"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. More fun than a box of old comics!"
Kevin Burton Smith, The Thrilling Detective
Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?
"The best non-comicbook superhero story I’ve ever read."
Dustin Cabeal, Comic Bastards
"Fabulous book. Hands down, one of my favorites this year. It was
amazing. Any writer who can pull twists and a mystery like that deserves
recognition and a ton of praise."
Caleb Hill, Acerbic Writing
"Plays with the conventions of comicbooks/virtual reality/dystopian fiction and
the good ol' murder mystery."
Renee Asher Pickup, Books & Booze
"A typically inventive and playful take on the golden age of American comics, as
seen through a noir lens. If you’ve read any of his previous work you’ll know
what a magpie eye Andrez has, with influences ranging from Soviet propaganda
to Dashiell Hammett to Charles Dickens."
Eva Dolan, Loitering With Intent
"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
"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."
"If Jack Kirby and Carroll John Daly had a child, science would cry and from those tears would rise Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? Who knew hardboiled superhero/pulp fiction could be so great?"
Ryan Huff, The Geek Of Oz
"Bergen weaves a thought-provoking story filled with interesting characters and
plot twists — these are superheroes at their best and worst, just like Stan
[Lee] and Jack [Kirby] intended them to be."
John Kowalsi, Word Of The Nerd
"A mystery wrapped in a virtual game world wrapped within an adventure
that is deadly, inside and out, and also a commentary on what’s real versus
what should be real... Mostly, Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? is fun, with wild leaps of imagination in a world not unlike our own and [a] jokey tone that masks some serious themes."
Corinna Lawson, Criminal Element
"Andrez Bergen offers a front seat view into his quirky and imaginative world
of superheroes that feel love and pain in equal measure."
Lloyd Paige, Huffington Post
"Excellent... with a strong look into the world of superheroes,
Who is Killing The Great Capes of Heropa? provides readers with an
enthralling, page-turning read that provides not only great things for fans of
comics to enjoy, but fans of novels too. A lot of fun.”
The Founding Fields
"When his first novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat debuted, I had an idea Andrez Bergen was going places, and his new novel fulfills that promise. An excellent book. Don't miss it."
Heath Lowrance, author The Bastard Hand & City of Heretics
"An equally compelling study of character driving an investigative
narrative... a cracking good read."
Marcus Baumgart, The Ink Shot
"Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? is 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 —
Ryan K. Lindsay, author The Devil is in the Details: Examining Matt Murdock and Daredevil
"The Umberto Eco of superhero novelists."
Bill Hall, The Daily Kirby
"I very much doubt I’ll read a supers novel better than Heropa, but it’s
also primarily a crime story at heart, and has plenty of emotional character
draw and soul to it, as well as being a lot of fun. I really, really enjoyed
this, and I’d happily recommend it to anyone. Great stuff."
Rickards, The Nameless Horror
"Andrez Bergen is flying high with his third novel, Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? This love letter to the Silver Age of Marvel Comics will grab you by the tights and not let go till the final page. As complex as The Matrix and as immediate as a Jack Kirby splash page, Bergen's book will delight fans of comics, science fiction, and all things Australian!"
Jack Seabrook, bare*bones ezine
"Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? is partly a homage to one of my favorite writers, Raymond Chandler, and a noir superhero crime fantasy inspired by a great love of the classic Silver Age comic heroes. Jack Kirby meets Philip Marlowe? It's got my vote!"
Bryan Talbot, artist — Grandville, 2000AD, Sandman, Batman
"Andrez Bergen, author of the critically acclaimed debut novel
Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat, returns with a fast-paced romp that's
equal parts comicbook heroics and hardboiled detective homage. Nobody is better than Bergen at this sort of highly entertaining hybrid. His is a unique voice,
and if you haven't read his work yet, you really need to."
