I was a bit skeptical last month when writer Matt Fraction teased, "Just wait till we make the Casanova announcements." After all, we've been fooled before.

But if you followed Twitter over the holidays -- the accounts of Fraction and artists Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon, specifically -- you saw clear indications that work has indeed begun on the long-rumored and much-anticipated third volume of the critically acclaimed spy-fi series.

"Hey, guess who remembered how to write Casanova today?" Fraction tweeted on Dec. 19. "Pages 1-6 of Casanova v3 completed and sent to @Gabriel_Ba e @fabiomoon. ho ho ho." Bá replied two days later with: "Pages 1-6 of Casanova v3 - [In] @mattfraction 's own words: 'Okay. That might actually sound like the most impossible thing of all time --'"

And just this week Fraction posted: "Writing more Casanova tonight. Rereading the whole series since the last time I proofread the issues." That was followed last night by, "It's as though I've set out to make Moon and Bá hate me and salt the earth beneath my feet" and the encouraging tag "casanovasback."

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. The second volume, Gula, concluded in May 2008.

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