Angel Catbird

Angel Catbird

[Vol. 1]

Graphic Novel - 2016 | First edition.
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On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment when his DNA is merged with that of a cat and an owl.
Publisher: Milwaukie, Oregon :, Dark Horse Books,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL
Characteristics: 82 pages :,chiefly colour illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Christmas, Johnnie

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Angel Catbird and Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has written a Graphic Novel? Wait, what? Angel Catbird Who'd have thought the popular award-winning Canadian novelist, poet and short story writer would put out a comic book. I'm amazed. And Angel Catbird is amazing! Harking back to early comics of the 1940s, this entertaining story has all the elements of the genre. Surviving a near fatal collision with a car, his beloved cat… (more)

Angel Catbird and Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has written a Graphic Novel? Wait, what? Angel Catbird Who'd have thought the popular award-winning Canadian novelist, poet and short story writer would put out a comic book. I'm amazed. And Angel Catbird is amazing! Harking back to early comics of the 1940s, this entertaining story has all the elements of the genre. Surviving a near fatal collision with a car, his beloved cat… (more)


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Michael Colford Apr 09, 2020

When I picked up volume 1 of Angel Catbird at the bookstore, I thought, this is going to be amazing. Margaret Atwood, master of dark, feminist tales, writing a superhero comic? So I bought it. Of course, it's been a couple of years and now I've finally gotten around to reading it, and, well, I'm just disappointed. It's my own expectations that set me up.

What Atwood and her artist collaborators, Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain, have created, is a fun, kind of goofy comic in an indie style. I wanted more. It's fairly simplistic, it falls into pretty standard comic conventions, especially around gender, which was particularly disappointing, and it's just a little silly. Perhaps that was the point? Perhaps Atwood was going for exactly that? Sadly, it wasn't what I was looking for.

There are some cool facts sprinkled throughout the book in the footnotes, facts about cats, and the birds they kill, and how responsible pet owners should behave, which is a nice touch. Although it's a little strange, given that the protagonists of the story are half-cat, half-human hybrids, whose behavior is illustrating just what the facts are warning out.

Our main character, Angel Catbird, is a rather odd creation: a man who becomes half cat/half owl. The feline/avian friction bound in one body. Sadly, at least in volume 1, they don't really explore this, focusing mainly on the feline aspects of his character. Perhaps in future volumes the characters become more in-depth... more complicated. Alas, I'm not sure if i will find out.

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kwsmith
Aug 27, 2019

Booker prize winning author of *The Handmaid's Tale* wrote a surprising series of graphic novels about a genetically mutated man who discovers a secret colony of half-human half-cats living in his city. The art is full-color comic book style, while the story tends towards pulp fiction.

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Monstarbeach
Jun 24, 2019

People love to hate Margret Atwood when she doesn’t fit into the “mold ” she never wanted to be in anyway! She wanted to make a comic book and I think that’s awesome! The comic is so corny!!! It’s total cheese and I loved it! The whole bob barker thing with all the cat facts was kind of annoying but easy enough to ignore for the sake of reading a fun, silly comic by a creative women who doesn’t care that you don’t like it

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jmart2812
Jun 28, 2018

I absolutely love Margaret Atwood, but this comic is absolute rubbish.

HélèneR Jun 14, 2018

A surprising read from Mrs Atwood. A mix of mythology, actual facts about cats and beautiful drawings to illustrate the story. Quite entertaining ! 3 volumes.

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gitaiba
Apr 25, 2018

Margaret Atwood was apparently trying to create an homage to the Golden Age of comics. There's just one problem: the Golden Age ended for a reason. Having the villains be purely evil and the heroes be purely good came to be looked upon quite cynically as time went by and the medium matured. Readers of all ages began to crave the ambiguity that marks the stories that began coming out in the '70s and reached their apotheosis with Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. To return to this simplicity of character and match it with simplicity of dialogue (seriously, I've read enough Atwood to know that she can actually write good dialogue and not the childlike dreck that oozes from the pages of this book) is to pretend that the last decades of evolution of comics never occurred.

It made reading this painful, simply painful. If you'd like something that calls back to the Golden Age while still being, you know, actually good, check out All Star Superman.

The art was fine.

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grahamspot
Aug 21, 2017

Atwood is a national treasure of literary might... who should stay far, far away from writing graphic novels. This is a terrible book.

Turns out Margaret Atwood always wanted to invent a comic book super-hero, and now in collaboration with graphic artist Johnnie Christmas and graphic colorist Tamra Bonvillain, she has one: Angel Catbird.

Late one night a hit & run involving researcher Strig Feleedus , his cat Ding, and a vial of super-splicer, transforms him into a powerful creature part cat, part owl and part man. He is soon immersed into a world of romance, half-cats, even a half-bat vampire. And of course an arch-evil half-rat villain, Dr. Muroid, dreaming of world dominance.

Entertaining and fanciful with a neat preface by Atwood, and background illustrations by Christmas and Bonvillain. First in a series.

Kris--Point Roberts

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Marf
May 05, 2017

I really liked the foreword, it was funny. The concept of the story itself is interesting, I don't get why people give it one star, I've read much worse that was rated 3 or 4 stars. It's also educational, with facts about cats and birds at the bottom of some pages.

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ker0wyn
May 03, 2017

This is a perfect example of a novelist thinking they'll have no problem writing a comic...and then finding out it's actually a lot harder than you'd think. Not good.

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