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Ruse (2001) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Ruse (2001) 1
    Published Nov 2001 by CrossGen Comics.

    by Waid, Guice, Perkins, & DePuy when a sudden spate of extraordinary homicides and impossible crimes threatens his city, only detective Simon Archard can separate the guilty from the innocent. Who is he? Where does he come from? All his operatives know for certain about Archard is that he is uncannily gifted and astonishingly intelligent. In fact, one might say inhumanly so. FC, 48pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #2
    Ruse (2001) 2
    Published Dec 2001 by CrossGen Comics.

    by Waid, Guice, Perkins, & DePuy Detective Simon Archard is in a state his confidante Emma Bishop hasn't seen him in for years: he's hungry. Hungry for information, hungry for insights, hungry for solutions. At last, he's faced with mysteries he cannot solve without leaving his armchair, and he's attacking them with a gleam of excitement in his eyes ?? leaving Emma with a new worry. Archard will find the answers to his questions ?? even if it kills him. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #3
    Ruse (2001) 3

    by Waid, Guice, Perkins, & DePuy Detective Simon Archard has long held the key to the city of Partington ? but he's suddenly finding that it's opening some very ugly doors. The police commissioner, the city fathers ? in fact, almost all those whom Simon counted as devoted allies ? are fast turning against him. The Baroness is doubtless responsible ? but how, and to what end? FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #4
    Ruse (2001) 4

    by Waid, Guice, Perkins, & DePuy As Ruse's first story arc reaches its climax, detective Simon Archard is sick and tired of playing the part of the hunted... and decides to become the hunter! While actively unraveling the complex schemes of the Baroness, however, Simon not only gets his first glimpse at the heart of her sorcerous power... but Emma manages to accidentally triple it! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #5
    Ruse (2001) 5

    by Waid, Guice, Perkins, & DePuy With Simon missing following the events of last issue, Emma finds herself responsible for his vast network of agents, all of whom she gives the same assignment: find Simon. Now. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #6
    Ruse (2001) 6

    by Waid, Johnson, Dell, & Lambert Since Ruse #2, readers have been clamoring for more details regarding the mysterious "Lightbourne," Simon Archard's former partner. Who is he? Where has he been? And why is he making Emma fear for her life? The answers begin to unfold this month! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #7
    Ruse (2001) 7

    by Mark Waid, Butch Guice, Mike Perkins, & Laura DePuy Simon and Emma's search for the enigmatic Lightbourne takes them on a perilous cross-country journey to a baffling town full?or, rather, empty?of vanished men! And if Simon cannot solve the mystery of their disappearance before daybreak, neither he nor Emma will live to see the dawn! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #8
    Ruse (2001) 8

    by Waid, Guice, & Perkins; colored by DePuy The search for Lightbourne has taken Simon and Emma to an eerie, remote village empty of people--or is it? What--or who-- could possibly be stealing an entire town's population during the day--and returning them each night? And how is this bizarre vanishing tied in with the fabled Enigmatic Prism? FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #9
    Ruse (2001) 9

    by Waid, Guice & Perkins, & DePuy Simon has his hands full with a string of small cases, but the big mystery is why he would suddenly abandon the search for Lightbourne just as he and Emma are closing in! Emma's baffled by this turn of events--and matters aren't clarified by the arrival of a new Pressmonk in town! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #10
    Ruse (2001) 10

    by Waid, Guice, & Perkins; Colored by DePuy Below the streets of Partington lies a stygian realm ruled by Simon Archard's former partner, Lightbourne! In order to save the city from complete and total destruction, Simon and Emma have no choice but to confront Lightbourne in his own domain ? where he holds all the power! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #11
    Ruse (2001) 11

    by Waid, Ryan, Marcos, & Staples At last ?? the untold story of Simon's years with Malcolm Lightbourne ?? how they met, how they operated, and how a strange and powerful artifact known as the Enigmatic Prism tore them apart, turning close friends into bitter enemies! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #12
    Ruse (2001) 12

