What woman doesn’t dream of being able to masquerade as a Martha Stewart level housewife, baking cookies and selling Avon, when in reality you are really an accomplished assassin?
Oh, uh, just me then? Well I can’t be completely alone because the new darkly humorous comic Lady Killer introduces us to just such a woman. From the Mad Men era no less.
Josie Schuller seems like your average 60s housewife. She takes care of her kids, takes care of her home and even sells Avon. She also is a killer for hire. During the day while her kids are at school and her husband is at work she goes and slaughters people for money. It seems like the charade may be getting to be more difficult to keep up though as her two lives start to conflict.
I loved Lady Killer. It was dark and funny. The writing evoked the 60s well so the juxtaposition of Josie as killer was that much more jarring. There are so many plot threads I want to see this story follow. How did she get to be an assassin? Was she a housewife first or has it always been her cover? What does she do with the extra money from her sideline? How does she keep up with it all? Obviously I wanted more as soon as the issue was over. The art was fantastic too. Completely defining the era and the character as a stereotypical housewife. Again adding to the fun of her secret career when it came time for the graphic bloodshed and trust me it is graphic.
I’m giving Lady Killer 4 out of 5 stars. I’m greatly looking forward to learning more about Josie and seeing more of her handiwork.
Here’s a sneak peek:
Lady Killer #1
Writer: Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich
Artist: Joëlle Jones
Colorist: Laura Allred
Cover Artist: Joëlle Jones
Publication Date: January 07, 2015
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
UPC: 7 61568 26351 0 00111