Uber is returning and Avatar are
running a Kickstarter to Support it. Don’t know about Uber? The video
above basically explains it, but the core of it is Uber is a
serious-mode alternate-history superhero comic that tries to explore
the ramifications of Germany having invented an army of superhumans
right at the close of the war. It’s primarily a
Germany-Invents-The-Bomb story, but through a metaphorical filter. We
did five trades of material previously, and are coming back to finish
the story with a whole second volume.
Lots more details beneath the cut,
including a look through the various incentives and a FAQ…
Let’s start with a couple of quotes
from people who like Uber.
“Situating the superhuman in its only
credible real-life context, UBER gives us an appallingly logical and
brilliantly-imagined world where the Third Reich’s science lived up
to its rhetoric. In a carefully-realized geopolitical landscape, the
giant names of the Second World War act out their revised destinies
to jaw-dropping and spectacular effect, with Kieron Gillen right at
the top of his dazzling form and his artistic collaborators expertly
embellishing the vast historical canvas he’s prepared for them.
Making fifteen-foot-tall invulnerable monsters with reality-warping
psychic abilities seem as acceptable and grimly inevitable in its
alternate timeline as nuclear weapons came to seem in ours, UBER is
simply the most compelling, addictive and ambitious ongoing
comic-book series that I have seen in years. Unless you happen to be
made of vapour, it will grip you and refuse to let you go.“
- Alan Moore.
"If you find yourself
transfixed by history and its horrors—if you want to surrender to
revulsion and catharsis—if you want to shed all triggers, all
defenses, all sensitivities, and let something touch the absolute raw
screaming nerve in you—
UBER is waiting.”
…Which is all very kind. People have
interesting responses to Uber. I recall speaking to Matt Fraction
shortly after he’d read some of it, and he was trying to understand
how my brain didn’t just snap when I switched between writing Young
Avengers and writing Uber. He has a point. I can’t think of many two
books in the same genre that are tonally that far apart – and none
that are written by the same person. I wouldn’t recommend it.
I’ll put a warning here though. Uber
really is a brutal book. I don’t consider it gratuitous, but it tries
to invoke much of World War 2. You should consider basically any of
the major trigger warnings attached to it. It has serious intent, and
I tried to think the choices through, but it is basically a scream.
There’s a line I regularly use about
Uber: I hope you find it compelling and fascinating. I hope you don’t
It’s primarily a book about war.
It’s secondarily a book about horror. Most other concerns are tertiary.
It’s also a book that definitely gets a
lot less attention than many of the things I write, for obvious
reasons. UBER: INVASION was at least in part conceived as a clean
entry point to jump aboard, but one of the good things about the
kickstarter is that Avatar are offering a variety of ways to catch up
with the story so far in an inexpensive fashion. You can get the
whole of the series digitally for $29, for example, including the
first two issues of the next series. You can get the whole series in
trade in a fancy-slip-case, plus a bunch of other stuff for well
Anyway – go have a nose at the
Kickstarter and see if there’s anything which appeals, or at least
watch the video of me wandering around. Thanks to Quinns for filming
me too. He’s a hero.
Here’s a FAQ…
Wait – Avatar is a proper company.
This isn’t really what Kickstarter was meant for, is it?
I agree, at least
originally. But Kickstarter has undergone feature creep. It’s used
for a bunch of stuff now. On a personal level, I mainly buy boardgame
and miniature stuff from pre-existing companies with a good record of
shipping and basically acts like a glorified pre-order system. Plus
marketing – Kickstarter has become something that’s often about
In this case, I
see what Avatar doing is more akin to that. Between them and their
sub-labels, they’ve already ran twelve kickstarters I can find. They
are raising funds for production, but they do so by providing
opportunities to buy stuff while also making people aware a new
series is coming.
In the case of
this kickstarter, they’re basically doing two things…
covers for the high-end ultra-rare covers collector market.
people with ways to try Uber stuff in an inexpensive manner.
The people who
want the former category know who they are – they’d normally be
buying deals like this at a con, but now they’re essentially buying
it direct. It’s something that is core to Avatar’s business model.
The two deals
which stand out for the latter are the $29 Digital Defender package
and the $89 Backbone of America Package. The former is the cheapest
way you can get to read the whole of the first volume of Uber in
digital, plus the first two issues of the next one. The second one is
way beneath the RRP of the whole series just for the five trades, not
even including the issues of Invasion, the free-T-shirts, and the
very lovely slipcase. I understand that’s nearly $300 worth of stuff.
this Kickstarter Avatar is offering competitive deals as a way to
raise funds for an expensive project they’re already enormously
committed to. I raised my eyebrow originally when Avatar suggested
this, but when I saw what they wanted to offer people, I felt I could
I want people to
have easy ways to get into Uber, and this is the easiest way ever.
If there’s nothing
in here which appeals to you and you just want to wait for the series
to launch? That’s obviously cool too.
Shipping outside the USA?
the charges are pretty hefty outside the USA, but free within the USA. If you
want to support outside the USA, the digital-only categories are
probably the place to look.
How much have you actually done?
I’m about to hand
in issue 7, and Daniel is approaching the end of issue 5. As I said,
Avatar have really committed to this.
What about more questions?
Ask me stuff and
I’ll cut and paste them into this masterpost as I do so.