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Monday, December 17, 2012

Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories

Author: Paul Dini

Illustrator: Bruce Timm
Title: Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories
Publication: September 6 , 2011
Publisher: DC Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic Book, Villains
Pages: 208
Audience: 15 and up
Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: Purchased

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The trend in superheroes of the late 1980s was dark, grim, gritty, and not very kid friendly. Then along came the animated Batman series. The visual style was totally unique: clean, sharp, and bold. Batman Adventures: Mad Love is an original comics story drawn in the style of the popular animated series. It's even put together by Paul Dini, a major force behind the animated show. This particular story involves Batman's old foe, the Joker, and Joker's cute but deadly sidekick, Harley Quinn. Actor Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame, who plays the voice of the Joker in the animated series, claims that this is one of his all-time favorite comics, calling it "bold, lusty, gleefully demented".

My thoughts:
If you are the fan of the 90's cartoon, then you'll love this graphic novel. It is written and drawn by the creators of the animated television show from the 90's. This comic is interesting in the fact that it offers some of Harley Quinn's back story and how she and her puddin' came to be partners in crime. Mad Love is the first story told in the novel and it is the only one that focuses on Harley Quinn.  It also shows how much the Joker really abuses Harley. Obviously from the title, this is a Batman graphic novel. So the rest of the stories focus mainly on Batman. Like I mentioned before, if you enjoy the cartoon the graphic novel contains the corny humor and the artwork from my childhood. 


  1. I've had this one on my shelf for awhile now, been saving it for a special occasion because it is Harley's back story. I used to watch the cartoon as a kid so the story is fairly familiar to me but I thought it would be cool to see the actual comic. And I love cartoon Harley just as much as I love comic Harley. :]