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Executive Assistant: Assassins #1 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on June 23, 2012 AT 04:51pm

Aspen Comics’ first ever ongoing series has returned, with the newest installment of the Executive Assistant series, Assassins. Written by Aspen staple Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Fathom: Kiani), with artwork by Jordan Gunderson, colors by Teodoro Gonzalez and letter Josh Reed, this book is the first in a brand new E.A. series that is sure to please fans both old and new.

The series focuses on Lily, a student of the Executive Assistants academy, which trains young girls to do, well, just about anything needed of them. Given the best in combat, survival, and etiquette training, these young ladies are trained from young girls to adults, all to be sold off to the highest bidder to be trained assistants. That is, if it goes well. When it doesn’t, Lily happens.

Lily does the narration work for the story, giving the reader a chance to know that things didn’t exactly go as planned, with her. From star pupil to exotic dancer, Lily’s path went of the map somewhere down the line, something which was barely touched upon in this issue. However, Lily, the green haired dancer, is more than just a great view. She’s dangerous, and when another organization sees what she’s capable of after a club brawl, she becomes a target, as does her former school.

Vince Hernandez does a pretty good job fitting a lot of information into a small package, though the issue could have been a bit longer, to really get a bit more information on Lily. Though, that could come in later issues. Everything moves pretty quickly, as far as plot is concerned, which makes it a good, easy read, but loses a little bit when it comes to substance. It was entertaining, though, and Lily is a dynamic and unnatural character in comparison to those she was brought up with, which is a good change in pace.

Gunderson does a nice job with the pencils here, though it does need to be said that Aspen artists have a very distinct style that goes throughout their titles. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on the book, but here, it does relatively well. Human forms and facial features are very well done, but the book lacks in the minor details, such as clothing folds and definition in the body and faces of the characters. This is a minor slight, as that’s not always necessary, but it is noticeable.

Gonzalez does a fine job with the colors here, but they do leave more to be desired. With a book such as this, with Asian roots, there was a hope that the colors would be a bit more vibrant. This, again, is nit-picking, as the colors are thorough and well blended, they just don’t pop as much as it feels they should.

Executive Assistant is back, and with some force. Lily is a fun character, if a bit brash, and the overall work on the book is well done. There are a few areas that weren’t as great as they could have been, but they are moving in a great direction, and the story is what really sells, which is the strongest point of the issue. Worth a look, especially for fans of the franchise.

  • THE GOOD: Interesting Story And Lead Character
  • THE BAD: Issue Felt A Little Short
  • THE UGLY: Colors Are A Bit Flat, Lacking Minor Detail In Artwork

Score: 7

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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