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This groundbreaking, illustrated 473-page novel, set in the near-future dystopia of Melbourne, was first published in 2013 — and gave rise to the city of HEROPA, wherein most of the MAGPIE zine tales take place.
It's also the birthplace of BULLET GAL.
"Like a crazy, post‐modern road trip with Jack Kirby riding shotgun, and everyone from Stan Lee to Raymond Chandler nattering away in the back seat." THE THRILLING DETECTIVE
"One wild trip... Plays with story and character conventions much as Alan Moore did with Watchmen." GEEK MAGAZINE
"The most remarkable thing about Bergen’s novel is the seamless blend of comic book icons into this fictional dystopian world... Heropa stands out as a unique book that blends both the noir detective genre with the rich comic book history." NERDSPAN
"Incredibly engaging, clever and a fantastic piece of escapism — simply super." SFBook Reviews
"A highly stylized retro-futuristic world, clever subversion of the heroic narrative... and a heavy dose of sardonic sarcasm guaranteed to give you a case of nostalgia for the good old innocent days of comic books where things were neat, clean and proper." SF Signal
"Cool stuff!" Erik Larsen, Image Comics
"Equal parts sinister fantasy-mystery and open love letter to the history of comic books and capes." COMIC BOOK HERALD
"Jack Kirby meets Philip Marlowe? It's got my vote!" Bryan Talbot, Grandville, 2000AD, Sandman
"A little noir, a dash of dystopia, a pinch of alternate reality, and a heaping helping of creativity and talent make for the sledgehammer of a novel." Elizabeth A. White
"Twisted and warped with the best influences from pop culture — comic books and noir — this is one of the most original novels I've ever read." Sons of Spade
"The best non-comic book superhero story I’ve ever read." Comic Bastards
"A pulp slice of comic-fu of the highest order. Equal parts homage, pastiche, and reverent Valentine, Andrez Bergen peppers this bold mystery with superb nods to the four-colour world, while also densely building a universe in which he can play with confidence — and does." Ryan K. Lindsay, Negative Space
"Some of the most wildly imaginative places you will ever encounter in fiction." Death By Killing
"Entertaining and fun, with plenty of intrigue and romance and interesting characters bouncing off each other... There’s a lot of exciting stuff in the book, and anyone who’s a superhero fan will find a lot to smile about, as Bergen enjoys putting Easter eggs in the narrative. Check the book out, because it’s a cool read." Greg Burgas , Comic Book Resources
"What a huge achievement!" John T. Trigonis, Writer/Filmmaker
"It’s a super hero themed mystery, so you know there’s going to be some massive action sequences and there are... the final chapter and ultimate ending is brilliant. It’s how I’d want the best comic or movie to end. The final line was perfect. I loved it." SciFiPulse.net
"Get your hands on 'Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?' — vintage pulp-dieselpunk-superhero action at its finest!" Daily Steampunk