Comic Book: Über

"It doesn't matter if Spider-Man's fighting Galactus — Spider-Man will find a way to beat Galactus. Über isn't that story. Über is the story that every single time, Galactus will kill Spider-Man."

Über is an ongoing comic book series published by Avatar Press and written by Kieron Gillen, with art by Canaan White, Daniel Gete and Gabriel Andrade. Its first issue appeared in 2013. Like many Avatar Press books, it explores extremely dark themes of bloodshed, depravity and dehumanization using sci-fi and fantasy elements.

Written as a deconstruction of the concept of Stupid Jetpack Hitler and of classic superhero tropes, the story begins just before the end of World War II in Europe. Days before the Third Reich's defeat, with Russian forces storming into Berlin, a breakthrough is made—the Nazis successfully create superhuman soldiers. With super-strength, bulletproof skin and matter-disrupting energy beams, the "Übermenschen" save Hitler's regime from certain collapse, fundamentally changing the nature of warfare in the process. Unable to defeat the Übers through conventional means, the Allies are forced to develop superhumans of their own. Things rapidly go downhill for the Nazis and Allies alike.

If you're looking for a typical feel-good superhero story where plucky good guys can win against vastly stronger foes... look elsewhere. Über has no clear protagonists, an atmosphere of extreme moral ambiguity, and a profusion of blood and gore. Aside from its science-fiction elements, it's a brutally realistic war story which, in its creator's words, "is not meant to be enjoyed".


This comic contains examples of:

  • Achilles' Heel:
    • While incredibly strong, the heavy Übers have a fatal weakness. Other heavies can kick out their kneecaps with ease, effectively crippling them.
    • All Übers in general appear have a finite "power supply" that fuels their abilities. Prolonged exertion without rest will deplete their powers. Further exertion past their limits causes the disruption halo to backfire and kill the Über.
    • Geltmensch can only fake appearance and voices of others, not their physiology. Stephanie recognizes one masquerading as a Tank Man by the fact he sweated during sex. They also can't fool cameras.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Katyusha refuses on moral principle to help the Red Army in any offensive beyond the Molotov-Rippentrop Pact border of divided Poland, which is one of the many things that doesn't endear her to Stalin.
  • Alien Space Bats: The Nazis develop super-people. Even more so, they did it via Imported Alien Phlebotinum – a chemical catalyst known as "Woden's Blood", and a mysterious book in an unknown language which contains instructions on how to create Übers.
  • Anti-Hero: Stephanie takes part in brutal experiments as part of being undercover in the German Über program. And to successfully escape and deliver information vital for the Allies to have a chance in the war, she uses an Allied tank crew as bait for an Über.
  • Anti-Villain:
    • Siegmund is a type one, being decidedly disgusted by the carnage he sees and partakes in and utterly despises Siegfried for his cruelty, brutality, and fanaticism. He also attempts to console and guide Sieglinde as best he can, and overall appears as an honest soldier trying to defend his country. However, he is still a Nazi soldier fighting for a regime that he knows to be pretty much pure evil or so it seems... In fact, his plan from the start was to gain an audience with Hitler and secretly kill him for his tactical incompetence which caused so many of Siegmund's friends to die in the Eastern Front.
    • Sieglinde is a type two, being obsessed with revenge for the death of her disabled husband in the Dresden Bombings and everyone else who died in said bombings. To this end she seeks revenge on Britain (and Churchill) in particular, which is granted when she is sent on a suicide mission to attack London and kill Churchill. She has an enormous kill-count from her battles in Berlin, Paris and London, but objects to the mass slaughter of prisoners by Siegfried; unlike him, she takes no pleasure in her work.
  • Anyone Can Die: There is no main protagonist because of this trope. Anybody who looks as if they might be developing into an audience-identification figure will almost certainly die horribly very quickly. Even Churchill and Hitler are killed off by the end of the first plot arc.
  • Armor Is Useless:
    • Conventional tank armor is no match for the physical strength and disruption halos of the Übers. However, the British outfit their heavy Übers with ablative armor that can temporarily protect them from the disruption halos of German tank-class Übers. Their ablative armor still proves totally useless against Sieglinde.
    • Leah Cohen's expensive state-of-the-art armor is largely redundant, as Leah is impervious to anything less than a nuclear bomb. Its only purpose is to defend against the halo attacks of Battleship-class Ubers, and is demonstrated to be quite effective at the Battle of Calais.
  • Art Evolution: Gabriel Andrade's issues have a notably different art style to Canaan White's, especially in his depictions of the characters. Markus/Siegfried in particular looks much more androgynous in Andrade's artwork.
  • Ate His Gun:
    • Hitler was about to in the first issue.
    • Subverted when Churchill considers it after Colossus is killed and the Germans take Paris, but knows he has to live and serve his country.
    • In Über Special #1, General Walther Wenck (who survived the war in real life) does this when he realizes that the Übers' intervention will prolong the war.
  • Back from the Brink: The emergence of the Übers allows the Axis powers to stave off total defeat. The Allies are in turn saved from disaster (at least temporarily) by creating their own Übers.
  • Back from the Dead: Adolf Hitler seemingly comes back almost immediately after being pronounced dead. However, he is being impersonated by a shapeshifting Geltmensch and later Josef Goebbels after plastic surgery.
  • Badass Abnormal: Katyusha goes from an incredible sniper to the most powerful Über.
  • Badass Army: The Nazi "panzermensch" brigades, the Japanese "Miyoko" and, later, the British "His Majesty's Humans". The Soviets apparently call their Übers "shock workers".
  • Badass Gay:
    • Played straight with Alan Turing, who in real life was persecuted for his homosexuality. And then it turns out he's been enhanced into an Über too.
    • Siegmund, who furiously talks of all the men he loved who died because of Hitler, either in battle or in the concentration camps. All said to Hitler's face as he prepares to kill him.
  • Badass Longcoat: The German Battleships get fancy tailored uniforms. The Russians give Katyusha a badass coat.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Stephanie was the first person to kill an Über (by ambushing him with a rocket launcher), and later sniped a more powerful one through the eye when he was charging his power, destabilizing his powers enough to kill him. It later turns out that she also has the potential to be an Über.
    • "Katyusha" Maria, whose reputation as an extremely effective sniper scares Soviet soldiers twice her size – even before she becomes a human battleship.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Leah Cohen can survive indefinitely without oxygen
  • Berserk Button: Threaten a peasant couple in front of Katyusha. Go on, I dare you.
  • Beware the Superman: The setting in general. And (possibly) Katyusha in particular.
