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January 31, 2005

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Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

While I still think this mini-series has been ridiculously overpraised - largely on Morrison's reputation, IMO - you've written the best and most thorough positive critique I've come across yet and given me some food for thought. Nice work!

gorjus

I agree. Excellent review, Marc. I was torn with the first issue of We3, partially because it is a relatively lean (word-wise) issue. The third issue was a nice fit, largely because I loved the "restoration" of Bandit's name.

That moment speaks to the larger military culture as well: despite the Army's desperate, and frustratingly contradictory, advertising campaign for "An Army of One," effectiveness in the types of situations in real life (and in We3) depends on a collective mentality and trasmission of orders based on time-tested plans.

So when Bandit get his name back, he doesn't just reclaim his identity: he receives his freedom as an individual, unchained from the line of command.

Marc

Thanks for the kind words, both of you.

One of the reasons I love this series is that there's always something more to say about it - it supports thoughtful reading and discussion in a way that a lot of comics just don't. I wanted to work in something about the covers, the way they reflect the "genders" and levels of development of each of the animals in their owners - the male Bandit belonged to a guy with spartan furnishings and girly mags, the female Tinker to a woman, and the less intelligent Pirate to a couple of kids - but there wasn't a way to fit it in. So I thought I'd bury it in the comments.

Rose

Hey, Marc, I was going to write about the gendered covers, too! I also get the impression that the owners' ages go down (I'm basing this on handwriting, really) as the three covers progress but (or "and") the colors increase in both number and intensity. I may still, since it ties in to something I want to say about another review of We3, but for now I seem to be doing nothing but making comments about the book everywhere else as if that will exempt me from having to talk about it in my own space.

This was a great post, though, and I'm glad you said that about the covers so that I felt I could say something beyond "great post!" since that always makes me feel dorky and unhelpful.

Johnny Bacardi

"disappointingly happy ending"?

Marc

How many of the animals were you expecting to survive after the first issue?

Morrison essentially recants on his implied promise of a tragic ending. That is a disappointment.

Duncan

Strangely, re: Half-Life, I analogised #1's base layouts to Metal Gear Solid on Barbelith.

Michael Denton

Marc - fantastic interpretation of the book. You've certainly brought out elements I (and other reviewers) didn't consider. Yours and other reviews have been so eloquent compared to my own that I'm almost ashamed I wrote it.

The cover theme is striking too. I hadn't considered the intelligence/age of the animals compared to their owners, but it certainly fits.

Obviously, and surprisingly different from most comics, the covers add to the tragic element. They let you know that these animals were loved. They give you their names and, to me at least, implies these animals were stolen. They weren't carelessly lost; the owners cared too much for them. These animals were taken by force, making their status all the more horrific. And by suggesting personalities for the animals, it helps the reader relate to them more as well.

I certainly believed that Morrison was going to kill off all of these animals; I saw it as his ultimate statement on animal rights: how humans brutalize animals. And despite the softer ending, it still is. I am not disappointed; I think his message comes across more clear and acceptible. These animals, although home now, live with the serious scars of their treatment. Had they been destroyed, we may feel the pang of loss, but may ultimately dismiss it as we do the destruction of countless strays and abandoned animals. Here, however, we are given a chance at redemption, along with the humans in the story, to better care and love these animals.

Marc

Thanks, Michael.

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