Review: Lady Killer #2 (with Preview)

We’ve not made it a habit here of reviewing entire series, but some things keep our attention to the point where we’ll review past the first issue. One of those books is Lady Killer, about a contract killer in the early 1960s who hides her double life from her husband, family and neighbors.

STK662879Lady Killer #2

(W) Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich
(A/CA) Joëlle Jones


Josie’s life grows more complicated than ever. Between the demands of her family life (including her disapproving mother-in-law), the challenges of performing as a ruthless assassin, and being underestimated by the men she works for, how can she do it all-and make it look so good?

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“Lady Killer is a killer cool book with one of my favorite artist/writer teams at the top of their game. It’s an exciting and unique take on the whole midcentury-modern vibe, with one great surprise after another! And the colors are really nifty too!”-Mike Allred


I was hoping that the second issue would be as good as the first, yet advance the story to a place that I want to keep reading. I wasn’t disappointed, although the story seemed to veer into the expected territory, but remained entertaining enough to keep my attention until it again returned to develop Josie a little more as a character.

What seems odd that even though societal conventions limit Josie’s opportunities and the perception of what she is capable of, in her role as an assassin, she seems to not be facing a glass ceiling at all, with her superior actually encouraging her advancement. I don’t know if this is part of the larger plot, or if this is what the story is actually about, camouflaged with violent contract killings, but it’s got me intrigued enough to read the third issue and see where it goes.

So pick it up. The first issue has gone to a second printing, so you should be able to catch up. Dark Horse even makes digital copies available, so there’s no reason not to jump on board what is quickly becoming a contender for the best new series of 2015.

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