When Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon reteam for the fourth volume of their acclaimed spy-fi series Casanova, they’ll bring with them a literary heavy-hitter: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.
“When Casanova returns at the end of the year, the main story by Moon and me will be backed up by shorts created by Michael Chabon and Bá,” Fraction wrote on his blog. “He keeps saying ‘Like Tales of Asgard‘ and I’m not sure if he’s kidding or not.”
Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which follows two Jewish cousins who partner to create the Escapist, one of the most popular heroes of the Golden Age of comic books. Many of the events of the novel, which is dedicated to Jack Kirby, are based on the lives of actual comic-book creators like Will Eisner, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Jim Steranko and Stan Lee.
The author later teamed with Dark Horse for the anthology Michael Chabon Presents the Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, and the miniseries The Escapists, written by Brian K. Vaughan. Chabon, whose other novels include Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, also contributed to DC Comics’ JSA: All-Stars #7 and Batman: Death by Design.
Asked last night on his blog whether the Chabon announcement is an April Fools’ prank, Fraction replied, “It’s not. I hate April fools. but nobody will believe it anyway; proper PR to go out tomorrow, follow-ups surely to follow, etc.”
Debuting in June 2006 in Image Comics’ 16-page “slimline” format, Casanova follows the timeline-jumping exploits of free-lance thief and espionage artist Casanova Quinn. Marvel began publishing the series under its Icon banner in 2011, with the arrival of the third volume.