Ruse #9

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Butch Guice Publisher: CrossGen Critic Reviews: 3
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  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jul 12, 2002

    A highly entertaining issue that gathers together all the best elements of this series into a single issue. We have a fairly engaging murder mystery, some first-rate character interaction, including a delightfully amusing feud between Emma & a bearded woman, and the issue also lays the groundwork for Simon's impending showdown with the villainous Lightbourne. We also get a fairly intense scene between Simon & Emma, as a lingering thread from the opening arc rears its head, and Emma is left to wonder if the secret she's hiding from Simon is about to be exposed. The issue also adds another fun character to Simon's ever expanding collection of oddball operatives, as we're introduced to the late Otto's twin sister, Ophelia. The murder mysteryis also a fairly clever little plot, as the murder weapon is fairly unique, and it also ties itself quite nicely to the Lightbourne case, with the final panel of the issue being a wonderful hint of where Lightbourne is going to take this game. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jul 8, 2002

    As usual, Butch Guice, Mike Perkins and Laura DePuy produce one of the prettiest books on the shelf. I don't know which is the more beautiful Sojourn or Ruse. I normally do not compare different art teams, but I see no harm or unfairness to do so here since both of them do a breathtaking job for each title. I think Ruse edges out Sojourn simply because of the breadth of artwork needed. Guice/Perkins and DePuy fashion different period clothing and still give Partington an otherworldly feel while transporting Victorian and other styles of English architecture as well as natural settings to the book that is as stunning as something you may hang on your wall, Elvis on black velvet excluded. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Dale Roberts Jul 3, 2002

    Simon never gives up; he seeks the motive to a murder with relish. His explanations are always on the mark. Lightbourne may be a big hindrance to Simon and will the taunting be overwhelming for Simon? Lightbourne has the same taunting techniques as a real serial killer of our own reality. A killer that taunted the San Francisco police, Vallejo police and various media. That killer was known as the San Francisco Zodiac and he was never caught. The police and media are still haunted by this elusive masked killer. Could Simon fall into the same dilemma? Read Full Review

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