“A deadly read in the best ways possible.”

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.

If you think your high school experience was terrible, consider yourself lucky that you’re not Marcus Lopez. Who, during the late 80s, finds himself at the Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts. After being homeless and on the verge of ending it all, he ends up at the school to be trained with his peers to be the next generation of assassins.

I really enjoyed the first volume of this series. I originally got the first few issues in floppies when it first came out, but then had to cut it for financial reasons. But coming back to it now in trade form, the read is a hell of a lot better in my opinion. Have you ever heard how they say “the key to a good story is having well written bad guys”? Well, this book is chock-full of them, and they’re so well done that I feel for most of them.

What I really love about this book is the art. Wes Craig does a fantastic job illustrating this comic. It’s detailed but it also has this simplicity to it that mixes very well together. Then once you throw in the colors from Lee Loughridge, it’s going to be hard to find a prettier book. The panel layouts are super well done, too. The way he can lay out a page and have you follow through it is really impressive and helps a lot in regards to the storytelling.

This title is getting a bit more of a spotlight due to the new TV show that has come out based upon the comic. which if you have watched and enjoyed, you must give this first volume a try. Because if you think what they do on the show is crazy, just wait until you see what happens in the book.

So if you haven’t been able to tell, I really enjoyed this first volume of Deadly Class. Enough so that I’m struggling whether or not to buy the rest of the volumes and read them in a short amount of time—then get stuck waiting for the newest one to come out. Regardless, this first volume is a must read.

I’m giving Deadly class Volume 1…

4 whiskey shots

4 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots

Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Wes Craig
Published by: Image Comics

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