reviews by Charlie Wentling
writer: Barbara Kesel
artists: Steve McNiven and Tom Simmons
comses across a logbook put together many years earlier by
her mother, telling the story of Sephie's parents as they
traveled Demetria trying to build a coalition strong enough
to stand up to Cadador. Realizing that her parent's mission
parallels what Sephie herself has been trying to do serves
as an inspiration to her.
the issue covers this flashback, as Turos and Ideria travel
to the island of Aroud and deal with the treachery of the
younger Ilahn. Sephie's friend Jon Takarty (father of Jad)
was also along on the voyage, where he meets his future wife
for the first time.
McNiven regularly does beautiful work on Meridian,
and he has hit a new high with this issue. Especially good
with people and faces, he makes each person look distinct.
Hopefully the action will move back to Meridian soon. Sephie
has been away for too long.
writer: Ron Marz
artists: Bart Sears and Mark Pennington
been building in this book, the armies of Nayado and Shinacea
clash. Nayado is vastly outnumbered, on the brink of defeat
before Obo-San arrives with a group of one hundred monks.
But Obo-San's men don't make much of a difference. He is eventually
forced to use his "weapon of heaven" to turn the
Sears are wasting a good opportunity. Though they are clearly
going for an epic feel, it doesn't work. The plot is stretched
extremely thin. Obo-San has such enormous powers that it makes
is wildly uneven, moving from simple stark images to murky
blurs. Sears is such a good artist when using his traditional
style that it just makes this mushy mess harder to bear.
Path still does have a lot of promise, but unless something
changes it may never be realized.
writer: Scott Beatty
artists: Butch Guice and Mike Perkins
and Emma investigate the reason that so many ships have sunk
off the coast of the small village of Baleen. Both of them
go undercover into the village. While Emma assumes the role
of a druidess in a religious order, Simon impersonates someone
else, and although it's meant to be a surprise, the reader
will figure out who he is much faster than Emma does.
is given to how much time has passed since issue #12, or why
Simon and Emma care about Baleen. Overall the story works
fine, and the art is excellent.
problem is that once again, Simon and Emma spend almost all
of their time apart. The best thing about Ruse as written
by Mark Waid was always the witty dialogue. The twists could
also be a bit less obvious.
Beatty's first solo issue of Ruse is a good one.