    by Butch Guice, Mike Perkins, & Laura DePuy After years of plotting and planning, Lightbourne's quest for the Enigmatic Prism comes to a fruitful and fateful end! Now Simon and Emma risk their lives to save the city of Partington, facing the enemy on a familiar but surprising battlefield--upon which Simon will make an unexpected sacrifice! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #13
    Ruse (2001) 13

    by Scott Beatty, Butch Guice, & Mike Perkins Impatient with the speed of repairs, Simon has left Partington's borders for a restful distraction?a small case involving a shipping mogul who has asked Simon to investigate the mysterious wrecking of certain ships in his fleet. Solving the case necessitates Simon's taking a direct role as an undercover operative. Meanwhile, Emma has an investigation of her own, one involving a lascivious seaman and a druidess' robes. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #14
    Ruse (2001) 14

    by Beatty, Guice, Perkins, & DePuy Simon's ruse is discovered ? Emma rises from the dead, and the Wreckers are revealed to be hiding more secrets than bounty within their lair, a treasure trove leading to something much more insidious... the return of a formidable foe. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #15
    Ruse (2001) 15

    Written by Scott Beatty, art by Paul Ryan & Drew Geraci, colors by Val Staples In times of trouble, the city of Partington looks to its favorite son ? the greatest detective ever known. But just who are Simon Archard and his lovely partner, Emma Bishop? That is the burning question behind each fantastic case solved by these stylish sleuths. In a world where a veneer of Victorian finery hides mammoth mysteries, Simon and Emma may be the biggest mystery of all. After the affair of the Wreckers, Simon and Emma return to a Partington still reeling from Malcolm Lightbourne's subterranean attack. But home is merely a stopover for our intrepid detectives. Even as they prepare for an airship voyage in search of Miranda Cross, Simon and Emma are faced with a shadowy blackmailer extorting Partington's elite. On sale December 26 FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #16
    Ruse (2001) 16

    Written by Scott Beatty, art by Butch Guice & Mike Perkins, colors by Laura DePuy In times of trouble, the city of Partington looks to its favorite son _ the greatest detective ever known. But just who are Simon Archard and his lovely partner, Emma Bishop? That is the burning question behind each fantastic case solved by these stylish sleuths. In a world where a veneer of Victorian finery hides mammoth mysteries, Simon and Emma may be the biggest mystery of all. Who's extorting Partington's rich and famous? Nabbing the cunning culprit would normally be a job for detectives Simon Archard and Emma Bishop. But with Simon and Emma gone missing, the next generation of intrepid sleuths among Archard's Agents must step in to investigate the theft of an incriminating list coveted by the vengeful Consortium of Aggrieved Manservants! 32 pages full color, on sale January 22 $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #17
    Ruse (2001) 17

    Written by Scott Beatty, art by Butch Guice & Michael Perkins, colors by Laura Martin In times of trouble, the city of Partington looks to its favorite son - the greatest detective ever known. But just who are Simon Archard and his lovely partner, Emma Bishop? That is the burning question behind each fantastic case solved by these stylish sleuths. In a world where a veneer of Victorian finery hides mammoth mysteries, Simon and Emma may be the biggest mystery of all. When last spied, daring detectives Simon Archard and Emma Bishop departed Partington in an airship bound for the ill-fated Penberthy archaeological excavations. But thanks to a sinister saboteur, their trip was cut disastrously short! Cast away from civilization, Emma must fend for an injured Simon while something stalks them from the shadows! 32 pages full color, on sale February 26 ... $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #18
    Ruse (2001) 18

    Written by Scott Beatty, art by Butch Guice & Mike Perkins, colors by Laura Martin In times of trouble, the city of Partington looks to its favorite son ? the greatest detective ever known. But just who are Simon Archard and his lovely partner, Emma Bishop? In a world where a veneer of Victorian finery hides mammoth mysteries, Simon and Emma may be the biggest mystery of all. At long last, Miranda Cross returns! Marooned on a less-than-deserted island, Emma Bishop finds herself caught between hungry gargoyles above and a secret empire below. Meanwhile, Simon Archard allies with roguish adventurer Theophilus Dare to attempt a rescue before Miranda vents her volcanic fury upon a captive Emma! On sale March 19. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #19
    Ruse (2001) 19

