Lady Killer Vol. 2 by Joelle Jones

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in 2018, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Joelle Jones | 0 comments

Lady Killer Vol. 2 by Joelle Jones

Lady Killer Vol. 2 by Joelle Jones  with art by Joelle Jones

Genre: Action/Adventure
Format: Comics Collected Edition
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 127
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 2 is a  compilation of issues 1-5 of the Lady Killer 2 comic series.
From the publisher:

The secret’s in the cleanup!

The killer housewife is back! The Schuller family has moved to Cocoa Beach, where life carries on as usual. Josie continues to juggle Tupperware parties, her kids, and a few heads–and things don’t get any easier for the entrepreneur hit lady when her past comes back to haunt her.

My Thoughts:
I loved the first volume of this series so I was not surprised at all that I loved this second volume too. Josie Schuller is a picture perfect housewife in early 1960’s Florida. She’s also a killer for hire. She’s a Tupperware lady with a plan for after the party.

Yes there’s plenty of graphic violence in this series but it also manages avoid being gross. There are also picture perfect early 1960’s fashion and decor. In addition, there is plenty of dark humor.

When I finished the first volume I had said I was interested in “finding out what is the story with her mother-in-law? That woman has a past, I tell you.” Oh boy was I right.

This one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger so I hope Joelle Jones is working on more.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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Lady Killer Vol. 1 by Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in 2016, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Comics, Joelle Jones | 4 comments

Lady Killer Vol. 1 by Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich

Lady Killer Vol. 1 by Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich with art by Joelle Jones

Genre: Action/Adventure
Format: Comics Collected Edition
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 127
Source: Library

The Book:
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.

My Thoughts:
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.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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