Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!
We3 Deluxe Edition
Written by: Grant Morrison
Illustrated by: Frank Quitely
Ok. I missed this critically appraised (and Eisner Award-winning) comic when it was first published in 2004 as a three-issue mini series. Don’t know how that happened. I’m usually up for any Morrison/Quitely work – the stranger the better.
It slipped past me once again in 2005 when the series was compiled in trade paperback form. I shudder just thinking about my neglect.
But boy was I excited early last year when I read that We3 was going to be put together in an Absolute Edition – an oversized version with new material, preliminary sketches, bonus material and the obligatory “Introduction” and “Afterwards”. That info leaked around the same time that the film version of the comic was picking up steam. The director from Kung-Fu Panda was even attached to direct!
Alas, the film version was not made, never really gaining enough momentum. Such is the fickle way of Hollywood, I suppose. And that Absolute Edition? Shelved by the publisher before it could be read and proudly placed on my shelf, if you get my meaning.
That said, today, we still get a hardcover (slightly oversized) We3 Deluxe Edition – and its got all of the other old promises inside it: 10 completely new story pages, 28 bonus pages of character designs and sketches by artist Frank Quitely as well as commentary and script excerpts from writer Grant Morrison.
Oh! And the strange story?
Morrison once described it as “western manga” where weaponized house pets – Bandit the dog, Tinker the cat and Pirate the rabbit – are on the run, searching for “home” whilst trying to elude the shadowy government agency that created them.
Among other things, it’s a sci-fi tale of animal rights, a tale so crazy that you’ve just got to make the run and pick up the We3 Deluxe Edition today!