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Ruse #9

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2002
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Butch Guice(p), Mike Perkins(i), Laura DePuy(c)
Publisher: Crossgen

Plot: A murder on a fox hunt.

Unfortunately the mystery is unfair play. Yes, the answer is right in front of the reader, but she would have to be the Amazing Karnak to deduce the method of execution. Mr. Waid does however give the reader a clue that plays a role in deducing the killer once the method has been revealed, but still, I would have really enjoyed a good puzzle.

Thankfully, Simon and Emma are in top form with banter and bicker. The cover model brings and added dose of hilarity an gives Emma the chance to display her puckish wit. That she proves to be a valuable player does not surprise but does not disappoint.

The larger implications are carried out with a subtle hand and adds a frightening sense of madness to the whole affair. Exactly how much of Simon's former life was internal or external? The reader is left wondering as the plot thickens.

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.



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