  • Bizarrchitecture:
    • At one point, Sieglinde uses her matter-warping abilities to create a twisted, alien-looking "bridge" over the Rhine so her soldiers can cross.
    • At the battle of Kiev, Katyusha Maria creates strategic high ground for herself by transmuting the air itself into a massive pillar of solid steel. This is later referred to as the first known piece of Halo art.
  • Black and Grey Morality: The Nazis are obviously, well... Nazis (and Hitler gets to be even more sadistic now that he has superhumans on his side). But the British spy who made the UK the second nation to get Übers took part in mass vivisection to help get the information. Allied leaders such as Stalin are willing to commit atrocities of their own to build more Übers, and Soviet soldiers are depicted raping and killing German civilians. On the personal level, the individual Übers on all sides range from honorable patriots, such as Colossus and Siegmund, to sympathetic revenge driven individuals such as Klaudia/Sieglinde and Leah Cohen, to outright psychopaths, such as Markus.
  • Black Comedy: Leah Cohen accidentally crushing a barn full of cows with a thrown tank, while Stephanie can only apologise sheepishly to the farmer.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • The Übers can survive injuries that would be instantly fatal to unenhanced humans. This is taken to a horrific extreme with Colossus, who has his entire upper body partially melted, his rib cage ripped open, and his whole head split down the middle and stretched apart. His lungs and heart are very clearly destroyed. And he's STILL ALIVE, until the Allies find a way of euthanizing him with an industrial drill.
    • Less horrific, but still unpleasant, are the other side-effects of the Übers' superhuman physiology. They can only have sex with other enhanced humans (after a certain level of strength activation), they have to eat the same sickly nutrient paste for every meal, anaesthetic doesn't work on them, and in some cases exhaustion can cause their disruption halos to fatally overload.
    • Leah Cohen gains strength and speed greater than any other Über after being enhanced into a "heavy battleship". Unfortunately, this has the side effect of turning her into a misshapen, hunchbacked giantess, and a transformation slower and more painful than others.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Hitler repeatedly insults and belittles Siegmund, a nine-foot-tall nigh-invincible superhuman who can kill him with a glance. He even shrieks at him in fury when he quietly points out someone has come to give him an important message. Siegmund does not put up with this, eventually killing him.
    • After finding the escaped Maria, the first thing a Soviet officer does is threaten her with only two non-Über soldiers as backup. She escaped in the first place by obliterating a Soviet gulag, and is already known to be an Über by the authorities, if believed to be a defective one.
    • Duncan repeatedly disparages Leah Cohen's appearance within earshot, and shows absolutely no concern for her comfort or well-being. Just to be clear, Leah Cohen is the fastest, strongest, and most durable living thing on Earth, and if she so chose, she could wade through a nuclear explosion to pop Duncan's head like a pimple.
  • Buxom Is Better: Klaudia/Sieglinde is a tall, beautiful blonde with absurdly large breasts who wears form-fitting black leather. She's extremely popular in Nazi propaganda.
  • Came Back Strong: Played with. Katyusha takes a small sample of Woden's Blood, and appears to die, with blood spurting from her orifices. She later wakes up in a mass grave. Some time later, she develops various strange new abilities...
  • Chekhov's Gun: Alan Turing goes to bed early. That's because he's resting from the effects of the activation process.
  • Child Soldiers: Realistically portrayed; early on, teenage Hitler Youth/Volkssturm members are shown hiding from the advancing Russians in Berlin. The American soldier and potential "battleship" Über Razor is said to be too young to drink.
  • Code Name: Given to particularly powerful Ubers for propaganda purposes and as signs of respect.
    • The three German V1 Battleships are Sieglinde, Siegmund and Siegfried (Hitler's idea because of his enthusiasm for Wagner; a lampshade is hung on the confusing similarity of the names).
    • From His Majesty's Humans: Patrick O'Connor was HMH Colossus, Leah Cohen is HMH Churchill, and Howard is HMH Dunkirk.
    • From the US Enhanced Human Army: Patrick's brother Eamonn is USS Colossus, Vernon Rivers is USS Bluestone, and Freddy Rivers is USS Bravo.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: Klaudia's communications officer walks in on her and Markus having sex. Weeping with shame, she screams at him to get out; Markus continues unfazed.
  • Combo Platter Powers: So far only a small portion of the manual the Germans found has been translated, allowing access to only a small amount of the platter: physical enhancement, halo effect and the Geltmensch illusion effect. So even more combinations are expected.
  • Cool Chair: Katyusha's throne, apparently shaped from a tree and carved with scenes of war.
  • Cool Helmet:
    • The German tank-class Übers wear ornate steel helmets which make them easily recognizable in battle; the British supersoldiers, by contrast, wear ordinary infantry helmets with simple distinguishing markings.
    • The battleship-class Übers wear no helmets, presumably because their immense size leaves no doubt as to what they are. Leah Cohen is an exception, presumably due to the Allies' precaution with their ultimate weapon.
    • German Blitzmenschen have their own unique helmet design.
  • Covers Always Lie: The covers will frequently show the Übers engaged in battles that don't actually occur in those issues.
  • Crippling Over Specialization: Heavy Battleship Leah Cohen is literally crippled by her enhancement, as her pure Heavy-type power set causes severe and agonising deformities. This is not seen in the regular Heavies, implying that the problems only manifest after too many activations of the "physical" type. A workaround is seen with HMH Dunkirk, who is given a single "halo" activation to balance his multiple physical ones. Leah then gets her own halo activation, as well, and is able to move about again.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • Plenty, but among the most prominent examples are Colossus getting twisted into an unrecognizable mass of skinless muscle by Sieglinde, and Sankt getting his face melted off by Markus.
    • Siegmund kills Hitler by melting his mouth shut and fatally distorting a heart valve, causing him to die twitching on the floor like a dog.
    • Adding insult to (fatal) injury, Sieglinde places Churchill's severed head atop the decapitated statue of Nelson in Trafalgar Square.
    • Often the result in battles between Übers, as their superhuman physiology can take an obscene amount of damage before actually dying. The partially-activated Battleship Katyusha Maria leaves behind a garden of flayed and twisted Über corpses after one such fight.
  • Crusading Widow: Sieglinde joined the Über project as a chance to get revenge on the Allies, who left her husband brain-dead in a battle.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Any fight between ordinary soldiers and Übers, or "tank"-level Übers against the much more powerful "battleships", or even when one side just gets the drop on another. In one scene, a German Über is literally curb-stomped to death by three British supersoldiers. The British Heavy Tank-class raids turn into this, as they take advantage of a weakness in Heavies that the defending German Heavy Tank Übers didn't know about.
