(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)
I was casting about all week for what I should write about this time out, and other stuff got in the way, most notably the talk on futures studies I was asked to give this morning that I then had to research and outline. I didn’t really have a fully loaded single entry in the pipeline, but then I thought about The Avengers and I realized we are giving a hell of a lot of love to corporate comics this month, aren’t we? So I figured it couldn’t hurt to throw some love to the little guy.
Yeah, I know, another list this week. Sorry, but today was the day we moved house, and now I’m sitting on a sofa surrounded by unopened boxes of stuff (including my comics), and I’m exhausted and I’ve had a bit to drink. So in the spirit of being a bit lazy I’m doing a list again, but I hope it will be at least a somewhat helpful list. See, I have a great many friends who have no real interest in superheroes, but at least a curiosity about graphic storytelling. Therefore I find myself frequently passing on information to them about comics they should read that aren’t all about the capes and tights and supervillain monologues. And because of that (and because I had absolutely no time for research this week), I thought maybe you guys might be interested in what I consider to be good non-superhero comic book material. And no, I’m not going for the super-obvious suggestion that you read The Walking Dead. And no, this is not meant to be in any way a definitive list (again, no time for research). These are just some recommendations from me to you.
This is the part where I admit my limitations as a writer.
I generally attempt to give some sense of what exactly you’ll encounter if you happen to pick up any of these comics I’m recommending to you each week. I try to outline the mainframe of the plot, give you a few character names to make you feel at home, maybe even tease a spoiler or two. I can’t do that this time. It’s not that I wouldn’t like to, it’s just that this time we’re talking about Casanova, and Casanova isn’t easy to peg.
Matt Fraction is now the guy who writes The Invincible Iron Man (and wins Eisners for it), the guy who engineered Marvel’s Fear Itself event, the guy who turned in impressive runs on Uncanny X-Men and Immortal Iron Fist, the guy who brought The Mighty Thor back to cosmic glory. Before he was those things, he trumpeted himself to the comics world with this book. Why is it so hard for me to articulate just why Casanova is worth your attention? Read on, because I’m at least going to try.