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Deadly Class #1 Review


Journey back to the 80s in San Francisco. Things were a little different and there was a school for assassins. Witness your new favorite comic by Rick Remender and Wes Craig.

The Good

There's been a lot of anticipation over Rick Remender and Wes Craig's new series from Image. We've seen other comics dealing with schools for youngsters and even schools for assassins and other bad stuff. Once you start reading this issue, you'll see this is more than that.

The introduction to a new character is important when creating a new comic universe. It's all about first impressions and how you'll look at them later on. This story may take place in San Francisco in 1987 but Rick Remender shows us the dark side of the city. Marcus is as far from your typical comic book character as you can get. Living on the streets, we get a glimpse at the depravity that can exist in a city. Marcus may have been hardened by what he's gone through to this point but we do see there is more to him than an angry homeless teen.

With this being a school, there are going to be other characters we'll get to know. Some make an appearance here but it's Saya that really shines in the spotlight. She should easily become a fan-favorite. It's going to be great getting to know the other characters as well.

Wes Craig has the task of visually entertaining us with an issue that mainly takes place showing us what Marcus' life is like. When the action does kick in, it's a glorious sight. Lee Loughridge's colors are perfect for the story and art. This is definitely a comic you'll want to read over and over.

The Bad

There is a fine line between trying to remain grounded in reality while featuring a hidden school for deadly assassins. Hopefully everyone will embrace this series. I've heard this comic described as The Breakfast Club mixed with a school for assassins. That may be the case in future issues but this one feels like it's so much more than that.

The Verdict

We've been waiting for Rick Remender and Wes Craig's DEADLY CLASS for months and it was absolutely worth the wait. Rick Remender turns away from the big superhero and sci-fi action by giving us a story that feels like it could exist in the 'real world.' Wes Craig's art and Lee Loughridge's colors will bring a smile to your face and make you feel like a kid in a candy shop. We're almost getting spoiled here with the story and art. Don't miss out on this new series. You'll definitely regret it if you do.

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Posted by Hawkguy

I can't wait to get home on Friday to pick this up. I managed to get a Canadian Eh! Variant put aside for me as well. Love Image and the work they're putting out.

Also, Remender is legendary

Posted by The Stegman

I'll check it out, my pull list is full...but we'll see.

Edited by j4zzm4n88

I can't wait to read this, looks so good.

Edited by judasnixon

Holy crap! That art! Wes Craig is killing it!

Posted by longbowhunter

I was only semi interested when this was first announced. But I love Remender and 80's subcultures so I gave it a read. Glad I did, this was a fantastic first issue. Wes Craig has never looked better. That's is due in part to Lee Loughridge's colors. Can't wait for issue #2.

Posted by ScrappyDont27

One of those that I'm going have to read again to make sure I didn't miss anything in the art

Posted by victorcheenoanleu

The best part is that page at the end where Rick talks about his youth. Totally worth reading before you even start the book.

Posted by fables87

This looks pretty damn cool!

Posted by jdp180

First issue was pretty good but I may trade wait this.

Edited by sagejonathan

Loved this book!

Posted by CoryNick

Loved this book!! And Remender's letter in the back was Great!! Waiting for #2 will be tuff.

Posted by lmothander

Um, yeah... I bet in episode 2 they teach him how to curve his bullets...

Posted by Wardishy

Just read this. Loved it so much. Already Marcus is growing on me as a character.

And geez, Wes Craig and Lee Loughridge's art was fantastic. The panel design when the action starts, the different art style during the brief flashback, the use of colour to set the tone, the sense of kinetic energy... oh man. So good.