Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Wes Craig
“Deadly Class” is back! After two stellar arcs, Rick Remender and Wes Craig return to build off of the finale of the previous arc. When we last saw Marcus and the group, they successfully took down Chester and his gang in their stronghold despite the growing rift caused by Marcus cheating on Maria. Unfortunately, this might be the smallest of their problems due to their encounter with El Alma de Diablo (Chico’s father) at the end of the previous issue.
Remender wastes no time in Deadly Class #12 as he throws readers back into this brutal world. There is plenty of tension as the lives of a few key characters are threatened by the new antagonist and his crew. This is a quick read, and every page demands to be turned swiftly as the action moves fast.
Of course, this title is also full of the fantastic dialogue that we have come to expect from the characters. Conversations between Marcus and Maria feel sincere, and lead to some sad moments between the two. Maria’s love feels real and it’s easy for the reader to sympathize with her. Of course, this issue also succeeds in showing that she is still an awesome character when in battle. Some of Maria’s best moments of the series so far are present in this chapter.
Wes Craig really steps it up on art this issue in almost every way. The characters all vary greatly in appearance and are full of strong designs. The panels are laid out expertly, helping the story to move at the breakneck speed that it is intended to. Simple backgrounds full of color pay off greatly as they allow the reader to focus on the action with little distraction. Every strike, bullet, and crash has real impact due to the attention in detail in the foreground rather than the background. There’s a scene focusing on Maria facing off against the antagonists that is brutally gorgeous. This scene isn’t unique either, as there are plenty other wonderfully drawn panels as well. In every way, Craig has improved on what he has been building off and it makes for the most visually striking issue in this series.