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Ruse #10

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2002
By: Ray Tate



"Death in Duplicate"

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

The beginning to the end of Mark Waid's run on Ruse starts with a tease to the reader's curiosity. The answer while far-fetched isn't utterly implausible; the depiction as well as the scheme itself would make Jules Verne's Master of the World Robur envious.

Fascinating also is how Lightbourne fails to be the best enemy to Simon. Lightbourne in his madness cannot fathom how much Simon has changed. The lines about Partington for instance seem to suggest Simon loves this city as much as Sherlock Holmes love London, but Simon no longer possesses that capacity. Else it lies buried too deep to reach the surface.

Scott Beatty who inherits the reins after Mr. Waid's departure takes a stab at the dialogue and scores a palpable hit through characteristic banter between Emma and Simon. Mr. Beatty's vitriol for Lightbourne suits Mr. Guice's mad-eyed contortions for the villain's face. It's a wonder that Lightbourne isn't wearing a bucket on his head.

The way in which Mr. Beatty keeps emotion out of Simon's voice continues to detail his loss. Part of Emma's mission is to find a way to bring out Simon's emotions. Sometimes she too often becomes swept in the adventure, and for the most part, her mission becomes forgotten, but here the more cosmic aspect of Ruse resurfaces.



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