Deadly Class, Vol.3: The Snake Pit
Author: Rick Remender, Illustrator: Wes Craig
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Sequential Art, Thriller, Dark
How do I even begin to explain my love for this comic series…oh that’s right, I already have on multiple occasions. For those of you who don’t know, Deadly Class is my all time favourite comic series by my all time favourite comic book writer, Rick Remender, and also published by my all time favourite comic book publisher, Image Comics.
Deadly Class is one of the darkest comic series I have ever read. Not only does it deal with a school full of teenaged assasins, but it deals with heavy material regarding illegal drugs and mental health all during the crazy decade of the 1980’s.
“A dark hole. Falling deeper every day. I need to make a change. But don’t I always?”
The Snake Pit picks up right where Kids of The Black Hole left off. The gang has got themselves into one hell of a situation and due to their recklessness and after the occurrence of a tragic accident in regards to a member of their group, all hell breaks loose. Friendships end and relationships falter.
Marcus is in his darkest state yet throughout this installment which is almost hard to believe. He is continuously spiraling downward and something needs to change before he completely loses it. On top of his obvious deteriorating mental health, Marcus has plunged even deeper into the world of illegal drugs which is definitely not a great combination. Ultimately, Marcus is lost. He has trouble fitting in with those around him and when he finally starts to get along with someone, either they turn out to stab him in the back or he finds a way to ruin it by his own hand.
“What hurts worse, she didn’t leave you. After everything you did, she came back for you. Pulls you through a soup of brain damage and broken bones.”
Marcus’ internal monologue is still probably my favourite thing about the entire series. By constantly knowing what he is thinking, we are able to learn a lot about him as a character. You can clearly see the deadly mix of anxiety and depression that Marcus deals with on a daily basis and how badly it is eating him alive. He has been on a steady decline from the start of this series and I really hope he manages to find a way out of his downward spiral.
The story itself has stayed at relatively the same pace. We see Marcus and his friends getting themselves into some serious trouble, but what’s new here is the fact that Marcus has ultimately pushed everyone away from himself. The tone definitely feels darker and it doesn’t seem to be getting brighter any time soon. Towards the end of this volume, it seems the focus of the story will switch back to the theme of a high school meant to train assassins. Up until this point the story has been focusing mostly on Marcus and his relationships between friends, girlfriends and acquaintances at this new new school, but it seems as though that this will be taking a turn if the end scene is any indication.
“During change life is uncomfortable, but only to the degree that you hold on to the past. Like the phantom limb that still itches after it’s been severed.”
As I have said, the writing within this series is phenomenal. Not only in terms of Marcus’ internal monologue, but also literally everything else within this series is perfect. Rick Remender has seriously found the tone of the story and has been executing it wonderfully.
Nothing accompanies an already amazing story better than some amazing art. I love the style of Wes Craig as it flows perfectly with the story that Remender has created. I was even lucky enough to score a signed print from Wes Craig himself at Fan Expo Canada this past summer and I am in love with it.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Deadly Class is my favourite comic series to date. I cannot stress how much I recommend that everyone at least give this gem a try. I continue to look forward to reading future installments and praying for Marcus’ well being. I would love for you to join me in reading the intense story that is Deadly Class.
“Down here I don’t have to even exist. Down here I’m already dead. And I like it.”