The novel is now finished—473 pages, compressing noir, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopia & comic book art, with 35 illustrations.
It will be published on September 27, 2013. Links @ Amazon USA and Amazon UK.
BACK COVER SYNOPSIS
Heropa: A vast, homogenized city patrolled by heroes and populated by adoring masses. A pulp fiction fortress of solitude for crime-fighting team the Equalizers, led by new recruit Southern Cross—a lifetime away from the rain-drenched, dystopic metropolis of Melbourne. Who, then, is killing the great Capes of Heropa? In this paired homage to detective noir from the 1940s and the '60s Marvel age of trail-blazing comic books, Andrez Bergen gloriously redefines the mild-mannered superhero novel.
"The best non-comic book superhero story I've ever read." (Comic Bastards)
"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." (Out Of The Gutter)
"A bold mystery with superb nods to the four-colour world." (Ryan K. Lindsay)
"Some of the most wildly imaginative places you will ever encounter in fiction." (Death By Killing)
"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." (Available In Any Colour)
"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)