WE3

WE3

Graphic Novel - 2013
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Deep inside a top-secret U.S. Air Force research facility, a revolution in cybernetics is taking shape. Using ordinary domestic animals for their test subjects, the scientists of Project AWE have created a new class of cyborgs-- flesh-and-metal creatures designed to rule the battlefields of tomorrow. The project's crowning achievement is a trio of prototypes named WE3 -- each one custom-built and trained to work as specialists within a team ... but successful as they are, WE3 are still only prototypes, to be dismantled when their testing is complete. Inside their fearsome mechanical shells, however, are three lost pets whose amplified traits include the will to survive -- an instinct which prove to be even stronger than their makers knew.
Publisher: New York : Vertigo/DC Comics, c2013
ISBN: 9781401243029
Branch Call Number: FIC MOR
Characteristics: 115 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Quitely, Frank 1968-

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schaapsoup
Feb 10, 2018

This is #1 on my Grant Morrison list. This is a heartfelt "Homeward Bound" meets "Terminator". But even with those analogies, it doesn't do it justice. Morrison plays his story for the artist to perform, and Frank Quietly goes absolutely 100%. This is not a comic for the weak of heart, as it is very graphic, however if you have ANY pet, this one will bring a tear to your eye. The rare case where Grant Morrison has emotions on his sleeve and doesn't make you try to solve a puzzle. Still waiting for this to be a movie...or at best an animated DVD.

KCLSCarrie Aug 03, 2017

Eerie graphic novel about a team of household pets engineered into armor wearing, killing machines by the US military. Stunning art, but does feature a lot of graphic blood and violence.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 09, 2016

This strange stand-alone volume tells the story of three animals (a dog, a cat, and a rabbit) who have been enhanced with robot exo-suits and heightened intelligence as part of an experimental military program (as you may well have guessed). When they are slated for de-commission, they must work together to escape death and try to find a new home for themselves in the world.

It’s a silly enough premise, I admit. I challenge you, though, to read this story and not be affected by the confusion, fear, and ultimate bravery of these strange and unfortunate creatures.

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sinnette
Jun 17, 2014

The illustrations are fantastic and add all the depth you crave from a good graphic novel. The plot is simple, but that's not a bad thing. Morrison takes a simple idea and fleshes it out completely. I especially enjoy the contrast between the animal's innocence and their brutality. I also like how the story get the reader rooting for these killer machine/animals instead of rooting for the humans. This book has a bit of everything - highly recommended.

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irishww
Apr 21, 2014

Great read with amazing art by the famed team of Morrison/Quitely. Light, but meaningful, dialog layered over amazing art utilizing absolutely captiviating panelling techniques that are both innovative and underline the strength of the comic book format. A heartwrenching story illustrating animal abuse and its relation to problems in society.

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RagnarH
Apr 02, 2013

Very cute!

theorbys Jun 01, 2012

Grim and dark, with empathy. A Frankenstein motif, beautifully executed, writing and art. Innocent animals are perverted into efficient, too efficient, cyborganic killing machines.

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Raiiner
Apr 09, 2011

Beautiful. I cried.
One of the best from the Quitely/Morrison team.

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doubleplanet
Feb 11, 2010

Violent, yes. Very well illustrated, yes. Manipulative, perhaps. Heartbreaking -- if you don't read through to the end! If you couldn't watch the end of "Old Yeller", don't read this book. But I liked it so much that, after reading it, I went out and bought myself a copy.

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DavidB
Apr 08, 2009

It's like "Get Fuzzy" meets "Robocop"... but with more explosions.

No... it's more like the movie "Homeward Bound"... except these brutal house pets are military enhanced cyborg killing machines with enough firepower to kill a small army.

Some reviews called this comic "relevant" and "enlightening" but it's really just comic book mayhem. Grant Morrisson is a well-known animal-lover-nut but there isn't any deep exposition here. The premise is simple enough to prevent Morrison's convoluted and loquacious pretentiousness from getting in the way. Despite the main characters being talking house-pets of mass destruction, there's very little dialogue.

This simplistic plot is just there, "quite frankly", so the artist can let loose. He graphical explores different pannel variations and expressive ways to tell a story.

These three collected comics should never be refered to as a "graphic novel". It's a "graphic short-story" at best. Actually, it's just "graphic violence". The story is just another wacky idea in a long line of wacky ideas from Grant Morrison. But the artwork... oh, the drawings are just "Bloddy Brilliant".

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irishww
Apr 21, 2014

irishww thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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RagnarH
Apr 02, 2013

RagnarH thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Dr_Inferno
Mar 23, 2012

Dr_Inferno thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Mysticara7
May 29, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The carnage levels are unusually high for a story about fuzzy animals. Graphic blood, gore, bones sticking out of things, people disassembled in ways you wouldn't expect. It's beautiful :) (note: smiley added for comedic effect)

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DavidB
Apr 13, 2009

Violence: A dog, a cat, and a rabbit are turned into weapons of mass destruction, Bloody carnage ensues. Not for animal lovers (or maybe it's FOR animal lovers who wish that animals can figth back).

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DavidB
Apr 13, 2009

We got one! Pray God it's the cat.

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DavidB
Apr 13, 2009

He's only a DOG. Don't expect the sonnets of Shakespeare.

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DavidB
Apr 08, 2009

The army turns three domesticated pets into killing machines for covert military operations. These three prototypes were to be decomissioned i.e. euthanized. The lead scientist sets them free. The army tries to stop them. Carnage and hilarity ensues.

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