While drawn with ever lush care and original in its conveyance of humor, while plotted thoroughly and with expert timing and characterized attentively, this issue of Ruse ends on an unappealing note that keeps the story from being a perfect gem. The tragedy befalling one of the characters does not provide impact, nor does it make the story better. Rather, the scene is out of place and nothing else. Read Full Review
This issue does seem to be a bit conflicted as on one hand it seems to be trying to deliver a madcap farce on the idea of a home invasion, as the bumbling criminals that are moving through the house looking for vengeance upon Simon are about as ineffectual as one could hope for. What more the issue seems to draw great delight in playing up the old chestnut comedy bits, like the villain who inadvertently knocks himself out his own chloroform rag, or the classic murderer hiding inside the empty suit of armor gag. On the other side of the equation though the book also seems to be trying for a sense of danger, as we have the scenes where people are waylaid in the dark, and there's also a decidedly downbeat ending as a character is flung off the stairs & has her neck broken. Now I realize that often times writers will toss a serious moment into a lighthearted issue, as the dramatic scene is given greater impact when it's in direct contrast to the overall tone that has been established, but Read Full Review
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