Ruse #14

Writer: Scott Beatty Artist: Butch Guice Publisher: CrossGen Critic Reviews: 4
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  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Craig Lemon Dec 26, 2002

    By far the best touches in this comic are the dialogue and the art – although the plot is somewhat straightforward and been-there, done-that, very Famous-Five-esque, almost the entire issue is rendered in effective darkness – by which I mean the whole story is set at night, yet the art is clear and moody lighting sets the various scenes excellently. Beatty has picked up the dialogue baton from Waid extremely well, a few deft touches show he is beginning to get comfortable on this book. Let's hope for more originality in the plot department next time, and Beatty will be welcome to stay on this title for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Dale Roberts Dec 11, 2002

    This was truly a dark story and the artwork was very dark in the use of various shades. Magnificent! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Dec 4, 2002

    Artistically the story reminds me a lot of Disney's live-action series The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. The normally civilized and proper character designs are eschewed in favor of the more rougher and the more broken faces of the sea scoundrels. Colors are subdued--as they should be--save for dramatic shadows and lights courtesy of candle-lit, clandestine meetings. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Dec 4, 2002

    A pretty solid conclusion to Scott Beatty's opening arc, as there's some pretty exciting moments in this issue, and while the ending is a bit abrupt, overall the story wrapped up quite nicely. The mystery of the wrecked ships didn't make for much of a mystery, and to tell the truth it's a little insulting to the intelligence of the ships crews that sailed in this region that they didn't notice a pattern, in that only ships laden with precious cargo were dashed upon the reefs. Still, the issue does have a couple fairly harrowing moments, as Emma's time in the coffin developed a nice sense of urgency, as did the scene where Simon is unmasked while he's surrounded by a gang of killers. I also enjoyed the way that Simon managed to keep himself alive long enough for Emma to do her job, as he also managed to figure out who masterminded this plan. The opening page recap also nicely hints that back in Partington, another potential problem awaits Simon & Emma. Read Full Review

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