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Executive Assistant: Iris #1 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on December 18, 2012 AT 08:19pm

The Executive Extinction event continues, this time with the second title in the crossover series, Executive Assistant: Iris. Filling in the gaps as to where one of the more popular Executive Assistants has been during the events of Executive Assistant: Assassins #6, this issue follows Iris in her journey to protect her client, a very young, very wealthy man. When things go wrong, the beginnings of the major event begin to unfold.

Iris, while not needing to prove it, shows her skills quite a bit in this issue, making sure the readers remembers what made her so popular. The story leading up to her meeting with Lily is a bit bland, especially in comparison to Lily’s tale, but it still serves its purpose in setting into motion the events that are about to unfold. Her services protecting John Wheeler, technology mogul, are not exactly what they seem, with Iris’ true intentions hidden to many of the people she interacts with. Things from there, especially the sudden appearance of Lily, don’t go so well for Iris from there on in, but set up nicely for the continuation of the event.

Writer David Wohl is teaming with Vince Hernandez to create  a complex story through two titles in order to make this event work, and so far, both are doing a great job of mixing in what the reader of both titles has seen with the progression of the crossover. There are some pages that overlap from EA:A #6 and EA: Iris #1, but they are presented by the separate art teams in a completely different way, though the dialog is essentially the same. The writing overlap lasts a bit long, and those reading both titles might get a bit bored and skim through this exchange a second time.

It’s hard, especially during this event, to not compare one book to another in terms of artwork. While Jordan Gunderson, Mark Roslan and Gonzalez did in excellent job in EA:A #6, Alex Lei’s job providing pencils and inks doesn’t quite hit the mark as hard. This is especially noticeable during the overlapping scenes, where the perspective switches from Lily to Iris for this title. There is a particular sequence where the scene is essentially the same, but the artwork is incredibly different. There is far less detail in this issue than in its companion title, with less vibrant colors and a lighter emphasis on the ink work. While the artwork isn’t terrible, it’s just a tad lower in a general scale than the tie-in book.

Summary: The Executive Extinction event is well underway, with Wohl and Hernandez working hard in both books.  The opening salvo was terrific, and the follow-up here has trouble living up to it. The artwork is solid but not as well-done as the previous event issue, and the crossover of the dialog scenes lasts a bit long,  but the event is still going on strong, especially with plot development. Overall, this is an exciting event for Aspen Comics, and both series should be watched closely to get the full extent of what’s going on.

  • The Good: Strong Plot Progression
  • The Bad: Too Much Overlapping In Dialog Crossover
  • The Ugly: Artwork Loses A Step Between Titles

Score: 7.5

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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