Uber 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".
This comic contains examples of:
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 Ubers.
And I Must Scream: In a literal sense, although it's over more quickly than most Siegmund melts Hitler's mouth shut to stop him from screaming while he ruptures his heart inside his chest.
Anti-Hero: Stephanie takes part in brutal experiments as part of being undercover in the German Uber 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 Uber.
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 Ubers. However, the British outfit their heavy Ubers with ablative armor that can protect them from the disruption halos of German tank-class Ubers.
Their ablative armor still proves totally useless against Sieglinde.
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. Also 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 Uber Special #1, General Walther Wenck (who survived the war in real life) does this when he realizes that the Ubers' intervention will prolong the war.
Back from the Dead: Adolf Hitler seemingly comes back almost immediately after being pronounced dead.
Badass Army: The Nazi "panzermensch" brigades, the Japanese "Miyoko" and, later, the British "His Majesty's Humans". The Soviets apparently call their Ubers "shock workers".
Badass Gay: Played straight with Alan Turing, who in real life was persecuted for his homosexuality.
Possibly 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.
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.
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 Ubers 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 Ubers, and Soviet soldiers are depicted raping and killing German civilians. On the personal level, the individual Ubers 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.
Stalin predictably muddies the moral waters still, not hesitating having half a million Soviet troops killed in order to get less than a hundred Tank class Ubers as fast as possible, whom end up gaining the allies' first victory against a Battleship class Uber.
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-Uber soldiers as backup. Note that Maria escaped in the first place by obliterating a Soviet gulag, and is already known to be an Uber by the authorities.
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...
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" Uber Razor is said to be too young to drink.
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.
Cool Helmet: The German tank-class Ubers 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 Ubers wear no helmets, presumably because their immense size leaves no doubt as to what they are.
Covers Always Lie: The covers will frequently show the Ubers engaged in battles that don't actually occur in those issues.
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 rupturing his heart, causing the Fόhrer 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 Ubers, 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 Uber corpses after one such fight.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Any fight between ordinary soldiers and Ubers, or "tank"-level Ubers against the much more powerful "battleships". In one scene, a German Uber is literally curb-stomped to death by three British supersoldiers.
Cursed with Awesome / Blessed with Suck: The Ubers 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 Ubers' superhuman physiology. They can only have sex with other enhanced humans, have to eat the same sickly nutrient paste for every meal, and in some cases exhaustion can cause their disruption halos to fatally overload.
Leah Cohen gains strength and speed greater than any other Uber after being enhanced into a "heavy battleship". Unfortunately, this has the side effect of turning her into a misshapen, hunchbacked giantess.
Crusading Widow: Sieglinde join the Uber project as a chance to get revenge on the Allies, who left her husband brain-dead in a battle.
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".
Death of a Thousand Cuts: Averted. Stalin sends 90 Soviet tank-class superhumans against the seemingly unstoppable battleship-class Siegmund. Siegmund loses his arm and flees, but at the cost of most of the Soviet force.
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 was driven to suicide by the horrible stigmatization and debilitating medical treatments forced upon him by British law and society.
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 Ubers are often sidelined as characters by key historical figures like Hitler, Churchill, Stalin and Guderian.
Eye Beams: The crudest and most common use of the "battleships'" disruption halos. The tank-class Ubers fire webs of blue lightning that coalesce on their targets. The 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.
Eye Scream: Stephanie shoots the Uber 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 Uber 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.
Food Pills: After their enhancement, Ubers 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.
Giant Mook: The British "heavy" Ubers are a rare heroic example; they're easily twelve feet tall, far more powerful than the standard tank-class Ubers, and are covered in intimidating suits of armour. Unfortunately, they are still completely outclassed by the Battleship class, and the first batch bravely sacrifice themselves trying to defend London from Sieglinde.
The new Heavy Battleship Leah Cohen is three times the height of a normal human, but her body is a severely deformed and disproportionate slab of muscle. And her transformation is still incomplete.
