Deadly Class, Vol. 1
It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he's failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical. Collecting the first arc of the most critically acclaimed new series of 2014, by writer RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, Fear Agent) and rising star artist WESLEY CRAIG (Batman). Experience the 1980s underground through the eyes of the world’s most damaged and dangerous teenagers.Collects DEADLY CLASS #1-6.

Deadly Class, Vol. 1 Details

TitleDeadly Class, Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 16th, 2014
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781632150035
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Graphic Novels Comics

Deadly Class, Vol. 1 Review

  • Jeff
    January 1, 1970
    This was a buddy read with the astonishing Kat. You are missed, Bub!Hey Kids! Welcome to the Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts! You’re not just a student here at Kings Dominion, you’re part of a family. The deadliest family on Earth. We offer a wide variety of courses in the ways of the assassination and murder. Here are a few examples:Cleaning up a crime site: (Pre-requisite: Murder - The Advanced Class) What to do if you don’t want that body to be found? Dental records? DNA? You’ll nev This was a buddy read with the astonishing Kat. You are missed, Bub!Hey Kids! Welcome to the Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts! You’re not just a student here at Kings Dominion, you’re part of a family. The deadliest family on Earth. We offer a wide variety of courses in the ways of the assassination and murder. Here are a few examples:Cleaning up a crime site: (Pre-requisite: Murder - The Advanced Class) What to do if you don’t want that body to be found? Dental records? DNA? You’ll never have to worry about those pesky details again. Clean up that crime scene in under ten minutes. Final exam is a field assignment.The Garrote: Its old school and effective and we teach you how to do it with whatever’s on hand: piano wire, cable wire, a ball of yarn, even dental floss.Grappling Hooks: Not just for Batman. Scale tall buildings, castles, mountain fortresses. Nothing will be too formidable after this class.The Getaway: The car doesn’t start? No problem. Use whatever mode of transportation available. Car, bus, plane, bike, helicopter, skateboard. Lab requirement: How to hot wire any vehicle.Poisons 101: What are the quickest acting poisons? What poisons are tasteless and odorless? How to turn any drink into a lethal cocktail. Your Friend, the Silencer: Many household items can be turned into a silencer. Learn about the best ones and keep the authorities off your tail.Stealth for Beginners: From sneaky to Ninja in ten weeks!!Per Diems and you: You’re killing someone in a foreign land: What are your tax deductible expenses: Meals? Hotel room? Car rental? Bullets?How to talk like an assassin: Work on your killer wit and patter. Learn the ins and outs of the monologue.
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  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    January 1, 1970
    EDIT 01/15 : FINALLY translated in French by Urban Comics! A whole year of recommending this is starting :D Beware, I'll show no restraint :P A tale of survival : Tell me, fellows readers, what are you ready to do to survive? What happens when the only hope life can give you is to eat expired chili and to fight with an old homeless over your fucking shoes? When the only choice offered to you is to attend an assassin school or to wait for a painful death to come? "Happiness is just the absence o EDIT 01/15 : FINALLY translated in French by Urban Comics! A whole year of recommending this is starting :D Beware, I'll show no restraint :P➊ A tale of survival : Tell me, fellows readers, what are you ready to do to survive? What happens when the only hope life can give you is to eat expired chili and to fight with an old homeless over your fucking shoes? When the only choice offered to you is to attend an assassin school or to wait for a painful death to come? "Happiness is just the absence of pain.It's the best I can hope for." Just picture it. You're alone. Cold. Hungry. Desperate. Feeling guilty and useless. Here comes a bunch of crazy teenagers who ask you to follow them. What do you do? Do you follow them, even if it maybe means losing yourself even more? FUCK YEAH. ➋ Sarcastic humor and irreverent ton everywhere. Hey, we're talking about an assassin's school, so obviously, don't expect regular high school drama. - Wait a minute, oops, actually, YES, expect it : girls drama, bullying, social groups, assignments - Just keep in mind that every single event can lead to some messed-up and bloody situation. Be prepared for drugs, blood, and many good laugh nonetheless. ➌ A world building is absolutely amazing : Welcome to San Francisco in the late 1980s! ➍ Friendship and amazing characters. Strangely because we're talking about crazy fucking teenagers, duh what I loved the most was to follow these characters and to see the growth of their friendship. To be frank, it's really, really rare that I find myself connecting to comic books characters. For real, I end underwhelmed most of the time with comics, because I struggle to feel, to root for the characters. While here, it seems that I couldn't get