I have been a fan of Harley Quinn for as long as I can remember. I am not sure what the fascination is exactly, but I find myself drawn to her. So when I was asked if I would like a copy of Harley Quinn Mad Love, I could not resist.
I was sent a copy of Harley Quinn: Mad Love by Titan Books so I could share my thoughts and it’s out early 2019 if you can’t resist the lure of Harley Quinn either.
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Title: Mad Love
Author: Paul Dini & Pat Cadigan
Synopsis: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 with him, helping him escape and becoming a member of his organization. Quinzel became Harley Quinn, a bizarre contradiction of violence and mercy. She blames Batman for her inability to maintain a stable relationship with the arch-villain, and that causes her to have an abiding hatred for the hero, who she seeks to kill. Upon capture she becomes a violent inmate at Belle Reve Penitentiary, and is assigned to the group of government-maintained super villains known as the Suicide Squad.
Categories: Fantasy, YA, Batman, Harley Quinn, Origin Novel
Publication Date: exp. 12th February 2019
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Rating: 5 stars
Content Warnings: Psychological abuse
Review: I was hooked on Mad Love from page one. I loved having a window in to Harley Quinn’s childhood. It was such an interesting start to the story and I found that I really couldn’t put it down. The authors captured the innocence of childhood perfectly, as well as how determined and resourceful children can be.
The style of writing was really captivating and I loved how it fractured just like Harley’s mind. It was those thousands of tiny steps, which made the crazy seem rational… almost. Harley’s actions seem to make perfect sense because of the rational behind them, I suppose that’s the trouble isn’t it!
The energy of Harley really pulls the narrative along, and the writing and the plot are so clever. There are a range of rather unique characters including Poison Ivy and, of course, the Joker. There is certainly something dark and alluring about this incarnation of the Joker. And even though we, the readers, have a privileged position it’s still difficult not to be drawn in to the Joker’s web of manipulation.
Harley Quinn: Mad Love was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved finding out more about one of my favourite villains, and I hope that there will be more books in this series as I would love to read more about the complex and fascinating Harley Quinn.
If you are a fan of Harley Quinn like me, or really like the sound of Mad Love then you can pre-order your copy from Amazon*.
I received a copy of Harley Quinn: Mad Love from the published Titan Books Ltd, however all opinions and words are my own.