    • Katyusha dominates her fight against Sieglinde, using her greater halo effect to blast back her foe and stay out of danger.
    • The US army retakes Okinawa rapidly once reinforced with enhanced humans. Even the Japanese foxholes and Uber sentries are worthless when the Americans simply either vaporise the guard, or drill through the side with their halo effect and kill the unsuspecting Japanese.
    • Leah Cohen tears a bloody swath through the Nazi firing line at Calais, with at least one Uber literally squashed under her boot.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The death of Leon for Sieglinde.
  • Darkest Hour: Britain faces this after the failure to stop the Nazi advance at the Battle of Calais, and the death of HMH Dunkirk and the crippling of Leah. Nazi Ubers begin gouging large chunks out of Southern England, with Dover being completely destroyed. Montgomery notes to the War Cabinet that they can expect London to start burning within the week, with few British Uber forces left to stop it and the only real hope left being the U.S bringing their own enhanced strength into play.
  • Dating Catwoman: A subversion, seeing as they're technically on the same side: before departing on her suicide mission, Sieglinde has sex with Siegfried, whom she hates. She refuses to let him kiss her, and tells him, "If it could have been anyone else, it would have".
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Hitler, first by a Geltmensch, then by an altered Goebbels.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Stalin sends 90 Soviet tank-class superhumans against the seemingly unstoppable V1 battleship-class Siegmund. Siegmund loses his arm and flees, but at the cost of most of the Soviet force.
    • Leah Cohen is eventually disabled at Calais, following half an hour of sustained halo fire from Battleship Sieglinde and two Cruiser-class Ubers.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Olesya appears to have been ordered to learn what she can from Maria, then kill her.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: As well as Stupid Jetpack Hitler, deconstructs the common superhero comic depiction of abstract "courage", "will", or "righteousness" as outweighing Super Weight. Go up against a Super Soldier if you aren't one, and you will be rapidly smeared across the landscape.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The closest one the series seems to have is Stephanie, but even she may well die. No appealing character seems safe. Colossus and Winston Churchill are the best examples of this.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • A tragic use of this trope is used when Alan Turing distinguishes the Nazi's genocidal homophobia from 1940s Britain's own anti-gay prejudice, saying he wants to live in a country where wouldn't be "hounded to his grave" for being gay. In real life, while not executed outright, Turing suffered horrible stigmatization and debilitating medical treatments forced upon him by British law and society, driving him to suicide in 1954.
    • Japanese Tank Hideki remarks that he knew he was cursed, as an error in his compatibility test caused the machine to explode. Clearly neither he nor the Japanese know this is a sign of battleship-class potential.
  • Drop Pod: Hitler uses a converted V2 rocket to launch Sieglinde on a one-way mission to London. She survives the crash-landing and begins a rampage across the city.
  • Enfant Terrible: Markus killed his first Jew as a pre-pubescent child, encouraged by his fanatical Nazi mother.
  • Ensemble Cast: The story moves back and forth between the European and Pacific theaters, with separate (often short-lived) main characters in each. Interestingly, the titular Übers are often sidelined as characters by key historical figures like Hitler, Churchill, Stalin and Guderian.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Sieglinde and Siegmund are disgusted by the level of sadisic glee that their fellow Über, Siegfried, takes in his atrocities. After Siegfried single-handedly massacres hundreds of thousands of Soviet POWS on Hitler's orders, Sieglinde notes that if it had been her, she'd have refused.
    • When Anita Scheele, Sankt's assistant in the early Uber projects, finds out Doctor Mengele is assigned to a program to create a new Hitler she balks, protesting that he's a poor choice to run the program. When told the program requires someone with a lack of "moral squeamishness," she scoffs that in that case, he's "overqualified."
  • Everything's Better with Cows: Used for black comedy with a whole barn of unfortunate cows getting crushed when Leah throws a tank to show off her strength. The devastated farmer is thanked for his wartime sacrifice.
  • Eye Beams: The crudest and most common use of the Übers' disruption halos. The tank-class Übers fire webs of blue-white lightning that coalesce on their targets and rip through flesh and armour.
    • The V1 Battleships do the same on a far larger scale, but Siegfried can also manifest actual beams while Siegmund has been shown to generate disruption "rings" that slice opponents like blades.
    • The Blitzmenschen generate halos of far greater range and strength than normal Panzermench, allowing them to sink ships from kilometres away.
    • Katyusha Maria, possibly the first Blitzmensch Battleship, has a halo that can destroy multiple city blocks in a single glance. Her blasts are so powerful that the surrounding wildlife literally drop dead from the electrostatic charge that the halos create as a side-effect.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Stephanie shoots the Über Rudolph Gelt through the eye. This causes his disruption halo to overload, blowing his head apart.
    • Siegfried's signature execution involves him melting his victim's eyes out of their skull. General Sankt winds up on the receiving end of this after defying Hitler.
    • In Über Special #1, it turns out Siegfried has been doing this since before he was enhanced – as a child, he killed a Jew by burning his eyes out with molten lead.
    • Battleship Zero has one eye hanging out of its face, at the end of a long bundle of nerve fibres.
    • Geltmensch Conrad is deprived of his halo effect by having his eyes destroyed.
  • Eyepatch of Power: HMH Dunkirk has a spiffy green one underneath his mask.
  • Food Pills: After their enhancement, Übers can only eat a type of concentrated nutrient paste, as they need constant nourishment to support their massive new bodies. Even when having an official dinner with Hitler, Siegmund has a bowl of the stuff.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • After Siegfried massacres several thousand Soviet prisoners, Heinz Guderian prays to God in the hope that the Russians don't get a monster like him. Then we cut to Katyusha fleeing in the crowd...
    • In the early issues of the series, Siegmund seems to spend a lot of time idly playing around with his disruption halo, making carvings and suchlike. He's practicing to get the precision he needs to silently assassinate Hitler.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: One Über is forced to fight his way through Bletchley Park naked.
  • Framing Device: It appears that the text boxes that appear in the comic are excerpts from a history written after the war. Significant events in Über history such as Sieglinde's crossing of the Rhine are dated and noted, and issue 21 refers to scholarly debate about the war and study of halo architecture.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: The German battleships are outfitted with these as part of a new look.