enough of them. ➎ Marcus. Yep, the guy won his own special place in my heart. Indeed there's nothing that I like more than characters with ambiguous morality, that's why I adored this little guy who's not completely evil but who's able to follow harsh paths in order to save himself and to be finally accepted. Moreover, I really have a soft spot for lonely, broken and slightly hopeless male-leads, I have to admit. And he's freakin hilarious on acid. "Given what we're about to do -- I shoud feel like a terrible person.But I don't. Morality's just comfort food -- It holds no meaning outside of our minds." Verdict : In my opinion Deadly Class offers everything I need to love a story : great characterization, suspenseful plot, enthralling world and so freaking fun, not to mention the ability to make the reader think - about this life, about the importance of friendship and the choices we make every day. Bravo.For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    Marcus is a street kid that is on the run from the cops one night. He receives some "help" from a girl and she takes him to a very special place. A school that isn't just the ABC's. Marcus doesn't have a whole lot of choices in life. He can either go back on the streets or sign up to become Assassin Kid. He goes with Assassin since all he wants to do is kill Ronald Reagan anyways. Once in the school he finds out that typical teenagers are everywhere. Mean kid cliques. Normal class assignments: Marcus is a street kid that is on the run from the cops one night. He receives some "help" from a girl and she takes him to a very special place. A school that isn't just the ABC's. Marcus doesn't have a whole lot of choices in life. He can either go back on the streets or sign up to become Assassin Kid. He goes with Assassin since all he wants to do is kill Ronald Reagan anyways. Once in the school he finds out that typical teenagers are everywhere. Mean kid cliques. Normal class assignments: Then he finds himself on a drug filled road trip to kill one of his new friends daddy.Typical teenagey stuff right here.Then throw in a sorta lovey triangle and LOTS of stabby! Pure goodness.Booksource: I was gifted a copy of this book from my Goodreads book fairy. Thanks Ms. Fairy!
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  • Raeleen Lemay
    January 1, 1970
    Dark and gritty. I do love me some assassins.
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    FANTASTIC.
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Shallow Comic Buddy-Read.Criteria? Nothing I enjoy by Marvel or DC. Indie Comics only!I've said it before, but I'm not the target audience for graphic novels like this. I like my superheroes.*shrugs*Sorry.It doesn't mean that I think these are 'bad', I just wouldn't normally seek them out. In fact, I'd wreck my mini-van trying to Swerve to Avoid! something like this. (view spoiler)[ I don't read tear-jerkers, biographies, mystery/thrillers that don't have a fantasy element to them, or 3.5 stars Shallow Comic Buddy-Read.Criteria? Nothing I enjoy by Marvel or DC. Indie Comics only!I've said it before, but I'm not the target audience for graphic novels like this. I like my superheroes.*shrugs*Sorry.It doesn't mean that I think these are 'bad', I just wouldn't normally seek them out. In fact, I'd wreck my mini-van trying to Swerve to Avoid! something like this. (view spoiler)[ I don't read tear-jerkers, biographies, mystery/thrillers that don't have a fantasy element to them, or weight-loss books. So I'm not just picking on one genre. (hide spoiler)]However. My friends are determined to push me into expanding my horizons.Thank you.Ok. Fine. This was pretty decent! There. Are you guys happy now?It wasn't hard to finish this story about Marcus and his friends from the assassin school, and that's a HUGE factor for me when it comes to rating a book. If it takes me a long time to get through something, then I didn't really like it. This didn't make me want to scratch my eyeballs out, therefore, I was able to finish it in a timely manner.I (of course) wasn't a big fan of the art, but since I sort of expect squiggly/scratchy/dark stuff from indies like this, I'm not going to dwell. It wasn't hideous, and it didn't piss me off like [email protected]*%ing She-Hulk, so I consider it good.And, yes, I realize that a lot of people are rabid fans of ugly art.Cool for them. However, this wasn't drawn with what I think of as The Ugly Pen, and there were even panels that I thought looked pretty good.The premise is that this Secret School trains teenagers (from all walks of life) to be badass assassins. The plot doesn't focus on the school (except as a backdrop), so you're not going to acquire any knowledge about killing people. It's more like a school of Moody Mercenaries-in-Training.Like other books about High School, the main character is a misfit...even among these misfits. He has a crush on the Cool Goth Girl, a Tragic Backstory, and Deep Thoughts. Stir all that together with the wacky assassin school, and you've got a nice recipe for a story.If this were my normal genre, I might have rated it much higher, so don't pay any attention to a 3.5 star rating from me. All of my (more experienced) friends gave it 4 stars and up, so I'm guessing this really rocks if this is your preferred comic genre.Also posted on Tattoo Girl Reads.
