Uber: What it is and Why You Need to be Reading it

With 2014 in its final quarter, I've been making my lists for Top 10 comics of the year. It takes me a pretty lengthy amount of time as I nitpick over which 10 comics will be selected, where I want them ranked, this comic vs that comic, etc.

Its been a pretty fantastic year if I do say so myself. Tons of great new comics, continuing greatness from ones all ready in print and even more to come (especially those comics announced by Image at comiccon, good god those look amazing)

However, it took me no time at all to know which comic was my favorite of the year. It didn't require a second though and there was nothing that came close.

That comic is Uber, one the best comics you've never even heard about. I'm going to change that, right now.

So what is Uber?

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Other than being the best comic on shelves right now, Uber is a historical period comic, set in an alternate reality WW2. The comic starts off in April 1945 with Berlin under siege by the Red Army.

Of course, things are a little different than we know history to be. The Nazi's don't surrender and the war in Europe doesn't end.

It gets worse.

Much worse.

Without going into detail and spoiling what is a fantastic story, the Nazi's discover a secret weapon that allows them to transform ordinary men into super soldiers, commonly referred to as Panzermensch (or Tank-Men or Ubermensch). These weapons are unleashed in a fierce storm of violence and we find ourselves in a much longer WW2 than we know it to be historically.

As such, Uber is like nothing you've ever seen before and nothing being printed on shelves right now. It is a total unique experience that I've never personally come across before.

The book not only focuses on these fictional super soldiers, but even has real people that were relevant in the era. People like Churchill, Stalin, Hitler, all make appearances. High ranking military officers like Zhukov or Guderein have appeared and even civilians critical to the war efforts like Goebbels, Speer, Alan Turning and Robert Oppenheimer have all appeared and we'll probably continue to see more.

The book is unique in that its not about characters necessarily so much as it is about the war. Sure, there are some characters who have huge importance and have more focus than your average GI fighting, but the book is about the world of Uber more so than any one character.

In the words of the writer the book is about "weaponized humans, not heroes" (I'm paraphrasing). In a typical hero book you might see a guy with a certain power set go up against a foe with a superior one and due to various circumstances the hero will overcome the odds and win and save the day. Uber plays out more like a simulation in which the superior weapon wins, every time and the little guy is screwed.

While that may be hard to imagine yourself sticking with the book because of not being able to attach yourself to anyone, I assure you, you will be sucked into this fascinating story before you know what happened.

Uber is written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Canaan White and later Daniel Gete, Gillen's past works include Journey into Mystery, Iron Man and Uncanny X-men. Although I've not read any of those particular runs, its clear to me that Gillen is a fantastic writer and if he put half as much effort into those runs as he did Uber I'm sure they're excellent.

What effort you say? Uber is a product of nearly 5 years of research by Gillen. You read that right, 5 years of investing in this title before ever a word was written. He had complied a "bible" of information needed for the comic that amounted to nearly 30,000 pages of total research. Even going so far as to hunt down where a certain famous person was on a certain day so as not to conflict with actual historical events that were relevant to the book.

Other than being an amazing feat of Gillen's thoroughness and desire to be as accurate as possible, this research translates into one of the most engrossing reads ever, especially for myself being somewhat of a history nerd (thanks to my love of strategy games). Its sort of hard to put into words, but the comic sort of jumps between perspectives as it reads.

First you'll be reading things in real time, experiencing events as the characters experience them. Then, as battle approaches the comic will shift tones and ends up reading like an after action report as written by an observer of the battle. Its hard to describe exactly, but if you read an issue you'd understand what I'm trying to say. (Here's a small sequence showing what I'm talking about, in case you can't understand the brilliance of the writing with my poor description

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What this creates is an utterly unique and engrossing reading experience and I can't emphasize this enough. As I said before, as a bit of a history and strategy gaming nerd the way Uber reads is just completely and utterly enjoyable. It makes me want to cry how much this book hits every button for me. Its just...I can't even puts it into words how much passion I have for this book on a monthly basis.

Ok, ok, enough with my nerdgasm. Why do you want to read this book if you're not me or someone like me who geeks out over such a specific genre? Well...how about fights? You enjoy fights?

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Uber features some of the most incredible battles I've ever seen in any comic. Uber on a monthly basis puts out battles that rival any I've even seen such as fights like Invincible vs Conquest or Daredevil vs Elektra or Flash vs Zoom. Fights that happen only once in a year or once in a decade(s) for other comics happen all the time here.

It really is a wonderful combination of the period of the comic and the concept of the super soldiers. The world being at war is a perfect setting to feature epic battles and the powerful weapons on each side come together to make some of the best action sequences you've ever seen. Watching armies of Ubers clash is something you'll never see elsewhere.

And yes, as you might have noticed - this comic is rated R - as every comic Avatar Press publishes is - and it is oh so enjoyable. But don't mistake the gore in this comic as over the top violence for the sake of it, the violence is not the point, it is merely there to suit the story. And frankly, I don't know that it would be the same without it.

War is hell and this comic captures that very well.

I could keep ranting for days about how good this comic is and how much passion I have for it, but I'm trying to make this blog readable so I'll end it here. Uber is currently scheduled for a total of 60 issues and some possible mini spin-offs. Issue 18 was released yesterday meaning we are almost 1/3 through the series. I for one cannot wait to see the journey Gillen has in store. This book not only has a permanent spot on my list of ongoings but it remains firmly secluded at the top above all others and isn't going anywhere any time soon.

Uber is good. Damn good. So good that you can pick any comic you're reading right now and drop it. Read Uber instead - its better.

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Respect the Panzermensch

***WARNING*** For anyone about to read this Respect Blog...these images are VERY gorey. If you're the type to be offended by this, do not proceed. ***WARNING***

The Panzermensch

Panzermensch are enhanced super human soldiers. The process of creating Panzermensch is still fairly vague, but we do know some of it. The catalyst for creating the Panzermensch is a crystalline compound known as "Woden's Blood"

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The material was something found, not invented and came with instructions of an alien nature. By simply touching it to humans, it can upgrade them to powerful super-beings.

The problem however is that not everyone is compatible and if you are not, touching the crystals will immediately kill you.

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It is said that the compatibility for a human becoming a Panzersmench is approximately one in five thousands. After they first come into possession of the Woden's Blood, the Soviets apply it to 420,000 of their own men and estimate approximately 84 Panzermensch will be created of the lot. They get "lucky" by getting 101 - the rest all die.

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Furthermore, the process is not instant. It requires several "treatments" of Woden's Blood and even then it takes about a month (or more in some cases) of maturation processes to develop a Panzermensch. Trying to do too much too soon results in this:

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There are also different versions of Panzermensch (just like there are different version of Tanks) but we'll get to more on that later.

General Abilities

Thus far the Panzermensch have four core abilities. Super Strength, Super Speed, Invulnerability and healing and a energy projection / manipulation type ability known as "Distortion Halos". Each of these differ depending on the type of Panzermensch so we'll do specifics for each one

V1

The first type of Panzermensch created and also the weakest. These Panzermensch have a more pronounced weakness to fatigue than future versions of Panzermensch and thus were held out of combat when they were first deployed. Still, the first Panzermensch killed in action was a V1, which Stephanie kills with a Panzerfaust to the back during her escape from Germany.

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V2

These are the most common types of Panzermensch.

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During their very first engagment the V2 immediately demonstrate their power. You can see them punching clear through men's bodies and ripping them in half. You can also see 2 Panzermensech flipping over a Tank (T-34-85 I believe) and using their Distortion Halos to vaporize men as well. (Ignore the big guy in the middle of the scan for now, he's a Battleship)

The Panzermensch's durability is also quite good. For starters they are (nearly - more on that later) bulletproof.

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V2's have also demonstrated the capability to tank small calibre tank rounds and have been able to react and dodge them as well. In the following scans you will see a V2 get shot at by an allied tank (the chassis looks exactly like a M24 Chaffee, but the turret/gun is way different so I might be mistaken), survive the first round, dodge the second, close the distance and bend the Tank's gun and then Vaporize the turret and crew with his Distortion Halo.

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As I said, the gun is quite different that you standard Chaffee, but I can't tell what it is. The only thing that it looks like is the 17 Pounder Gun the British used on Sherman tanks to upgrade their poor firepower - HOWEVER the M24's were never equipped with such a gun and the chassis is certainly not a Sherman.

Assuming the gun was stock and was just misdrawn the Panzermensch reaction was approximately 2000 feet per second. If it was the 17 pounder it was nearly 3000 feet per second.

More durability is explained by Stephanie in the following scans. While anti-tank weapons will be effective against them, things such as poison gas, flamethrowers and small arms fire (Except sniper rifles to the eye) are all meaningless to the Panzermensch. Ultimately the Allied strategy is simply to force exhaust the Panzermensch through attrition of their forces and then strikeback - an extremely costly type of victory.

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Their main priority of attack is usually their Distortion Halos, which function as a type of energy projection attack and is later to be revealed as energy manipulation (although only the Battleships have displayed more abilities than destruction). Regardless, the Halos are extremely destructive, being able to vaporize men, blow up buildings, tanks, airplanes, etc.

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During their first engagements with other V2's the distoration Halos are also show capable of hurting the V2's, further demonstrating their firepower.

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Japanese V2 also demonstrate the ability to penetrate through a Destroyer hull and have enough firepower to blown up the entire ship - though this explosion also costs the V2 its life.