Glass Cannon: The German "Blitzmenschen", who have very powerful Disruption Halo powers but no superstrength/superdurability.
Godzilla Threshold: Churchill resists using poison gas and nuclear bombs against the German Ubers (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 and Body Horror. 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.
Turns out that Katyusha Maria's hand has completely regenerated as her Uber activation progresses.
He Who Fights Monsters: Increasingly, the Allies are forced to resort to more brutal and dehumanizing tactics to fend off the Ubers. Stephanie in particular was perfectly willing to commit crimes against humanity to maintain her cover as a Nazi scientist.
The Allied "heavy" Ubers, designed to destroy "tank"-class Ubers at close range, are quite 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 Ubers 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.
High-Pressure Blood: When the Nazi battleship Siegmund gets his arm blown off in battle with the Soviet Ubers, 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.
Historical-Domain Character: Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin make prominent appearances, as do various real Nazi generals, 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.
Human Weapon: A key theme of the series. The Ubers 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.
Immune to Bullets / Shooting Superman: The Ubers can merrily wade through heavy-caliber gunfire unharmed; in the case of the "battleships", even tank shells simply bounce off their skin. Doesn't stop the Allied soldiers 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 Ubers; he was apparently "the kind of genius who needs to let everyone know he's a genius."
Large and in Charge: All superhumans grow at least an extra foot in height, as well as impressive musculature to match. The "battleship" Ubers 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 proves to be a failed Uber and remains tiny and unpowered. It is now all but confirmed that she is a potential Battleship, and was only partially activated. It remains to be seen whether she will achieve the immense size of the other Battleships.
The British "heavy" Ubers are even bigger than the "battleships", but not as strong. They are said to be much stronger than "tank" Ubers, though.
Lightning Bruiser: The Ubers are superhumanly strong, durable and agile. However, they still need to use conventional vehicles to travel long distances. The new Heavy Ubers are purportedly even faster, and the Heavy Battleship Leah Cohen can run at 180 miles per hour while carrying a human.
Ludicrous Gibs: Whenever the Ubers engage ordinary troops, the latter are inevitably reduced to fountains of gore, severed limbs and shattered bones. The series' artist devotes some truly beautiful splash pages to these gorefests.
The Lost Lenore: 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: The "battleship" Ubers 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 Uber for the first time. Her clothes are entirely gone within seconds, as the Uber's disruption halo disintegrates them not that this stops her from tearing him in half with one punch.
Meaningful Name: The German "battleships" take their code-names from characters in Richard Wagner's operatic Ring Cycle (Hitler was a huge Wagner fan in real life).
In Uber 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 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 Ubers 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 afford to waste it.
At one point, Sieglinde uses her disruption halo to dye her hair.
Siegmund lights a cigarette during an interview.
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 literally turn soil into a nutritious sweet paste for food, which is edible to both humans and Ubers with no ill effects (so far).
Name's the Same: Colossus, who names himself after the codebreaking computer.
Never Gets Drunk: One Uber, 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: From the Nazi perspective, at least. Hitler and Siegfried massacre tens of thousands of Soviet POWs to avoid having to feed them. General Guderian angrily points out that this will lead to a) no one surrendering to them ever again, and b) retaliation against the Nazi POWs currently in Soviet hands.
Nigh Invulnerable: Battleship supersoldiers. It takes 90 tank-class Russian Ubers working in concert to even injure Siegmund, and he kills most of them first.
No Endor Holocaust: Averted the series makes it very clear that the Ubers cause massive civilian casualties.
Oh Crap: The reaction of ordinary humans who realize they're facing Ubers. 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 Uber frogmen.
The American tank commander who tries to protect Stephanie, when he sees the Uber Rudolph Gelt survive being 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".
One-Man Army/Person of Mass Destruction/Physical God: 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, two potential Allied "battleship" candidates emerge the American Razor and the British Leah Cohen.