  • Giant Mook:
    • The British "heavy" Übers are a rare heroic example; they're easily twelve feet tall, far more powerful than the standard tank-class Übers, and are covered in intimidating suits of armour. Unfortunately, they are still completely outclassed by the V1 Battleship class, and the first batch bravely sacrifice themselves trying to defend London from Sieglinde. The Germans soon develop their own Heavies.
    • The Heavy Battleship Leah Cohen is several times the height of a normal human, but her body is a severely deformed and disproportionate slab of muscle.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • The German "Blitzmenschen", who have very powerful Disruption Halo powers but no superstrength/superdurability.
    • Katyusha is this, comparatively speaking. While still super-durable, her body is probably still more fragile when compared to her fellow Battleships due to her higher proportion of Halo activations. But her halo effect is so powerful that she's rarely in danger.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Whenever the supersoldiers activate their Disruption Halo eye beams.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Churchill resists using poison gas and nuclear bombs against the German Übers (although the bomb isn't yet ready at that point, and gas is said to be largely useless against superhumans).
  • Gorn: Even by the standards of Avatar Press, this has some extreme gore. Possibly the nastiest example is Colossus' death by having his arms ripped off, followed by his entire upper body being twisted into a modern-art nightmare, and then finally, five hours later, having an industrial drill pushed through his skull to end his misery. Although there's strong competition from the close-up splash page of Sankt getting his face MELTED off.
  • Green Thumb: Katyusha causes a bed of roses to grow from mud with her halo to make a joke.
  • Handicapped Badass:
    • Katyusha. Turns out that Katyusha Maria's hand has completely regenerated as her Über activation progresses.
    • Siegmund loses an arm in a Soviet ambush, but seals the wound so he can flee and recuperate. He's back on the frontlines before long.
    • HMH Dunkirk aka Howard is missing an eye. Explains why he was designed to be a Heavy Destroyer, without a halo effect.
  • He Who Fights Monsters:
    • Increasingly, the Allies are forced to resort to more brutal and dehumanizing tactics to fend off the Übers. Stephanie in particular was perfectly willing to commit crimes against humanity to maintain her cover as a Nazi scientist.
    • The Allied "heavy" Übers, designed to destroy "tank"-class Übers at close range, are described as literally monstrous to look at. Leah Cohen, the first Heavy Battleship, looks even worse. She is still humanoid, but her limbs and torso are misshapen and horribly disproportionate due to massive muscle growth.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: The German Übers all wear oversized black leather uniforms with various SS-style decorations. Sieglinde's uniform is so form-fitting it practically qualifies as a Spy Catsuit.
  • Heroic Lineage: Über potential is apparently genetic, as both the American O'Connor brothers and Rivers brothers are all potential Battleship-class.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: HMH Dunkirk aka Howard literally throws Leah to safety during the Battle of Calais after temporarily distracting the fake Siegmund. He then gets quickly torn apart by both "Sieglinde" and "Siegmund's" disruption halos as he tries to take them on by himself.
  • High-Pressure Blood:
    • When the Nazi V1 battleship Siegmund gets his arm blown off in battle with the Soviet Übers, his blood pressure is so strong that the wound sprays blood three MILES away. It's surprising he doesn't lose his entire blood supply in ten seconds; rather, he escapes into a forest and cauterizes the wound with his disruption halo.
    • During the Battle of Calais, Leah's right knee is destroyed, leaving her lower leg hanging by a thin strand of flesh. Her arterial spray is strong enough to reach a mile into the sky, alerting a nearby HMH Dunkirk.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Alan Turing is the first historical figure who has been enhanced.
    • General Patton reveals himself to be enhanced when taking out a Geltmensch.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin make prominent appearances, as do various real Nazi generals, Dr Mengele, Alan Turing and even Virginia Woolf. Churchill is even portrayed surprisingly even-handedly, with such characteristics as drunkenly making tactical decisions, talking disparagingly about the British lower classes and battling depression to match his clear heroic leadership. Previously having only a cameo in issue five, Bernard Montgomery replaces Churchill as Stephanie's confidant in issue seventeen.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Hitler, on a power high with his new super soldiers, orders and enjoys the mass slaughter of POWs. He shunned personal participation in atrocities in real life, though probably less due to squeamishness than reasons of Plausible Deniability.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During the Battle of Calais, repeated halo blasts from Siegmund and Sieglinde manage to snap only a single ligament in Leah Cohen's knee. Without the ligament to balance them out, her remaining ultra-strong muscles nearly tear the lower leg clean off.
  • Human Resources: Duncan suggests that if Leah Cohen dies her skeleton could be used to make anti-Uber armour. HMH Dunkirk is disgusted by this.
  • Human Weapon: A key theme of the series. The Übers aren't people, they're weapons of mass destruction, designed and manufactured to order; they even have crews of handlers to relay orders and spot targets for them. At one point, Siegmund advises Sieglinde to think of herself as a weapon to help deal with her guilt.
  • I Am the Noun: After General Sankt denounces Hitler for leading Germany to ruin, Hitler has his new Super Soldier Markus/Siegfried melt off Sankt's face before sneering "I am Germany".
  • Immune to Bullets: The Übers can merrily wade through heavy-caliber gunfire unharmed; in the case of the Battleships Ubers, even anti-tank shells simply bounce off their skin. Doesn't stop the Allied soldiers from repeatedly subjecting them to a Worf Barrage.
  • Insufferable Genius: After Sankt's death, the Nazi generals describe him as this while trying to study his work on the Übers; he was apparently "the kind of genius who needs to let everyone know he's a genius."
  • Jack of All Stats: V1 Battleships. Their sheer power allows them to overwhelm other Ubers of the Tank, Destroyer, and Cruiser classes.
  • Large and In Charge:
    • All superhumans grow at least an extra foot in height, as well as impressive musculature to match. The V1 battleship Übers are noticeably larger than the "tank" class, standing close to nine feet tall. They are also significantly heavier – during the battle for Berlin, Markus/Siegfried is shown crushing a Russian soldier to death simply by stepping on him.
    • Averted with Katyusha, who is at first believed to be a failed Über and remains tiny in stature. In truth she is a Battleship of the blitz/halo type. Even fully completed she's much smaller than normal.
    • The British "heavy" Übers are even bigger than the "battleships", but not as strong. They are much stronger than "tank" Übers, though.
    • Leah Cohen is at least five times taller than a normal person, dwarfing even the standard V1 battleships.
  • Legacy Character: Eamonn O'Connor is named USS Battleship Colossus after his deceased brother, Patrick 'HMH Battleship Colossus' O'Connor.
