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Casanova Quinn is a secret secret agent and a pawn in a game of espionage-chess played by his father Cornelius and the forces of E.M.P.I.R.E. against all the bad guys in the world. When a mission goes haywire and Casanova disappears, all hell breaks loose across the span of the space-time continuum itself!...

Title : Casanova, Vol. 2: Gula
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ISBN : 9781582408668
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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Casanova, Vol. 2: Gula Reviews

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2018-09-24 20:36

    Bullet Review:Other than occasional glimpses of a plot and hints of what might in other books be called character development, I am bemused by this. WHAT IS CASANOVA QUINN not when!!! What is this and what does it mean and is there a point???!

  • Patrick
    2018-10-01 02:36

    (Note, this review will make more sense in context of my review of the first volume of the Casanova series. This story was either more straightforward than the first, or handled in a more straightforward way. As a result, I enjoyed it even more, and had the opportunity to settle into the world a bit and get comfortable.

  • Artemy
    2018-09-20 23:45

    So, this was much better than Volume 1. Casanova: Luxuria was an extremely confusing, disjointed and almost unfollowable, albeit, still kinda enjoyable, clusterfuck of a story (well, I'm sorry, I'm gonna re-read it someday to make sure). In Gula, the story kind of pulls itself together, without loosing much of the first book's craziness and sexiness and plot-twists. It gets serious and emotional at times, too, in a typical Fraction fashion.Artwork by Fábio Moon is a nice change also. Not to say anything against his brother, Gabriel Bá, who is actually pretty great too, but Moon's art just seems to suit the style of the book better. I also highly recommend full-coloured version, because the colours are absolutely gorgeous. The Image Comics Complete Edition also comes with bonus hand-drawn, non-digitized sketches and original pannels, and I actually would prefer even more if the comic was published in this way completely, because analog colours and inks by Moon are so charming.I am glad that I gave this series another chance, because it does get better with each issue. Now on to Volume 3, and then the ongoing 4. Looking forward to it.

  • Andrew
    2018-10-01 19:32

    Volume 2 adds a few layers of emotional and moral complexity to the hipster-cool vibe and hyperactive violence of Volume 1. It's sometimes an awkward fit, and not all of the emotional moments land the way they should, but it's great to see a comic grow while still retaining what made it unique and fun in the first place.

  • Björn
    2018-10-09 01:52

    Ég las hana áður í blöðum, þessum æpandi bláu sem Image gaf út. Það er orðið ansi langt síðan. Nú komst ég loksins í söguna í heild, þá í þessari endurlituðu útgáfu. Hún er ekki verri, bara öðruvísi. Það er eitthvað sem virkar við bláu útgáfuna og það er eitthvað annað sem virkar við þessa. Fraction talar um það í eftirmálanum að Avaritia, þriðju bókinni, að þegar hann hafi ákveðið að nú væri tímabært að halda áfram með söguna, hafi hann sest niður í fyrsta sinn í lengri tíma og lesið fyrstu fjórtán blöðin - Luxuria og Gula - frá upphafi til enda. Í kjölfarið hafi honum liðið líkamlega illa, vegna þess að honum fannst þetta of lélegt. Að mögulega hafi þetta verið það besta sem hafði fram að færa á þeim tíma, en nú myndi þetta aldrei virka. Ég held að þetta sé vitleysa. Ég held hann hafi orðið betri höfundur með tímanum en það kemur mér á óvart að svo tónlistarlega þenkjandi sem hann er hafi honum aldrei dottið í hug að æfðari tónlistarmaður sendi ekki endilega frá sér betri plötu en fyrir fimm árum síðan.Allt um það.Fraction breytir um stefnu og hann breytir um takt í þriðju bókinni en Gula stendur ennþá fyrir sínu. Ýmislegt birtist mér núna sem ég greip ekki áður -- ekki síst allar vísanirnar til The Mountain Goats. Og spurningin um líf meðal vélmenna, og um leið skepnuskapinn sem felst í því að þvinga mannlegum dauða uppá sálir vélanna. Þegar Kato ákveður að jarða kærustuna sína er að minnsta kosti ein persóna viðstödd sem skilur ekki hvað honum gengur til, en umgjörðin er rómantísk, einsog maður eigi að taka þátt í söknuði og sorg. Ég held ég hafi lesið með því síðast en nú kemur það ekkert á óvart að Kato skuli gerast andstæðingur í kjölfarið. Zephyr er með á nótunum; Casanova veit hvað klukkan er.Þetta form á sögunni, með sjö stuttum köflum, finnst mér líka koma betur út en það sem tekur við í Avaritia. Ahem.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-14 22:57

