At first glance, Lady Killer by Joelle Jones looks like a 60’s Housewife version of Dexter. Joelle Jones shows off all of the skills of a classically trained artist in her art but you can feel the deep love and appreciation for the classic comic style. Each detail, layer, and angle are created to immerse you in this 1960’s pastel world along with Josie Schuller our killer.
Lady Killer #1 by Joelle Jones begins with a Tupperware party with Josie selling her wares. A pair of discourteous sisters are hosting the party but little do they know that they’ll soon meet an untimely fate paid for by the very nephew they have been discussing. Nothing like the violent deaths of two old ladies by a hired killer to really get a comic started. Josie Schuller, hired killer, mother, and wife – is leading a double life unbeknownst to all. After meticulously cleaning up her mess and retrieving her Tupperware, Josie heads home to her family in the suburbs. It’s revealed that Josie’s mother-in-law saw something in Seattle that has forever changed her demeanor.
Josie is a smart business woman and advises us all of her seven rules for going into business for yourself:
1. Perseverance is key.
2. Learn from your mistakes. Look forward to failure. This is how you learn to succeed.
3. Creating your own business is a series of small steps. Start with what you have and build what you need.
4. Always be prepared.
5. Have the right tools for the right job.
6. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.
7. Trust your instincts.
Lady Killer #1 ends with a surprise ending, has our killer been caught? What lies ahead for Josie Schuller?
In many ways, you can’t help but root for Josie. She’s badass, smart, and stunning all while conforming to the 1960’s housewife expectations. The plotlines in issue #1 are pretty thin but I’m sure we can expect a lot in the rest of this 5 part series. I love the aesthetics of this comic and thinks it’s worth the read for any fans of Dexter or Joelle Jones.
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