2nd October 2013
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The start of the second arc of Uber. The following six issues basically move between three theaters, each forming a two issue short story. This one is about Okinawa in the Pacific theatre. If you’re looking to jump aboard, this would be a good place to do so, especially as the hardback collection is out next week.
The cover above is the wrap-around one, but there’s a bunch of them. Other covers can be found here.
Approaching the end of the Secret Origin Of Tony Stark, we have our final Godkiller adventures and some time back on Earth. This is the penultimate issue of the story, all heading towards our climax.
Buy online here.
4th September 2013
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Wednesday comics day!
The final confrontation between 451 and Tony, with Carlo Pagulayan on art. Good to finally get a proper Iron Man action sequence, but the important confrontation is… oh, you’ll see.
Preview here. Buy from your local shop or online.
Meanwhile, miles away from all that…
Last issue in the first arc of Uber. Only available in shops.
In short: the first superhuman conflict of the war.
31st July 2013
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Uber 4 is out today, the penultimate episode of our first arc. The Allies try and make a counter as the German Battleships threaten Paris, in short.
As always, there’s a bunch of alternate covers, which you can see here. In fact, this is one of them.
Hope you find it interesting.
5th June 2013
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The big “this is what’s going on” issue in my SECRET ORIGIN OF IRON MAN. Oddly enough, I finished my first draft of issue 17 just now, which is the end of the epic and sets us up for Year 2. I’m able to look at the whole thing and smile. It’s an enormous story for Tony. And despite the fact I can already see some people getting angry about it, I think they’ll be talked around by its end.
Oh – first review I’ve seen, which is highly positive and spoiler free.
Available to buy digitally here.
And issue 2 of Uber, where Stephanie continues her attempt to escape Germany with the secrets of the Ubers and lots of men stand around maps, prodding them meaningfully. This is what we do.
14th May 2013
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But before we dive in, there’s an article about UBER over on USA Today, wherein I say things like…
“As a writer, I might tend to be more interested in why people do bad things than why people do good things. It’s why people are led down horrific moral paths and all the different reasons for that.”
And you can read the rest here. There’s a preview for Issue 2 in there too.
5th January 2013
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Last night news broke on Bleeding Cool about the oft-teased Avatar Project 2. It’s called Über. There’s more art in the post.
We’re starting with a $3.99 double-sized (44 pages of comics) issue 0 in April. Just to front load an essential piece of buying info, y’know?
Despite that I’ve been calling it Avatar Project 2 in blog posts, it was actually Avatar Project 1. THE HEAT came later. William approached me in 2008, right at the start of my career, and talked about doing some work for him. He had some core ideas that he thought would work well as Avatar books and thought I’d suit one. The core of this was basically “Germany invents superheroes in WW2, prompting an arms race between them and the allies. Deal with any and all of the genuinely horrific stuff.”
So I went away, worked out whether I had anything to say, decided I did, went and did my research and then came back with a 25,000 word series bible planning out the whole thing.
I’ll be talking about its ideas as we progress, but I wanted to do a war comic with almost none of the genre tropes. There isn’t a single raised eyebrow. This is done entirely straight, made with the leap of faith that you can say something serious about the worst conflict in human history via the genre.
It’s serious work. It’s obviously phenomenally violent. It’s written with the sense of moral outrage that WW2 has to provoke. I’m angry when I’m writing it. I can’t write about WW2 without being angry. Since I conceived it, I find myself thinking about reviewers who say I seem to be more interested in villains than heroes in my work. I suspect Über will provide more fuel for that particular argument.
As I said, I’ve tried to purge the majority of the tropes of the genre. This is a book that, if you run with its assumptions, takes itself seriously. It’s a book that is more concerned with large scale strategy and economic production. Technological advancement and R&D is key. The heroism tends to be desperate and futile. A tradition of the genre is that a weaker hero will overcome a stronger one. There’s none of that here, any more than a tank is anything but a target when a gunship pops over the horizon. It switches between those decisions between men poring over maps and the lives they’re ending as they push pieces around the board. As the size of the bible suggests, the world building is considerable and the plan is complete. I could end the series at any point by going into a documentary-style comic. While the title shows that the Wunderwaffen of the Germans precipitate the situation, this uses all the major players and all the major theatres. So far I’ve written everyone from Churchill to Hitler, from Guderian to Turing. Its scope is large, to say the least.
It’s overthought. It strives to be credible. It’s as ethical as I can make it. It’s dark as hell. I think it’s good.
I wrote the issue 0 in 2008 (If you remember this blogpost, this was me planning the issues’ structure). Caanan had to work on other projects for a couple of years, before returning last year. There’s now 7 issues worth of comics in the can (0-5) and I’m starting writing issue 10 next week. I’d be surprised if it was less than 30 issues. It’s openly strange for something that I conceived so long ago to come to light, but part of me thinks it may make a lot of sense.
Über is out in April with a double-sized issue 0 for $3.99.