Angel Catbird

Angel Catbird

Vol. 1

Graphic Novel - 2016
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781506700632
1506700632
Branch Call Number: GN ANGEL V.1
Characteristics: 82, [40] pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Christmas, Johnnie - Illustrator

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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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mclarjh
Apr 03, 2017

Yikes! Ms Atwood should retire.

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lhohman
Mar 23, 2017

Pardon my glibness, but this book was as stupid as it sounds, and I think we can all agree that that is pretty stupid. Nice art, though.

KHCPL_Doug Feb 28, 2017

I wanted to like this title, even before I picked it up, because it's Margaret Atwood. And I loved the image on the cover. The art is sleek and sexy and uncomplicated. And while that is true of the art, the story itself was a let down. It felt rushed and way too simple. I tried really hard to like it, and to convince myself that the simple story-line hearkened back to the glory days of comics when they weren't so dark and serious. But in reality, it just wasn't told well to meet the needs of a comic book reader. There is no character development, and I hate to say it but really there is nothing unique or deep about any of the characters. They are stereotypical roles and 2D to the point of being very boring.
Despite such a bad review, I probably will pick up volume two, since it just came out this month. It's a very fast read, so even if it's as bad as this one (I'm still holding out hope it gets better) it won't be a waste of time.

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spiderfelt_0
Jan 29, 2017

This was a gift from my brother because he knows I'm an Atwood fan and he's been trying to turn me into a fan of graphic novels for years. My favorite part of this issue was the process pages at the end. I love peeking behind the creative curtain. The story didn't captivate me, and the dialogue was clunky, but I applaud Atwood for trying something new, for dipping her pen into a world she has admired since her childhood. Take risks and prosper!

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GummiGirl
Dec 07, 2016

I'm not really a comic book fan--I only read this because Margaret Atwood--but it's a fun story, and I liked the extra features at the end where the artists describe their creative process.

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