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Uber Volume 1

(Über #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  64 reviews
April 24, 1945. The world holds its collective breath as the war is only days away from ending. Russian troops move through Germany to the final objective...Hitler himself. As those around the mad dictator crumble, the much ridiculed threats of the "Wunderwafen" materialize. A new weapon is delivered, one with unstoppable power -- a weapon like no other and with a madman p ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Avatar Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jan Philipzig
Odd one. On the one hand, this is ugly, trashy, silly, (potentially) offensive Nazi exploitation in the tradition of the Ilsa movies... with lots of ultra-violence to compensate for the lack of explicit sex, of course. On the other hand, the storytelling is surprisingly thoughtful and witty in places. It also pays quite a bit of attention to detail, though not in the service of complexity and subtlety but in that of a strange, crusted, all-consuming, mask-like artificiality. For starters, all ch ...more
Sam Quixote
Aug 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh, what an ugly book. Not the art – Canaan White does a fantastic job with that – but the “story” itself.

Uber asks: what if at the end of WW2, Hitler’s mad plans to create an ubermensch – overman, superman – came to fruition just as Berlin was about to fall? With the emergence of Nazi supermen, the war is turned around with the Nazis pushing back the Allies, putting Hitler back on top. Plus, this being an Avatar book, it’s also hyper-violent and grisly.

I tried reading this book but after sto
Sep 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Ugh. Well that was an unpleasant chore.

When your first line of review includes that much negativity, what do you think it means?

Here is the whole book: Nazi Ubermensch Project actually works, produces superhumans. They literally tear millions apart, even so bad that Nazi Generals talk about what a horrid war-crime it is. Hitler doesn't end up killing himself, and comes back to be just as terrible and stupid as we're lead to see here.

A spy, of course, brings the formula to Churchill and the allie
Kite Johnson
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avatar is a publisher that likes to take risks. And they have taken many risks over the years by featuring books that contain some of the most violent, horrific and disturbing images ever to be put on paper. Not an easy feat to do and still remain in business. But Avatar is not about the blood and gore, or even being a publisher that puts out horror books. They are about freedom and the freedom to write whatever story you wish. It just so happens that nearly every single book they publish has a ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was so gruesome and gory. Would have to be the most gory that I've read. The plot however is non existent. There is limited characterisation until midway through the novel. I honestly at times found it difficult to really know what was going on. This was a strange read.
L. McCoy
I’ve been meaning to read this one and I was hoping to enjoy it. I mean a gritty alternate history mixing superpowers and horror sounds like a solid comic. It’s not.

What’s it about?
In WW2 Nazis tried to create a super soldier. Uber shows a grim world where the Nazis managed to actually do so... but even then they might not be as successful in the war as one would think.

The art is fantastic. Seriously, the highlight of the book is how perfect the artwork looks. Fantastic job there.
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Wilfredo Rodríguez Dotti
This comic speculates on what would have happened if the Nazis had developed a supersoldier durine the World War II. The title "Über" refers to the "Über-mensch" (Super-man) mentioned by Friedrich Nietzsche in his work "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" (1883), in which he defines himself as the ideal of perfect man, both in personal evolution as a collective for a mature, cultured society, free of retrogressive moral ballast and counter-nature. So that is the name of the supersoldiers created by the Nazi ...more
Jesse A
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Very interesting story with very standard art.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book but truly in the current climate of the world's events, and with everyone being offended by everything right now, an almost taboo subject. This tale is well drawn and written and is about the Third Reich's attempt to create Ubermensch, called Uber for short. They succeed and turn the war for Germany. Led by three exceptional and super-powerful "battleships" as they are referred to, this retelling of the events of WW2 is a startling example of violence and intelligence. The characters ...more
Mar 22, 2019 marked it as dnf
Oooo boy was this not for me. DNF at page 20 or so.
Reggie Kray
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grotesque yet relentlessly addictive!
Bryan Alexander
An interesting alternate history, based on the idea that the Third Reich created super humans (super villains) during the last month of WWII as we knew it. The war turns around and many bad things occur.

It's not a new idea - Bitter Seeds does this, for example - but Gillen carries it out well. It's very well grounded, down to architectural, command, clothing, and tactical details. Gillen is also unafraid to built up heroes then destroy them.

What else works? Some good dialogue, which I expect fro
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: World War II enthusiasts who aren't squemish
It's World War II. Germany is in shambles. Berlin is ready to be taken by the Allied Forces. Hitler, seeing his plans for a 1,000 Reich ready to be nothing more than a horrific chapter in the annals of history, is going to take the easy way out. However, thanks to German science, the tide is changed and in catastrophic fashion, the Allies find themselves in an unthinkable nightmare.

