|Even if you're
not that big of a Harleyite, chances are you've heard of this wonderful
This is the story that introduced Harley's origin - how she became who she is. It takes the reader on a journey into Harley and Joker's life over a few days, travels into Harley's memories of meeting The Joker and of how he manipulated and twisted her mind at Arkham Asylum, ultimately seducing her.
Batman is in it, of course - but the focus is on Harley and Joker.
Even after all this time, this book is still pretty much the definitive Harley Quinn & Joker story in terms of ones that explore their relationship.
Critically acclaimed, with divine scripting by Paul Dini and glorious art by Bruce Timm, it won both the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award for Best Single Issue Comic of the Year.
It's got everything - humour, love, epic battle, betrayal, hope, sadness, pain and even a little pleasure!
For a far more comprehensive, indepth, and personal look at this wonderful comic,
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Rated as the Fifth Coolest Batman Story of All Time by "WIZARD!" magazine, here's the low-down on whatcha need to know:(reprinted without permission from WIZARD! magazine)
ISSUE: The Batman Adventures: Mad Love
CREATIVE TEAM: Writer: Paul Dini; Artist: Bruce Timm.
THE CAST: Batman; The Joker; Harley Quinn
THE STORY: Behind every good man lies a good woman. Well, the same holds true for every bad man, in this case The Joker's lover, Harley Quinn.
Harleen Quinzel was a gorgeous young woman who slept her way to a psychology degree and chose an internship at Arkham Asylum, home of the criminally insane. Maybe it was the challenge, the excitement or the high-profile nature of these villains that drew her there in hopes of making a name for herself. Whatever the case, there was one simple thing that transformed Ms. Quinzel from intern to villainous sidekick: love.
But when The Joker starts rebuking Harley's love thanks to the constant interference of Batman, Harley takes matters into her own hands. Pleading to Batman's soft side, she tricks him into thinking she's turned on The Joker, and quickly captures the Dark Knight. Drugged and chained upside-down above a tank of flesh-eating piranha - sans utility belt - Batman is completely helpless. Harley's about to do the one thing no villain's ever done: kill Batman! Is there any way out for the Caped Crusader? Maybe, but his name's The Joker...
THE SKINNY: Set in the "Batman: The Animated Series" universe, Mad Love not only lets us in on the secrets of the criminal world, but examines The Joker's relationship with Batman on a new level. Why does he have to use such elaborate traps to kill Batman instead of just shooting the Dark Knight? To The Joker, it's all perfectly sane.
WHAT THE READERS SAID!
"Not since PSYCHO has there been a better work of art where everything bad happens because of love. It worked for me. If it wasn't for Mad Love, I wouldn't have no love at all!!"
- Penn Jillette.
"Mad Love is the best Batman story of the decade"
- Frank Miller.
"Stunning. Easily one of my all-time favourite comics. It read like the storyboard for the best animated Batman never made. Bold, lusty, gleefully demented - I love this book madly"
- Mark Hamill
"Mad Love is a happy blend of Harvey Kurtzman and Bob Kane. A veritable primer of relationships in the '90's told with a nostalgic twist."
- John Goodman.