Ruse: The Victorian Guide to Murder (Ruse)
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? Brought to readers by superstar writer Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man) and red-hot artist Mirco Pierfederici (Tron: Original Movie Adaptation), this is t...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 5th 2011 by Marvel
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I had been surprised to find that Marvel had bought the CrossGen comics titles. Surprised and pleased. I had followed Simon and Emma's adventures back then and I had high hopes for their continuation. Marvel made a great decision in not trying to revise the characters or the world they lived in too much. It was like this portion of the CrossGen universe continued within the pages without ever stopping. I think that Mark Waid did a great job with the story so that new readers just picking up the...more
Mark Waid has another home run with this CrossGen revival that came out in 2011. Simon Archard reads like a thinly vieled Sherlock Holmes, but this really doesn't bother me, as the plot and dialogue is superb. Mr. Archard's partner (not that he'd ever admit that), Emma Bishop, provides the key social counter-point and humour to Archard's dry wit and snark. Mirco Pierfederici's artwork is perfect for the dirty streets and criminal establishments that form the bulk of Archard's world. A great stan...more
Mark Waid has returned for this reinvention of his Ruse comic, but he's forgotten to bring along artist Butch Guice, along with his own heart for the work. The art in this collection is a series of what appear to be muddy watercolors, lacking in all the refinement that Guice was able to do so well ten years ago. Which would be OK, I guess, if the story were good, but I got the distinct impression that Waid didn't have a real goal here beyond, "I guess I get to write these characters again..."
I haven't read any of the old Crossgen stuff, but I like Waid, so I gave it a go. It was fine, I guess. The art was nice, and the plot was moderately good, but in the end I didn't really care much about the characters. There's nothing in this that makes the Male Victorian Detective and his Female Partner/Assistant/Handler plot feel at all fresh. It just kind of plodded along, hitting all the notes, I guess, but not really moving me.
Mar 13, 2013 Edna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Marvel lovers will enjoy the branding style of illustrations where the men are severely chiseled and scarred and the women are gorgeous and curvy despite being heavily clothed in Victoria apparel. Readers can learn a bit of history because of the limited investigational procedures and base situations.
The Ruse reboot has a great title (The Victorian Guide To Murder!) and a great tag line (He's the world's greatest detective. She's even better.) and while the story line is much clearer than in the original two volumes, Simon is impossible to like and the art is disappointing.
I hadn't heard that Marvel had done anything with the CrossGen comics that Disney owns, but I stumbled across this one at my library, and was really pleased, because I'd loved Ruse, and had been crushed when it ended so abruptly.
This one felt a bit rusty.
This one felt a bit rusty.
This book was interesting on many levels. I especially enjoyed learning about Victorian England and the customs of that era. The detective story is also very entertaining, and Mark Waid manages to get a few truly funny moments from the lead characters. It is a nice break from the super-hero/spandex books. Mirco Pierfederici’s art was, for me, a nice discovery. It makes me want to see more of his stuff. I recommend this book history enthusiasts and fans of detective stories. 4 stars.
Such a downgrade from the original series. Moving the setting to Earth and removing Emma's powers were disastrous decisions; the story turned into a piece of imperialist turd. The characters were very recognizable as themselves, but even Simon and Emma's relationship didn't escape the meddling.
Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics' title The Flash, as well as his scripting of the limited series Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright, and his work on Marvel Comics' Captain America.More about Mark Waid...