Cat Lady? A Kinder, Gentler Superhero Comedian
KATIE THE CATSITTER
Written by Colleen AF Venable
Illustrated by Stephanie Yue
I’ve all the time had a fraught relationship with cats. I am keen on their elegant agility however concern their claws. I’m in awe of their haughty demeanor however afraid of being judged. Cats appear imply, and a little bit evil. So I felt simultaneous tinges of reluctance and delight on the prospect of studying “Katie the Catsitter,” the primary e book within the newest graphic novel sequence from Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue (the staff behind “Guinea PI(G), Pet Store Personal Eye”).
Katie Spera is a 12-year-old New Yorker making an attempt to earn sufficient cash to hitch her extra prosperous greatest friends at summer time camp. It’s sluggish going: She fails miserably on the odd chores she provides to do for her neighbors, and with every passing day her associates appear farther away, each geographically and emotionally. Fortunately, she runs into Madeline Lang, a trendy and considerably mysterious determine, who hires Katie at a really beneficiant hourly charge to catsit within the evenings for her (gasp) 217 cats.
Up to now, this looks like a humorous story of resourcefulness and friendship. Nevertheless it’s greater than that. The town is experiencing a rash of dastardly crimes perpetrated by a villain known as the Moustress, who in flip is being hunted by the Japanese Screech, an owl-based superhero of doubtful skill who nonetheless lives together with his mother and father. And people 217 cats? They’re supersmart. Not come-when-you-call sensible, though they do, however genius-level sensible, and fairly anthropomorphic: They play video video games, take baths and clear home. Additionally they boast extra uncommon skills, corresponding to blended martial arts, weapons experience and 3-D printer modeling (all of which is able to show helpful later). And sure, they’re evil: Whereas Katie catsits, they stand up to all kinds of mayhem — trashing Ms. Lang’s residence and tormenting Mrs. Piper, the grouchy, pet-hating constructing superintendent.
As Katie figures out how one can pacify these über-felines, it turns into clear that the Moustress is focusing on hypocrites and liars with a penchant for animal cruelty. The villain seems to have an activist streak. And he or she could also be nearer than Katie thinks.
Younger readers will revel within the heroic antics, and older ones, like me, might be tickled by the Easter eggs strewn all through. The candy and humorous nature of this e book is expertly mirrored in Yue’s energetic artwork and seemingly easy line work. Her character designs are skillfully constant and refreshingly numerous, as is acceptable for a narrative set in New York Metropolis. I used to be significantly taken together with her illustrations of the postcards and letters between Katie and her bestie, Bethany, and her narration speech bubbles, which appear to have little cat ears. The delicate pastel palette, rendered by the colorist Braden Lamb, is sudden and but good for this gentler, extra nuanced superhero comedian.
Whereas the characters’ crime-solving exploits yield a satisfying and intelligent ending, Katie’s personal story is realistically bittersweet as she negotiates the evolving terrain of preteen friendship.
Though I totally loved this playful world, I couldn’t assist wishing for a tad extra darkness. The evil cats are, in fact, not as evil as billed, however a touch of hazard, nonetheless mistaken, might need been so as. It is a superhero story, in the end, and the battle between good and evil is usually extra enjoyable when the stakes seem increased. However that would simply be me. In any case, I’m satisfied that cats are evil.
#Cat #Lady #Kinder #Gentler #Superhero #Comedian