Posted on June 1, 2013 AT 07:21pm
After the end of the big crossover events between this title and its sister book Executive Assistant: Iris, things are beginning to get back to the normal pacing of Aspen’s first ongoing series. With the major event handled, the story moves on to a quick one-shot of Lotus, one of the most dangerous and intelligent of the Executive Assistants. Following her journey from childhood to a life on her own as an adult, the story of Lotus is short, but packs quite a punch.
The story of Rani, the name the Executive Assistant known as Lotus is one of loss and of death, as her father is one of the top assassins in the land. Raised by the sole parent her whole life, Rani learns the business and how to survive from her father, something that she tends to make use of later of in the issue, and those skills are something that she will put to good use for a long time, it seems. While this is only a one issue arc, the complete story is quite nice, especially after a long arc between two different titles.
Writer Vince Hernandez does a great job of writing a contained story that finishes in the issue it began. With so much story and so many events to speak of, being able to contain it all inside a one-shot is no easy feat. The flow of the plot moves along well, and the characters themselves are pretty interesting. Some of the narration felt a bit forced in terms of the lexicon used, but as a plus it does give the narration a voice unique only to this character. Overall, this short story does a great job of giving some insight into Lotus, a character that had not really been explored prior.
Giuseppe Cafaro takes on the pencil work for what seems to be the first time for the title, and in doing so, brings a new voice to the canon of the series. His pencil work is definitely varied from the way the prior issues have looked, and while there is no better or worse, this one is much more obvious than some other artistic changes. The detail work is lacking in some places (the folds of a sheet) but immaculate in other places (the tiny shards from a broken pane of glass), but overall Cafaro does a great job on this issue. Mark Roslan and Teo Gonzalez fill out the art team, and as two people who have been on this title for a long time, the book looks much like its usual self. There is the occasional lack of a background, something that happens often in Aspen titles, but the color palettes and scratchy ink shading make this look quite well.
Summary: While only a single issue story, this issue of Executive Assistant: Assassins makes use of the small sample size. Lotus is explored from childhood to adulthood, and while most of the major events are glossed over, there is plenty to look at, and a major twist at the end that makes the entire story come together. Overall, this is a fun series, and this break from the longer arcs is a nice change.
Pros: Interesting, complete story, solid color work.
Cons: Lack of backgrounds, odd language during narration.
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