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The Batman Adventures: Mad Love (Batman Adventures)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  4,625 ratings  ·  143 reviews
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 animate...more
Paperback, 63 pages
Published December 15th 1995 by DC Comics (first published December 15th 1993)
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Kat Stark


Nanannanananannananan---BATMAN!!

Picked this one up at the library and I have to admit that it had me smiling most of the time. Especially Harley Quinn's story. The commentary was pretty awesome as well:
"I don't think of MAD LOVE as a victim's tale, but a cautionary one about what happens when someone loves recklessly, obsessively, and for too long. Through Harly's tragicomic experiences, we catch a glimpse of ourselves in a funhouse mirror, distorted and all too willing to play the fool for som
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Brandon
Sep 13, 2014 Brandon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the 90s animated series.
Recommended to Brandon by: Ryan
If you're a fan of the 90s animated series and haven't read this collection then what's wrong with you? Don't be like me and wait years and years to crack the pages of this glorious book.

Contained within this compilation is the headlining, "Mad Love" in which we're treated to the origin story of Harley Quinn, Joker's obsessive girlfriend. After many flashbacks, Harley plans to once and for all end the one constant distraction in her relationship with the clown prince of crime - Batman!

Mad Love i...more
Ailsa Lillywhite
Harley, Harley, Harley... Poor thing. Now, I'm not a very good feminist. Let's just put that out there. And I love Joker/Harley stories. The Joker and Harley Quinn are pretty much the ultimate in the abusive relationship. In real life, this would be the saddest thing I'd ever heard. But that's what's so great about fiction, you can look at something from totally different perspectives and you can explore impossible ideas and outcomes. You can take a maniacal serial murderer and pair him with an...more
Sesana
Mad Love is the headliner in this collection of Batman stories that seem to share only a Batman: The Animated Series aesthetic. Mad Love is, of course, the origin story of Harley Quinn, and it's by far the best of the lot. It was eventually adapted into an episode of the cartoon series, with only slight changes. It's pitch-perfect, even if a little frantic in pacing. The dialog was dead-on for all of the characters. Far and away the best story in the collection by me. But I'm a huge fan of Batma...more
Nicolo Yu
Harley Quinn was one of the original characters created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for their seminal series, Batman: The Animated Series. She got her first comicbook appearance in this one-shot by Dini and Timm.

This book was perfect. Not only does it gave us the origin of a character who has become a mainstay in the comicbook and cartoons, Harley Quinn also made a cameo appearance in the Arrow series, the writing and the art captured both the Batman and Joker character beats so well that this i...more
Gabrielle.
Me encanto. Lo leí en español y debo decir que no me lleve un chasco con la traducción.

''Pero desde el principio... Harley Quinn no era ningún ángel. En su adolescencia gano una beca de Gimnasia para entrar a la universidad de ciudad gótica. Pero su meta verdadera... Era un titulo del prestigioso departamento de la universidad, sin mencionar que quería obtenerlo sin estudiar. No necesito decir que sus planes han cambiado desde entonces.''


Harley es uno de mis personajes favoritos en el mundo...more
Sam Quixote
Paul Dini created Harley Quinn and in "Mad Love", together with artist Bruce Timm, he writes the origin story of the character where we find out she was a psychologist at Arkham who fell for the Joker's charms in a Stockholm-syndrome kind of way. The "other stories" in the title feature a variety of villains such as the short-lived "Roxanne `Roxy Rocket' Sutton", a jewel thief who flies around on a rocket with an old-timey ray gun, the Ventriloquist, Scarecrow, Catwoman, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Cl...more
Branduno
The problem with Batman is the problem with DC and Marvel superhero comics in general. The most popular characters have been around for so long and have been subject to so much reinterpretation that it's very likely that you'll find at least one version that appeals to you. However, by that same token it's likely you'll find at least several interpretations that do not appeal to you at all. This guy, Batman here, is the single most popular character, and probably the one with the widest variety...more
Angela
Fue MUY entretenido ¡Hasta vi a Batman reír!

En esta ocasión Harley esta molesta de que Joker no pueda estar con ella, porque el siempre esta ocupado

"Pero llega el momento en que una chica pide mas a la vida.Y esta chica quiere sentar cabeza con su querido amorcito".

Así que ella decide tomar el control y buscar a Batman y acabar de una vez con eso.

Me gustaron los diálogos. Estuvieron llenos de humor. E incluso descubrí cosas que no sabia del Joker ...

