Executive Assistant: Orchid #1 of 3 Preview

Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Micah Gunnell and Rob Stull
In stores July 13th, 2011

The world of Executive Assistants expands with this new miniseries featuring Executive Assistant Orchid. Working for a powerful family in Colombia, Orchid is sent to the U.S. to play her part in ‘The Hit List Agenda’.

Orchid is shown to be a capable assassin, like the other Executive Assistants. She is a soulless killer, and a woman of very few words. It doesn’t seem that she enjoys killing, but she’s loyal to her employer. While she’s merciless at killing her boss’ adversaries, she is absolutely powerless to deflect any attack from her employer, or so refuse any order given to her.

This book is extremely violent. There are some pretty awesome fighting scenes, and some of the aftermath of the battles is pretty graphic. It’s definitely the most violent book that I’ve seen out of Aspen Comics so far. The panels per page are pretty low overall, which leads to some pretty great full-page spreads of Orchid kicking ass in graphic fashion. However, while the story moves pretty quickly, there isn’t much in-depth explanation as to what’s going on. It seems as though the writing is taking a back seat to the artwork.

One problem that I have with this book is the abuse and degradation heaped upon the female characters. Now, I’m not someone who is usually bothered by such things, but it got to be a bit much for me. I understood that Executive Assistants were hired as bodyguards, and I had seen in Executive Assistant: Iris #0 that they are strong and well-trained. However, we see in this book that they are also completely subservient to their employers. I didn’t expect or want to see Orchid being used as a sex slave or being abused. In my opinion, this tactic didn’t effectively do what it was meant to do, which is to drum up sympathy for Orchid. Add to that a prostitute being manhandled by a rich businessman, and it just got to be a little too much in the way of weak-willed female characters.

Overall, Executive Assistant: Orchid left me wanting more in the way of substance. While the battle scenes were flashy, there wasn’t enough in the way of story to really leave a reader satisfied. Add to that the annoying, gratuitous sexism, and it just wasn’t nearly as satisfying as EA: Iris. I’m going to give this book 2.5 out of 5 dead bodyguards.

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