Well hey guys! Another day, another update, another RANT!
The other day I had a two-hour break from my place of work, “Z’Mariks Noodle Café”, and so I stumbled into my local comic book store called “Daydreams Comics”. I wandered around aimlessly, just perusing the goods. Here, I came across a comic book with a rather interesting cover.
Intrigued, I took the comic down from the shelf and flipped through it. To say I was touched, impressed, amazed, and a little frightened is a serious understatement.
Artist Frank Quietly did the artwork for this story. The manga-esque suits of armor these poor animals wear are really cool, but to me somehow seem like some sort of prison. The shapes are very smooth, the art is very clear and easy to follow. The paneling in this comic is very impressive-action sequences are presented showing a two-page layout, where there is a central image, with dozens of smaller close-ups of bits of action spread out. Very neat, as I haven’t ever seen a style similar to this in any other comic or graphic novel that I have read. Another shining quality is the coloring and shading, which is top notch in my opinion. The selection between severely bright and bland is very natural- nothing looks too far-fetched, aside from three animals roving about in power armor, that is. All in all, a nice visual feast, for those who can appreciate art. But I know some of you can’t, so I will continue to the writing…
Now, you may think that when I refer to writing that I am speaking about the story- no, that will come soon, trust me. What I am referring to is the way that speech is approached in this graphic novel. The only people who can talk are people, however, this is a story about three animals, with very minimal human interaction. Yes, the animals have the capability to speak, in a sense. But the language and dialogue is very entertaining as well as interesting, between the animals themselves, as well as when they interact with humans. The writers really had to think about how an animal would think and speak like if they had the capability. It makes for a very believable story with very compelling characters that you can sympathize with. And if you can’t, you’re a heartless bastard.
I will try to not give too much away, as doing so well likely lead to you, my reader not going out and picking up a copy yourselves. Here’s all you need to know for starters:
The story follows the journey of We3, a squad of three prototype "animal weapons," as they flee captivity. Following the decision to terminate them in preparation for expanding the project of which they are a part, their escape is engineered by their trainer. 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.
Being a reasonable Animal Rights enthusiast, ::I’m not one of those miserable sexless fuckers who protest damn near everything concerning animals, just the stuff that is horrible, like dog-fighting, animal neglect/abuse, etc.:: this story did tug at my heart-strings a little. I love animals- Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Snakes, whatever- and seeing them being used in this fashion- especially if they are kidnapped from loving homes- seems horribly wrong to me. I realize that some things must be tested for safety reasons- but for God’s sake, test that shit out on death-row inmates and those bastards with life sentences. Animals don’t deserve that kind of abuse, but I am more than O.K. with letting some sick lunatic bastard getting the business end of a meat-grinder to the juevos, just to further our understanding of science and the world. Does this make me a sociopath? Maybe- all I know is I get along much better with animals than I do with most humans.
However- the story is very good, compelling even. I enjoyed reading it immensely, and am looking forward to when I can have my very own copy of this story.
So that’s it kiddies- another Rant down. Now Thomas can stop threatening my genitals with a red-hot poker and an angry lobster. See you guys later!