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.
Sounds from the synopsis like it could be a good read.
Trailer is uninformative and way, way too long.
August 28, 2013 by Hannah Sheldon-Dean
With its pounding backbeat and fuzzy, x-ray style black and white graphics, the trailer for Andrez Bergen’s Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? is not easy on the senses. And clocking in at almost seven minutes long—far longer than even the likes of Christopher Nolan would dare allow a trailer to be—the trailer also requires some serious patience to get all the way through. Why, exactly, it’s so long is something of a mystery; every shot seems to linger at least five seconds longer than it needs to, and the scenes of children in superhero costumes wrestling are interminable. There are also plenty of airplanes, bleak cityscapes, and the like, but little to indicate why we should care about them. That said, some of the blurbs superimposed over the video seem to be quite positive; too bad they’re often written in white and are almost illegible. From its synopsis, the new take on superheroes that Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? offers sounds like it could be an interesting story, but if it is, this trailer does it no justice at all.
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About Andrez Bergen:
Andrez Bergen is a Melbourne-born expat Australian writer, journalist, DJ, and occasional comic creator who’s been entrenched in Tokyo, Japan, for the past decade. He makes music as Little Nobody and ran groundbreaking Melbourne record label IF? for 15 years. Bergen has also written for newspapers such as The Age and the Yomiuri Shinbun.
Mr. Bergen published noir/sci-fi novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat in 2011 through Another Sky Press, as well as the surreal fantasy One Hundred Years of Vicissitude and recent anthology The Condimental Op via Perfect Edge Books in 2012/13.
Mr. Bergen has also published straight short stories via in outlets including Crime Factory and Shotgun Honey, and he has worked on translating and adapting the scripts for feature anime films by Mamoru Oshii, Kazuchika Kise, and Naoyoshi Shiotani with Production I.G.
I'm a lifelong literary omnivore, and am delighted to be turning my obsession with books into a career. I currently write for Kirkus Reviews and Bookslut, and I also work as a freelance writer and editor for organizations and individuals of all stripes. When I'm not messing around with words, you'll find me singing, cooking, or wandering the streets of Brooklyn. Check out all my articles.