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Life is a series of unique opportunities. It’s our job to find the happiness in each one.” I may not be a graphic novel expert, but I know what I like and BOY OH BOY DID I LIKE THIS!!!!!Like all of my graphic novels reviews, I can’t give away all of the . . . for fear the army of tiny Goodreads Spoiler Trolls will barrage my review space with nasty commentary. I will say this had everything Mitchell and I could possibly want in a s Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Life is a series of unique opportunities. It’s our job to find the happiness in each one.” I may not be a graphic novel expert, but I know what I like and BOY OH BOY DID I LIKE THIS!!!!!Like all of my graphic novels reviews, I can’t give away all of the . . . for fear the army of tiny Goodreads Spoiler Trolls will barrage my review space with nasty commentary. I will say this had everything Mitchell and I could possibly want in a story. Deadly Class had a magical learning establishment . . . Where awesome courses like Assassin Psychology, Beheading, Poison, and Hand-to-Hand Combat were taught . . . Nasty cliques . . . No. Like REALLY nasty cliques . . . A great soundtrack . . . Drug usage . . . And a plot to murder Ronald Reagan. The Gipper? Say it ain’t so!!!! Oh, I can’t forget to mention the art. Now I realize I know about shit from shinola about artwork, but this was the best I’ve ever seen. Every. Single. Panel. was spectacular . . . ALL THE STARS!!!!! Highly recommended (to everyone except Erica that is – ‘cause she’ll just read it wrong and make me have a sad).
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  • Ɗắɳ 2.☊
    January 1, 1970
    Public Service Announcement: This series is being adapted into a TV show which will appear on the Syfy Network starting in 2019! I look forward to it building a small but passionate fan base then having Syfy prematurely cancel it as it finds it’s footing. #SaveTheExpanse Here’s the trailer. In the early 80s, the world came crashing down around Marcus Lopez when a bridge-diving schizophrenic flattened his parents. 🤨 A terrible tragedy which could have been prevented had Ronald Reagan not cut fund Public Service Announcement: This series is being adapted into a TV show which will appear on the Syfy Network starting in 2019! I look forward to it building a small but passionate fan base then having Syfy prematurely cancel it as it finds it’s footing. #SaveTheExpanse Here’s the trailer. In the early 80s, the world came crashing down around Marcus Lopez when a bridge-diving schizophrenic flattened his parents. 🤨 A terrible tragedy which could have been prevented had Ronald Reagan not cut funding to mental health facilities leading to hundreds of patients being turned out into the street. We catch up with a teenage Marcus a few years later in 1987. He’s been kicked out of yet another foster home and left to fend for himself on the mean streets of San Francisco. Turns out he’d rather bow and scrape by in the gutter than kowtow to their whims of authority. He’s struggling mightily though. In fact, he’s considering taking a swan dive of his own. Until one day he stumbles upon a secret society that offers him new hope, and a promise to help in his quest for revenge against the man who ruined his life.This secret society, aka Kings Dominion School of the Deadly Arts, is where Marcus hopes to learn all the tricks of the trade to become the perfect assassin. He’s champing at the bit to get right to it. Coming straight outta Compton off the streets he couldn’t care less about any high school drama or bullshit cliques, so rather predictably he falls in with a group of outcasts. But, it’s not long before he finds himself in the doghouse for coloring outside the lines.Thankfully, the story eschews most of those high school clichés when his friends break him out the doghouse and hit the road.Once the group drops some acid things really go bananas.The artwork is fantastic throughout but shines the brightest during that acid trip. It’s essentially all about the colors. The line work is simple and the colors are flat, but when juxtaposed with complementary colors everything really pops. I dig it, man, I dig it! A pointillism technique is used on a few background objects and shading (a method invented by Georges Seurat employed here in the vein of Roy Lichtenstein). Take that, you art school snobs! My only real complaint is about the cheesy character that pops up every so often. A sicko, reminiscent of Mason Verger from Hannibal, who apparently was in a group home with Marcus and claims to be his “mortal enemy.” Blah blah blah, I honestly couldn’t care less. But I have a sneaking suspicion that they’ll devote way too much time to this guy in future volumes. Overall, a pretty successful first volume. Hopefully, the story will continue to surprise, and carefully sidestep all those annoying clichés.4 stars, Recommended
