Deadly Class #1 (Image)

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Rating: 4.5/5 – Deadly Class is at the top of it’s class.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

Deadly Class is another new series from Image that absolutely hits the mark when it comes to making the most of a debut issue.  This first issue not only introduces an interesting new character, but also has a cool premise that feels a bit like a violent and mature, yet fresh and unique X-Men book, and brings together a creative team that makes this book’s visuals stand apart from everything else.  Writer Rick Remender, artist Wes Craig and colorist Lee Loughridge have created something really special with this first issue, and if the following issues can read and look as good as this one, Image will add another great series in it’s already impressive stable of titles.

It’s not often that I’d lead a review talking about the coloring, but I feel the need to do so here.  Colorist Lee Loughridge’s work really defines this book.  The art which is absolutely impressive, is all the more impressive with Loughridge’s brilliant choice of colors.  Each and every sequence is colored differently than the last, but they all somehow flow seamlessly together.  The design and colors chosen are exquisitely executed, while at the same have a simplicity to them, allowing your eyes to follow the characters and action.  For example, the main character Marcus wears a blue jacket with orange stripes.  It’s such a simple clothing choice, but Marcus always seems to stand out because of the smart, yet simple choice to use that color orange.  Paring the colors with the art of Wes Craig is a team-up I can’t wait to see more of in the future.  Craig has a thin and sharp line to his work, using less lines to great affect.  There’s some fantastic action sequences in this book that flow so smoothly, showing off Craig’s ability to tell a clear story.

The story within is basically the tale of homeless teenager Marcus Arguella who is struggling to stay alive while living on the streets.  The story is told from his point of view, and we’re able to witness his tragic and sad story throughout multiple months in the year 1987.   Remender makes you feel for this new character, while also adding some mystery and intrigue to his “origin”.  Although a major sequence of the story feels a bit dramatic and exaggerated, Im hoping the cause of that exaggeration is tied to the mystery.  Remender and team give you your money’s worth in this issue with over thirty pages, ending in a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more.  As Remender fleshes out the supporting cast, this series should start to get even stronger.  Remender rarely disappoints, and combined with the work of Craig and Loughridge, I can only see this book getting better and better as months go by.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
(shawn@comicspectrum.com
)
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2 Responses to Deadly Class #1 (Image)

  1. Nice. I can’t wait to check this book out.

  2. Jeff says:

    Nice review Shawn, exactly where I had it and I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like it but like you said, the art really separates it from other books on the shelf. I don’t remember Craig’s art looking like this when he was drawing Guardians of the Galaxy. It is really sleek and kinetic, the action sequences were done well.

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