Ruse by Mark Waid

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As the world's greatest detective, Simon Archard long ago lost interest in crimes that present to him absolutely no challenge - but when a sudden spate of extraordinary homicides and impossible events threatens the gas-lit streets of Partington, only Archard and his partner Emma Bishop can separate the guilty from the innocent! Ruse takes place on the planet Arcadia, in a Victorian-era setting tinged with elements of magic and wonder. The most visible difference from circa 1880's London is that it has actual gargoyles which are regarded by the populace as creatures as commonplace as stray dogs. This edition collects issues #1-17 of the Eisner and Harvey nominated series which served as the flagship title for the innovative comic book company, Crossgen.
 

About Mark Waid

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Mark Waid, Alabama native and current resident of Los Angeles, has written stories for every major comic book publisher, and his seminal graphic novel, KINGDOM COME, for DC Comics, is one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time. For BOOM! Studios, he has written bestselling graphic novels POTTER'S FIELD, INCORRUPTIBLE and the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated IRREDEEMABLE. Caleb Monroe is a Los Angeles-based writer whose work includes BATMAN for DC Comics, ICE AGE for KaBOOM and HUNTERS FORTUNE and THE REMNANT for BOOM! Studios. Scott Beatty earned his Master of Arts degree in fiction writing at Iowa State University. A former English teacher, radio personality and magazine editor, Beatty is also the author of DK's "Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight," A comic book fan since before he could read or write, Beatty's credits include over 60 DC Comics publications and "Secret Files" comic books. He longs for Superman's super-strength every time he's forced to move his comic book collection.
 
Published February 1, 2003 by Cross Generation Comics. 160 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rather than John Steed and Emma Peel fighting bizarre Cold War baddies, Ruse features Simon Archard, a brilliant, handsome, misanthropic detective, and his perky blond assistant, Emma Bishop, solving uncanny mysteries in an off-kilter Victorian England.

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This volume collects the first five issues of the magazine, most of which is taken up by Simon and Emma's struggle against the enigmatic Miranda Cross, who is out to seize control of the city by dosing public officials with a mind-control drug.

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