Deadly Class Volume 1: Reagan Youth Paperback – 31 Jul 2014
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About the Author
Lee Loughridge has been working in comics for more thanfifteen years. He currentlylives in sunny California in a tent on the beach.
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Top Customer Reviews
Did it make me chuckle and laugh out loud. Yes
Did it deliver a story full of energy and pace
Did the art work demand each page to be really looked at. Yes
Did it have lay the foundations of potentially
great series. Yes
Am I now waiting for the next collection in may, oh yes..
The artwork is engaging and the panel by panel view adds a fluid quality that benefits the presentation.
The writing is surprisingly engaging as the characters are hardly endearing yet connect with the reader quickly and deeply.
The plot is fairly slim and not really indicative of the overall experience provided by reading this book, all I can say is that I feel I should not have liked this at all but I was quickly engrossed, involved, interested and yet ...repulsed.
Difficult to define or explain I can only highly recommend you give it a try.
At first I wasn’t overly impressed as things seemed to click into place a little too neatly to allow the story to progress and the actions of some of the main characters, even allowing for the subject matter, seemed clichéd and over the top.
However reading on (and delving a bit more into the past) you begin to understand why certain things happened and why certain characters did certain things leading to a highly enjoyable read.
The final third of the book, a road trip to Vegas, is some of the cleverest and funniest writing I have experienced for some time.
Whilst the writing is very good and times great it is the fantastic, almost surreal artwork and colouring that boosts this book into the graphic novel stratosphere. Whilst some graphic novels go overboard on the colour and the detail the stripped back illustrations offer an exhilarating and emotional ride through the lives of the young assassins.
All in all this is one of the best new titles I have read this year and I highly recommended it.
It's 1987 in America. Marcus is a homeless teenager. With seemingly nothing to live for. Until he is offered the chance to join a very exclusive high school. A school for killers. Where the world's top crime families send their children to be trained as assassins.
All the usual high school tropes and cliques and problems await him. With the added one that they are really deadly. But why is Marcus, an outsider and not someone from a crime family, considered such an ideal candidate to be a pupil?.......
This features violence strong language and adult moments. A lot of them. So it's strictly a comic for mature readers only.
As with all paperbacks of this kind, it divides the six issues up via chapter pages, so you can see where one ends and another begins.
There's an introduction from comics writer David Lapham. And an afterword from the writer of this series himself.
This is a fabulous read right from the off. The art is stylistic, but it and the restrained colouring do suits the needs of the story perfectly, so it does catch the eye. It's also a wholly original story, which always counts in something's favour. The eighties setting is superbly rendered. It has a lead character who the writing makes wholly sympathetic. When it would be very easy for him not to be. And he's surrounded by a very interesting cast of characters as well.
Marcus has a strong character arc over the course of these six issues, which does reach a satisfactory point by the end. There are decent plot developments as things about him and the school become clear. It also does offer the reader food for thought, as you consider what you might do in similar situations to things characters go through here.
An excellent read and a terrific start to the series. I will get book two as soon as possible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read it one sitting couldn't put it down love this seriesPublished 9 months ago by iain gordon
Deadly Class is the greatest comic book i have ever read In my entire life, The story is just brilliant and the character development is amazing! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kieran Igoe
Great characters, great art and great value. Highly recommended.Published 14 months ago by Alex J.T.
I like the premise and the eighties feel but not too sure I'll re-read it and may get vol 2 as it was enjoyable.Published 14 months ago by profrutty
An original story not for kids. I'm looking forward to see where they go with this.Published 16 months ago by Cheese time
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