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Debuting today, the new Image Comics series by Rick Remender, Wesley Craig and Lee Loughridge centers on students at a high school for future assassins in the late 1980s.
Image Comics has provided ROBOT 6 with a preview of Deadly Class #1, which is kind of like a John Hughes movie if The Breakfast Club kids were highly trained assassins. Set in the 1980s, Deadly Class tells the story of Marcus Lopez, who attends King’s Dominion High School, “the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained.” At their heart, though, they’re still teenagers.
“These kids are ’80s kids, but the story of being a teenager is always the same,” said artist Wes Craig. “I mean, the styles change, but there’s always someone being picked on, someone who just got dumped, some girl spreading rumors about another girl, someone who’s having a party and someone who’s got a plan to get booze with a fake I.D. That’s where I can relate to the teenage stuff, because I went through that just like everyone else, and no matter how many years pass, it’s still easy for us to flash back to those experiences.”
Deadly Class is the second creator-owned series written by Rick Remender to debut from Image over the past couple months, following the fun Black Science. Craig is joined on art by colorist Lee Loughridge, and as you can see below the results are pretty phenomenal.
Deadly Class #1 hits stores Jan. 22.
I’ve become a bit fixated lately on the art of Wes Craig, known for his work on such titles as Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Adventures of Superman and Guardians of the Galaxy. I admit to being a bit late to the party though, only having discovered him through previews for Deadly Class, the upcoming Image Comics series that teams him with writer Rick Remender and colorist Lee Loughridge, so I’m playing a bit of catch-up.
The artist’s blog is, of course, a great place to go for that, with Craig lately offering a look at the page process for Deadly Class, from rough breakdowns to Loughridge’s colors to Rus Wooten’s letters. You can see Craig’s pencils Page 18 of Deadly Class #1 below, and the rest on his blog. The issue arrives Jan. 22.
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