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Monday, June 20, 2011

Ruse #4 of 4 (Crossgen/Marvel)


"During the reign of our great lady Queen Victoria, in our fair city of Partington, the world's greatest detective, Simon Archard, deduced that his old mentor, Lightbourne, was behind both the gambling conspiracy plaguing Partington's upper class and the meticulous murder's of Simon's former associates. Accompanied by his assistant [partner], Emma Bishop {who needs to stop defacing this book.}"~the author [& Emma Bishop] {& Simon Archard} 

writer: Mark Waid
illustrator: Mirco Pierfederici
letterer: Rob Steen
cover: Butch Guice, Mike Perkins & Laura Martin
assistant editor: Ellie Pyle
senior editor: Stephen Wacker
executive editor: Tom Brevoort
editor in chief: Axel Alonso
publisher: Dan Buckley
chief creative officer: Joe Quesada
Comic book week: June 15th, 2011

Kara's comic this week is "The Victorian Guide to Murder, Chapter 4".........the last part of the 4 part Ruse series from new Marvel imprint Crossgen..........& I soooooooo much hope that there will be more!

Ruse is the story..............as described in the above quote.............of detective Simon Archard & his PARTNER Emma Bishop as created in the former company / universe of Crossgen. The story was at 1st based on another planet very similar to Victorian England but since the whole project was purchased by Marvel it now takes place in the actual Victorian England but in a fictional town called Partington. If you are a fan of the 1st series this transition was barely noticeable so do not let it stop you. & if you are not a fan.............you should be! The story is Sherlock Holmes as told by Mark Waid so it shares very much with the Robert Downey Junior (!!!!!!!!!!!) in the sense of humor!

The added bonus of Ruse is that Watson is now a woman that shares many of the characteristics of the Rachel McAdams character of the movie................strong, intelligent, smart, & a match for the Holmes character.

The case told in the 4 part story began with a royal murder that became a race to save Emma's life life became a case of all Simon's agents being stalked to this chapter..............that begins with Simon's murder! & I can not tell you any more as you must by the tpb that will I hope soon be released! But I suppose by saying that I hope for more stories you may suspect that the death of Simon Archard is not the end............& the end involves Simon's mentor Lightbourne, Queen Victoria, all the paintings in the British Empire and Simon calling Emma partner ()!

The art work is rustic & subtle & very well suited to the period in which it was set. Although it is not quite as detailed as the original art work by the amazing Butch Guice I do believe Mr. Mirco Pierfederici could grow on me! (& seeing his pic @ marvel.com he is kindof cute too! ;)) )

Have I said I really hope that there are more chapters in the future?..............Really that could work with a case for each series! Are you listening to me Marvel? lol!

This week the rating is................

RATING: 9 touring hats out of 10!!!!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo all! ツ*

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