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October 17, 2011

It’s Like Bullet Time

As the government gives chase to Bandit, Tinker and Pirate, in the second edition of We3, a scientist tells the pursuing soldiers over the phone that they do not understand what they are getting themselves into. He describes to them the depth of the alteration done to We3, trying to prepare them, “even their senses are different from ours. They’re much faster than any human. They experience time and motion differently.” That concept would normally be hard for a reader to understand since, being humans, we are only used to experiencing time and motion as we experience it in everyday life. But that is the beauty of a graphic novel, we can be shown what we can not imagine on our own.

Two pages later, on pages six and seven, we are presented with a distorted image of a battle between a helicopter and We3. In the background are straightforward illustrations of the actions taking place as a human might describe or perceive them. Laid over the more commonplace images of carnage are smaller frames. At first these frames seem nonsensical to us. They are each of an individual item: Tinker’s eye narrowing, a bullet seeking it’s target, a bullet as it pierces flesh, a tooth shattering, a drop of blood as it flies through the air. None of them appear to be in any particular order or pattern. They are honestly hard to make sense of, even after consideration. They may even be hard for the reader to look at, if he or she does not have the stomach for gore that most comic book readers have developed now-a-days.  Pages six and seven are meant to illustrate for us the contrast between the big picture that we see being simplistic humans and the tons of tiny pictures that We3 see being finely honed killing machines.

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