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Deadly Class, Volume 1: Reagan Youth

(Deadly Class #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  7,415 ratings  ·  959 reviews
It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he's failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on e ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 16th 2014 by Image Comics
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Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix, buddy-reads

This was a buddy read with the astonishing Kat. You are missed, Bub!

Hey Kids! Welcome to the Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts! You’re not just a student here at Kings Dominion, you’re part of a family. The deadliest family on Earth. We offer a wide variety of courses in the ways of the assassination and murder. Here are a few examples:

Cleaning up a crime site: (Pre-requisite: Murder - The Advanced Class) What to do if you don’t want that body to be found? Dental records? DNA? You’ll nev
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

EDIT 01/15 : FINALLY translated in French by Urban Comics! A whole year of recommending this is starting :D Beware, I'll show no restraint :P

A tale of survival :

Tell me, fellows readers, what are you ready to do to survive? What happens when the only hope life can give you is to eat expired chili and to fight with an old homeless over your fucking shoes? When the only choice offered to you is to attend an assassin school or to wait for a painful death to come?

"Happiness is just the absence o
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Marcus is a street kid that is on the run from the cops one night. He receives some "help" from a girl and she takes him to a very special place.
A school that isn't just the ABC's.

Marcus doesn't have a whole lot of choices in life. He can either go back on the streets or sign up to become Assassin Kid. He goes with Assassin since all he wants to do is kill Ronald Reagan anyways.

Once in the school he finds out that typical teenagers are everywhere.
Mean kid cliques.

Normal class assignments:
Raeleen Lemay
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dark and gritty. I do love me some assassins.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Shallow Comic Buddy-Read.
Criteria? Nothing I enjoy by Marvel or DC. Indie Comics only!


I've said it before, but I'm not the target audience for graphic novels like this.
I like my superheroes.
It doesn't mean that I think these are 'bad', I just wouldn't normally seek them out. In fact, I'd wreck my mini-van trying to Swerve to Avoid! something like this. (view spoiler)
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Public Service Announcement: This series is soon to be appearing on a Syfy Network near you! I look forward to it building a small but passionate fan base only to have Syfy can it in favor of another lame Sparkly Vampire Romance or Zombie Pirate Robots in Space.

Check out the pilot episode right here.

In the early 80s, the world came crashing down around Marcus Lopez when a bridge-diving schizophrenic flattened his parents. 🤨 A terrible tragedy which
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

“Life is a series of unique opportunities. It’s our job to find the happiness in each one.”

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I may not be a graphic novel expert, but I know what I like and BOY OH BOY DID I LIKE THIS!!!!!

Like all of my graphic novels reviews, I can’t give away all of the . . .

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for fear the army of tiny Goodreads Spoiler Trolls will barrage my review space with nasty commentary. I will say this had everything Mitchell and I could possibly want in a s
R.K. Gold
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just read this, this morning. My first completed read of 2019 is Deadly Class. I was motivated to read this once I watched the first episode on SyFy. It's---violent lol I know that should go without saying but--okay honestly first impressions it felt like a better Kickass. No disrespect to Kickass I just preferred the characters in this. Kickass is full of high schoolers and their moments of characterization were when they were in costumes. Deadly Class is full of assassins who are characterized ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned-read
Oh how I loved this. It was deplorable and fantastic.

Sam Quixote
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
San Francisco, 1987, and Ronald Reagan has ruined Marcus’ life. Reagan’s healthcare cutbacks meant suicidal schizos were set free on the streets, and one such sufferer decides to end their life by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge - shame Marcus’ folks were directly in the drop zone! Suddenly orphaned, teenage Marcus is living on the streets when he’s approached to join a secret underground assassin’s school: the King’s Dominion School of the Deadly Arts. Marcus’ dream of assassinating Ronald R ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: image-comics
What did I just read?

It's not often that I struggle to finish a book, but Reagan Youth took such a weird turn halfway through that I found it difficult to get to the end. The first issue (pretty much available for free in the Amazon preview) is an awesome, stylish introduction to the world of Marcus, a troubled young teen living on the streets. When the law catches up to him for his past transgressions, he's saved in an energetic action sequence that leads to to the main hook of the series, enro
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A dark, gritty tale that isn't for the faint of heart or stomach. Drugs, violence, and sex fill this story, but it's still a very human story. Not so much a celebration of darkness, but more of an acknowledgment of the darkness that exists in the world. The art style is nice while still fitting the story. The plot is interesting, and the characters complex in personality, and morality. Not an easy story, but a strong one.



I'm not expecting a happy ending, but I'm going to keep going.

Matthew Quann
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Comic newbies, punk fans, action, fantastic art, shocking developments
Flipping Through Floppies*

So, I follow this one in single issues from a comic store. I just couldn't resist jumping on a fresh Remender bandwagon a few years back. The real surprise? That this is my favourite thing Remender has ever done (Uncanny X-Force just got inched out).

