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TV Review: Deadly Class S1E1 Pilot

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A disillusioned teen finds purpose and fights for survival at an elite academy for the Deadly Arts.

The latest comic adaptation to come to the screen is here as the much beloved and praised Deadly Class has officially debuted on SyFy.

Based on the comic series by Rick Remender with art by both Lee Loughridge and Wes Craig and published by Image Comics, the series focuses on a school that teaches kids to be the next generation of assassins.

Set in the 80s, there’s a lot taken from tropes of the time and a soundtrack that’ll take you back the 30+ years. As it’s set in high school, there’s the usual cliques and lots of references to the socio-political situation of the time.

The pilot is a slick debut that belies the fact it’s on SyFy, a channel I don’t usually associate with quality. Great looking, solid direction, and some animation thrown in, the pilot is a debut that immerses you into the world introducing you to it as it introduces our initial main character Marcus, played by Benjamin Wadsworth.

And this show is very much about the characters. This is an ensemble show featuring Benedict Wong, Lana Condor, Henry Rollins, and so many more. And the show nails the characters. Their tone, their look, it all feels like the comic come to life. Deadly Class is one of the finest comic adaptations to have come out on multiple levels.

The show knows its strength in the material with Remender involved that’s not surprising. There’s a certain cool about it all, not that we haven’t seen parts of this story elsewhere. Still, this combination, this world, is something interesting and to see it live and breathe on the small screen is pretty impressive. Here’s hoping what follows the pilot keeps it up and can deliver on what this initial episode promises.

Overall Rating: 9.0

Watch the First Episode of Deadly Class Now

Deadly Class, the new show based on the comic series by Rick Remender with art (mostly) by Wes Craig, doesn’t debut on television until January 16 but SyFy has it so you can watch now!

Deadly Class follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a storied high school for assassins. Maintaining his moral code while navigating a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques, and his own adolescent uncertainties may prove fatal. Set against the backdrop of late 80s counter culture, Deadly Class is a coming of age story unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Based on the smash hit comic series of the same name by Rick Remender.

Catch the premiere now below and you can tune in starting January 16 at 10/9c on SyFy.

SyFy’s Deadly Class Gets a New Trailer and Art

Set in a dark, heightened world against the backdrop of late ‘80s counterculture, Deadly Class follows the story of Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), a teen living on the streets who is recruited into Kings Dominion, an elite private academy where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties soon proves to be vital. Based on the best-selling Image Comics comic series by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, Deadly Class is a coming-of-age journey full of ancient mystery and teen angst.

Deadly Class stars Wadsworth (“Teen Wolf”), Benedict Wong (“Doctor Strange,” “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”), Lana Condor (“’To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “X-Men: Apocalypse”), María Gabriela de Faría (“Yo Soy Franky,” “Sitiados”), Luke Tennie (“Shock and Awe”), Liam James (“The Way Way Back,” “The Killing”), and Michel Duval (“Señora Acero,” QUEEN OF THE SOUTH).

NYCC 2018: Deadly Class Gets a Premiere Date and New Promo

At New York Comic Con, SyFy revealed the premiere date for Deadly Class. The show will debut Wednesday, January 16 at 10/9c.

Set in a dark, heightened world against the backdrop of late 80s counter culture, Deadly Class follows the story of Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), a teen living on the streets who is recruited into Kings Dominion, an elite private academy where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties soon proves to be vital. Based on the best-selling 2014 Image Comics graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, Deadly Class is a coming of age journey full of ancient mystery and teen angst.

Deadly Class stars Benedict Wong (“Doctor Strange,” “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”), Wadsworth (“Teen Wolf”), Lana Condor (“’To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “X-Men: Apocalypse”), María Gabriela de Faría (“Yo Soy Franky,” “Sitiados”), Luke Tennie (“Shock and Awe”), Liam James (“The Way Way Back,” “The Killing”), and Michel Duval (“Señora Acero,” QUEEN OF THE SOUTH).

From Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions (UCP), Deadly Class was adapted for television by Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott, who serve as executive producers alongside Joe Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”), Anthony Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”), Mike Larocca (“Spy”) and Mick Betancourt (USA Network’s THE PURGE, “Shots Fired”). Remender, Feldsott and Betancourt share showrunner duties on the series.

Around the Tubes

We’re about recovered from San Diego Comic-Con and still have a lot of coverage to come! While you await that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

Deadline – ‘Daybreak’: Netflix Orders Apocalypse Dramedy Series Based On Graphic Novel From Aron Eli Coleite & Brad Peyton – Interesting. Anything not optioned?

CBR – X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants Both Confirmed for 2019 by IMAX – Since there’s some doubts about this.

Newsarama – Rick Remender’s ‘The Last Days of American Crime’ Coming to Netflix – This was a great comic but again, anything not being worked on?

