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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 e 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.


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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 e 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.

30 review for Deadly Class, Volume 1: Reagan Youth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    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 ne 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    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 ➊ 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 abse 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 ➊ 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:

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    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 assignm 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!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    FANTASTIC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    R.K. Gold

    Just read this, this morning. My first completed read of 2019 is Deadly Class. I was motivated to read this once I watched the first episode on SyFy. It's---violent lol I know that should go without saying but--okay honestly first impressions it felt like a better Kickass. No disrespect to Kickass I just preferred the characters in this. Kickass is full of high schoolers and their moments of characterization were when they were in costumes. Deadly Class is full of assassins who are characterized Just read this, this morning. My first completed read of 2019 is Deadly Class. I was motivated to read this once I watched the first episode on SyFy. It's---violent lol I know that should go without saying but--okay honestly first impressions it felt like a better Kickass. No disrespect to Kickass I just preferred the characters in this. Kickass is full of high schoolers and their moments of characterization were when they were in costumes. Deadly Class is full of assassins who are characterized by high school--like I guess what I'm saying is, despite both being outrageous, this felt more real because the moments of characterization were in school. Like you can find any cliche high school story in here then add a hemoglobin filter and you got deadly class. So here are some spoilers. If you don't like those stop reading here: I thought this volume didnt do Chico justice. He had so much potential, and I think the show is going to treat him with more respect than the book. The love triangle is hilarious because it takes place during such high stakes, but still doesnt feel ridiculous because it's high school--like the love triangle between Marcus, Saya, and Maria may be my favorite YA love triangle yet because even though people are dying all around them, it's not like the Hunger Games where the fate of the world rest's on Katniss' shoulders and she has to decide if Gale or Peeta's breath smells better. Willie is going to be an MVP in this series I can already tell--I hitman afraid to pull the trigger. He faced multiple opportunities with increasing stakes and remained true to his character, so I wouldnt be surprised if he has the best transformation of the bunch. I want to get to know Saya and Maria more. The glimpses we have of Maria make her sound incredibly complex, especially when she confronts Chico and reveals how she earned her spot at King's Dominion. I'm excited to continue reading this series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ɗẳɳ 2.☊

    Public Service Announcement: This series is soon to be appearing on a Syfy Network near you! I look forward to it building a small but passionate fan base only to have Syfy cancel it in favor of another lame Sparkly Vampire Romance or Zombie Robot Space Adventure. Check out the pilot episode right here. ----------------------------------------------- In the early 80s, the world came crashing down around Marcus Lopez when a bridge-diving schizophrenic flattened his parents. 🤨 The terrible tragedy w Public Service Announcement: This series is soon to be appearing on a Syfy Network near you! I look forward to it building a small but passionate fan base only to have Syfy cancel it in favor of another lame Sparkly Vampire Romance or Zombie Robot Space Adventure. Check out the pilot episode right here. ----------------------------------------------- In the early 80s, the world came crashing down around Marcus Lopez when a bridge-diving schizophrenic flattened his parents. 🤨 The terrible tragedy was directly linked to the callous act of Ronald Reagan that cut funding to mental health facilities and led to hundreds of mentally unstable patients being turned out into the street. We catch up with a teenage Marcus a few years later, in 1987, after he’s been kicked out of 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 the day he happens across 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. The 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 started, and couldn’t care less about any of their 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 of the doghouse and they hit the road. Then the group drops acid and things really go bananas . . . Okay so, I enjoyed the storyline, but the thing that really stood out for me was the artwork—that was some serious eye candy. Essentially, it was all about the colors. The linework was fairly simple and the colors were flat, but when juxtaposed with complementary colors everything really pops. I dig it, man, I dig it! My only complaint was about the cheesy character that showed up every so often. Some sicko, reminiscent of Mason Verger from Hannibal, from Marcus’s past that claims to be his “mortal enemy.” Blah blah blah, I honestly couldn’t have cared less. But, I have a sneaking suspicion they’ll devote too much time to this guy in the future. Overall, this was a fun read. Hopefully, the story will continue to surprise, and carefully tapdance through the minefield of clichés.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    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 wan 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).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A-) 84% | Very Good Notes: Review pending re-read. Collected review for volumes 1-3 can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show.... (A-) 84% | Very Good Notes: Review pending re-read. Collected review for volumes 1-3 can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Regan

