The GeeksverseRuse #1

Ruse #1
Published on Thursday, March 17, 2011 by

Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Mirco Pierfederici
Cover Art: Butch Guice w/ Mike Perkins & Laura Martin
Assistant Editor: Ellie Pyle
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Mark Waid wrote the original Ruse from Crossgen and it doesn’t look like he missed a beat in the years since. Simon Archard is still the same as always. He’s a genius but he’s a jerk. And Emma Bishop is the same suffering assistant she was before.

Waid even throws in a nod to the original Ruse. I had a sense of deja vu reading the scene with the “thinktank”. Brought me back.

Waid would make a great mystery writer. He’s got a great talent for coming up with Holmes-like mysteries. Simon solves the “murder” of the Archduke easily and it’s a couple of hairs that lead him further into the mystery.

The addition of a threat to Emma doesn’t seem like it’s needed. The issue ends with someone seemingly wanting to kill Emma. But it would have worked just as well with the rat attack being someone that wanted to try to stop Simon’s investigation. The threat to Emma seems out of place in the last page as the natural flow leads us to think it was the oddsman. It’s an added element that doesn’t fit naturally into the story.

When I first saw Mirco’s pencils, in the Age of X: Alpha one-shot, I was worried. I didn’t like what I had seen and I’m an old school Ruse fan. This is a series that has had Butch Guice and Mike Perkins working on it. So I was hoping for art as solid as those two. Then I saw the preview for Ruse and was less worried.

Now I’m not sure.

There are some great panels in this issue. There’s some great looking pages. But then there are some that aren’t good at all. A couple of times I was reminded of the worst of Greg Land’s photocopied pages. In other panels Mirco’s work looked extremely rushed and unfinished. Others the characters were excellant. And still in others they were horrible with awkward poses and strangely drawn faces.

Will the real Mirco please stand up?

Ruse #1 receives
4 out of 5

Luckily Waid’s story is excellant and saves the issue from the art.

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