  • Lie to the Beholder: This is the power of Geltmenschen - their apparent shapeshifting is actually a form of telepathic mind control, and they can be detected by photography.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Übers are superhumanly strong, durable and agile. However, they still need to use conventional vehicles to travel long distances. The Heavy Übers are even faster, and the Heavy Battleship Leah Cohen can run at over 180 miles per hour.
  • Logical Weakness: Geltmensch's main ability is psychic, so they can't deceive cameras.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Katyusha's specialty due to her lesser physical enhancement.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: How the enhancements can appear at times, considering Leah and Battleship Zero's later forms.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Whenever the Übers engage ordinary troops, the latter are inevitably reduced to fountains of blood, severed limbs and shattered bones. The series' artist devotes some truly beautiful splash pages to these gorefests.
  • The Lost Lenore / Woman Scorned: Sieglinde's wartime life is defined by seeking revenge for her lost husband Leon, who was brain-damaged in the war and then killed in the bombing of Dresden.
  • Magic Pants:
    • Most "battleship" Übers are nearly indestructible, but their clothes are just outsized versions of ordinary uniforms. Therefore, during battle they sometimes get stripped almost naked by enemy fire...except for their pants, of course.
    • Averted in Sieglinde #1/2, when Sieglinde fights a tank-class Über for the first time. Her clothes are entirely gone within seconds, as the Über's disruption halo disintegrates them – not that this stops her from tearing him in half with one punch.
  • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Some Übers can only have sex with other Übers, since intercourse with ordinary humans would end badly. Those who don't receive physical enhancements, such as Geltmensch, can still have sex with normal people.
  • Meaningful Name: The German V1 "battleships" take their code-names from characters in Richard Wagner's operatic Ring Cycle (Hitler was a huge Wagner fan in real life).
    • In Über Special #1, Sieglinde discusses the dark significance of her namesake, a tragic heroine who poisons her husband. Her main motivation is guilt over her husband's death in the Allied destruction of Dresden.
    • A Katyusha was a type of Russian rocket artillery. Rather apt nickname for someone who is now a living artillery piece. Maria complains that it's a poor comparison, because she's a precision sniper while Katyusha rockets were notoriously inaccurate.
    • Word of God states that the "battleships" are so named because, like the real-life naval battleships of the war, they are hugely powerful, extremely expensive and inspire fear with their very names.
  • Mercy Kill: Colossus gets one after being horribly mutilated but not killed by Sieglinde. His skull is so tough it takes five hours to pierce it with an industrial drill.
  • Military Superhero: Colossus for the Allies; Sieglinde, Siegfried and Siegmund for the Germans.
  • Mineral Macguffin: Woden's Blood, a red crystalline substance which can be made into a Super Serum. Katyusha Maria can MAKE Woden's Blood, seemingly by using her disruption halo to alter the chemical composition of other substances.
  • Monumental Damage: When the Übers assault Paris, the Allies destroy the Eiffel Tower to deny the Germans using it as a strategic vantage point. Later, Sieglinde destroys Nelson's Column in London at the start of her rampage.
  • Mundane Utility: A Russian scientist discusses how Woden's Blood could be used as an incredibly effective chemical weapon instead of creating superhumans, since it kills most people upon even skin contact. However, the stuff decays quickly when exposed to air, so they can't really deploy it, or afford to waste it.
    • At one point, Sieglinde uses her disruption halo to dye her hair.
    • Siegmund lights a cigarette during an interview with his halo.
    • Stephanie rides Leah Cohen like a horse during a trip to London. Justified in that Cohen can run at 180 mph.
    • Maria's disruption halo can turn soil into a nutritious sweet paste for food, which is edible to both humans and Übers with no ill effects (so far).
    • Scheele uses her halo to sculpt, showing a level of precision which has her put in a program as a surgeon for Übers.
  • Never Gets Drunk: One Über, Lupin Schultz, laments that he barely gets drunk due to his superhuman physiology, despite having just downed seven large steins of beer.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Invoked in a way that whitewashes Germany's real-life War Crimes. Hitler and Siegfried massacre tens of thousands of Soviet POWs to avoid having to feed them. In-story, General Guderian believes that this is a unique event that will lead to a) no one surrendering to them ever again, and b) retaliation against the Nazi POWs currently in Soviet hands. The actual number of Soviet POW killed by the Germans during the war was 3 million (albeit through indirect means including starvation, exposure to the elements, non-existent medical treatment, and over-work), though one can make the argument that Guderian only knew about the deaths of several hundred thousand of these (chiefly the POW his men captured in Barbarossa, Kiev, and Taifun).
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Battleship supersoldiers. It takes 90 tank-class Russian Übers working in concert to even injure Siegmund, and he kills most of them first. Leah Cohen is designed to withstand even Battleships' halos in order to physically engage; one character says offhand that she could probably survive a nuclear explosion.
  • No Endor Holocaust: Averted – the series makes it very clear that the Übers cause massive civilian casualties. Especially when the Nazis begin their "Great Burn" of Europe.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: US enhanced humans stitch designs onto the back of their jackets similar to nose art on warplanes.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • The reaction of ordinary humans who realize they're facing Übers. Usually followed seconds later by an exceptionally bloody death.
    • The American naval commanders, when they figure out that their ships have been destroyed by Japanese Über frogmen.
    • The American tank commander who tries to protect Stephanie, when he sees the Über Rudolph Gelt survive a near hit by a tank shell.
    • Also, the reaction of Siegmund's communications officer when he sees 90 Soviet supersoldiers rise up out of their hiding places.
    • Churchill's reaction when he hears Sieglinde is attacking London: "Oh, balls".
    • Siegfried's face when he sees the scale of Katyusha Maria's halo effect for the first time. It's incredibly satisfying
    • The reaction of the reader (both in-universe and out) of the historical narration in the climax of the Great Burn, as it's revealed that Siegmund and Siegfried have led led a force of Ubers to invade the East Coast of America.
    Narrator: "America at that point had suffered 1/35th of the casualties of the USSR. This would soon change."
  • One-Man Army:
    • The "battleship"-class supersoldiers, such as Sieglinde, Siegmund and Siegfried. Their appearance on the field always ends in the enemy force either retreating or getting completely annihilated. Sieglinde destroys central Paris almost single-handed, then easily demolishes much of London. Siegmund smashes his way through the entire Eastern Front, killing thousands of Soviet soldiers. Siegfried annihilates tens of thousands of Soviet prisoners by looking at them.