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During their first engagement the Japanese V2's also end up blowing up an entire airfield. Thought it is noted even as powerful as they are the handful of V2 the Japanese do have are no match for the near 100,000 Men the US have on Okinawa.

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V1 "Heavy Tanks"

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Heavy Tank-Men are first developed by the Allies thanks to Stephanie's work. She describes the Panzermensch process with a metaphor, explaining that each human has 3 glasses to fill. Standard procedure gives them one of each drink. Her theory works in that instead of doing one of each (in this case Scotch and Brandy) they don't pour Brandy but double down on Scotch. What this creates is a far more physically powerful Tank Men at the cost of his Distortion Halo ability. As such they wear the armor to temporarily stop the distortion halo effect while they close the distance on other men.

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Although they do prove their superior strength in their fight against Sieglinde, they are inevitable destroyed nonetheless (these scans will be later in the thread under Sieglinde's section)

Battleships (V1)

Stephanie explains to us that most humans (which end up as V2s) have the capacity to handle 3 treatments of Woden's Blood. A battleship is an even rarer human being with the potential to handle up to 24 activations. This makes them superior in every way to the V2s. Germany makes most of its gains in the war thanks to its 3 battleships, each one capable of supporting an entire front and destroying everything in their path.

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Stephanie also notes that while modern anti-tank weaponary can take down a Battleship, they would do nothing to a battleships and theorizes they would need naval guns to deal with them.

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This is later proven when H.M.H Colossus, the first Allied Battleship, gets shot by a 75mm gun of a Churchill tank and survives without a scratch.

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Thus far in Uber, 6 Battleships have appeared. Three of which serve as the "main" characters under Germany. The Allies have two, although the first H.M.H Patrick O'Connor was deployed prematurely and killed. They are in process of developing a second. The USSR also has one.

Since the Allied and USSR Battleships are thus far few in appearances I will be instead focusing on the 3 Main Battleships of Germany and will add future Battleships as they gain more prominent roles in the series.

Although never specifically stated as having a difference in power, I will be listing the battleships in order of who I believe to be the strongest, based on a combination of feats and battle performance (starting at the "weakest").

Battleship Siegfried - Markus Jung

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Markus is the Battleship with the least feats. Although he has decent combat showings, the book thus far has focused more on Siegmund and Sieglinde. Markus is also noted as being a sadist by both his fellow Battleships and they considering him somewhat insane. Here we see Markus carrying out Hitler's order to execute a million POW's...with a smile on his face. His distortion Halos wipe them out in masses. Markus is also responsible for the German push to recapture Romania and Ploesti - their biggest source of oil.

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He also happily executed General Sankt - the main who was responsible for creating the Panzermensch.

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Strength

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1. Markus casually tears off a man's leg and slaps off the main gun of a T-34-85

Durability

Markus has no unique showings of durability yet, at least as durable as V2s and most likely more.

Speed

No unique showings of speed yet, at least as fast as V2s - most likely faster.

Distortion Halos

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  1. Markus wipes out a group of bombers with his Halos
  2. Markus wiping out tanks in mass with his Halos

Battleship Siegmund - Werner Frei

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Werner is the second Battleship class Panzermensch and the first to appear chronologically. As a human solider he was at the Battle of Stalingrad, miraculously escaping back to Germany. He displays a fair amount of reason and honor, completely saving the German 9th army in his first appearance despite orders to abandon it. His motivations for becoming a Panzermensch were ultimately to kill Hitler, who he holds responsible for the deaths of many of the men he loved. (He's my favorite :D). Werner is responsible for the push to the East and pushes the Soviets back out of Germany and back into the Ukraine at Kursk.

Strength

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  1. Siegmund casually rips a man in half and the aftermath of his attack on the USSR is seen in the scene behind him.
  2. Siegmund throws a T-34-85 (30 tons) at a group of soldiers while getting shot at by anti-tank guns
  3. Despite being on the tail end of a 12 hour deployment, Siegmund still had the power to punch through soviet lines.
  4. Siegmund chops a V2 Soviet Tank-Men in half.

Durability

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  1. It takes the combined force of two V2s and their distortion halos just to take off Siegmund's arm - and he's still fighting.
  2. Despite losing his arm, Siegmund still wins the battle (he was fighting 91 V2s) and manages to retreat fully conscious
  3. 81 of the 91 V2s are casualties and most of the wounded ones die. 420,000 Soviet lives are sacrificed to create 14 German causalities and Siegmund's wound.
  4. Siegmund is in pain with his arm missing, but still carrying on.
  5. Siegmund cauterizes his wound and continues his retreat.

Speed

No unique showings of speed. At least as fast as V2s and probably faster.

Distortion Halos

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  1. Siegmund drives by on a motorcycle and destroys several T-34s
  2. Siegmund and Sieglinde together wipe out an allied bombing raid
  3. Siegmund destroys an anti-tank gun.
  4. Siegmund is attacked by 91 Soviet V2's and wipes out several with his Halos
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  1. In a long sequence, Siegmund reveals part of his origins as well as his discover that his Distortion Halos can do more than just destroy. He tweaks a valve in Hitler's heart, which kills him, disguising it as heart failure.

Battleship Sieglinde - Klaudia Hoch

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Klaudia is the third Battleship class Panzermensch. She by far has the most showings and the best combat record, having completely beaten everything that's been thrown against her including the Allied Battleship H.M.H Colossus (though he was not quite fully matured) and the V1 Heavies. She also is responsible for assassinating Churchill and was responsible for the German thrust into the West and the destruction of Paris.

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Klaudia's story is fairly simple. She was in love with a German pilot who was permanently disabled during the Battle of Britain. Her motivations for war? Revenge.

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Strength

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  1. Klaudia rips off HMH Colossus' arms
  2. Klaudia throws a V1 Heavy across the square
  3. Klaudia bear hugs a V1 Heavy in half
  4. Klaudia rips open the bunker Churchill is hiding in

Durability

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  1. Klaudia takes a direct punch in the face from Colossus and only gets a bloody lip
  2. Klaudia manages to stay concious despite being choked out by Colossus (she later kills him, you'll see this in various scans)
  3. Klaudia is launched in a V2 rocket and travels to London and emerges from the crash unharmed
  4. ^
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  6. Klaudia tanks blows from V1 Heavies without too much trouble
  7. Klaudia tanks being bear-hugged from a V1 Heavy (later shows him a true bear hug...)
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(forgot this one). Klaudia get shot by HMH Colossus' Distortion Halo and is only wounded and keeps going showing no real pain.

Speed

...No unique showings yet (Yeah...I know. Dam you writers!)

Distortion Halos

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  1. After a V2 marks the target, Klaudia vaporizes a Russian patrol of 1 IS2 tank, 1 small light tank (can't tell what it is) and about a dozen men or so.
  2. ^
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  4. Klaudia attacking more with her halos
  5. Klaudia and Werner wipe out an allied group of bombers
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  8. Klaudia uses her Halos to dye her hair (and gives Werner the idea to kill HItler)
  9. Klaudia builds a bridger using her Halos - its not really clear if she transmuted the earth or created them out of thin air, though I'm inclined to think the former.
  10. ^
  11. Klaudia vaporizes a few V2 Allied Tank-Men
  12. Another V2 dies by Klaudia
  13. Klaudia and Patrick fight each other with their Halos
  14. After finally gaining the upper hand, Klaudia finishes Patrick with her Halos (not really sure what the correct term to use here...)
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  16. Klaudia wipes out the remaining allied V2's en masse
  17. Worth noting that despite his state...Patrick didn't die until 5 hours later. (this should be a feat for him, but w/e)
  18. Klaudia killing more V2's in London
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Klaudia has some other showings I would post...but they include nudity. The scans overview Klaudia in her first fight, training with a V1 Panzermensch and she casually defeats him (though her clothes are destroyed in the process...)

I can PM them to you if you wish (perv) or you can read the comic. She doesn't do anything she hasn't done better elsewhere though.

Weaknesses

Fatigue

The Panzermensch have two main weaknesses to exploit. One is fatigue. After a certain time of deployment (it has still not been specified, but its likely sub 24 hours) the Panzermensch will succumb to fatigue and become extremely vulnerable. Werner mentions that even a minute over their deployment and the V1's become extremely "twitchy"

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Although their endurance increases by quality, even Klaudia became incapacitated for days because she was over deployed by a period of 6 hours.

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Distortion Halo

One big weakness the Panzermensch have (at least the V2s do) is during their initial activation of the Disruption Halo. If this is interfered with (by shooting them in the eyes for example) the energy will cause the Panzermensch to explode. Stephanie demonstrates this by using a snipe rifle to shoot a V2 in the eye. Although this weakness is mostly likely unable to be exploited by people without specific knowledge of it.

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Respect the Panzermensch

***WARNING*** For anyone about to read this Respect Blog...these images are VERY gorey. If you're the type to be offended by this, do not proceed. ***WARNING***

This is also incomplete atm because comicvine is being stupid.

The Panzermensch

Panzermensch are enhanced super human soldiers. The process of creating Panzermensch is still fairly vague, but we do know some of it. The catalyst for creating the Panzermensch is a crystalline compound known as "Woden's Blood"

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The material was something found, not invented and came with instructions of an alien nature. By simply touching it to humans, it can upgrade them to powerful super-beings.

The problem however is that not everyone is compatible and if you are not, touching the crystals will immediately kill you.