I just read issue 21, which is the conclusion of volume 4, and thought I should come back and recommend the series (really, I should be writing more about single issue series I follow as the trades come out). Wes Craig is t
Lindsey Rey
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novels
James DeSantis
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
So wrote a whole review and now it's fuck my life.

This is some good stuff, the ending made me want more, and if you like violence, some sex, and a lot of cursing go grab it.

- It's unlike anything else I've read, which makes it stand out to me. I have quite mixed thoughts on a lot of things but I'm definitely curious to see where the story goes.
- Interesting concept. Assassins, 1980s, etc.
- Didn't love the characters but didn't hate them either. I'm hoping they'll get more background and development in later volumes.
- I appreciated the mental health aspect through Marcus.
- I loved how colour was used and certain panels were great, but I didn't really like how
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

After reading the nearly non-stop drug high of "The Goldfinch", I so didn't want to read about the acid trip of these guys. How did they get away with this much mayhem?! And goat f$&@er appearing to declare himself the villain and nemesis of Marcus? What?

I just think this genre of "kids go to special school" has passed me by - along with enough teen angst to soak a tub.

I didn't mind the art and the story was more interesting in the middle. Oh, and it's nice to see such diversit
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who love antiheroes
I realize that I need to review this right now or it'll be in a perpetual state of "RTC" if I don't write it NOW.

"Life tattoos us with damage as a won't be visible when you awaken, but people who know what to look for will see it, other victims of the same needle. It takes time to see them. It takes time to see anyone's real damage. But your people will see the colors--like a flag--and they will call you home to them."
This graphic novel has been recommended to me so many times
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing

SO GOOD! This one was funny, entertaining, messed up and a hell of a right. Can't wait to start the sequel!
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fuck. Yes.
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Definitely a fun, if bloody, start to the series and I think it's a series I would like to continue to follow and see where it goes next. The school of assassin's is always going to be fun. 3*s
Jesse A
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Didn't love it. It was ok, just not really my cup o' tea. Probably done with this series.
L. McCoy
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of stuff like Riverdale.
Recommended to L. by: Several people
So I read this to feel less like a normie as a TV show was released.
Now I’m just wondering why it’s become such a popular TV show.

What’s it about?
Marcus is a homeless teen and is pissed because something to do with Ronald Reagan made him homeless. Well now a school for assassins wants him so he’s now in assassin school and no longer homeless.

This book is unpredictable. I was very surprised by many of the twists throughout!
This book has some good action scenes. The first issue has a particul
Erica 📚♋️✨🌸
A very fun story and creepy I really enjoyed it
'kris Pung
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it

***This is the first of my "Indie Theme" Buddy Reads with the Shallow Readers, criteria being: something not published by the big 2.***

4.5 out 5

This book is so fucking slick. The characters, dialog, and time period are all great. The only reason I docked it 1/2 a star is besides the little road trip at the end the whole book is just set-up. Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed the hell out of this book and can't wait to get my hands on the next one.

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♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
I don’t know what this is about but Lana Condor makes me want to watch the TV show. So I might as well read this too someday.
Liz Janet
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Marcus Lopez Arguello is in the streets of San Francisco, living as a homeless and trying to avoid being caught by the cops. A native of Nicaragua, his family left after involvement with the Sandinistas and the US Government. After a couple happy years in America, his family is dead, and Marcus shows a deep hatred towards Ronald Reagan, mostly for cutting funding to medical facilities, which had a very negative effect on his family, and he is on the run. He is almost caught by the police, and wh ...more
Nicolo Yu
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comixology
This is writer Rick Remender's most personal comics work to date. He may not have written it outright in his afterword to this first volume of Deadly Class, but he intimated as much. The protagonist of Deadly Class is Marcus, a homeless orphaned immigrant who is an outsider in Ronald Reagan era America and the assassins school he enrolled in to escape the streets of San Francisco. As a teenager, Remender was also an outsider in every new town his family relocated and they moved a lot. He got fed ...more
Dylan Williams
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Almost one of the best graphic novels I have ever read!

The colouring in this is seriously mind-blowing, and is easily the best part of the series. Possibly the best I have ever seen. It's as intense as you would expect a story about an assassin school to be, but still with incredible amount of character development for all of the main and side characters. It's not just a lot of meaningless and violent actions scenes. It is clearly well thought out and well structured and is a very good beginning
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Rick Remender is an American comic book writer and artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. He is the writer/co-creator of many independent comic books like Black Science, Deadly Class, LOW, Fear Agent and Seven to Eternity. Previously, he wrote The Punisher, Uncanny X-Force, Captain America and Uncanny Avengers for Marvel Comics.

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Deadly Class (8 books)
  • Deadly Class, Volume 2: Kids of the Black Hole
  • Deadly Class, Volume 3: The Snake Pit
  • Deadly Class, Volume 4: Die for Me
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