Deadly Class, Volume 5
The brutal Freshman Finals at Kings Dominion School of the Deadly Arts have created a new status quo. The Student Council has eliminated all its enemies and rules the halls with an iron fist. Into this shark tank comes a new class of kids, fresh blood for a fresh start. There is Quan, a Vietnamese rockabilly, quick with his knives and a comb. Helmut, an East German metalhead with a hatred for communists. Zenzele, a hammer-swinging refugee of a brutal African civil war, and Tosahwi, a Native American skate punk with a whole nation’s history of violence to pay back.And then there’s Saya, who alone of her group of friends survived the finals and who stands poised to become the school’s deadliest student. But when her dark past comes back to haunt her, will she ride the torrent of blood she’s unleashed or end up drowning in it? It’s morning in America, and a new era of RICK REMENDER (Seven to Eternity, Black Science) and WES CRAIG’s (Black Hand Comics) DEADLY CLASS begins.collects issues #22-26.

Deadly Class, Volume 5 Details

TitleDeadly Class, Volume 5
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 14th, 2017
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534300552
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels Comics, Mystery, Crime

Deadly Class, Volume 5 Review

  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Class remains one of the best series out there. Smart writing, well done art, and great pacing with a wonderful cast of characters. Spoilers from volume 4 so don't read ahead if you aren't ready. Ready? READY!? Okay here we go. After Marcus and crew were murdered horribly I thought we might be in trouble. Killing compelling character's can be great and add to the story but then we got new characters and what if we don't like them? Luckily we got a new cast of kids, all freshmen, and all w Deadly Class remains one of the best series out there. Smart writing, well done art, and great pacing with a wonderful cast of characters. Spoilers from volume 4 so don't read ahead if you aren't ready. Ready? READY!? Okay here we go. After Marcus and crew were murdered horribly I thought we might be in trouble. Killing compelling character's can be great and add to the story but then we got new characters and what if we don't like them? Luckily we got a new cast of kids, all freshmen, and all well done. They collide with some old faces who fucking deserve to die so bad and makes for entertaining moments. I also love the German as he is both badass and awesome fighter. You get a interesting crew this time and more so they aren't as clean as you expect, but this is Deadly Class after all. The big issue comes at the end. Enjoyable no doubt but kind of...expected? I guessed it the second the first few pages happened and it kind of made volume 4 less of an impact for me. Maybe it'll pick up once read next volume but it did let me down a little bit. We shall see. Still, Deadly Class is top 10 ongoing comics you should be reading. Are you reading yet? NO? WELL WHAT THE FUCK GET ON IT!!!!
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  • Donovan
    January 1, 1970
    Prom, drugs, booze, politics, revenge, D&D, twists, and comebacks! Remender and team are killing it!In volume 5 of this amazing series, Shabnam rises to power and commands much of the school, the freshmen class take the spotlight, and Saya is being hunted by samurai assassins. While many of the characters from previous volumes are gone (but not all of them!), the new characters are totally fascinating. Unlike volume 4, which was exhausting nonstop action, this one allows me to catch my breat Prom, drugs, booze, politics, revenge, D&D, twists, and comebacks! Remender and team are killing it!In volume 5 of this amazing series, Shabnam rises to power and commands much of the school, the freshmen class take the spotlight, and Saya is being hunted by samurai assassins. While many of the characters from previous volumes are gone (but not all of them!), the new characters are totally fascinating. Unlike volume 4, which was exhausting nonstop action, this one allows me to catch my breath and have a look around. There's plenty of action, but it's heavily character-driven, more personable, funny, dark, with a plot gaining complexity. And I just loved every minute of it. Gotta say, this is some of the best artwork coming out this year. Wes Craig is incredible. It's dark, moody, cartoony, and quite other-worldly. And would be nothing without Jordan Boyd's super neon coloring work. Seriously, give it up for the colorists, they make or break comic books. That's it. Go buy it.
