I asked for guest posts making the case for the finalists for the Favorite DC Couples matches and reader Natalie Reed sent me this on Harley and Ivy. Her thoughts follow:
Before I begin, I suppose I should admit a slight bias: I’m not entirely of the opinion that Harley and Ivy’s clandestine tryst was precisely “non-canon”. More like “quasi-canon”. Or “deutero-canon”. Or “scholarly confirmed apocrypha”. And if you go by the whole Word Of Authorial God theory, it was straight-up, well, canon (at least for a given value of Paul Dini’s godhood; and regarding Harley’s infamous statement that her immunity to Ivy’s toxicity was granted so they could “play” together).
Basically, unlike the vast majority of non-canon ships, whereby fans go out seeking sexy (or not-so-sexy) subtext between two characters who seem to pair well together, what was going on between Harley and Ivy was, as often as not, just plain old text. The writers planting those seeds (no pun intended) weren’t simply toying (no pun intended) with us, they were quite deliberately implying a relationship there, and moreover implying a relationship that had a pretty meaningful impact on the story. And on at least one occasion I can think of (Ivy’s confrontation with Harley in Arkham during the finale of Gotham City Sirens), those seeds bore fruit, and became a meaningful, climactic element to the narrative.
It’s down to just two couples! Lots of you had questions about what made a couple canon or non-canon in the tournament and I’ve answered them a few times but what better time to clarify than the finals? The rule was if a couple appeared in both the DCAU and DCU their status in the DCU took precedence. Hope that helps!
Anyway on to the two finalist couples where the subtext and text are barely distinguishable.
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Oracle and Dinah Lance/Black Canary
Voting is open until 8:30 EST. One vote per person, please.
Earlier this week I showed you a wrap-up of all the new toys featuring DC Women at Toy Fair. Here’s one more:
That’s a set of 2” Mez-Itz figure featuring the “Gotham Gals”. Save your money!
Renee Montoya and Helena Bertinelli won yesterday’s match. That leaves just four couples in the semi-finals and today they will battle to decide who goes to Thursday’s final.
And here are the two matches:
Ted Kord/Blue Beetle and Michael Carter/Booster Gold
and Match 2
Barbara Gordon and Dinah Lance
Renee Montoya/The Question and Helena Bertinelli/Huntress
Voting is open until 8:30 PM EST.
One vote per person please.
And we’re back with the next round! Yesterday I posted the list of the women who made it into this round if you haven’t been following the tourney.
As I said, this is only going to get harder.
And here is today’s first match, and it is a battle of red heads from the Bat-verse!
Hmm, that really doesn’t narrow down the list that much does it?
Okay, in this corner a woman who kicks ass and leaves her logo doing so
Kate Kane, Batwoman!
and in the other corner, a woman who “leaves” her enemies wishing they’d not run into her
You can vote in this tournament here
Voting ends at 8:30PM EST.
Here’s the first look at Poison Ivy in Arkham City. Ivy will join Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Talia al Ghul in the upcoming game. The Mad Hatter will also be in the game.
David Macho who coordinates art work for a number of DC artists including Jesus Saiz has tweeted out artwork of the characters who will be the “the new villains” of Birds of Prey. DC has been pushing the idea that there will be new bad buys in the DCnU. And here is the Birds of Prey characters known as the “Cleaners”
Okay. Very pretty Ivy.
As I said earlier this week, I really hope DC starts promoting this book over the next month. (Issue one drops September 21).
Black Canary is a very popular character with a long history. I would think they would want to try and leverage that as much as possible.
I have posted about cakes featuring DC women and other characters before, but this morning the folks at Between the Pages alerted me to this Poison Ivy cake and it is unbelievable. Here’s a close-up look at it.
Full view of the cake under the cut.
You can download it from DC here. Here’s a page - things don’t look good for Ivy. And Tony Bedard is still writing not Dini as in the solicit.