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When it comes to Canadian literary greats, the one name that comes to most people’s minds is Margaret Atwood. The award-winning author is pretty much a staple when it comes to any Canadian lit class, let alone a home library.

That’s because her novels (The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake) and poems are of course entertaining, but they also speak to larger issues of class, environment and feminism. In short she’s a pretty kick ass writer whose works have also graced Canadian newspapers, been turned into film, and provoked thought for generations.

So you have to excuse us for being a little floored when we heard what the writer has up her sleeves next: a comic book.

That’s right, one of our literary greats has decided it’s time to get her own superhero on. And so she’s releasing a trio of graphic novels beginning next year, all featuring a part-cat, part-owl, part-human superhero named Angel Catbird.

Angel Catbird

Yup, you read that correctly.

Angel Catbird actually fits right in with Atwood’s long-running environmental concerns, and is in conjunction with the “Keep cats safe and save bird lives” project from Nature Canada. We’re actually kind of pumped to see how they turn out, too. After all — if Atwood can do it, anyone can. Plus it could speak to a whole new generation of potential Atwood fans. If the novels aren’t too scary, that is.

Angel Catbird is expected to run for $11 a pop and will feature art from Johnnie Christmas and colours from Tamra Bonvillain. Look for it in stores and online beginning fall next year from Dark Horse Comics.