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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 th ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Vertigo
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Nov 22, 2010 Joel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cat lovers
Recommended to Joel by: enthusiasticast
Shelves: 2010, comix, library-books
This review* is about kitties. Let's start it off with a gratuitous and only slightly relevant picture:

*now with 100% more lolcats!

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?

We3 is just like that, except there is a rabbit instead of one of the dogs and instead of experiencing amusing and only slightly harrowing
We3 answers the long-asked question "Can a half-dog/half-robot assassin make me cry?"

The answer is yes.

Rescued or stolen from who knows where, a dog, a cat, and a pet rabbit are part of a secret government project and have literally been turned into killing machines. They are exceedingly good at it. What happens when they start to have doubts? What happens when they escape?

Jam-packed with action, ultra-violence, and a hell of a lot of heart, this may be the best pro-animal and anti-WMD book I'
Nicolo Yu
I’ve lost a pet recently, a tawny tabby named Tiger who liked to roll over to have his belly rubbed. As eager he is to play, he hunted with feral ferocity; roaches die with a quick swipe of his paw and he once caught a cobra with nothing but fangs and speed. He disappeared a few days before the wind and rain from Typhoon Sendong came to trash my city; and in the aftermath, his survival was no longer certain. That would be one explanation why my eyes got misty as I was reading the last few pages ...more
So if you’re like me, friends, you read Pride of Baghdad and immediately were all, “My GOD this is AMAZING! I must find something similar to fill the void that finishing this novel has left in my life!”

But then, you thought about it, and decided you wanted your next book to be a little more The Incredible Journey-ish, with a group of brave animals overcoming difficulties in their quest to get home.

But even that wouldn’t be good enough, and you dream of also finding a book that incorporates theme
About ten years ago I saw Elfen Lied, a Japanimation series that features (among other ridiculosities) a first episode which is composed almost entirely of a naked woman walking (not running) to escape from a military containment facility while dispatching the armed personnel therein with an assortment of gruesome techniques based around the eight invisible arm-like appendages that can be extended from the small of her back.

Grant Morrison just can't top that.

I've seen exploitation media before,
I started 2012 with two graphic novels that I got for Christmas.
One of them made me laugh and one of them made me cry.*

This is the one that made me cry.

This is Henry.


Although he's not showing them in this picture, he has an impressive array of pointy bits that occasionally draw blood. He is, however, the world's biggest chickenshit. His idea of a good offense is to hide under the bed.

This is 2 of WE3, formerly known as Tinker. As you can see, he also has an impressive array of pointy bits
If you've read Morrison's run on Animal Man, you know how he feels about animal testing. He really, really doesn't like it. And he's used that to fuel his work on We3, resulting in a heart-wrenching take on Homeward Bound that turns the violence up to eleven.

The three animals on the cover were orginally normal house pets. Kidnapped for testing, they've been turned into cyborg animal soldiers. And then they escape, just trying to get home, causing all kinds of mayhem on the way. I have to give Mo
Seth Hahne
If you’ve ever talked with me about Frank Quitely’s art, you’ll know that I’m not a fan. And I suppose this should be qualified somewhat because in some ways the man does some ridiculously enviable work.

WE3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

WE3 actually exhibits pretty well where Quitely’s weaknesses and strengths lie. His human figures are lumpy, over-saturated bags whose movement is articulated by some awkward skeletal foundation. And yet his page design is sometimes superlative. His faces are alien renderings, where eyes float ap
If the cover of this book can't sell you then I'd rather not hang out with you. You have a dog, a cat and a rabbit looking ultra serious while decked out in some kind of mech suits.

The story was intriguing and jumps into a fairly fresh realm of sci-fi. Why kill people when animals can do it? There is a lot room to discuss humanity's relationship with the animal world.

The dialog given to our animal protagonists is infuriating. The author makes a bold choice to not make them lucid cognizant bein
mary k
This book is so many levels of great.