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  • Regan
    January 1, 1970
    Oh how I loved this. It was deplorable and fantastic. 4.5
  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    San Francisco, 1987, and Ronald Reagan has ruined Marcus’ life. Reagan’s healthcare cutbacks meant suicidal schizos were set free on the streets, and one such sufferer decides to end their life by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge - shame Marcus’ folks were directly in the drop zone! Suddenly orphaned, teenage Marcus is living on the streets when he’s approached to join a secret underground assassin’s school: the King’s Dominion School of the Deadly Arts. Marcus’ dream of assassinating Ronald R San Francisco, 1987, and Ronald Reagan has ruined Marcus’ life. Reagan’s healthcare cutbacks meant suicidal schizos were set free on the streets, and one such sufferer decides to end their life by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge - shame Marcus’ folks were directly in the drop zone! Suddenly orphaned, teenage Marcus is living on the streets when he’s approached to join a secret underground assassin’s school: the King’s Dominion School of the Deadly Arts. Marcus’ dream of assassinating Ronald Reagan begins to take solid form… Deadly Class threw up a couple red flags for me right at the start. 1) Rick Remender started writing about therapists and littered the script with phrases like “positive mental attitude”, “negative feelings result from negative thoughts” and “can’t change reality but can change the way you feel about it”. I’ve recently gotten done with the weakest of his Image comics, Low, which is chock-full of that kind of crap and I really didn’t want to read another story about the same stuff. Thankfully the first issue is the last time we hear the results of Remender’s therapy sessions. And 2) the ridiculous American obsession of rigidly-defined high school cliques: these are the jocks, these are the nerds, these are the burnouts, etc. American friends have told me how cartoonish films like Mean Girls make their high school years seem as nobody is segregated like that, and it’s certainly not that way in Britain either, so I don’t know why writers keep writing high-school set stories in this fashion. Anyway, this approach is thankfully dropped halfway through the book and everyone starts mingling together like normal kids do. Once you get past the red flags, Deadly Class is pure fun, Fear and Loathing style! Marcus and his new friend Willie are sent to pick out and kill someone who deserves to die. Things don’t go well and Marcus is thrown into a solitary cell for punishment - until his sponsor, Saya, the girl who got him into King’s Dominion, busts him out and they and a group of friends go on a roadtrip to Vegas! Remender writes the kids pretty convincingly. They get up to no good, taking drugs, flirting hard with one another, drinking, causing havoc in casinos and the hotel room. The comic captures and conveys that spirit of raw energy and excitement to the reader very strongly. Like a lot of Remender’s comics it’s easy to see where he’s drawing inspiration from: Marcus is essentially Disney’s Aladdin (I think he’s even called “street rat” at one point) and the way he navigates San Francisco’s rooftops is a lot like Aladdin during his opening number in Agrabah, albeit darker. The whole assassin’s school isn’t new either and this one felt a lot like the Hellfire Club’s Academy from Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men, and then the whole Vegas zaniness is classic Hunter S. Thompson. Remender’s a lot funnier here than I’ve seen him before. Generally a lot of the Vegas scenes are light, especially as Marcus drops a ton of acid sold to him by (of course) a Grateful Dead follower, but I loved the elevator scene in particular. Marcus is stood between two tall dudes in business suits and he’s obsessed with “elevator etiquette”, whatever that is, and comes out with: “Boy, oh, boy, they, ah, they sure do build ‘em big in Vegas, huh?” - the looks on the guys’ faces afterwards is fantastic. Wes Craig’s art is very good throughout but we see his range once he starts drawing things from Marcus’ perspective when super-high. Lots of nightmarish images that seem quite funny to the non-stoned audience but terrifying to poor Marcus! I love Paul Pope’s art and I got a strong sense of Pope’s influence in Craig’s style. The first volume of Deadly Class isn’t the deepest comic you’ll read or the most emotional, thoughtful or all that original - but it’s entertaining and fun in the same simple way Black Science is. Remender proves once again it’s not the story but how you tell it that matters. I really enjoyed Reagan Youth, I highly recommend it, and I’m looking forward to more shenanigans from the rest of the series!
