Deadly Class

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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.

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