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Executive Assistants #9 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on March 20, 2013 AT 08:11pm

Things are really heating up in the “Executive Extinction”, and the main book of this crossover is making some major headway into the climax of this exciting event. While both books look into the major conflict that has brought several Executive Assistants together, this main title is nearly through with their end of the conflict, and the conflict itself is looking to head into an intense finish from the events that have now been set up with this installment.

Ivy, the Executive Assistant that showed up and ruined basically everything that the entire team had worked on so far, rescuing Rose from captivity, has a bigger role to play in this crossover than initially thought. While the team plans to take down Mazutsu, Rose and Ivy fin themselves in a far more dire situation, something that plays out to a surprising end during this issue. With the finale coming up, it’ll be interesting to see how the climax of this issue brings forth the explosive end.

Writer Vince Hernandez is doing a great job thus far with this series. Bringing in this many characters into only five issues cannot be easy, but he seems to be handling it well, delivering on a dynamic and action-packed story that not only develops several of the main characters, but also creates an exciting narrative. While this series feels like it’s told at break-neck speed, all of it seems to mesh pretty well. The plot moves very fast as event after event unfolds, though it all seems to be paced on its own scale.

Jordan Gunderson, Teo Gonzalez and Charlie Mok do a solid job with the artwork portion on this series. The colors seem to be a bit darker at many points in this issue (which follow the darker tone and intense set-up for this issue), something that does a lot of good for the series, visually. The darker tones add a lot of shadow and layering to the characters and backgrounds, making it a much more dynamic experience. The detail work is at its usual Aspen level, which means there are incredibly well done characters with some lesser background work.

Summary: The “Executive Extinction” has nearly reached its climactic end, and with this issue, the action has built to the boiling point. With only one issue remaining, this issue was a terrific set-up for the finale of this book’s portion of the crossover. This issue had less action than the others, but the plot driven issue served its purpose for the series, and with issue #10 on its way next month, this has remained a fun series for the readers, and a very successful crossover.

Pros: Fun And Interesting Story, Solid Artwork

Cons:Lacking Background Work

Grade: B+

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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