    • The Allies later get one of their own in Patrick "H.M.H. Colossus" O'Connor, although he is deployed before he can be fully enhanced, leading to his death at Sieglinde's hands. Thereafter, several potential Allied "battleship" candidates emerge - the American Eamonn O'Connor aka Razor (Colossus' younger brother) and brothers Vernon and Freddie Rivers, the British Leah Cohen, and Russia's "Katyusha" Maria.
    • Maria is perhaps the best example, as she is literally capable of destroying a city single-handed with her halo bombardments.
  • Only Sane Man: General Sankt on the Nazi side; he wants victory but objects to Hitler's growing madness. Does not turn out well for him.
  • Perception Filter: This is apparently how the super-spies work, as they can fool enemies without Shapeshifting. It's for that reason that they can be spotted with cameras, as it doesn't work on reproduced images.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Maria even post-multiple activations retains her diminutive stature, but is well on her way to achieving Battleship-class abilities. She takes on a dozen Soviet tank-class Übers, twice as many human soldiers, and two actual tanks, and wins completely unscathed. When fully activated she gains some height, but even so, she can pass as a normal human unlike every other battleship.
  • Politically Correct History: Averted - the Americans are planning to deliberately withhold full activation from their black battleship potentials, and the British apparently aren't even testing their non-white colonial subjects.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Expected, considering the Nazis are the villains of the story. But even the honourable and likable Anti-Villain Siegmund mocks the idea that a "Jew girl" like Leah could ever have been a threat.
  • Power Incontinence: Katyusha causes an explosion, apparently by accident, when suffering through her transformation.
  • The Power of Hate: A key motivation for several characters. Klaudia/Sieglinde seeks revenge on the Allies for the death of her disabled husband in the Dresden bombings; Markus/Siegfried hates the Jews and other perceived "traitors" who caused Germany to surrender in WW1; Leah Cohen wants to become a Heavy battleship-class Über to wreak revenge on the Nazis for the Holocaust. It emerges that Siegmund's deepest desire was to kill Hitler, thus avenging all his comrades who died in the abortive Nazi invasion of Russia. He succeeds.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Possible if an Über over-exerts themselves.
  • The Quiet One: HMH Dunkirk is noted for his anti-social behaviour in his first appearance.
  • Reality Ensues: The Übers are described as being "like tanks in more than just their power" – like real weapons, they need support and maintenance, and can be worn down by the clever use of weaker forces. More brutally, in a subversion of old superhero tropes, courage and fighting spirit counts for very little against the raw power of the superhumans.
  • Reality Warper: The true power of distortion halos, which can twist matter so precisely that they can kill a man without even breaking his skin.
    • Sieglinde uses her power to dye her hair blonde; she is aware of her importance in propaganda, but peroxide no longer affects her.
    • At Kiev, Katyusha's fully-powered halo turns an entire river to ice and steel, and then creates a massive steel pillar out of thin air. Since she has the greatest halo effect in the world, she can perform such acts as creating Woden's Blood, nutrient paste and roses from other materials.
    • At the other end of the scale, Scheele has such fine control over her halo that she can use it to perform incredibly delicate surgery on living people.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted. Superpowers are used against ordinary humans on a massive scale, to gruesome effect. It's not clear if the Übers have any non-military applications, but the fact that disruption halos can transmute air into solid steel implies they could have some industrial utility...
  • Replacement Goldfish: It's heavily implied that the Nazi leaders are using an Über spy to replace the murdered Hitler and maintain morale. This is later replaced with a more efficient replacement with Goebbels, who has Über plastic surgery to change his appearance.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • Gruesomely demonstrated when one of the British Übers-under-construction decides to show off his superstrength before he's become super durable – when he flexes his muscles they rip themselves right off his skeleton.
    • Patrick "Colossus" O'Connor is deployed to Paris before his battleship enhancement is complete. Thus, while he has the strength and disruption halo of a battleship, he doesn't have the full durability of one. Reality Ensues in bloody fashion when he faces the fully-enhanced Sieglinde.
  • The Reveal: Just as Hitler is celebrating Churchill's death, Siegmund reveals that he is not in fact Werner Frei, the hero of Kursk, but rather an (as yet unnamed) veteran of Stalingrad who blames Hitler for leading Germany to ruin. He melts Hitler's lips shut to stop him calling for help, then kills him in such a way as to make it look like a natural death.
  • Scenery Gorn: The opening section set during the fall of Berlin, and then even more so when we see the results of Hitler unleashing Battleship Sieglinde on Paris and London.
  • See You in Hell: Siegmund (to Hitler): "After everything, I can't possibly believe in a god...but I still hope for a hell."
  • Shapeshifting: The unnamed Über spy in issue #18 appears to be capable of swiftly altering her voice and appearance (or psychically deceiving others) to take the form of various American scientists and officers.
  • Shown Their Work: Gillen wrote a 25,000-word world bible. He notes he was so deep in research that at one point his German friends found him with a map of 1945 Berlin, a pile of Nazi biographies, World At War on TV, and listening to Richard Wagner.
  • Slasher Smile: Siegfried/Markus always has one of these when he kills someone. Even when he made his first kill at the age of twelve.
  • Sliding Scale of Alternate History Plausibility: A strange mixture of Type I and Type X – it's a realistic, carefully-researched portrayal of the bloody final days of World War 2... with armies of bulletproof superhumans.
  • Smug Super: Katyusha enjoys lauding her greater powers over the Russian government, as she at last has control over her life.
  • The Sociopath: Hitler and Markus. The latter slaughters thousand of unarmed POWs with his powers on the former's orders. Sieglinde even refers to Markus as "the little sadist"; he's the only Über who clearly and shamelessly enjoys his work.
  • Spotting the Thread: Stephanie realises that her Tank-Man bodyguard she just seduced sweated after sex. Since they shouldn't perspire after that level of exertion, she realises that he's a German Geltmensch spy, and immediately fetches a pistol.
  • The Stoic:
    • General Sankt is cold, cynical, brilliant and almost totally emotionless. Klaudia/Sieglinde says that "he never managed a particularly convincing impression of a human." Even when facing death, he simply spits out several calm insults at Hitler before having his face melted by Markus/Siegfried.
    • Churchill similarly faces his death at Sieglinde's hands with a stiff upper lip.
  • Stupid Evil: Hitler is this in spades, just as much as in real life. After being granted the last minute lifeline the Über project provided he continued making the same idiotic decisions as IRL.
    • He had hundreds of thousands of Soviet prisoners murdered by Markus out of spite, thus giving the Soviets cause to do the exact same thing to their German prisoners.
