Writers: Alan Grant, Mark Waid
Artist: Frank Quitely, Diego Olmos, Arthur Ranson
Review by: Eric Stuckart
As the title implies, Batman: International details some of Batman’s adventures outside of his crime-infested home of Gotham City. What readers get is three stories. “Scottish Connection” is about Batman trying to solve a crime linked to his ancestors. “Batman in Barcelona: Dragon’s Knight” details another showdown between the Caped Crusader and Killer Croc, this time focusing on St. George and the Dragon. Finally, there’s “Tao,” in which Batman encounters an enemy he made during a trip to China during his formative years. Unlike many Batman story arcs, these stories are far too short to really go anywhere, which makes them good for a short Batman fix, but there really isn’t much to them. However, most Batman fans aren’t looking for a quick fix, and these tales don’t delve into the psyche or mystery of the character. The artwork of the three tales differs, too. Frank Quitely’s inimitable style complements references to Scotland’s weather, along with subtle, muted tones courtesy of Matt Hollingsworth and Brad Matthew. Diego Olmos depicts a more lithe, lean Batman than anyone is used to seeing. And Arthur Ranson’s artwork, while sketchy and old-school in nature, is vividly brought to life by now-defunct comic coloring house Digital Chameleon.
Pros: The artwork is interesting in its own way. The stories are engaging and fun while they last.
Cons: A lot of jump-cut action. Could have benefited from a little beefing up.
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