I find that with literally every comic book I read-- especially ones published by big names such as Vertigo-- there is some aspect to the plot, the illustrations, or the characters that I find offensive. In order to continue enjoying comic books, I've had to swallow my moralism and keep on plugging for the sake of sequential art... but luckily enough We3 was a refreshing break from that. The humans were racially diverse, women weren't drawn to be titillating,
Grant Morrison is part of that club of twisted geniuses that came from Britain to rule the comic book world in the 1980's, along with Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis and others. We 3 is a hallucinogenic mash-up of The Incredible Journey and The Plague Dogs, but with the sensibility of Watership Down. Three animal strays become pawns is a bio-weaponry experiment that, of course, goes terribly wrong. The animals, a dog, a cat, and a rabbit, equipped with explosives, battle armor, and the abi ...more
the incredible journey crossed with robocop. man, this is one of my favorite comics, but i've refused to buy or re-read it because it seriously bummed me out so much. it's pretty predictable and way emotionally manipulative, but heck, sometimes you just want to cry over a soppy animal story. with cyborg machine guns.

i usually don't like frank quitely's art much, but he's a lot more palatable when he's drawing animals instead of humans, and his layouts are incredible. (also, for a long time i mi
A very fast read about a time in which animals are cybernetically and cruelly hooked up to fight our wars for us and granted limited intelligence. There are definite themes of cruelty to animals as well as science out of control. The animal characters were surprisingly sympathetic at times, especially the dog. People with pets will be more moved by this than me. A film project has been in the early developments since 2006.

Much has been made for the emotion and sympathy Grant Morrison inspires with this unconventional story, but I am surprised I didn't hear more about the revolutionary approach to violence that Frank Quitely employed for the book. The little panels are the equivalent of the ultra-rapid editing in current action movies. Astounding!
David Barbee
The best writers are able to pull off the simplest of ideas. Homeward Bound meets Robocop, it's both of those things and it's own thing at the same time. Also there's Quietly's art, which means that almost every page should be put in a frame and hung on the wall. Great comic.
This book made me sob on rush-hour-packed subway, loudly (this is not something that I normally do). It was worth it; this book is poignant and moving and beautiful and subtly unsettling. It's only downfall is that it's over much too soon!
I read this with no idea what it was about & at first it was so unexpected, I liked it a lot. But the more that the novelty wore off & the more that I think about it, I'm not sure that this works very well. The whole concept is heartrending & all, but it also strikes me as needlessly complicated. The choppy stylization of the artwork is effective when illustrating all the nasty, gory stuff that happens to the people, but I had times where I couldn't figure out what was going on unles ...more
Years ago, this kind of story would've appeared serialized in Epic Illustrated or Heavy Metal.
Household pets employed by the government as modified, new-fangled weapons: a cat, a dog, a rabbit. Heavily armed, they can talk too.
The dog is dedicated, focussed--when humans are hurt, he chastises himself for failing them. The cat is brassy--as you would expect a cat to be--especially if he wore armor and shot flechettes. The rabbit is the most heartbreaking of the three because of his simple yearni
A more violent version of "The Incredible Journey". A dog, a cat, and a rabbit have been weaponized by the government and work as a team of cyborg assassins. When their program gets decommissioned (they are to be destroyed), they escape and go in search of "home".

