Rick, Wes, and Jordan did a great job this week with Deadly Class #19. The art was killer, as always. And the writing, though a bit extraneous, was well done.
Rick started this issue with a panel of the B-52’s vinyl, which was a great way to pull the reader into the story. The dialogue was relatable to every single person who has ever listened to music; either you’ve said that to someone, or someone has said that to you, about the bands you listen to. And the rest of this first page is really powerful, putting forth themes about originality vs conformity. Which leads into this engaging diatribe by Viktor later on, who shines some light on very honest problems with American culture. Then, however, the issue just teeters out.
While I love all of Rick’s projects at the moment, this issue just really seemed to be unnecessary. By the end of the issue, I was left wondering what I learned in this issue that was imperative for the story to come. Maybe he could have consolidated this issue with the next, using the events of this issue as some sort of flash-back. Either way, the writing was still well done. And reading this issue only gives us more insight into his world. So I honestly didn’t mind the long tangent.
Moving to Wes’ work, the art for this issue was great. Lots of movement, which creates the necessary atmosphere of urgency and danger. I liked how much pain and struggle was worked into each and every character throughout this issue. Wes paid very close attention to details, and his lines were clean. He also did a fantastic job with the inks. Removing the humanity from Viktor by allowing only his smile to be seen, through the pure black shadow, was genius. There was one confusing part in this issue, though. This story happens during a thunderstorm, but for some reason we can see the moon; That is just me being nit-picky though, since it does not affect the issue what-so-ever.
The colors in this book were probably the best in the series so far. The overall palette is beautiful, and Jordan does a great job conveying levels of anxiety. The transitions between complementary colors during the chase scene at the beginning perfectly highlights what is import, as well as who is dangerous. However, he did go overboard with the line holds this issue. Using this effect outside of small objects, like water, fire, smoke, etc…, is usually unnecessary, and it can even take away from the original ink work.
Overall, this issue of Deadly Class was good. The art was great, the colors were fantastic, and the writing was well structured. If you are new to the series, I would not start here. However, if you have been keeping up, I would suggest you pick this up. It may not be a necessary issue, but it is always fun going further into Rick’s mind. I give Deadly Class #19, 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Wes Craig
Colorist: Jordan Boyd