In the back matter, writer Rick Remender explains Deadly Class will have “no magic” and “no spaceships.” This promise comes a page after there’s a hidden magical high school in a hollow earth under San Francisco.
Class was already tiresome by the time Remender finishes the issue with that back matter, explaining it’s based on real violence he saw as a kid. Wes Craig’s art–what’s with all the Paul Pope lites these days?–does nothing for the reality. It’s stylized, glorified comic book violence, no matter what Remender wants to tell the reader they should think.
The whole thing seems pretty glib considering it’s about a fourteen year-old homeless kid. Remender gives him a big eighties story–all the bad things in his life are Reagan’s fault (either due to bad governing or criminal conspiracy); it’s desperate.
Craig’s art isn’t bad, but it’s far from enough to compensate.
Writer, Rick Remender; artist, Wes Craig; colorist, Lee Loughridge; letterer, Rus Wooton; editor, Sebastian Girner; publisher, Image Comics.