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The Batman Adventures: Mad Love (Batman Adventures)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  7,682 Ratings  ·  243 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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Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Harley Quinn's origin as only her "fathers" could tell it!

Creative Team:

Writer: Paul Dini

Illustrator: Bruce Timm


When Harley Quinn did her first appearance in the episode "Joker's Favor" from the now iconic Animated TV series Batman: The Animated Series, in 1992, hardly her "fathers", Paul Dini & Bruce Timm, would being able to imagine the HUGE impact that her creation would make not only in the animated format, but also in comic books and now even in liv
Ailsa Lillywhite
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
4.5 stars
In her own way, Alfred, Harley Quinn's as crazy as the Joker. Her playful exterior hides an obsessive and dangerous mind.


The only reason I took away 0.5 stars is that I prefer the New 52 Suicide Squad origin story. I love my Harley Quinn with bleached skin and funky hair. It's more dramatic than going out and stealing a jester suit.

Anyway, I can never get enough of Harley and the Joker. I love them together, their dynamic. The Clown Prince of Crime did an amazing job of unleashing dr.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty good! So this serves as the original but also the best origin story for Harley Quinn and it also looks at Jokers and Harley's toxic relationship! This story was first a comic and then would be an episode in Batman: The Animated series; because of that the artwork is basically the same as the animation for the cartoon, which I like so it was nice to see! If you want to know about this story, it depends whether you wanna watch or read, because they are almost identical. The Comic is probabl ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

*** 3.5 stars ***

Okay, let's start with this: I'm pretty sure you know what got me to this story.

Having previously said that I'm not a Batman girl, I never really feel any specific urge to read yet another famous Batman novel. But everyone, to one degree or another, was interested by the Harley/Joker romance in Suicide Squad. Even a bunch of people who don't know what a comic book is managed to get into it. (I would say that the latter could be explaine
Nicolo Yu
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comixology
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
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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How true. Dear Harley...but the problem is, the guy you are madly in love with obviously doesn't care about you! Plus it really is saying something when Batman can appreciate your cleverness more than the Joker, who is so, so jealous of your success and can't stand you outsmarting him!

I really just can't stand the Joker's ego! He gets upset by the thought of Harley Quinn taking the credit of killing Batman and the other male supervillains (e.g. Two-Face, th
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 mund
Rituraj Kashyap
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mad Love

Read this one because I wanted to see how Bruce Timm's art looks like on paper. Great artwork. If you're a fan of the animated series you'll definitely like it. In fact this story was later adapted into an episode of the same name in The New Batman Adventures.

The story explains the origin of Harley Quinn and her relationship with the Joker. Seeing her Puddin' fail again and again at the hands of Batman, she executes one of Joker's plans for killing him while giving it a twist from her side.

Liberty K
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh Harley, you never learn!

The issue was so much fun and had a lot of adventure. Also, amazing artwork. If you're a fan of the animated series (I am!) you'll definitely like this. In fact, this story was later adapted into an episode of the same name in The New Batman Adventures.

If you don't know anything about Joker's and Harley's relationship and history (I doubt that!), this is a great start for you.

Mohamed Shoaib
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
amazing ...
thank you, Paul for creating Harley
this has become my favorite batman comic-book.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
The graphic novels that I tend to read are the ones that Matt selects for me, so they're generally the best of the genre. For Batman, that means Gritty Dark Heroics or Interesting Mysteries, like The Court of Owls or The Long Halloween. Mad Love is the most comic-y Batman that I've ever read, from the writing to the art:

This is Harley Quinn's origin story, and it has the potential to be very moving. She deeply loves the Joker, who doesn't think anything of verbally and physically abusing her. Sh
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this was pure fun. Also, I finally figured out why I keep coming back to Batman comics: it's not that it's all my library has (okay, partly that), and it's definitely not Bat-brain himself; it's the supporting cast.
Think about it: who would Batman be without the Joker? Without his legion of Robins? Without Catwoman and the Riddler and Batgirl and yes, HARLEY QUINN, YOU MAGNIFICENT, MESSED UP LAND MERMAID? I'll tell you: he'd be dark, brooding, mopey, quasi-anti-hero #43.