Deadly Class’ Second Hardcover is Out in October

Image Comics has announced that issues #17-31 of the bestselling series Deadly Class by Rick Remender and Wes Craig will be collected into a massive hardcover deluxe edition available this October.

Deadly Class Deluxe Edition, Boom Two: The Funeral Party collects story arcs four through six of the ongoing, darkly humorous drama centered around the lives of ‘80s teens training in a secret academy to either become assassins or stand up and become humans.

Deadly Class Deluxe Edition, Boom Two: The Funeral Party (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0841-1, Diamond Code: JAN188510) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, October 10th and bookstores on Tuesday, October 16th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book stores is Monday, August 6th.

Gigantic Gets an Deluxe Oversized Library Edition in November

Ten years ago critically acclaimed writer, Rick Remender and groundbreaking artist, Eric Nguyen teamed up for a comic series of epic proportion! Gigantic merged visually exciting art with a story examining America’s consumer-based culture, and now, Dark Horse is proud to bring this gargantuan tale to life in a deluxe, oversized hardcover.

In a twist on the cult-classic film The Truman Show, Gigantic follows a brainwashed alien superhero deposited on Earth to be the unwitting star of an intrusive, around-the-clock television program being filmed without his knowledge while a giant, armored invader attacks San Francisco!

Gigantic Library Edition collects the full five-issue series and presents the innovative story in its ultimate format!

Gigantic Library Edition HC goes on sale November 28, 2018. The 136-page volume retails for $24.99.

Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Deadly Class Gets a First Look Trailer

Rick Remender and Wes Craig‘s Deadly Class has received a series order from SyFy. The comic series turned television property was optioned by Joe and Anthony Russo, the duo behind Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity WarDeadly Class is published by Image Comics.

Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott adapted the comic for television and will executive produce alongside the Russos and Mike LaroccaSony Pictures and Universal Cable Productions are producing the series.

The story is set in the 1980s and follows homeless teens who are recruited into an elite private school that caters to crime families.

The television series features Benedict Wong, Lana Condor, Benjamin Wadsworth, Maria Gabriela de Faria, Luke Tennie, Liam James, Michel Duval, and Henry Rollins.

This is the latest comic turned television show for SyFy. The channel is currently airing Krypton and recently ran Happy!. Wynonna Earp has received multiple seasons. Roche Limit, another Image series, is getting a pilot order.

Death or Glory #1 is Getting a 2nd Printing

Writer Rick Remender and legendary superstar artist Bengal’s high-octane new series—Death or Glory—is headed at high speed back to print in order to keep up with massive customer demand.

In Death or Glory, readers meet Glory, raised off the grid in a convoy amid truckers—the last men and women fighting for true freedom on the American open road. Now, in order to pay for her beloved dying Father’s surgery, Glory has three days to pull off four dangerous cross-country heists with mob killers, crooked cops, and a psycho ex-husband all out to bring her in or die trying.

Death or Glory is a compulsively readable high-speed chase across the American West that exposes society’s dwindling freedoms and the price paid by those who fight for an untethered life.

Death or Glory #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR188743) and Death or Glory #2 Cover A by Bengal (Diamond Code APR180579), DEATH OR GLORY #2 Cover B by Totino (Diamond Code APR180580), Death or Glory #2 Cover C virgin (Diamond Code MAR188705) will hit stores on Wednesday, June 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 14th.

Review: Death or Glory #1

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Meet Glory, raised off the grid in a convoy amid truckers—the last men and women fighting for true freedom on the American open road. Now, in order to pay for her beloved dying Father’s surgery, Glory has three days to pull off four dangerous cross-country heists with mob killers, crooked cops, and a psycho ex-husband all out to bring her in or die trying.

This new ongoing series examines our dwindling freedoms and the price paid by those who fight for an untethered life, in this special double-sized first issue with 40 pages of story!

Death or Glory #1 packs a wallop in this premiere issue.  It kicks off with a strange mix of mob ethics and a triple homicide. And that’s before we get to the title character Glory. Writer Rick Remender brings things together quickly as segments intersect as the issue progresses. There’s a lot here but underneath it all it sticks to its themes and asks questions. One stands out; What is the cost being truly free?

Artist Bengal brings his impressive art style for the series. With a focus on details the issue has an Americana feel to it. The issue’s style mixes a bit of classic and modern which too ties into its themes and the American concept of the free rebel. The details are fantastic with each panel telling a story and adding to Remender’s dialogue. Each character and location is easily understood by the visuals. Bengal manages to keep the action with some polished car chases, as Glory tries to save someone she cares for and pull off… well, read the comic.

The first issue is all about its personality and underlying themes. This is a comic with a focus on what it wants to say and what it wants to project. And all of that together comes together for a hell of a lot of fun.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Bengal Variant Cover: Duncan Fegredo, James Harren
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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