    Lordy, I almost wanted to make a chart, diagram, or SOMETHING to make the timelines more tangible (before and during this set). And, gosh golly, I think you need a Masters in Comics to really GET THIS on a deeper level. This is a pretty good review, especially re: the art and references to other works: http://sequart.org/magazine/54471/asa...

  • Jeff
    2018-09-30 00:53

    I still don't UNDERSTAND it. This is written for a more sophisticated postmodern sort of nerd.That said, the density of Mountain Goats references and jokes and pleasantly rendered cartoon breasts is enough to make me ENJOY it.

  • Tj Mcdonald
    2018-10-05 19:37

    My review of Casanova Vol 1 mentioned that the beginning was convoluted, but once the exposition was out of the way, the book got better. This was almost the complete opposite! Everything was great until the last issue, where the plot went haywire and once again become convoluted. It was still WAY easier to follow than Volume 1, and the art by Fabio Moon was fabulous. It may just be the art by Ba and Moon, but I feel like this book is a spiritual cousin to Gerard Way's Umbrella Academy. And, just like UA, I liked Vol. 2 a significant amount more than Vol. 1. I am hoping that Volume 3 is where the book levels out and the beginning and end become fairly comprehensible. A little foot note: I think that Fraction (and Gerard Way) borrow heavily from Grant Morrison's style of writing in which scenes open and close without definitive exposition or closure, leaving the reader as a co-conspirator in the plot. In fact, Fraction confirms this process in the back, though he does not mention Morrison. I think that is a fantastic way to write a comic book. It causes engagement in the story from an early point, and when it is over, it leaves room for more interpretations on a re-read. Gerard Way has proven fairly successful at this, though his method tends to be a bit on the safer side. I feel like Fraction, however, employs this method in addition to the inclusion of inside references from his life (pulling references from the aether is how he mentions it at the end of one issue). When the references are not understand or easily researched, the blanks are harder to fill in. That leaves the story a little too jumbled for it's own good.Anyway, this bird has flown.

  • Helmut
    2018-10-18 21:50

    Über die Schwierigkeit, einen Hit zu toppenDer erste Band der Reihe, "Luxuria", war ein komplexes, völlig verwirrendes Spiel mit Zeitebenen und verrückten Personen. "Gula" führt zwar die Storyline (soweit man davon reden kann) weiter, ist aber deutlich linearer und weniger hirnverschwurbelnd als der erste Teil. Leider geht damit auch etwas von der Atmosphäre, die "Luxuria" so einmalig macht, verloren. Dazu ein neuer Zeichner: Fabio Moon orientiert sich zwar am ersten Band, doch gerade der holzschnittartige Stil Gabriel Bas und die Dreifarbigkeit wurden aufgegeben, so dass auch diesbezüglich etwas Flair fehlt.Doch sollte man sich, wenn einem "Luxuria" auch nur ansatzweise gefallen hat, davon nicht abschrecken lassen, denn auch in "Gula" findet sich die gleiche Mixtur aus James Bond und Science Fiction, die den Leser wirklich begeistern kann. Ohne Kenntnis des ersten Bands ist die Lektüre von "Gula" allerdings nicht zu empfehlen.Das Taschenbuch mit für meinen Geschmack zu dünnem Papier und zu labberigem Kartoneinband weist gute Farbreproduktion auf; ein Sketchbook am Ende rundet das ganze ab.

  • Pturingan
    2018-09-20 02:40

    Wild, trippy, sci-fi, spy (spy-fi?) comic fun! I can't decide if I prefer Fabio Moon's art over his twin brother's- let's just say that both are great.This is a terrific series that defies description. I read recently that the 4th issue of the current mini-series (titled Avaritia, I think) is already out so I'm hoping that the new collection will be out soon as well.Very minor, nitpicky complaint: For a series with such great interior art, I'm surprised at how bland and boring the collection covers are (at least in my opinion). Also, I really don't like the title/logo "design" they've got going on there; maybe the intention is to make it look like a blur or something but for me it just ends up looking like they made a printing error.These are just extremely minor complaints though, and the bottom line is this: If you like cool, mind-bending, sexy sci-fi action, you'll probably like this series.