Mad love was amazi
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I'm not a comic book expert; being absolutely truthfull, I haven't really read that much comics so far, and most of my readings 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-wr
Susan Rose
This graphic novel focuses on Harley Quinn's origin story and her abusive relationship with Joker.

I absolutely loved it but I'm aware of the fact that because I loved the 90's animated Batman series as a kid, and I particularly loved Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn's friendship I'm biased. (By the way if you haven't hears DC recently confirmed them as non-monagamous girlfriends which is amazing)

I'd recommend it to fans of the animated show, (I adore how much this book focuses on how much of a carto
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best comics that I've ever read. It was lots of fun, and Harl is just the sweetest.

—So, tell me, Harley, how did it feel to be so dependent on a man (...)?
—It felt like... It felt like a kiss!
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After watching Suicide Squad I really wanted to know Harley's backstory so I flew through this one! She's a total nut but I like her haha
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked it but at the same time, I feel so sad for Harley !!! I love the character so much and it's so hard for me to see her mistreated this way by the Joker.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
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Book Info: This collection contains Batman Adventures: Mad Love issue #1.

ABSOLUTE RATING: {3+/5 stars}



After Batman foils his elaborate plot to kill police commissioner Gordon, the Joker blames Harley Quinn – his new partner in crime – for leaving clues that were too easy for the Dark Knight to follow. But this blunder is just the latest in a series of failures, and the Joker has reached his limit; Batman must
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
-Suicide Squad'ın fragmanından en çok aklımda kalan birkaç sahne vardı:
-Tüm bu sahneler Harley Quinn hakkında olunca ve karakterle ilgili fazla bir bilgi sahibi olmayınca, doğal olarak karakterin "origin" hikayesini biraz araştırdım ve bu çizgi romanı buldum. "Mad Love"da ağırlıklı olarak Harley Quinn'in geçmişi ve Joker'le olan "psikopat" ilişkileri üzerinde durulmuş.
-Bu çizgi roman gerçekten harikaydı. Çizimler mükemmel, karakterler ilginç, diyaloglar komik...
NOT: Harley Quinn karakterine üzül
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. I'm a horrible person, I know, but I love Harley and The Joker. That's terrible to say given the circumstances of their relationship but damnit I love them. This is such a great origin story on Harley and I love how she became Harley Quinn. The artwork was a lot of fun and lively, the dialogue was perfect and this read like a short episode of an animated show. I loved the ending and how open it was. My only complaint is that the pacing was a bit rushed so it didn't feel as fleshed out a ...more
Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
harley is so smart and amazing. and deserves so much better!! joker is such a meany, jesus. although I can't really take this version of him seriously. too silly. the cartoonish style is so different from the superheroes of today, but I much prefer this fun feeling than the seriousness of the films
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was interesting to see how a great villain is born as harley quinn, as it is the companion of another great villain who is the joker. I liked.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, read2016
Nečakala som, že to bude len papierová verzia animáku, ale whatever, bolo to super!
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
j'adore l'humour et les dessins .
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Forever my favorite Harley. Mad Love is a classic; an explosion of beauty, chaos and technicolor. Not to be missed, and should be on every comic fans everyone's To Read list.
Sedef Tekiner
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing



İşte aradığım Harley Quinn! İşte istediğim Joker! Film tadında harika bir orijin hikayesiydi.

Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Me encantó desde un inicio, ya que crecí viendo la serie animada de Batman y justamente el dibujo es del mismo estilo de la serie.

En este cómic conoceremos el origen de Harley Quinn y como pasa desde una psicóloga, a enamorada del máximo villano de todos los tiempos, The Joker.

Debo decir que la historia es bien rápida y sólida en cuando a su argumento, que si bien no es complejo, aún así es buenísimo y se acaba en un soplo.

Principalmente la historia va de como Harley es desdichada en su tortuoso
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 herm
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Paul Dini is an American television producer of animated cartoons. He is best known as a producer and writer for several Warner Bros./DC Comics series, including Star Wars: Ewoks, Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond and Duck Dodgers. He also developed and scripted Krypto the Superdog and contributed scr ...more
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