I liked Uber. I probably would say it is more of a 3.5. I guess, at times for me, I found the writing a little clun
Timothy Boyd
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of the current trend of ultra-violent, ultra-graphic comics. Mostly they seem to try to fit the story around the graphic nature of the art. This series however, to me, was the exception. Very good alternate WWII history with the violent nature of war a part of the story not the story itself. Very recommended
Michael Hitchcock
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Alex Sarll
Second World War plus superpowers is an old idea with a chequered past; dropping brightly-coloured superheroes in to trade punches with equally garish super-Nazis is potentially pretty disgusting when compared to the sacrifices made by real heroes and villains in those battles. So that's exactly what Gillen doesn't do. Just before the fall of Berlin, German scientists unveil their first enhanced humans, and the Fuhrer - first seen with a gun in his mouth - realises that even if he can't win, he ...more
Richard Guion
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alan Moore recommended this series and I read other series by Kieron Gillen, decided to check it out. It is a good alternate history take on what would happen if the Nazis developed superhumans. Other SF novels have taken this on, such as Bitter Seeds. What's unique about this take is the time period - the Nazis activate their "battleships" (the real superhuman people with both energy and strength powers) right before Hitler is about to commit suicide. They turn back the Russians and Allies righ ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Interesting concept- what if near the last days of World War 2 the Nazis were able to develop Superhuman soldiers? The series essentially about three of these soldiers (known as Battleships, as opposed to the less powerful superhumans known as tanks) and their exploits. The art is very good and I have to admit the premise is actually a fresh take on things- since I have seen Communist/Soviet Superheroes, Communist/Chinese superheroes, etc...this is a dark and harsh look at what would have happen ...more
Jonathan Roberts
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Interesting book. But honestly this could be the bloodiest book I have ever read. Almost to the point of being disturbing. Supersoldiers nothing like the Captain America we all know, instead they are Nazi supermen who destroy everything in their way and usually with their bare hands or some undetermined later power from their eyes/heads.... Crazy....
Daniel Christensen
Alternate history of WWII with super heroes. A bit wild cards, crossed with war comics.
Bloody, well drawn, good story.
Lots of cameos from historical characters, not for everyone, but I loved it (this is actually issues 0-28, plus the special in about 4 days, and then I had read everything in print)...
Paul Spence
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Superheroes were born just as Hitler was setting Europe ablaze. As the gears of the Wehrmacht were greased with the blood of Slavic and Semitic forced labor, moving with the efficiency that German engineering is famous for, a couple of Jewish kids introduced Superman to the world. It's no coincidence that Superman appeared just as the American public was realizing the scope and determination of Hitler's plans to both rid the Third Reich of Jewish blood, and claim as much of Europe as he could be ...more
Ross Alon
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm sure writing this took courage, it's one of these creations no one can say he really enjoyed, but one cannot be fascinated by the the questions Gillan bring us.
Peapole love elseworld\What if stories. People also love super heores. What people don't like is a reminder that we are only here because the right side one a certaine war. This book is a combination of all three.
Without going into details, I cannot recomend this to anyone, not because of all the gore (there is more blood an gore that
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-book
This one's not for the squeamish, for multiple reasons. For one, it is set in WWII and features numerous battle scenes, not shying away from the destruction it does to humans. But more importantly, this alt-history series is based on a rather offensive premise: what if the Germans had discovered a way to enhance humans, creating superhumans who possess a "halo effect" that alters and destroys matter in almost unthinkable ways?

So yes, this is a comic book in which the Nazis halt the Allied forces
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
A splatter comic, rivers of blood flow. The story is about Nazis developing 'Inhumans' and using them to prolong WWII. These super humans have not the various 'powers' of Marvel Mutants or Inhumans, they are simply bigger and stronger than regular men, and radiate energy capable to annihilate entire armies. None of the characters are developed, consequently there is not much to intrigue the reader, a part the questions: How will the Allies defeat this new Nazi secret weapon? How will Hitler be k ...more
Neil Carey
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Frankly, in an age of perfectly manicured, post-All Star Superman tales of magical fistfighty people what are Modern Myths/American Icons/whatever... a BEYOND black-metal, almost Liefeldian-drawn piece of splatterpunk set against the skewed backdrop of the worst war in human history is actually kind of refreshing

I can't say Uber has ever been 'fun,' but I won't forget it (and stupidly, I want Maria Katyusha to make it out of all this; I, like Gillen himself, like her baffling optimism)
Daryl Nash
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is problematic as hell, especially these days. The first issue almost reads like neo-Nazi wish fulfillment. Not to mention the writing itself is cold. But Gillen’s commentary convinced me that his heart’s in the right place, and the writing improves in later issues, so I’ll probably give the next book a chance. Since I already bought it on sale.
Justin Partridge
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finally finished this up. It's a grim one to be sure, but I am really struck at how meticulously researched the worldbuilding is. Just as a great work of alternative history it's a blast. Plus, Gillen taking things deadly serious for once is particularly engaging.
Adam Malenczak
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you didn't hate Nazis before reading this, you definitely will after!
Sean Goh
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Grimdark alternative WWII history, featuring all your favourite national personalities. Don't get too attached to anyone though. Body count (and gore) is high.
War is hell.
Jarrod Hammond
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Uber is a graphic novel series about an alternate WWII timeline wherein the Nazis develop superhero-level soldiers late in the war. Writer Kieron Gillen is very heavily invested in executing the premise as plausibly as possible, with carefully calculated date and timestamps on every shift in scenery, and characterization that explores individual personalities wherein each person has their ideals and issues, and at no point does it veer into the idiotic punch-up that lesser writers could easily t ...more
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Kieron Gillen is a comic book writer and former media journalist.

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