  • Stewart Tame
    2018-09-18 23:40

    My lukewarm reaction to this book bothers me a little. It's fun and readable and a loving tribute to the 60's super spy era. There's a little James Bond and Barbarella and Modesty Blaise and who knows what else in the mix. The art is stellar. I just wish I was more into it. From the various essays at the back, Matt Fraction seems have loved writing it much more than I enjoyed reading it. I like it fine; I just don't love it more than sliced bread or whatever. Honestly, the essays at the back are almost more interesting than the comic itself, particularly the interviews with Brett McCarthy and Bryan Lee O'Malley. I'll likely read volume 3, but I wish I could shake this nagging feeling that there's something wrong with my reaction to the book, like there's something I'm not getting that's obvious to everyone else or something.

  • Eric England
    2018-10-08 19:44

    Casanova: Gula is a vibrant and original work of sequential art (another term for comic book storytelling). Matt Fraction and Fabio Moon give their full attention and unfiltered creativity to this series and it shows in every panel. However, this means that the story often falls prey to the same flaws as the previous volume of Casanova. Moments of pure genius are followed by utter inane silliness and needless shock value. The story and its meanings are often obscure to the reader and the big twist at the end actually falls a little flat. Casanova is a strange work of transition, it wants to be transcendent (and it is at times) and a fanboy fave all at once and this dual identity holds the book back when it should rightfully soar. I would recommend this volume to ADULT graphic novel fans (seriously, this series is a hard R) but it is just not on my personal favorites list.

  • Ben
    2018-10-09 22:40

    I was disappointed to see Gabriel Ba go at first, but by the end I was just as in love, if not more so, with Fabio Moon's art. In fact, the two of those guys are probably the only artists in comics right now whose work I get really excited about - cause when we get down to it I'm a story first kind of guy. It helps then that the story in this one is deeper and more focused than in the first. Really what sold me on Fabio Moon ultimately is that his art is somewhat more sensuous than Ba's and this arc is really all about the lust, passion and femininity of these characters. This is proudly, defiantly, romantic sci-fi wackiness and it culminates in the best, most unexpected, plot twist I can remember in at least the last 3 years of my comic-reading.

  • Paul Allard
    2018-09-29 22:40

    Strange comic book collection about time travelA scifi espionage story featuring highly-sexed characters including the title character Casanova Quinn, his sister, Zephyr Quinn and many others.It seems to be tongue-in-cheek with lots of sex and violence. The main character gets lost in time for a good part of the story but all the other characters are involved in their own plots – in many senses of the word.I found this collection quite hard to read – in the digital edition. The writing was quite small as were the illustrations on the whole. There are also an abundance of flashbacks which are not easy to recognise creating confusion – in this reader anyway.The artwork was good on the whole and there’s a lot of information at the end about how this comic was conceived and drawn.

  • Ryan
    2018-10-03 02:46

    Fraction made a big mistake in the first volume. He introduced the main character and then changed the status quo at practically the same time. So the reader never really knew where the main character's motivations stood. It makes a little sense by the end, the groundwork is a little shaky. Volume two makes a lot more sense and sheds more light on the previous volume. There are still some strange questions, but the mystery is no longer so complicated. And, of course, the art and inking is amazing and everyone has a happy explosion of cum at the end. Looking forward to volume 3...

  • Shaun
    2018-09-24 21:35

    This was a 'good enough' tying off of loose ends to volume 1 of Cassanova. But, I feel like it was really far too coherent and straight-forward a tale to really stand up to the manic confusing mess that made the first volume so much fun. The story seemed to flow logically from point A to B to C instead of illogically from D to Z to A the way the previous volume did. And I feel a lot of the fun left with the incoherence.

  • Matt
    2018-10-13 19:41

    Sweet jumpin' goddammit, this book is good. Everything that worked in the first volume is thrown out the window to slow down for a thoughtful, character-driven ensemble book that kept me coming back to each issue over and over again until the next one arrived. It's a little scary to think that a writer as young as Fraction is in the throes of his masterpiece, but this sucker is gonna be seven volumes, so he'll make great time on it.

