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Executive Assistant: Assassins #14 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on August 28, 2013 AT 07:45pm

The third of the four part arc for new Assistant Daisy is here, and with it comes some major revelations for not only the character, but for the world of the Assistants in general. With Daisy now training at the academy, it seems that this once peaceful training facility is now a target for something much more sinister. With a nameless attacker now on the heels of Daisy and her lover, Shen, the life of this misplaced New Orleans girl is going to get more complicated.

This arc has featured some pretty disappointing aspects to it, especially in the representation department when it concerns women. This issue does slightly better at this, though it still has some glaring events that could really trigger some discomfort for readers. This is also one of the more violent issue, with some major scenes of gore and some very uncomfortable moments, but this has been par for the course when it comes to this arc. While there is less of the issues that have plagued this arc thus far, it’s still quite disappointing to see it continuing to occur, especially with such a lackluster plot for this new character.

Thankfully, this arc is nearly over. For writer Vince Hernandez, this has seemed like a lower point than that of his previous efforts. Usually a very noticeable talent, this arc has seen a major dip in engagement and in story from the very beginning. With the climax of this arc coming in the next issue, there is hope that this was an isolated incident, because without an improvement in the presentation of this book, both in writing and in art, this is going to be a rough time for the series. It’s also a hope that the use of very uncomfortable tropes for women in comics (both as readers and as characters) will improve, as this arc has been full of them, really taking away from the overall concept of the title.

Lori Hanson, Joe Kennedy and Teo Gonzalez comprise the art team on this book, and while it all looks up to the standard of Aspen (which is a pretty enviable thing), there are some very surprising scenes in here that depict violence in a way not suitable for the squeamish. There is one splash page in particular that shows an incredibly violent scene, and this issue also depicts some major scenes of  extreme violence towards women, something that is very difficult to look at. While the quality of the art has not faded, just like the writing of this arc, the content has gone down a very slippery slope that it will hopefully recover from in the near future.

Summary: This arc really needs to end. With a lot of very uncomfortable moments in both writing, art and overall theme, the “Daisy” arc of Executive Assistant: Assassins has been a train-wreck of tropes and poor representation. While the talent of the creative team is certainly still evident, the content being pushed here is not something that should be celebrated, and hopefully, as this series goes on, will be removed entirely from further issues.

Pros: This arc only has one issue left.

Cons: Both art, writing and overall content grossly misrepresents women, uncomfortable scenes of gore.

Grade: D+


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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