Deadly Class is the comic book that got me back into comic books. On a friend’s recommendation, I starting reading it and right away I was hooked. In no time I had blazed through every issue and now I count down the days until the next cycle gets released.
Set in 1980’s San Fransisco Deadly Class follows the students at King’s Dominion. A high school for training killers and other criminals types either sent by their families or recruited by the school. Think Hogwarts for assassins with a lot of 80’s pop culture references and teenage angst. The excellent narrative created by Rick Remender is buttressed by the drawings of Wes Craig and colorist Lee Loughridge.
The SyFy Network and the Russo Brother’s (Captain America Winter Soldier) undertook the shooting of a deadly class pilot, and yesterday that pilot was picked up. We are getting at least one season of Deadly Class and my fingers are crossed. Will it do justice to the dark and gritty comic that I love or will it be a watered down PG-13 show for preteens?
Working in the show’s favor is the Russo Brother’s. Winter Soldier was a very well done Captain America movie, the fact that these guys are on the project are one of two reasons that I’m optimistic. My other reason for optimism is the casting of Benedict Wong as Master Lin. I have been a fan of his since watching him portray Kubla Khan in Netflix’s Marco Polo. Wong has the kind of acting chops a show like this needs or it will fall apart.
Link to the Full Cast Here