Written By Rick Remender
Art by Wes Craig
Colors by Jordan Boyd
Letters by Rus Wooten
Major Spoilers ahead. There is a major twist in this issue of Deadly Class, which I will be discussing, so if you think you might want to read the issue without that foreknowledge, turn back!
Ok, here we go.
I like the new cast Deadly Class is featuring these days. I was upset when Marcus, our nominal lead through the first couple of story arcs, was killed, but it was in service to Saya's story and honestly, was there anyway his story wasn't going to end in death?
Well, as it turns out, yes.
Both Marcus and Maria make their return to the book, after quite the absence. It will be interesting to see how writer Rick Remender brings them back, so to speak. The bulk of this issue is actually just a full on assault on the compound where Maria is being held by the mother of Chico, her former boyfriend and classmate Marcus killed early on.
As to the actual twist itself, I am torn. On the one hand, I felt like Marcus's death came way too early and I figured there would be some more story to tell, but on the other, I appreciate when a writer has the balls to do something major, like say killing of the main character. It is part of the reason that I liked the ending of Rogue One so much. The dialogue is pretty great, too, with a monologue about ignorance and knowledge that might have some readers shaking their heads in agreement after dealing with the things we as a nation have had to recently.
Beyond the twist you will find an enjoyable issue. It's been a bit since we've had an all-out action issue, and no one does them better than Remender and his artistic partner, Wes Craig. Beyond the action choreography, which sees a masked killer systematically slaughter his way through a house full of guards, Craig finds a way to depict the violence as being visceral without being gratuitous. He dabbles with some fun, onomatopoeia-inspired paneling, but the highlight for me on this was the crazed, frenzied energy he infuses the last several pages, including a dynamite sequence in which Maria takes back the power.
Of course Craig's line work, while impressive in its own right, would not look as good as it does without the colors by Jordan Boyd. Light purples, blues and oranges dominate this issue. There's some cool coloring during a torture sequence involving electricity and a dark room that I really liked.
Overall, this was a really good issue. Sometimes it's nice to take a break from the ongoing narrative to tell a good one-off. If you've been wondering what this whole Deadly Class thing is about, then this is be a good example of what the series features without getting too bogged down in the ongoing narrative.