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Angel Catbird, Volume 2: To Castle Catula

(Angel Catbird #2)

3.01  ·  Rating details ·  710 ratings  ·  122 reviews
The cat-centric adventure continues, in the all-ages follow-up to best-selling novelist Margaret Atwood's debut graphic novel. Genetic engineer Strig Feleedus, also known as Angel Catbird, and his band of half-cats head to Castle Catula to seek allies as the war between cats and rats escalates.
Margaret Atwood, the respected, worldwide best-selling novelist, and acclaimed
Hardcover, 102 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Dark Horse
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Good lord!
I didn't think it could get worse.

It got worse.

To quote an orphaned, dumped kittyperson character in this book: "Boo-hoo. Mew mew."
Sep 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: cat ladies.
Shelves: edelweiss, 2018
So many terrible puns, like the vampire bat cat's name is Catula and the Russian catwoman is Babushkat. It's like being stuck in a long car ride with your dad. The whole time I was thinking, "This seems like it was written by a 6 year old" only to get to the extras and find a drawing from when Margaret Atwood created this when she was 6.

Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
Cat (cat-thecatlady)
angel catbird is not a series for everyone. it's corny and full of puns and if you're not in the right mindset, you will just hate it. it's just an odd kind of weird. but honestly, I quite like it. it's so different. unfortunately, this volume was quite uninspiring. nothing happens, literally. I have no idea why there's so much filler but hopefully the next volume will compensate since I'll still be reading.

full review here:
Emily Graham
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
To quote a friend who summed it up nicely, "I have no idea why I am still reading these." ...more
This is part lecture about cat, and part send up of comic books and movies. It's really fun. My favorite characters are the rats. More people of color in this book too. ...more
Stewart Tame
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is still fun, and Atwood seems a little less self-conscious about the tone. Volume 1 seemed stilted, and there was a sense of slumming, of Atwood not bringing her "A" game because, hey, it's just a comic book. She seems to be having more fun with ths volume. Strig and company travel to Castle Catula, and we also get Count Catula's backstory. The volume ends with Strig in quite a fix--Never say "fixed" to a cat, even in jest--but help is on the way. Once again, the puns fly thick and fast. I ...more
I don't know why I thought I should try the second volume of this. I still don't understand who it is for and I quit about twenty pages in, when the catbird protagonist was debating whether he was in love with the half-cat woman or the half-owl lady he had JUST SMELLED/SEEN.

Atwood, get it together.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
again, lots of puns, very pulpy, beautifully colored panels
Zoe's Human
Apr 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
There was some amusement value in the first one because it was such a perfect parody of older comics. However, the novelty has worn off and the didacticism is just too heavy-handed. Morality is best served subtly in books.
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I am only sticking with these because of my blind faith in Margaret Atwood.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
More zany goodness! This time, our hero meets some other half-birds! But which of his own three halves will win out - cat, bird, or man?
Kelly K
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2021
Lol and I thought this wouldn’t get weirder. This whole book barely progressed the plot at all. It just made me hate every male character because all they think about is women. Have some damn ambition geeze.
Milana M (acouplereads)
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love these graphic novels! So witty!
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was fun. It’s absurd as far as plot lines go and the characters are both jokey and awesome. I like all the little references to history and literature combined with the very comic-y style.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
More puns, a lot more literary allusions (I geeked out on those a bit). Cute follow-up.
Midu Hadi
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Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can't stand this series because Atwood is clearly not bringing her best work, but I also can't stop reading it because it's so *bleeping* bizarre. 2 stars because I laughed out loud at the rat-based villain's secret weapon- a giant, irresistable cat toy outfitted with missiles and a flamethrower. ...more
Maggie Gordon
Ange Catbird is... well, ridiculous. There's no better way to describe Atwood's bizarre parody of golden age comics used to educate people on the various plights of domestic house cats. If you can tolerate the weird puns and inane plotting, it can be a nicely silly read. To Castle Catula, however, felt messy. The narrative bounces all over the place, never leaving readers on one scene for long. Nothing seems to happen, and the characters seem flatter than they used to be (which is saying somethi ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
As a fan of cats, comics, puns and almost everything else Margaret Atwood has ever written, it pains me not to love this series. But I was lukewarm on Volume 1 and think Volume 2 is actually worse - nothing much happens at all, and the backstories we get on the secondary characters weren't all that interesting. The cat and bird conservation facts are placed in a way that jars you out of the story, and actually there were times when I felt the story was purely serving the need to educate the audi ...more
Lupe Dominguez
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! Haha! I love the quirkiness of this series. I've always been a fan of Margaret Atwood, since Oryx and Crake and The Handmaid's Tale and I love graphic novels, so I was interested in this series from the start. The first book had me like "Ok, this is weird" to "oh man, where is the next installment?".

