She's a secretary, bodyguard, and assassin all rolled into one! Meet Iris, a loyal and ruthlessly efficient subordinate to her powerful, corporate boss Mr. Ching. In the modern, cutthroat corporate world, today's CEO needs an intimidating edge to stay on top, and Iris is more than well-trained to oblige the demand of her employer including murder. However, Iris discovers the man she has dutifully served for most of her life is far more corrupt than the people she is sworn to protect him from. Now torn between her loyalties to the only person she's ever served, and the new life she realizes she's ready to explore on her own, she must make a choice that could ultimately lead to her demise. Iris' treacherous journey for redemption is set in motion as the entire first volume of the critically acclaimed action-adventure series is collected here for the very first time!
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Executive Assistant: Iris Volume 1 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This had such an interesting premise but this was not for me. The art style had moments where it looked really good but a majority of the book did not look very nice as the art style was a bit too messy for me.
Pretty good, but not above average. I actually didn’t realize that this was written by David Wohl when I first opened it up. I like his work, especially on Aphrodite IX. Realizing it was him, I definitely drew some parallels. That said, this trade is a good introduction to the world of Iris (and all the other flower names). The story is nothing incredibly original. In fact, it is quite predictable at points, but it is entertaining nonetheless. There is a good mixture of current events and flashbacks for world-building. The multitude of flower names (Iris, Lily, Violet, etc.) for the Executive Assistants are clearly in juxtaposition of their lethality, which is a classic noir technique. The ladies of this world are very femme fatale. Speaking of which, the art is excellent, of course. In going along with the noir element, there are frequent times where the female lead is shown to be using her body as a weapon of sorts (in the risqué sense, not the assassin sense), which doesn’t sit well with a lot of modern audiences, but it makes sense in this context. That said, there are many renderings of the female body in a provocative way that is strictly for eye-candy purposes (beautiful art by Eduardo Francisco!). It doesn’t bother me because I understand that a master assassin would be in peak physical shape and sexiness (especially used as bait) is definitely a quality of the femme fatale archetype, but I can see why other readers might be “offended”. I do find it ironic though, because there are elements in the story of human trafficking in terms of servitude and prostitution, yet the art depicts the female body as strictly visual stimulation at various times. So, do we have respect for the female form or not? It is an interesting paradox and not sure it was intended. Moving on, this trade is a complete story arc that feels pretty well wrapped up until the last panel. I have a good guess as to who was speaking to Iris and if I am correct, it speaks again to the predictability of the writing. Still, this series is worth a read if you like strong, well-drawn, female leads accented with a splash of blood, coupled with subservience-turned-vengeance, and topped with a penchant for justice. ***I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***