We3 - Review

Grant Morrison's We3 is considered one of Vertigo's most memorable releases. With only 3 issues, this mini-series can be literally breezed through but still leaves an impact and enough room for possible expansion that even inspires Hollywood studios like New Line Cinema, who is planning a movie adaptation. But what is it about this mini-series that makes it so good despite its short length?

We3 consists out of 3 issues.

The story follows the journey of We3, a squad of three prototype "animal weapons," as they flee captivity. 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.
We3 meet and overcome numerous hazards on their flight to freedom, as they are pursued by the full might of the military, including other engineered animal weapons. They also encounter civilians, with varying reactions. (source: Wikipedia)

We3 completely relies on the charisma of the leading animal protagonists and the blanks the reader fills in while reading.
Despite the cuteness factor, Bandit, Tinker and Pirate represent man's best friend AND some kind of robotic artificial intelligence at the same time. It's a great mix of the innosence of artificial intelligence and the naive loyalty that pets have towards their owners.
Bandit, Tinker and Pirate have no interest in killing terrorists or other enemies of the government. Their only interest is to help their owner, who in the comic is the leading female scientist and their creator Roseanne Berry. She is torn between her loyalty towards the government and her love for her three pets.

Better don't touch.

Only through short half-sentences or words of We3 and their intent to only attack when threatened, it gets clear that the three animals only want a new home and have as good as no memory of their previous homes.
Blended together with some thrilling action scenes, We3 is both a sad, heartbreaking but also actionpacked story.
It was fascinating to me how with only 3 issues and dialogue between the animals that basically consists out of single words that repeat multiple times can evoke so much sympathy towards those characters.
Those repeatedly uttered words by the animals require the reader to interpret them and give them a meaning. For example, "Sssssstinks" means hate or anger in the words of Tinker, etc.

Furthermore, the symbiosis between animal and machine underlines the critical aspects towards science and mankind losing not only their own - but also the innosence of other creatures we share the planet with and most importantly love -  our pets.
Especially the three covers of the single issues, that show the search-fliers for the three animals from their previous owners (probably kids) is a sad imagery.

Don't be surprised if you tear up sometimes.

Although being a fascinatingly good mini-series, i think the only big downside about We3 is that it's just too short and therefore hasn't enough issues to unfold its complete potential. Don't get me wrong. It's an awesome mini-series, but it's just that those three characters backed up with good sidecharacters could hold an entire series if given the chance.The flight to freedom could've led We3 through an adventurous odyssey through the U.S. and furthermore deepened their personalities.
I really hope that a possible movie unfolds We3's true potential for a bigger and longer story.
It might not hold its ground among the heavyweights of legendary comicbooks, but it's easily one of the best mini-series out there.

Final Verdict: 8 out of 10 

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