Wonder Woman may currently be filling Batman’s knee-highs in the digital revival of Sensation Comics, but it’s not the Amazon’s first rodeo in Gotham City. In Flower Power, one of Golden Books’ DC Super Friends line of early readers, the princess of Themyscira finds herself at Gotham Botanical Gardens, where she tag-teams with Batgirl to investigate the arrival of a glowing green meteorite.
Turns out our dynamic duo aren’t the only ones who are after the space rock. Poison Ivy, sensing the meteorite’s spooky “plant powers,” wants to use it to the planet into her own private terrarium. Before long, Wonder Woman and Batgirl are caught in the tentacled embrace of a rabid Venus flytrap.
The stylized art, slick yet stippled, is the visual love child of Mary Blair and Bruce Timm, with a feel that’s at once nostalgic and contemporary.
And like the volley of thorns from a group of mutated cacti, the repartee flies fast and loose. “You two need to get the point—nothing can stop me now!” Ivy cackles. Wonder Woman, freshly sprung by a Batarang-wielding Batgirl, deflects the thorns with her bracelets. “Sharp thinking,” Batgirl quips.
The book’s target audience—girls aged 3 to 5—will lap up the unabashed campiness.
The book’s target audience—girls aged 3 to 5—will lap up the unabashed campiness. My own daughter is partial to the moment when Ivy, drenched with water, starts turning into a tree. “Your plans are all wet,” Batgirl tells Ivy. “At least she picked a place to put down roots,” Wonder Woman rim shots.
Clearly the ladies have overcome their rivalry over the Dark Knight.