The Batman And Robin Adventures #24
DC Comics (November, 1997)
“Touch Of Death”
WRITER: Kelley Puckett
PENCILER: Bo Hampton
INKER: Stan Wach
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo
EDITOR: Scott Peterson
Poison Ivy steals a rare flower, but her escape is cut short when a man who remembered her from her time in Acachiano (somewhere in the Amazon) calls for her help. He’s a 17-year-old boy who produces toxins through his skin, and the US government wants him to study, including a rather unscrupulous agent. Because of Ivy’s own toxin issues he can’t affect her, but that sends his defense system into overdrive, pushing him towards death. The agent doesn’t mind because he can still be studies alive or not, and captures Ivy and the boy, but Batman infiltrates his group and manages to help them escape. Batman catches up with Ivy in Acachiano where he learns whatever Ivy did managed to cure the boy instead of kill him. However, there’s still the plant theft (and I’m assuming not a murder even though she pointed a crossbow at him and hates humans–probably the target age group, since regular comics Ivy would have killed him).
What they got right: I liked seeing Batman and Gordon mess with the lead agent. It’s also interesting to see a softer side to Ivy. Apparently there are some humans she doesn’t hate. She’s more concerned for the boy’s life than the people are, save for Batman when he’s disguised as an agent.
What they got wrong: Wouldn’t the others know he wasn’t part of their team? And if this is the Batman and Robin adventures, where’s Robin? I only ask because he’s never gotten a solo adventure in this title, and even Batgirl had one. The next issue is the last one under this name. More on that in a few weeks when we get to that issue. I also don’t like seeing our agents acting evil, and kidnapping a boy from the Amazon just to study the toxins he’s creating even if he dies in the process qualifies.
Recommendation: A good story, although the focus is more on Ivy than Batman. Worth reading.