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It is said that the compatibility for a human becoming a Panzersmench is approximately one in five thousands. After they first come into possession of the Woden's Blood, the Soviets apply it to 420,000 of their own men and estimate approximately 84 Panzermensch will be created of the lot. They get "lucky" by getting 101 - the rest all die.

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Furthermore, the process is not instant. It requires several "treatments" of Woden's Blood and even then it takes about a month (or more in some cases) of maturation processes to develop a Panzermensch. Trying to do too much too soon results in this:

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There are also different versions of Panzermensch (just like there are different version of Tanks) but we'll get to more on that later.

General Abilities

Thus far the Panzermensch have four core abilities. Super Strength, Super Speed, Invulnerability and healing and a energy projection / manipulation type ability known as "Distortion Halos". Each of these differ depending on the type of Panzermensch so we'll do specifics for each one

V1

The first type of Panzermensch created and also the weakest. These Panzermensch have a more pronounced weakness to fatigue than future versions of Panzermensch and thus were held out of combat when they were first deployed. Still, the first Panzermensch killed in action was a V1, which Stephanie kills with a Panzerfaust to the back during her escape from Germany.

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V2

These are the most common types of Panzermensch.

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During their very first engagment the V2 immediately demonstrate their power. You can see them punching clear through men's bodies and ripping them in half. You can also see 2 Panzermensech flipping over a Tank (T-34-85 I believe) and using their Distortion Halos to vaporize men as well. (Ignore the big guy in the middle of the scan for now, he's a Battleship)

The Panzermensch's durability is also quite good. For starters they are (nearly - more on that later) bulletproof.

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V2's have also demonstrated the capability to tank small calibre tank rounds and have been able to react and dodge them as well. In the following scans you will see a V2 get shot at by an allied tank (the chassis looks exactly like a M24 Chaffee, but the turret/gun is way different so I might be mistaken), survive the first round, dodge the second, close the distance and bend the Tank's gun and then Vaporize the turret and crew with his Distortion Halo.

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As I said, the gun is quite different that you standard Chaffee, but I can't tell what it is. The only thing that it looks like is the 17 Pounder Gun the British used on Sherman tanks to upgrade their poor firepower - HOWEVER the M24's were never equipped with such a gun and the chassis is certainly not a Sherman.

Assuming the gun was stock and was just misdrawn the Panzermensch reaction was approximately 2000 feet per second. If it was the 17 pounder it was nearly 3000 feet per second.

More durability is explained by Stephanie in the following scans. While anti-tank weapons will be effective against them, things such as poison gas, flamethrowers and small arms fire (Except sniper rifles to the eye) are all meaningless to the Panzermensch. Ultimately the Allied strategy is simply to force exhaust the Panzermensch through attrition of their forces and then strikeback - an extremely costly type of victory.

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Their main priority of attack is usually their Distortion Halos, which function as a type of energy projection attack and is later to be revealed as energy manipulation (although only the Battleships have displayed more abilities than destruction). Regardless, the Halos are extremely destructive, being able to vaporize men, blow up buildings, tanks, airplanes, etc.

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During their first engagements with other V2's the distoration Halos are also show capable of hurting the V2's, further demonstrating their firepower.

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Japanese V2 also demonstrate the ability to penetrate through a Destroyer hull and have enough firepower to blown up the entire ship - though this explosion also costs the V2 its life.

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During their first engagement the Japanese V2's also end up blowing up an entire airfield. Thought it is noted even as powerful as they are the handful of V2 the Japanese do have are no match for the near 100,000 Men the US have on Okinawa.

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V1 "Heavy Tanks"

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Heavy Tank-Men are first developed by the Allies thanks to Stephanie's work. She describes the Panzermensch process with a metaphor, explaining that each human has 3 glasses to fill. Standard procedure gives them one of each drink. Her theory works in that instead of doing one of each (in this case Scotch and Brandy) they don't pour Brandy but double down on Scotch. What this creates is a far more physically powerful Tank Men at the cost of his Distortion Halo ability. As such they wear the armor to temporarily stop the distortion halo effect while they close the distance on other men.

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Although they do prove their superior strength in their fight against Sieglinde, they are inevitable destroyed nonetheless (these scans will be later in the thread under Sieglinde's section)

Battleships (V1)

Stephanie explains to us that most humans (which end up as V2s) have the capacity to handle 3 treatments of Woden's Blood. A battleship is an even rarer human being with the potential to handle up to 24 activations. This makes them superior in every way to the V2s. Germany makes most of its gains in the war thanks to its 3 battleships, each one capable of supporting an entire front and destroying everything in their path.

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Stephanie also notes that while modern anti-tank weaponary can take down a Battleship, they would do nothing to a battleships and theorizes they would need naval guns to deal with them.

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This is later proven when H.M.H Colossus, the first Allied Battleship, gets shot by a 75mm gun of a Churchill tank and survives without a scratch.

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Thus far in Uber, 6 Battleships have appeared. Three of which serve as the "main" characters under Germany. The Allies have two, although the first H.M.H Patrick O'Connor was deployed prematurely and killed. They are in process of developing a second. The USSR also has one.

Since the Allied and USSR Battleships are thus far few in appearances I will be instead focusing on the 3 Main Battleships of Germany and will add future Battleships as they gain more prominent roles in the series.

Although never specifically stated as having a difference in power, I will be listing the battleships in order of who I believe to be the strongest, based on a combination of feats and battle performance (starting at the "weakest").

Battleship Siegfried - Markus Jung

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Markus is the Battleship with the least feats. Although he has decent combat showings, the book thus far has focused more on Siegmund and Sieglinde. Markus is also noted as being a sadist by both his fellow Battleships and they considering him somewhat insane. Here we see Markus carrying out Hitler's order to execute a million POW's...with a smile on his face. His distortion Halos wipe them out in masses.

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He also happily executed General Sankt - the main who was responsible for creating the Panzermensch.

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Strength

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1. Markus casually tears off a man's leg and slaps off the main gun of a T-34-85

Durability

Markus has no unique showings of durability yet, it is logical to assume he's as durable as the others.

Speed

Markus has no unique showings of speed yet, it is logical to assume he's as fast as the others.

Distortion Halos

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  1. Markus happily executes a deseter with his Halos
  2. Markus wipes out a group of bombers with his Halos
  3. Markus wiping out tanks in mass with his Halos

Battleship Siegmund - Werner Frei

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Strength

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  1. Siegmund casually rips a man in half and the aftermath of his attack on the USSR is seen in the scene behind him.
  2. Siegmund throws a T-34-85 (30 tons) at a group of soldiers while getting shot at by anti-tank guns
  3. Despite being on the tail end of a 12 hour deployment, Siegmund still had the power to punch through soviet lines.
  4. Siegmund chops a V2 Soviet Tank-Men in half.

Durability

Speed

Distortion Halos

Battleship Sieglinde - Klaudia Hoch

Strength

Durability

Speed

Distortion Halos

Weaknesses

Fatigue

The Panzermensch have two main weaknesses to exploit. One is fatigue. After a certain time of deployment (it has still not been specified, but its likely sub 24 hours) the Panzermensch will succumb to fatigue and become extremely vulnerable. Werner mentions that even a minute over their deployment and the V1's become extremely "twitchy"

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Although their endurance increases by quality, even Klaudia became incapacitated for days because she was over deployed by a period of 6 hours.

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Distortion Halo

One big weakness the Panzermensch have (at least the V2s do) is during their initial activation of the Disruption Halo. If this is interfered with (by shooting them in the eyes for example) the energy will cause the Panzermensch to explode. Stephanie demonstrates this by using a snipe rifle to shoot a V2 in the eye. Although this weakness is mostly likely unable to be exploited by people without specific knowledge of it.

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Respect the Panzermensch

***WARNING*** For anyone about to read this Respect Blog...these images are VERY gorey. If you're the type to be offended by this, do not proceed. ***WARNING***

This is also incomplete atm because comicvine is being stupid.

The Panzermensch

Panzermensch are enhanced super human soldiers. The process of creating Panzermensch is still fairly vague, but we do know some of it. The catalyst for creating the Panzermensch is a crystalline compound known as "Woden's Blood"

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The material was something found, not invented and came with instructions of an alien nature. By simply touching it to humans, it can upgrade them to powerful super-beings.

The problem however is that not everyone is compatible and if you are not, touching the crystals will immediately kill you.

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It is said that the compatibility for a human becoming a Panzersmench is approximately one in five thousands. After they first come into possession of the Woden's Blood, the Soviets apply it to 420,000 of their own men and estimate approximately 84 Panzermensch will be created of the lot. They get "lucky" by getting 101 - the rest all die.

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Furthermore, the process is not instant. It requires several "treatments" of Woden's Blood and even then it takes about a month (or more in some cases) of maturation processes to develop a Panzermensch. Trying to do too much too soon results in this:

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There are also different versions of Panzermensch (just like there are different version of Tanks) but we'll get to more on that later.

General Abilities

Thus far the Panzermensch have four core abilities. Super Strength, Super Speed, Invulnerability and healing and a energy projection / manipulation type ability known as "Distortion Halos". Each of these differ depending on the type of Panzermensch so we'll do specifics for each one

V1

The first type of Panzermensch created and also the weakest. These Panzermensch have a more pronounced weakness to fatigue than future versions of Panzermensch and thus were held out of combat when they were first deployed. Still, the first Panzermensch killed in action was a V1, which Stephanie kills with a Panzerfaust to the back during her escape from Germany.

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V2

These are the most common types of Panzermensch.

