Ruse #1
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Ruse #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Mirco Pierfederici Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 16, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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Renowned as the Victorian world's greatest detective, Simon Archard is the most intelligent of men. But when he crosses paths with the mysterious and enchanting Emma Bishop, has the smartest man in the world met his equal?

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 22, 2011

    Now excuse me, I need to see about tracking down those back issues... Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Mar 17, 2011

    As a whole, Ruse #1 is a brilliantly executed horror/detective yarn that will please any fan of mysteries, spot on character interplay, or lavish artwork. What that means is: absolutely, positively, no excuses accepted; buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Mar 18, 2011

    As with any first issue, it's too early to tell exactly where everything is going...but there's something to be said about the nostalgia factor of this issue. It's been the better part of a decade since there's been a new Crossgen issue out...and something about that adds to the overall enjoyment of this issue--that the properties are coming back, and this is the ground floor for the current iteration. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Mar 19, 2011

    Waid wouldn't be able to accomplish any of this nearly as well as he does without the capable lovely art assist he gets from Micro Pierfederici. Pierfederici has a strong sense of place and character and tells a clean clear story while also making time for some really beautiful panels, especially of Bishop. There are a few minor inconsistencies where the art looks slightly rushed, but overall it's excellently paced and easy on the eyes. It synchs up well with Waid's slightly off-beat story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Mar 17, 2011

    While I was pleased to see that original series artist Butch Guice provided the cover artwork for this new comic book, I was disappointed that he wasn't contributing to the interiors. Of course, that disappointment was fleeting, as artist Mirco Pierfederici delivers some stunning visuals that are actually in keeping with the original visual tone of the property. At the same time, he's not just trying to mimic Guice's style here. He takes a softer approach to the characters' skin tones, for example. I also enjoyed the darker, muted tones he employs for the colors, capturing the Victorian era nicely. I also appreciated how he conveys the scope of Archerd's expansive home and headquarters. This was a fun read, and I'm pleased Marvel opted to price it at $2.99 US. More often than not these days, I take a pass on new, regular-sized comics priced beyond the $3 point. Read Full Review

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