Casanova is a comic book series written by Matt Fraction with art by (so far) Gabriel Ba and his brother Fabio Moon. Inspired by Jerry Cornelius, Danger: Diabolik, Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD and, of course, James Bond, it tells a trippy tale of spies, flying cars, crazy gadgets, bizarre psychic powers and mind-upgrading drugs. Each story arc is named after one of the Seven Deadly Sins. As of June 2012, Luxuria, Gula and Avarita are complete with the next arc titled Acedia.The eponymous lead is a skilled yet thoroughly sybaritic cat-burglar-for-hire whose dad, Cornelius Quinn, happens to run E.M.P.I.R.E., the world's premier international security organization.Let me rephrase.Casanova Quinn is, among other things, The Most Interesting Man in the World.
He steals — and has sex with — at least one smoking hot robot woman.
He wins a psychic duel with what appear to be three Buddhist monks fused into a single wad.
He dives out of a flying helicasino ...
... while shooting at it ...
... and into a parallel reality where he is his own Evil Twin ...
... where he does it all again, only better.
He is cooler than you'd ever even want to be.
And that's just the first issue!
These tropes feature in his life:
Animal Motifs: Everyone with psychic powers has a "psychomanifest" represented by one animal or another. Casanova had spiders for a while, then upgraded to crows via some really great drugs. Zephyr has snakes.
Evil Minions: Ever meet anyone that went to those technical schools that advertise on late night TV. You know — the "colleges" that exist in mini-malls? Of course not. Anybody who went to those gets recruited into agencies like W.A.S.T.E. and E.M.P.I.R.E. I mean — ever wondered where those jumpsuit guys come from? The killer robot fuelers, the giant drill runners, the spooky laser operators? Colleges from the TV.
Evil Only Has to Win Once: The reasoning for the dimension hopping missions in Avarita, and their original mandate of destroying entire universes before they found Newman Xeno's true identity was that as long as a Newman Xeno existed in the multiverse they could/would damage it beyond repair.
Evil Twin: Casanova is the evil twin replacing his dead good twin.
Interestingly, one of the Quinn siblings is this to the other. In the original universe, Cass was the evil one whereas Zeph was the good one. In the universe Cass currently inhabits, Zeph was the evil one, Cass was the good one before he was killed, making one universe with two evil twins.
Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: David X and his Empire of Zen Crime in Gula are described thusly: Itís like crime, only thereíre no victims, and really, no crimes. It really just spreads a general sense of unrest.
Psychic Powers: Casanova dismantles a foe's gun with his spiders and shreds a couple of Xeno's Mooks with his crow upgrade.
Zephyr is able to recon an entire building with her psycho-manifested snakes — without leaving her chair.