Ruse #19

Writer: Scott Beatty Artist: Butch Guice Publisher: CrossGen Critic Reviews: 3
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  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Dale Roberts May 6, 2003

    I love the sci-fi/fantasy element of the story, as you see several gargoyles in flight over the gothic city. I enjoyed watching two great detective minds like Simon Archard and Iain Crombie meeting for the first time. You will be thrilled at the exciting end when you actually meet Aldo and Alva (a hideous monstrosity) - twin siblings who were never separated. One twin looks fairly normal while the other one makes the Elephant Man look handsome! What a shocking sight for Simon, but he remains unrattled. Ruse is detective sleuthing done with calculating brilliance! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell May 12, 2003

    Since this issue is being advertised as a "key" issue, I imagine this will be the first issue of Ruse for many readers. The issue is certainly a good sample of what one can expect from this book, as we get a nice, done-in-one mystery, that offers up a rather unusual plot twist. Now I have to say I found the revelation a little too offbeat to fully embrace, but I'll also give Scott Beatty full marks for delivering a surprise that I truly didn't see coming. The issue also does some nice work establishing the new status quo that out lead characters are now faced with, as Simon not only has a rival detective to match wits against, but our good detective is also much reviled by the city population, who have come to blame him for the tremendous destruction that was visited upon the city. My one real problem with this issue though is that Emma is treated as little more that a talking head, with no real attempt made convey the spirited relationship she used to share with Simon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate May 2, 2003

    The one absolute you can count on when reading Ruse is pleasure for the eye. Butch Guice, Mike Perkins and Laura Martin do not disappoint. Although Emma and Charity can deliver each other's lines, the art team makes them Betty and Veronica distinctive. Much visual fun can be had with Ophelia's lack of height, and my, doesn't Iain look like somebody Simon would gleefully trip at a gathering? Read Full Review

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