I’ve been waiting for this book a while now. Jamie S. Rich has been creeping up my list of favorite comic book writers these past few years and he delivers again. This time Rich teams up with the very talented Joëlle Jones on art/story and Laura Allred on colors. This book is truly killer.
Josie Anderson looks and acts like your typical 1960’s stay at home mother of two. She is perky, sweet and overly polite. But looks can be deceiving. What starts out as an Avon door to door sale, quickly turns dark. Josie has a secret. She is actually a contract killer.
After a humorous and high paced “job” Josie needs to complete, we are shown a bit of her “normal” life. Jamie S. Rich brings us a quick look at the rest of Josie’s family. In two pages we are given everything we need to know: Josie has two little girls, a loving husband and a suspicious mother in-law
Josie’s family life is invaded with her work after a mysterious phone call from her contact. Clearly this double life is starting to get to this model housewife. After avoiding her business she is once again confronted, this time in person outside her house. Her suspicious mother in-law begins to connect the dots; Josie is living a double life.
Josie’s contact, Peck, is rude and suave all at the same time. He is sexually aggressive, which Josie deflects him at every turn. She is consistently professional throughout this introductory issue, something I hope that continues in the series. No matter the situation, Josie is calm and collective and with that attitude comes a great and fun read.
The art is ridiculously gorgeous. Jones brings a sharp and beautiful aesthetic that breaths and shines in the retro atomic age styling of the 1960s. From clothes, cars and architecture Jones springs to life the 60’s setting. The fast paced action moves fluidly from panel to panel. Jones uses ink splashes on the page that show movement and bleed from one panel to another. It’s a great little addition that builds to the beautiful tapestry being built. Laura Allred brings so much color and pop to this book its hard to overlook. From the vibrant yellows and pinks of Josie’s kitchen to the dark purples and greens of a rainy night in the suburbs, Allred brings a great addition to the Rich/Jones team.
Lady Killer #1 by Jones, Rich and Allred is available now digitally and in comic stores. I can’t wait to read more about this stylish and sleek Lady Killer.
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