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 "ubermenschen" save Hitler's regime from certain collapse, fundamentally changing the nature of warfare in the process. Unable to defeat the Ubers 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. Uber
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".
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Win? No, it's too late for that. We can't ever win. We can just ensure everybody loses.