear, using a special word to erase the boy’s powers and memories.  And then they do the same to the Jacobian.

 

Detective 735 – Poison Ivy cuts a deal

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Detective 735 (Aug. 99) sees Greg Rucka, Dan Jurgens and Bill Siekiewicz bring a three-part Poison Ivy/Clayface story to a resolution, part of No Man’s Land.

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Batman is busy battling Basil Karlo, who emerged from the earth with even greater powers than before.  Poison Ivy, trapped by Clayface, was freed at the end of the last part of the story, and takes quick vengeance on Karlo.

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She uses his body as fertilizer, basically, completely encasing him in plant life.  Batman is grateful, largely because she did not kill him.

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Intercut with this, James Gordon sends Renee Montoya to Two-Face, to inform him that the peace deal between them has ended.  Two-Face’s attempted hit on Gordon nullified the deal, in his eyes.

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Bane also appears, as a mysterious woman offers him a big payment on behalf of her even more mysterious boss, for Bane to return to Gotham.

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Two-Face was none too pleased with Gordon calling off their deal.  It was a peace pact with Two-Face, how could you expect not to be betrayed?  Two-Face is now holding Renee Montoya, and her family, as hostages against any action by Gordon or the police.

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Back in the park, Batman and Robin discover that the discs they went in to retrieve had been destroyed by Ivy long before.  With Ivy sheltering many of Gotham’s abandoned children, Batman has little option but to cede her Robinson Park, as long as the children are kept fed and safe.

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