Lady Killer #1

I have been looking forward to reading Lady Killer since the moment Dark Horse released the cover art.  The story is written and illustrated by Joëlle Jones and co-written by Jamie Rich. It has a 1950’s era housewife in a beautiful pink swing dress, pearls, matching pink flats and yellow rubber gloves mopping blood off the floor and walls of a light blue kitchen after what we can only assume was a very violent murder.  Lady Killer is a limited series which will have a 5-issue run but the first issue has already left me with the hope that it’ll be extended into an ongoing series.

The main character, Josie Schuller, is a housewife with an interesting side job as an assassin.  She resembles Jackie O but the synopsis describes her as Betty Draper meets Hannibal.  In the beginning of the comic, Josie is outfitted in a powder blue skirt suit posing as an Avon lady (but she looks like she could be working for Pan Am).  She pushes her way into a potential client’s house and “accidentally” sprays perfume in her eyes before attempting to poison her.  We learn that Josie has no idea why she’s been contracted to kill this woman, but she is being paid handsomely for it.

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Later when Josie heads home to her angry mother in law who’s impatiently waiting for her dinner meat, it becomes apparent that her husband and children know nothing about the way she spends her days.  Josie receives a phone call about her next job but she tries to ward off the call by insisting that dinner is an inappropriate time for sales calls.  This leads her boss to show up unannounced later in the night posing as the most fashionable plumber I’ve ever seen.

I really really really love the artwork and the tone of Lady Killer.  The colors are mostly soft pinks, blues, and yellows with neutral grey backgrounds which cause Josie to really pop in her panels.  The detailing in the kitchens may be one of my favorite aspects (besides Josie’s clothing of course) from the pink cannisters on the counter to the gorgeous yellow ruffled curtains hanging from the windows.  I’ll definitely be picking up the next issue because 1) her next job is a big one and I must see how she carries out her assignment, 2) I can’t stop wondering how she became involved assassin work (is her husband’s salary not enough to live on?  Will she be able to fool her family for all 5 issues?) and 3) to see the dresses Josie pulls out of her closet next!

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Betty Draper meets Hannibal!

Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival. (via Dark Horse)

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9 Responses to “Lady Killer #1”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Wow that looks like an awesome comic! I would definitely love giving it a read. Do you know if it is available to own digitally?

  2. Usagi says:

    Well then… I think I need to locate myself a copy of the first issue. You had me at Betty Draper meet Hannibal. And that cover is amazing!

  3. Erin Radler says:

    This sounds amazing. I just got into reading comics myself, and I can’t seem to stop this train. Thanks for the review :)

  4. Meghan Sara says:

    Sounds like a good one! Totally adding it to my list!

  5. I was so excited when you recommended this to me via email! I got nervous that the local comic book stores wouldn’t have it here in Nashville, so I gave up and ordered issue #1 (and preordered #2 and #3). You have me anxiously awaiting my first one after this review! So intrigued!

  6. Celeste says:

    I haven’t heard of this yet. Definitely adding it to my pull list.

  7. Angela says:

    This sounds like my cup of tea! The story sounds awesome! Do you, by any chance, know where I can find it digitally or where I can buy it (and ship overseas since I live in the netherlands)

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