Executive Assistant Iris: Enemies Among Us #1. The Review
By Jonathan Tash
December 19, 2016
Executive Assistant Iris: Enemies Among Us #1 features two stories, one written by Vince Hernandez, with pencils by Randy Green, and the second written by David Wohl, with art by Giuseppe Cafaro, and colors for both by Wes Hartman!
This will be available this Wednesday, December 21st.
Executive Assistant is a new story that is in need of finding charismatic and relatable characters. The first part is quite a bit weaker than the second story, both in terms of the characters and action.
In Part 1, “First Assignment,” we are introduced to Iris, who is the Executive Assistant for Mr. Ching. As an Executive Assistant, she acts as a body guard for the person who started the contract. It’s clear from the start that Mr. Ching is not a nice character, who has certain plans in mind for Iris. Their relationship does not come across as one of employee/employer, rather almost like a master/slave relationship. He hits her and scolds her for acting inappropriately to his standards, and provides her with a sexualized leather jumpsuit. While often heroes and protagonists wear something very dramatic in comic books, Iris does not seem like a character who should standout in a crowd, in order to help keep a little more anonymity.
In Part 2, “Pain Drops”, we continue to follow Iris, and are introduced to a new nemesis, and former Executive Assistant, Thalia. Thalia is hired by Mr. Karim to protect him against any threats, but what Mr. Karim is not aware, is that Thalia has different plans. She is supposed to lay down her life for his. When Iris tries to warn Mr. Karim of Thalia’s duplicity, and imminent betrayal, Thalia kills her employer, but without an explanation (the mystery seems like it will be explained over the upcoming run on this series). Iris and Thalia chase after each other and fight along the way. Thalia manages to overpower Iris, but when Iris takes the opportunity to stab pierce her with a blade, the dagger goes through Thalia without any sign of injury. They both dive off the bridge they are fighting on, into the water, where Thalia disappears right before Iris’ eyes, opening the mystery of things to come.
The artwork is the strongest part of the story. While I do think there could be changes to make the characters less sexualized, and fit in better with the environments which they are inhabiting (ie: in an Islamic country, you would expect women to not be dressed with so much skin or hair showing, as is more common place in this culture). With that said, the art work, especially on “First Assignment” is quite well done, except for a artistic style on the nose. “First Assignment” has a clear anime influence, but Randy Green (who did the pencils), really makes his own. The main complaint is that every character’s nose has a spot at the tip. This is not a creative choice that I enjoy, as I find it a bit distracting, when everything else seems to be done quite well. The pencils in “Pain Drops” by Giuseppe Cafaro, is well done, but not in keeping with the style of “First Assignment”. The artwork is not offensive, but does not feel like something especially unique.
I would read a few more issues to see how the mystery develops, however, without certain changes to make the characters more likable, I do not see this as book I would continue to read long term.