Angel Catbird Vol 1

Angel Catbird Vol 1


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.

Our Review

Ever since I heard that Margaret Atwood had written her graphic novel Angel Catbird I was excited to read it although I thought it was unusual she had chosen to write a graphic novel in the first place.

In the introduction Atwood explains, with her usual wit, why she chose to write a graphic novel:

“Some find it strange that a person known for her novels and poetry wanted to take to writing comic books, especially comic books called Angel Catbird. Why is a nice literary old lady like me – an award-winning nice literary old lady who should be resting on her laurels in her rocking chair, being dignified and iconic – why is such a nice old lady messing around with flying cat-owl superheroes and nightclubs for cat people, not to mention giant rat men? Strange.”

Atwood spent her childhood reading comic books and drawing illustrations for her own. However, she feels now that her own efforts paled in comparison to her brothers.

When she was writing volume one of Angel Catbird she was struck with thoughts over her hero’s nature. For example, if he were to come across an injured bird would he want to rescue it or eat it?

This is the first graphic novel I have read so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I loved it, although I love Atwood’s style of writing, so she could probably write a grocery list and I would rave about how well written it is.

Angel Catbird vol 1 concerns his origin story, how he became to be this strange combination of human, cat and owl and introduced both his love interest and his archnemesis.

The story was fast-paced, fun and everything fans of this genre would enjoy.

I enjoyed the story contained within but also the beautiful illustration throughout and the sketches at the end.

My favourite thing about Angel Catbird is that it in typical Atwood style it has a conversation element to it in the form of little banners on each page containing interesting facts about conserving bird habitats as part of a conservation project.


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