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During their very first engagment the V2 immediately demonstrate their power. You can see them punching clear through men's bodies and ripping them in half. You can also see 2 Panzermensech flipping over a Tank (T-34-85 I believe) and using their Distortion Halos to vaporize men as well. (Ignore the big guy in the middle of the scan for now, he's a Battleship)

The Panzermensch's durability is also quite good. For starters they are (nearly - more on that later) bulletproof.

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V2's have also demonstrated the capability to tank small calibre tank rounds and have been able to react and dodge them as well. In the following scans you will see a V2 get shot at by an allied tank (the chassis looks exactly like a M24 Chaffee, but the turret/gun is way different so I might be mistaken), survive the first round, dodge the second, close the distance and bend the Tank's gun and then Vaporize the turret and crew with his Distortion Halo.

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As I said, the gun is quite different that you standard Chaffee, but I can't tell what it is. The only thing that it looks like is the 17 Pounder Gun the British used on Sherman tanks to upgrade their poor firepower - HOWEVER the M24's were never equipped with such a gun and the chassis is certainly not a Sherman.

Assuming the gun was stock and was just misdrawn the Panzermensch reaction was approximately 2000 feet per second. If it was the 17 pounder it was nearly 3000 feet per second.

More durability is explained by Stephanie in the following scans. While anti-tank weapons will be effective against them, things such as poison gas, flamethrowers and small arms fire (Except sniper rifles to the eye) are all meaningless to the Panzermensch. Ultimately the Allied strategy is simply to force exhaust the Panzermensch through attrition of their forces and then strikeback - an extremely costly type of victory.

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Their main priority of attack is usually their Distortion Halos, which function as a type of energy projection attack and is later to be revealed as energy manipulation (although only the Battleships have displayed more abilities than destruction). Regardless, the Halos are extremely destructive, being able to vaporize men, blow up buildings, tanks, airplanes, etc.

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During their first engagements with other V2's the distoration Halos are also show capable of hurting the V2's, further demonstrating their firepower.

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Japanese V2 also demonstrate the ability to penetrate through a Destroyer hull and have enough firepower to blown up the entire ship - though this explosion also costs the V2 its life.

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During their first engagement the Japanese V2's also end up blowing up an entire airfield. Thought it is noted even as powerful as they are the handful of V2 the Japanese do have are no match for the near 100,000 Men the US have on Okinawa.

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V1 "Heavy Tanks"

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Heavy Tank-Men are first developed by the Allies thanks to Stephanie's work. She describes the Panzermensch process with a metaphor, explaining that each human has 3 glasses to fill. Standard procedure gives them one of each drink. Her theory works in that instead of doing one of each (in this case Scotch and Brandy) they don't pour Brandy but double down on Scotch. What this creates is a far more physically powerful Tank Men at the cost of his Distortion Halo ability. As such they wear the armor to temporarily stop the distortion halo effect while they close the distance on other men.

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Although they do prove their superior strength in their fight against Sieglinde, they are inevitable destroyed nonetheless (these scans will be later in the thread under Sieglinde's section)

Battleships (V1)

Stephanie explains to us that most humans (which end up as V2s) have the capacity to handle 3 treatments of Woden's Blood. A battleship is an even rarer human being with the potential to handle up to 24 activations. This makes them superior in every way to the V2s. Germany makes most of its gains in the war thanks to its 3 battleships, each one capable of supporting an entire front and destroying everything in their path.

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Stephanie also notes that while modern anti-tank weaponary can take down a Battleship, they would do nothing to a battleships and theorizes they would need naval guns to deal with them.

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This is later proven when H.M.H Colossus, the first Allied Battleship, gets shot by a 75mm gun of a Churchill tank and survives without a scratch.

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Thus far in Uber, 6 Battleships have appeared. Three of which serve as the "main" characters under Germany. The Allies have two, although the first H.M.H Patrick O'Connor was deployed prematurely and killed. They are in process of developing a second. The USSR also has one.

Since the Allied and USSR Battleships are thus far few in appearances I will be instead focusing on the 3 Main Battleships of Germany and will add future Battleships as they gain more prominent roles in the series.

Although never specifically stated as having a difference in power, I will be listing the battleships in order of who I believe to be the strongest, based on a combination of feats and battle performance (starting at the "weakest").

Battleship Siegfried - Markus Jung

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Markus is the Battleship with the least feats. Although he has decent combat showings, the book thus far has focused more on Siegmund and Sieglinde. Markus is also noted as being a sadist by both his fellow Battleships and they considering him somewhat insane. Here we see Markus carrying out Hitler's order to execute a million POW's...with a smile on his face. His distortion Halos wipe them out in masses.

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He also happily executed General Sankt - the main who was responsible for creating the Panzermensch.

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Strength

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1. Markus casually tears off a man's leg and slaps off the main gun of a T-34-85

Durability

Markus has no unique showings of durability yet, it is logical to assume he's as durable as the others.

Speed

Markus has no unique showings of speed yet, it is logical to assume he's as fast as the others.

Distortion Halos

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Battleship Siegmund - Werner Frei

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Strength

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  1. Siegmund casually rips a man in half and the aftermath of his attack on the USSR is seen in the scene behind him.
  2. Siegmund throws a T-34-85 (30 tons) at a group of soldiers while getting shot at by anti-tank guns
  3. Despite being on the tail end of a 12 hour deployment, Siegmund still had the power to punch through soviet lines.
  4. Siegmund chops a V2 Soviet Tank-Men in half.

Durability

Speed

Distortion Halos

Battleship Sieglinde - Klaudia Hoch

Strength

Durability

Speed

Distortion Halos

Weaknesses

Fatigue

The Panzermensch have two main weaknesses to exploit. One is fatigue. After a certain time of deployment (it has still not been specified, but its likely sub 24 hours) the Panzermensch will succumb to fatigue and become extremely vulnerable. Werner mentions that even a minute over their deployment and the V1's become extremely "twitchy"

No Caption Provided

Although their endurance increases by quality, even Klaudia became incapacitated for days because she was over deployed by a period of 6 hours.

No Caption Provided

Distortion Halo

One big weakness the Panzermensch have (at least the V2s do) is during their initial activation of the Disruption Halo. If this is interfered with (by shooting them in the eyes for example) the energy will cause the Panzermensch to explode. Stephanie demonstrates this by using a snipe rifle to shoot a V2 in the eye. Although this weakness is mostly likely unable to be exploited by people without specific knowledge of it.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

Start the Conversation

Respect the Panzermensch

***WARNING*** For anyone about to read this Respect Blog...these images are VERY gorey. If you're the type to be offended by this, do not proceed. ***WARNING***

This is also incomplete atm because comicvine is being stupid.

The Panzermensch

Panzermensch are enhanced super human soldiers. The process of creating Panzermensch is still fairly vague, but we do know some of it. The catalyst for creating the Panzermensch is a crystalline compound known as "Woden's Blood"

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

The material was something found, not invented and came with instructions of an alien nature. By simply touching it to humans, it can upgrade them to powerful super-beings.

The problem however is that not everyone is compatible and if you are not, touching the crystals will immediately kill you.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

It is said that the compatibility for a human becoming a Panzersmench is approximately one in five thousands. After they first come into possession of the Woden's Blood, the Soviets apply it to 420,000 of their own men and estimate approximately 84 Panzermensch will be created of the lot. They get "lucky" by getting 101 - the rest all die.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

Furthermore, the process is not instant. It requires several "treatments" of Woden's Blood and even then it takes about a month (or more in some cases) of maturation processes to develop a Panzermensch. Trying to do too much too soon results in this:

No Caption Provided

There are also different versions of Panzermensch (just like there are different version of Tanks) but we'll get to more on that later.

General Abilities

Thus far the Panzermensch have four core abilities. Super Strength, Super Speed, Invulnerability and healing and a energy projection / manipulation type ability known as "Distortion Halos". Each of these differ depending on the type of Panzermensch so we'll do specifics for each one

V1

The first type of Panzermensch created and also the weakest. These Panzermensch have a more pronounced weakness to fatigue than future versions of Panzermensch and thus were held out of combat when they were first deployed. Still, the first Panzermensch killed in action was a V1, which Stephanie kills with a Panzerfaust to the back during her escape from Germany.

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V2

These are the most common types of Panzermensch.

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During their very first engagment the V2 immediately demonstrate their power. You can see them punching clear through men's bodies and ripping them in half. You can also see 2 Panzermensech flipping over a Tank (T-34-85 I believe) and using their Distortion Halos to vaporize men as well. (Ignore the big guy in the middle of the scan for now, he's a Battleship)

The Panzermensch's durability is also quite good. For starters they are (nearly - more on that later) bulletproof.

No Caption Provided

V2's have also demonstrated the capability to tank small calibre tank rounds and have been able to react and dodge them as well. In the following scans you will see a V2 get shot at by an allied tank (the chassis looks exactly like a M24 Chaffee, but the turret/gun is way different so I might be mistaken), survive the first round, dodge the second, close the distance and bend the Tank's gun and then Vaporize the turret and crew with his Distortion Halo.

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As I said, the gun is quite different that you standard Chaffee, but I can't tell what it is. The only thing that it looks like is the 17 Pounder Gun the British used on Sherman tanks to upgrade their poor firepower - HOWEVER the M24's were never equipped with such a gun and the chassis is certainly not a Sherman.

