Just when you think you have the comics list sussed out, along comes We3 among the newspaper strips and the long-running superhero comics to throw a real curveball. Like, a science-fiction three issue miniseries with a super-fast action style where the protagonists are three animals that have been scientifically abused into killing machines that are released by their heart-broken carer after she was ordered to destroy them? I mean these stories are a dime a dozen.
I think I have seen one other instance of the ‘experimental animals that can speak and are accidentally released’ trope in one other series – the equally disturbing black comedy series I Am Not An Animal. Both are an uncomfortable mirror up to the world about what we as a society are willing to turn a blind eye to when it comes to vivisection. Both are bloody at times and both really do make you think about how far we would be willing to go.
The titular ‘We3’ are a dog, cat and rabbit who were former pets (the cover art showing their wanted posters, indicating they had been kidnapped from their loving owners) that have been cybernetically modified and turned into killing machines, each also being given a very basic grasp of English. The dog is especially heartbreaking with them, despite all things, still wanting to be seen as a “good boy”.
To see that a series like this came from the creator of Zenith, took me aback a bit – then I saw that in between he had worked on X-Men and that helped make more sense. In all these, there is a political streak, it is just that I needed X-Men to fill in the gap for me.
Also, to see on the Wikipedia page that this was even considered for an adaptation is… ridiculous. Given the gore and animal cruelty angle of this, We3 feels like something that would be borderline unadaptable – since things have gone quiet on that front, I am not the only person who thinks that. It should just be left as is – a weird and brilliant three issues with minimal dialogue and a lot of viscera.