The Dark End of the Street

Author: Ed Brubaker
Artists: Darwyn Cooke, Mike Allred & Cameron Stewart
Titan Books
RRP 11.99
ISBN 1 84023 567 5
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Last seen at death's door, Selina Kyle (Catwoman) has disappeared, assumed dead. But the mysterious circumstances of her death draw the attention of a private detective - Slam Bradley. Selina's encounter with Bradley convinces her to reclaim the mantle of the Catwoman and continue to prowl the rooftops of Gotham City...

The Dark End of the Street is divided into two stories. The first, Slam Bradley - Trail of the Catwoman, follows the aforementioned private detective as he tries to uncover whether Selina Kyle is really dead and whether she is really the Catwoman. Anodyne sees Catwoman back on the streets looking for the murderer of Gotham City's prostitutes.

Both stories in this collection are well written and illustrated and both are extremely engaging. My only real complaint is that the collection really warrants a better grade of paper than Titan have reprinted the stories on. Glossy pages would have given this a much better presentation, but instead the paper stock is roughly the same quality as the original comics were printed on.

Batman makes a brief appearance to show his concern for Catwoman, but thankfully he doesn't get in the way of a good story. An above average graphic novel with below average production values.

Amber Leigh

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