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  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    FINALLY. Well…actually, I did read this volume as single issues as they were released because I honestly could NOT wait for this volume to be released after the way that volume 4 ended. This was the first time I had read individual issues of any comic before and it has definitely introduced me to the world of digital comics! Once the entire volume was released in paperback, you better believe I bought it and read the whole thing again. Ugh, this series is too good.--What I LikedThe new story. Wi FINALLY. Well…actually, I did read this volume as single issues as they were released because I honestly could NOT wait for this volume to be released after the way that volume 4 ended. This was the first time I had read individual issues of any comic before and it has definitely introduced me to the world of digital comics! Once the entire volume was released in paperback, you better believe I bought it and read the whole thing again. Ugh, this series is too good.--What I LikedThe new story. With the way that volume 4 ended, I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like the way that the new story arc was headed. We were going to be introduced to a new cast of characters and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for that, considering my love for the old ones. However, as you already know, Deadly Class is my favourite comic series of all time and I wasn’t about to stop reading it just because I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the new story. Obviously I was totally wrong. I actually really enjoyed the new story arc and the new characters. I loved learning more about Saya’s family and it was interesting to see her interactions with the new freshman. Honestly, I don’t know why I was worried. This series can literally do no wrong.The characters. As mentioned above, we were introduced to a whole cast of new characters within this new story arc. While I did miss the old characters, these new ones were a great addition to the story and I can’t wait to learn more about Quan, Helmut, Zenzele & Tosahwi and each of their personal back stories. I will mention that I have already read the newest issue that will kick off volume 6 and it dove right into the back story of Saya and I absolutely LOVED it. I really hope we get an in depth look into the other characters in the same way.The shocks and twists. With any Deadly Class issue or volume, you always need to prepare yourself for some insane shocks and twists. However, no matter how much you try and prep yourself for something like that…it never really works. There were moments in this volume that I did not see coming at all. Funnily enough, I kind of predicted the ending…maybe not the way that happened, but I just knew that it had to happen eventually. However, there was a moment prior to the ending that I did NOT see coming and it took me completely off guard. It was amazing.The ending. I mean honestly, I think we all wanted that ending! --What I Didn’t LikeWhat’s not to love? I loved everything about this volume, but I mean…is that really any surprise? It’s like this comic was made for me! It’s dark and violent, and I’m not sure what that says about me, but I absolutely LOVE it.--I don’t know how many times I will praise this series in the future, but just keep in mind that this is the best comic series I have ever read. I’m going to continue reading the single issues as they are released and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next!--Initial post-reading thoughts:So. I just re-read this after reading the single issues and ugh it's just so good. I could read this series over and over and never get bored I swear to god. At first, I was a little hesitant about meeting some new characters, I'm not gonna lie....but I ended up really enjoying them. Because I am the person that I am, Tosahwi is probably my favourite new addition to this series as weird as that may sound. I know he isn't really liked by the others and that might be why I like him as much as I do. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout this volume...and ummm...that ending tho.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    It's a new year in assassination school and I find myself not caring. Even though there's a focus on these new freshmen, we only get little tidbits about why they are there. I found myself forcing to continue in places. Then with the last issue we get the story I expected to see and found myself interested again.
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  • Jayson
    January 1, 1970
    (A-) 82% | Very GoodNotes: Review pending re-read. Collected review for volumes 4-6 can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....
  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Some childish humour has returned. A completely new set of 1st years or rats. Plotting was great but the ending was a little cliched. I did have a feeling something like that would occur. Still one of my fave series
  • Matthew Quann
    January 1, 1970
    FLIPPING THROUGH FLOPPIESJust a little update on the series up to this point: great twists and turns, a continued focus on character, and FINALLY we are beginning to uncover Saya's mysterious backstory. A single complaint: the "new" class that is introduced in this arc slows down the pace of the story from the stunner at the end of volume 4. However, that change of pace ends up paying off with some killer action scenes and a slew of new characters I'm interested to follow in the next few issues. FLIPPING THROUGH FLOPPIESJust a little update on the series up to this point: great twists and turns, a continued focus on character, and FINALLY we are beginning to uncover Saya's mysterious backstory. A single complaint: the "new" class that is introduced in this arc slows down the pace of the story from the stunner at the end of volume 4. However, that change of pace ends up paying off with some killer action scenes and a slew of new characters I'm interested to follow in the next few issues.Keep on keepin' on: this series continues to be one of my faves.
