Lady Killer Vol. 1 by Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich with art by Joelle Jones
Format: Comics Collected Edition
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: 2015
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 1-5 of the comic series.
From the back cover:
Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother– but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer! She balances cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American-dream life is in danger!
This new, original black-comedy series combines the wholesome imagery of early midcentury domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival.
Okay, I loved this. In the introduction Chelsea Cain says:
Josie Schuller has two of the traits I that I admire most in a person: she knows how to host a boffo cocktail party, and she can kill someone with her bare hands.
The artwork perfectly places the story the late 1950’s and early 1960’s even before the Seattle World’s Fair of 1962 gives the story a specific date.
In an interview with Comics Alliance Joelle Jones said:
“How it all originated was through an obsession of mine with vintage advertising and falling in love with some of the illustrators from the ’40s ’50s and ’60s,” Jones told ComicsAlliance. “I wanted to play in that world with all the stereotypical characters but to take it someplace darker because that is the sort of thing I am naturally drawn to.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the look of the story and I absolutely loved the dark comic turns. I’ll never think of Avon ladies the same.
I’m happy to see that it appears that there will be a continuation of the series and I am looking forward to more of Josie’s adventures and maybe finding out what is the story with her mother-in-law? That woman has a past, I tell you.