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Title:
The Batman adventures : dangerous dames & demons
Author:
Dini, Paul.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : DC Comics, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
190 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Originally published in single magazine form as The Batman adventures annual 1-2, Batman adventures : mad love and Adventures in the DC universe 3.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781563899737
UPC:
0761941236698
Format :
Book

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-12. Dini was the lead writer of the popular Batman Adventures animated TV series, which combined the noirish mood of the character's early years with a contemporary stylishness and a humor that contrasts with the grim approach of Batman's other appearances. That vision of the Caped Crusader comprises the comic-book stories collected in this volume. The book's centerpiece is an award-winning story of the villainousoker's comely psychiatrist, Harley Quinn, a character created for the TV series, who donned a harlequin costume to become his girlfriend and partner in crime. Despite their cartoony visual style, these tales are better plotted than most of the serious Batman titles, and they may appeal to teens more than the darker stories. In any case, the stories effectively show how malleable an iconic character like Batman can be. --Gordon Flagg Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Dini and Timm, creators of the Batman Adventures TV series, bring together previously published comics in this boffo book with classic comic book style. They take Batman back to his roots with a series of playful stories pitting real villains against good, old-fashioned heroes, with all of the action playing out in a magnificently gloomy Gotham City landscape. Batman wears black, the villains are in technicolor and Timm's lines are marvelously muscular. Short episodes feature villains such as Roxy Rocket, airborne jewel thief; Poison Ivy, mistress of confounding toxins; and Arnold Wexler, a reluctantly villainous ventriloquist. The Scarecrow, a college professor gone wrong, tortures his victims with mind games, while Clayface disguises himself while waiting to sit on Santa's lap at the department store. One longer episode involves demons attempting to take over the world (the theft of a magical tablet hidden in the cornerstone of a Gotham City building draws Batman's attention). The somewhat recent trend of exposing Batman's motivations and tortured past is absent here; the only character who comes in for extended analysis is Harley Quinn, the Joker's frustrated lover. Her story, "Mad Love," is the book's best, creating an entire history of romance and psychiatry for the Joker, a well as an inspired trap for Batman that's nearly the end of the Caped Crusader (the story won both the Eisner and Harvey Awards for Best Single Issue). Junior high readers and adults alike will find these tales satisfying. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Dini and Timm were part of the creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered one of the finest superhero TV shows ever. This book collects all of their comic-book collaborations, including the superlative Eisner and Harvey Award-winning "Mad Love," the origin of the Joker's female sidekick Harley Quinn. The drawing style here is stylized and simplified, more like the cartoon than like other Batman comics. Though some stories are slight and light in tone, the best are not at all shallow-"Mad Love" itself is a surprisingly deep and tragic tale of obsessive love. Eisner Award nominee "Laughter After Midnight," a Joker feature with art by John Byrne, is another highlight. Timm collaborates with Betty and Veronica artist Dan DeCarlo on a Harley Quinn short, and there are good stories featuring villains the Ventriloquist and the Scarecrow. This collection is highly recommended for libraries that do not already own Mad Love (which is no longer in print as a standalone graphic novel). Larger collections that do have Mad Love will want this as well, for teen and adult superhero fans. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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