Executive Assistant: Orchid #3 of 3

Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Micah Gunnell
Inks by Rob Stull
Colors by David Curiel
In stores September 14, 2011

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

Following the shocking conclusion of issue #2, Orchid finds herself with no allies left in her deadly mission. However, the arrival of Iris further complicates matters, as “The Hit List Agenda” finally takes its toll on her and her future—if she survives! The conclusion to Executive Assistant Orchid is here as all lines between innocent and evil are crossed—and Orchid’s true identity will prove the most shocking!

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


We’ve finally reached the end of the first of the Executive Assistant mini-series. We find Orchid right where we left her at the end of Executive Assistant: Orchid #2, in shock over the unforgivable act that she had just performed against her employer. To make matters worse, Iris has shown up to ensure that her employer’s plans are not being ruined by Orchid. In a show of solidarity, Iris helps Orchid fight her way to freedom, and get revenge on her boss. We learn that Orchid has a secret past and that, after reading back to issue #2, she was working against her current employer.

I now feel so silly that I hadn’t noticed that the “mystery Assistant” in issue #2 and Orchid are one and the same. If you look closely at the cover art, it’s very plain to see. It makes you wonder if we will get to see Orchid assume her former identity in the future.

The gore and sexual themes continue in this book, but it’s not quite as shocking as Executive Assistant: Orchid #1 was. The Executive Assistant: Orchid series has come a long way, and the finale is considerably more enjoyable than the first issue. Sure, we now see that Orchid is “damaged goods”, but we also see her fighting back against the people who used the damage to overpower her.

I usually like Micah Gunnell’s artwork, but this book felt a little off. Faces had absurdly goofy expressions in some panels, and at one point, as Orchid is running away, it looks as though she’s levitating. I have to say, though, that Orchid’s revival scene and subsequent action scenes were so well drawn that they balanced out some of the panels that were a bit off.

But seriously, what is up with her butt on the front cover? Is it just me, or does it look a bit odd and flat?

Orchid’s story is likely to continue in Executive Assistant: Iris #4. Hopefully, this will be the case for all of the Executive Assistants, since the rest of the mini-series end this month.

I’m going to give Executive Assistant: Orchid a rating of 3 out of 5 smoking skulls.


 

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