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    What did I just read?It's not often that I struggle to finish a book, but Reagan Youth took such a weird turn halfway through that I found it difficult to get to the end. The first issue (pretty much available for free in the Amazon preview) is an awesome, stylish introduction to the world of Marcus, a troubled young teen living on the streets. When the law catches up to him for his past transgressions, he's saved in an energetic action sequence that leads to to the main hook of the series, enro What did I just read?It's not often that I struggle to finish a book, but Reagan Youth took such a weird turn halfway through that I found it difficult to get to the end. The first issue (pretty much available for free in the Amazon preview) is an awesome, stylish introduction to the world of Marcus, a troubled young teen living on the streets. When the law catches up to him for his past transgressions, he's saved in an energetic action sequence that leads to to the main hook of the series, enrolment in a secret underground assassin school! I was engrossed in the preview and was hoping for more of the same, but the book sinks into a decline from there onwards. #2 was good, #3 was decent and then...and then...well, how do I sum it up?(view spoiler)[The main characters go on a road trip, take some drugs before getting some more drugs (go drugs?). Marcus goes on an acid trip and kills his his classmates Dad. It's ok though, that's what they were there for. They've been followed by a crazy Mexican student who doesn't trust his maybe-girlfriend who seduces Marcus. He catches them and nearly kills Marcus and the others, before being killed by maybe-girlfriend. Then a guy who fucks animals (no, seriously) turns up after following Marcus for the whole book, only to effectively say "Yeah, train him up so he can fight me some day. Now i'm going to take this dead guy you just killed to keep, just in case. Oh, and this skinny cat to fuck. See ya!". (hide spoiler)]Unless I missed something, the book took a completely different tone to what I was expecting and it was frustrating to finish the last couple of issues after such a stylised start and interesting concept. On paper (and hell, even reading the preview) Deadly Class sounded like a must-read, but it quickly loses it's way and it's all downhill from the second issue onwards. It's one series I definitely wont be following any further.
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  • MLE
    January 1, 1970
    A dark, gritty tale that isn't for the faint of heart or stomach. Drugs, violence, and sex fill this story, but it's still a very human story. Not so much a celebration of darkness, but more of an acknowledgment of the darkness that exists in the world. The art style is nice while still fitting the story. The plot is interesting, and the characters complex in personality, and morality. Not an easy story, but a strong one. I'm not expecting a happy ending, but I'm going to keep going.
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  • Lindsey Rey
    January 1, 1970
    Simply AMAZING.
  • Matthew Quann
    January 1, 1970
    Flipping Through Floppies*So, I follow this one in single issues from a comic store. I just couldn't resist jumping on a fresh Remender bandwagon a few years back. The real surprise? That this is my favourite thing Remender has ever done (Uncanny X-Force just got inched out). I just read issue 21, which is the conclusion of volume 4, and thought I should come back and recommend the series (really, I should be writing more about single issue series I follow as the trades come out). Wes Craig is t Flipping Through Floppies*So, I follow this one in single issues from a comic store. I just couldn't resist jumping on a fresh Remender bandwagon a few years back. The real surprise? That this is my favourite thing Remender has ever done (Uncanny X-Force just got inched out). I just read issue 21, which is the conclusion of volume 4, and thought I should come back and recommend the series (really, I should be writing more about single issue series I follow as the trades come out). Wes Craig is the real superstar here. His art blows the doors off of a lot of other series out there with his playful approach to panels and his gorgeously skittish lines. Colourist Lee Loughridge brings to life this world in neon hues and sickening colour combinations as the scene requires.Issue 21 is a huge turning point for the series and I was genuinely shocked by the direction Remender has decided to take the series. It's the kind of complete change to a series' MO that you'd never get from a superhero comic. The punk aesthetic, the groundbreaking layouts, fantastic art, surprisingly philosophical and text-heavy comic speaks to me like everything a hip comic should be. This is by any standards a cool thing to like. These kids do bad things, people get killed, and there's copious drug use and inspired hallucinatory sequences. This is the kind of comic your mom probably wouldn't have wanted you reading when you were in high school. I usually hand Saga over to my friends who are looking to check out comics, but I think I may start throwing Deadly Class into rotation for those looking for a grimier, saltier tale. *Flipping Through Floppies is a semi-regular review series of single-issue comics (known in some circles as floppies) that I follow. I tend to read at least two trades worth (10-12 issues) of a comic before offering a review. Basically, this is me sampling fresh new comics as they come out to help guide you to entertaining series.