In DC Comics’s Batman Adventures Annual #1, Batman and all your favorite Batman Universe characters come to life in a compilation of short stories that were originally published in an issue of the Batman Adventures, including “Puppet Show,” “24 Hours,” “Study Hall,” “Mad Love” and “Laughter After Midnight.” The last story features an epic battle between Batman and the Joker. Batman also faces off against the Scarecrow, the Ventriloquist and Scarface, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Mitzi Martin. In “Mad Love,” you walk the halls of the Arkham Asylum while Poison Ivy pops up in “24 Hours.” Villainess Roxy Rocket makes her first appearance in the DC Universe with these Batman adventures as well. In “Going Straight, Part Two,’ some of your other favorite characters like the Penguin and Mad Hatter show up in Gotham City as well. Note that the comic Batman Adventures models Batman: The Animated Series instead of the regular DC Universe. There are many adventures to have in Gotham City. Comic book fans who are fascinated by the relationship between the Joker and Harley Quinn will love the stories in Batman Adventures Annual 1. Joker entices Harley Quinn back to a life of crime after her stint in Arkham Asylum and goes on a murderous rampage in the streets of Gotham City. The Scarecrow tries to reform in one of the stories. “Laughter After Midnight,” is considered one of the best Joker stories in the Batman Adventures Annual 1 and also was published in The Joker: The Greatest Stories Ever Told. The scripts for all five stories were written by Paul Dini with help from Mike Parobeck, Matt Wagner, Bruce Timm, Dan DeCarlo, Klaus Janson, Rick Taylor and John Byrne. The stories’ illustrations were done by Rick Burchett. Originally published in 1994, this compilation of favorite stories from the Batman Adventures comic book series pulls you into the dark world of Gotham City. Most of the issues of the Batman Adventures Vol. 1, which ran from 1992 to 1995, were written by Kelley Puckett, with artwork mostly done by Parobeck. Dini and Timm were also co-creators of “The New Batman Adventures” television series, “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Superman: The Animated Series” and “Green Lantern: The Animated Series.” Meant to be just a six-issue comic tie-in to Batman: The Animated Series, the Batman Adventures became a favorite of comic book fans and was extended into 36 issues, two annuals, and two specials. Due to the popularity of the Batman Adventures comics, DC Comics also created Superman Adventures and Justice League Adventures comics where many Batman Universe villains, such as Roxy Rocket, the Joker, and Harley Quinn, also cross over. All Batman fans should have DC Comics’s Batman Adventures Annual #1 in their collection. While it is based more on the animated series than the regular DC Universe, comic book fans will delight in the long roster of favorite villains, especially the Joker and Harley Quinn, and story after story about the constant battle between good and evil.