Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Salvation Run

The Salvation Run seven issue mini-series ran from late 2007 and into 2008. It coincided with the DC Comics Final Crisis story arc.

In this particular venture the villains of earth are rounded up by the Suicide Squad and boom-tubed (teleported) to a distant planet called Salvation (a.k.a. Cygnus 4019). Salvation was thought to be deserted but it turns out that it's a training planet for the New Gods of Apokolips.

The villains split into two camps; Lex Luthor takes charge of one while the other is claimed by the Joker. It's the most bitter of rivalries. There are many casualties to be seen. I can't quite figure out why the Brotherhood of Evil took so many hits. Plasmus, Monsieur Mallah, and the Brain all died on Salvation. (Monsieur Mallah suffered a horrific beating by Gorilla Grodd with the Brain's housing.) For a more detailed synopsis check out the Wikipedia entry for Salvation Run.

From what I can see Poison Ivy appears to have sided with the Joker's team. And that leads me to the whole point of this blog post. Poison Ivy appears in only TWO places during this entire series. The cover for the collected series (TPB) and page 2 of issue #5.

Now, it's not that her meager role is a problem. But for some reason I thought she'd have more to do -- and this is just based on what I've read about the series. I suppose that "featured villains" blurb on Wikipedia threw me for a loop. I'm not suggesting that Salvation Run is not worth the while. (It is certainly a lot of fun.) But don't expect Poison Ivy to get much face time. That's regrettable because the art is rather good. Check it out when you can.


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