At the end of issue #1 of Lady Killer 2, Mrs. Schuller was caught off guard when a car pulled up to her in the middle of disposing evidence from her latest murder. As it turns out, the man driving that car is Irving—the last time they saw each other was at the World’s Fair. Irving has a proposition for Mrs. Schuller: they become partners. She would kill, and he would dispose of the bodies. This is a great deal, seeing as there is some new business to attend to. Things don’t go exactly as planned, though, when a hit squad discovers their partnership.
Writer and artist Joelle Jones does an awesome job of pushing the story forward. Mrs. Schuller is just getting into the groove of her killing spree. She has successfully lied to her family about “uncle” Irving and she’s making 80% of the revenue. So far, life is good.
There are a few concepts that I love about this series. The most prominent one, though, is the idea of a stereotypical ‘50s housewife having a secret life. This is a time when uniform pastel houses and Tupperware/beauty door-to-door sales were at their highest. Anything slightly out of the ordinary stood out like a sore thumb, which is why the idea of a female hired killer is so odd.
Jones’ writing is smooth and transitions from panel to panel almost seamlessly. This dramatic book has a ton of black humor and very witty dialogue. I think Irving is the slyest character thus far. He easily comes up with stories to cover himself, and is a badass at disposing of evidence (dead bodies).
Jones’ artwork also shows Irving with some seriously eerie facial expressions. This guy seems so genuine and likeable; however, I can’t help but think he’s got something sneaky up his sleeve. The majority of the illustrations look like they’re somewhere between realistic and cartoonish. There isn’t a great deal of detail, but the line work leaves no room for confusion as to what is what and who is who. With Michelle Madsen’s colors, Jones’ illustrations are able to create a really melodramatic book with deep shadows and bold highlights.
Joelle Jones has crafted an enthralling story about crime, murder, secrets, and societal interactions. This is a great series for any and all crime fiction fans, and is well worth the read.
Written & Illustrated by: Joelle Jones