Assuming the gun was stock and was just misdrawn the Panzermensch reaction was approximately 2000 feet per second. If it was the 17 pounder it was nearly 3000 feet per second.

More durability is explained by Stephanie in the following scans. While anti-tank weapons will be effective against them, things such as poison gas, flamethrowers and small arms fire (Except sniper rifles to the eye) are all meaningless to the Panzermensch. Ultimately the Allied strategy is simply to force exhaust the Panzermensch through attrition of their forces and then strikeback - an extremely costly type of victory.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

Their main priority of attack is usually their Distortion Halos, which function as a type of energy projection attack and is later to be revealed as energy manipulation (although only the Battleships have displayed more abilities than destruction). Regardless, the Halos are extremely destructive, being able to vaporize men, blow up buildings, tanks, airplanes, etc.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2

During their first engagements with other V2's the distoration Halos are also show capable of hurting the V2's, further demonstrating their firepower.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2

Japanese V2 also demonstrate the ability to penetrate through a Destroyer hull and have enough firepower to blown up the entire ship - though this explosion also costs the V2 its life.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4

During their first engagement the Japanese V2's also end up blowing up an entire airfield. Thought it is noted even as powerful as they are the handful of V2 the Japanese do have are no match for the near 100,000 Men the US have on Okinawa.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

V1 "Heavy Tanks"

No Caption Provided

Heavy Tank-Men are first developed by the Allies thanks to Stephanie's work. She describes the Panzermensch process with a metaphor, explaining that each human has 3 glasses to fill. Standard procedure gives them one of each drink. Her theory works in that instead of doing one of each (in this case Scotch and Brandy) they don't pour Brandy but double down on Scotch. What this creates is a far more physically powerful Tank Men at the cost of his Distortion Halo ability. As such they wear the armor to temporarily stop the distortion halo effect while they close the distance on other men.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2

Although they do prove their superior strength in their fight against Sieglinde, they are inevitable destroyed nonetheless (these scans will be later in the thread under Sieglinde's section)

Battleships (V1)

Stephanie explains to us that most humans (which end up as V2s) have the capacity to handle 3 treatments of Woden's Blood. A battleship is an even rarer human being with the potential to handle up to 24 activations. This makes them superior in every way to the V2s. Germany makes most of its gains in the war thanks to its 3 battleships, each one capable of supporting an entire front and destroying everything in their path.

No Caption Provided

Stephanie also notes that while modern anti-tank weaponary can take down a Battleship, they would do nothing to a battleships and theorizes they would need naval guns to deal with them.

No Caption Provided

This is later proven when H.M.H Colossus, the first Allied Battleship, gets shot by a 75mm gun of a Churchill tank and survives without a scratch.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4

Thus far in Uber, 6 Battleships have appeared. Three of which serve as the "main" characters under Germany. The Allies have two, although the first H.M.H Patrick O'Connor was deployed prematurely and killed. They are in process of developing a second. The USSR also has one.

Since the Allied and USSR Battleships are thus far few in appearances I will be instead focusing on the 3 Main Battleships of Germany and will add future Battleships as they gain more prominent roles in the series.

Although never specifically stated as having a difference in power, I will be listing the battleships in order of who I believe to be the strongest, based on a combination of feats and battle performance (starting at the "weakest").

Battleship Siegfried - Markus Jung

No Caption Provided

Markus is the Battleship with the least feats. Although he has decent combat showings, the book thus far has focused more on Siegmund and Sieglinde. Markus is also noted as being a sadist by both his fellow Battleships and they considering him somewhat insane. Here we see Markus carrying out Hitler's order to execute a million POW's...with a smile on his face. His distortion Halos wipe them out in masses.

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He also happily executed General Sankt - the main who was responsible for creating the Panzermensch.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2

Strength

No Caption Provided

1. Markus casually tears off a man's leg and slaps off the main gun of a T-34-85

Durability

Markus has no unique showings of durability yet, it is logical to assume he's as durable as the others.

Speed

Markus has no unique showings of speed yet, it is logical to assume he's as fast as the others.

Distortion Halos

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Battleship Siegmund - Werner Frei

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Strength

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  1. Siegmund casually rips a man in half and the aftermath of his attack on the USSR is seen in the scene behind him.
  2. Siegmund throws a T-34-85 (30 tons) at a group of soldiers while getting shot at by anti-tank guns
  3. Despite being on the tail end of a 12 hour deployment, Siegmund still had the power to punch through soviet lines.
  4. Siegmund chops a V2 Soviet Tank-Men in half.

Durability

Speed

Distortion Halos

Battleship Sieglinde - Klaudia Hoch

Strength

Durability

Speed

Distortion Halos

Weaknesses

Fatigue

The Panzermensch have two main weaknesses to exploit. One is fatigue. After a certain time of deployment (it has still not been specified, but its likely sub 24 hours) the Panzermensch will succumb to fatigue and become extremely vulnerable. Werner mentions that even a minute over their deployment and the V1's become extremely "twitchy"

No Caption Provided

Although their endurance increases by quality, even Klaudia became incapacitated for days because she was over deployed by a period of 6 hours.

No Caption Provided

Distortion Halo

One big weakness the Panzermensch have (at least the V2s do) is during their initial activation of the Disruption Halo. If this is interfered with (by shooting them in the eyes for example) the energy will cause the Panzermensch to explode. Stephanie demonstrates this by using a snipe rifle to shoot a V2 in the eye. Although this weakness is mostly likely unable to be exploited by people without specific knowledge of it.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

Start the Conversation

Respect the Panzermensch

***WARNING*** For anyone about to read this Respect Blog...these images are VERY gorey. If you're the type to be offended by this, do not proceed. ***WARNING***

This is also incomplete atm because comicvine is being stupid.

The Panzermensch

Panzermensch are enhanced super human soldiers. The process of creating Panzermensch is still fairly vague, but we do know some of it. The catalyst for creating the Panzermensch is a crystalline compound known as "Woden's Blood"

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

The material was something found, not invented and came with instructions of an alien nature. By simply touching it to humans, it can upgrade them to powerful super-beings.

The problem however is that not everyone is compatible and if you are not, touching the crystals will immediately kill you.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

It is said that the compatibility for a human becoming a Panzersmench is approximately one in five thousands. After they first come into possession of the Woden's Blood, the Soviets apply it to 420,000 of their own men and estimate approximately 84 Panzermensch will be created of the lot. They get "lucky" by getting 101 - the rest all die.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

Furthermore, the process is not instant. It requires several "treatments" of Woden's Blood and even then it takes about a month (or more in some cases) of maturation processes to develop a Panzermensch. Trying to do too much too soon results in this:

No Caption Provided

There are also different versions of Panzermensch (just like there are different version of Tanks) but we'll get to more on that later.

General Abilities

Thus far the Panzermensch have four core abilities. Super Strength, Super Speed, Invulnerability and healing and a energy projection / manipulation type ability known as "Distortion Halos". Each of these differ depending on the type of Panzermensch so we'll do specifics for each one

V1

The first type of Panzermensch created and also the weakest. These Panzermensch have a more pronounced weakness to fatigue than future versions of Panzermensch and thus were held out of combat when they were first deployed. Still, the first Panzermensch killed in action was a V1, which Stephanie kills with a Panzerfaust to the back during her escape from Germany.

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V2

These are the most common types of Panzermensch.

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During their very first engagment the V2 immediately demonstrate their power. You can see them punching clear through men's bodies and ripping them in half. You can also see 2 Panzermensech flipping over a Tank (T-34-85 I believe) and using their Distortion Halos to vaporize men as well. (Ignore the big guy in the middle of the scan for now, he's a Battleship)

The Panzermensch's durability is also quite good. For starters they are (nearly - more on that later) bulletproof.

No Caption Provided

V2's have also demonstrated the capability to tank small calibre tank rounds and have been able to react and dodge them as well. In the following scans you will see a V2 get shot at by an allied tank (the chassis looks exactly like a M24 Chaffee, but the turret/gun is way different so I might be mistaken), survive the first round, dodge the second, close the distance and bend the Tank's gun and then Vaporize the turret and crew with his Distortion Halo.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

As I said, the gun is quite different that you standard Chaffee, but I can't tell what it is. The only thing that it looks like is the 17 Pounder Gun the British used on Sherman tanks to upgrade their poor firepower - HOWEVER the M24's were never equipped with such a gun and the chassis is certainly not a Sherman.

Assuming the gun was stock and was just misdrawn the Panzermensch reaction was approximately 2000 feet per second. If it was the 17 pounder it was nearly 3000 feet per second.

