For Marcus Lopez, each day at King’s Dominion High for the Deadly Arts is an exercise in survival — literally. His classmates are the children of the world’s most prestigious crime families, each one uniquely equipped to expel him permanently. But Marcus is tough, a survivor, with a strong ethical code and a kindness that has caught the attention of the school’s administration. Fresh off the streets and newly enrolled to become an assassin, Marcus finds himself facing the same disenfranchised, dangerous social negotiations as any high school kid in 1987 — except the stakes for him are much higher.
In January, wildly-talented writer Rick Remender, up and coming artist Wesley Craig and colorist Lee Loughridge launch their newest Image Comics series, “Deadly Class.” With it’s dark, underground vibe and a cast of characters steeped in the iconic subcultures of the late ’80s, this is a very personal story for Remender, who drew on his teenage experiences among punks and outcasts to create the story. Remender joined Craig to speak with CBR News about the series, which he believes will be a high point in his prolific career.