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Ruse #16

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2003
By: Ray Tate



BULLETS

Writer: Scott Beatty
Artists: Butch Guice(p), Mike Perkins(i), Laura DePuy(c)
Publisher: Crossgen

While Emma and Simon remain lost at sea after the airship Gossamer went down in flames, two new detectives attempt to worm their way into your good graces. Think of a pair of tape worms, and you'll come close to imagining the feeling of discomfort these two kids instigate.

Scott Beatty likely meant for this story to be cute. Instead, it's cloying and lacks any facets that can engage the higher functions, or the lower functions--except perhaps bowel movements. There is no mystery to solve. We know who did it, and these two young scampi haven't the charisma to create a Columbo like atmosphere to make the pursuit of the story engaging.

Adeline who was a little interesting when introduced past issues ago now has a lisp that's so thick her dialogue is unintelligible. The other one is a stereotype cockney twit, and the rest of the cast are worthless ciphers.

The artwork by Butch Guice, Mike Perkins and Laura DePuy tries to salvage the wreck of the story. Everything looks good as expected, but no matter how prettily you sculpt limburger, it still stinks.



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