We3

We3

by Grant Morrison

Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely tell the unforgettable story of three innocent pets-a dog, a cat and a rabbit-who have been converted into deadly cyborgs by a sinister military weapons program.With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 have the firepower of a battalion between them. But they are just the program's prototypes, and now that their testing is complete, they're slated to be permanently "de-commissioned"-until they seize their one chance to make a desperate run for freedom. Relently pursued by their makers, the WE3 team must navigate a frightening and confusing world where their instincts and heightened abilities make them as much a threat as those hunting them-but a world, nonethe, in which somewhere there is something called "home."

  • Language: English
  • Category: Sequential Art
  • Rating: 3.91
  • Pages: 104
  • Publish Date: July 1st 2005 by Vertigo
  • Isbn10: 1401204953
  • Isbn13: 9781401204952

What People Think about "We3"

Do you remember that cute Disney movie The Incredible Journey, in which a trio of animal friends (a cat and two dogs) is accidentally left behind by their owner and must travel across the wilderness in order to find their way home? There's this rule in movies that no matter how many people you kill, the dog never gets it, because chances are good that the audience's sympathies lie with the dog, probably because people are so annoying.

This was about a trio of animals that were experimented on by the "secret government" and merged with robotics. I guess it's pretty cool if you like tragedies and seeing cute domesticated pets abused, tons of gory violence to said pets, etc. Like, really bad.

What happens when they escape?

The story is mainly told through Frank Quitely's detailed, kinetic art.

Ive lost a pet recently, a tawny tabby named Tiger who liked to roll over to have his belly rubbed. That would be one explanation why my eyes got misty as I was reading the last few pages of the WE3 graphic novel by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely. This is Quitelys invaluable contribution, he found a balance in his quirky detailed art that depicted cuddly pets and the incredible designs on the hardware attached to the animals. Animals have a different perception to time; they perceive it slower, living in between moments of human heartbeats, so he illustrates these panels as seen through their eyes. The simple speech patterns of the animals gave them an innocent and childlike quality that enhanced the tear jerk quality to the story, especially to scenes that approach their ultimate fate; you have to take frequent deep breaths to continue reading without moisture escaping from your eyes. Lost pets do find their way home and it is where they no longer need to run away.

And to illustrate this point to the heathens (4.09 stars, Goodreads?) let's consider a scene where we can catch a glimpse of what might have been: An innocent father, son, and dog stumble into an encounter with We3, a trio of uplifted domestic animals armed and trained with military-grade exoskeletons. Maybe dogs are already man-made? Imagine what this story would have been like if, in addition to the nifty action set-pieces, there was a critical examination of the alterations we humans make to our mammalian relatives, not just twenty minutes in the future, but over geologic time too, all the way back to the point at which we could be called Human. What I wanted from We3 was an action story that asked tough philosophical questions. Is the wolf still buried deep in the dog's mind or has he been jettisoned from the gene pool? Would an uplifted animal's intelligence resemble that of humans, or are we playing catch with alien minds? A good uplift story is a rare thing, and it would be a treat to discover a thought-filled exploration of what it means that Man domesticates.

It's unsettling, horrifying, gruesome but about all, it touches me to the hart.

However this time we get a book about 3 animals who work for the government as special units to take out scum and the story is very very straightforward. For some reason animals like dogs, cats, and even our cute little rabbit feel so innocent despite them being able to fuck up an entire drug cartel. You got Dog, Cat, and Rabbit and then humanity at it's worst. When Dog (1) protects Cat/Rabbit (2 and 3) it's so damn awesome. Damn it Morrison just write fucking normal stories you obviously can do a good job!

I have to give Morrison credit: even though he's finally gotten a book that is literally all about one of his pet causes (animal rights), he doesn't preach. And let me tell you, if you've ever loved a pet, you're more likely than not to turn into a great big sniffling mess at the end.