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Deadly Class Comes to an Action-Packed Conclusion in Las Vegas

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In Deadly Class, the high stakes in Las Vegas aren’t at the tables but in the antics of Marcus and the gang from Kings Dominion School of the Deadly Arts. Now is the time to catch up on the first six issues–the new arc starts September 17th.

Read my reviews of Deadly Class #1, #2, #3, and #4.

 

Deadly Class #6 cover via imagecomics.com

Deadly Class #6 cover via imagecomics.com

 

Deadly Class #5 and #6
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Wes Craig
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date:  May 28, 2014 (#5) and June 25, 2014 (#6)

Get the trade Deadly Class TPB Vol. 01 Reagan Youth or the single issues Deadly Class #5 and Deadly Class #6 and do your homework for the new arc in stores September 17th!

High, paranoid, pursued by two maniacs, and at Circus Circus in Las Vegas—this is where Marcus finds himself. Knowing these kids, it is a recipe for a little—or a lot of—mayhem. Believe me, you won’t want to miss a gorgeous single panel!

A vacation can’t get more intense than being enlisted to help kill your friend’s dad, right? However, Marcus’ trip just gets worse and worse as he stumbles from one mess to the next still hallucinating from the bad acid. First he’s caught gambling while underage on the casino floor. Next Chico bursts in while Maria is seducing Marcus. Since Chico believes he is entitled to run Maria’s life, this threesome goes poorly. Chico’s pursuit of Marcus ends up in fisticuffs at a conveniences store. The cops show up. Then, as Chico escapes the police’s grasp and continues this fight with Marcus in alley. With Marcus staring down the barrel of a gun, I wondered if my favorite comic was reaching the apogee of grim.  The rest of the Kings Dominion crew show up in the alley and offer a ray of hope (but alas, no rainbows or kittens).

I know that paragraph sounds like the recap of an action movie. And the frame work of the trip to Vegas story reads very much like action flicks in the vein of Jason Bourne or the seminal gonzo adventure tale in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Once Marcus is down and knocked out, his friends—I believe at this point their shared experiences makes them friends—take up the cause to stop Chico. Billy, Maria, and Willie all get their piece of him. Then: enter second maniac and an unexpected conclusion. No spoilers here. I’d rather you read it for yourself.

The last two books in this arc are frenetic. Wes Craig’s art captures it all the action and Marcus’ drug-induced visions perfectly. In one panel Craig shows us a desperate Marcus crawling toward a loose pistol and the next panel is said pistol with cowboy hat, red nose, and big mustache. He illustrates easily how Marcus flows in and out lucidity (as a result the script doesn’t need to over explain the situation). Add in Lee Loughridge’s colors and the art in Deadly Class is a cut above all other comics I’m reading.

Deadly Class consistently delivers the goods. The script, art, and colors are well-crafted and together intensify the reader experience. It is my top comic this year and I can’t wait for the new arc starting this week. Review on Deadly Class #7 coming in September!

Need more Rick Remender? Pick up Low #1 and Image Firsts Black Science #1! Or if you haven’t read Fear Agent TPB Vol. 1: Re-Ignition (2nd Edition)—well, you need a trip to the comic shop ASAP.

 

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