"oh,vamos comisario... ¿Qué hay mas hermo...more
Sabrina
I'm not a comic book expert; being absolutely truthfull, I haven't really read that much comics so far, and most of my reading are in the graphic novel department. Even so, the Batman universe is the one I got in deeper when on my DC readings, looking for more and more stories, and finding a lot of great ones. So many amazing authors wrote absolute classics exploring Gotham and it's characters!

I've read some of this classics, and liked them, some more, some less. And that small, funny, silly-wri...more
Jamie
How could anyone fall in love with the Joker? That is the question most people ask when they learn about Harley Quinn and the question that this comic takes a stab at answering.

Poor Harley, she's in love with (or rather, obsessed with) the Joker and all she wants in return is his love and to have his children. But the Joker is obsessed with Batman. It's all he can think about, all he has time for. What's a poor, deranged, homicidal girl to do? Kill the Batman of course, thereby freeing up the J...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
This was a great comic book!!

I loved it!!

Super duper much to the max max max!!

If you are a fan of "Batman: The Animated Series" from the '90s then you will absolutely love this book!!

It's funny! It's action packed! And it has Harley Quinn in a negligee!!

Squee!!!!

The origin story of Harley is in this book. That is what the book is named after. I have never seen the cartoon version but this was written before that (well, the comic was. It was bound into this collection in 2009). It made me love H...more
Lindsay
"Mad Love" manages to be dark, twisted, and child-friendly at the same time, much like the TV show that created Harley Quinn, "Batman: The Animated Series".
"Mad Love" delves into Harley's backstory and manages to paint a portrait of an individual we can sympathize with; while many of Batman's villains are complex, most of them have the narrow-minded "someone wronged me and I want revenge" backstory (which can be interesting and can make for a compelling story, but it gets a little repetitious af...more
Matti Karjalainen
"Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories"(DC Comics, 2009) kerää yhteen Batman Adventures -sarjakuvalehdessä aikanaan julkaistuja tarinoita, jossa Lepakkomies ottaa yhteen monien tunnetuimpien vastustajiensa kanssa, joiden joukkoon lukeutuvat mm. Jokeri, Kissanainen, Variksenpelätti, nimitarinan keskiössä oleva Harley Quinn ja monet muut.

Frank Miller lukeutuu sarjakuvan ystäviin ja julistaa kannessa "Mad Loven" olevan vuosikymmenen paras Batman-tarina. Millerillä on kyllä iso pyörä tainnut heittää jo...more
Rachel Swords
An absolutely fantastic collection of Batman stories! The highlight, of course, is the award-winning "Mad Love" starring my favorite character, Harley Quinn, but the 'Other Stories' mentioned are just as entertaining. The interconnected tales, "Going Straight/Puppet Show/24 Hours/Study Hall/Laughter After Midnight," feature many of the notable villains of Batman's Rogues Gallery (Roxy Rocket, Scarface/The Ventriloquist, the Joker, Scarecrow, and Catwoman); my favorite story out of these would ha...more
Rose
Jun 10, 2014 Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13-up
Recommended to Rose by: dad
Another amazing batman and villain story rapped up into one great graphic novel. Harley is with her puddn' (Joker) and they go through a break up. Now Harley wants revenge on batman because she believes he sabotaged their relationship.
If you know and love the tragic and abusive story with Joker and Harley Quinn then this book is for you. Also this book is good for beginners wanting to be introduced into the batman series. Paul Dini is one of the comic book writers for some of the batman/Harley/...more
Anthony
I downloaded this on comiXology and read it on my laptop. I've been wanting to read it for a while, and since it's hard to get hold of in print I thought I'd download it. (It also worked out a bit cheaper, which is always a nice plus).

Mad Love reunites the creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series, which, even to this day, remains one of the best animated shows ever. It tells the origin story of Harley Quinn, a character Dini and Timm created for the animated show. Quinn wants to finally...more
Adam
One of my top five Batman stories, easily.

I'm a little perturbed by some of the comments here, which don't seem to find quite as much tragedy in this as I think is appropriate. I like the tone, though; it's not too heavy handed about things. Harley's very funny and all that, but in this story more than any other we get a glimpse at the tragedy of her life-- a promising young psychiatric doctor who is manipulated into obsessive love by the psychopath to end all psychopaths. It's pretty brutal and...more
Bookworm Amir
This graphic novel was published during the 90's, hence the art and story is a tad bit different 9more lighter, more cartoonish, similar to the Batman Animated series) than compared with today's more mature, Gothic themed comics.

But as the story goes, it is more about Harley Quinzel's rise to become the Harlequin, Joker's "lover" and crime partner.

Its kind of a tragic story, but illustrated in a carnivalistic way.

