Series: Lady Killer #1
Published: September 15th 2015 by Dark Horse Books
Genres: Graphic Novels
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Clearly when I named my blog Books Without Any Pictures I never imagined myself getting into graphic novels. This is kind of a new thing for me still, but I’m digging it.
The latest in my lineup is Lady Killer, which was recommended to me by a friend. The plot in a nutshell: A 1950s housewife named Josie moonlights as an undercover assassin. She’s extremely good at her job, but unfortunately, it’s the 1950s, and her boss is a sexist prick. When Josie gets on his bad side, he decides that it’s time to end her. Luckily, Josie has other ideas.
Basically, think Mad Men meets James Bond.
The art in Lady Killer totally nails the vintage aesthetic, but with bucketloads of blood. You know how the housewives in old school magazine ads have that ridiculous smile as they’re sweeping the floor or doing dishes? That’s Josie’s look as she cheerfully stabs somebody. The clash between the aesthetic and the subject matter gives the story a tongue-in-cheek vibe that makes it loads of fun to read. I found the art to be much stronger than the storytelling. Even though it wasn’t as deep as a lot of what I’ve been reading lately, Lady Killer was a nice change of pace, and I’d definitely recommend it.