Executive Assistant: Orchid, #2 of 3

Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Micah Gunnell and Rob Stull
Colors by David Curiel
In stores August 17, 2011

“The Hit List Agenda” sets its sights on Executive Assistant: Orchid!

Family ties turn bloody in “The Hit List Agenda” as the Cordova Cartel uses Executive Assistant Orchid’s masterful skill for the art of killing, to continue to strengthen their grip on the drug game. Yet the family will soon discover, it is far more deadly to maintain their power, than to acquire it—and much more costly! The events of this issue come colliding into “The Hit List Agenda” with blunt force in the shocking final page!

Aspen’s first ever Summer-spanning event, “The Hit List Agenda” continues right here in the pages of EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ORCHID!

Orchid has redeemed herself, to an extent. If you remember, I was not impressed by Executive Assistant: Orchid #1, but with the release of issue 2, I have come to anticipate the final chapter. While it’s still not my favorite book, it wasn’t as cringe-inducing as issue 1.

This issue starts with a mystery Executive Assistant kicking some ass and taking no names, wearing an outfit that would get a cosplayer kicked out of San Diego Comic Con. Sweet butt shots abound. There is plenty of gore in this issue, much like the last one. Cut to Orchid laying down as much death and destruction as our mystery woman. However, Orchid suddenly surprises us, and, in the process, gets herself into a whole lot of trouble.

There are a lot of questions to be answered in the final book. Who is the mystery Executive Assistant? Who is she working for? What does Iris’ sudden appearance mean for Orchid? The cliffhanger ending has me looking forward to the final chapter of this story.

The action scenes are drawn very well, however, I’m not as impressed with the overall character design in comparison to EA: Iris. Like I said before, Micah Gunnell is very good at drawing half-naked butt shots and the female physique. I’m not as impressed by the facial expressions of the characters, though.

Although this issue is better, it still comes across as the “fluffiest” of the Executive Assistant series. Gratuitous violence and sex abound and don’t add much to the story. The other Executive Assistant books: Iris, Violet, and Lotus, offer much more in the way of character development and story, but are less action-centric.

I’m going to give Executive Assistant: Orchid #2 2.75 out of 5 surprise decapitations. It’s better than EA: Orchid #1, but not a full 3.0 book.

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