Deadly Class #7 Review

Written by: Rick Remender

Art by: Wes Craig

Publisher: Image

Strap on your high-top converse because Deadly Class is back and is taking us right back to 1988.

One of the best parts of this series is how authentic it feels to it’s time period. This is due to the complete calibration of both Remender and Craig, with the former writing a meta-textualized version of himself as the main character, Marcus, and the latter delivering as many throwback easter eggs from the Reagan era. Their natural artistic combination is what makes this book such a treat, month to month, as it puts the reader directly into the setting which is completely important to the story and allows that same reader to discover the gems of said time period in the forms of music, film, and even other comic books. At this point, (while incredibly well developed) the backdrop of the school of assassins that Marcus and his friends attends seems entirely secondary to how personal of a story this two wonderful creators have been crafting.

We pick up this story, after the hiatus, with Marcus settling into the new status quo presented to him. With his new (almost reluctant) relationship with Maria, comes new problems, depression, and angst that materialize in ways that always feel genuine and never borders on the John Hughes-esque sappiness that the book itself so rightly disdains. One of Craig’s greatest strengths lies within his layouts. Each issue brings a new, unique, way to approach storytelling in comic books, be it a repeated motif of a clock running out of time or borders that leak out the cultural references that the book so gleefully wishes to share with it’s audience. Remender also shows some of his best writing in this series, as well, allowing himself to be transmuted completely into Marcus, never shying away from aspects of his personality that are omnipresent that may come across as unpleasant. Nothing is held back, and I can’t thank both creators enough.

One thing that is slightly left to be desired in this series are the antagonist. While this book is still early on, the deformed, hillbilly, “family” that Marcus has tangential ties to don’t serve as the most intimidating or developed of villains, but I am sure this weak spot will be rectified in issues to come, especially with what the last page reveal of this issue has to offer. Deadly Class, as always, is an absolute treat and we should be so lucky that creators like Rick Remender and Wes Craig feel comfortable with letting so much of their personality shine through one, wonderful, stark, comic book.