Lady Killer

book reviews, graphic novel, jamie s. rich, joelle jones, lady killer / Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Date started: 6/28/17

Date finished: 6/28/17

Ok, remember when I wrote a review for American Housewife? You don’t?! Hurry, check it out and then come back to me, I swear it will all make sense at the end! So you’re back. How was it? Hmm hmmm excellent, now you’re all prepared for Lady Killer.

First, Lady Killer is a comic book by Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich. Like many of the other finds on this site, the title came to me randomly aka when I was google searching for “graphic novels/comics of women.” Trying to diversify my reading material, I went with a comic, I’m not sure I would pick up. So I quickly ordered it through my library’s book system BCCLS (Bergen County Cooper System or “BUCKLES) and had it delivered to my library hang out. Once, Lady Killer came in, I settled with a nice hot tea to read this perfect blend of murder and another version of the archetypal American housewife. Lady Killer refers to Josephine Schuller (or Josie as the other characters refer to her). Josie is the wife to Gene Schuller and the mother of two adorable little girls. She somehow manages balancing her domestic and assassin/contracted killer life for the most part. Her role puts a new spin on the American housewife archetype: looks goods, but she will also strangle or slice your neck without a hair out of place.

Josie has been doing this balancing act for sometime. However, it is when her conscious comes up during a hit on a young boy who witnessed his parents murder, she begins to question her job. Actually, I think she starts to question it. It’s never fully explained. When a hit is put out for her, she saves her self and her family using her tenacity and fierceness. The actual reason for the conflict is very vague. Why does the agency she works for want to have her killed?

I was confused by some of Josie’s motives, particularly towards the end. Though, I believe this confusion stems from a lack of clarity explaining them and the agency she works for. If these things were presented clearer, the comic would have been even better. In the end, Jones and Rich open up more mysteries such as: who really is Ruby? What was her deal? What does the agency exactly do? Who is exactly Irving/Rienhardt? And how does Mrs. Schuller (Josie’s mother-in-law) know him? If I read further in the series, I hope these questions will be answered and not just hang there like a bad cliffhanger.

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