Deadly Class #1 third print,
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Shanna (Berry) Wallace
(W) Rick Remender
(A/CA) Wesley Craig, Lee Loughridge
It's 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can't focus in class, thanks to his mind constantly drifting to the stunning girl in the front row and the Dag Nasty show he has tickets to. 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, a member of the most notorious crime syndicate in Japan, 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 King's Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn't always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates' poison. Join writer RICK REMENDER with rising star WESLEY CRAIG (Batman) and legendary colorist LEE LOUGHRIDGE (Fear Agent) to reminisce about the mid-1980s underground through the eyes of the most damaged and dangerous teenagers on Earth.
Date Available: 3/26/2014
A book with this much style is bound to turn some heads! From the very first page you know it’s something special, with delicately detailed pencils setting the scene taking place on the streets of San Francisco circa 1987. Enter our focus: a homeless guy panhandling unsuccessfully, clutching his journal “holding onto these splinters of memories”.
The realistic qualities of this story from the beginning suck you in; having dealt with homeless on a daily basis in Chicago, it’s viciously unadulterated. And by the end, becoming exceptionally implausible! What a perfect combo!
The art is what really elevates this story. Between the intricate detail, interesting layout, and incredible pace, your heart will be racing as you traverse the pages not able to quite put your finger on what this story is about. By the end, all questions are answered. The only remaining one: “What Next!?!”
I give it 10 out of 10 Grahams