Deadly Class #3

Deadly Class #3

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Wes Craig Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 13
8.3Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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Tasked with their first assassination mission, Marcus and Willie roam the sad and lonely streets of San Francisco in the dead of night, stalked by a shadow from Marcus's mysterious past.

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Ani Gonzalez Mar 27, 2014

    Deadly Class #3 is emotionally charged with an ending that takes a while to digest and that tells the tale with art, if you are not aware of the art it will not click until later. This is a feast to the eyes and hard on the soul.Sometimes life is the hardest school. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Lanza Mar 26, 2014

    I'm not sure how to best categorize Deadly Class, or who to even recommend it to. Maybe it's a book that doesn't fit any one particular category but simply falls into the realm of “kick-ass storytelling.” If you like deep, fleshy, soulful characters, with a splash of humor and a heavy helping of social commentary and great cliffhangers, then by all means pick up this book. If you prefer weak stories and your character motivations spoon fed to you like yesterday's mashed potatoes, then just keep on walking. Deadly Class is definitely part of a new breed of book, joining Sex Criminals, Black Science and Manhattan Projects as genres all to themselves. Grab this one before Master Lin has you whacked. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Mar 26, 2014

    My definition of a ‘teen' book may differ from others, but Deadly Class is one of the best teen books on the market right now. They are teenagers who happen to also be in training assassins and not the other way around. Issues 1 and 2 have begun to build the base for an imaginative and creative world for the characters, and issue three shows that the Marcus and Co. are interesting enough to keep pace. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Mar 26, 2014

    Wes Craig is unbelievably good. Deadly Class is laid out damn near perfectly. Within the first couple pages you see just how incredible this man is. Pages literally fall apart as a character nearly falls to his death. The panel cascade and crash down, enveloping the reader in the same sense of panic and chaos that the characters are experiencing. It's truly stunning work. Lee Loughridge's colors are brilliant, as well. Visually, Deadly Class #3 is as good, if not better, than anything else on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Mar 27, 2014

    Wes Craig also gets to play fast and loose with conventions. He never settles for simple panel arrangements and grids. Craig always sets out to one-up himself, and he succeeds far more than he fails. Deadly Class #3 succeeds on the backs of its characters, and both Remender and Craig ensure that their creations have plenty to work with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Mar 25, 2014

    From great beginnings Deadly Class continues to deliver a strong narrative, this book is more about the dynamics of a new kid in school then the actual assassinations but ultimately that does not detract from the issue. I’m sure when stuff goes down it will be measured and well thought out instead of being a generalised slug fest but we will have to wait and see if and when that happens! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Mar 26, 2014

    The story's end is brilliant and may be what cements the overall direction of this chapter in solidifying the capability of the series and its suggested intentions as organic and logically connected. Marcus and Willie retreat back to a familiar stopping ground of Marcus' as the day begins to break having chosen to bail on their homework. As the closing sequence transpires, a stark and unforgettable scene, the perspective pulls back over a few panels. Colors shift, figures become forms before they are impossible to make out at all. The scene is quiet, small and it's an amazing juxtaposition to what has just transpired. Something so significant and yet barely significant at all. Who would even notice? In an issue meant to take on allusions and delusions of self worth and perception, Remender and Craig finish with their strongest argument for the position and it might be the best issue ofDeadly Class so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Mar 26, 2014

    Deadly Class #3 is a solid issue of the series. The characters are well developed and the artwork is quality and will appeal to the right audience. The only thing it really lacks is likeability when it comes to the main character, since he really possesses no qualities one would like about him. Maybe as time goes on, that'll change. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Mar 26, 2014

    So Deadly Class #3 proves to be even more successful than the pulse pounding debut issue in demonstrating a grounded and dangerous situation. Its told through the lens of broken people, and has a lot of development for characters weve only just met. Its the type of story I totally didnt expect from this book, and I couldnt be happier to receive it. It has a ton of heart, some more context, and a touch of insanity. Also known as the perfect combination. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 26, 2014

    There's something about this series that is simply fascinating. Rick Remender is taking the concept of a school for assassins and fleshing it out in an interesting way. Previously we got a glimpse at some of the other students and in this issue we focus more on the main character, Marcus, and one of his classmates. With the story focusing on just the two of them, there is a slight isolated feel. The nice thing is it does slow things down a little to give the characters a more realistic feel. Wes Craig's art and Lee Loughridge's colors are a treat and really compliment the story, giving it a fresh feel. There might be a little less action in this issue but we get a pretty explosive ending. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Mar 27, 2014

    Deadly Class is the cream of the crop of its genre, not too trope-y with fun pop culture references sprinkled throughout. Deadly Class #3 teaches us more things about Marcus life, reveals motivation and serves to illustrate just how far he will go to keep himself away from rock bottom. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Mar 27, 2014

    Remender and Craig created a story that no one should sleep on. The 80′s have not looked better until this series. Remender continues to deliver pieces of Marcus life to us and keep the mystery going while creating a fun and dark adventure. Willie is an interesting character that will continue to develop as the series goes on. Loughridge's colors are captivating and keeps painting the 80′s for those who missed it. Don't miss the 80′s again and pick up this book! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney May 27, 2014

    Its not quite essential stuff yet – its still not clear precisely where theyre going with it (though that is absolutely part of the fun) and quite where that is will decide whether or not it gains or loses a point on the score below when all is said and done. Remender does have an occasional habit of copping out on his bolder ideas (Im looking at you, Strange Girl), but as it stands, this series is seriously picking up the pace, and is well worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Steven Merced Mar 27, 2014

    The issue was a good read but, no new characters are introduced and besides the call backs to Willies childhood there is not much else there that would be remembered. The ending of the issue although surprising felt like it came out of nowhere and i'm still hazy on what exactly happen. It comes quick and not much room for explanation is given. I expect the next issue to start off right where this one left off which could help me appreciate this issue more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Mar 26, 2014

    Overall, this is a better issue than number two, but not as good as number one. It's got a logical endpoint, but I don't see it getting there in a way that's that interesting, at this point. I'm willing to give it one more month, but my expectations are less-than-high. Read Full Review

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