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Uber is not a book that I would normally be drawn towards. Typically the Avatar books stance on no limit content has books delving towards violence and sex in a way that detracts from the narrative. While sex and violence can be perfectly fine as narrative tools, I can’t help but think there is a quota in regards to how much of each an Avatar issue must contain. Again, not my cup of tea when it comes to my pull box contents. There has been some excitement for Uber and I wanted to check out what Kieron Gillen had created that was making waves for an Avatar book.
Uber is set in the last moments of World War II for the fighting in Europe. Germany is on it’s last legs as the Soviets close in. Only this time around, Germany has found a way to turn soldiers into the machinery of war. Through identifying genetic mutations the German war machine attempts to breath life back into their Nazi Reich.
Throughout the book is it clear that Gillen has a solid grasp on the dates/times/events of World War II. Gillen’s afterword points to an initial 25,000 word treatment for the title and it shows. The enormous amount of research and information Gillen has packed into the first issue is probably the biggest detractor for me. Panels lose a bit of flow as they need to jump quickly through the story Gillen wants to tell in order to fit into the already over-sized issue. The story is there but I found myself routinely re-reading previous panels to see how the story progressed in the manner that it did. The fast paced narrative has also left me with a small pool of characters to be curious about (well one character, Dr. Bergen).
Overall I think Uber would benefit from a slower pace in the narrative. It is clear Gillen has a big story to tell with this book and I would love to see it told over a few extra issues rather than condensed a bit at the cost of the narrative flow. Though I am not an avid Avatar reader.
Let me know what you think! Did you find similar issues with this book? What did you enjoy about Uber?