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Deadly Class Is Coming in January to Say Yes to Ultraviolence

What, did your high school not have switchblades?
What, did your high school not have switchblades?
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The ‘80s were a turbulent time. The Drug War, the Cold War, the plague of teen assassins roaming the land. That sounds about right, yeah? Right?


That’s the world of Deadly Class, anyway, the upcoming Syfy television show based on the 2014 graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig. And now, thanks to a recently released trailer—thank you, New York Comic Con—we now have a release date for the ultraviolent spectacle. The show will premiere January 16, 2019 on Syfy, at 10/9c.

This trailer is a delight, too, riffing on Reaganism to both set the stage for the show and create a nice, nasty tone. This might be one to look forward to, y’all.

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Captain Contrarian

Gotta be honest with you folks, I had my problems with the comic and Rick Remender both as a writer and person. And that’s coming from someone who religiously reads Deadly Class and sent the only fan mail in my life to them. (I’m Eric Kron from issue 27.)

I don’t solely refer to the time he had Alex Summers say he doesn’t want to self-describe as a minority - mutants, in his case - because that’s “divisive”, got criticized that’s tone-deaf and a bad message that leads to erasure rather than integration by real-world minority members, and responded to his critics by wishing them to drown in quote-unquote “hobo piss.”

(I didn’t know about this backstory when I began reading.)

Not solely because, uh, after five years he has learned nothing and doubled-down when he made Native American skater Tosawhi repeat the same stuff. Saying minorities should make themselves invisible and don’t express their heritage is one thing, but actually putting those words in the mouth of a character belonging to a real-world minority that you created, that’s something else...

I have seen him described as a clueless liberal who blunders when he steps outside his lived experience as a white cishet man. Others like Colin were less charitable and called him a faux-progressive who’s only progressive unless challenged, more in line with someone like Joss Whedon than Mark Waid.

I don’t know what to think. On one hand Deadly Class deeply resonated with me as the story of Marcus and other outsiders fighting to stop society from grinding them down, on the other hand it communicates thought that keeps outsiders down.