Deadly Class is a comic co-created by Rick Remender, of X-Force fame and Wes Craig. Lee Loughridge acts as the Colorist and Rus Wooton as the letterer.
Marcus Lopez is a homeless Nicaraguan teenager living on the streets of San Francisco. His parents are dead and he's being hunted by the local police force. That is until he's saved by Saya and her plucky band of assassins. Marcus is then given the option of staying on the streets and eventually dying or joining Kings Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts and learning to become an assassin.
Deadly Class is a 2014 series published by Image Comics and is published in a monthly format. 38 issues have been published so far, of which the first 35 have been collected into 7 graphic novels. The humor is off the wall and dark, the characters are interesting and the violence is gratuitous.
Syfy adapted the comic as a series called Deadly Class starring Benedict Wong and Lana Condor. It was previewed online on December 20, 2018, and on Syfy on December 30, 2018, ahead of its official premiere on January 16, 2019.
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This comic contains examples of:
- The '80s: The series begins in 1987.
- Academy of Evil: Poison, decapitation, ritual murder, and lockpicking are all in the curriculum.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Almost the entire original main cast is dead or incapacitated by the end the first school year. "New" Deadly Class kicks off with Saya and a new group of freshmen students.
- Anyone Can Die: Several prominent and even main characters die, including Lex, Billy, Willie, and Petra. Major villains also die surprisingly quickly too, including Chico and Chester.
- Asshole Victim: Oh, so many...
- Ax-Crazy: Averted. Most of the characters are not fond of killing at all. Then played straight during the Freshman Finals where people are killing off their own classmates for credit regardless if they are in their clique or their significant other.
- Badass Adorable:
- Averted with Willie, who people assume was able to kill his dad's attackers as a child. Turns out his uncle killed the assailants that struck his father and made it appear that Willie was the hero.
- Maria was a cute assassin when she was a little girl.
- Subverted in-universe as most other characters still assume that he is a badass.
- Badass Mustache: Master Lin◊
- Bad-Guy Bar: Yakuza clubs show up from time to time, and they all feature a lot of Yakuza thugs hanging out and getting drunk.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Fuckface really loves animals.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Shabnam seemed like an okay person if a little needy but as it turns out he is a Manipulative Bastard who digs dirt on other students and play The Chessmaster during the Freshmen Finals
- Blind Alley: Averted. There are more pursuers checking the alleys.
- Clique Tour: Saya gives Marcus one as she introduces him to the assassins' school. The cliques in this case composed of the children of violent groups. The "Dixie Mob" are redneck neo-Nazis, the "Preps" are rich CIA/FBI, the "Jersey Kings" are East Coast mobsters, the "Soto Vatos" are drug cartel kids, the "Kuroki Syndicate" is Yakuza, and the "Final World Order" are LA gang bangers.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Marcus after taking six tabs of acid.
- Dream Sequence: Marcus remembering the death of his parents is portrayed as this.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: Subverted: while not magic, Petra is very good at making poison, contrasted with the other kids who are all guns and blades.
- Higher Understanding Through Drugs: At one point Marcus takes peyote, and during his ensuing hallucinations he finally determines what it is he truly wants in his heart.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Marcus's main motivation: he will do anything to keep from being alone.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Saya is very skilled with one.
- Parental Abandonment: Implied with Saya.
- Reality Ensues: What happens when a selection of fundamentally decent kids with no combat training go to a school full of violent brutes who were trained in murder since their youth? In a conventional story, the inexperienced and decent kids would somehow rally and defeat their tormentors. In this one, almost all of the kids who don't want to kill people or who just lack experience die. By issue 37, of all the initial 'rats' who showed up without experience, only Marcus and Stephen are still alive.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: This is The '80s after all, the characters engage in a lot of it.
- Soft Glass: Subverted. Jumping foot-first onto a moving car is actually a plausible way to break it.
- Stepford Smiler: Petra becomes one of these after finals.
- These Hands Have Killed
- Implied to be Saya's response after killing the officer in #1.
- Averted with Marcus and then played straight in # 4-5 when he thinks that he's going to jail.
- Tyke Bomb: This is a series about teenagers going to school for assassins.
- Vision Quest: After escaping Mexico, Marcus takes some peyote and hallucinates his way through one of these.
- Viva Las Vegas!: The first real arc is this. However, the plot focuses on Marcus trying to survive two killers who are out for him.