Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Wesley Craig Publisher: Image Comics
High school is a nightmare for most teenagers but King’s Dominion High School could be the worst. Like School Of Rock crossed with Mark Millar’s Wanted,
Deadly Class is set in a school where the world’s most esteemed crime families send their children to become super assassins. It’s a surreal, madcap concept, and brilliant because of it.
It’s a delight to watch Rick Remender use tropes from ’80s high school teen movie such as The Breakfast Club, where the unfortunate protagonist gets beaten up by jocks from rich families and pines after the pretty popular girl. Remender also dials these characters up a degree: the teachers aren’t just scary because they’re figures of authority, but because they’re members of an ancient league of assassins, and you’re doubly anxious about talking to your crush because as well as being beautiful, she’s killed more than ten people.
Drawn in an accentuated Manga style that brings to mind the blood-soaked kids from Attack On Titan, Deadly Class is a supercharged portrayal of American high school life. All set in an alternate vision of the ’80s, it’s a throwback, sure, but one that never feels old.
Colours are provided by industry veteran Lee Loughridge.