By some accounts, April is the cruelest month. With that in mind we’ve picked a doozy for you to while away the fourth month of the year as we patiently see what victories and defeats each day will bring us. Grant Morrison is often referred to as the god of comics from his mainstream works on Justice League, Batman, X-Men, Animal Man and Doom Patrol, as well as his more indie work with The Invisibles, The Filth, Flex Mentallo, Joe the Barbarian, and the masterpiece, We3. We3 is the book we’ve chosen for this month and here’s how the publisher describes it:
With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 (WE3) have the firepower of a battalion between them. But they are just the program’s prototypes, and now that their testing is complete, they’re slated to be permanently “decommissioned,” causing them to seize their one chance to make a desperate run for freedom. Relentlessly pursued by their makers, the WE3 team must navigate a frightening and confusing world where their instincts and heightened abilities make them as much a threat as those hunting them – but a world, nonetheless, in which somewhere there is something called “home.”
Much like with Prince of Cats, it is impossible to spread this across four weeks so my advice would be the same: read it four times. Read it for the story in one quick burst then read it again like sipping a very good whiskey. Read it for the game changing art by Frank Quitely. And then just read it so you can have a good cry at all the sad bits.
As with every month, we will hold Twitter polls and an opportunity to join the conversation with the hashtag #AEBookClub. If you’d like to suggest a cinema-related book for future book club readings, please e-mail your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on Twitter @wetalkmovies.
Happy reading, and keep an eye on your pets…
Featured Image: Vertigo Comics