More durability is explained by Stephanie in the following scans. While anti-tank weapons will be effective against them, things such as poison gas, flamethrowers and small arms fire (Except sniper rifles to the eye) are all meaningless to the Panzermensch. Ultimately the Allied strategy is simply to force exhaust the Panzermensch through attrition of their forces and then strikeback - an extremely costly type of victory.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

Their main priority of attack is usually their Distortion Halos, which function as a type of energy projection attack and is later to be revealed as energy manipulation (although only the Battleships have displayed more abilities than destruction). Regardless, the Halos are extremely destructive, being able to vaporize men, blow up buildings, tanks, airplanes, etc.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2

During their first engagements with other V2's the distoration Halos are also show capable of hurting the V2's, further demonstrating their firepower.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2

Japanese V2 also demonstrate the ability to penetrate through a Destroyer hull and have enough firepower to blown up the entire ship - though this explosion also costs the V2 its life.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4

During their first engagement the Japanese V2's also end up blowing up an entire airfield. Thought it is noted even as powerful as they are the handful of V2 the Japanese do have are no match for the near 100,000 Men the US have on Okinawa.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

V1 "Heavy Tanks"

No Caption Provided

Heavy Tank-Men are first developed by the Allies thanks to Stephanie's work. She describes the Panzermensch process with a metaphor, explaining that each human has 3 glasses to fill. Standard procedure gives them one of each drink. Her theory works in that instead of doing one of each (in this case Scotch and Brandy) they don't pour Brandy but double down on Scotch. What this creates is a far more physically powerful Tank Men at the cost of his Distortion Halo ability. As such they wear the armor to temporarily stop the distortion halo effect while they close the distance on other men.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2

Although they do prove their superior strength in their fight against Sieglinde, they are inevitable destroyed nonetheless (these scans will be later in the thread under Sieglinde's section)

Battleships (V1)

Stephanie explains to us that most humans (which end up as V2s) have the capacity to handle 3 treatments of Woden's Blood. A battleship is an even rarer human being with the potential to handle up to 24 activations. This makes them superior in every way to the V2s. Germany makes most of its gains in the war thanks to its 3 battleships, each one capable of supporting an entire front and destroying everything in their path.

No Caption Provided

Stephanie also notes that while modern anti-tank weaponary can take down a Battleship, they would do nothing to a battleships and theorizes they would need naval guns to deal with them.

No Caption Provided

This is later proven when H.M.H Colossus, the first Allied Battleship, gets shot by a 75mm gun of a Churchill tank and survives without a scratch.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4

Thus far in Uber, 6 Battleships have appeared. Three of which serve as the "main" characters under Germany. The Allies have two, although the first H.M.H Patrick O'Connor was deployed prematurely and killed. They are in process of developing a second. The USSR also has one.

Since the Allied and USSR Battleships are thus far few in appearances I will be instead focusing on the 3 Main Battleships of Germany and will add future Battleships as they gain more prominent roles in the series.

Although never specifically stated as having a difference in power, I will be listing the battleships in order of who I believe to be the strongest, based on a combination of feats and battle performance (starting at the "weakest").

Battleship Siegfried - Markus Jung

No Caption Provided

Markus is the Battleship with the least feats. Although he has decent combat showings, the book thus far has focused more on Siegmund and Sieglinde. Markus is also noted as being a sadist by both his fellow Battleships and they considering him somewhat insane. Here we see Markus carrying out Hitler's order to execute a million POW's...with a smile on his face. His distortion Halos wipe them out in masses.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2

He also happily executed General Sankt - the main who was responsible for creating the Panzermensch.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2

Strength

No Caption Provided

1. Markus casually tears off a man's leg and slaps off the main gun of a T-34-85

Durability

Markus has no unique showings of durability yet, it is logical to assume he's as durable as the others.

Speed

Markus has no unique showings of speed yet, it is logical to assume he's as fast as the others.

Distortion Halos

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Battleship Siegmund - Werner Frei

No Caption Provided

Strength

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  1. Siegmund casually rips a man in half and the aftermath of his attack on the USSR is seen in the scene behind him.
  2. Siegmund throws a T-34-85 (30 tons) at a group of soldiers while getting shot at by anti-tank guns
  3. Despite being on the tail end of a 12 hour deployment, Siegmund still had the power to punch through soviet lines.
  4. Siegmund chops a V2 Soviet Tank-Men in half.

Durability

Speed

Distortion Halos

Battleship Sieglinde - Klaudia Hoch

Strength

Durability

Speed

Distortion Halos

Weaknesses

Fatigue

The Panzermensch have two main weaknesses to exploit. One is fatigue. After a certain time of deployment (it has still not been specified, but its likely sub 24 hours) the Panzermensch will succumb to fatigue and become extremely vulnerable. Werner mentions that even a minute over their deployment and the V1's become extremely "twitchy"

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Although their endurance increases by quality, even Klaudia became incapacitated for days because she was over deployed by a period of 6 hours.

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Distortion Halo

One big weakness the Panzermensch have (at least the V2s do) is during their initial activation of the Disruption Halo. If this is interfered with (by shooting them in the eyes for example) the energy will cause the Panzermensch to explode. Stephanie demonstrates this by using a snipe rifle to shoot a V2 in the eye. Although this weakness is mostly likely unable to be exploited by people without specific knowledge of it.

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Over the Top (but still Awesome) Manga/Anime Attacks

So this is sort of inspired by @princearagorn1's blog detailing the best animation transformations. (Be sure to check it out!). Along with ridiculous transformations, constant teenaged protagonists, crazy hair colors and tentacle rape,half way through of which the girls start liking it....er wait a minute...

Moving on.

Like the aforementioned reoccurring themes, anime and manga often feature very over the top signature attacks in long drawn out sequences! Here are some of the best.

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Coming in at number 10 is the very over the top Godfinger. For those of you noobs who only watch dub, you'd probably recognize it more as Burning Finger. It is the signature move of Damon Kaishu's God/Burning Gundam and is pretty much used in every fight he gets into in said Gundam. It is so over the top, that his opponents usually echohis chant in the process of their own signature move, culminating in the final clash that decides their matches.

If you prefer the English version, you can find it on youtube, but I can't stand to listen to it anymore, so you'll have to suffice with this one. I think its more epic anyway :)

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Sitting at number 9, is probably a fairly unknown anime and attack, it is nevertheless one of the most epic (and powerful), The Giga Slave. It is Lina Inverse's most powerful attack in which she channels the power of Lord of Nightmares. The attack annihilates anything it touches and if not used carefully can destroy the entire universe.

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This one probably doesn't need an explanation about why its over the top

7.

Yep. No explanation needed again.

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I'm not sure this one needs any explanation. If you've spent any amount of time on the internet, you know this attack.

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This is another attack, you've probably never heard of it. It is from the anime Is this a Zombie? Although perhaps lacking in epic destruction, it more than makes up for it in hilarity. Its an absolute gem as far as I'm concerned.

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This one is actually going to have two videos, because they're from the same series. A cop-out I know, but they're too cool not to both be included.

Remember when you use to play cops and robbers as a kid? Well, this is what you wish you could do with your index finger. Yusuke Spirit Gun is too cool.

And lets not forget Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame either, one of Hiei's most badass moments, ever.

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Unfortunately, no animated version of this attack exists, that I know of (though if I'm wrong, someone please post it). It is one of the coolest and most deadliest attacks in the Seiya universe. Unleashing all of his cosmos, Sagittarius Aiolos unleashes an infinite number of light arrows in omni-directions. Physically they attack the body with over one million degrees Celsius in heat and they also destroy one's soul. Aiolos remarks the attack could easily kill himself if he isn't careful.

Suffice to say, its pretty cool.

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Yet another attack that desperately needs, yet has no animated form. The Demolisher Gun vs Gungnir clash in Bastard! is simply once of the most epic manga sequences ever drawn. The attack destroys all of hell and the black Abyss and DS and Uriel simply crash through reality back to Earth. And its just the beginning of the fight.

1. Without question in my mind, the best attacks are the Noble Phantasm of the Servants in the Fate/stay series. All of them are beyond over the top and epic, and in the case of Fate/Zero (being a new anime) they're also beautifully well animated. Here are some of my favorites.

Saber's famous Excalibur attack.

Rider's Ionioi Hetaroi (in which he summons the entire Macedonian army!)

And my favorite attack - Unlimited Blade Works. Archer's chant as he executes the attack is absolutely epic.

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Even though these are some of my favorites, there is pretty much an endless number of anime attacks, so don't be mad if I left yours off :P. And feel free to share what your favorites are, if they are not included.

Thanks for reading.

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Save us Captain America...you're our only hope!

Ok I admit, it sounds better with the original line...but points for originality, no?

Today I'm going to rant about a slightly worrying trend I've noticed when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic universe. Although this had been bothering me for over a year now, I am of the belief that one incident is merely a fluke and two is a coincidence. Its not until something happens three times that it becomes a pattern and a problem.

So what am I talking about? Villains. The last three Marvel villains have all fallen completely flat...and its all because of similar reasons. Lets go back a year.

***Spoilers for Thor: The Dark World are in this blog***

The Avengers

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When this movie came out last year, the majority of people quickly haled it as the best comic book movie ever and while everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinion, I found the movie lacking.

Now - don't get me wrong. I loved it the first time too. It's a pretty fun movie going experience. The problem for me was, after multiple viewings inherent flaws became more and more apparently. For a great movie to be great...it should get better with multiple viewings, not worse.

One of the principle problems with Avengers (and the subject of this blog) was Loki and how he was handled. Now - don't get me wrong - this blog is in no way criticizing HIddleston's performance. He is easily one of the best (if not THE best) actor in the MCU right now...and that's saying something when we have guys like Robert Downey Jr and Idris Elba (who needs a bigger role!) among many others.

In the first Thor movie, we are introduced to Loki - a frost giant infant who is adopted by Odin as raised as an Asgardian. He soon learns of his origins learns his whole life has been a lie. At the heart of this lie is a very antagonist relationship with Thor, his brother. Although their love for each other is evident, its clear they had been raised as rivals according to Odin's will, as to compete for the thrown. He wants them to challenge each other and make each other better so one day one of them might be a true and proper king.

