30 July 2016

Review: Lady Killer

Lady Killer Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was fine.

I loved the conceit behind this the moment I heard it, being a 1950s-era housewife who is a hitman on the side. Just a great idea, and the artwork is evocative of old ads and everything about it is a great idea.

The problem is that the story itself kind of falls apart midway through, where the distrust inherent in hitman organizations rises and our heroine (for lack of a better term) is balancing her home life with her work life and no one knows who to trust. The complexity is there, but it's just not handled well enough to remain completely compelling.

I wouldn't not recommend this, as there's a lot to like and the aesthetic is fun. It just doesn't do enough of what it's attempting well enough to be a top-tier graphic tale. I'll seek out the next volume when it turns up, but, overall, you might just feel like this is lacking that special something.

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