Ruse #13

Writer: Scott Beatty Artist: Butch Guice Publisher: CrossGen Critic Reviews: 3
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  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Nov 7, 2002

    It's nice to see that this book can not only continue to keep moving along at a nice clip after losing Mark Waid, but also that Scott Beatty has recognized the elements that made this book such an enjoyable read. This issue gives a lion's share of the spotlight to Emma, as Simon spends most of the issue in disguise, and while this does rob the book of the amusing exchanges between it's two lead characters, Scott Beatty does a nice job of playing up Emma's strengths as a character. She's strong willed and intelligent, but we also see that her tunnel vision when it comes to proving her self as Simon's equal will often blind her to the fact that she's put herself in a situation where she's in "grave" danger. In fact by the end of this issue Emma's inability to restrain her enthusiasm quite literally places her six feet under. Now the mystery of why the ships were going down was revealed a little too early in the game for my liking, but this issue's cliffhanger certainly grabs one's attent Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Nov 1, 2002

    The winning combination of the art team can be felt right from page one. Laura Martin evokes a fall day with red and gold leaves as Emma takes a horse-drawn carriage across an understated bridge constructed by Butch Guice and Mike Perkins. While typically dark in atmosphere and natural light, the seaside residences still reveal detail, depth and color which enhance the experience. Later in the book, a fog falls and enshrouds the setting to emphasize the eerie mood, and in the darkness, secrets are revealed and comedy as well as drama dances across the stage. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Dale Roberts Oct 30, 2002

    Just like the dreaded Bermuda Triangle we have talk of missing ships in Ruse #13! Then to really get the juices going, then there is talk of giant squid (Kraken) who may be taking ships down underneath the waves. With the gothic style of artwork done on Ruse #13, this comic book would fare good with any scary Halloween story. Even the dark and shadowy character Master Obed Joy gives me the goosebumps. Not the type of guy I would want to come into contact with in a dark alley. I couldn't help feel sorry for the dainty Sarah Ainsley being harassed in a bad way by all of those seedy men in that tavern. Then comes Obed Joy who seems to rescue this damsel in distress, but can she be safe with this mysterious stranger? What a powerful and explosive conclusion as Simon Archard is burying Emma alive! This is right out of an Alfred Hitchcock tale! Wow! Read Full Review

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