    • He has Sankt, the man who spearheaded the entire project and probably the biggest asset he ever had, executed for not allowing him to waste the supersoldiers by spreading them too thin or using them too early.
    • He sent one of his three most powerful supersoldiers (Sieglinde) on a pointless and possibly suicidal attack on London which resulted in little more than Monumental Damage and a dead Churchill, something even he (Churchill) dismisses as just another "old fart".
    • He spent two issues throwing insult after insult at an evidently angry Siegmund for retreating in battle, despite the latter having been overwhelmed by nearly a hundred Soviet Übers. Siegmund actually kills him, though this was already planned long in advance.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Written as a deconstruction of shallower works suggesting that World War II with superheroes and mad science would have been WAY COOL—the Nazis having super weapons or super soldiers is a very bad thing. Having said Stupid Jetpack Science at his disposal also ends VERY poorly for Hitler. He is assassinated by Siegmund, who blames Hitler's mismanagement of the war for the death of his fellow soldiers.
  • Suicide Attack:
    • Some Allied soldiers try to kill Übers by throwing themselves at them while covered in live grenades (it doesn't work). Later, the Japanese "Miyoko" superhumans are sent on deliberate suicide missions to destroy American warships. One Miyoko, who says that he "earnestly desires" to carry out a kamikaze attack, allows himself to keep fighting until exhaustion makes his powers overload fatally.
    • The Soviet Union sends 90 newly-minted superhumans against Battleship Siegmund, despite all evidence suggesting that they won't even break his skin. They manage to sever an arm and force his retreat, but 81 of the original 90 are either killed or severely injured.
    • Sieglinde is launched on a V2 rocket to attack London. None of the Germans, including Sieglinde herself, expect her to survive – she's just required to cause as much devastation as possible before the Allies overwhelm her.
    • Leah Cohen is an aversion; she is almost sent in to counter Sieglinde, despite her superpowers being incomplete. Churchill orders her to hold back in order to avoid a repeat of Colossus' pointless death, despite knowing that this will cost him his life.
  • Super Soldier: The Übers.
  • Super Speed: Leah Cohen is the fastest character in the series, capable of running 200mph even in pain and before being completely enhanced. Sieglinde and HMH Dunkirk also exhibit similar capabilities, but theoretically would be slower than a fully-activated Leah.
  • Super Strength: Every enhanced human that we have seen so far has this power to some degree. The "tank" Übers are strong enough to punch through walls and dismember normal humans; the "battleships" can casually fling actual tanks around. Leah Cohen is the strongest of all, and at full power should be able to tear "normal" Battleships apart with her bare hands; during tests, she throws a tank twenty miles when she tries her hardest.
  • Super Weight: The "tank" Übers are Level 3: they have moderate super-strength, cannot be killed by anything less than an anti-tank missile, and fire "disruption halo" Eye Beams powerful enough to melt tank armor at close range. The rarer "battleship" Übers are easily Level 4: they're nigh-invincible, can tear tank-class Übers apart with their bare hands, and their eye beams can demolish entire buildings from thousands of yards away. "Cruiser" and "Destroyer" class Übers are later developed, with greater strength and halo powers than "tanks" but less than "battleships"; they're midway between 3 and 4.
  • Superhero Speciation:
    • Both the Allies and Axis begin deploying teams of Tank-class Ubers with a mix of power-sets: Heavy (physical activation), Blitzmensch (halo activation) and the original V1 (a mixture of both). Each type has an advantage against another, and the use of all three covers each other's weaknesses.
    • Averted among the German battleships. All are V1 Battleships because they were created before the Heavy and Blitzmensch methods were discovered.
  • Superpower Lottery:
    • Only 1 in 5,000 humans can be enhanced safely, and even fewer can be transformed into "battleship" Übers. Only a handful of characters have been capable of reaching "battleship" level – Siegfried, Sieglinde, Siegmund, Colossus, Razor, Maria, Leah Cohen and Vernon and Freddie Rivers.
    • Leah Cohen becomes physically stronger than any of the V1 battleship-class Übers when her transformation is complete. Unfortunately, the process leaves her severely deformed, with a normal-sized head atop a massive hunchbacked body.
    • Maria possesses the strongest halo effect in the world, as she is a Battleship level Blitzmensch. She manages to effortlessly defeat Sieglinde, cementing her as potentially the most powerful Über in the world until someone develops a tactic or powers to counter her.
  • Superpower Meltdown: Possible if a Tank-class Über is shot in the eye as he is charging his Eye Beams. Übers can also spontaneously explode if they use their disruption halos for too long without rest.
  • Superpower Russian Roulette: An unusually literal example. Stalin forces his soldiers to take Woden's Blood without testing them, causing 420,000 to die and empowering only about one hundred.
  • Super Toughness: After a few physical enhancements an Über can easily withstand bullets. Battleships can endure naval shell bombardments. Leah Cohen seems nigh-invulnerable, requiring a focused application of the halo effect for several minutes to even break her skin; she's dropped several miles from a plane with no parachute, and survives without a scratch.
  • Surgical Impersonation: Josef Goebbels has the Über surgeon Scheele use her disruption halo to reshape his features into Hitler's, to provide a permanent replacement after Hitler's death, as Geltmenschen can't appear on film.
  • Special Person, Normal Name: HMH Dunkirk is introduced as the first British Destroyer-class, a mystery to his comrades and capable of wiping out an entire outpost of German Ubers on his own. His real name is Howard.
  • Swiss Army Superpower: With enough power and control, the halo effect can shape and transform material, allowing transubstantiation, sculpture etc.
  • Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors:
    • The different classes of Übers balance one another out to some degree. The agile Panzermensch can quickly destroy the frail Blitzmensch; the super-strong Heavies make mincemeat of Panzermensch; and the Blitzmensch's long-range power allows them to easily counter the Heavies.
    • Of course, Battleship Übers can annihilate all the lesser classes with ease, cutting through any deadlock.
    • A similar trinity is expected between standard battleships and specialised specimens like Leah Cohen and Katyusha. Katyusha Maria, a Blitz-type Battleship, easily defeats the Panzer-type Sieglinde, which upsets the equation. However, this is complicated by Maria's unique nature; her strength and durability are also enhanced, which suggests she is not a pure Blitzmensch. Furthermore, her blood test's spectacular result implies that her halo is vastly more powerful than a normal Battleship, making her the most powerful Über in the series.
    • The equation is no longer as simple, due to a combination of tactics and activation stacking. Leah Cohen has trouble defeating two Cruisers armed with 4 physical and 8 halo activations, as they were fast enough to evade her attacks while wearing her down with powerful halo blasts.
