37 thoughts on “Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories by Paul Dini

  1. I love the old animated series. I really like this retro art style. I thought this would be too kiddy for me, but the story content and delivery are for more mature audiences.

    We just bought S1. The reviews on the site were bad, but i know where to get my legit comic advice.

    To the Batcave, Chum!
    Thanks, Puddin!
    Oops, I mean, thanks, Lashaan.
    ~Icky. 🙂

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    1. What we bought was not from this clip. The ‘Mad Love’ anime that came up and we bought, was from 2008. It is called ‘Motion Comics’ but there is very little actual animation. These are low-end, in that they are still pics with a little bit of partial movement. The story is the same, and the title is the same, but the animation is different. We are still attempting to find ‘The New Batman Adventures’.

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      1. Ohhh I see what you got your hands on. Still, I recommend finding and checking out Batman: The Animated Series (2 seasons of around 80 episodes, each 20 minutes long). I’ll always vouch for its greatness and recommend it to anyone whose interested in Bats and his antics. The New Batman Adventures is the sequel to that series and looks pretty similar to the original series too!

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    2. Same here. I have a weak spot for it. Noooo way are these kid’ish. It’s a classic that any age category can enjoy and appreciate on different levels. Mad Love for example is the perfect example. The writing and sometimes the behaviours show some discrete sexual innuendo too, but on a deeper level, you understand all these characters (Joker and Harley Quinn) even more and why they do what they do.

      Oh man! Forget the reviews you read, which is by the way very odd. Batman: The Animated Series is a classic! Just the intro song/sequence makes my heart melt. It’s soooo good!

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    1. I’m so glad to hear someone who shares my love for this story, Mogsy!!!! 😀 And yesss!!! I am sooo looking forward to reading it soon. I’ll definitely share my thoughts on it. Actually really happy that Paul Dini also worked on that story. It makes much more sense than having other take your work and try and build on it (i.e. The Killing Joke novelization, although it wasn’t bad at all, just different and fun). Do you plan on reading it too? 😮

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      1. Yep, I do! I got a review copy actually, which is how I found out about it. And I agree with you 100% about the original creator working on the novel, no one understands the character better! I can’t wait to compare notes with you after we both read it 😀

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        1. Sweeeet! 😛 I was quite excited since the day they announced these latest novelizations (three of them) although still skeptical on the idea of novelizations, especially by other authors besides the creator. But Mad Love will surely be a much more intriguing one! I look forward to your review if you ever read it before me too then! 😀

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  2. I loved the Batman animated series. It was sooo good 😊 Unfortunately not every season was released here on dvd, but I have managed to acquire quite a few of them nonetheless. It’s been a series that has a lot rewatch quality and that is still a joy to watch 😊😊
    This one sounds really cool: after Batman, Harley Quinn is one of my favorite DC characters, and for that alone I would buy this. It sounds really good, and a bonus is that it feels like the series of old as well 😊😊 Great post Lashaan 😊😊

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    1. Oh man, I’m so happy to hear that you are a fan too. It’s an instant classic to me. It jumps into my mind whenever I’m asked about it or am asked about a classic animated series.

      Oh, you should totally check this out, especially if you haven’t seen the episode that adapts this story arc in the New Batman Adventures series (sequel to Batman: The Animated Series). Then again, even if you did see it, this collection is too good to pass on! 😀

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  3. the very foundation on which the infamous relationship between Harley Quinn and Joker is based on….. it’s dark and deep and twisted and most times you need some dark humour to bring it to life even more vividly… and scarily! Fully enjoyed this review and those illustrations seem perfect.

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  4. Ah, i know almost nothing about these characters!
    I should check out the series, it looks good. I can’t see myself trying to catch up on so much reading 😀 there are just so many!

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  5. Yesss. I remember watching Batman: The Animated Series when Harley Quinn was first introduced. I immediately fell in love, as did the rest of the world, it seems. I remember reading Mad Love as a stand alone graphic novel back in the 90s. Is this a compilation with additional comics? I would love to re-read this.

    Thanks for sharing The New Batman Adventures clip. I haven’t seen this series yet– however, in this Quinzel seems to be a fully-fledged doctor. One of the details which makes Harley Quinn’s origin story so compelling to me, and makes this horribly toxic relationship realistic, is that she is merely interning at Arkham when this all goes down. I always interpreted this as The Joker emotionally manipulating a young, inexperienced woman who is trying to prove herself to the world. I understand why that might be omitted in a 4 minute origin story, however. XD

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    1. Yep, it’s a collection with other stories that include Paul Dini/Bruce Timm as creators. 😀 It’s definitely a nice volume to have, especially if you enjoyed Mad Love. There are also a couple of page-long commentary by those two in between/before some stories. They give some nice insight on their thought process during the creation! 😀

      Yep! The New Batman Adventures is a sequel to Batman: The Animated Series, and just as good if you ask me. More is always good if you ask me! 😉 Hahahah Joker’s manipulation is quite intriguing, and honestly, you have to wonder if there’s anything authentic in their relationship at any point in time too! 😛

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      1. I have 100% added this collection, AND The New Batman to my to read/watch list. I love the idea of a sequel to a favorite TV show– the similarity of the animation touches my nostalgia so closely. 🙂

        Yeah, their relationship has always been a hot mess. As horrible as it is, I love the drama of those moments where you wonder if the Joker DOES care. I’m a sucker.

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  6. Awesome review my friend, I have this and the volumes of Batman Adventures lined up and ready to read now I’m diving into the phenomenal blu-ray release of Batman: TAS (have you picked it up? It’s a truly amazing set and the episodes look and sound better than ever).

    Your love for Batman: TAS equals mine, I loved it at a younger age but I ADORE it as an adult – the quality of the stories and the themes have as you rightly point out totally stood the test of time. It’s incredible to thing that Harley Quinn was created as a minor supporting character in the series and how popular she subsequently has become – the fact that Harley was quickly added to the regular DC universe is a testament to the work of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in bringing such an iconic and beloved character to life.

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    1. Thanks man! I really needed to dive back into something that was sure to be good after all those New Age of Heroes volumes I’ve been through lately. This really can’t disappoint. Also laughed at the extra content at the end showing the things that they had to omit from publishing before controversy struck hahaha (it’s related to Batgirl and her cloth-changing in the middle of a crisis; hope you get the chance to read those panels at some point hahah).

      I really did want to get the new blu-ray release but it seemed like it was a limited edition released in the States (the one that includes those three mini-POP figures). I’ll have to look into the other one that seems accessible internationally. Glad to hear it’s worth every penny/euro! 😀

      And yes! Amazing how the character became so iconic. Especially today with Margot Robbie having portrayed the character on the big screen. There are still people out there who throw tomatoes at the character and anyone who appreciates the character for what Harley Quinn represents, but, that aside, she’s definitely an original character in the DC Universe! 😀

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      1. Darn, it’s limited edition over here as well but doesn’t seem to have sold out yet. No doubt Warner’s will release a standard edition eventually but it’s absolutely worth it – like seeing the series for the first time again with all the warm fuzzy feeling it had 25 years ago!

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