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Executive Assistant: Iris #2 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on January 26, 2013 AT 08:19pm

Part two of the Executive Extinction ends here, and with only six issues left in the event, things are getting ugly, and fast. Iris has been put into a tricky situation, with her employer kidnapped, Lily appearing after quite some time and asking for help, and other Executive Assistants (such as Rose, among others) entering the fray, all looking to stop Iris from getting her employer back and reporting to her other employer, the Central Intelligence Agency. After agreeing to help Lily with the elimination of the arms dealer Mazutsu, Iris has found that Lily’s issue isn’t the only one on the agenda, especially with her employer, John Wheeler, missing.

This issue does some great things as far as pushing the plot of this huge event. Not only does it reveal quite a bit of information about what’s going on in Iris’ life, but it begins to tie some loose ends from the other title in this event, Executive Assistant: Assassins together. It also introduces some new characters, something the Extinction event had promised to do, especially in the way of revealing new Assistants from the lore of the franchise. The issue also ends on a pretty exciting cliffhanger that readers will both love and loathe writer David Wohl for doing. While the issue is a bit lacking in dialog this time around, it pushes the plot with great action and some really interesting scenes, and it looks like this series is still heading in a great direction as the Executive Extinction moves towards the midway point.

Speaking of David Wohl, his writing in this issue, despite the lack of dialog mentioned earlier, is very well done. While Iris is a bit more dry in humor than some of her counterparts, her story is incredibly interesting. The development of her character in this volume has been interesting to see, as her morals and loyalties have begun to show. The narration is a bit bland, but the action in the series makes up for it in much greater volumes.

Alex Lei is a new artist to the series, and while his work is mostly similar to the work done by the previous art team, there are some differences that make it apparent that someone else is working on the series. Facial expressions are the main difference here, with the expressions in many of the action sequences being a bit off-putting. The smiles on Rose’s face during fighting sequences seem out of place, as do some of the reaction expressions on Iris’ face during those same scenes. A bit of the posing, something that is usually a massive strength of Aspen’s work, especially with female characters (which are the focus of this series) is a bit of a concern as well. A few poses seem to be made only to show off certain assets of characters, something that is rarely done without a context in the Executive Assistant franchise. Series veteran Teo Gonzalez keeps up his terrific color work in the series, however, making the scenes jump with vibrant colors and shadowing.

Summary: With the continuation of the “Executive Extinction” event hitting a higher gear, the events in this half of the crossover are getting to an action-packed peak. Iris has been meeting some new people on her quest to rescue her employer, help Lily and get things taken care of with those who have wronged her and those she has loyalties towards. This series, combining with the events of Executive Assistant: Assassins is making for an exciting event that has stepped it up during the course of its run. With six issues to go, this series is only going to get crazier and more fun to read.

The Good: Strong Colors And Artwork

The Bad: Out Of Place Facial Expressions

The Ugly: Lack Of Dialog For Protagonist

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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