  • Bob Fantastic
    2018-10-03 23:35

    This was good and strange with excellent art but also difficult to follow. I kept feeling like I missed something and kept going back and looking. I understand the goals was to keep it sharp and fast paced but perhaps a touch more basic exposition would've cleared the plot up a little at the beginning. That said, the book is great and this volume is beautiful. It's just that I have read much stronger from both author and artist.

  • Brandon Forsyth
    2018-09-21 00:51

    CASANOVA is like a sci-fi-spy-thriller-alternate-timeline-double-crossing-multiple-personality milkshake, and you're in the blender! Surrender to the awesomeness and drink ... yourself! Sometimes confusing, never boring, and always fun. Can't wait to read the third volume...and then go back to re-read everything and see if I can make sense of it all. :)

  • Mike Jozic
    2018-10-15 18:34

    So rare these days to have something this crazy, sexy, cool in any medium. Casanova is possibly my favourite of Fractions creations and works and having the inimitable messrs. Moon and Ba a part of the whole thing just makes it that much better. Very excited to hit volume III, Avaritia, but also a little saddened that it will be the last.

  • Tricia
    2018-09-27 01:55

    I don't know if I can really express how happy it makes me to read such a complicated and smart graphic novel series. I still have the 3rd volume to read but I'm glad they're currently working on the 4th after a few year hiatus so that I don't have to be sad to be done & wonder if they'll continue.

  • William Thomas
    2018-10-06 19:48

    After reading Fear Agent, Matt Fraction's bizarro take on James Bond starring in The Maltese Falcon if written by Charles Stross, this book just doesn't measure up. Fabio Moon's art, although beautifully colored, is a serious distraction. And as I've said before, the art and story have to work in harmony. Otherwise, it comes off like a disjointed mess. And that's really what this book is.

  • Sonic
    2018-10-11 18:32

    Possibly even better writing in this second book, and Switching from Ba' (the artist in book 1) to Moon (his (twin?) brother) as artist is brilliant.I cannot say which brother's art I prefer, they both did awesome psychedelic work!Fraction is great at build-ups AND at resolutions!Fun and funny in an Austin Powers or Casino Royale (the First movie) kinda way.

  • Aaron
    2018-10-04 22:52

    Just as wild as the first volume, Gula continues Fraction's entertaining take on time travel and science fiction insanity. It's extremely quirky, but it never strays too far into the bizarre. The ending is a bit hard to understand, but still oddly satisfying. Pure fun.

  • Mike
    2018-09-28 22:35

    Yeah, I'm done with Casanova. There's stirrings of something that could be really good here, but it's all just kind of awash in a mishmash of gratuitous sex/violence. (I'd probably read a Newman Xeno spinoff series, though.)

  • James
    2018-10-01 20:42

    I love Casanova. It just gets stranger, funnier, and more inventive as it goes on. The art and dialogue are superb, the plot dazzling, and its confidence puts you right at ease. I'm a fan of Fraction and the twins anyway, but this is the high quality shit right here.

  • Mabomanji
    2018-09-27 19:36

    I definitely prefer Gabriel Ba's drawings but it's the story that threw me off this time. It's simpler and more straightforward and we lose the craziness and drive of the main character's attempt at dealing with his change of world. Not sure i will read next volume.

  • Mike
    2018-09-25 00:43

    So much fun. Toppogrosso's Secret Cinema is brutal, sly, chilling stuff. Fraction's way with adjectives is superb: "Now he whore his genius out to the highest blood-spattered bidder." Moon conveys emotional layers in a pair of panels that some would take pages to get across.

  • Francois Arsenault
    2018-09-20 22:55

    We loose Gabriel Bà in favour of Fabio Moon but none of the energy of the first volume. Just as gorgeous as it used to be but the plotlines are actually a bit easier to follow which makes for a much more enjoyable read. Comic book spy insanity at it's finest.

  • Peter
    2018-10-05 02:34

    Ultimately, they twists, turns, alternate universe change-overs, time-travel, and out of order method of storytelling hurts the overall product. I love the ideas, but the execution is rushed and convoluted. If I can get a hold of the third volume, I will read it.