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.
Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Maria is still not fully activated and retains her diminutive stature, but is well on her way to achieving Battleship-class abilities. She takes on a dozen Soviet tank-class Ubers, twice as many human soldiers, and two actual tanks. Guess who wins completely unscathed?
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 battleship-class Uber 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.
Reality Ensues: The Ubers 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. At one point, Katyusha uses hers to instantly process soil into edible paste.
Sieglinde uses her power to dye her hair blonde; she is aware of her importance in propaganda, but peroxide no longer affects her.
Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted. Superpowers are used against ordinary humans on a massive scale, to gruesome effect. It's not clear if the Ubers have any non-military applications, however.
Required Secondary Powers: Gruesomely demonstrated when one of the British Ubers-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.
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.
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 Uber who clearly and shamelessly enjoys his work.
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.
Stupid Evil: Hitler is this in spades, just as much as in real life. After being granted the last minute lifeline the Uber 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 Ubers. 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.
Also having said Stupid Jetpack Science at his disposal 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 Ubers 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 Weight: The "tank" Ubers 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" Ubers are easily Level 4: they're nigh-invincible, can tear tank-class Ubers apart with their bare hands, and their eye beams can demolish entire buildings from thousands of yards away. "Heavy" class Ubers are developed by the British, sacrificing battleships' halo effect and more human appearance for extreme physical strength; they're midway between 3 and 4.
Siegmund and Sieglinde have also demonstrated more creative uses for their halos that approach Reality Warping Sieglinde builds a bridge across the Rhine by twisting the landscape, while Siegmund carves ornaments with extreme precision. Siegmund eventually learns to use his halo with such precision that he can give Hitler a fatal heart attack without even breaking his skin.
Leah Cohen, the first "Heavy Battleship", is likely to possess physical strength far beyond the other battleships, although she has no disruption halo.
No one is yet sure where Katyusha fits in. It is implied that she is actually a potential Battleship-class Uber, but was not properly activated due to the Soviets being denied the necessary knowledge. This is now all but confirmed, as she easily wipes out a small force of Tank-class Ubers sent to attack her.
Superpower Lottery: Only 1 in 5,000 humans can be enhanced safely, and even fewer can be transformed into "battleship" Ubers. As of issue #10, only six named characters have been capable of reaching "battleship" level Siegfried, Sieglinde, Siegmund, Colossus, Razor, and Leah Cohen. Katyusha Maria has also received a strange and unique power-set, including apparently creating Woden's Blood.
Leah Cohen will probably be physically stronger than any of the V1 battleship-class Ubers when her transformation is complete. Unfortunately, the process has left her severely deformed, with a normal-sized head atop a massive hunchbacked body.
Superpower Meltdown: Possible if a Tank-class Uber is shot in the eye as he is charging his Eye Beams. Ubers 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 Strength: Every enhanced human that we have seen so far has this power to some degree. The "tank" Ubers are strong enough to punch through walls and dismember normal humans; the "battleships" can casually fling actual tanks around.
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 Ubers emerged. Nonetheless, the sheer power of the Ubers and their rapid proliferation among the warring nations ensures that the war will escalate to even more catastrophic proportions.
Tanks for Nothing: The "tank" Ubers 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, Eammon aka Razor, fighting in the Pacific theatre. So the Allies have found another soldier who may be able to become as powerful.
άbermensch: Surprisingly averted. Despite their power, the Ubers 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 or more delicate use of their Halo Effect, Siegfried is only ever seen using his brutally against problems and weaker opponents.
Was Once a Man: The appearances of the new heavy-class Ubers 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.
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 Ubers, even if 4,999 out of every 5,000 die after instantly spraying blood from all their orifices!
Wham Episode: Issue #11, without a doubt. Both Winston Churchill and Hitler have been killed by Sieglinde and Siegmund, respectively.
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.
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" Uber. 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.