The Batman Adventures: Dangerous Dames and Demons

The Batman Adventures: Dangerous Dames and Demons

by Paul Dini, Bruce Timm
     
 
Collecting stories based on the critically acclaimed Batman animated series, this action-packed book features some of the Dark Knight Detective's most lethal female adversaries. In the previously published and Harvey and Eisner Award-winning MAD LOVE, we learn for the first time how the manipulative machinations of the Joker turn his naïve and harmless psychiatrist

Overview

Collecting stories based on the critically acclaimed Batman animated series, this action-packed book features some of the Dark Knight Detective's most lethal female adversaries. In the previously published and Harvey and Eisner Award-winning MAD LOVE, we learn for the first time how the manipulative machinations of the Joker turn his naïve and harmless psychiatrist into his deadly and homicidal sidekick, Harley Quinn. Then, in the following incredible tales, Batman must find a way to stop the threat of Poison Ivy and thwart the insanity of Ra's al Ghul.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
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. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563899737
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
06/30/2003
Series:
Batman Adventures Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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