Sunday, February 22, 2009


From the cover I really had no idea what to expect from WE3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. To be honest, it looked this story was going to be happy one - with little animals dressed up in easter egg like costumes. But since it was by Morrison I knew that couldn't be the case and of course it wasn't, ha-ha. Although very short, WE3 makes quite an impression. The art and innovative of use of panels and the actual story itself stuck in my mind long after I put the book down.
My favorite page of the book is the 6th and 7th pages, which is one picture of bullets tearing up a man. Although just one picture the way that the bullets are drawn makes the reader believe that they are moving in mid air. it is a head on perspective. On the 6th and 7th page of the second chapter, carnage is represented by many small panels, some of top of each other, over two larger images. This is a fantastic way of showing many things happening at once. Another aspect of perspective that I loved was that for most of the shots of humans when the animals are in the scene are from below and we don't see much of their face as if we are looking at them through the animals eyes.
Focusing on villainy for this story was also interesting since the real villains of the story, the government, created these animal weapons to destroy enemies/villains and then when the animals escape the government deems the animals enemies/villains. But it is the government who took these household pets and turned them into weapons and even kill one of the Doctors they hired in the process of trying to get the animals back. Their own selfish cruelty turns on them.
All in all, this is a great little graphic novel that made me feel much sympathy and remorse for the animals. It is quite powerful.

1 comment:

  1. Courtney,

    Did you notice on the cover the TITLE was done as an abstract "dog tag": We 3?

    I agree that the bullets sequences in both Chapters 1 and 2 on pages 6 and 7 are visually extraordinary. I am glad you referenced the pages. Good description and how the panels were rendered here.

    I appreciated that you noted that many of the panels that included humans were drawn as if the animals were looking at the humans.

    Also good re-cap on your take on the nature of villainry in this story.

    Great report.