Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Wes Craig
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Letters/Design: Rus Wooton
Cover: Wes Craig
Review by Scott Keys
This is another one of those amazing Image books that I would have overlooked if not for the persistence of some folks on Twitter (you know who you are). I can’t believe how amazing this book was, or that I was this close from skipping it altogether!
This was one of the strongest #1 issues I’ve read! Remender does an amazing job of setting the tone early, and it was dark. Set in the late 1980’s, we follow Marcus, a homeless teen on the streets of San Francisco. Remender, with the help of Craig and Loughridge, immerse you into the seedy underbelly of the mean streets, and what it takes to survive. The first half of the book is a real downer (I know how that sounds, but it was necessary, trust me), but about half way through things really pick up!
As Marcus is trying to escape the police, we start to see other teens helping him on his escape, and we get to see one of the best chase scenes… you really have to see it! I won’t spoil the end, because you have to have some surprises, but suffice it to say that you’ll REALLY want to pick up issue 2! Remender has another gem on his hands, with a wonderful script and premise. But don’t forget the beautiful art and color of this book – Craig and Loughridge really transport you back to the 80’s, and Craig’s layouts are SUPERB! It’s kinda ridiculous how many great titles that Image is publishing right now, and Deadly Class is another feather in their cap.
Get in on the ground floor with Deadly Class #1! Remender & crew really hit the ground running, and I, for one, cannot wait until issue 2!
Art: 5 / 5
Story: 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
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