Ruse, Vol. 1 by Mark Waid

Ruse, Vol. 1

The world no longer holds any mysteries for Simon Archard, the greatest detective of his age. The stupidity of the common criminal, the ease with which he's caught, the paltry stakes of the game all of it has pushed Archard to the verge of retirement. Then a mysterious new menace takes the stage, a hideous evil playing for very high stakes indeed. Aided by his beautiful and charming assistant, Emma Bishop, Archard embarks on the case of his caree...

Details Ruse, Vol. 1

TitleRuse, Vol. 1
Release DateJul 3rd, 2002
PublisherCross Generation Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fiction, Crime

Reviews Ruse, Vol. 1

  • StoryTellerShannon
    This is like a smarter Sherlock Holmes set in a fictional Victorian London which changes the name of the city to Parkington. Magic exists though on a tiny level and all of the main women seem to be amazingly dressed and close to beautiful.Detective Simon Archard is the grim “know it all” detective who sometimes gets moody and leaves his assistant, Emma Bishop (a woman with powers linked to a wizard but only able to use them in dire circumstan...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    I've really been into Sherlock Holmes lately. Well, at least more than usual. Yes, you can rightly blame that on the BBC series Sherlock. So when I saw this graphic novel series at my library, based on a super-sleuth along the lines of Mr. Holmes, and his trusty sidekick (in this case, a woman), I couldn't resist. After finishing this book last night, I would definitely recommend it to Holmes fans. Similarities:*Simon Archard is arrogant, has poo...
  • Anne
    When I was a teenager I bought Complete Sherlock Holmes, and then proceeded to read it over and over and over again. I loved those stories! Heck, I wanted to be Sherlock Holmes...minus the opium cocaine (sorry, Robert) addiction, of course. Looking back, it seems a little strange that I was so addicted to Doyle's character 'cause otherwise I was fairly normal for my age (I swear!).Anyhoo, you can see why I liked Ruse so much, since it combines th...
  • Kurt
    This volume is a collection of comics originally published around 2001 as part of CrossGen comics, which I didn't read at the time of publication (apparently, no one else read them either, which is why the line didn't publish many issues before going into hibernation and waiting for Marvel to reinvent it over the last year or two). I was definitely missing out here. The story here is a clear homage to Sherlock Holmes, with a few updates to make i...
  • Martin
    Good introductory volume to RUSE, a now defunct series from a defunct publisher (Crossgen, which was bought out by Marvel, which was in turn bought out by Disney), written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Butch Guice. But, folks,the real star of this book is colourist Laura Martin (or Laura Depuy - same person), who did a fantastic job! People tend to only think of writers and pencillers when they talk about comic books, but the inkers and the col...
  • Andy
    Had the publisher not gone out of business, I think this series could have been one of its best books.Highlights: 1) Guice's numerous double-page spreads breaks traditional comic book boundaries. A welcome change in story-telling. 2) Mixing Sherlock Holmes-type detective stories with the supernatural. Just plain cool.Lowlights: 1) Simon Archard seems flat and a little predictable (could have grown as a character had the series continued, I'm sure...
  • Mario
    Probably the most intriguing of the CrossGen line. Fantasy Sherlock Holmes, check. Steampunk, check. Evolving hints of something with girl Watson, check. And then magic and adventure. Kicka**.
  • Susan
    If you appreciate Sherlock Holmes, like I do, this graphic novel might be something fun to try. The mysteries in this volume were pretty good, the graphics outstanding and the world created therein interesting.I like how all the 'birds' resemble gargoyles, the Victorian flavor, how each major player has their own power of deduction and play - for the most part - well off each other, though sometimes pride got in the way, but with partners that is...
  • Chris
    So it is no secret I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes. Knowing that my mother found this and Ruse, Volume 2: The Silent Partner,and gave them to me as birthday presents. This is a close approximation to Sherlock Holmes in comic form. As well as being a fan of Sherlock Holmes I am a big fan of comics so was pleased to have two of my favorites rolled into one. In Ruse Simon Archer is the worlds greatest detective, with his assistant Emma Bishop. The onl...
  • Speedtribes
    Well, this series is essentially magical Sherlock Holmes- with Holmes replaced by a supermodel and Watson replaced with a bombacious blonde babe. Not exactly the most mind-shattering comics around, but they're well drawn, the stories and action is entertaining. Good to read when you want something light and action-filled.
  • Fizzgig76
    Reprints Ruse #1-6. Archibald and Emma work to solve murders in a world where the supernatural is commonplace. The Ruse series was interesting and had great art. The ties to the Crossgen line were probably its weakness, but it never got the chance to develop fully so who knows where the series would have led.
  • Andrea
    Ah, it's the perfect comic! Fantastical Victorian setting, witty dialogue, abounding clever mysteries, a fair dose of exciting action, and a romantic bouquet. I can't believe it ended prematurely when the publisher went out of business. :-(
