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8 Uncanny Animal Rights Comics

Comics have always reflected the times, and the following eight comic books are no exception:

1. We3

This three-part miniseries by comic royalty Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely tells the story of three animals who have been altered by the government to become killing machines. The escaped animals embark on a search for “home”—wherever and whatever that may be. It’s a beautiful, trailblazing series.

2. Chew

Chew follows detective Tony Chu (get it?) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Tony is a “cibopath,” or someone who has psychic visions of whatever he eats. That means if he eats an apple, he sees the apple’s whole existence—and if he eats an animal, well, it’s not too pleasant.

3. Pride of Baghdad

Pride of Baghdad is the real-life story of four lions who escaped from the Baghdad Zoo after a 2003 American bombing. The discussions that the lions have—about whether they are better off in the zoo or outside and what makes for a fulfilling life—are what we all should be having about animals in captivity.

4. Animal Man

Animal Man has the power to use the abilities of animals (such as flight and the proportionate strength of an ant). First made popular by Grant Morrison in the 1980s, the series is making another critically acclaimed comeback under Jeff Lemire. Animal Man is a dedicated activist and vegetarian who saves the world, like, all the time.

5. Liberator

Matt Miner and Javier Sanchez Aranda’s Liberator tells the story of two animal activists who sneak into dogfighting compounds and animal testing facilities to liberate the animals and make life difficult for their abusers. Of course, we’d never advocate this kind of activity, but it sure is fun to read about.

6. Elmer

What if chickens could suddenly talk and reason, as humans do? That’s the question author and artist Gerry Alanguilan explores in the excellent series Elmer. It recounts the decades of civil struggles following a mysterious event in which chickens suddenly gain human-level intelligence.

7. Superman: Birthright

In Mark Waid’s classic take on the Man of Steel’s origin story, Superman has the power to “see” the life leave a human or animal’s body, which in turn, encourages him to go vegetarian. So the next time that you’re convincing someone to go vegetarian, just tell them that Superman went, too.

8. The Walking Dead

Thanks to the popular AMC TV show, most people have heard about Robert Kirkman’s bestselling comic. The book follows Rick Grimes as he attempts to navigate a world full of monsters trying to eat him. Must be hard, huh?

And there you have it! Pick up one of these books today and use it as inspiration to help animals in real life.

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