Batman: Scottish Connection
by Alan Grant, Frank Quitely
(DC Comics, 1998)

It should be so very obvious. A person from some great U.S. city goes traveling. He takes along his secret superhero costume -- just in case, mind you -- and ends up donning the tights and fighting bad guys instead of enjoy the scenery and local color. And -- here's the tricky part -- even though a person from far away and a hero from the same place both turn up in this exotic location, no one puts 1 and 1 together and comes up with the obvious 2.

Bruce Wayne gets away with it in Scottish Connection -- no one ties a visit by a high-profile billionaire from Gotham to an appearance by a high-profile Gotham vigilante. That quibble aside, this Batman tale is a fun excursion into Scotland's heritage. Batman's run-in with a Scots-American with an ancient grudge pales, however, in comparison to his faithful butler Alfred's submersion into Scottish culture!

In other words, if you like Batman and Scotland, check out this book.

- Rambles
written by Tom Knapp
published 13 September 2003

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