Booker prize-winning novelist Margaret Atwood offered a lighter alternative to dystopian masterworks like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin with last September’s Angel Catbird—a delightful comic about an everydude who collides with a tabby, an owl, a car and heavy dose of gene splicer. The writer’s homage to Golden Age comics and goofy Cold War science continues this February with the second entry of the planned trilogy, Angel Catbird Volume 2: To Castle Catula.
While Atwood promises a new polyamorous foil with bat DNA and multiple “Wives of Catula,” the creative team of penciller/inker Johnnie Christmas and colorist Tamra Bonvillain return with more chiseled feline hybrids. The last entry was hugely charming, reflecting both Atwood’s childhood adoration of 1940s funny books and concern for suburban wildlife—the comic is a collaboration with the Canadian charity Keep Cats Safe & Save Bird Lives and includes footnote tips for animal welfare.
This series marks the second instance of publisher Dark Horse enticing a literary pioneer into the sequential art clubhouse, following Chuck Palahniuk’s comic debut with artists Cameron Stewart and David Mack on Fight Club 2. For those looking for collaborations that dive into the underbelly of Atwood’s socially conscious sci-fi, an adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale will debut on Hulu in April and Darren Aronofsky is currently developing the trilogy of Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam for HBO.
Meanwhile, check out six pages from the forthcoming Angel Catbird installment below.