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Casanova is a comic book series that debuted in June 2006 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 2021, Luxuria, Gula and Avarita are complete with the current 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.

Allow us to 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 heli-casino ...
  • ... 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.
  • Artificial Human: Ruby Seychelle, Ruby Berserko. Sabine Seychelle does good work.
  • Bandage Mummy: Newman Xeno
    • Cooper Caine, Fashion Photographer to the Stars, in an in-universe homage to Newman Xeno.
  • Big Bad: Newman Xeno
  • Brain Uploading: Tragically and painfully subverted.
  • Break the Cutie: Kaito in Casanova: Gula.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Heavily implied in "Luxuria", between Casanova and Zephyr.
  • The Casanova: It's right there in the title.
  • Dark Action Girl: Zephyr Quinn, period.
  • Double Agent
  • The Dragon: Zephyr Quinn to Newman Xeno - or is she?
  • Easy Sex Change: Casanova has one of these in the "Gula" arc, to pretend to be his sister to infiltrate the Xeno's latest plan and at the end get changed back.
  • Escape Artist: David X before he leveled up.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: David X meditated his way into superhumanity.
  • 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" is that as long as a Newman Xeno (aka Luther Desmond Diamond) existed in any universe he could/would damage the multiverse beyond repair.
  • Evil Twin: Casanova is the evil twin replacing his dead good twin. Interestingly, of the alternate universes visited, there is always one good Quinn sibling and one evil one. In the original universe, Cass was the evil one whereas Zeph was the good one, while 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.
  • Expy: Sabine Seychelle is totally a grown-up Chaotic Neutral Jonny Quest according to Word of God.
  • Suki Boutique is transparently a Modesty Blaise expy that retired to run a casino.

Psychic combat at dawn ... because The Genre Demands It!