Deadly Class #5

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Wes Craig Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 28, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 15
9.3Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

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In the throes of a horrible acid trip, Marcus's grip on reality slips, casting him into the depths of his own past. A past filled with blood and ash. What dark secrets is he hiding? And will he have time to face them before one of the killers out for his blood puts a knife in his heart?

  • 10
    Comicosity - Nick Couture Jun 2, 2014

    Enough good things cannot be said about Deadly Class.It's a book that can make people fall in love with comics. Rick Remender, Wes Craig, and Lee Loughridge's Deadly Class #5 is a glorious acid soaked trip through Vegas. It's clear that any time spent in this world is going to be a good time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partidge, III Jun 2, 2014

    Everyone has great memories of road trips with friends, but I would be very surprised if Marcus remembered anything past getting in the car to leave. Rick Remender and Wes Craig didn’t start Marcus in the best of places with this series, but #6 just set his world on fire. It’s stakes like the ones presented in Deadly Class that makes for compelling comics that mix the mundane with the ridiculous. Marcus is palling around with the potentially the world’s next generation of master assassins and he crossed one of them in a big way. There was bound to be a heavy price to pay; we will just have to wait until next month to see just much of Marcus’ blood it took to settle the debt. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton May 27, 2014

    If you haven't been following Deadly Class, shame on you. Go get this right now. Now. Like" now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper May 27, 2014

    Deadly Class #5 feels like a nexus of pop culture from the 1980s, and this is once again due in part to Remender's and Craig's experiences growing up in that time period. In the back of this issue, Remender does talk about actually going to a Grateful Dead concert to pick up acid, then spending the night in Vegas, and finally getting jumped by gang members. It's these powerful experiences, combined with near-hallucinogenic art worthy of the writings of Timothy Leary and the art of Ralph Steadman that makes this as good as it is. If you aren't following Deadly Class right now, you are at a complete loss and should be ashamed of yourself. This is the title to read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin May 28, 2014

    Deadly Class #5 forces me to do something I hate. After reading the issue a few times and mulling it over I can't help but call this one a must own as it earns my highest accolades. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon May 30, 2014

    Deadly Class #5 tops Remender and Craigs already stellar run. I couldnt imagine a way to improve this issue. Its a whacked out dive into the unsettling minds of dangerous kids, and this is the best example of it I can give you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II May 28, 2014

    I have absolutely no idea where this thing is going after Issue #5. It might actually be going to nowhere… or everywhere. Who knows? All I do know is that I am along for the ride and I got my cassette player rolling along with the soundtrack of my life. Roll on gentlemen, roll on. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper May 30, 2014

    There are some of the most absolutely astounding sequentials I've seen in 2014 within the pages of this issue, and if Remender's work on this issue is the steak, than Craig and Loughridge are another delicious steak right next to it with a double serving of sizzle for everyone. This is one of the best two or three looking comics on the stands right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis May 30, 2014

    Deadly Class is an exaggerated retrospective of a creator's colourful history; however, it is neither self-indulgent nor trite. Often poignant and humorous, the pop-culture references, unlike Dan Slott's The Amazing Spider-Man, never feel tacked on, this month our protagonist is in the throes of a 'bad' acid trip, tortured by the events of his past. However, it is also a tale of friendship and comradery. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Ani Gonzalez May 28, 2014

    This definitely is the part where they let kids know drugs are bad for them. But it is awesomely written. Starting with the first panel you can feel the paranoia, the lack of judgement, the rapid and sometimes erratic movements, you feel the effects of acid and the anxiety Marcus is experiencing. The colors help with this acid trip. They change, from blues to reds to whites to yellows and they keep changing. The art also helps to maintain the acid trip, the expressions on Marcus while he is high and on the others, you can see fear, hate, surprise, desperation. Also the fights ,everything seems stop motion and painful. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Justin Giampaoli Jun 3, 2014

    As if Marcus didn't have enough going on, he gets in the middle of Chico and Maria, creating a literal threat to his life, and a more figurative threat to his developing feelings about another character. With some bonus process backmatter, this is the best issue of the series to date. It has action galore and finally bears a strong thematic constant. It's existential meaning amid an adrenaline-fueled fight or flight episode. #SorryT Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Sam Roche May 29, 2014

    I daresay this is the best chapter of Deadly Class so far, and Deadly Class is pretty damned good. I can't wait to see where this story goes next! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie May 29, 2014

    If there is one thing that is going to stand out for readers of Deadly Class #5, it will be Lee Loughridge's colorful blending of the 1980s with a wild acid trip. Considering this is exactly where Rick Remender and Wes Craig left Marcus in Issue #4, it fits the circumstances well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson May 28, 2014

    The result is a frantically paced comic that never ceases to entertain or invoke awe. This is a master class in comic book storytelling told through the bent lens of heavy hallucination. Every single page is more fun than the last. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake May 29, 2014

    Remender and Craig appear determined to command your pull list, and at this point you'd be silly to resist them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Alex Smith May 27, 2014

    Deadly Classis so meticulously crafted, both in writing and art, that the seriesfeels like a greatest hits compilation. There are a few that don't stack up to the best, but none are ever bad. Every issue is overflowing with heart and soul, as evidenced by the creators ties to this story. It really feels like a passion project. Thankfully, Remender and Craig share this passion with us. This fifth issue doesn't hit the deep notes like its predecessors, but it remains as stylistically adept as ever. If both the set-up and solicitations are true, next month will change everything. The deepening relationship between character and reader is going to receive a gut punch. At least there's something to look forward to right? Highly Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia May 29, 2014

    In addition to great writing, the art is even stronger in this issue. Moving from sequences of cold, calm realism to the very violent to the very trippy, Craig and Loughridge are a fantastic match. The chase scene towards the end of the issue is incredibly anxiety inducing. While the writing seems more focused on an existential reflection, the gravity and immediacy of the threat is all communicated through the art. All told, this is a fantastic issue. Read Full Review

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