James Reasoner, Rough Edges
"Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? is equal parts sinister fantasy mystery and open love letter to the history of comic books and capes. Each passing hero reference will have you shouting excitedly at complete strangers with all the vigor of a Trivial Pursuit revelation. Ignore their cold stares, for you are right - that totally IS Stan Lee."
Dave Buesing, Comic Book Herald
"I absolutely recommend Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? I was finally able to discover what comforts and wonders can be found within comic books." Lori Holuta, A License to Quill
"More than simply a love letter to the silver age of Marvel Comics, Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? is a smart, promising hit that captures the
good-natured feel of the Lee/Ditko/King comic books while still feeling fresh
and new. Filled with smart humor, stunning detail, and credible allusions, fans of Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat, The Avengers, Fantastic Four,
and clever, pop culture-infused novels are sure add this to their favorites."
Andrew Cyrus Hudson, Comic Attack & author Poem for the Wolves
"Blending elements from several genres and treading a fine line between snort-inducing nerdiness and noir mystery, Heropa is a quirky mix but it works. Most importantly, it deconstructs what it means to be a hero — a concept universal to any genre, super-powered characters or not."
Nicole Rodrigues, Dork Shelf
"Come away again into a mad, dystopian world sprung from the pen of the über-talented Andrez Bergen as he dances a quickstep, keeping his fans on the hop with a virtual reality love story worthy of the Jets and Sharks. Linking three highly original novels together, shifting the parameters as the ground shakes under the reader's feet seems to be Bergen's strength.
No need to be a comicbook fan to enjoy WisKtheGCofH? — the engaging characters will have you turning the pages in this story of true love in a virtual world."
McDroll, author Feeling It
"Tackles some deeper issues, like good and evil, reality and fantasy, free will, the nature of humanity, and, more importantly, the grey areas surrounding
all of these things."
Steven W. Alloway, Fanboy Comics
"A highly readable tale that gives us super-heroes with a difference in
a fantasy world gone sour, and does it with a lightness of touch that makes
the pages seem to fly by."
Steve Does Comics
"Andrez Bergen's newest book offers a unique twist on the superhero genre. Any fan of comics, harboiled noir fiction, or simply a good story will enjoy Bergen’s newest novel, much like a few reviewers have already."
Scott Fraser, Geek Magazine
"Clever allusions to the conflict between fantasy and reality at play... That this
story about comics should be so similar to a murder mystery of the Sam Spade
kind is just the cherry on the cake."
Emmet O'Cuana, The Momus Report
"A mixed-media love letter to the golden age of comics and the classic detective story, with nods to Batman and the Avengers and tips of the fedora to Chandler and Hammett, Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? is unlike any
mystery you’ve ever read. Highly stylized and forever cool — like if Rorschach had been allowed to just gumshoe and smoke, without any giant blue dongs slapping you in the face to shatter the illusion."
Joe Clifford, author Choice Cuts, Wake the Undertaker & Junkie Love
"Sam Spade meets the Justice League of America in a dystopian future where everybody's a superhero. Filled with clever references to the Silver Age of Comic books, Bergen knows his comics and how to craft an entertaining
Silver Age Comics
"We're not in Kansas anymore. Or even Gotham City. Bergen's big-hearted meta-romp wears the author's mighty affection for comic books, past, present and future, on its sleeve, and the call-outs, shout-outs and sly winks zip by faster than a speeding bullet, 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. More fun than a box of old comics!"
Kevin Burton Smith, The Thrilling Detective
"One page into Andrez Bergen's dystopian landscape and it was clear
there was no putting this book down. It reads like an open love letter to the
golden age which blends in a gritty (or stark) matrixesque cyberpunk
Matt Kyme, That Bulletproof Kid
"Whilst flexing his comic and cultural muscles to heroic proportions, Andrez Bergen manages to plant a razor sharp tongue into a wickedly hardboiled cheek."
Mike Young & Marc Crane @ LIL Comic
"It’s such an engrossing read, the story set up in fragments of the reality, alternate reality, past, present, different speakers. With a little bit of mind muscle, you get used to it. Just know that I was sniffling then gasping. That’s all I’ll say."
