We3

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We3
Publication information
PublisherVertigo Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatMini-series
Publication date2004
No. of issues3
Main character(s)1 (Bandit)
2 (Tinker)
3 (Pirate)
Creative team
Written byGrant Morrison
Artist(s)Frank Quitely
Jamie Grant
Letterer(s)Todd Klein
Collected editions
We3ISBN 1-4012-0495-3

We3 is a three-issue American comic book mini-series by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely, who describe its kinetic style as "Western Manga". It was published in 2004 by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, with a trade paperback released in 2005.

Plot[edit]

We3, a squad of three prototype "animal weapons", are a government project headed by Dr. Rosanne Berry and her superior Doctor Trendle. The group consists of a dog, "Bandit" a.k.a. "1"; a cat, "Tinker" a.k.a. "2"; and a rabbit, "Pirate" a.k.a. "3", who were all kidnapped from a nearby city and encased in robotic armor. They were also given a limited ability to speak through skull implants. Their body armor fields numerous weapons, including mine laying devices, machine guns and razor claws.

After a senator makes a visit to the facility to see the project, he congratulates the team only to have the General in charge of the project decide afterwards to decommission the group. Berry, unwilling to end the lives of the three animals, instead sets them loose hoping to be killed in the process; however, to her surprise, they leave her alive. She is later taken into custody by the government while Trendle works closely with the General and the military to terminate We3.

We3 escape into the wild and confused by their new surroundings decide to look for "HOME". They are later found and chased by the military, but they manage to brutally kill the attacking soldiers thanks to their cybernetic enhancements. Trendle decides to send his cybernetic enhanced rats to attack We3, telling Berry that if the rats fail the military will use her to lure We3 back. While fighting the rats on a bridge, Pirate drops several landmines after spotting an oncoming train. The mines explode causing the train to get derailed and fall into the lake below. Bandit attempts to rescue the conductor, but Tinker points out that the man is already a corpse. Pirate is nowhere to be seen.

Bandit and Tinker manage to find Pirate, but Pirate is in a confrontation with a family who mistake Pirate for an alien. Pirate ends up getting shot in the head by the father damaging his speech. Angered, Bandit and Tinker kill the father and the family's dog, but leave the boy alive. Realizing that the situation is getting far worse, the military send out We4, an enhanced English Mastiff, against the wishes of Berry.

We3 take refuge in a homeless man's domain and gain his sympathy. The homeless man encounters the military who escort him from the area, while the man claims that he didn't see anything. The military unleash We4, who kills Pirate but is also damaged by one of Pirate's mines in the process. Berry is then sent by the military to calm Bandit and lead him into sniper fire, but instead, she tells him his real name. As military snipers prepare to take out Bandit, Berry jumps in the way of their bullets and sacrifices herself. Enraged, Bandit and Tinker both brutally attack We4 and all combatants end up on the highway, causing a car pile up. We4 begins to attack a police officer whom Bandit then rescues. At Trendle's insistence, the military terminate We4 from afar using a code word to trigger a bomb in We4's head.

Bandit and Tinker escape and shed their armor. The homeless man manages to find them again and removes their remaining cybernetic enhancements. Trendle then speaks out against the government's actions, and it is revealed that the now normal Bandit and Tinker have been taken into the care of the homeless man. As he compliments how well behaved the animals are, Trendle gives hundreds of dollars to the homeless man before walking up the steps of the courthouse to a crowd of reporters.

Collected editions[edit]

The mini-series has been collected as a trade paperback:[1] titled We3 (104 pages, Vertigo, 2005 ISBN 1-4012-0495-3).

In 2011, a deluxe hardcover edition was released consisting of 144 pages.[2]

Adaptations[edit]

Film[edit]

In 2006, New Line Cinema optioned We3 as a film project with Morrison attached as screenwriter. The script was completed in 2006, and Don Murphy, Susan Montford and Rick Benattar remain attached as producers with the film currently in development. If the film is made, the cybernetic animals would be completely computer-generated.[3][4]

On December 9, 2008, it was reported that John Stevenson, director of Kung Fu Panda was attached to the project as a director, and that New Line Cinema was no longer involved.[5]

On March 7, 2015, when asked during an impromptu Facebook Q&A on what other comic book movie he would like to make, James Gunn expressed interest in We3.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ We3 at Vertigo
  2. ^ Morrison, Grant (23 August 2011). "We3 Deluxe Edition". Vertigo – via Amazon.
  3. ^ New Line takes on We3 killer cuties, Variety, June 7, 2005
  4. ^ "Grant Morrison — The Beat". pwbeat.publishersweekly.com.
  5. ^ Turek, Ryan. "Stevenson Attached to Direct Comic Adaptation We3" Shock Till You Drop. December 8, 2008
  6. ^ "James Gunn Facebook Impromptu Q&A, 2015 March 7". www.facebook.com.

External links[edit]

Reviews[edit]

  • Review by Kaustubh Thirumalai at Kvltsite.com
  • Review by Greg McElhatton at ReadAboutComics.com
  • Green, Josh. "WE3 Review". Line of Fire Reviews. Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008.

Criticism[edit]