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3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,973 Ratings  ·  757 Reviews
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 j rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat lovers
Recommended to j by: enthusiasticast
Shelves: library-books, 2010, comix
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
Jun 25, 2007 Sam rated it really liked it
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'
Dec 29, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
A wonderful little stand-alone story. It's a great example of the amazing work Grant Morrison is capable of.

If you have a friend that doesn't read graphic novels, this book would be a good way to show them what the medium is capable of.

(And yes, I just ended a sentence in a preposition. I can do that if I want. I'm a writer.)
Nicolo Yu
Feb 27, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Dec 30, 2011 Brian rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, in-full
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,
Sep 25, 2015 Joca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 27, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
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
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
Seth T.
Jul 28, 2011 Seth T. rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Mary K
Nov 15, 2012 Mary K rated it it was amazing
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,
Jun 28, 2008 Nick rated it liked it
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
Aug 25, 2007 eva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sff, comics, fiction
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 m
Feb 04, 2008 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovels
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
Jan 03, 2012 David Barbee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 07, 2008 Faith rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 06, 2009 Loyd rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Feb 29, 2012 Nnedi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Jessica Pellegrino
Dec 18, 2015 Jessica Pellegrino rated it it was amazing
Before this, I had never read or attempted to read a graphic novel in my life. The thing I love most about regular novels in that you are allowed to paint your own picture. Therefore, I never understood why I would want to read a graphic novel, which paints the picture for me. Where is the fun in that?

Boy was I wrong, We3 is a book about house pets that get turned into killing machines and I've never teared up so much in my life. Young Adult novels are characterized by characters and animals, t
Brenda Clough
Feb 22, 2014 Brenda Clough rated it it was amazing
One of the great graphic novels of all time. A great one to hand to new (grown-up) readers. And a magnificent tear-jerker, too. The literary equivalent is Richard Adams' PLAGUE DOGS.
Jun 04, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
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
Ben Lainhart
Dec 20, 2012 Ben Lainhart rated it it was amazing
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.
Joshua Castleman
Apr 25, 2015 Joshua Castleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was over too fast! Some amazing artwork and use of visuals; really fun in that aspect. I think a graphic novel was the perfect medium for this story. I generally enjoy more violent stories along these lines, but my love of animals did make a few of the panels a little sad to me.

The story was interesting but a bit thin. I would've liked to see more in that area, but I think it is interesting how the creation of a great weapon to protect more soldiers ends up in more bloodshed. Oh, the eternal
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
Apr 21, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it
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
Mar 09, 2013 Zedsdead rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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
For such a short book I have to admit that this book taught me the lesson that I hate mankind. When it comes to animals, I have such a soft spot for them because they make us less lonely, teach us loyalty, companionship, love, and they should never be abused. I did not cry or get emotional because the book did not allow me to but nonetheless I found this to be a great graphic novel.

We get to learn that our government has stolen three animals (a dog, cat, and a rabbit) for a top secret experiment
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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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