The Deadly Class comic book is over and the ending showed why it was one of the best series you’ll ever read.
When this writer was introduced to the Deadly Class comic book, he was amazed. The idea of a high school designed to train the next generation of assassins and killers was intriguing. It’s a premise you could see in Marvel or DC Comics. However, this was not Marvel or DC. The series was produced by Image Comics.
After the first few pages, readers discover that Deadly Class is one of the most depressing comic books of all time.
*** WARNING! This article not only contains spoilers for Deadly Class, the subject matter may be triggering. ***
The story begins with lead character Marcus Lopez Arguello‘s parents being killed after a woman threw herself off the Golden Gate Bridge and landed on them. That’s only the beginning of Marcus’ abysmal life. He was then put in an orphanage where he was abused and forced to work in unhealthy conditions that violate every child labor law. After having enough, Marcus stages a coup, escapes, but as a result, he becomes homeless. This sets Marcus on the path of hating the world and only seeing the darkness in it.
Eventually, Marcus ends up at The King’s Dominion. It starts off pretty well for him there as he meets amazing people that become friends and later family. Unfortunately, King’s Dominion isn’t a place for friends. Most relationships ended for multiple reasons. Sometimes people stopped speaking to one another because of emotional reasons, other times those relationships ended in murder. There were also moments where death may have come as a mercy.
You’d assume a story like this would conclude with something sad or disheartening. Instead, writer Rick Remender gave readers a different kind of ending. He gave Marcus a happy one.