Greetings, Explorers! Season 4 of the podcast debuts with We3. The story is by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely. This series was originally published in 2004 by Vertigo Comics. In We3, three domestic pets are part of a secret experiment which turned them into living weapons for the military. The three pets decide to make the dangerous journey home after a compassionate doctor takes pity on the pets and releases them. As a result of escaping, the government determines We3 must be terminated at any cost.
Frankie, Dennis, and Johnny begin the episode wrongly guessing this comic book is about three little aliens celebrating Easter. They follow by chatting about Lenny and “Squiggy” from Of Mice and Men and if the gore in this story is as bad as some of the more realistic violence portrayed in other comics. Next, they decide if “Biorgs” is a good a name or a bad one. The consequences of Frankie reading digital comics on cell phones also comes up. Additional topics include “Donkey Hong Kong”; the terrible fate of rats in We3; Richard Adams and his novel Watership Down‘s influence on Grant Morrison; the final battle of the comic book; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of We3.
Please check out our reading lists for previous seasons by clicking here. We would love to hear your suggestions for future episodes of Graphic Novel Explorers Club.
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