Angel Catbird, Vol. 1

The best Books Angel Catbird Vol release Lauded novelist Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas collaborate on one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events of

The best Books Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 release Lauded novelist Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas collaborate on one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events of the year On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment and merges with the DNA of a cat and an owl What follows is a humorous, action driven, pulp inspired superherLauded novelist Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas collaborate on one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events of the year On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment and merges with the DNA of a cat and an owl What follows is a humorous, action driven, pulp inspired superhero adventure with a lot of cat puns.Published in over thirty five countries, Margaret Atwood is one of the most important living writers of our day and is the author of than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays Her work has won the Man Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, Premio Mondello, and Angel Catbird is her first graphic novel series.Atwood s The Blind Assassin was named one of Time magazine s 100 best English language novels published since 1923 and her recent MaddAddam Trilogy is currently being adapted into an HBO television show by Darren Aronofsky. Bestseller Books Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 Quite a few genre novelists have turned their hands to comics in the past - Greg Rucka, Brad Meltzer, Gregg Hurwitz and Caitlin Kittredge to name a few - some of them successfully too, but there’s been a weird trend recently of literary writers having a go at comics as well. Chuck Palahniuk’s much anticipated sequel, Fight Club 2, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther for Marvel are two high profile examples from the last year with Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird being the latest. And, like Palahniuk and Coates’ efforts, Atwood’s is complete rubbish! Let’s look at her intro: she emphasises in the first paragraph that she’s “an award-winning nice literary old lady” - and already there’s a sense of sneering condescension. She’s an award-winning literary writer - so what the heck’s she doing slumming it in the retarded comics world?!? She then name-checks a bunch of famous comics (she knows how to use Google!) before mentioning that “Spider-Man, who begat Wolverine” when it came to “psychologically complex characters with relationship problems”. Uh, what? How did Spidey beget Wolverine in any sense? Anyway, after Atwood’s failed attempt at pretending to seem like she knows superhero comics, we’re onto the comic proper and from the first page she had me reeling in disbelief. Is this really the final version of the comic?! Dated thought balloons and clunky exposition wherein the protagonist tells us he was headhunted for a top secret project. Oof. Then we’re in some supposedly modern lab where our protagonist, Strig Feleedus (worst character name of 2016), has a lone beaker on his desk next to his computer - to show us he’s a scientist! I wonder if he was a banker he’d have a piggy bank on his desk or some scales if he was a lawyer! This is followed by more awkward talking from some random character who calls the boss “The Big Cheese” and that “He needs to be the smartest guy in the room. Even when he’s not.” Such natural-sounding conversation between two strangers meeting for the first time! The bad guy - and you know he’s the villain because he’s fat, ugly and in charge - is Dr Muroid, the name itself screaming evil. Dialogue is once again Atwood’s enemy as she struggles and fails to come up with even remotely convincing-sounding speech between two supposed scientists. Muroid talks vaguely about “the special project” and “results”, Strig talks about a missing piece of “the original code”. More clichés follow about being “top in the field” and then, once Strig’s out of earshot, Muroid’s talking to his rats and thought-bubble-thinking Strig’s an idiot. Everyone understood that he’s the bad guy yet!??! I could go through every one of the 71 pages in this book and show how Atwood, despite claiming to have made comics for years in her intro, has only the most rudimentary understanding of comics storytelling. And, though I’ve only read The Handmaid’s Tale and hated it, I don’t remember her prose being this bad before. I’m going to assume she’s deliberately emulating the simplistic writing of the Golden Age comics she grew up reading as a kid. Not that that makes the book any better to read. The story is full of superhero clichés - the scientist whose experiment inadvertently gives him superpowers, the obvious love interest and clumsily-introduced romantic angle, the villain’s plot to take over the world - but I guess this is Atwood’s attempt at homage? Because I don’t know why else - at age 77 - she would write a comic that’s mocking the genre it used to be decades ago and she claims to have loved. Johnnie Christmas’ art is ok but he basically lifts Juanjo Guarnido’s character designs from Blacksad (also published by Dark Horse) which features anthropomorphic animals, particularly cats. And what’s going on with the human-cats’ clothes when they transform from quasi-humans into cats - the way he draws them makes them look like the clothes are organically part of the creatures?! Oh and the puns - is that Atwood’s “humour”? Is that what splits the sides of “award-winning literary” writers? How about a pie in the face gag while you’re at it? Also let’s randomly toss in some tedious footnote facts about cats every once in a while even though they add nothing to the book?! I wonder if Margaret Atwood has honestly read any comics past 1970. She’d know then that there are ways to pay homage to the past while also telling a contemporary story that doesn’t talk down to the reader or bore them horribly. These literary writer dilettantes need to realise comics readers aren’t complete idiots and have to stop trying to pass off these half-assed scripts as if such shoddy, lazy efforts are acceptable; as if comics readers don’t need anything more than the bare minimum to be engaged unlike their sophisticated novel-reading audience where real effort must be made. All books like this show is the lack of respect and sheer contempt they have for the genre and their dearth of understanding in writing for its readership. Corny plot, one-dimensional characters, horrendous dialogue, and an uninspired, derivative story from first page to last, Atwood makes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles look like the pinnacle of comics art with her Angel Catbird garbage. I got nothing out of this drivel, it was just bad all the way through. No clue who would find this entertaining - pompous “literary old ladies”, sorry pompous “award-winning literary old ladies” only probably. Check out the aforementioned Blacksad to read a good comic - one where the writer actually cares about what they’re writing and tries to make reading it enjoyable for their audience – featuring talking cats instead of this shite.

