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Executive Assistants: Assassins #10 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on April 24, 2013 AT 07:19pm

The final chapter of the “Executive Extinction” has arrived at long last! With the fifth part of this title’s major crossover with its sister title Executive Assistant: Iris, the climax of the war against Mazutsu comes to a surprising end in this issue, with the team of Executive Assistants banding together to take out the man that has wreaked havoc on their lives for so long. With action, suspense and a few surprises, this event has ended with a bang and some familiar faces going through unexpected trials.

This has been a very fun crossover thus far, and with this title being the one that mainly pushes the plot, it moves things along to a staggering end very quickly. While Lily has been the character to mainly push this portion of the series, she’s begun to share the spotlight with the cast of the other Assistants in their hunt for the evil Mazutsu. There are still the same roadblocks that have slowed them throughout the crossover, but everything in the issue feels complete. Aside from the open-ended finish, something that while feeling final, allows for more work to be done later on in the ongoing series.

Vince Hernandez had a major task ahead of him with this announcement, and he managed to pull it off quite well. His writing is solid, and while the plot moves at a frenetic pace, it all works quickly to tie together.  With so many characters to take care of, Hernandez had a lot to juggle, managing to finish off this carefully crafted series with a bang, as well as a few surprises.

The art team of Jordan Gunderson, Teodoro Gonzalez and Charlie Mok did a spectacular job in this issue. There was a lot going on in this issue, with a lot of action sequences, and the artwork looks great, especially in the panels that are in closer perspective. The detail is great in many of the panels, something that doesn’t always feel like an emphasis in other issues. The lighting work in the inks and colors are especially well done, as the lighting effects are used to an incredible degree (though occasionally too much), throwing bright, shining lights and dark shadows all over the major action points in the issue.

Summary: It’s been a long ride with this event thus far, but it’s been an enjoyable one. With the end of the “Executive Extinction” comes some answered questions, some cliffhangers, some major changes in their universe and the opportunity for much more to happen. Since this is an ongoing series, the aftermath will pick up next month and the individual Assistants will move on, presumably to their next client (or target). Great work all around for this major crossover and a good individual issue.

Pros: Strong artwork and action sequences.

Cons: Occasional overuse of lighting effects in artwork, quick pace can be hard to follow.

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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