What do you get when you cross a Nazi with super-human powers? The answer is “UBER“. As you can probably gather, this is a comic full of war and horror, with maybe a little bit of controversy along the way.
WRITING, TIMING, LETTERING AND SFX:
Set in 1945, this is a real war-time drama… in an alternate-reality that is! And we are at war with German-manufactured super-soldiers, who have got extremely devastating mental powers and hulk like strength. This issue is set on the 1st of May, 1945, and takes us to different places throughout the same day. This is cleverly pieced together, because by the end of the comic you are left wondering about what might come next, if all of the catastrophic events that took place in this issue did so in the space of just one day?! It’s for this reason, I believe the timing is so noticeably brilliant! The story is pretty cool, if not just a bit risky; which I admire in any shape or form, and even includes some real historical faces, as well as Hitler’s name being dropped on one occasion. The comic is entertaining to read and has been tied together well by writer, Kieron Gillen. The lettering has a raw look but a professional finish, this is basically the case with this comic as a whole, and it is what makes it so entertaining.
The only thing that really let’s this comic down is the fact that it has NO sound-effects whatsoever!! Now I can only speak for this issue, but it seems that maybe the creators felt that the use of SFX would have taken away the comic’s raw edge and possibly even some of the shock factor… I don’t know, but I do know that there are certain panels in this issue just craving for some nerve-shattering SFX! And if anything, with the correct use, and the right dosage of creativity, the already epic scenes depicted in these here pages would have come to life even more! Without any SFX I get the sense that I’m watching a silent movie that just shouldn’t be silent.
THE ART, INKS AND COLOUR:
Pencils by legendary comic-book artist Caanan White, are “preacher”-like in appearance with a realist approach and good attention to detail, and have been given a more modern edge by inker Keith William’s, who has given all of the art a very vibrant, colour-enriched look throughout while still keeping in with the realism that the comic represents at it’s core. The explosions are especially astonishing and the electrical energy oozing from the Uber’s eyes is cool as f#*k… All slightly reminiscent of a classic x-men battle! That is until an Uber’s head explodes, reminding us that we are definitely reading something, -as Gillen puts it- outside of our comfort zone!
By DYLAN BUTCHER. 😀
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