About Author

  1. Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master s degree from Radcliffe College.Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees She is the author of than thirty five volumes of poetry, children s literature, fiction, and non fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman 1970 , The Handmaid s Tale 1983 , The Robber Bride 1994 , Alias Grace 1996 , and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000 Atwood s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003 The Tent mini fictions and Moral Disorder short stories both appeared in 2006 Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007 Her non fiction book, Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009 Ms Atwood s work has been published in than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian In 2004 she co invented the Long Pen TM.Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson Associations Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N Canadian Centre English Speaking from 1984 1986 She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International Ms Atwood is also a current Vice President of PEN International.

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  1. Quite a few genre novelists have turned their hands to comics in the past Greg Rucka, Brad Meltzer, Gregg Hurwitz and Caitlin Kittredge to name a few some of them successfully too, but there s been a weird trend recently of literary writers having a go at comics as well Chuck Palahniuk s much anticipated sequel, Fight Club 2, and Ta Nehisi Coates Black Panther for Marvel are two high profile examples from the last year with Margaret Atwood s Angel Catbird being the latest And, like Palahniuk and [...]


  2. Wow, for a debut work this one sure is fantastic made And what is even awesome we get to see parts of how the story came to live and the idea behind it I have to say the sketches and posters at the end of the story are just amazingly well done I love the detail in each of them and I think that really made me like the story even All the different characters, each one of them super unique and fun, just a charry on the cake Also the plot is interesting, fresh and besides the action and mystery we [...]


  3. I was super excited by the idea of this graphic novel, of reading one of my favorite authors in a new genre, etc I don t want to sour the broth but I was left pretty unsatisfied If you read this as aging author writes something fun because she s the queen and who will stop her, then I suppose it does what it is setting out to do It shows in the silliness of the subject matter and in the seemingly strange PSA type infospots on cat health throughout the pages As a graphic novel, the art is well do [...]



  4. One of our greatest living novelists writes a story for a graphic novel when she is 77 Which doesn t mean everything she writes is great, of course, but when she does write a comic, you get curious In an introduction, she reveals she grew up reading comics, a move she makes to approach credibility, but this doesn t still make her a decent contemporary comics reader or writer She also is a bird advocate So she creates basically this psa for preserving birds, suggesting cats stay indoors, with a p [...]


  5. I know, I know I made this pledge to read at least fifty percent non fiction books this year so what am I doing reading a comic book with such a goofy title Angel Catbird Let me just say, sometimes we find books, as in recommendations from friends or reviews, and sometimes a marvelous serendipity sends books to find us as in the right book for whatever mood we are in Angel Catbird is a comic book by one of my favorite authors that found me when I needed some levity in my life.A few weeks back an [...]


  6. Atwood says in her introduction that she grew up on old comics, both in magazine form and in the papers It shows.This is corny, written like a throwback but without any nuance that shows the author understands readers don t read comics in the same way any, that they re not quick pictorial stories for children, they re full on novels for all ages As such, this one does not hit the mark, not by a longshot.In this particular installment, nerdy dude Stig Feleedus was headhunted by a mad scientist is [...]


  7. this is so weird but I kinda liked it once you accept its strangeness, it s very fun it has the same or even puns cat related, I might add than any Arnold Schwarzenegger movie the story isn t that innovative but it s definitely something I wouldn t mind picking up again also, amazing art because making good human animal hybrids is hard af.full review here catshelf.wordpress 2016 0


  8. This is really sad because Margaret Atwood is a love of mine, and I adore her beyond belief, and I wanted this to be good But it really, really isn t MAYBE, MAYBE if you really love cats, you might be able to throw another star on top of my two stars, for the little RSPCA tidbits every couple pages, but I found them to be totally ridiculous They just interrupted the flow of an already painful reading experience, and basically turned this into a pamphlet for cats rather than a graphic novel The a [...]



  9. This feels a bit over simplified Strig Feleedus yeah, if you hate punning names, you re really not going to like this book is a genetics engineer who gets into an accident with an experimental formula that basically gives him the combined powers of a cat and an owl This draws him into a fight between cat people and rat people, and the story will be continued in the next volume.Unfortunately, Atwood makes the same mistake that many real writers make in transitioning to comics by assuming that a [...]


  10. Oh, Margaret.Let me just say right off the bat that I will read whatever volumes of Angel Catbird hit the shelves because I am a Margaret Atwood junky.But I will not pretend like this graphic novel is a good one.It has some okay features Honestly, I was really into the artwork I liked the concept, wherein this character turns into this great hybrid human cat bird thing I hope there will be internal struggle over the cat bird dichotomy because that could be really interesting.But the dialogue is [...]


