Posted on January 3, 2013 AT 08:39pm
The Executive Extinction has returned, and things are beginning to amp up in a major way. With a major showdown underway, as Lily continues her hunt for Mazutsu, she gets a bit of help from a few more Assistants, who after realizing that their lives are also in danger, have decided to use their collective skills to fight together and take down the man who aims to take their lives.
So far, the plot has been a whirlwind of bloodshed and surprise as the Executive Assistants have not only their foe Mazutsu to worry about, but his own personal Assistant, Rose. While not a lot of information as far as the story goes was revealed in this issue, the action was incredibly prominent. Massive fight scenes fill the majority of the issue, with most of the dialog after the exposition consisting of banter and groans of pain. While the scenes are exciting, the pacing is a bit too frenetic during the course of the fights. As Lily, Aster and Orchid arrive on the scene, the issue has built to a point to which the issue should have ended, which leads to a lackluster cliffhanger, as it continues the fight for another few pages. This may not be a huge issue, but it does cause the excitement of the issue to dip a bit before ending. Hopefully as the event continues, this issue will sort itself out.
Vince Hernandez has done a great job writing the series so far, keeping an action-packed franchise running as one half of two books are building to a huge payoff. His half of the series has been going very well so far, and he’s showing some major skill writing so many central characters into each issue. Hopefully this continues, as this series has been an exciting one thus far.
The artwork of Jordan Gunderson, Mark Roslan and Teodoro Gonzalez has also been great to see thus far, keeping the signature Aspen style and creating some fantastic looking action scenes. The posing is especially worth mentioning, as Aspen, and this book especially, have done a great job of keeping posing withing normal human capability, which is something that is done far less than it should be, especially with the female form. The art team here has been able to keep the natural sex appeal of the book without sacrificing any credibility by making ridiculous forms, which is something definitely worth noting.
Summary: While the series had some ups and downs as far as pacing went this time around, the Executive Assistant: Assassins franchise has been a fun ride thus far. Adding in the intensity of the Executive Extinction event has made it all the more entertaining, giving the expanding cast of characters a way to create their own impact throughout the series. With great artwork, especially with posing and a fun, action-packed story, this is a series that is marked by being intricate but not too complex, and a blast to read each month.
- The Good: Great Artwork And Posing, Solid Writing
- The Bad: Not Enough Plot Evolution During Exposition
- The Ugly: Major Pacing Issues During Finale Fight Scene
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