Charlee Allden @ Smart Girls Love SciFi
"In a world of Silver Age superheroes, a murderous villain emerges.
Bergen expertly combines the safety of our youth with the dangers of the present."
Jayden Leggett, ComicsOnline.com
"Bergen's obviously been snooping on my dreams, unearthing forgotten treasure boxes of Silver Age comics joy. Only the names have been changed, to protect the guilty. Reading Heropa is like going back in time and meeting your parents' friends as an adult -- the nostalgia and childlike wonder is still there, but these are clearly more complex people than you surmised.
It's a pleasure to puzzle out the familiar faces hiding behind the characters' masks, and lovely to see that even through the grime and grit of Andrez's world, their eyes still have a twinkle."
Paul O'Connor, Longbox Graveyard
"If anybody else is as inventive and bizarre as Andrez Bergen, then they aren't half as good a writer or everybody would know their name.
In 'Who is Killing...' pulp fiction is brought bang up to date and then slammed hard into the roots of its own mythology. Equal parts mystery, science fiction and comicbook fantasy, it's a stylish, creative, noirish romp full of darkness and fun.
I don't know any other writer that could quite pull this off.
Nobody else today writes with the same dark wit, style or mad creativity.
Bergen is already making a name as a cult favourite, and this book deserves all of the plaudits that will undoubtedly be coming its way."
Christopher Black, Available in Any Colour
"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..."
Jochem Vandersteen, Sons of Spade
"Andrez Bergen doesn't confine himself to one genre or one style of writing, yet
there's is consistency in his work. He creates some of the most wildly
imaginative places you will ever encounter in fiction. He has perfect pitch for witty dialog and cultural references. And his characters are fascinating
people who you'll want to hang out with. Who is Killing the Great Capes of
Heropa? is both an entertaining and challenging read for comicbook lovers
and the rest of us alike."
Chris Rhatigan, Death By Killing
"A little noir, a dash of dystopia, a pinch of alternate reality, and a heaped helping of creativity and talent make for this sledgehammer of a novel."
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"Dreamlike and bewitchingly evocative."
THE FLAWED MIND
"A wildly enchanting journey down the rabbit hole."
ELIZABETH A. WHITE
"Quirky, poignant, and utterly brilliant."
"Charles Dickens collides with Haruki Murakami in a pulsating tale of history,
redemption and revenge."
FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
"A cracking great story."
BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY
"One Hundred Years of Vicissitude reaffirms a postmodern dexterity of
Cirque de Soleil proportions."
"Breathtakingly detailed... I defy you to read this book."
"A unique, memorable story. Indescribable and exhilarating."
FORCES OF GEEK
"Hard-boiled and entertaining."
"A terrific book!"
"What a delightful and unusual read."
"Fascinating, mind-bending... this is superb stuff from Bergen."
"Exquisite... incredibly touching and devastating in its beauty."
"A wonderful tale... This is what good literary fiction reads like."
"I love this. The narrator is fascinating---as are his two unlikely companions."
"A fantastic addition to the fiction genre, like nothing I have ever read before."
NERDY BOOK REVIEWS
"A cracking good read... I was bereft when I finished it."
READING, WRITING & NO ARITHMETIC
"Witty, intelligent and delightful dialogue... combined with a warm and
DARK WOLF FANTASY REVIEWS
"A magical journey, with wit and heartfelt emotion at its core."
"What a massive undertaking and accomplishment!"
KEITH TUCKER, AUX 88
"A witty voyage of ideas, history, pop culture, style, characters and scenes that are unforgettable."
"Crime, geisha, time travel; masterfully balances these things and turns its nose up at pretentious literature."
DAKOTA TAYLOR @ INSOMNIA PRESS
"Just started Andrez Bergen’s novel and already I can’t put it down!"
"Good and creepy."
"A strange mixture of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction."
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