Welcome to Crossovers We Want to See, a fairly self-explanatory recurring feature in which we pitch the meeting of a pair of characters or teams from different comic companies. Playing editor, we'll dream up writer and artist combinations and basic story points.
Casanova & B.P.R.D.: Secret Agent Men
Written by Matt Fraction & Mike Mignola, drawn by Jim Steranko
After a hard fought adventure in an alternate timeline, super secret agent Casanova Quinn is looking forward to some rest and relaxation when his travels are interrupted by some uninvited guests: Abe Sapien, Johann Krauss and Liz Sherman of the B.P.R.D. After comparing notes and realizing that the magics of an enemy they were facing must have mixed with Cass's traveling technology, the brains at E.M.P.I.R.E. get to work on figuring out which reality to return the agents to. Meanwhile, a brand new mission becomes a priority and Cass asks his newfound friends if they'd be willing to help him out given their special abilities. The newly formed group heads off on a mission to explore a corporation that may or may not be a front for intergalactic drug runners. With a fantastic mix of the bizarre and classic thriller spy exploits the story takes plenty of twists and turns, with Cass and the B.P.R.D. members working together to take down the operation. By the time they're done, the E.M.P.I.R.E. scientists are able to send them back home where they find themselves right where they left off.
We love all things B.P.R.D. and Hellboy, so taking that concept and mixing it with the excellent over-the-top spy aspects of Casanova seems like a perfect match. Mignola and company have hit on those notes in previous stories, but Fraction might be able to really hit them home. Clearly getting Jim Steranko to draw the book with be a longshot, but he's the end all be all when it comes to secret agent visual fiction, but we'd also be down for Mignola trading pages with Casanova artists Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon if Steranko can't be persuaded. If you're curious about these characters, check out the newly revamped Casanova: Luxuria TPB from Marvel's Icon line which drops this week along with BPRD: Plague of Frogs Volume 1.