Review: Lady Killer #2
The first issue of this series introduced a story which was a compelling if slightly bizarre crossover of a Betty Crocker commercial with a gangster movie, and the second issue continues to impress with its unconventional approach to the storytelling. At the end of the previous issue, Josie was given a mission to infiltrate the Kitty Kat Club and she is shown here in action. As was shown in the previous issue, Josie is a capable killer, but the manner of her actions here is cleverly put in context. Whereas previously she was in a somewhat standard brawl in a kitchen, here she is given cat like movements, appropriate considering that she is playing a “Kitten” here. While the action is fun, soo too are other parts of the story, namely the juxtaposition of her two lives.
As the first issue expertly conveyed, the heroine here is a complex person, equal parts assassin and housewife, struggling to maintain the responsibilities of both. As both writer and artist, Joelle Jones has an added advantage, as she can both conceive of the character from the written word but also by the images, and the latter often says as much about the character’s depth as do her words. In so doing it adds a layer of depth to the character who is otherwise only one issue old, and also makes her more approachable, even when her actions are brutal. Equally this issue deserves a bit of credit for not going a little overboard in its depiction of violence as the first issue did.
This series does gain some attention through the shock value of taking the icon of calm mediation that is the post-war housewife and turning her into a ruthless killing machine, but the series succeeds in other ways that just by throwing away tradition. The characters were immediately likable in the first issue, and they continue to be here as well and the action sequences are well paced and fun. More so the writer is careful to balance exactly how much information is let out about Josie’s missions, enough so that the reader is left guessing what is going to be happening in the coming issue. This is one of the unexpected highlights of the new year and people should be keen to check this series out.
Story: Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich Art: Joëlle Jones
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy
Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.