Publisher: DC Comics
Release: September 4th 2018
Issues: Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica 1-6
I received a copy of Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The DC and Hannah Barbara crossovers continue! This time it’s Harley and Ivy meeting up with Betty, Veronica, Archie, and all the others over at Riverdale. I’ll be honest with you here and say that I haven’t read any of the other crossovers, so I can’t really compare and contrast between them.
If you’re looking for a fun and silly telling that involves favorites from two different worlds, then this may just be the read for you. I can safely say that I never expected to see the day where Poison Ivy ran amok amongst Riverdale. It’s funny how things end up, isn’t it?
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this crossover, if I’m being completely honest with you. But I’ve got to say that the creators did a better job than anticipated justifying the reason for these two groups meeting up. They also did a wonderful job keeping all of the humor intact, which is pretty important for something like this.
Long story short, Riverdale was about to lose its swamp, and while many people wouldn’t normally think twice about that, naturally somebody like Poison Ivy would care. The truth is that while swamps aren’t pretty, tend to be stinky, and don’t have much by way of useful land, they do house a whole bunch of rare flora and fauna. I know Ivy cares more for the flora in this case, but my point still stands.
So it makes complete sense that she’d go and play eco-terrorist again, and likewise it makes sense that Harley, assuming she was available, would come along for the ride. Sounds like a fun ladies weekend, right? Well for Harley and Ivy it’s pretty on point.
What follows are a bunch of shenanigans, jokes, identity mishaps, and some classic butt kicking. In short, it’s about everything we could have expected from this incredibly odd team up. Sure, things get pretty weird in the middle, thanks to a Zantana cameo, but I probably should have seen something like that coming, huh? Nothing is ever simple for any of these guys.
This was a pretty decent light read, on the whole. I won’t say that the plot was terribly involved or anything like that, but it was fun and light, and sometimes that’s exactly what we’re looking for. Plus the classic Harley humor really did help, but that may be my bias showing.