ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 64 DEADLY CLASS

The podcasting team consisting of Jake Grubman, Matthew Murphy, host Kay Honda, and myself give our in-depth analysis on a fascinating character from a book that’s garnered a ton of fans since its beginning in 2014 — Marcus from DEADLY CLASS.

Marcus is a troubled teenager who hasn’t had it easy in life. His parents die when he’s a child, leading young Marcus to be placed in Sunset Boy’s Home, which is essentially a sweatshop. While there, he witnesses innumerable horrors and is subjected to several himself. After he causes a riot, that provides him the opportunity to escape Sunset, he leaves a trail of dead bodies behind.

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From there, he enters King’s Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, an assassin’s school. The book begins during his first day of school, and as wild as the premise for the book is, each issue raises the stakes. This book is not for the faint of heart!

Given some of the choices Marcus made in his life, is he a trustworthy individual? Can his friends rely on him in a school where the person who will kill you could be sitting next to you in class? This lead to a larger conversation about how trauma can affect one’s mental stability and whether the harsh life Marcus has led has damaged him irreparably.

This podcast is a thought-provoking, deep discussion about a character that Rick Remender clearly curated with love and a series that has captured the hearts of us here at ComicsVerse.

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