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5- It's unlike anything else I've read, which makes it stand out to me. I have quite mixed thoughts on a lot of things but I'm definitely curious to see where the story goes.- Interesting concept. Assassins, 1980s, etc. - Didn't love the characters but didn't hate them either. I'm hoping they'll get more background and development in later volumes. - I appreciated the mental health aspect through Marcus. - I loved how colour was used and certain panels were great, but I didn't really like how 3.5- It's unlike anything else I've read, which makes it stand out to me. I have quite mixed thoughts on a lot of things but I'm definitely curious to see where the story goes.- Interesting concept. Assassins, 1980s, etc. - Didn't love the characters but didn't hate them either. I'm hoping they'll get more background and development in later volumes. - I appreciated the mental health aspect through Marcus. - I loved how colour was used and certain panels were great, but I didn't really like how the characters (particularly their faces) were drawn. Personal taste re. the art style I guess. - Before reading, bear in mind that this is very violent and twisted.
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  • Elena
    January 1, 1970
    4.5SO GOOD! This one was funny, entertaining, messed up and a hell of a right. Can't wait to start the sequel!
  • Andreas
    January 1, 1970
    Fuck. Yes.
  • Kaitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely a fun, if bloody, start to the series and I think it's a series I would like to continue to follow and see where it goes next. The school of assassin's is always going to be fun. 3*s
  • Erica📚💕 ( Ericalovesbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    A very fun story and creepy I really enjoyed it
  • Crystal Starr Light
    January 1, 1970
    Bullet Review:After reading the nearly non-stop drug high of "The Goldfinch", I so didn't want to read about the acid trip of these guys. How did they get away with this much mayhem?! And goat f$&@er appearing to declare himself the villain and nemesis of Marcus? What?I just think this genre of "kids go to special school" has passed me by - along with enough teen angst to soak a tub.I didn't mind the art and the story was more interesting in the middle. Oh, and it's nice to see such diversit Bullet Review:After reading the nearly non-stop drug high of "The Goldfinch", I so didn't want to read about the acid trip of these guys. How did they get away with this much mayhem?! And goat f$&@er appearing to declare himself the villain and nemesis of Marcus? What?I just think this genre of "kids go to special school" has passed me by - along with enough teen angst to soak a tub.I didn't mind the art and the story was more interesting in the middle. Oh, and it's nice to see such diversity in the cast, even if all the women were stereotypes.I doubt I'll read volume 2, unless my coworker finds that one for me too.On a side note, I have no clue why I didn't like this when so many of my friends did. Sorry guys :/
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  • 'kris Pung
    January 1, 1970
    ***This is the first of my "Indie Theme" Buddy Reads with the Shallow Readers, criteria being: something not published by the big 2.***4.5 out 5 This book is so fucking slick. The characters, dialog, and time period are all great. The only reason I docked it 1/2 a star is besides the little road trip at the end the whole book is just set-up. Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed the hell out of this book and can't wait to get my hands on the next one.Get this review and many more at:
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  • Liz Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Marcus Lopez Arguello is in the streets of San Francisco, living as a homeless and trying to avoid being caught by the cops. A native of Nicaragua, his family left after involvement with the Sandinistas and the US Government. After a couple happy years in America, his family is dead, and Marcus shows a deep hatred towards Ronald Reagan, mostly for cutting funding to medical facilities, which had a very negative effect on his family, and he is on the run. He is almost caught by the police, and wh Marcus Lopez Arguello is in the streets of San Francisco, living as a homeless and trying to avoid being caught by the cops. A native of Nicaragua, his family left after involvement with the Sandinistas and the US Government. After a couple happy years in America, his family is dead, and Marcus shows a deep hatred towards Ronald Reagan, mostly for cutting funding to medical facilities, which had a very negative effect on his family, and he is on the run. He is almost caught by the police, and while he is running away, he is aided by several other teenagers, who encounter him alongside an old man. This old man is known as Master Lin, and he runs a school for training assassins and the next line of crime syndicates, Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, a