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We3 hardcover sneaks in new pages by Morrison and Quitely

Last week’s release of a hardcover edition of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s We3 miniseries was something to behold, and not just for the new packaging. In addition to the extensive sketchbook section of the 144-page book, 10 new pages of story were added in what was the first issue of the Vertigo series.

This isn’t the first time DC has elaborated on comic series when they’ve gone to collected format; new pages were added to the collected edition of Warren Ellis and Chris Sprouse’s Ocean series, clarifying an element glossed over in the original series. Neither the creators nor the publisher have stated the exact reason the creators went back to the drawing board (literally) for this collection and not the previous softcover, but it gives fans one more reason to buy the book despite having already purchased previous versions.

After receiving early attention from Hollywood just months after its original debut, We3‘s feature film prospects have dimmed in recent years. But regardless, the We3 series remains an evocative work worth having, especially with the hardcover costing less than $25.

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I loved it when it was first published. I may now have to pick up this hardcover.

I do really appreciate when DC does this, add more to the story in collected form. Fix mistakes. Change coloring. Replace pages, etc.

It drives home that they’re interested in their collections being the perfected version that exists for posterity.

Marvel, on the other hand, just sort of throws everything into a collection a month after publication, which makes it almost impossible to find the diamonds.

What happened to the Marvel that published comics like Earth X, 1602, Origin, Iron Man: Extremis, Astonishing X-Men, Silver Surfer: Requiem, Loki, or Marvels?

I miss that company.

There have been some bright spots, like Thor: The Might Avenger, S.W.O.R.D., Vengeance, Punishermax, and Daredevil, but everything seems so derivative and inward looking. And if something gets too popular, like Hickman’s Fantastic Four or Brubaker’s Captain America or JMS’s Thor, it gets franchised, worked into events, and loses the bulk of its own internal integrity.

The worse part is that the talent is all still there, they just funnel it into tie-ins and events that will pay off in the short term but leave nothing to look back to five years down the road.

That said, Nick Spencer and Emma Rios on “Victor Von Doom” looks promising.

Wow, that became a rant. Sorry, disregard.

So how do the new pages affect the story? I GOTTA KNOW!!!

BTW, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I think We3 is the Watchmen of the 00s. Its longevity has yet to be proven, but I personally think it’s going to age well and be considered a seminal work.

Although I’ve really hated most of Morrison’s recent works (except for All Star Superman, which was pretty damned good), there’s a lot of great older works by the guy and We3 is one of them.

I’ve read it, but never owned it before. Now I’ve got the perfect excuse to finally buy it. Looking forward to the added content.

This was a very nice collection. I usually hate repurchasing stuff (much less hard covers w dust jackets), but the additional pages, size, lots of bonus material, commentary, and just the time past since the original release make this a very cool purchase. I really appreciate the story and work put into it more so than on upon its original release. The price is $24.99, the paperback is around half that….its nice that DC and the creators put the extra work in to make this collection worth it.

The additional sequential pages that I noticed fleshed out the lady scientist who released the animals a little more. Its nice to have some added character work whenever you are dealing with a high concept writer like Morrison. Quitely’s work is gorgeous, the additional art in the back really shows the work/effort put into the book.

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