Its an age old story, two sons competing for their father's love. This story goes back to the bible and beyond. And told in a Thor/Loki setting? It was awesome. We learn of Loki's betrayal (as he sees it) by his father as to Loki's true origins. He feels like he's been mistreated his whole life and was lied too and was never going to be given a chance what he considers his birthright - the Throne of Asgard. But more than that, he also wants to show he is superior to both his brother and Father. Its not about killing them, its about showing that he - an evil Frost Giant - can be better than both of them.

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Fast forward to Avengers and we have Loki, having failed to gain the Throne of Asgard, trying to take over the Earth instead. And this is where the problems begin. In my opinion it isn't simply Loki wanted a throne to rule...but that he wanted the ASGARD Throne...and he wanted to one-up his brother and father. I didn't understand why he would all of a sudden settle for Earth, the people of which he clearly despises.

I was willing to go for it at first however, mostly because I felt like it was perhaps going to be his rock-bottom if you will.

And then we learn Loki is nothing more than a puppet to Thanos.

WHAT!?!

Don't get me wrong. Thanos is a badass. We all know that. But as the movie universe had established him...I could not see someone of Loki's pride settling to be a mere pawn to Thanos, regardless of his power.

Moreover, for what reward? Earth? It means nothing to him in the first place. How am I suppose to believe Loki would do this?

And if that wasn't bad enough, his threat level as villain is completely undermined by one seen, where the Hulk smashes him around. I, like everyone in the threater, all chuckled when this first happened. The big bad villain just got owned in two seconds. It was funny and it was a good time. And then you realize that in no way could he ever be threatening to you anymore. You know everything going to be all right.

And all for the sake of a chuckle? That doesn't sit well with me. But it only happened once...so I was willing to forgive.

Ironman 3

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And then this movie happened. The subject of great controversy among the comic book community, Ironman 3 continued this disturbing trend of making villains a joke.

Now, I am a pretty big movie fan and its very rare that something surprises me and given that it was almost laid out for you in the beginning with Tony's monologue, I think we all know Killian as going to be the final villain of the movie. IT was fairly obvious.

The problem is that we are first introduced to him as this complete cliche of a nerd, with bad hair, dorky glasses and an otherwise spazzy demeanor. This is the guy you're suppose to be fearing.

But we know it wasn't going to be revealed right away...so I guess we could work with it.

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Ironman 3 then introduces us to the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. And he is doing everything a villain should be. Using modern themes of current day terrorist...this guy was nothing short of chilling with his video messages that were broadcasted over American TVs, without anyone being able to stop it. And the scene where he calls the president and shoots a guy on live TV? Chilling.

...and then Tony finds "The Mandarin" in his safe house...and we learn he is nothing more than a would be actor playing dress up.

WHAT!?!

I mean come on. You just took one of the best villainous scenes ever and completely undermined its threat level. You except us to take the rest of the movie seriously when you are turning your villains into jokes? Is the need to make the audience laugh that important? ...Come on Marvel!

But alas...this was only strike two...so I was slightly willing to forgive - especially because like most Marvel movies, the protagonist carry the movie well. Ironman could have bad villain after bad villain and it would still be a good time because he embodies the character (like many of their actors) so well.

Thor: The Dark World

And finally we get to the newest addition to the MCU.

And with it, we have another brilliant protagonist, Hemsworth as Thor...and even better because we see more of the Loki/Thor relationship, with them even coming to an understanding and working together. How awesome is that?

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Except...the villain once again is a huge disappointment. And once again his threat level is undermined thanks to a scene in which Frigga basically wipes the floor with him, until Kurse shows up. Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for females kicking some ass (we need more of that in fact)...but if Thor's mommy can handle Malekith without sweating...how am I suppose to believe Thor is going to have any trouble with him?

And although they avoid making a joke out of the villain in this movie...they do not do a great job of establishing his motivations. Why is he trying to turn all nine realms into dark worlds? Clearly the Dark Elves can live on other planets. Moreover, isn't he threatening to destroy the universe? Why would you want to do that - you'd be killing yourself too. Maybe I need to watch the movie again...but I didn't get it.

Furthermore, as I stated, while they outright make a joke of this villain like the did to Loki in Avengers or Mandarin in Ironman 3, thanks to a number of characters who's only function is comedic relief, the final act is never really that threatening. How can I be worried the world is about to end when we keep cutting in between scenes with characters making funnies? I'm not saying you have to be dark and gritty to be a good villain, but you could at least take it a little more seriously when the world is about to end.

Looking Back

So with that, we have three movies in a row now released by Marvel/Disney that has otherwise deliver a very poor villain in my opinion. And while these movies are ultimately saved by the talent of the main characters (notably the heroes) this trend is nothing something I am liking. In my opinion the ultimate factor in what decides how good or how bad a comic book movie is, always comes back to the villain.

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The two best comic book movies ever in my opinion, The Dark Knight and Ironman, are what they are because the villains were so awesome. To this day I still remember the sheer shock and awe in the theater as the Joker's "Home Video" is being watched by Bruce and Alfred. The laughing of the Joker as he murders a man on camera just to make an example was TERRIFYING...and oh so awesome.

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To this day I still remember Obadiah Stane paralyzing Tony in his living room, as he slowly takes out Tony's arc reactor leaving him for dead. It was TERRIFYING...and oh so awesome. These villains motivations were made clear, the threat level was serious...and even though you know heroes ultimately have happy endings...there were times when you weren't so sure.

Marvel needs to go back to some of its earlier movies like Ironman and Thor and realize that they can't continue to undermine and make jokes of their villains. It just ruins such a huge aspect of the movie for viewers in my opinion.

Going Forward

Luckily, there appears to be hope on the horizon. I think we all saw the Captain America 2 trailer by now...and its looks terrific.

Specifically The Winter Soldier, who at first glance appears to be a very serious threat. Although the scenes of him are very short in nature, from what we can tell he leading some kind of war against SHIELD, blowing up things left and right...including a Hellicarrier.

And the final scene of the teaser trailer with The Winter Soldier turning around and catching Captain's shield likes its nothing?

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Oh yeah.

Shit is getting real.

In Closing

I don't want this blog to come off as hating. I really don't. Because I personally think all three movies, Avengers, Ironman 3 and Thor: The Dark World were pretty solid movies, including their flaws. Marvel has done a fantastic job collecting talent to portray their characters. These guys are doing such a great job embodying their roles that we'd go see them regardless of good the movie is or isn't.

I just want to bring up the fact that their last three movies have all been disappointed when it comes to the villain - perhaps the movies important part of any superhero movie in my opinion.

I don't think you have to be dark and gritty - and given the very well established tone of the MCU we know that's not going to happen anyway - but you HAVE to take your villains a little more seriously.

Yes, we ultimately know everything is going to be all right in the end. That's just how things work when it comes to fiction. Things get bad, things get worse and then they're ok. Everyone loves a happy ending.

But I should at least have some doubt throughout the course of the story...and I find myself never doubting things in these last three movies and it just leaves me wanting.

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5 Must See Anime Films

So anyone who knows me a little bit around these parts know I am a pretty big manga/anime fan. I've read/watched/enjoy it for even longer than I have comics - quite longer in fact. I have - no exaggeration - read and seen hundreds of different series, regardless if they are mainstream or unknown. Comedy or Romance. Action or Mystery. Science fiction or Horror. And so on.

Given that manga is essentially just Japanese comics, the subjects often come up around here pretty often. And so I thought I'd go ahead and create this blog (possibly series of blogs if well received) detailing the best anime I've seen over the 10+ years of what is easily thousands of hours reading and watching manga and anime.

At first I just wanted to do a top 5 or 10 of my favorite anime...but dismissed the thought. I've simply seen and enjoyed too many series to ever properly rank them. And so I came up with the idea of separating them into categories by top five.

This time around? Anime films.

Disclaimer: Entertainment is subjective. Rather it be music, movies, television, comics, comedy or in this case anime. There is no right or wrong answer. I cannot tell you what you enjoy no more than you can tell me what I enjoy. No two people have the same exact tastes or opinions about anything. If you don't like one of the films I list here, so be it. These are just what I think are the best, so keep that in mind - especially when I inevitably use hyperbole and exaggerating terms like "You'd be crazy not to like this movie".

Furthermore, while I have no intentions of flooding this blog with spoilers or going super in depth with plot overviews, some inevitably will show up. I apologize in advance if you haven't seen them.

Also this list isn't in any numerical order. They are all wonderful films in my opinion and all five are worth seeing. So without further ado!

P.S. I only watch anime in Japanese dub with English subtitles. More often than not, meaning and subtitles in language are lost in translation or simply cannot be translated completely. English dub work is also very inconstant, with some being good and some being horrible. I recommend watching all of these films in Japanese as they are far superior in my opinion.

Grave of the Fireflies

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Grave of the Fireflies. The best movie you will never, ever, ever, EVER, want to see again.

I wanted to start this list with this movie, because I feel like its possibly one of the least known ever and certainly the least on this list. Be warned if you have not seen this movie, is it utterly heart breaking. Unless you're in the mood for a good cry, its best to watch this some other time. And yes, even those of you with the highest testosterone levels WILL cry when you watch this movie.

This film pulls no punches, right from the get go. So be prepared.

Grave of the Fireflies features a story about a young boy and his little sister in the closing days of World War 2. Their mother is killed in one of the many air raids and their father is away at war, his whereabouts unknown. Although they initially find refuge with relatives at first, they are not cared for and viewed a burden and eventually leave of their own accord. They are then forced to fend for themselves, struggling to survive in the grim world around them.

