Friday, January 14, 2005

We3 #2
writer: Grant Morrison
artist: Frank Quitely
published by Vertigo Comics

Grant Morrison is a super genius. Not really news, but it's fun to say over and over again. Grant Morrison is a super genius.
Try it, you'll like it.
Only Grant Morrison could make a series like We3 work as well as it does. The premise of melding The Incredible Journey with a cyborgs and guns shoot-em-up is something that any crackhead could think up...but none could tell with the panache and style of Morrison and his frequent partner in crime, Frank Quitely. 1, 2, and 3 just want to find home...but they're not really housepets any more. How many cats have you seen with rapid-fire razor claws? Or dogs with surface to air missiles?
The human military still wants to get rid of them, but all the troops they send end up dead. So, they decide to send a final animal...the 4th after them...
I'm struck at how Morrison imbued each of the 3 animals with characteristics from their species. 1, the dog, for example is struck by guilt and keeps trying to help people. He wants to be, in his words, "GUD DOG". 2, the cat, is a moody piece of work. And 3, the rabbit, is concerned about two things -- food and getting his tail fixed.
Sad that the series is only 3 issues, but Morrison doesn't want to overstay his welcome. Besides, he's surely got something marvelous in store for us after.

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