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  • Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    Better than the last Volume, but a tad predictable. That didn't make it any less enjoyable, though. I'm digging the new cast of characters, as well as the story's progression. Keep 'em comin'!!!
  • Zedsdead
    January 1, 1970
    It's a new year at Assassination High School and that means a whole new crop of international freshmen for last year's survivors to kick around. Enter:--Quan, a wiseass Vietnamese greaser fan--Zenzele, an African born again Christian and very unlikely enrollee--Helmut, a Soviet-hating East German metalhead and D&D enthusiast--Tosahwi, a Native American skateboarder with a grudge against corrupt law enforcement.The new kids settle in, the older characters jockey for power, and there's more vi It's a new year at Assassination High School and that means a whole new crop of international freshmen for last year's survivors to kick around. Enter:--Quan, a wiseass Vietnamese greaser fan--Zenzele, an African born again Christian and very unlikely enrollee--Helmut, a Soviet-hating East German metalhead and D&D enthusiast--Tosahwi, a Native American skateboarder with a grudge against corrupt law enforcement.The new kids settle in, the older characters jockey for power, and there's more violence than is reasonable even for an academy dedicated to the art of murder.-----------------------------I'm not thrilled with the dramatic change in plot direction. It feels contrived, and if it indicates that Deadly Class intends to just keep resetting its cast then I probably won't stick around for long. Even gangsters wouldn't send their kids to a school with a reliable 10% survival rate year.I'm also not a fan of the recycled TV tropes. Every character who dies offscreen comes back to life; every display of trust is met with cold, calculated betrayal. It's tiresome in its consistency.But plot criticisms aside, on a moment-to-moment basis this is the best writing I've ever seen from Rick Remender. I can see why the composite rating for v5 spiked. The new characters are well defined with plausible motivations, and the dialogue is realistic and fun. And Remender accomplished the inconceivable...he made me laugh at a fart joke. An unexpectedly articulate, hilariously verbose three-page fart joke, but a fart joke nonetheless. Never thought I'd see the day.-----------------------------Plot points:(view spoiler)[--Saya mopes about killing Marcus.--Lin makes Saya mentor Zenzele.--Saya's brother sends an army of assassins to rack up and kidnap his little sister.--Quan stabs Saya and turns her over to the bad guys.--Helmut farts in an elevator and picks a fight with Viktor.--Zenzele only fights when she witnesses a murder.--Marcus comes back from the dead and rescues Maria--also back from the dead, yawn--from a life of endless torture at the hands of her psychotic adoptive family. (hide spoiler)]
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  • S. Jess
    January 1, 1970
    Issue #22: 3.5 StarsIssue #23: 5 StarsIssue #24: 4.5 StarsIssue #25: 5 Stars!Issue #26: 5 Stars!
  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    A change in perspective and tone makes for a different read.World: The art is great, I love Scott's art, but I will say this and it's has always annoyed me when artists DON'T DO RESEARCH on street signs that are not English. There is Google translate, there are photos all over the web, IT'S NOT THAT HARD!!!! PLEASE DON'T GIVE US FAKE LINE FOR JAPANESE IT'S DISRESPECTFUL. The world building is fine, it's a departure from the huge previous arc and I love it. We get a new batch of students and this A change in perspective and tone makes for a different read.World: The art is great, I love Scott's art, but I will say this and it's has always annoyed me when artists DON'T DO RESEARCH on street signs that are not English. There is Google translate, there are photos all over the web, IT'S NOT THAT HARD!!!! PLEASE DON'T GIVE US FAKE LINE FOR JAPANESE IT'S DISRESPECTFUL. The world building is fine, it's a departure from the huge previous arc and I love it. We get a new batch of students and this feels like Harry Potter, this is Year Two and we have new students coming in. There is a change in the status quo and the things that happen at the school are very interesting, the world building is superb.Story: The story takes a turn I did not expect, it takes essentially a breather for the first couple of issues. We get to decompress after the really heavy last arc and we get fresh new faces and new voices, it's good. We see Kings Dominion and what happens after the rat hunt and we see those left and how they move on. It's quite good. As I said above, I loved the new points of view and the new students, they are fresh, they are new and they also allowed readers to look back and think, were Marcus, Willie, Maria, Saya this naive? It's good. The end of this arc is even better!Characters: The new group of students I dig very much, especially Z, she's so different from the rest that I like what Remender is doing with her. This entire group is interesting. Seeing the second years and how they have changed is also great. I don't want to spoil anything, the characters are the best in this book. Read it!I really liked the breather we got, it allowed us to decompress and take a step back to simply times (lol for this world at least) and realign readers for Year Two.Onward to the next book!
