Margaret Atwood's Angel Catbird Is Now a Delightful Old-Timey Audio Play, Too

Cover art for Angel Catbird’s third volume, The Catbird Roars.
Cover art for Angel Catbird’s third volume, The Catbird Roars.
Image: Johnnie Christmas (Dark Horse)

Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas, and Tamra Bonvillain’s Angel Catbird was already a playful throwback to the classical age of superhero comics. So it’s no surprise that it’s made the jump to audiobook and pulls from another hallmark of the silver age: the radio play.


Yes, Audible’s adaptation of the three-volume series is less of a direct translation of the book into audio form, and instead plays out like an episode of classic superhero serials like The Adventures of Superman or The Shadow. There’s a full voice cast (including a chipper radio announcer for the narrator), music, and even faux-commercials that take the animal conservation facts included in the original graphic novels and slot them into the drama, like ad breaks in a radio serial.

It’s just the right amount of cheesy silliness, reflective of the original books’ humorous tone, and a loving nod to a long-forgotten aspect of superhero history. Plus, it’s always great to hear the many absurd and delightful cat-based puns from the comics actually spoken out loud, for full dramatic (and very goofy) effect. The complete play is available to buy on Audible right now, and if you loved the comics, or are just fond of old-school superheroics, it’s definitely worth a listen.

[Audible via Geek Mom]

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John Bigbooté

As it happens, I have recently been listening to all the sci-fi and western radio shows hosted on— old radio shows from the ‘40s through ‘70s. I can tell you that this, while of good production quality, lacks decent pacing and the all-important score of the old shows. I found my interest waning about 2.5 minutes into a 4 minute clip.

Hopefully, it’s either just me, or maybe this is one of the less sterling examples of the quality of the show.

Good work, by the way, Ms. Atwood! My critique is no knock on the lady’s writing skills.