Artists/Cover: Wes Craig
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
It’s 1987, Guns n Roses were climbing the charts and Dirty Dancing hits theaters. Marcus Lopez a down on his luck teenager. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. He is homeless. He has nothing to live for. His fate changes when he meets the tattooed girl that leads him to an underground high school for assassins! Is Marcus a killer or will his story ends here.
The Ups: I am a big fan of Remender’s other creator own series Black Science. This being his newest creator own series I knew it has to be checked out and it takes place in one of the best era 1987. Remender introduces us to the main character Marcus Lopez. He has a very damaged back story and its shocking. I immediately feel for him and wishing his life doesn’t suck too much. Remender digs deep to establish the character and connecting the readers to him. There is also something more to the character. There is a violence inside that we get to see a glimpse of and will see more of as the story develops. The plot was filled with action pack scenes and it hits you quick. We also get to see a few of the supporting cast that I personally look forward to knowing more of. The reveal of a school of assassin in the 80’s sounds crazy but Remender makes it appealing and wild. Craig’s art has a certain allure to it. Reminds me a bit of Matteo Scalera with heavy lines and inks which I enjoy. A fitting look to the 80’s. The panels setup are amazing, seeing scenes crossing into panels seamlessly makes the art pop off the pages. Loughridge’s colors have an 80’s feel to it. A mellow tone set by the dark colors makes me feel right at home with my 80’s experience.
The Downs: It took too long to conceive this beautiful idea!
Overall: I believe Remender has another hit with this series. It is off to a great start with Marcus’s character development and plot. I look forward to finding out more about the other characters. They all have a little something to them and is hard to pick a favorite since they all sound cool. The art team own this book. The art is full of action packed scenes and a subtle 80’s feel. I highly recommend this series! It is only the first issue but it is already fast, crazy and full of nostalgia! My pick of the week!
Grade 5 of 5