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  • Licha
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsNew characters are introduced. Just great. It's bad enough I haven't been able to connect to the original characters, but now I have to make new friends.
  • Madi
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really good installment. I loved that it followed Saya so closely. The new characters are great and liked being out of Marcus' head. Dude is depressing. The D&D part was kinda weird but fun.
  • Megan Morris
    January 1, 1970
    2.5/5 STARSI’m probably the only one who didn’t connect to this like I wanted based on the high ratings it received, but regardless of that, this remains one of my all time favorite graphic novel series as a whole.
  • Belinda (TheBookBuddies)
    January 1, 1970
    After the hell that was the last volume, this was a bittersweet volume to read. I like Saya. She's a complex character and she's badass af, but I just can't get over what she did. Seems like she's got a new set of problems though. The new characters introduced are interesting and pretty damn funny. They're also geeks, which I appreciate. Nothing wrong with a good game of D&D. Deadly Class still gets me laughing, still has amazing art, and still catches me by surprise.This last portion will b After the hell that was the last volume, this was a bittersweet volume to read. I like Saya. She's a complex character and she's badass af, but I just can't get over what she did. Seems like she's got a new set of problems though. The new characters introduced are interesting and pretty damn funny. They're also geeks, which I appreciate. Nothing wrong with a good game of D&D. Deadly Class still gets me laughing, still has amazing art, and still catches me by surprise.This last portion will be me talking about the last issue in this volume, so spoilers. (view spoiler)[WHAT WAS THAT LAST ISSUE ALL ABOUT???????? Marcus and Maria: Prologue?????? Was that in the past or the present???? WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO MY HEART, REMENDER???? This was just a cruel issue, and the one before it left on a terrible cliffhanger. Honestly, quit playing with my feelings! (hide spoiler)]
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, I can't get enough of this series. Every time I think it's going to hit a rut BOOM the story keeps adding excellent plot. I did watch episode one of the TV series which was pretty good, nice representation of the characters. One thing I learned from this volume is that the covers have pretty big spoilers on them so I would suggest not looking at future volume covers if you don't want spoilers. This volume focuses more on plot and character development then just the murdering and violence in Ok, I can't get enough of this series. Every time I think it's going to hit a rut BOOM the story keeps adding excellent plot. I did watch episode one of the TV series which was pretty good, nice representation of the characters. One thing I learned from this volume is that the covers have pretty big spoilers on them so I would suggest not looking at future volume covers if you don't want spoilers. This volume focuses more on plot and character development then just the murdering and violence in the past issue and I think that was a perfect thing to do. It allowed us readers to get more backstory and learn more about the school. Great issue!
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  • Crystal Starr Light
    January 1, 1970
    Bullet Review:I swear I've read this, but apparently, not? Anyway, I did indeed read this and...it wasn't terrible. It seems to have something of a direction (but perhaps "direction" for Remender is too strong a word - maybe goal???). Emo kids are very emo, but at this point, you know it's gonna happen. If these characters aren't moping (is there a single panel of the Japanese chick where she doesn't look like a mopey emo girl from 2004?), then there really isn't a story.I hear this series is no Bullet Review:I swear I've read this, but apparently, not? Anyway, I did indeed read this and...it wasn't terrible. It seems to have something of a direction (but perhaps "direction" for Remender is too strong a word - maybe goal???). Emo kids are very emo, but at this point, you know it's gonna happen. If these characters aren't moping (is there a single panel of the Japanese chick where she doesn't look like a mopey emo girl from 2004?), then there really isn't a story.I hear this series is now a TV show - and part of me cringes and the other part sees that it could be good if they got rid of all the awful characters and focused on a school training kids to kill each other.
