In my prepubesence, Batman: The Animated Series, was THE after-school program to watch. Its award-winning writing masterfully controlled the essence of a strong Batman tale, primarily choosing character-driving emotion as it’s focal point (one might simply start with “Heart of Ice” as a first of many examples). “Mad Love” tells the origin of Harley Quinn, and her obsessed, sometimes violent, sometimes full-on disturbing relation with The Joker. She’s one of the few characters, born of a one-shot comic book, to get installed into official Batman cannon. Worth a read if you can find a copy.
“Advice to someone in the throes of mad love is pretty meaningless, because any capacity for rational thought has long since split for Aruba. Despite the setbacks and heartaches, the persuer tunes out their inner voice of sanity and is more than willing to swallow the tears, paint on a smile, and once again resume the chase.”
BATMAN: MAD LOVE (Feb. 1994)
Art by Bruce Timm & Rick Taylor
Words by Paul Dini
[via Comic Book Vault]