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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 166

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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at the first collection of Casanova, Luxuria, by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Bá…

Enjoy!

Casanova opens with a nice text box setting you up for what the deal on the series is…


Then we see Casanova in action…




(I love the little “asides” that they work into the comic)

He is captured by his father’s forces and brought to his sister’s funeral (his sister is the good one in the family). He then ends up taken to an alternate reality by a bad guy, Newman Xemo. In THIS reality, it is Casanova who is the good guy and his sister, Zephyr, is the bad one. So Xemo has Casanova replace his “good self” and work for his father’s organization while secretly working for Xemo.

So we see Casanova in action, again…



We sort of get Casanova’s mission statement at the end of the issue…


The next six issues are basically Casanova’s redemption, as he starts to be less of a total jerk while he also goes on a series of awesome missions (while having alternate agendas for each mission – one for the good guys and one for the bad guys).

Here’s one sample mission from #5 (I featured this sample mission in the Year of Cool Comic Moments!)…Casanova is sent to piggyback a UN mission to a mysterious island filled with “savages” that can only be accessed once a year. Years ago, another bad guy stashed his money man here to keep him safe – Casanova is to take down this fellow.







Isn’t Gabriel Bá’s artwork amazing? He does such a brilliant job on this series, and Fraction keeps giving him amazing things to draw.

Anyhow, I won’t spoil the ending of how, exactly, Casanova redeems himself, but it’s all quite heartfelt stuff, and there are a bunch of other interesting characters introduced over the seven issues. This is great comic book stuff right here, and luckily for you, Marvel is going to be reprinting the entire Casanova series very soon from their ICON line. Since each issue was 17 pages for $2, Marvel will be re-printing two issues of the original series per issue of their new series (for $4). Except for #1, which will have NEW material filling out the rest of the issue (otherwise, there wouldn’t be an even number to combine issues, as the storyline is seven issues long).