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Harley Quinn: Mad Love

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The definitive story of Harley Quinn by her co-creator, Paul Dini, and Pat Cadigan, revealing the secrets of her history even as she seeks to kill Batman.

Dr. Harleen Quinzel grew up in an abusive household with a criminal and became a psychologist to deal with her own broken family. At Arkham Asylum, she attempted to treat the Joker and instead fell hopelessly in love wi
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Titan Books (first published November 13th 2018)
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Say hello to your new improved Harley Quinn: Mad Love!

This is a prose novel, adapting the original “Mad Love” story, first published in “Batman Adventures” comic book, and later being adapted into an episode for “Batman: The Animated Series”. This is an extended novelization, presenting scenes never before included in the “Mad Love” story.


Knock-knock, puddin’

Mad Love is my favorite episode in Batman: The Animated Series, which is no wonder since Harley Quinn is my favo
Oh yeah, it seems I am victim of all the hype enough to actually read a non-comic version of Harley Quinn's origin story. I guess I am taking baby steps towards my superhero/antihero/supervillain collection, which is pretty okay considering I know nothing about.

As I said, I know nothing about this massive universe of heroes world, but perhaps I am now a little more enlightened when comes to Harley Quinn by reading Mad Love, but I think there would probably be a lot more to learn, too.

I had gotte
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010s, reviewed
There are so many reasons why I should not have read this book. I tend to avoid media tie-in novels, and it’s not only a media tie-in, but also a novelization of a specific story. Add to that it’s also currently only available in hardcover, and the few tie-ins that I have read, I would never have spent more than massmarket price (and even they would mostly likely have been used copies). I flat out admit my prejudice here and accept it. Nonetheless, as I walked around the bookstore picking up som ...more
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Novelizations are a tricky terrain to venture on. After my initial experience with the adaptation by Christa Faust of Alan Moore’s classic masterpiece The Killing Joke, it was now time to check out DC Comics’ latest novelization and it is different in the best of ways. How so, you wonder? It is different because the writer behind the original Mad Love comic book story arc is co-writing the novel with Pat Cadigan. In doing so, the idea of a novel
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

My towering TBR and healthy skepticism for comic tie-ins be damned, as soon as I was sent a pitch for Harley Quinn: Mad Love I knew I had to read it. This beloved DC character has been a favorite of mine since my grade school days in the 90s, back when Batman: The Animated Series was pretty much a staple in every kid’s TV repertoire. But what really sold me was Paul Dini’s name on the cover, co-authoring with Pat Cadigan.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was amazing!! 5 stars, full review to come
Kate (beautifulbookland)
I’ve always been fascinated with Harley Quinn and the Joker, so I knew that I was gonna love this book.

In Mad Love, the story follows Harley throughout her life; from visiting Coney Island as a child and witnessing her father’s arrest, through medical school, to landing a job at Arkham Asylum, where she has the opportunity to treat some of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals.

The pacing of this book is fantastic; we get plenty of background info on Harley’s troubled childhood, but it doesn’t
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although there is action, great action and yes, Batman does make an appearance… the greatness of this book lies in its dedication to the vile twist of a character’s soul. So many calculating threads are laid at the beginning of the book that can be seen making their way through the entire narrative. Great nostalgia and a well-developed voice make Mad Love a must-read for fans of Harley Quinn and Batman.

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Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been the best Batman novel I have read this year. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the book focusing on Harleen as a child. I thought the writing was excellent dealing with a character at that age, it was very cute!

I think that if you already know the original Harley origins and the comic book, I don't think the new content would be enough to keep you engaged but it was fun seeing some of the scene's in the book.

Harley is such an easy character to get behind, I loved everything abo
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I had thoughts of what I thought the book would be like but I was completely wrong and was surprised more as I read it. I love the Joker and Harley Quinn and finding more about their love for each other was addicting ( pretty much the same way they love each other) but sometimes troublesome to read. I was surprised by the end and I'm hoping for another one to follow on and carry on the story. I have the Batman novel Aswell so I plan on reading that at some point soon.
Baker St Shelves
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Joker and Harley Quinn have always fascinated me, ever since I watched the animated series years ago.
This book is a retelling of Harley’s origin done as a novel.
We see everything from her childhood in Coney Island, to becoming a doctor in Arkham Asylum, and to her infamous relationship with The Joker.
Any long time fan of these characters will fully appreciate this book since it’s co-written by Paul Dini, who wrote for the animated series, the Arkham games, and created Harley Quinn; this book was
Savanna White
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed getting new content for Harley based on the orignal cartoon! All the stuff about her family, and growing up, and more in-depth view of her falling in love with the joker was great!! However, while the book obviously wasn’t afraid of making changes to the story, near the end it became word for word from the comic/episode without any insight or new detail and became incredibly boring. Also didn’t care for the new ending. Great beginning and middle, end felt rushed and forced. Stil ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half was definitely much stronger than the second. A lot of time is spent in Harleen's childhood and then her time at Arkham, but there isn't as much time spent with her as Harley Quinn and what there is, is mainly rewritten stuff from the animated series. As a result the book winds up feeling a little imbalanced.

