Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Comic Book Review: Ladykiller 2 #1 (Dark Horse)

Ladykiller 2 #1 - Written and Art by Joelle Jones; Colors by Michelle Madsen; Published Dark Horse Comics.

By Kenny Howell

The Dark Horse mid-century housewife/contract killer makes her return with a brand new series run from Joelle Jones and Michelle Madsen.

Josie and her family have relocated to Cocoa Beach, Florida, but she hasn't left her old life behind. She is still balancing her family life with her whole killing people for money thing, but she is keeping it together, I guess as much as you can expect.

We open with Josie in full domesticity, trying to sell Tupperware-ish type plastic containers to a bunch of blue hairs. When the two sisters hosting the party mouth off behind her back, at least they think it is behind her back, Josie can't help herself, and a hammer comes into play.

After that reintroduction, we get a bit more of a glimpse of Josie's home life - a disgruntled mother-in-law, her husband's inappropriate boss, and of course murders. She seems to have it under control, but that might be thrown into chaos by the end of the first issue.

The idea is obviously a lot of fun, but Jones really punches it up with her stellar art. She understands mid century style, the clean, sleek look that sets a perfect backdrop for when Josie gets down to work. The cover of the first issue above is a perfect example of that. The perfectness of the Ozzie & Harriett era, with the bloody undercurrent that is lurking in the background. The dichotomy really brings it home, and makes the first issue of Ladykiller's second run one to keep an eye on.

Rating: 8 out 10

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