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"...the best Batman story of the decade" - Frank Miller
on 18 March 2014
The comic-book stories from Batman Animated creators Paul Dini and Bruce Timm are collected as Batman Mad Love And Other Stories TP. They are collected from - The Batman Adventures: Mad Love; The Batman Adventures Annual #1 & #2; The Batman Adventures: Holiday Special #1; Adventures in the DC Universe #3; Batman Black and White #1; The Batman Adventures: Dangerous Dames & Demons; Batgirl Adventures #1; Batman Gotham Adventures #10; and Batman Adventures #3. The copyright dates are 1994-1999 & 2003.
These are simply some of the best Batman stories that I have read, and I have been reading Batman stories for more than 50 years, and having read all the Archive editions, I'm claiming another 10-12 years credit also. There are many brilliant panels and scenes, some sad ones, and a couple of hysterical ones that had me laughing out loud, which is not a good thing at my age, but fortunately, I was alone at the time. Now, the creators probably wouldn't have managed all these effects with out the long history of Batman to make the characters so well-known, but that doesn't detract from their brilliance in doing what they did. There are influences and hommages tucked away in some stories, and shouting out at you in others; I thought that I was seeing the Spirit's Will Eisner at work in some scenes, but there were obvious Jack Kirby references in the Demon story; and when I read some of Ra's al Ghul's suspicious-looking incantations backwards, it gave it away - "Tsetaerg eht saw ybrik" and Nitas teews ym". There are Forewords, Afterwords, and some bits in-between by the two co-creators, and some examples of censored artwork - these were meant to be kids' comics!
The Contents are -
"Mad Love" - 64pp
Annual #1 - 54pp: "Going Straight", "Puppet Show", "24 Hours", "Study Hall", "Laughter After Midnight"
"Cruise to Nightmare" - 6pp
"Jolly Ol' St. Nicholas" - 12pp (Batgirl)
Annual #2 - 44pp - "Demons"
"Two of a Kind" - 8pp ( Black & White)
Batman Li'l Gotham Volume 1 TP