Previously in… CASANOVA

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Very, very soon (tomorrow, in fact) Casanova returns to comic shelves with its fourth volume; Acedia. This series, written by Matt Fraction with art by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, is one of my favorite comics of all time. While it appears that Acedia will be a perfect jumping on point for new readers, a lot has happened in the previous three volumes. That’s why I’m here to get you caught up on the major plot points of the story and tell you who, where, and when is Casanova Quinn.

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Volume one: Luxuria

The story follows freelance superspy, Casanova Quinn. Cass is the black sheep of a family that’s mostly on the side of the angels. His father, Cornelius Quinn, runs a huge spy organization called E.M.P.I.R.E. (it’s like SHIELD) and his sister, Zephyr Quinn, is its top agent. When Zephyr is killed in the line of duty, Cass goes to her funeral and his life is changed. While at the funeral a mysterious device is slipped into his pocket which transports him from timeline 909 to timeline 919. In timeline 919, Cass was the one that died while Zephyr is the black sheep. The plot was all orchestrated by evil super-genius, Newman Xeno (pretty much the coolest bad guy in all of comics). Xeno runs an evil spy org, W.A.S.T.E., and forces Cass into being his double agent inside E.M.P.I.R.E.

While Cass adjusts to being in timeline 919, where he is supposed to be a top good guy, where his sister is still alive and is evil, and where his mom lives in a sort of vegetative state, he completes various missions for both E.M.P.I.R.E. and W.A.S.T.E. (I’m not going to tell you about those missions, you have to read the book yourself to find out about them). When Luxuria ends, Cass shakes off the leverage that Xeno had over him by sending away Zephyr and their mother to a safe place where Xeno can’t get to them. Cass ends up working for E.M.P.I.R.E. in honest, leading his team which includes Sabine Seychelle (a robotics expert who made his name creating sex robots), Kaito (a teenage Japanese boy who lives in a giant robot from World War II), Ruby Seychelle (Kaito’s girlfriend and a sentient creation of Seychelle), and Ruby Berserko (robot created around the same time as Ruby Seychelle, using the same AI, but not a sex robot).

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Volume two: Gula

Cass and his team are given the mission of stopping the creation of an aircraft (maybe a spacecraft too) that is powered by something called the H-Element. The story then flashes forward two years and Kaito is being chased by the aircraft they were supposed to stop the creation of. The craft crashes and it’s revealed that the pilot is Sasa Lisi, a blue-skinned woman from the future, who asks Kaito “When is Casanova Quinn?” Cass has gone missing and Sasa insists on finding him because he’ll eventually fall in love with her and that he is a key to the survival of the multiquintessence. All the while this is happening, Zephyr has returned and is working with her new love interest, Kubark Benday. Kubark is the son of the head of X.S.M. and is next in line run the organization. Kubark and Zephyr are hired by Newman Xeno to kill everybody that knows about the H-Element, with the final name on the list being Cornelius Quinn.

After killing the other people on the list, Zephyr and Kubark launch an assault on E.M.P.I.R.E. cutting through a number of agents. Zephyr rips our Ruby Berserko’s eye, kills Ruby Seychelle, and chops her father’s head off. While Zephyr is killing her way through E.M.P.I.R.E., Kubark steals Sasa Lisi’s ship. After the attack, it’s revealed by a very alive Cornelius that Zephyr is working undercover for E.M.P.I.R.E. and everyone that she killed in her attack was a Seychelle created robot. Even though a backup of Ruby exists, Kaito refuses to bring his girlfriend back to life, claiming that her death needs to mean something. Cornelius orders the troops to be rallied in order to invade X.S.M. Island. On the aforementioned island, it’s revealed that the island is a giant gun and they’re planning to launch Lisi’s ship into space, an action that sets off a chain of events that ends with Xeno having the ability to transport Cass from timeline 909 to 919.

As Xeno and Benday are about to launch the ship, Zephyr turns on them and reveals that she’s a double agent. E.M.P.I.R.E. descends on the island and in their attack, Kaito attempts to take revenge for the death of Ruby by shooting Zephyr. This is when we find out that Casanova has been in the book all along and had been completely transformed into Zephyr. Cass had been trying to atone for what he’s done by taking away Xeno’s ability to bring him over to this universe, and undoing the death of the Cass from 909. Cornelius, furious that his son has been dead all this time, fires the ship and forces Cass to continue the life that he’s been forced into. Xeno, Kubark, and Kubark’s father are all taken into custody. As the volume ends, Cass is returned to his male form and Xeno is broken out of his E.M.P.I.R.E. prison.

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Volume three: Avaritia

As punishment for what he’s done, Cornelius forces Cass to continue working for E.M.P.I.R.E. This time around his mission is to kill Newman Xeno… in every timeline. Cass jumps from timeline to timeline either killing Xeno or using a device to destroy that entire universe when he’s unable to complete his mission. The mission takes its toll on Cass, mentally and physically, as he now finds himself in a constant state of sickness and is haunted by what he’s done. Cass isn’t the only sick one in this story. Cornelius takes a medical leave from E.M.P.I.R.E. due to cancer, leaving Sabine Seychelle in charge of the organization.

Even though Xeno is being hunted through the multiverse, the 919 Xeno is still active and convinces Kaito to join him and get revenge against the Quinn’s for the death of Ruby. Xeno needs Kaito to make sure that he still exists when all is said and done with Cass’ mission. Speaking of his mission, while he was hunting one of the Xeno’s, Cass discovered that Xeno’s real name is Luther Desmond Diamond. Over time, Luther begins to grow on Cass as a person and he decides not to kill one of them. In between volumes, Cass and Sasa Lisi became a couple and now the Luther that Cass spared becomes a third member in their relationship. Cass develops a plan to make sure than Newman Xeno never comes to be, which Seychelle discovers and tries to shut him down. At the same time, Xeno and his gang launch an attack on New York, also in an attempt to stop Cass. Luther manages to escape to another universe using the device that Cass was using to destroy universes. After Cass sends away Luther, he and Xeno get into a huge brawl which ends with Xeno’s bandages unraveling into nothing. Cass jumps into a ship created by Sasa Lisi, getting away from everything. In the middle of the chaos, Kaito exacts revenge, shooting Cornelius in the head.

With Cass gone, Seychelle now makes E.M.P.I.R.E.’s main mission hunting down Cass in every universe and killing all of them. The volume ends with our Cass crashing Sasa’s ship in another universe, one that almost resembles our own.

And there we have it. Now you’re all caught up to read Acedia. Casanova Quinn is stuck in another universe with no recollection of who he is. What happens now? We’ll find out tomorrow.

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Kelly Harrass is a comic shop worker and writer from Milwaukee, WI. You may know him as one of the regular hosts of the PoP!-Cast and the co-host of PCW. Find him on Twitter @comicgeekelly and email him at kharrass@panelsonpages.com

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