Cover image for Lady killer, Vol. 1 / story by Joëlle Jones & Jamie S. Rich ; art by Joëlle Jones ; colors by Laura Allred ; letters by Crank!
Lady killer, Vol. 1 / story by Joëlle Jones & Jamie S. Rich ; art by Joëlle Jones ; colors by Laura Allred ; letters by Crank!
First edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukee, Oregon : Dark Horse Books, a division of Dark Horse Comics, Inc., 2015.

Physical Description:
127 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 26 cm


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JON V.1 Graphic Novel Adult Graphic Novels

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Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife and mother - but she's also a ruthless, efficient killer! She's balanced cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American dream life is in danger! A brand-new original black comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early '60s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia and cold -blooded survival.

Author Notes

"Jamie S. Rich is an author who published his first prose novel, Cut My Hair , in 2000, and his first superhero comic book, It Girl and the Atomics , in 2012. In between, he has worked on multiple projects in both mediums. He currently reviews film for The Oregonian and . His most recent comic was Madame Frankenstein for Image Comics. The author lives in Portland, Oregon."

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Taking off from Mad Men-inspired interest in 1960s gender roles, this series builds a noir thriller out of crinoline skirts and Stepford Wives-style suburban domesticity. What better camouflage for a hit man-er, woman? Housewife Josie Schuller maneuvers around a clueless husband, two kids, and a suspicious mother-in-law to stab, strangle, and clobber her targets on assignment and undercover. But her managers aren't nice guys either, and she must team up with a reluctant sister-assassin to foil a hit on herself. Jones's (Helheim) color art gleefully parodies period ads and media clichés, and the elegant pizzaz she gives the violence does much of the story's heavy lifting. Josie has the eyelinered prettiness of a retro "stewardess" but with real strength, women's clothes reek of glamour and tackiness, and men's faces twist into smarmy exploiter masks. So far, the plot is fairly predictable and the characterizations unsurprising. However, a second story arc is beginning, which may reveal depths of, say, the German-speaking mother-in-law-who recognizes one of Josie's coconspirators. VERDICT An engagingly bloody popcorn-muncher for Mad Men fans and friends, high school-aged and adult, with potential for deeper satire.-MC © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.