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  • Drown Hollum
    January 1, 1970
    When I first dipped into this one, I found myself a little disappointed, missing characters who died in the last volume. Saya is great, and the new freshmen are genuinely interesting, but I felt like the heart of the book may had been displaced with vol. 4's big end reveal. Then I got to issue 26, which was damn near a perfect comic book issue. Everything is fine. Deadly Class is still one of the best on the shelves. Carry on.
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  • Mayar El Mahdy
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so very happy right now! bursting with inordinate amounts of joy! So... This is what a happy surprise feels like.I like the new rats, Zenzele and German Thor are my favorite, and the angry native american -I'm really terrible with names, aren't I?- seems interesting. I low-key hope he and Zenzele become a thing. The last issue was more than I could ever hope. I will forever miss and love Billy more than any other rat.
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  • Bárbara
    January 1, 1970
    I'm in love with Deadly Class. It's just getting better and better.
  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    After an agonizing ending to Volume 4 this volume picks up and doesn't let up until the horribly, amazing, WTF ending!!!! I have to wait a whole year to learn what happens to the new class and some of the leftovers of the old class....ARGH!!!! I have already gone back and started this volume again....such a great one!
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  • Aron
    January 1, 1970
    I was a little worried since this volume introduces & focuses on a completely new group of characters (with the exception of Saya.) But the new characters were fantastic & the story arc was excellent & this was without doubt my favorite volume so far. I'm glad I gave this series another shot because it has ended up becoming one of my all time favorites. Highly recommend!
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  • Anchorpete
    January 1, 1970
    The last time I wrote a review of this book, I went right to spoilers and expressed the feeling of shock I had throughout the last half of the last trade. This book has a few surprising twists that I will definitely not spoil. What I will say, is that by introducing this new batch of characters, and because of the twists at the end of this trade, Deadly Class has become one of my must read books. I am going to have to read every single trade.
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  • Travis
    January 1, 1970
    This is a solid read, but without the Marcus engine driving the story, it loses some steam. There are definitely some interesting new characters, but I think I was a little too in love with the first batch of weirdos, psychos, and misfits.Vol. 5 is still worth a read, but I wouldn't have continued with the series until the end reveal. But there was a reveal. Soooo, I'll check out Vol. 6 and see where it goes from there.
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  • Travis Duke
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly class continues to be great. It is the sophomore year for Saya and what is left of her friends meanwhile a new batch of freshmen enter the school. I loved the D&D and Saya storyline, but the school politics with Shabnam is my least favorite. A nice surprise is left at the end which I won't say anything about except it takes place in Nevada. The art from Wes Craig is still on point and will continue to be a huge draw to the series
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  • Eden
    January 1, 1970
    4.25? 4.5?Nothing was ever going to compare to the previous volume because that was f l a w l e s s, but this was still great! Loving all of the twists in the plot, this story is constantly surprising me in the best ways. So addictive.
  • Jen Appell
    January 1, 1970
    YES!! That ending was so satisfying. I took a break from this series (by break, I mean a few days off) because the end of Vol 4 was so upsetting. I'm smiling so hard and waiting for Vol 6 to download onto my phone. Ready for it.
  • Joey Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    Rick Remender exploits the weakness of the reader; he gets us to like his protagonists which makes their deaths and betrayed that much more impactful. Brilliantly written
  • Kat Viola
    January 1, 1970
    This series is honestly now in my top 3. To put it eloquently: Fucking hell. 👏👏👏👏👏
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    I'm BEYOND happy with the ending of this volume!!! Can volume 6 come out like, right away, please!!!!
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