  • Sarah
    Excellent first collection of a good comic book character. If you like Sherlock Holmes or Batman, Ruse is definitely for you. The detective is much like Holmes and The Dark Knight, but there's an added edge of magic to add some flair.
  • Sarah ~Sehrenity~
    I really enjoyed this beautifully-illustrated blend of Sherlock Holmes meets the otherworld. Too bad Crossgen went under; I would've liked to see more of this kind of story.
  • Brad
    Butch Guice's art, mostly made up of giants two-page spreads, is the highlight.
  • Elizabeth
    A Sherlock Holmes type detective with a partner who is able to stop time.
  • Jacqueline
    Extra 1/2 star.
  • Xavi Marturet
    El dibujo realista de Butch Guice junto con el excelente guión de Mark Waid dan como resultado a Ruse. Tal como anuncia su portada, el detective protagonista es prácticamente todo lo que imaginamos de Sherlock Holmes. Con una deducción por encima de lo normal, solventa diversos casos.Pero en este caso, con o sin su conocimiento, sus misiones estarán relacionadas con lo sobrenatural.A pesar de los años transcurridos, este es probablemente el ...
  • Hannah Givens
    I liked a lot of the elements here -- the Sherlock-ness is interesting without being too much, the dialogue is good (though very modern, which I know bothers some readers). The most interesting part is Emma though, and her magical abilities. Unfortunately that thread completely disappears in the second half, and the plot of that second arc is much more derivative. It was good but I don't know if it's good enough to keep reading, especially since ...
  • Carmen Harris
    I read this series when I was a kid, working as a shelver in my local library. I loved it because I loved Sherlock Holmes (whom Simon is aptly like, but not entirely the same, of course), and I enjoyed the main female protagonist in this quite a bit. (I forget her name, unfortunately.) A good, quick read. (I re-read it two years ago and still enjoyed it.)
  • Jeff Suter
    Take a pinch of arrogant detective, add a female assistant with tenacity, brains and grit. Add to the fictional city of Partington mix in some humour and you have Crossgen comics premiere detective. The comparisons to Holmes are inevitable, and probably was intended by the creators. But there is a different sensibility to the whole thing. The start of multi-chapter mystery.
  • Zachary King
    What if Sherlock Holmes had a female assistant who could stop time? Waid turns in a clever script, with many clues hidden in the artwork. Seems to be building toward a larger plot, so I am eager to read the second volume!
  • Melissa
  • Thomas
    So, a few weeks ago, a coworker and I were talking about graphic novels, and during the discussion, she mentioned how much she loved Ruse. She told me a little about the premise, and while it didn’t really rock my socks off, she loaned me the first two trade paperbacks to give them a read, and I figured: Why not?Well, on the bright side, I didn’t spend a whole lot of time reading the collections. And truth be told, the stories aren’t bad, a...
  • anthony e.
    First off, here's the unique thing about my reading experience: the copy i got from the local library had been damaged (i.e. torn apart) and glued back together with the pages out of order. This gave the work a kind of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, avant garde storytelling tone that made things initially difficult to follow. Once I settled into it, however, I actually found it highly enjoyable.This is a pleasant comic. Not too trying, not too ground...
  • Phillip
    Things I liked about this graphic novel: The idea of a Sherlock Holmes type with a beautiful assistant. She was doing all of the right things as far as being interested in him, but at this point there is no chemistry.I like the Victorian world with gargoyles flying around and some sort of magic in the picture.I like the idea of a sustained graphic novel about the adventures of this pair.Now, the things I didn't like. 1) Foremost in story telling ...
  • Brad
    My interest in this book was piqued solely due to the recent relaunch of the series by Marvel, as I avoided the CrossGen imprint like the plague back in the day. The idea that every book in their line contained the 'Sigil-bearer' storyline seemed wrong-headed to me at the time. While I'll admit it may have been rash to dismiss the line wholesale, considering that one of the weakest parts of this book is the 'Sigil-bearer' angle, I will stand by m...
  • Wandering Librarians
    Simon Archard is Partington's premier detective, with a photographic memory, extremely focused mind, and cold personality he is able to solve any mystery. Emma Bishop is his linguistically and more socially adept assistant. What starts off as an investigation into drug trafficking, is evolving into a complicated case where the supernatural is involved.Straight off the bat I would like to proclaim that Ruse is one of the most visually stunning gra...
  • Ann Rufo
    Lent to me by a friend (thanks Chuck), Ruse is a wonderfully drawn and written graphic novel following the investigations of a Sherlock Holmsian wondermind, Simon Archer, and his delightful sidekick, Emma Bishop - an equally witty, observant and secretly supernatural assistant who serves are the predominant narrator (a refreshingly proactive and feminist representation of a woman in comics). There are two volumes, and a later reboot, and Ward's i...