    Oh how I loved this. It was deplorable and fantastic. 4.5

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    After watching the tv show „deadly class“ and falling in love with it, I thought, why not read the comic. And what can I say? The story is the same - they changed a few things in the tv show, but not much, even many of the dialogues were the same. Something like „I’m not the acid king.“ I loved many parts of the comic/the tv show especially the „trip“ Marcus had. It looked like I always imagined a trip to be. Absolutely freakin crazy. More than anything i love the characters in this story. Marcu After watching the tv show „deadly class“ and falling in love with it, I thought, why not read the comic. And what can I say? The story is the same - they changed a few things in the tv show, but not much, even many of the dialogues were the same. Something like „I’m not the acid king.“ I loved many parts of the comic/the tv show especially the „trip“ Marcus had. It looked like I always imagined a trip to be. Absolutely freakin crazy. More than anything i love the characters in this story. Marcus and Saya being my favorites ♥️ What I didn’t really like was the art. It was special and dark in its own way, but I just didn’t feel it like the tv show. All in all I’m happy I read the comic. It was a great read. But I still love the tv show more. (Sorry)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    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!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    MLE

    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. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Quann

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    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$&@er appearing to declare himself the villain and nemesis of Marcus? What? I just think this genre of "kids go to special school" has passed me by - along with enough teen angst to soak a tub. I didn't mind the art and the story was more interesting in the middle. Oh, and it's nice to see such diversity in Bullet Review: After reading the nearly non-stop drug high of "The Goldfinch", I so didn't want to read about the acid trip of these guys. How did they get away with this much mayhem?! And goat f$&@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 :/

  17. 5 out of 5

    Moi Baltazar

    I have been obsessed with graphic novels recently. And this one is so damn gooood~ I almost didn't pick this up, but I'm so glad I did! I have been obsessed with graphic novels recently. And this one is so damn gooood~ I almost didn't pick this up, but I'm so glad I did!

  18. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    So wrote a whole review and now it's gone...so fuck my life. This is some good stuff, the ending made me want more, and if you like violence, some sex, and a lot of cursing go grab it. So wrote a whole review and now it's gone...so fuck my life. This is some good stuff, the ending made me want more, and if you like violence, some sex, and a lot of cursing go grab it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

    3.5 stars for this hella dark story! Like, for real, dark. Triggers for beastiality, murder, violence, excessive and frequent drug use, abuse, and more! But still a pretty awesome concept and I kinda want to watch the show now.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Divine Anas

    I realize that I need to review this right now or it'll be in a perpetual state of "RTC" if I don't write it NOW. "Life tattoos us with damage as a reminder...it won't be visible when you awaken, but people who know what to look for will see it, other victims of the same needle. It takes time to see them. It takes time to see anyone's real damage. But your people will see the colors--like a flag--and they will call you home to them." This graphic novel has been recommended to me so ma I realize that I need to review this right now or it'll be in a perpetual state of "RTC" if I don't write it NOW. "Life tattoos us with damage as a reminder...it won't be visible when you awaken, but people who know what to look for will see it, other victims of the same needle. It takes time to see them. It takes time to see anyone's real damage. But your people will see the colors--like a flag--and they will call you home to them." This graphic novel has been recommended to me so many times yet I ignored it countless times as well. Forgive me people, but I just recently read this all because I saw that it now has a live action with Lana Condor playing in it. Anyway, now that I finally did read this, I realized that I have not punished my self enough for the many months of postponing this fcking work of art. Personally, this is probably the best graphic novel I've read for the year, and that's saying something since I've gobbled up too many graphic novels in June and July. Deadly Class is an unabashed ode to the teenage angst we all carry once in our life. But I'm warning you, it's not just a phase! This is more than just an unapologetic portrayal of violence and assassination etiquettes. This story resonates deeper on the ambiguity of our moral compasses and how we stay human in an inhumane world. Add up with the superb graphics that beautifully transitions every page with a different shade of monotones, it will surely be an instant favorite. The art style is so beautiful and I really love how the artists didn't just constrict themselves with the tradition panels. This was an oddly hypnotic and enjoyable ride and I'll definitely be reading the next volume sooner. (view spoiler)[There's an issue were Marcus was high on LSD and I really felt high as well with all the saturated colors and skewed graphics. It was so awesome! (hide spoiler)]

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    4.5 SO GOOD! This one was funny, entertaining, messed up and a hell of a right. Can't wait to start the sequel! 4.5 SO GOOD! This one was funny, entertaining, messed up and a hell of a right. Can't wait to start the sequel!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andreas

    Fuck. Yes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    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 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