Angel and friends are off to Count Catula's castle and are ambushed by an army of rats controlled by Muroid. They make new friends with Atheen-Owl and Nefferkitti as well as other cat and
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
** I received a free copy of this book from Edelweiss+ **

This is a rather enjoyable twist on the average super-hero tale. All of the main characters are part animal and the main hero is a true mix (cat, owl, human). The idea of a hero who has to fight his own nature (eat birds) to do what his human/owl sides say is the right thing to do (save the baby bird) is quite interesting. This second volume in the series gives more insight into the vampire/bat/cat character and also introduces new charact
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The motley crew of half-humans/half-cats (or in the case of main character, genetic engineer Strig Feleedus, human-cat-bird mix) has teamed up with Count Catula (a bat, cat, vampire mix). As they make their way through the woods to the Count's lair (yes, called Castle Catula), they are attacked by arch-villain Professor Muroid's rat minions. Angel Catbird himself falls in lust with Atheen-Owl, direct descendant of the goddess Athena, who does not take kindly to Catbird's colleague Cate Leone. Mu ...more
Lisa Macklem
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I was still confused as to exactly which shelves to put this on. Is it trying to be a parody? Is it for kids? Is Atwood embarrassed that she's even writing this? Does she think comics are just for kids in the same vein as The Handmaid's Tale isn't science fiction? There are lots of things I like about the book, but the plot is a bit over the top for me - as is the villain. We have the more traditional cats as heros and rats as villains, but it's hard not to read a cat/mouse story and not think o ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
The second book isn’t much better than the first. When Angel Catbird meets his second potential love interest, the first thing she says is “Why are you heroically fighting the bad guy? You should have sex with instead!” Well, that’s a paraphrase, but it’s not far off.

Favorite quote: Evil eat bad guy to rat minions: “ What’s the matter with you? What are you doing with that bra? Haven’t you ever seen a bra before?”

And the evil rat dude had rat soldiers. Called Murines. Yep. “Urine” with
Matthew Hunter
Strangely enough, the roaring stream of cat puns made Volume 2 more likable for me. Hence the additional star for the rating.

Was the Angel Catbird series ever advertised primarily as an educational and animal advocacy text? The information provided on cat-bird predator-prey relationships is valuable and timely. From a strict advocacy point of view, my rating for the books would increase to 4-star territory. But as an homage to pulp-era superhero comics, it’s severely lacking. For example, Atwood
Jill Jemmett
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The cat/humans had to run away from the rat creator, Murtroid, in this second volume. They travel through the forest to Count Catula’s castle.

I love the cat references in this series! There were new cats in this book, including NeferKitti (who is the real Nefertiti) and her mummykittens, as well as the bird human Athen-Owl (who is the Greek goddess Athena). These were really funny references.

There were more great cat facts in this book, too. Every few pages, there are some facts about cats and t
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well, it was a fast read, which is probably the best I can say about it. The artwork was ok, but the story was fairly disjointed and flat. Maybe I'm not the correct audience for this - I can see that it is intended to be absurd, but it didn't hit funny or clever for me, which I would expect. I was a little flabbergasted to discover who the author is, since I picked this up on a whim at the library because of the cover and well...cats. I found the little facts inside about cats to be annoying and ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I liked volume 1, but volume 2 makes it obvious that the message is more important than the story. Elements are added just to make a point about bird conservation or cat safety. An entire character is introduced to teach about kittens who are tossed from cars into the woods because people are too lazy to spay their cats. The constant puns are starting to grate on me as well. I love puns, but there is a point where it turns me off. Especially when I'm getting frustrated at the lack of movement in ...more
Charlene Nelson
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second volume in this series and it continues the story by introducing more characters while going more indepth with the main characters from volume one. The trip to Castle Catula brings more intrigue for Catbird (Strig), Cate Leone and of course Dr Muriod and his rats. The bad rats are on the trail of all going to Castle Catula to hunt for a safe haven until they can gather all their forces to fight Dr Muriod and his minions. As this story continues we are given a closer connection ...more
Mar 23, 2017 marked it as dnf
Okay. I love Margaret Atwood. Adore her. I generally have a high tolerance for camp. But this is just dumb. I can't do it. I should have known after the first one but I decided to give it more of a try. My tipping point was the introduction of a second female love interest, who immediately declares that the main guy should mate with her, leading to an instant showdown between the two ladies over him. I hate that shit. ...more
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, childr

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