Lady Killer 2 #1
Comic review by Paul Fiander
Writer: Joelle Jones
Artist: Joelle Jones
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Joelle Jones
Published by Dark Horse Comics on August 3rd JUN160017
Gentle spoilers below though the artwork does reveal more than the text.
There have been a few changes in the time between the end of the first arc of Lady Killer and the second. Firstly behind the scenes Joelle Jones is now the only writer on the series with Jamie S Rich working at Vertigo. This should not worry you as the voice of our Housewife come Assassin feels the same in this world. The other change is in colourist with Michelle Madsen coming in for Laura Allred. Again this feels like a seamless transition as the images within this issue are just as wonderful as the last time we met Losie.
The other changes take place in the comic itself, The Schuller family have moved from the climes of Seattle to new pastures in Cocoa Beach, Florida. There move was complete with Mother Schuller, keeping this rather bizarre but intriguing dynamic front and centre in Josie’s mind. However the main change appears to be her move into the realms of self employment. Within this issue we get to the consequences of the move and they are practical but nonetheless great to watch play out. Jones knows how to play with expectations and she does it both forms of her storytelling.
Much like the first issue we start we an unexpected meeting that now we know Josie is filled with tension for the reader. The question is who will be getting it if anyone. It’s one of the nice additions to the later issues of the last arc, the question on who the mark is. Obviously the cover gives away the fact that Josie has not given up her main source of income as do the images below.
Speaking of which wow just wow, the move to sole writer does not seem to have dampened Jones’s wonderful artistic talent. She can draw normal people with the best of them and when you add in the facial expressions (Josie's on the last page below are a great example of this) and brutality you get an amazing chemistry. Again I’m glad that the change in colourist does not seem to have dampened the art and even though Laura Allred did a fantastic job it seems Michelle Madsen is completely up to the task.
Considering this was one of my favourite series last year I was looking forward to diving straight back into it and thankfully I was not disappointed. Josie has had a fresh makeover in terms of her location and with a few new faces along the way it looks like we are in for just as much fun in this arc as we were in the last.