The Executive Assistant Iris is looking for a new employer, someone who can make use of her rather extraordinary skills as a secretary, bodyguard and assassin. She is a finalist to be the executive assistant to Maly Ang the head of one of the largest providers of agricultural chemicals in the world. There is more going on with this position than meets the eye as the final stage of Iris’ interview unfolds.
The final interview takes place in Aspen Comics’ latest “10 for 10” comic book, “Executive Assistant: Iris” #1 by Brian Buccellato and Pasquale Qualano. This is the fourth “Executive Assistant: Iris” mini-series published along with the monthly “Executive Assistant: Assassins” series, but no prior knowledge of any of the characters is needed. The first issue is a great entry point to one of Aspen’s most popular characters.
Writer Buccellato provides a smooth introduction to Iris in a seamless narrative about her origins and how a Dickensian Orphan fought her way from the streets of Wuhan, China to be the renowned Executive Assistant. Through the job interview her story is told. To show Iris’ prestigious standing within the world of Executive Assistants, Buccellato has the other applicants leave the interview room intimidated by the mere presence of Iris. The writer reveals her “unparalleled fighting skills” through a corporate “meeting” in a nightclub. The thing that separates Iris as an Executive Assistant is that she is not some mercenary killing for fun. She has honor, she is smart, cunning, and extremely dangerous all points that Buccellato shows.
As if the story of the most lethal job interview in history was not enough, Qualano brings the character to life through beautifully detailed artwork. One of the more important aspects of the Executive Assistants is their beauty. They are stunning to distract from their deadly abilities and to lull the opponent into a false sense of security. Qualano’s artwork does that and more. The artwork shows the sexiness without being tawdry or shocking, and just like Iris’ looks cover her deadly demeanor, Qualano’s gorgeous artwork is not shy when it is time to show just how fatal she can be. Stunning page layouts take you through the action of Iris completing her “audition” for her new position in decidedly bloody action.
“Executive Assistant: Iris” is the first among the femme fatales of “Executive Assistant: Assassins,” Aspen Comics’ massive blockbuster action series. Buccellato and Qualano stay true to the origins of the series with powerful hard hitting action while also providing a new entry point to the series. Fans of shows “Covert Affairs,” “Revenge,” and “Alias” won’t want to miss this series.