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5.0 out of 5 stars Looks That Kill, July 5, 2011
This review is from: Executive Assistant Iris (Paperback)
It's gratifying to give a deserved shout to a graphic novel published by someone besides the big two. It's tough times for all print media and the comic industry is no exception, with that situation compounded for smaller companies trying to establish some presence in a shrinking market while staying afloat. Throughout its brief existence Aspen's claim to fame is its relationship to the late, exceptionally talented Michael Turner, who is greatly missed. He was a driving force behind their renowned female protagonists, with this book unabashedly following that same winning formula. Don't think sex is its only appeal however. While its fundamental spirit is alluring and provocative, there is still sufficient depth and pathos, revolving around lead character Iris and the circumstances of her youth, to give the book vital substance. In her arcane world an executive assistant is one recruited at a young age to not only serve their employer in office matters, but also double as bodyguard and assassin. She lives in a structured yet dangerous milieu of obedience and loyalty, forsaking her own happiness in the process. While her surroundings have improved dramatically upon adulthood, she has discovered that a gilded cage is confinement nonetheless. Not the desired life chosen for herself naturally, with that aspect being critical to her tale. Add in ample action and intrigue, and the book rises above its genre limitations. This series ends on a tantalizing cliffhanger, so the announcement of this summer's launching of volume two, in conjunction with a major event around the character, is welcome news indeed. So along with Aspen's other new acclaimed title Lady Mechanika, things are looking promising for the company, a needed shot in the arm for them and hopefully a positive harbinger for the industry as well.
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Thanks for a great review! I think you convinced me to check this one out!
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