Like most kids I grew up with cartoons. I wrote about this before: I was born in the 70’s, so I was a kid in the 80’s. The shows I watched always ended with the good guys winning and the Big Bad Evil being defeated for a week. Even then I found that weird, but I still loved them. The two animated movies I watched back then were from a different caliber: Secret of Nimh and The Last Unicorn. These are movies where hope really seems lost and evil reigns supreme. They still hold a special place in my heart, next to The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. I enjoy those stories, which is why the comic We3 is also very dear to me.
From our friends over at Goodreads:
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. Relentlessly 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, nonetheless, in which somewhere there is something called “home.”
Straight through the Heart
As stated in my bio here, I have a few weaknesses. These things automatically melt my heart: my lovely boyfriend, our cat Monster, Pugs and Pigs. Fuzzy animals make me go awww very quick.
I wrote about a great comic about a Pug named Battlepug, if you want to read something funny and uplifting. We3 was a hard one to read, because it pulled on my heart strings. Grant Morrison outdid himself on this book and the art of Frank Quitely matches that. His artwork looks like a slice of life series, with dark undertones. He won the “Best Penciller/Inker” Eisner Award in 2005 for We3.
Morrison himself described this series as Disney with fangs and that’s spot on. Just when you thought things were peaceful and happy, your heart strings get plucked.
As a kid I couldn’t deal with sad things happening to the heroes. Even worse when they are cute animals. The themes in We3 reminded me of a book by Dean Koontz: Watchers. There are genetically engineered animals, one of them good and the other evil. The story is great and if you like this comic; there is a chance you will like this book. It deals with genetical engineering, the nature vs nurture debate and the moralities of good and evil. Just like We3. Warning: if you don’t like gore or disturbing images, We3 might be challenging for you.
We3 is a classic for me, be it one I can only read once in so many years because of the subject matter.
+ Interesting story, that makes you think.
+ Sublime artwork.
+ Cute animals
+ It’s a standalone story.
– It can be bloody and disturbing
– Cute animals that kill
– It will stay with you after you put it down.