Deadly Class is a new series joining the slew of other titles Image is delivering these days. It’s written by none other than Rick Remender, who wrote a little something called Fear Agent, had a masterful run on Uncanny X-Force, and is currently writing Black Science (which is already off to a stellar fucking start might I add). Remender’s track record is pretty damn good lately, so I walked into Deadly Class with some pretty high expectations.
Now, the first thing you’re going to notice about this book, if you’re familiar with current authors, is Remender’s name, but when you crack it open, you’re immediately drawn to the art from Wes Craig, and even more to the color work done by Lee Loughridge. Each page is primarily dominated by different hues of a specific color, whether it be the reds of violent memories, the muted blues and purples of being down on your luck, or oranges and yellows for fast paced action. Not only are these colors dominating to the story, but they really help cement the time period of 1987. A quick glance through the pages is refreshing due to the coloring alone.
Let me go ahead and say the first part of the issue seems a little bland. Marcus Lopez, the main character, is living on the streets of San Francisco as a homeless kid, and while I understand the importance of showing how desolate he is, the pace of the story drags a bit in the beginning. With that being said, this issue picks up very quickly halfway through and shows a lot of promise. Remender does a nice job of developing character personalities quickly upon meeting them. Once Marcus has eluded the police, he meets some of the other students very briefly, and their dialogue is very witty and snarky. The characters are all very sharp, something you might expect from young assassins. The last part of the issue is a solid cliffhanger, and I’ll definitely be picking up the next issue to see where it goes.
Deadly Class has a good foothold with its first issue. It’s a little slow to start, but once it does, it puts the pedal to the metal, quickly increasing the pace of the story and introducing characters I’m very eager to learn more about. Marcus is solid as a main character, but I think what’s really going to shine in this series is the supporting cast around him. Remender has piqued my interest and I feel like this book is only going to get better.