  11. Why such a nice old lady messing around with flying cat owl superheroes and nightclubs for cat people, not to mention giant rat men Strange Margaret Atwood did predict that a comic book project such as this one, coming from an author such as her, would make a few readers raise their eyebrows What she probably did not perceive is that it s not so much the nature of the project as the quality of the final result which is surprising.Atwood according to what she says in the introduction to this volu [...]


  12. A scientist invents a formula that accidentally turns him into a half cat, half bird superhero His boss repeatedly tries to steal the formula in hopes of turning his army of rats into half humans that can take over the world.This was really, really bad Incredibly clunky dialog, characters as flat as cardboard, very simplistic plot and action, the ONLY female character exists purely to spout exposition and get saved from danger Instead of nuanced characters or humor, everything is a cheap cat rel [...]


  13. Listen, I will read literally anything with Margaret Atwood s name on it, so I fully expect to keep on with this series However, Angel Catbird is a profoundly silly book so many groanworthy puns that is very straightforward about functioning as a PSA than as any kind of actually good story Margaret Atwood, being a cat lover, wants people to keep their cats indoors Margaret Atwood, also being a lover of comic books and old enough and well respected enough that she can do whatever she wants, also [...]


  14. Funny, pulpy, and even unexpectedly sexy, ANGEL CATBIRD is Canadian legend Margaret Atwood s foray into graphic novels, and her voice translates well to the form Her foreword is rooted in her love of serials growing up, and there is a throwback sensibility to a lot of what happens here that s a lot of fun to submerge into Looking forward to volume 2



  15. Perhaps my expectations were too high for this series but it just seemed all too simplistic I know this is just the first volume but I ve read plenty of first volumes where the characters were far better developed I will continue to read the second volume with far lower expectations.



  16. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy With a big name like Margaret Atwood, I was expecting something a bit profound from ANGEL CATBIRD, even with the ridiculous title and premise Unfortunately, I was left incredibly disappointed in what was a predictable, preachy book that although marketed to adults, I wouldn t recommend to anyone over 13.If you ve never read any Margaret Atwood, she s known for her social commentary, her depictions discussion of women and being really literary Most of [...]


  17. Wow This was really bad I m really careful about giving out one star reviews, but this was definitely one star I m gutted I didn t like this than I did I ve read a few Margaret Atwood books before and have really enjoyed her narrative style, sharp characterisation and social commentary Sadly none of that was present here The premise is is that the winner of Worst Comic Book Name Protagonist 2016, Strig Feleedus, has been headhunted to start on a top secret gene slicing project at a research fac [...]


  18. Not really sure who the audience for this comic would be It s kinda silly Heavy on the comicbook superhero tropes I did enjoy the voice given to the cats I d probably have given it only one star if not for that This panel alone was worth bumping it up a star I did learn one really cool word from Atwood s intro manqu



  19. Ik had geen comic meesterwerk van Margaret Atwood verwacht, maar dit valt wel erg tegen Het verhaal is standaard en voorspelbaar, ik ben het niet eens met de red de kat door het dier nooit naar buiten te laten feitjes en meer dan 30 pagina s van de comic bestaan uit schetsen, inleidende verhaaltjes en tekeningen die eigenlijk mooier zijn dan de tekenstijl van de strip zelf.


  20. This graphic novel had a lot of problems And I totally understand that this was Margaret Atwood s first comic I mean, she grew up reading comics in the 1940s and 50s and that Golden Age comic style is exactly how Angel Catbird is I heard that she is up to date with graphic novels now Sex Criminals, Bitch Planet so if she has been reading new stuff then why hasn t she picked up how comics are done now by reading them The pacing in Angel Catbird was stupid fast It was constant action to action, I [...]


  21. Strig Feleedus is a scientist working on a splicing serum for what turns out to be a man who shapshifts into a rat Strig loves his cat but they get into an accident Strig is chasing his cat who is chasing an owl in which his cat and the owl die and Strig is left in a pool of the serum.From here on, Strig will be half cat, half bird when not in human form He gets involved with the half cat shapeshifters and their quest to foil the evil plot of the half rat that Strig works for I get it Margaret A [...]


  22. This was a fun first instalment in the series and I quite enjoyed it I didn t take it too seriously, which I think is key, and I tried to forget that Margaret Atwood was the author After all, it s so very different from anything else she s penned, so why compare To me, the story was very much in keeping with the Spider Man and Cat Woman stories, to name a couple Through misadventure, the main character becomes a superhero I m assuming in this case as it s only the first volume Strig Feleedus qui [...]


  23. If you re a fan of cats, superheroes and Margaret Atwood, this is a funny little read to pick up The humour in this first volume is rather corny but I rather liked this style The artwork is nice with a simpler design and I quite liked the ideas behind the different characters Throughout the book there are little facts on cats and bird safety woven in which I found was a nice touch Overall this is a light but enjoyable read Actual rating 3.5 Stars


  24. Do you love cats Do you love superhero comic books If your answer to both questions is yes, then this book might be purrfect for you Very punny and pulpy in a positive way This is the first time I ve read anything by Margaret Atwood and I definitely didn t expect a character like Cate Leone spoiler alert she s quite the pussy.



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