more murderous version of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, although I doubt it doesn’t contain a similar amount of emotionally drained and moralistic-for-odd-reasons people. Marcus decides to join after understanding that if he is to survive, he must get off of the streets, and to the school he goes.After his first day, he has managed to piss off quite a few people, including the son of Stalin’s top assassin, and the daughter of a Neo-Nazi hitman. But he finds his place with the same group of misfits that rescued him, with some other reviewers comparing them to The Breakfast Club gang, but with more murder in mind rather than a philosophical discovery of who they are and all that. But the book is not simply a story of some kids training to kill others, it is a tale of kids being trained to change the world in a positive way, if it ought to be through a bullet, then so be it. It takes itself seriously when it comes to mental health, what it is like to be drafted into something you never wanted for yourself, trying to get out of the life even if you have been raised in it, being hunted down by a a disfigured weirdo that likes to have sex with animals, amidst a backdrop of teen love, the political unrest that led them here, and the late 80’s underground.What surprised me about this comic, is that I never actually expected Marcus to be considered for this place. We are not told a lot about his background, since all people belonging to this school have a history of crime, whether it be as a family business, or affiliation, while Marcus does not show a definitive one, although due to a small scene when he opens his locker, I am not unaware we will get a more in depth view on why and how he is considered to be among all of these people. Either way, I will now adopt him as my smol son. “Civility is just lying to people about your true feelings. Hiding for personal gain.Popular people, well, they’re just the best liars.”The art is not the most beautiful, it uses a lot of pale tones that allow to see more of the dark themes of the story but that don’t radiate astonishing, wall-worthy art. However, this style of art and colour, matches the decade the story is set in wonderfully, demonstrating a grungy feel that made me want to listen to Nirvana in a dark room. There is also the detail that certain panels and issues focus on a different colour, which adds a lot of intrigue as to why they are being used. I will continue to buy the trade paperbacks for this series, luckily, there is only three out, with a fourth one coming soon, so it is not a lot I have to catch up on. The tale of all these kids might just be one of the strongest titles Image is publishing out there, and Image always publishes the strongest comic titles in the industry.
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  • Nicolo Yu
    January 1, 1970
    This is writer Rick Remender's most personal comics work to date. He may not have written it outright in his afterword to this first volume of Deadly Class, but he intimated as much. The protagonist of Deadly Class is Marcus, a homeless orphaned immigrant who is an outsider in Ronald Reagan era America and the assassins school he enrolled in to escape the streets of San Francisco. As a teenager, Remender was also an outsider in every new town his family relocated and they moved a lot. He got fed This is writer Rick Remender's most personal comics work to date. He may not have written it outright in his afterword to this first volume of Deadly Class, but he intimated as much. The protagonist of Deadly Class is Marcus, a homeless orphaned immigrant who is an outsider in Ronald Reagan era America and the assassins school he enrolled in to escape the streets of San Francisco. As a teenager, Remender was also an outsider in every new town his family relocated and they moved a lot. He got fed up of being an outsider in his own town that he up and left as soon as he got his driver's license.This may be as personal as Remender made it to be but it is ultimately a true collaboration with the artist, Wes Craig. This is the best work I've seen from him. There is this whole sequence where Marcus had an acid overdose and the world the reader saw through his eyes were as trippy as it could be. The reader gets the sense of time and space twisting as your senses cope with the chemical imbalance in your body. Truly a masterpiece Craig has done with colorist Lee Loughridge.The story itself is a dark reflection of the 80's USA, which I sometimes remember as a supercut of John Hughes movies. Indeed, there is this scene when Marcus and his classmates play hooky from school, there's Ferris Bueller's Day Off kind of vibe. Deadly Class is a coming-of-age story, but so far, Remender isn't doing a good job of making me like Marcus.Marcus as a character remains for me to be unlikable. True, his story has yet to play out but I don't feel any sympathy for him. The book is saved by his cast of friends. Like Saya, the Yakuza teen who is still a mystery but hints of a tragedy behind that stoic face; or Maria, the Central American drug mule working herself out of a blood debt or Willie , who is living on a reputation undeserved. The three of them at least makes me want to read more of Deadly Class and hope Marcus turns a corner.
