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The Wild Storm #1, by Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt. This is kind of Ellis by the numbers so far, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. 2017 Ellis isn't prolific enough for "by the numbers" to feel tedious. When this series really gets going, it'll hopefully acquire more of a Wildstorm superhero sheen, not because that's some inherently interesting thing but because it that would give it the novelty to distinguish itself from the mass of other "Ellis in futurist mode" stories.







Uber: Invasion #3, by Kieron Gillen and Daniel Gete. This book is unusual for a war title in that it's so much about the actual warfare itself, as in macro-scale strategies and logistics of combat and numbers and all that stuff. The stuff most war fiction largely eschew in favor of the drama at the human level. I guess that's the advantage of alternate history war: Unlike stories of actual wars, readers don't already know the events so going over this kind of stuff doesn't feel redundant; unlike stories about fantasy world wars, there's all this real world detail to feed this kind of writing.





Date: 2017-02-18 04:50 am (UTC)
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I've read that, but I don't think it is an honest assessment. Not saying KG is lying, but that he is trying to sell these events as an answer for criticism that they were not originally written to answer.
Afterwards the British general SAYS the sub bases made a difference in the shipping war, but then later Britain is still starving and the germans still have plenty if subs for the us invasion. The narrative significance of that episode is really just forshadowing Leah's knee problem. Kursk and Kiev are framed as Russian victories, but again, what victory actually happens there? Kursk is.at draw at best, and so is Kiev. Neither "defeat" actually weakens the uberwehr is any substantail way. The purpose seems to be to redirect the germans west while maintaining the characters. Perhaps a 4th, more sympathetic german battleship could have existed and been killed for real by maria at Kiev, that would have made that feel like it actually meant something, while maintaining the grimdark feel.
Look, it is an incomplete story, and I am sure at the end the allies will win. But I am having a super hard time imagining that itwill feel earned. Instead, it will probably be the allies suddenly having a great idea, and the nazis suddenly doing a blind frontal assault with no real plan and stumbling into an unlikely trap. KG is a great writer, and the world building and character development is great, but the plot seems super cheatery.

Date: 2017-02-18 05:56 am (UTC)
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-Afterwards the British general SAYS the sub bases made a difference in the shipping war, but then later Britain is still starving and the germans still have plenty if subs for the us invasion.-

Loosening a blockade isn't going to solve problems overnight (especially when the UK surrenders), and it's not like losing supply bases eliminated the subs- they meant the subs couldn't run patrols from close in and had to make longer trips between patrols. We do know a lot more ships are getting through.

It doesn't take a lot of subs to transport a fairly small force (the blockade was shaken, they didn't have their navy destroyed), for that matter. The German invasion force is not plentiful.

-Neither "defeat" actually weakens the uberwehr is any substantail way. -

Uh, in short order Katyusha killed 100+ tankmen, kicked the German army out of Russia, the Ukraine, and half of Poland.

Now instead of being a short distance from Moscow and needing only some battleship usage to complete the push, they've lost all their gains and Moscow has time to train all the high potentials they've got- the high potentials we've been shown is a thing.

-Look, it is an incomplete story, and I am sure at the end the allies will win. But I am having a super hard time imagining that itwill feel earned. Instead, it will probably be the allies suddenly having a great idea, and the nazis suddenly doing a blind frontal assault with no real plan and stumbling into an unlikely trap. KG is a great writer, and the world building and character development is great, but the plot seems super cheatery.-

I'm on the other side, where I'm still picturing the allies as these two behemoths, I'm still mentally ticking the time and growing advantage in tankmen numbers that implies, and the allies having their 3-personal Battleship group coming into action soon- plus what Turning has, plus one wonders if Cohen is really out of action for good... she's not fully activated after all. The US almost certainly has more Battleship potentials, and maybe found some by now too.

Kieron has put a lot of Chekov's guns in allies hands. Some of them will likely misfire, but plenty won't, and they certainly don't need to rely on Axis blundering.

Less, the Axis do have a few more aces... the Japanese Battleship. And, it's always possible for another German uber discovery, but considering the Allies have Turning and better decoding skills, I'm betting all in all, we'll likely get 3~ more uber advances in the series, two allied and one axis, and I count more Allied aces in the hole than German ones.

The series has always been a race against the clock- time makes the Allieds invincible. Eventually, they'd reach the point where they'd be able to follow up a 300 Tankman attack with a cruiser strike force and a hundred heavies. The Axis have to knock them out before that, and any week that goes by without the Axis gaining an advantage, is the Axis losing the advantage.
Edited Date: 2017-02-18 05:57 am (UTC)

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