Deadly Class #35
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Wes Craig
Deadly Class #35 is a painful reminder of “The bad voice” that the students of King’s Dominion constantly hear. After everything that the students in Mexico have gone through, they need to continue to suffer as they fight for their lives.
Following the previous issue’s tense conclusion, Marcus is stuck hearing the voice with a heavyweight in his hand. Rick Remender has fantastically developed his characters throughout this arc, despite juggling multiple fights as well. Marcus’ experiences have scarred him, but he continues to fight the world around him.
Marcus and Viktor’s actions go beyond their final confrontation, as they later influence the rest of the student’s conflicts. Amidst the chaos, this issue brings out some of the most emotional scenes in the series. As the noise fades and the dust settles, the students are left wondering how weak they actually are.
Wes Craig’s art is just as impactful as every word in Remender’s script. From Marcus’ somber moments to the gunfire in the streets, every panel achieves its intended purpose. The pages are wildly structured, with panels moving around the page, often off-centered. The action feels loud, and the messy panels perfectly align with the gunshots and crashes.
The emotion runs high with emotional expressions and panels that always present the best point of view for the moment. Every scream and tear shed hits the mark. Jordan Boyd’s colors continue to enhance each page, with effective use of color to convey emotion. The final five pages are especially hard for the reader to get through, as Boyd uses a softer color palette that also manages to add intensity as well. Through the character’s silence, the reader can feel everyone’s clashing emotions.
Deadly Class #35 ends “Love Like Blood” with a bang, but also on an eerily quiet note as well. While it has some of the best moments and action in the series, this also comes with a significant amount of loss. It’s hard to tell where Marcus and company will go from here, but its impossible to not be invested in their journey at this point.
Deadly Class #35
A stellar conclusion to a heavy arc. Deadly Class is a must-read and is still one of Remender's best.