Preview: Executive Assistant Iris #0 – The Hit List Agenda

Written by David Wohl
Art by Eduardo Francisco
Colors by Sunny Gho
Published by Aspen Comics
In stores June 15th, 2011

Iris is back, but will she survive – The Hit List Agenda?

Following the shocking cliffhanger ending to the critically acclaimed first volume, Executive Assistant Iris is ramping up the excitement and intrigue as this action-packed introductory zero issue kicks start an entirely new landscape of exotic locales and of course–Executive Assistants! With Mr. Ching, the ruthless corporate power-monger now out of the picture, a new cast of characters vie to take control of his empire. Yet, an even greater evil will rise up from the ashes of Ching’s legacy, and this time, their reach is global! And by far the most important question of all is still a mystery—just what happened to Iris?!?

An all-new 12-page story by original series writer and creator David Wohl that sets the stage for the brand-new EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS #1 issue heading your way next month, make sure to get in on the ground floor of the second exciting Iris story arc! Complete with an additional sketchbook section, never before seen art, and a stunning cover by returning series artist Eduardo Francisco, this special #0 issue is not to be missed!

If you’ve read my reviews of Aspen comic books, you know that I always praise their books for their ethereal, other-worldly beauty.  Executive Assistant Iris isn’t one of them.  In fact, this is such a departure from the other Aspen titles that I’ve read that I started wondering if I was possibly reviewing the wrong book.

This isn’t a criticism at all.  I loved the grittiness of the artwork, and the blunt snappiness of the dialogue.  After having recently read the floaty Fathom and high-flying Soulfire, down-to-earth Executive Assistant Iris is a breath of fresh air.  I was engaged from beginning to end, and the amount of depth to the story made it feel like more than a 12-page “0 issue”.

As with other Aspen titles, this series features beautiful, smart, and deadly female characters.  However, EA Iris doesn’t concern itself with magic or fantasy locales; the women in this book are trained fighters and assassins, and have a more realistic feel than the other titles.


If you’re a fan of action, mystery, and martial arts, you’ll love Executive Assistant Iris.  Pick up issue #0 at your local comic shop on June 15th.  I give Executive Assistant Iris 4 out of 5 assassination attempts.


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