Canadian poet and author Margaret Atwood is writing a superhero graphic novel series. She may not be the first person who comes to mind when one thinks of comic book writers, but she has penned a deal with Dark Horse Comics to bring us what is sure to be a fascinating superhero tale.
The protagonist of the series is a part man, part owl, part cat superhero named Agent Catbird. He acquired his superpowers through "some spliced genetic Super-Splicer", according to Atwood. The series will consist of three graphic novels which will be illustrated by Johnnie Christmas, famous for his work on Shattered and Firebug. The comic series will be co-produced by Nature Canada's Keep Cats Safe and the Save Bird Lives initiative.
The series will be published by Dark Horse Comics. President Mike Richardson said that the series will honour "classic pulp heroes and traditional comic book origin stories". He also said that Dark Horse was "proud" to publish the series "since it is exactly the kind of creator-owned graphic novel we are committed to publishing".
Acquiring editor Daniel Chabon described the series as "a strange mix of Will Eisner's The Spirit, Grant Morrison and Chas Truog's Animal Man, and Ryan North and Erica Henderson's Squirrel Girl". He also said that the story would be "humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired" and that readers can "expect a lot of cat puns". Atwood describes the concept behind Angel Catbird:
I have concocted a superhero who is part cat, part bird Due to some genetic Super-Splicer, our hero got tangled up with both a cat and an owl; hence his fur and feathers, and his identity problems.
The first graphic novel will be out at some point in 2016. While an exact release date is not yet known, the publisher has released a price for the first novel, only $11. For that low price, you can't afford to miss what is sure to be an interesting read. For a more immediate Margaret Atwood comic-related fix, check out The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, a delightful comic anthology.