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Deadly Class: Issue One convo, spoiler-friendly

I wrote a review of Deadly Class #1 today, which I am kind of proud of. I like feeling ownership over my writing, and even more than the Milligan &McCarthy review Blank Fiction published, I think I hit all the bases here. Anyway, I wrote it without any spoilers, but there are things that made me chuckle and talk to my CV friends about.

1. Mr. Lin lays down the law as he leads Marcus and his pupils back to the school. "No sex," he says. "No drugs."

a) How soon do you think it'll be before one or more of these taboos gets broken?

b) He also says no unsanctioned killing, and so I wonder if Saya will receive a wrist-slap for the dead "cop." Was she apparently shocked at killing him because of Marcus' reaction, because it was her first kill, or because of consequences for breaking Lin's rules?

2. In my review, I didn't give DC four or five stars because it seemed very derivative of other stories. What did y'all think? What would you have done differently had you written this comic?

3. Finally, how did you like it in general? The letters page confessional won me over, showing how deeply personal this project was for Remender and promising something in tone and content a lot more engaging than some of the other books and films I mentioned in my review. What won you over ...or pushed you away? Will this be an addition to your pull list?

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The copy I got from my friendly-neighborhood comic retailer has a tear in the back cover. If this series turns out to be one of those enduring titles I read through its duration, I'm not going to replace it with a mint copy. Like well-loved paperbacks, comic books that touch you are characterized by signs of wear, signs of love.

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1. Drugs? Probably not. Sex? I'm a fan, so soon, I hope. Unsanctioned killing? Rock Remender's comics aren't known for steering away from violence, are they?

2. I don't think Saya is in trouble. The students Mr. Lib took with him are obviously not probationary students like Marcus. She'll be fine.

3. I loved everything about it, and what you say is derivative I say was familiar ground to drawn in readers so Remender can then shine. I agree that the letters page was cool, and it's unfortunate that's what grabbed you over the main story in the book.

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Don't know how I missed this blog -- grrr --- CV.......**shakes fist at whomever is responsible for the glitches**

I made a comment on your stellar review of this book but I am happy you decided to make a blog about it since I think it deserves a conversation, for sure. And I like your questions!!!! :P

1. Mr. Lin lays down the law as he leads Marcus and his pupils back to the school. "No sex," he says. "No drugs."

a) How soon do you think it'll be before one or more of these taboos gets broken?

I'm surprised a couple of those kids weren't getting it on during that walk to the school -- like, seriously Mr. Lin?? Do you REALLY think it's not going to happen? Or hasn't happened -- or isn't happening somewhere on campus, all the time? I kinda had to giggle at that, and besides, it's a set-up for some DRAMA. These are teenagers. No way in hell is there going to be no sex. Drugs -- meh -- maybe that's doable.

b) He also says no unsanctioned killing, and so I wonder if Saya will receive a wrist-slap for the dead "cop." Was she apparently shocked at killing him because of Marcus' reaction, because it was her first kill, or because of consequences for breaking Lin's rules?

Well, considering how she's vouching for Marcus, I doubt she'll get a wrist-slap. Still, odd to let go considering how strict Mr. Lin appears to be.

2. In my review, I didn't give DC four or five stars because it seemed very derivative of other stories. What did y'all think? What would you have done differently had you written this comic?

To be fair, I wasn't all that enthused going through the book. I mean, I am drawn to books which showcase loners and young kids being given the short end of the stick life-wise, but it was a little.. I dunno? Maybe a little draggish. I was a little confused as I didn't know the time-frame (as in what decade was being used as the backdrop) although I suspected it was the late 80's, early nineties. It just wasn't as clear as maybe it should have been.

3. Finally, how did you like it in general? The letters page confessional won me over, showing how deeply personal this project was for Remender and promising something in tone and content a lot more engaging than some of the other books and films I mentioned in my review. What won you over ...or pushed you away? Will this be an addition to your pull list?

Your reaction is exactly like mine!!! It was Remenders write-up that definitely won me over (holy crap, I had no idea he went through so much as a teenager) and has me prepared to continue with this book. I am hoping for a lot of cultural references as well (like music, etc) to help cement the environment that these kids are in, time-wise as well.

Wonderful blog! Thank you so much for writing it. :)