    Written by Scott Beatty, art by Butch Guice & Mike Perkins, colors by Laura Martin After just barely surviving a deflating dirigible, giant Gargoyles, and a marauding Miranda Cross, Simon Archard and Emma Bishop make their long-awaited homecoming to more friendly environs. But a divided city greets Partington's once favorite son and his intrepid partner. Simon's celebrity may in fact be his undoing as a sly new sleuth steals the spotlight to extricate one of our cast from a potentially deadly romantic triangle. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #20
    Ruse (2001) 20

    Written by Scott Beatty, art by Paul Ryan & Pablo Marcos, colors by Caesar Ridriguez A tiny murder leads to a very large whodunit in this self-contained thriller! Partington's favorite son is sorely tested, as a vocal contingent of concerned citizens seek to replace Simon Archard and his astute partner Emma Bishop with the detective duo of upstart Iain Crombie and his fetching girl Friday, Charity Wyndham. When Simon's most vocal critic is found dead within the sprawling Archard Residence, Simon is himself the prime suspect! Can Emma unravel a locked room mystery and establish Simon's innocence before Crombie and Wyndham prove otherwise? 32 pages full color, on sale May 28 ... $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #21
    Ruse (2001) 21

    by Scott Beatty, Butch Guice, Michael Perkins, & Laura DePuy Martin Murder Most Foul! Is Simon Archard a cold-blooded killer? The master detective's latest travails continue as Partington's favorite son endures his new status as Public Enemy #1, jailed among the very miscreants he once outsmarted! Emma rushes to spare Simon from a death sentence, enlisting the aid of rival sleuths Iain Crombie and Charity Wyndham, the pair who proved Simon guilty! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #22
    Ruse (2001) 22

    Scott Beatty (w), Butch Guice (p), Mike Perkins (i), Laura Martin (c) Is Simon's home haunted? Simon Archard's headquarters has been rebuilt, but someone?or something?is visiting the cathedral's sleeping residents...with thoughts of revenge! "The new writer of RUSE (Scott Beatty) has carried on the fine blend of storytelling and witty characterization that made this comic so unique." ?Comics International 32 pgs, full color, on sale July 30 $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #23
    Ruse (2001) 23

    Scott Beatty (w), Butch Guice (p), Mike Perkins (i), Laura Martin (c) Simon Archard returns to his alma mater?for a very final exam! To rebuild his shattered reputation, our daring detective returns to Partington University! But can he solve the riddle of his premature graduation...not to mention the mystery of the stealthy sniper stalking his school? "Rollicking, hysterical, rewarding, unexpected...a fine gem of a comic." ?The Ragged Edge 32 pgs, full color, on sale August 27 $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #24
    Ruse (2001) 24

    Scott Beatty (w), Butch Guice (p), Mike Perkins (i), Laura Martin (c) The Enigmatic Prism nearly killed Simon Archard and Emma Bishop ? and now history may repeat itself! The mysterious gemstone is missing, and little do our daring detectives know that the cursed crystal lies at the focus of several seemingly unrelated crimes! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #25
    Ruse (2001) 25

    Scott Beatty (w), Paul Ryan (p), TBD (i), Frank D'Armata (c) Theophilus Dare returns ? and transforms our detective duo into a troubleshooting trio! The dashing adventurer is back, and he's leading Simon Archard and Emma Bishop on a mad race across the wilds of Arcadia! Waiting ahead: the Enigmatic Prism, ballooning buccaneers and brawling warrior leprechauns! 32 pgs, full color, on sale Oct. 29 $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #26
    Ruse (2001) 26

    Scott Beatty (w), Butch Guice (p), Michael Perkins (i), Frank D'Armata (c) Butch Guice returns-as Simon Archard and Emma Bishop attempt to take care of the Enigmatic Prism once and for all! Far from the bustling streets of Partington, our detective duo have retrieved the mysterious gem from its murderous minions-but are Simon and Emma in possession of the terrifying talisman.or possessed by it?! FC, 32pg $2.95 on sale Nov. 26 Cover price $2.95.