Posted on March 15, 2013 AT 10:38pm
The Executive Extinction is hitting its stride with this issue of Executive Assistant: Iris ending the third part, of this five part, crossover series. While Iris is very similar in plot to its sister book, Executive Assistant: Assassins, it has a bit of it’s own underlying plot as it follows Iris in her journey to help her fellow Assistants, stop Mazutsu, and continue her work both as an Assistant, working for the highest bidder, and as an undercover C.I.A. agent. In this issue, she runs into some problems on both ends with the group of Assistants running into a new and unfamiliar foe. On top of that, Iris’ second job causing her some stress as well.
The plot on Iris’ side of the story is beginning to hit a major turn with the end of the issue showing some major signs of trouble for the expert Assistant. While her story is offset throughout most of this tale, her work as a C.I.A. agent and seeing a brand new side of the story is entertaining, although a bit of a flashback to the last issue of Assassins. Her work with Wheeler, with the C.I.A., and with her fellow Assistants is exciting and packed with action. The story of these expertly trained women is looking like it’s on an excellent track. The plot structure of this series during this particular event has been the only problem with the title thus far as it follows a predictable structure that limits what Iris actually does within her own title. The beginning of the issue reflects some of her plot, following it up with most of the events of the previous issue of Assassins, then ends with some more of her plot line. This takes a lot of time away from the exploration of Iris, though this book is meant to start off in the middle of this massive event, so it’s at least justified.
Writer David Wohl is still doing a great job with this title, creating the flip side to the coin of the Executive Extinction. While it seems his workload is lessened due to the work Vince Hernandez does on the partnering title, this does not mean he’s not done a lot of work to get it to properly fit and isn’t doing well with the title. Iris is an incredibly interesting character, and with two issues to go in this event for Iris, it’ll be a treat to see where Wohl goes from here.
Alex Lei and Siya Oum also keep up the intense pace of the title here. The differences in the artwork in this title and Assassins are noticeable, but only to a certain point. Casual readers may not even catch that it’s a different art team, because each title is meshing so well. While the environments are a bit basic (there are a lot of panels with just a monochromatic color background), the detail work in the panels that have things to see are well done, and overall this feels like an Aspen title, and one of the better quality as an overall title.
Summary: The Executive Extinction is going strong, and with six issues down, the series is beginning to really hit a major stride. The end of the third arc of the crossover has introduced new characters and some startling developments. While Iris is a bit of an echo in terms of the two titles, it has its own story that is developing into its own exciting sub-plot. With hope that this pace continues, Executive Assistant: Iris #3 is a fun read, just as the entire series has been thus far.
Pro’s: Solid Writing, Artwork.
Con’s: Not Enough Plot Devoted To Iris, Bulk Of Material Is From Previous Issue Of EA: Assassins.
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