  • Taking You with Me: It is repeatedly stated that the Nazis have no chance of actually winning the war, having suffered so much economic damage before the Übers emerged. Nonetheless, the sheer power of the Übers and their rapid proliferation among the warring nations ensures that the war will escalate to even more catastrophic proportions.
  • Tanks for Nothing: The "tank" Übers cut through actual tanks with ease, and the "battleships" can shrug off direct hits from tank shells without even flinching.
  • There Is Another: Patrick O'Connor aka H.M.H. Colossus has a brother, Eamonn "Razor" O'Connor. His test reveals that he is also a potential Battleship.
  • Throw-Away Country: The Germans pretty much destroy the whole of Belgium as the first stage of their "Great Burn".
  • Training from Hell: Parodied when Maria sternly orders her training candidates to do press ups, then admits that she's just messing with them.
  • Two-Faced: Sieglinde after her fight against Katyusha.
  • Übermensch: Surprisingly averted. Despite their power, the Übers generally tend to obey orders and maintain their pre-enhancement moral codes. Katyusha goes rogue and Siegmund decides to turn on Hitler, but these acts seem entirely consistent with their behavior prior to enhancement.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Stephanie seems to change the story of her "first memory" every time she tells it.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • Siegfried. While Siegmund and Sieglinde are capable of more delicate use of their Halo Effect, Siegfried is only ever seen using his brutally against straightforward problems and weaker opponents.
    • Leah Cohen has no halo effect, but in theory is strong and durable enough that it should not matter.
  • Walking Spoiler: Siegmund is the first Über traitor and assassinates Hitler.
  • War Is Hell: And it can only get worse.
  • Was Once a Man:
    • The appearances of the new heavy-class Übers are a shock to the scientists who develop them. Glimpses through their armor show normal human body proportions, scaled up to ridiculous size and incredibly muscled. The "heavy battleship" Leah Cohen, on the other hand, looks like a monstrous cross between a giant pink gorilla and Popeye. What makes this especially tragic is that she was warned of the possible deformities, but decided to proceed with the transformation in order to bring the Nazis to justice for their atrocities.
    • A flashback reveals that Battleship Zero, the first attempt at activating a Battleship-potential human, looked even WORSE. It is so misshapen that its original gender is impossible to determine. Massive legless slug-like body bursting with huge tumour-like growths, sword-like claws, and a face looks like it has partially melted down into its neck. At least Leah Cohen is still humanoid and symmetrical. Zero looks like the unholy love child of Jabba the Hutt and a Resident Evil Tyrant.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Battleship-class disruption halos can be this. When Sieglinde attacks London, her halo creates an explosion that looks to be about a thousand feet across, instantly demolishing Downing Street. Katyusha's deployment at Kursk is even more spectacular, with a single blast reducing several city blocks to a crater of glass, wiping out a German army group in the process.
  • We Have Reserves: Stalin's approach to developing superhumans. We don't have time to test hundreds of soldiers to see which of them is capable of adjusting to super-serum! Just give it to all of the soldiers that surrendered at Berlin and we'll get a few Übers, even if 4,999 out of every 5,000 die after instantly spraying blood from all their orifices.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Anita Scheele, Sankt's assistant, is nothing more than a standard tank-class. But her familiarity with the Über program and opportunity to safely practice has given her the greatest halo effect control seen so far, allowing her to perform plastic surgery with her power.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Heavy Übers turn out to have relatively weak knee joints, to the point where they are rendered utterly helpless if their knees are knocked out. It still requires the strength of another Heavy to destroy their joints, however.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Issue #11, without a doubt. Both Winston Churchill and Hitler have been killed by Sieglinde and Siegmund, respectively.
    • Issue #17 does it, too. After meeting with Montgomery in a hotel room, Stephanie informs him that she believes that the Nazis have created an Über designed to be the perfect field agent after determining that the German's are copying her research. As a result, any Übers that the Allies have made can now be made by the Axis. As if that's not enough, Montgomery unveils an entirely new revelation explained by the presence of super-spies.
    Montgomery: The atomic bomb, girl. It'll explain what happened to the atomic bomb.
    • Issue #26 reveals that the Nazis have acquired a fourth Battleship-class Uber, allowing them to win the Battle of Calais and disable the Heavy Battleship Leah Cohen.
    • Issue #27 delivers in a shocking season 1 finale. It's revealed that the "Siegmund" and "Sieglinde" operating during the Battle of Calais and throughout the Great Burn were just disguised Nazi Cruiser-class Ubers. The "fourth" Nazi Battleship at Calais was the real Sieglinde, whose fight against Katyusha has left her unable to walk, but with her Battleship-class halo effect still intact. This was all part of an even grander ploy, with the further revelation that Siegmund and Siegfried have led a considerable force of Ubers by submarine in an invasion of the United States of America.
  • Wham Line:
    Siegmund: "I wasn't at the first battle of Kursk. I don't know who this Werner man was, but he isn't me."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: A minor subplot early in the first issue – the efforts of a group of Berlin survivors to surrender to the Soviets – ends abruptly once Sieglinde opens fire. Perhaps the survivors all died in the onslaught; they're never seen or mentioned again.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Leah's ability to jump from a plane without a parachute and act as a kinetic weapon is a big part of her proposed tactics. Unfortunately she's afraid of heights.
  • Wild Card: Katyusha becomes this due to her hatred of Stalin and being abused by the Soviet military, first for retreating against orders, and then for apparently being a "failed" Über. Weeks later, she escapes her gulag after suddenly suddenly unleashing a massive disruption halo explosion, and displaying what seems to be the spontaneous generation of Woden's Blood. This alone makes her one of the most important players in the new war.
  • You Cannot Kill An Idea: After assuming his identity, Goebbels notes that Hitler is more useful as an idea than a leader.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The moment when General Sankt discovers that he's just another Decoy Protagonist.
  • Your Head A Splode: Übers who use their disruption halos for too long without rest risk a gory cranium-splitting self-destruct. Rudolph Gelt suffers this when Stephanie shoots him through the eyeball.
  • Your Size May Vary: Very noticeable due to the Art Evolution from artist to artist. Initially, the Tank Ubers are shown as being towering giants that dwarf ordinary humans, while the Battleships are even more gigantic, and the Heavies are colossal monsters as big as actual tanks. However, later issues make the Tank Ubers somewhat smaller, and the size mismatch between Tanks and Heavies seems to change a lot from issue to issue.

Win? No, it's too late for that. We can't ever win. We can just ensure everybody loses.