Ruse #21

Writer: Scott Beatty Artist: Butch Guice Publisher: CrossGen Critic Reviews: 3
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  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jul 5, 2003

    When watching Jeremy Brett's early Sherlock Holmes mysteries there's a certain point in which the violin music crescendos and the static display on the television becomes a staccato of scenes in which Holmes re-enacts or susses out the culprit. Butch Guice, who yes with Mike Perkins and Laura Martin still provides the gorgeous artwork of which we've grown accustomed, mimics this type of cinematic feeling with a widescreen display of unusually uniform panels that are not read in clockwise but from left to right across two pages. It's a technique that broadens the scope of the book's narrative and heightens the tension. The idea is that each panel is a sliver of time that's unfolding before your eyes, and time is running out for Simon Archard. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jul 13, 2003

    This issue solves the murder mystery in a manner that explains the how & why of the crime, by revealing that this wasn't a murder, but rather it was an accident that just happened to have all the earmarks of a murder. Now looking back at the previous issue there are a couple visual clues that make it clear that Scott Beatty had this ending planned all along, but while the book earns points for it's rather novel solution, it loses far more by asking the readers to accept the entire thing as a simple accident, as the timing of this accident, and it's choice of victims is clearly designed to send the message of murder. Still, I do like the fact that Emma was the character called upon to put it all together, as I'm all for stories the convey the idea that she is a capable, and highly intelligent investigator. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Dale Roberts Jun 23, 2003

    Simon also has knowledge of arcane potions and is quite aware of undetectable poisons that are able to affect humans. There is a classic scene in which Simon confronts a very large prisoner who is asking for a toll. Simon manages to take the big lug down when the toll is tripled. Read Full Review

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