New Deadly Class trailer takes viewers inside King's Dominion

At King's Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, where the children of the world's top crime families train to become the next generation of assassins, students don't get participation points for surviving each class — they get extra credit. 

On Tuesday, November 6, Syfy dropped a brand-new trailer and accompanying poster for Deadly Class, the upcoming television show based on the Image Comics series of the same name written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Wesley Craig, with colors by Lee Loughridge and lettering by Rus Wooton. 

Adapted for the small screen by Remender, American Koko actor and executive producer Miles Orion Feldsott, and Avengers: Infinity War co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Deadly Class centers around 15-year-old Marcus Lopez Arguello (Benjamin Wadsworth), a new recruit at King's Dominion who soon discovers that he may be in over his head as he meets the katana-swinging syndicate leader Saya (Lana Condor), the son of a corrupt cop Billy (Liam James), the not-so-sweet Southern belle Brandy (Siobhan Williams), the death-obsessed goth Petra (Taylor Hickson), the blade-wielding Maria (María Gabriela de Faría), and the take-no-prisoners headmaster of King's Dominion Master Lin (Benedict Wong). 

Set against the backdrop of '80s punk culture and featuring plenty of status quo subversion, the series will explore how Marcus navigates his new school, its strict curriculum, and his powerful, domineering peers — all while honing his own skills and trying to stick to his moral code. 

The new trailer sets up this premise perfectly, and gives viewers an additional peek into the struggles Marcus will face in earning his place at King's Dominion and forming an identity he's proud of. 

"You're at the bottom of the food chain, like us," a wide-eyed, mohawked Billy tells Marcus in the clip. Later on, Petra warns him that the "animals" at the prestigious academy view kindness as weakness, advising Marcus to act brash and rude rather than mild-mannered and agreeable in order to stay safe. 

But it won't be easy for Marcus, a kind young guy despite the trauma he's faced in the past, to "be a d**k" to his classmates — both because it goes against his natural personality and because he knows he won't make it out of King's Dominion alive if he doesn't have a network of people he can trust. 

"It's a cold, cruel world," he states in the Deadly Class trailer. "You can't survive without a family — even if they are liars and murderers."

Check out the full trailer in the video above, then take a peek at the new Deadly Class poster at the bottom of this article.

Overall, based on this new footage and the teaser trailers Syfy has released in the past, Deadly Class is shaping up to be a promising new addition to the comic book television landscape — and a yet another refreshing offering from the network that's trying its hardest to move past its reputation as the home of the gone-on-far-too-long Sharknado franchise. Syfy already found success with Happy!, a fellow Image Comics adaptation, and looks to do the same with Deadly Class. Uniting what makes comic books so enjoyable (a ragtag team of up-and-comers, in-house rivalries, mysterious men running a network of assassins with an iron fist) with a vibe reminiscent of John Hughes movies and a dash of Kick-Ass fun, Deadly Class seems to have something for everyone. 

Deadly Class is set to premiere on Syfy on January 16, 2019.