It is a story about innocence lost and about the harsh realities of war and it is relentless in portraying that message. There is no happy ending here, just as there is no happy ending in war. War is Hell and makes causalities of us all.

And yet, even despite the sad and depressing nature of such a film, it poetic and still manages to be beautiful at the same time. The tragic tale at no point feels forced or over the top. And Seita and Setsuo are touching characters that you want to root for until the very end. It is probably one of the best anti-war films ever made in my opinion.

For those of you looking for a visual master piece...look elsewhere. Its not the film's strong suit. And while it is not distracting in any way, there are far better works of animation to be found - including more films on this list. The film definitely shows it age in this regard. Still what the images portray are beautiful and tragic and above all else, powerful. Scenes that are inherently simple, carry so much meaning.

All in all, while it will win no awards for visuals, the story and message this movie has to say is worth hearing at least once in your life.

Princess Mononoke

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Yeah. You know it was going to come soon or later. No list of great anime films would be complete without a least one (or more) Miyazaki films. In fact I actually had trouble not flooding this blog with just his films - that's how awesome he is.

In yet another film Hayao delivers us a beautiful work of art with terrific visual concepts and fluid animation. And while the animation is certainly very good, the heart and soul of the movie in my opinion lies in its story telling.

Although complex and at times unfamiliar to anyone without a working knowledge base, Princess Mononoke still delivers one of the best stories every told by Miyazaki. The script is powerful and yet subtle at the same time. You can clearly see the concepts being told and yet not once does it ever feel forced, presented in a fantasy world.

Cursed by a demon after defending his village from attack Ashitaka goes on a journey to find a cure for himself, namely by seeking out various Gods featured in the film. During his journey he find himself caught in a war between the beings of the Forest and a mining colony of men and women. He meets and falls in love (don't worry its not over the top) with Mononoke - a girl who had been raised at birth by the wolves.

Like many of his films, Miyazaki explores the theme of man vs nature quiet heavily. The film's conflict between a human settlement who is destroying the environment around them to suit their industrial-like purposes and the Gods of the Forest who seek to persevere their way of life is a dilemma we still face today. The lines of just and unjust are anything but clear in the conflict.

The characters themselves reflect this and are very well rounded. The Forest Gods want their homes left alone and feel as if the humans mining are nothing short of intruders. At the same time the humans depend on the very world around them for survival and must continue harvesting in order to survive. The main character features a mediator between the two sides, trying his best to get them to exist peacefully with one another before they destroy each other.

The movie is definitely powerful in this regard. Its concepts will hit hard and are ever lasting, enough that any adult will enjoy the message being told, but still presented in a fantasy fairy tale that young children can enjoy too. And as such Princess Mononoke is one of the highest grossing anime films in all time - grossing over 150 million dollars when it was released in 1997.

Spirited Away

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Hayao Miyazaki is the godfather of anime. You're probably tired of hearing of it at this point, but trust me, if you know who he is and has seen what's he's done you know he deserves the praise. Spirited Away is another master piece and one of the most beloved anime films of all time. It is not only the highest grossing film in Japanese history, but also honored with an Academy Award for best animation.

If I had to describe this movie in one word it would be: magical. Every time I watch it, regardless how old I am, or how long its been since previously viewed, I am instantly transported back into my 10 year old self seeing it for the first time. Such is the beauty of the film.

I really don't want to go into details about the plot of the film. Chances are, you've seen this movie (its that great). And if you haven't, I would not want to be the one to rob of you of the experience of watching this movie. Suffice to say the movie is about a young child named Chihiro. She, along with her parents get lost in the process of moving. They stumble upon the Bathhouse of the gods and while her parents get turned into pigs, Chihiro must work in the bathhouse among all the other magical and mystical beings, bother customer and worker alike.

The movie does an unbelievable job taking you on a ride through an epic fairy tale land. And at times, it is nothing short of intoxicating.

Moreover, the music in the film is quite possibly one of the best sound tracks ever made and fits so perfectly with the movie. And I cannot stress enough how much this film needs to be viewed in the original Japanese audio. Just trust me on this one and suck it up if you don't like reading.

This may seem like a short summary that doesn't do the movie justice. And it is, but no summary can. Just take my word for it, or any fan's word for it. This movie is worth seeing. If you do not feel like a child again while watching this movie...I don't know what to tell you. Just sit down, buckle up and prepare to be Spirited Away! (yeah its cliche and I'm lame, screw you!)

Akira

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If you're even a little bit of an anime fan (and maybe even if you aren't) you know the name. Quite simply one of they most iconic anime films (and manga series) of all time.

Akira is set in a post-apocalyptic (and dystopian) version of Tokyo set in the year 2019 after World War 3. The world as we know it is a scientific wonder and yet political agendas are as corrupt as ever and the people are a torn as they've ever been.

The plot focuses on teenage biker gang members Tetsuo and Kaneda. Things quickly go to hell when Tetsuo is captured, experimented on and starts developing powerful psionic abilities. He quickly is driven insane by his new found power and becomes obsessed with the entity known as Akira, turning the city upside down to find him. Kaneda, the leader of the gang, chases him around said city trying to stop his friend from destroying everyone and everything.

Sound's fun doesn't it? It is. Although the film is very much a cut down version of the Manga (which is over 2000 pages long) its still a good story. At times, especially if you're not a fan of anime or even the cyberpunk genre, it can be hard to follow - or even watch in one setting at times. So why it is a must see?

Simply put, Akira is one of the best anime films ever made in terms of the animation. It is a widely recognized as one of the best pieces of animated work of all time and is as a landmark in Japanese animation.

Keep in mind when watching this film...it was created in 1988. I'm sure half of you reading this blog weren't even born yet. And yet even today - especially if you can get a Blu-Ray copy - the animation of the film will blow you away. The level of detail in the back ground scenery is breathtaking to say the least. And in my personal opinion very few anime, even 25 years later can match the fluidity of the animation itself. It is natural and effortless and is absolutely beautiful to anyone who knows animation. It influences can be seen in hundreds if not thousands of anime that have since followed.

And not just visually. Akira was the one of the first anime to included pre-recorded voice overs. This means the characters lips and facial expressions could be matched to the dialogue after the fact.

Akira success is also credited with propelling the anime genre into its mainstream popularity that is has today, particularity in the western world (namely the US). Prior to Akira most of the world weren't familiar with anime at all. And yet in a single blow the movie introduced the genre to the whole world and proved it was a genre to be taken seriously (something which is still struggling today to a certain degree). Akira's visual prowess, adult themes and post-apocalyptic tones introduced the genre to audiences whose previous experience with the genre probably extended to nothing more than children's shows such as Speed Racer, if even that. Anime's popularity has never been the same since.

I could literally keep going if you wanted. But you get the point by now. Akira is one of the most important films not just in anime history, not just in animated film history but in all of film history - ever. Period. Exclamation point.

The story may not be for every one, featuring dark and political themes with cyberpunk tones - as well as a plethora of cussing and violence - but the legacy this film leaves on the world is more than any other anime to date.

Ghost in the Shell

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And finally we have my favorite movie on this list. I am a huge cyberpunk fan and Ghost in the Shell has long been the front runner of the genre.

This movie in my opinion is the epitome of excellence when it comes to anime. It sets the standard for which I judge all other anime in terms of story telling, art, animation, audio and so on. In my opinion, no anime before or since compares to Ghost in the Shell.

Ghost in the Shell is set in the near future. Technology reigns supreme. The main character is Mokoto Kusanagi, a cyborg working under a division known as Section 9, an elite police force.

The movie centers around Mokoto and other members of Section 9, hunting down an elite hacker known as a "The Puppet Master", who we later learn is actually a self-aware artificial intelligence.

Not necessarily an original concept by any means - if you're a fan of the Terminator franchise it probably sounds familiar. Ghost in the Shell however examines this phenomenon in more detail than perhaps any science fiction before it. It attempts to question one's understanding of reality, the nature of life and death and what, if such a thing exists, is a soul. The dialogue is intelligent and heavy. Every time I watch the movie I learn a little bit more and enjoy it even more.

Combined one of the most complex and intriguing stories is in my opinion, the most beautiful art and animation ever done in a single piece of anime. The level of detail in this movie can be described as nothing short of "awe". Some of the best scenes in the movie are when the camera is merely panning around the futuristic Hong Kong without anyone speaking or the plot advancing even slightly. People are walking around the streets or working their at their jobs and cars are driving around busily. And despite the technological advancements, the city feels ruin due to its dark and almost run-down appearance. But more-so than anything...it feels alive.

Beyond the beautiful attention to detail is some of the best animation you'll ever witness. It is every bit the animated excellence that fellow film on this list Akira is, and then some, having the benefit of following Akira and seven more years of technology. Ghost in the Shell is simply a visual marvel.

If there is one complaint to make about the movie ...its that is too short. Running under ninety minutes total you just wish there was a little more time to witness the beauty. The plot is also not easy to understand in one viewing and could have benefited from another thirty minutes of exploration. Still, wanting more is not necessarily a bad thing - especially as the franchise has spawned two other movies and two television series.

Ghost in the Shell is simply a movie everyone should see. Its animation is legendary. Its plot and dialogue are deep, complex and as intelligent as you'll ever find. More than just an anime, Ghost in the Shell is simply one of the best movies of all time, period.

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If you liked this blog let me know and I can and will make more of them with another genres of manga/anime. Feel free to even suggest one.

Thanks! And let me know what you think!

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