Cover of the Week 17/8 – Deadly Class #7 by Wes Craig

Deadly Class 007 (2014) (Digital-Empire)001The stylishness and rebelliousness of this cover makes it so appealing, especially if you are familiar with the people gracing its cover. Otherwise it looks like a terrifying gang of youths, and to a certain extent that is completely correct. Their facade, their expressions, their intentions are exactly as depicted, but their daily struggles are commonplace to us all. Even the violent connotations are exaggerated because murder does not come as easily as the kids on this cover would have you believe. It is a fantastic group shot because it engulfs the entire page and allows the characters to express. Whether this be the characteristic side pose cigarette in mouth pose of Saya or the Day of the Dead makeup of Maria. There is a lot of variety and it is not necessarily forced, especially if you know the book. Loughridge’s colouring is very expressive and intimidating, especially as it sits on a black background and each person is coloured a single colour. It is vibrant and Marcus stands out as the groups unofficial leader by being central and being the only person in yellow. His glare is quite penetrating as his scar hangs so pertinently over his right eye. The variety of weapons with drips of blood don’t help the violence emanating from the image. It is hard to convince you that they are just a bunch of regular teenagers, misguided a litter further than your average. In any case they are our heroes and we watch out for them because we know it’s not going to end well.

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