|UBER No. 22, January 2015|
Having imbued his narrative with so dynamically charged an opening pace, Kieron Gillen’s decision to then populate the rest of this poorly-selling periodical with little more than a carousel of fleeting glimpses as to how the war effort is affecting the Third Reich and Soviet Union proves a decidedly uninspiring one. Certainly many of this comic’s 5,915 readers must surely have felt somewhat cheated by Russian Battleship Maria Andreevna’s disheartening decree that she would not cross the Bug River but instead simply feed “those who come to me” in Kiev and “make the red muck for… [General Zhukov] to make more brave soldiers of the Soviet Union”. And what about the Stafford-born writer’s bizarre plot twist of having Goebbels' face ‘sculpted’ into that of the Fuhrer by Anita Scheele simply so the Reich Minister of Propaganda can replace Sank’s third activated superspy as a ‘resuscitated’ Adolf Hitler? Is it any wonder after such a tiring and somewhat tediously lack-lustre read that the British author actually thanks his precariously-low readership for “staying with us” at the end of the comic?
What doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the inconsistent quality of Caanan White’s drawing throughout this book and Gete's brief aforementioned stint at the 'easel', is Gillen’s ‘Afterword’ statement that this book will be the African-American artist’s “last issue” on account of the penciller “moving onto Avatar pastures new.” The former computer game journalist is the first to acknowledge that the illustrator’s “done incredible things with Uber.” But sadly much of the “frenetic power” displayed by the Fort Wayne resident during “that entire first year” is lamentably lacking throughout the pages of this particular pamphlet.
|The regular cover art of "UBER" No. 22 by Caanan White|