Review: Über #13

There is nothing like chase movies where the villain is in constant pursuit of the protagonist. One example has entered the zeitgeist by sparking nostalgia and pulling from the best elements of 80s movies, Stranger Things. The show made adults who grew up in the 1980s feel like the decade they grew up in was something to be proud of and be able to enjoy again. I was one of them and saw that usually most movies and tv shows made fun of the time (primarily because of horrible aesthetics).

Despite the obvious story elements, it brought back the chase story in a way that still excites and intrigues viewers and makes some of us look for the 80s movies that inspired it in the first place. In the 13th issue of Über, we find Katyusha as she faces the horrors of war in all its gory cruelty and uses that familiar element.

We find Katsuya wandering the wilderness near Ukraine, defenseless and almost out of life, as she saved by an elderly couple. As she regains her consciousness, she slowly bonds with them, eventually finding out that their sons died in this war that she had been fighting for several months. Eventually Russian soldiers come looking for her, who she destroys in minutes. By issue’s end, she destroys an army that comes for her head and eventually leaves them now knowing what happened to Chirchill.

This is one of the best issues in the series that although it feels out of sorts, gives readers a peak into Katyusha’s psyche. The story by Kieron Gillen is intense, riveting, and action packed. The art by Gabriel Andrade is world class and elegant. Overall, this issue serves as a masterclass in character exploration.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Gabriel Andrade
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy