Title: Deadly Class
Author: Rick Remender, Wesley Craig, Lee Loughridge
Published: July 16th 2014 by Image Comics
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t’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.
Deadly Class was unlike anything I’ve ever read, it wasn’t that the concept was unique, an assassin school for children from crime families, but the execution was different and interesting. The stylized art was my favourite aspect of Deadly Class, switching between monochromatic beauty to trippy, riotous colour schemes, it definitely set the mood of each chapter. I loved the boldness of it, how it so readily captured the violence and dark humour of the story.
The story is slowly paced, beginning grimly with the protagonist homeless, desperate and alone. He’s thrown into Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, filled with malevolent and vicious kids. Nothing significant seems to happen in the story and with the exception of Marcus Lopez, all the other characters are so far one dimensional. The first volume barely seems to scratch the surface as its an introduction to the rules of the school, the characters that roam the halls and the cruelty of these future assassins.
There is savagery, acid trips and just madness. Its a wild ride of absurdity and I’m excited to see where the story goes.
Title: Hyperbole and a Half
Author: Allie Brosh
Published: October 29th 2013 by Touchstone
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This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:
Pictures, Words, Stories about things that happened to me, Stories about things that happened to other people because of me, Eight billion dollars*, Stories about dogs, The secret to eternal happiness*
*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!
There were many attempts to write my review wittier than I really am. I had the unrealistic dream that somehow the humour of Hyperbole and a Half would become a quality I would now possess. I think I had quite a few unrealistic dreams while reading this book like I’d meet Allie Brosh and she’d become my best friend, or there’d immediately be a sequel upon finishing the book.
It’s very easy to make me laugh. This trait combined with a really funny book lead to full on snorting, crying and quick glances around to see if people were whispering about my giggling outbursts. Hyperbole and a Half is fantastic, it’s such a good pick me up book and on a few occasions I identified with Allie Brosh’s neurosis. I adore her drawings, wonderfully crude with magnificent expressions. They were so spot on for the awkward, funnily mundane stories told – her menacing habits as a child to her uncontrollable dogs to stalking, bullying birds. It was the best. THE BEST!
I can’t recall the last time I had so much fun reading a book or ever laughing so much while reading, I definitely recommend it to everyone. You can check out her blog if you want to be introduced to her storytelling or just desire more of it.