  24. 4 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    So I read this to feel less like a normie as a TV show was released. Now I’m just wondering why it’s become such a popular TV show. What’s it about? Marcus is a homeless teen and is pissed because something to do with Ronald Reagan made him homeless. Well now a school for assassins wants him so he’s now in assassin school and no longer homeless. Pros: This book is unpredictable. I was very surprised by many of the twists throughout! This book has some good action scenes. The first issue has a particul So I read this to feel less like a normie as a TV show was released. Now I’m just wondering why it’s become such a popular TV show. What’s it about? Marcus is a homeless teen and is pissed because something to do with Ronald Reagan made him homeless. Well now a school for assassins wants him so he’s now in assassin school and no longer homeless. Pros: This book is unpredictable. I was very surprised by many of the twists throughout! This book has some good action scenes. The first issue has a particularly memorable one, the final half had a few good action scenes too so yeah, it definitely has that going for it. There’s some good comic relief. Cons: The story is... I dunno. Maybe it’s just not what I hoped it would be. Teens go to assassin school, some of them go on a road trip and some high school drama stuff happens. Yay? Yeah, I don’t get the hype over that. The artwork is not good. I’ve seen some of Craig’s work before and a lot of it looks good but in this, except for a few more stylized scenes, it looks like he just kinda doodles it together and sent it in unfinished. The characters aren’t interesting. If you remove the whole murder element they’re basically a boring group of school outsiders except douchier. The social commentary doesn’t work. First of all, it’s almost constantly bashing a president from the 1980s... why? I heard some stuff about him, he doesn’t sound like an amazing president but it doesn’t seem very relevant to a 2010s comic. Second, there are shit messages (example: cops and military are bad, alright time to root for these young murderers). Third, it’s poorly written, way too many cliches and stereotypes. The ending is very meh. So... the random redneck villain. Yeah, that was a shitty attempt at being edgy. So the character has a messed up face and is into beastiality, nothing makes him interesting though. It’s like they said “Hey, Garth Ennis wrote a comic with a guy fucking a chicken, that’s what made it successful, right?” No, it was a plot, action scenes, over the top comedy and interesting characters... (the Ennis book I was referring to for those who don’t know is Preacher, chicken-fucking aside I’d recommend that one) I gotta note that I hated how he (view spoiler)[ shows up towards the end and all of it’s just “yeah, I might try to kill you in a later story arc, well bye.” (hide spoiler)] Like, what the fuck was that? So that final issue where they’re (view spoiler)[ taking a whole fucking issue to kill a guy. Seriously almost all of that issue was them not being able to bring themselves to kill this one guy that’s a fucking douchebag. (hide spoiler)] The people running the school are dumb. So I get some things would kind of pass by like “no drugs” someone might sneak in something sometimes. “No sex” someone is gonna end up sneaking into someone’s room here and there. Oh my gosh, the people at this school though, it’s pretty much “Well here’s a short list of things to not do, okay bye”. Like punishment is meant to be so serious there yet there’s a whole freaking group that is known for dealing with the drugs there... how the fuck is this not noticed? Or when they (view spoiler)[ lock Marcus in the dark room and then other students sneak him out for a road trip? (hide spoiler)] Nobody saw something that fucking obvious? Gosh... Overall: I can’t say it’s particularly terrible because it does hit some key things such as action, suspense and comic relief that give the comic a nice tone. Unfortunately I have several problems with it including the weak story, douchebag characters and bad artwork. I won’t be continuing this one (though MIGHT and I emphasize might still end up watching the show since my dad and I end up looking at pretty much every Syfy original series once it hits Netflix). Basically if you want a “teen drama” with more drug use and the occasional murder, read this. Remender is a hit or miss author for me so I suppose this one is a miss. 2/5

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo

    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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Didn't love it. It was ok, just not really my cup o' tea. Probably done with this series. Didn't love it. It was ok, just not really my cup o' tea. Probably done with this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erica ♋️✨📖

    A very fun story and creepy I really enjoyed it

  28. 4 out of 5

    'kris Pung

    ***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: ***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:

  29. 4 out of 5

    ♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)

    I don’t know what this is about but Lana Condor makes me want to watch the TV show. So I might as well read this too someday.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 1.5 stars This is definitely not my thing. Deadly Class is a brutal vision of high school, but in a world of assassins. The main character is a kid who is homeless and gets the chance to join an exclusive training school for teen assassins. There is lots of violence, murder, drugs, and trippy experiences. Not something I enjoyed, but this might work better for others. I've never been fond of gritty books about teenagers doing drugs and being shitty. The most redeeming thing here fo Actual Rating: 1.5 stars This is definitely not my thing. Deadly Class is a brutal vision of high school, but in a world of assassins. The main character is a kid who is homeless and gets the chance to join an exclusive training school for teen assassins. There is lots of violence, murder, drugs, and trippy experiences. Not something I enjoyed, but this might work better for others. I've never been fond of gritty books about teenagers doing drugs and being shitty. The most redeeming thing here for me was the authors note at the end of the volume. He talks about how his own experience of high school mirrored elements we find here and how the comic was a way of exploring what it's like to come of age in a world filled with violence. I get that and appreciate that this was an artistic way of exploring those themes. I just didn't enjoy the experience of reading it. ALL the content warnings here. It's a lot.

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