We3, a review by PowerGrid

By Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely


We3 has got to be one of my favourite graphic novels of all time and I’m super excited to review it. It’s a violent, heartbreaking and disturbing, yet a heart warming and touching tale. It’s really a rollercoaster of emotions the creators have packed into a short 104 pages.

We3 follows three animals which have been developed as new forms of weapon technology. Equipped with awesome firing power and a naive sense of the world around them, the animals break free in search of ‘home’.

The fantastic thing about this graphic novel is its ability to suck a reader into this world and effectively tell this story in a hundred or so words. The writers and artists have worked perfectly in sync with each other. An extensive background is omitted, but we are given an insight into our protagonists past lives on 3 separate pages. I think what we are given is enough, anymore details and it would strip bare the mood of this comic, and not in a sexy or appealing way.

We are not given much dialogue either, but the beauty of this tale is that it is not needed. The wonderful and vivid panels are enough to convey emotion and tell a story. There are breath taking moments and instances of brilliance in the artworks.

As I said, this is one of my favourite graphic novels which I revisit every so often. It’s a one off tale with no continuance, so if you’re at a comic book store and are looking for something to start you off, but you’re not ready to commit to a long running or ongoing series, then this is the one for you. It’ll take you on a fantastic journey of tragedy and heartbreak, but leaves you with a tear in your eye and a smile on your face.

9 / 10

The A Team

Director: Joe Carnahan

Cast: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson

The A team is in its essence, a big, loud action flick. It does not make the movie any less fun to watch though.

For those of you who did not watch the original TV series (like me), the A team centers on 4 members of a former commando outfit, Hannibal (Liam Neeson), Face (Bradley Cooper), Murdock (Sharlto Copley) and B.A Baracus (Quinton Jackson) whose dialogue is peppered with catchphrases from his predecessor, Mr T.  A job assigned to them during the Iraq war goes wrong and the rest of the movie focuses on their attempts to clear their names.

Of course their attempts are combined with loud massive explosions and shooting others with big, fancy guns in every scene. And boy does everyone look like they are having fun doing so. With the amount of smirks and whooping in the movie, one will forget that these guys are supposed to be fugitives on the run.  No moral ambiguity, no convoluted plot and little character development. It is a movie about guys directed by guys and made for guys. All in all, a testosterone fest. But ironically this estrogen charged human being enjoyed it immensely (mainly due to the many shots of a shirtless Bradley Cooper) and the fact that after 2 weeks of law exams, I didn’t need to think or process the movie much.

So summing up, if you are looking for a movie in which to zone out to after a hard day, this one fits the bill.