Perhaps I had too high expectations of this series. I mean, it’s written by Margaret Atwood after all. Yes that very Margaret Atwood, writer of The Handmaid’s Tale. And she has written a comic series about a man who can morph into a catbird. There are other half-human creatures around like half-rats and half-cats and half-ravens and even a bat-cat-man. That’s fine, that’s all good and fine, because hey, it’s a comic and anything can happen.
But there are so many issues with this comic I don’t know where to begin.
Perhaps with the very obvious villain (a rat-man of course) you can see coming a mile away, or rather, from that very first page that he appears.
Perhaps with the way so little seems to happen on each page.
Perhaps with all those very many cat puns.
Perhaps with the idea of this being Margaret Atwood, who as a kid probably read some comics and thought, eh I could do this. And then goes and writes this extremely simplistic and cheesy comic because, of course people who read comics can only understand black and white. I mean complex and subtle is meant only for readers of actual books, not comics. Pffft.
Perhaps with Dark Horse, who published these books and, I imagined, cowered at the thought of telling Margaret Atwood, THE Atwood, that her comics could be improved upon.
Perhaps the fact that with some hope of an improvement in Volume Two, I actually read Volume Two and groaned audibly when two female characters immediately start fighting over the man. Blech. (Making me think once again that her image of comic book readers equals young teenaged boys).
Ok I don’t want to think about this series anymore. I’m done!
And on to the Comics Good section of this post.
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One, Vol. 1 (Injustice: Gods Among Us #1)
by Tom Taylor (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Jheremy Raapack (Artist), Mike S. Miller (Artist), Tom Derenick (Artist), David Yardin (Artist)
I read a comic BASED ON A VIDEO GAME you guys!!
And it was AWESOME.
I hate the cover but I picked it up partly because I thought the husband might want to read it. He’s a fan of Batman and Superman and this promised both of them in one comic. Then I saw the ‘Based on the hit video game’ blurb at the bottom, shuddered, but still threw it in my bag to bring home.
Why I actually read it myself, I am not entirely sure. Curiosity I guess. I have read a few Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman comics. I am not a fan of DC Comics and tend towards comics like Ms Marvel, Saga, Captain Marvel and my latest love, Spider Woman, with more prominent, less stereotyped female characters.
But I found myself intrigued by this very dark Superman, a Wonder Woman who’s pretty much egging him on, and a Batman who is like the voice of reason (!).
Also it was kinda funny.
Hahahahahaha, oh man, you are not the first person I’ve heard say that Angel Catbird is no good. My friend who read it said that she was not anticipating how strongly it would push the moral “don’t let your cats outside, they eat birds.”
Oh, dear. Even as a committed MA fan, I have not been rushing towards this recent project (although I do think it’s important to consider their circumstances as indoor/outdoor cat-izens) and I’m even more relucant now. At least you found something entertaining along the way!
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