Quite a read, Mark Hamill, Frank Miller and lots of other people gave awesome revie...more
Bellagbear
Absolutely loved this one. It was incredibly funny, which is maybe weird because it is about Harley Quin killing Batman. Ah well.

The drawing style suprised me at first though. I have not read a lot of Batman comics, so I had not seen this one before. It was very comical which fitted with the story though, so it was only good. Especially liked the colour use a lot.

The more Batman I read, the more I start to love the characters, also the dark stuff. There are such amazing bad'guys'.

A quick and fun...more
Molly
Never has a team perfectly portrayed the broken dynamic of an abusive relationship than Paul Dini and Bruce Timm with the romance of Harley Quinn and The Joker. There are some great Batman moments in there too, of course, as well as a really funny Batgirl story, and (sadly) the only appearance of how-did-they-get-this-past-the-censors villain Roxy Rocket, but this is really Harley's book, when you come down to it.

A must-read for anyone who grew up on "Batman: The Animated Series" and wants to in...more
Justyn Rampa
I went back and forth as to how I would rate it and ultimately I decided on three stars. Most of my praise is for nostalgia because Paul Dini/Bruce Timm were two powerhouses behind Batman: The Animated Series. Mostly, this compilation felt like reading from my old Disney Adventures with a slightly racy panel here and there. The art style was much more muted for the animated series which provided some nice drama. The coloring here felt too much like an Archie comic to ever feel very tense. Mostly...more
Nicola Carter
I have only read two comic books in my life . I hope to read more but this one i knew i had to own. Harley Quinn has been favourite character since i was a kid so to get to learn her origin story is a real must for me. The writing and the artwork in this is phemonenal, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm really are legends. It will make you laugh , make you smile, make you sad and (made me cry, i'm a girl i get emotional this can't be helped). Honestly an amazing read and a must have for a Harley Quinn or...more
Tays
This is a great story that tells us how Harleen Quinzel became Harley Quinn. Its a nice back story for her and how she felt towards The Joker. The artwork was awesome. It shows us how an egomaniacal psychopath like The Joker isn't capable of pure love, even if a girl like Harley Quinn, who gave up everything she had for him was always there to back him up. This is a crazy twisted tale of love between the on/off relationship between the two. A very enjoyable read for Batman fans. Cheers to Paul D...more
Jen
So, Harley Quinn is quite possibly Paul Dini's greatest invention. His wildly entertaining romp and Bruce Timm's brash and vibrant illustrations à la B:TAS radiate sheer genius and utter madness. Love certainly makes you do the craziest things. What more could we expect from Gotham's most insane duo partnership/quasi-relationship that is Harley and the Joker (although don't get me going on the whole setback of feminism here)? I only wish Dini and Timm would do way more of these books.
Clare
Mad Love is required reading for anyone who enjoyed Batman: The Animated Series. It’s tragicomic, appropriate for everyone despite dealing with fairly mature issues, and fearlessly turns Harley Quinn from hench-wench to a complex character in her own right. The rest of the stories collected are a good and varied representation of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm’s impeccable work together, showcasing what great storytellers they are- but they pale in comparison to Mad Love.
Mayank
I loved reading this book. It's comical yet tragic, and so completely bizarre. In a strange way, it captures Harley Quinn and Joker's character in a way that seems to lay bare their dark psyche, but in a manner that makes you warm towards these kooky characters. More than anything else, I think it's a great story about Harley Quinn's origin. I also absolutely loved the art, specially because it is so incongruous with the more twisted aspects of the storyline.
Elley Murray
My favorite Harley comic. I fell a little in love with the Joker when she did. But, oh, Harley. Such a strong woman, but she is a fool for the joker. It just breaks my heart. This is one of the reasons Harley is my favorite comic book character. This is a real thing so many bright, strong woman fall prey to. I feel like she is a brilliantly flawed character. I just LOVE her. And I thought the teeth were funny too. Solidarity, sister.
Meri
First of all, Bruce Timm's style is gorgeous. It's one of the best things about Batman: The Animated Series. So to have a bunch of stories drawn by him, and Paul Dini writing those stories? Awesome! I adore Harley Quinn. She's adorable, funny, crazy, and loves a psycho. She's a great character; you root for her even though she's in this abusive relationship. The other stories in this collection are great too.
Jenny
I really enjoy the team of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, but I was rather underwhelmed by the main Mad Love story. I've wondered for a long time the details behind how Harley became what she was, and the answer was shorter and more limited than I was expecting. I did enjoy the other collection of stories that encompassed the remainder of the book, but overall, the book just didn't scratch the fictional itch.
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