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  • Dylan Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Almost one of the best graphic novels I have ever read!The colouring in this is seriously mind-blowing, and is easily the best part of the series. Possibly the best I have ever seen. It's as intense as you would expect a story about an assassin school to be, but still with incredible amount of character development for all of the main and side characters. It's not just a lot of meaningless and violent actions scenes. It is clearly well thought out and well structured and is a very good beginning Almost one of the best graphic novels I have ever read!The colouring in this is seriously mind-blowing, and is easily the best part of the series. Possibly the best I have ever seen. It's as intense as you would expect a story about an assassin school to be, but still with incredible amount of character development for all of the main and side characters. It's not just a lot of meaningless and violent actions scenes. It is clearly well thought out and well structured and is a very good beginning to the series!
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  • Jesse A
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't love it. It was ok, just not really my cup o' tea. Probably done with this series.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars! So trippy and weird, not that much story to it but it was intense.
  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a bit better than ok.Marcus is a homeless teenager living in 1987’s San Fransisco and one day he gets in trouble with the police. A girl pops out of nowhere and helps him. She takes him to a secret place, where he meets a bunch of teenagers and an old guy who tells him that these are his students and he runs a school, a very special school called “Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children” … oh wait no that’s not it… hmmmm oh there it is “King's Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts”. Ok th It’s a bit better than ok.Marcus is a homeless teenager living in 1987’s San Fransisco and one day he gets in trouble with the police. A girl pops out of nowhere and helps him. She takes him to a secret place, where he meets a bunch of teenagers and an old guy who tells him that these are his students and he runs a school, a very special school called “Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children” … oh wait no that’s not it… hmmmm oh there it is “King's Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts”. Ok they have too find a shorter name. I t turns out that every other student comes from a family of criminals or assassins and he is the only one who is not. Of course he is. And things happen but I don’t wanna spoil anything so I stop here.Couple of problems with this one.First of the beginning is almost copy paste from Mark Millar’s “Wanted”. 2nd Character clichés and 3rd You almost don’t spend any time in the freaking school. So Deadly class its not bad, but i am not going to read the next ones.
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  • GrilledCheeseSamurai
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not to sure what I expected from this. I was worried it would be Harry Potter for assassins, I guess.It wasn't. Not even close.This comic is gritty, hard hitting and doesn't make any excuses for what it has to say. How far will a person go to fit in? Apparently pretty far.This first trade was packed full of some especially awesome artwork - and it fits spectacularly well with Remender's writing. The cast of characters are real people with real issues with real history...it just so happens th I'm not to sure what I expected from this. I was worried it would be Harry Potter for assassins, I guess.It wasn't. Not even close.This comic is gritty, hard hitting and doesn't make any excuses for what it has to say. How far will a person go to fit in? Apparently pretty far.This first trade was packed full of some especially awesome artwork - and it fits spectacularly well with Remender's writing. The cast of characters are real people with real issues with real history...it just so happens that we are introduced to them on an LSD fueled road trip of vengeance to Vegas that cyclones into a bloody ending. Okay, so maybe not that real. At least not for most of us.But it sure makes for a heck of a lot of fun reading. September now feels so very far away...
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  • April Cote
    January 1, 1970
    I want to give this more than 5 stars. I want to give it 10 stars. I'm hooked. I want to read the next volume now! I don't want to wait!!This graphic novel has it all and more. But no one is super human, no super powers, or out of this world technology. It's just a bunch of high school kids, going through what we all went through in high school. Expect they are taught and tested how to kill, on how to be assassins. It's amazing. If I had been taught assassin skills in high school, I might not ha I want to give this more than 5 stars. I want to give it 10 stars. I'm hooked. I want to read the next volume now! I don't want to wait!!This graphic novel has it all and more. But no one is super human, no super powers, or out of this world technology. It's just a bunch of high school kids, going through what we all went through in high school. Expect they are taught and tested how to kill, on how to be assassins. It's amazing. If I had been taught assassin skills in high school, I might not have ditched class so often....
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  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
    January 1, 1970
    didn't like it. will not be going continuing the series.
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