Written by Rick Remender
Drawn by Wes Craig
Colors by Jordan Boyd
Letters by Rus Wooton
A new issue of Deadly Class is always cause for celebration, in a slightly masochistic kind of way. This is a largely self-contained issue, one that finally answers some questions readers have had for a while now: What's Saya's deal? The truth is probably one that a lot of readers guessed, or at least is something pretty similar. Remender has been dropping little hints here and there for a while now about our katana-wielding, heavily tattooed heroine, rightly presuming that it had something to do with the Yakuza.
The story is mainly one issue long flashback, telling of Saya's entrance into the world of violence, drugs, money and women despite her father's wishes otherwise. While Remender and Craig are their usual level of excellent, with the almost now requisite gut punch coming but no less heartbreaking, the real star of this issue is colorist Jordan Boyd.
Deadly Class has always used neon pinks and blues to great effect, but every page just screams 80's in the same way the movie Drive did. All of the scenes between Saya and her father are washed in warm pinks and peach tones, while the scenes between her and her brother are in cool blues and purples, transitioning to green once she's joined the Yakuza.
There aren't a whole lot of truly stand alone issues in Deadly Class but this is a pretty good example of one. You get a good idea of what the book is about, you get a look into the past of the "main' character and you get a really good look at the artistic side of the book, which is as much reason for the book's success as is the nihilistic writing of Rick Remender. I would heavily recommend this book for the art alone, but luckily I don't have to.