Harley & Ivy Meet
Betty & Veronica #1
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are some of my favorite DC villains. Their backstories and aggressive personalities always make them enjoyable for me to watch on screen or read in comics, (especially in issues/series that have Harley Quinn without her abusive ex-boyfriend Joker). So how was it when these two women were thrown into the Archie/Riverdale universe?
In Riverdale, Hiram Lodge plans to renovate the beloved Sweetwater Swamp into Lodge University. A University specializing in building future entrepreneurs and even a degree in Urban Gentrification for Riverdale. His plan is to revamp the view of the youth in the town and instill a sense of growth and wealth into college students for free. Ivy is not happy with this news for his plans would ruin the ecosystem of their town.
After seeing an ad on tv, and convincing Harley Quinn of the importance of this issue, they are off to save Sweetwater Swamp. Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge however are not friends. Betty is tired of Veronica’s snobby ways due to being a rich girl and Veronica seems to just not care much for Betty’s existence at all. That may soon change since Betty must volunteer at The Lodge family’s gala which conveniently sounds like the perfect place for another pair of women to strike.
I was very confused reading this issue simply because I always thought Veronica and Betty were friends. In comics I read as a kid, they were friends. In the TV show Riverdale, there’s a few moments of fog between them due to their feelings for Archie but the fog clears quickly and their friendship is regained and remains solid.
So going from that to this was a bit of a shock to me, however the attitudes between Betty and Veronica may not last long due to the ending of this issue. Even with their rivalry, I quite enjoyed this issue. Ivy is still extremely concerned about the ecosystem and Harley is still a strong, often goofy woman so it’s always a win when these two are together. Definitely looking forward to the next issue and should appeal to fans of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy as well as fans of Riverdale. –Pierre Brown
Rating: 9 out of 10