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Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely deliver the emotional journey of WE3 - three house pets weaponized for lethal combat by the government - as they search for "home" and ward off the shadowy agency that created them.

With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 (WE3) have the firepower of a batt
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Vertigo (first published July 1st 2005)
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Patrick
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.)
unknown
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers
Recommended to unknown by: enthusiasticast
Shelves: 2010, library-books, 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
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Sam
Apr 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
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Chad
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Three animals (A dog, a cat, and a rabbit) have been experimented on by the government and turned into killing machines. When the military decides to decommission then and kill them, they make their escape and go on the run. The story is sad, really sad. Anytime pets are harmed, it is always crushing. The story is mainly told through Frank Quitely's detailed, kinetic art. This may be the best art of his career. It's like looking at a blockbuster action sequence frame by frame. It's stunning and ...more
Nicolo Yu
Dec 25, 2011 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
Calista
Honestly, I really didn't like this. It was choppy and difficult to understand what was happening. There were few words and most of them the animals said, which was difficult to understand.

Basically, this is the Super soldier from Marvel, only, the government made a robotic suit that made the animals smarter and deadly. Dog, Cat, Rabbit are our soldier and they escaped and the government is hunting them down, which makes them dangerous. One of the animals does die and it's horrible. The animals
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Brian
Dec 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Annelies
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A short but unsettling graphic novel. What if animals are made into cybercontrolled murder machimes? Is this a vision to the future? Hope not. 3 ordinary, loved pets are by the army made into high tech murder machines. It's unsettling, horrifying, gruesome but about all, it touches me to the hart. Once they were loved but fate decided otherwise. Above all, a real page turner but maybe one could have got more deep in the characters. But though the end really touched me so much...
James DeSantis
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me: This concept sounds dumb.

Dog: 1 Protect

Me: Fuck....FUCK!

Okay hold the horses here. We got a Grant Morrison book here. You all know my feelings on him. I dislike a lot of his shit. Weird doesn't even cover what he mostly does. 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. Almost to a point it might be a little too "safe"

So why the high rating? BECAUSE IT HITS YOU WITH FEELS.

For some
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Seth T.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sesana
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: other-comics
Although I didn't necessarily enjoy reading We3, I certainly found it interesting. Visually, it's as much of an experiment as the trio of military-enhanced animals on the cover. Frank Quietly employs some unique visual tricks, and while one or two didn't work for me, I found myself poring over the details of his more successful efforts. We3 boasts some fantastic splash pages and creative layouts (with an assist from digital inker and colourist Jamie Grant) that show just how much visual experime ...more
Chris
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The American Military have kidnapped three pets, Bandit the dog, Tinker the cat and Pirate the rabbit. Fitted them with weaponized mech suits, given them the ability to speak and reconditioned them to be killing machines. After years of successful covert operations they are to be “decommissioned” (or killed in our money) but manage to escape. They set off in search of “home” while fighting off the military might send to eradicate them.

What is it about animal protagonists that instantly make a s
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Jim
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent short story by Grant Morrison.If you're a fun of graphic novels you must read this.
Jeannette Nikolova
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

Not my thing at all.

A friend told me about this, so I decided "Why the heck not?". But even just the three issues really burdened me. And, sadly, it was not an emotional burden coming from feeling bad for the characters. It was an "I don't want to read this" kind of burden.

First of all, I hated the art. I couldn't find a single thing that made me go "Oh, nice". I'm not sure how to pinpoint what bothered me exactly. I'm not into manga, so my generaliza
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Artemy
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. In some way, it is a bit like Warren Ellis' Red, equally short, bloody and gruesome. Although the subtext is different, of course. I liked this short story a lot. ...more
Chris
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.

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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 p
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eva
Aug 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary K
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Joe Young
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grant Morrison - Author
Frank Quietly - Illustrator

4.5/5 stars

Bandit the dog, Tinker the cat and Pirate the rabbit are all part of a top-secret government program to radically modify housepets into military killing machines. The three are decommissioned and scheduled for euthanization but the doctor who was in charge of the project cannot bear to put the animals down and instead helps them escape. The three housepets, horribly altered by human ingenuity, must find their way to the homes they were
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Zedsdead
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A violent twist on "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 shredded in
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RG
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so good. So powerful and emotional in such a short novel. The paneling and artwork was different. Morrisons writing was as wacky at times as you'd expect. I think Tchaikovskys Dogs of War is similar in themes and story in way. So if you want a novelisation form of this story check that out. Obviously not exactly the same though.
Nnedi
Feb 18, 2012 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
Shannon
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.

WHEN READ: yesterday; STORY/PLOTTING: B minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B; AR
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Jamie
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

This book made me a fan of Frank Quitely for life!! His artwork inspired me to dream bigger, to dream better. I'd vote for the guy!

of course the story aint all that bad either!

For me, though, this one was all about the art. It literally made me stop minutes at a time and take in each frame as the pages turned before me.

Loved it.
Faith Hale
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
David Barbee
Jan 03, 2012 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.
Ben Lainhart
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tom LA
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brutal and wonderful.
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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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