Writers: Rick Remender
Arist: Wes Craig
The third arc of Deadly Class is off to a fast start. Following the siege on Chester’s stronghold, Marcus and Maria are thrown into another impossible situation as they are chased by the Unholy Trinity, who are seeking to avenge Chico’s death.
This series has been superb since the first issue, and Deadly Class #13 doesn’t disappoint. It’s one of the strongest issues in the series, and while it is full of explosive action and tense moments, it also offers a great look at Maria and what drives her. She has endured quite a bit throughout the series (And evidently before as well) and is now having to face all of her decisions. The last two issues have done wonders for Maria, transforming her from one of the weaker characters of the series to one of the coolest. There has been plenty of potential for her and seeing that potential pan out in Deadly Class #13 has been both exciting and fulfilling. Rick Remender never fails to prove how capable he is of creating powerful and dynamic characters. Deadly Class has always been a testament to how strong characters in comic books can be, and there is no sign of that changing anytime soon.
On top of the great character development, there are quite a few riveting scenes as well, making the reader fretfully turn every page until the end of the issue. The story is paced well by effective narration that naturally moves the story forward. It’s a wild, emotional ride that opens up many doors for the future of the series. This issue could easily be the chapter that changes the direction of the entire series.
As always, the art of Deadly Class is just as noteworthy as the writing. Wes Craig does a superb job at doing everything one could expect from an artist. The panels are laid out well and in a way that leads to the issue flowing perfectly. Every panel is full of impressive detail in both the characters and the settings. The characters of this series are full of raw emotion that is perfectly captured by Craig’s expressive work. Craig also makes effective creative decisions for the final few pages of the issue, making the conclusion breathtaking.