The most anticipated graphic novel of 2016! Internationally best-selling and respected novelist Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas collaborate for one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events of 2016! A young genetic engineer is accidentally mutated by his own experiment when his DNA is merged with that of a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure-with a lot of cat puns. Features bonus content by David Mack, Matt Kindt, Tyler Crook, and more!
Angel Catbird is author Margaret Atwood’s foray into graphic novels. It combines an homage to the mid-twentieth century super heroes with a goal to convince cat owners to keep their pets from roaming freely, thus protecting both cats and birds. This first in the series gives the origin story, introduces us to the characters and sets up the story for future issues. As such, it ends on a cliffhanger. It is beautifully illustrated by Johnnie Christmas.
I am a huge fan of both Margaret Atwood and graphic novels. Unfortunately, I suspect my inner fan girl raised my expectations unrealistically high leaving me feeling somewhat disappointed. Not to say I didn’t enjoy the story, it’s fun with lots of interesting cat facts interspersed, but it just didn’t grab me. I was left wondering if I would have been as disappointed if it had it been written by anyone else or, on the other hand, I suppose, would I have even read it had it been by any other writer. I do, however, respect and wholeheartedly support her purpose for writing this novel. As a result, my recommendation would have to be read it and judge for yourself.
Thanks to Edelweiss and Dark Horse for the opportunity to read this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review
It's good. The art is lovely and the colors really pop. The story centers around a scientist who is working on a formula for a bioengineering company. Once he cracks it and is on his way to the office late at night to present it to his boss, he has an accident and the formula spills on him, causing him to transform into a half-man/half-cat/half-owl hybrid. Apparently, there are other such hybrids out there. His boss looks remarkably like Peter Pettigrew, i.e. Wormtail, from the Harry Potter films, which should tell you what sort of animal he transforms into (rat).
This is an origin story and I feel like later volumes will get more in depth into who the characters are and their circumstances than this book did. Nonetheless, I enjoyed Angel Catbird and look forward to more comics from Margaret Atwood.
What it is is bonkers. But in a mostly good way. Campy and punny, filled with half-cats (who can transform to human to cat and back), one Count (half-bat), and of course, Angel Catbird himself (half cat-owl). In human form, they share attributes with their animal selves -- contemplating eating baby birds, craving fish, and thinking about going into heat.
Not sure how far I'll follow this comic, but it certainly was interesting!
Now to see if Angel Catbird will be visited by Catwings in future books.
*It's a graphic novel, V! There will be a cliffhanger! DUH!!!!!