So a few months ago, (probably more than a few by the time of this publishing, because sometimes I remember to read and not post) I started advertising my blog on Instagram. Being as I am a writer and not an artist or photographer I did not think this would go very far, however, since it is easily accessible through Facebook’s Business Suite, I figured what harm can it do since I am already using the thing, anyway? Well, I got a bit of a surprise when someone actually reached out to me about the blog! It was Greg Manuel with a comic he wanted to share.
So what was this message about? Alleycat 2.0. Now if you have been reading for a while you will know this is the first graphic novel I have covered on this blog. Though it is far from the first one I have read. I grew up on graphic novels of various types. So I was pretty excited when he agreed to send me a review copy of Alleycat.
Now lets get down to the nitty gritty of Alleycat 2.0 shall we?
Alleycat is, in the words of the creator in the book’s introduction, an experiment in comics. And I have to second this thought. It sends you headfirst into the story. This is not another hero origin story. No bites from radioactive kittens or anything. We are dropped rather unceremoniously (much to my delight) straight into the climax of a plot. Where the Alleycat, who reminds of an old school Detective Comics Batman as an anthropomorphic cat, is facing down his arch-nemesis, though with a lot of very feline-like snide humor. From here, our story unravels as Alleycat describes how he ended up here. Now as much as I would love to dissect the story in detail, I won’t, I like to avoid spoilers. And it will be more enjoyable for you to do it yourself.
Now I know some of you are probably thinking “Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, did you say anthropomorphic cat?” and yes I know on the internet that can bring up curious thoughts, many of us have seen some things. Let me assure you, the art style of Alleycat is not the type of work that would have you cringing, or concerned you can not read it during your lunch break at work. This is a well written and well-presented story of a hero simply doing his best to protect his city, and how even those with good intentions can go too far.
So, is Alleycat 2.0 worth reading? Do Superheros have secret identities? That would be an outstanding yes! If you enjoy creative heroes, I suggest you pick this up. You will enjoy every moment!
You can pick of Alleycat 2.0 at https://www.blurb.com/b/9983289-alleycat-2-0-pilot .