The first half is really, really good, though. And Harleen is written in just the right way to not only show how intelligent she is, but also why someone like the Joker is ab
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I thought it was awesome they pulled a lot of lines directly from the mad love comic but I also thought what they added was interesting. I liked getting to see Harley's slow transformation and manipulation and even the clues that even from a young age Harley might be destined for crime. Harley has had several origins but I love the original mad love one the most and this was very faithful. I enjoyed the writing and they new parts that were added didn't feel forced.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
“hey pal, i ain’t nobody’s girlfriend” we stan an independent woman who doesn’t need a man to be successful on her murder sprees
Nov 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Just a big no. Again, like with the killing joke novel what was added new was awful and did nothing to enhance the story.
Stacie Boren
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Harley Quinn: Mad Love by Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan. 5 stars because well, Harley Quinn. Yes I wanted to love this book and it was a fast paced read with adventure on every page, but truthfully I wanted a different story. Wonderfully written and everything a comic book should be. Harlene Quinn grew up in Brooklyn with a father for a criminal and a mother that pushed her to be something more. Harley studies gymnastics and pr ...more
Victoria Ellis
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I was equally nervous and excited to read Mad Love, because Harley Quinn is one of my favourite character, and I love her story. Thankfully this book didn't let me down, and followed the comic super closely, even using the dialogue, and some of the same imagery. The novel, despite being exactly that rather than a comic, manages to preserve the feel of a comic, however, this sometimes falls flat. Wit
Rebecca Pursell
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, I'm a huge DC fan and a tad obsessed with Harley.
Very much pleased that Paul Dini was apart of this project.
The first few chapters for me were a little strange, I had to adjust to the writing style and I for sure thought I was about to hate this but I ended up devouring it. I stayed up all hours of the night to read and this book was on my mind when I woke up.
The ending bugged me, I was so invested in the way they hashed out the story I wanted more.

I always see m
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a smooth retelling and retooling; Wikipedia informs me that there was the one-shot and then the cartoon from back in the day - I remember it the other way 'round. This is the novelization-plus of that same story, Harley Quinn's origin. It's a quick and fun read, even when you've experienced this story a bunch of times already. Some modernization has occurred, both in terms of attitude (which was sorely needed in what has always been an abusive relationship) and outcomes, but also in term ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an interesting look into the mind of a character I wasn't all that familiar with. I knew she was a little crazy, and that Joker didn't treat her well and this book gave the backstory for that. Unfortunately I never really got into her character as much as I would have liked. Maybe I just can't connect to someone that would even remotely consider loving/obsessing over a psychotic killer. Oh well, interesting read anyway.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Batman fans. Fans of Surviving domestic violence, Clown enthusiasts.
This novel is faithful to the original material and really captures the heart of Harley. If you've seen the cartoon or read the comic, you won't get much more information other than an incident in kidhood. Otherwise, it's pleasantly nostalgic in how it recreates the scenes and situations. I was relieved to see that it treats Harley with sensitivity, careful to demonstrate that this is abuse and that this is domestic violence. It took a while for creators to see what they made in Harley, and ther ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed getting to learn more about the life and beginning of one of my favorites DC femme fatales Harley Quinn. You really get to see the abuse that that Joker put Harley through and how she fell for the joker. I recommend this book to any Harley Quinn fan.
Cheyenne Gutierrez
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! I was a little nervous at first but i really got into the mind of Harley Quinn. I came to a point that her psychotic mind actually made sense...
Emma Spence-Hirst
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shawn Hunt
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent novilization of the graphic novel that debuted Harley Quinn into the DCU. Updated somethings that were outdated, but it took nothing away from the story.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
im not satisfied hmph
Dec 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
I know I’m not the target audience for a novel like this, but damn. Don’t make it a waste of time for people who don’t know everything about comics...
Taylor Madden
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Freaking AWESOME! I loved reading this take on Harley Quinn’s origins.
Eva Viktória "Evel"
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
Surprised to say this, but I really loved it! They did the original comic justice and expanded upon it in a really sensible, often thoughtful and enjoyable manner. Would've given it a 5, but the last two chapters somehow lacked in capturing the spirit of the rest of the book. The pacing was a bit off.
But overall, it was great - pure original Harley as I always liked her. Nothing like the current Harley Quinn comics - and thank god for that.
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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