WATCH: How Casanova became Matt Fraction's break into comics

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Mar 26, 2021, 8:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Long before Matt Fraction was blowing our minds with Chip Zdarsky on their Image Comics title Sex Criminals or his Marvel work on Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist and The Invincible Iron Man, he started out his career in 2006 with a psychedelic and surreal trip through the world of global espionage called Casanova.

Casanova Quinn is a hedonistic thief and the unwanted member of the prestigious espionage family agency E.M.P.I.R.E. and is kidnapped across parallel dimensions and blackmailed into becoming a double agent. That's really only scratching the surface of what the title is about, but it's that wild and zany unpredictability in comics that Fraction and his co-creators, twin brother artists Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon, regularly tap that takes modern comics back to time when anything went. It remains a signature title from the prolific writer.

"I thought if you're only ever going to have one book in the world with your name on the spine, don't be the world's 400th sh***y Batman or Wolverine rip-off," Fraction told SYFY WIRE. "Do the book you want to read and do the book you want to see. So as far as I'm concerned, I won."

We spoke with Fraction about his break into comics via Casanova and how he shot for the stars with that project. Also, be sure to watch the first part of this interview in which Fraction talks about drawing from personal experience for Sex Criminals.


Additional reporting by Ernie Estrella