Margaret Atwood Flies into the Comic World

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Margaret Atwood is one of the most prolific writers today. She’s written novels, short stories, poems and now she will be jumping into an entirely new medium — comic books.

Margaret Atwood's first foray into the comic world will feature a hero that is part-bird, part cat. Image courtesy of Dark Horse.

Margaret Atwood’s first foray into the comic world will feature a hero that is part-bird, part cat. Image courtesy of Dark Horse.

Dark Horse comics announced today that Atwood will join forces with artist Johnnie Christmas to bring readers a three-part comic series titled Angel Catbird. The comic will be an all-ages story about a superhero that is part-bird and part-cat. The story seems to surround the identity crisis that comes from the heroes conflicting roles of both predator and prey.

“Margaret Atwood has created a bold and unforgettable new character, paying homage to both classic pulp heroes and traditional comic book origin stories,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse’s publisher and president. “We’re proud to bring Margaret’s Angel Catbird here to Dark Horse, since it is exactly the kind of creator-owned graphic novel we are committed to publishing.”

According to the press release, Atwood’s comic will be a mix of Will Eisner’s The Spirit, Grant Morrison and Chas Truog’s Animal Man, and Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s Squirrel Girl. The story is inspired, and pays tribute to the traditional superhero origin story and classic pulp heroes. The press release also mentioned to be wary of the abundance of cat puns that will be made throughout the short series. God help us all.

This new comic series will be hitting the shelves both physically and digitally in fall 2016.

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