We have a mystery where the identity of the villain is known to the readers right from the start. We have a sniper who is going out of his way to either deliver non-life-threatening shots, or missing his targets altogether. We have detective work that is rather simplistic, as Emma's trip to the school record offices makes the case look remarkably easy to solve, while Simon's efforts basically require him to sit back and wait for the villain to reveal himself, by asking a series of incriminating questions that are as revealing as if the man had brought his sniper rifle into class. In the end all the enjoyment one could possibly derive from this issue is sucked out by Scott Beatty's insistence to explain away everything before one could even start to ask the questions. Now the idea of Simon teaching a class to a group of students is a fun idea, and I was a little disappointed to see it doesn't look to be an ongoing part of the book. However, the issue also makes it clear that in light of Read Full Review
Discounting the spectacular shot of Emma's bare legs and lovely nude back, the best scene in the entire book and where the reader awakens occurs when Simon sets up Emma for a humorous encounter with a cutpurse. This issue of the usually entertaining Ruse was not worth the extra wait. Read Full Review
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