Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird series is a graphic novel saga about a man who becomes an owl/cat/human hybrid. He discovers that he isn’t the only such creature in the world. Okay, he’s the only cat/owl but there are other half animals – in particular half cats. There also is a coming war with a man who wants rats and half rats to rule the world.
Vol1 of the series sets up the scene and ends with the half cats on the run. The group includes the lovely Kate as well as Count Cataula. Volumes 2 and 3 detail the rest of the story, the series also is an attempt to educate readers on cats and the impact cats can have on native birds.
The series succeeds because it is get B movie flair. It desires to be more than what it is, and everyone involved in the creation of it seems to have given a sense of fun. Quite frankly, my favorite characters are the two female rats who do not like the plans of the man who would be king of rats. Their asides are well make milk snort out of your nose.
The creative team manages to weave in a variety of references, not only to horror movies, but also to current events, in particular pay attention to the mice. Atwood also weaves in ancient mythological figures and references. While the series does place a few of its female characters in skimpy costumes, the women are take charge and get work done. They all have agency. Even the wives, who are far more interesting than Dracula’s brides.
Great send up of horror movies, to be honest.