Morrison and Quitely do some pretty amazing things with the art and panel layouts. The first scene is gorgeous, introducing us to the animals with obstructed shots and silhouette views of their sad, warped bodies. When a target is shred
Pure awesome. That 3D double splash page had me like, "Whoa!" From then on I was hooked. I had a library copy but immediately recognized this book as a "must own". The animal characters were so realistic- they were loyal to one another, in pain, and had kind souls, yet they had a sort of violent amped up animal instinct that was terrifying. The story brought tears to my eyes when I least expected it. This was a complex story with no easy answers, yet it unflinchingly barreled forth. Nice! Just t ...more
This was the first collaboration I read between Morrison and Quitely. Before All-Star Superman. I love the art, of course; the book itself felt like a ratiocination of The Plague Dogs. Unfortunately, the Plague Dogs was just such a superior tale that this book suffers in the comparison.
Miguel Jiménez
Una miniserie que tiene lo mejor de la acción trepidante, lo mejor de originalidad y lo mejor de historia. Si bien lo contado no es de lo más diferente, lo que cuenta es cómo se juega con las características de personajes-ambiente-tiempo; cómo se adaptan para lograr, aunque no se quiera, atraer la atención del lector. Porque esta obra tiene entretenimiento, tiene innovación en formas(la distribución de viñetas a favor del dibujo general es para resaltar), pero además tiene algo que hace engancha ...more
Ben Lainhart
Quietly disturbing and moving. It's probably a good thing that it's short because I'm not sure I could hold back tears for many more pages. An excellent read.
Ryan Sweeney
WE3 refers to three genetically and robotically super enhanced animals who were created by the US government in an attempt to replace soldiers on the battlefield. When the research program is closed down and the animals discover that they are do to be 'decommissioned' (read: killed), they escape the facility in which they were created and suddenly a team of scientists are now faced with either capturing or killing a dog, bunny and slightly psychotic cat who are armed up the wazoo with the latest ...more
Wendy Browne
Three lost pets are turned into war machines but as prototypes, their phase of the test program is complete and WE3 are set for termination. Their chief handler disapproves of this and gives them the means to escape their fate. Out in the world, they deal with their hunters with brutal precision that reflects their individual natures but in their hearts and minds is a single word: "home."

I think a true animal lover will find this book even more gut-wrenching than I did, but I can definitely appr
Animal testing and research is a highly controversial topic. Species varying from fruit flies to marmosets are utilized for tests varying from brain damage research to anti-wrinkle products. The scientists hold that almost all significant medical advancements were a direct or indirect result of animal testing. The naysayers claim that it’s impractical, inefficient and is not accurate enough concerning humans, apart from the ethical aspect. As per where I stand, I’m with Bateson on the issue. Whi ...more
I was trying to describe this book to my wife, and realized that, even at face value, it's tough to describe in a way that conveys how well done it is. "It's like the Incredible Journey, except that it's a dog, a cat, and a rabbit, and they've all been turned into cybernetic super-weapons by the US Government, which is trying to 'de-commission' (read: kill) them."

And honestly, that is a pretty fair synopsis of the book. A dog, cat, and rabbit, fleeing from the U.S. Gov't, Jason Bourne style. Rig
We3 is a surprisingly short comic book, but not by accident. I enjoyed the story so much that I tried to imagine ways it could be expanded into an ongoing series, but each scenario my brain cooked up resembled a goofy sitcom. Don't let that fool you into thinking We3 is a work of humor. It most certainly is a work of anger and activism and love. Morrison takes three lost pets, turns them into man-killing machines, and makes you want to adopt them.

Why? Because their murder sprees are a result of
I guess I’ve just been in the mood for bizarre comics recently, and WE3 certainly fits that description. This ain’t no funny animal book. Instead, it’s a gritty, near-future, science fiction yarn about three pets – a dog, a cat, and a rabbit – that are kidnapped by the government and bio-engineered so that they can operate heavily-armored and heavily-armed battle suits, the purpose of this experiment being to see if someday animal armies might be able to replace human ones. But, as always happen ...more
Magic Mike
When you see a cover that features a cat, a dog, and a rabbit in some kind of weapon filled armor and the quote "Realistic and relevant." - The Washington Post attached to it how can you not read what's inside?

Having read the book I can say that the word "realistic" didn't cross my mind while reading this, but I can say that I was completely blown away! The way this story is told is brilliant! There is barely any dialogue in the whole story and most of the dialogue that is there is in the animal
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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