Angel Catbird Volume 1 (graphic Novel) by Margaret AtwoodAngel Catbird Volume 1 (graphic Novel) by Margaret Atwood

Angel Catbird Volume 1 (graphic Novel)

byMargaret Atwood

Hardcover | September 6, 2016

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The Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale writes her first graphic novel, a cat-centric all-ages New York Times bestselling adventure.

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.

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!

Published in over thirty-five countries, Margaret Atwood is one of the most important living writers of our day and is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her work has won the Man Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, Premio Mondello, and more. 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
Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa, and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and in Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College. Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children's literature, ficti...
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Title:Angel Catbird Volume 1 (graphic Novel)Format:HardcoverDimensions:112 pages, 9.3 × 6.4 × 0.6 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Dark Horse ComicsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1506700632

ISBN - 13:9781506700632

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from She did what!? Margaret Atwood takes a break from her typical narrative and takes a chance on a graphic novel. Although it's not her usual fare, Christmas and Bonvillain bring her story alive with great art and vibrant colours. There are a lot of puns, and it's a little corny (not my usual go-to, thus the 3-star rating), but it's a fun romp. Would recommend for all ages.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Purrfect! This is a fun little comic series for anyone who doesn't take the genre so darn seriously. It's full of obvious (and not-so-obvious) cat puns, the animation is wonderful, and there are cat facts interspersed throughout the narrative. Can't wait to read Vol 2!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Great The premise is interesting. Merging DNA of a human with that of animals. Brings back memories of when I read H.H. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. The story is, however, not great. Not sure whether she wants this book to be a drama or a comedy. Lots of cat jokes that aren't great. Besides the story, how this book was produced is not great. Its a small book and the need for a had cover is unnecessary. It should have been produced in paperback format. also it is a small book both in size and number of pages. It's priced too high. there is also a second volume published the same way: hardcover, small number of pages, and priced too high. they should have been published as one volume. Not worth it.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best Didn't enjoy this as much as Atwoods other novels.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh Sorry, Atwood, but I hated this. The art was fine, but the constant cat puns an the inane premise turned me off. I thought it would be a lot funnier than it was.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'm just glad I got this title at the library and didn't waste money on it. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy: With a big name like Margaret Atwood, I was expecting something a bit more 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 her books are so in-your-face feminist they can be overwhelming. I would recommend reading ORYX AND CRAKE - and to a lesser extent THE HANDMAID'S TALE - if you like speculative fiction. They both bring up interesting points, and I enjoyed ORYX AND CRAKE. ANGEL CATBIRD does the opposite of bringing up new and interesting points. There’s a narrow line behind paying homage to a genre and just copying something on every page. Mad scientist with bumbling assistant who gets himself accidentally mutated into a half-animal (well, quarter, but whatever) shifter? Check. Cute babe who knows about the world he’s in and happens to work in his office? Check. A nightclub for shifters hiding in plain sight? Check. It’s all stuff I’ve seen before. Very little actually happens in the book, apart from Strig trying to get into Cate’s pants and the evil scientist plotting and cackling to his rat minions like a more manic version of WILLARD without any of the heart or acting chops of the movie. Beyond his shift and finding out who the villain is, the plot barely advances. The most annoying part of this comic has to be the weird “educational” paragraphs at the bottom of many of the pages. “Don’t let your cats outside.” “Spay and neuter your cats.” “Here are some stats about how many birds cats kill in the US, Canada and UK.” These factoids were preachy and felt like they belonged in a book for ten year olds, not the adults the book is marketed towards. I’m not reading a graphic novel to be educated about the number of kittens a female cat can have, Margaret. I want escapism and drama I want adventure and humour. ANGEL CATBIRD delivers none of that. The art and the colours are great, and I love the art notes at the back of the book. It’s the concept that is childish and doesn’t actually lead to anything. Margaret Atwood said in an interview that she “came up with it around the age of six, when I was drawing flying cats with wings.” It kinda shows. Freaks of nature have such an awesome power to portray human existence in graphic novels, but all this comic does is regurgitate tropes and preach. The only reason I didn’t give this book a single bat review is the cat to half-cat shifters. Some of the half-cat shifters who hang out at the Cat-astrophe nightclub (really?) are cats first. They cannot become fully human. Likewise, the humans who can become half-cat cannot go full cat. It’s pretty cool, although it raises weird questions about these natural half-cats, who are genetically born and aren’t created by science. There is zero insight into the mythology or history of these shifters, and I have zero interest in finding out more. There are two other volumes of this graphic novel planned, but I won’t even be glancing at them. I'm just glad I got this title at the library and didn't waste money on it.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Graphic novels aren't really my thing but read this because I love Margaret Atwood. And it's the comic you image her to write. Her personality comes through. It's a bit weird and quirky and full of cat jokes. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright I Guess It's good I guess. This comic is rather creative. Wasn't sure what to expect when buying this comic. Got a comic that felt too childish and somewhat slow.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I guess I thought this book was geared more to teens, but it felt childish and a bit boring. But overall not too bad.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so many cat puns! This was a nice change for Margaret Atwood. I got this as a gift and loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so many cat puns! This was a nice change for Margaret Atwood. I got this as a gift and loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining This was certainly different from the usual Margaret Atwood books but it was fun. She's very versatile in her writing. I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoyed reading this. The illustrations are great and very creative. The characters are interesting and I will definitely be reading book 2 when its released.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely entertaining! I'm not really a fan of graphic novels in general but this one was definitely entertaining. I was only going to rate it 3 stars... until Count Catula came out of the closet with a bra on his head... that alone was worth an entire star. The classic feel of the artwork definitely appealed to me more than the more modern style in most of the other graphic novels I've read/encountered.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome It was really neat to see Margaret Atwood create a graphic novel! I can't wait for the next one. I like how she raises awareness about cats and birds in it too.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Margaret Atwood is SO COOL. I love that she dove into Graphic Novels. I can't wait for Vol. 2 to come out!!!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kinda meh I had high hopes for this graphic novel but was disappointed. I got the impression that Ms. Atwood underestimates the graphic novel/comics fans. The story is superficial and the dialogue felt forced and a bit silly.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's a bird, it's a cat, it's Angel Catbird! Who woulda thunk Margaret Atwood would put out a graphic novel? And not just a standalone, but a serialized one with a second volume in sight. The foreword by Atwood herself on this project's background and her own personal interest and investment in it was a great read and really set the tone of what "Angel Catbird" means to her. The story itself is a pretty straightforward one - man works in lab, man gets involved in accident involving some chemicals, man wakes up to find himself a superhuman (or rather a super-catbird), man must learn to harness his powers as he finds himself tangled in a villainous plot of world domination by none other than rat(s). What makes "Angel Catbird" stand out are the fine and fowl (pun intended) nuggets of information and statistics on cats and birds, making it educational to an extent. As well, Johnnie Christmas' illustrations capture the agile feline forms and essence the story needed. This volume even packages a whole lot more concept art illustrations from his sketchbook. Overall, a solid endeavour from the team to set the foundation for the elaboration and maturation of the plot in the second volume.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cat lover's superhero Wonderful full colour graphics. Entertaining story written with lots of humour. I love Margaret Atwood's superhero.
Date published: 2016-09-13