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Lady Killer
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Lady Killer
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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! Collects issues #1-#5. "A level of violence that can only be described as Mad Men's Betty Draper meets Dexter."-Comic Book Resources "Lady Killer somehow manages to perfectly incorporate the quaint concept of the 1950s TV housewife with blood-fueled antics of vicious killer for hire."-IGN

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! Collects issues #1-#5. "A level of violence that can only be described as Mad Men's Betty Draper meets Dexter."-Comic Book Resources "Lady Killer somehow manages to perfectly incorporate the quaint concept of the 1950s TV housewife with blood-fueled antics of vicious killer for hire."-IGN

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  • Joëlle Jones has collaborated with Jamie S. Rich on the acclaimed comic book 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, and they have since shown up as a team in the pages of Popgun, Portland Noir, and Madman Atomic Comics. Joëlle also did the cover and interior illustrations for Jamie's novel, Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, and their most recent full-length effort was the acclaimed crime graphic novel You Have Killed Me. She has also worked on a long-form comic for Vertigo called The Starving Artist, as well as Troublemaker, a collaboration with bestselling author Janet Evanovich. The author lives in Portland, Oregpn.
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  • Library Journal

    January 1, 2016

    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 cliches, 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 Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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