Weekly Roundup on We3 (February 22-24)

If you’re in group 2, you’re responsible for this week’s weekly roundup. Each student in the group will highlight one key moment from the previous week’s online and in-class discussions. To recall the syllabus:

Follow this formula for the highlights: describe the moment (provide the context and the facts about what you saw, read, or heard), interpret the meaning of the moment (what does it mean?), and evaluate its significance (in other words, why was the moment important?).

You can post your highlight in the comments below.

If Homeward Bound were rated R

WE3 was an extremely entertaining graphic novel that was packed full of action and held my interest from beginning to end. The one thing that caught my attention the most while reading WE3 was the amount of violence that takes place. The violence was a bit excessive, seeming at points to only be drawn for shock value. I found the amount of gore with the graphic novel to be somewhat disturbing. The fact that the violence came from a cat, dog, and rabbit made it even more shocking because those are three animals associated with being cute and cuddly, not angry and deadly. WE3 reminded me of what Homeward Bound would have been if it was directed by Quentin Tarantino.

I found it interesting how the violence and killings were represented in many different ways throughout the course of the graphic novel. There were frames that showed the violence head on, showing the victims guts being ripped from inside them. However, there were also frames were the violence wasn’t directly shown, but the aftermath was presented to the reader. One frame would have the animals running toward the victim and the next frame would have the victim laying dead on the ground in a pool of blood. One of the frames that I found most interesting was where the violence was not shown at all…only implied. In the frame the cat and the dog are charging toward a man who had just shot the rabbit. The next frame is simply a block of red, to symbolize blood. In this frame, no violence is shown but the reader is left with no doubt that the man was killed. The violence in WE3 is everywhere and tends to be the most rememberable aspect of the graphic novel.