Angel Catbird #1
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Angel Catbird #1

Writer: Margaret Atwood Artist: Johnnie Christmas Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 7, 2016 Cover Price: $14.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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Internationally best-selling and respected novelist Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas collaborate for one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events of 2016!

A young genetic engineer is accidentally mutated by his own experiment when his DNA is merged with that of a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure-with a lot of cat puns.

  • 10
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Sep 6, 2016

    ANGEL CATBIRD Vol. 1 is a beautifully-crafted tale that infuses a modern sensibility and pulpy storytelling both to entertain and to educate, a full realization that earns a spot among Atwood's best works. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Impulse Gamer - Jose J. Becerra Jr Sep 2, 2016

    Overall, the story is well scripted, the characterization is executed well, and by story's end, reader's will want to keep going"but all good things must come to an end"for now. This is volume one of three, so the story will resume in volume two, set for release on February 14, 2017. The artwork by Johnnie Christmas is perfect for this series, he captures the very essence of cats, birds, and rats, the way Margaret Atwood would visualize it. The colors by Tamra Bonvillain compliment this graphic novel, page after page. Considering Angel Catbird, Volume 1 has to be an introductory book for the cast of characters and the plot has to be set, it's not a bad premiere book for this new, original series. The new hero in town may have a back story that's similar to the heroes of past, but it's told in a remarkable way, readers should be talking about Angel Catbird once the graphic novel is released on September 6, 2016. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Doom Rocket - Courtney Ryan Sep 1, 2016

    Angel Catbird Vol. 1 is a light and easy read that invites readers to share the fun Atwood must have had in writing it. There will be three volumes in total, and while I have no doubt Atwood's best content is yet to come, I'm also not too curious to see what will happen to our hero next. I'm certain the outcome will be pulpy and upbeat, but despite the very direct references to the dangers cats face every day, the characters and their problems don't relate to anything in our world. I suspect and hope a little tension might develop as Strig is torn between his various predatory instincts, but until then Angel Catbird is less thrilling than it is educational. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Sep 8, 2016

    Not a catastrophe but neither as categorically awesome as it mayhave been. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Sep 7, 2016

    Listen, Angel Catbird is a little bizarreand that's fine. But that means it won't be everyone's cup of tea. If you can accept the intentionally outdated, occasionally preachy tone and focus on the impeccable art and coloring, there's a lot of fun to be had in this first volume. However, if you're looking for sharp social commentary or a serious tone, you're better off sticking to Atwood's novels. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Therese Lacson Sep 10, 2016

    Even as a lover of puns, sometimesCatbird can be a little too heavy handed when trying to play out a more dedicatedstoryline. Thankfully it doesn't take itself too seriously, and while the concept of a man who is part-owl, part-cat, and part-human is ridiculous, the supporting characters and villains seem to meet that level of ridiculousness with ease. Volume 2 takes the gang to Castle Catula, which will undoubtedly be another pun-filled adventure with more from the part-cat, part-bat, part-vampire Count Catula. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Robert Anderegg Aug 15, 2016

    As a graphic novel, I'd say this is just okay and that the art team did a lot to salvage the story. As a PSA about cat safety, however, this is a great way to spread awareness in a fairly enjoyable manner. Clearly, Atwood cares deeply for cats and this shows in her comic debut. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 7, 2016

    This volume walks a fine line between cartoon fun and realistic drama, but never really commits to a direction. The characters speak and think like they're right out of the Golden Age of comics, which makes the experience feel clumsy and at least for a younger audience. Still, there are some fun ideas in this book and feels unique from anything else on the shelf. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond Sep 7, 2016

    Really the only thing to enjoy about this story is Atwood's introduction, where she describes her love and interest in comics and animal conservation. In a time where authors are crossing over from prose to sequential art, Atwood shows that some authors should stick to their original craft. Read Full Review

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