The Executive Extinction is over and someone is dead! I fucking wish that I could say that it was Rose… but it’s not. There was quite a bit of action in this issue, but there were some problems that I’ll get to later into the review. Overall there just wasn’t any satisfaction to the ending and I actually had to check to see if it was the final chapter of the crossover or not.
My how things have changed since the beginning of the crossover as Orchid has turned traitor and Ivy has joined the rogue EA’s. Ivy gives Orchid a face full of fist after not liking her reasoning for joining Mazutsu and frankly I didn’t like it either. Fucked up in the head is never reason enough unless you’re Rose! Orchid gets decked just as Mazutsu, Rose and Maz’s men begin storming the warehouse their inside. Knock out gas… or smoke is shot in through the windows and the ladies find something to cover their faces with the exception of Aster who passes out. I have to say that Ivy and Lily look badass in their bandanas, but I don’t buy that it would save them from the gas regardless of which type it’s supposed to be. Not wanting to leave Aster to be killed, the ladies get organized and take down Mazutsu’s men even though the men had the upper hand. Enter Rose to fuck everything up! I god I hate her character.
I didn’t have a problem with the death (which I won’t spoil for you) and frankly it made the most sense for the storyline. I wasn’t thrilled about it, but it’s a good catalyst for the next major plot line of the series. It would have been nice if it was Rose, since she shows up and does nothing in this issue like every issue and yet she lives. Lily actually says it best when she screams at her, “all you do is talk”… yeah, that about sums up Rose’s character as I’ve yet to see her do one bad ass thing this entire story arc. The writing is okay, but again whenever anyone throws down with Rose they spend most of their time talking. During the fight with the mercs Lily has some awesome moves and I really wanted more of that style, but it was gone as soon as a major villain came into the situation.
The conclusion was, “we’ll get them next time” and that was a disappointment. I wasn’t expecting the world to shatter, but I was hoping for something more involving Mazutsu. I still don’t understand his character and feel nothing by apathy when he’s on the page. At least the EA’s now have a bit more of a reason to go after him, but they need a real villain and quick. Even a James Bond knock-off would be great at this point… in fact that would be kind of cool. It would be like Danger Girl, but without the constant cheesiness.
The art is good, but I really like Gunderson’s style. If you haven’t enjoyed his style then you’ll probably think it’s so-so, but for those of us that have been following it from the beginning it really has improved. The improvements are subtle, but even his Lily has gotten better and better with each issue. I remember in the first issue I thought her nose was kind of weird, but seeing her in this issue I was surprised by how much better she looked. Gunderson still does a great job with the action sequences which keeps the book visually interesting and the fucking bandanas were awesome; seriously then need to add that to more of the costumes.
Not a strong ending, but at least it had a few surprises. I’m very curious to see what happens in the next story arc and if the book is going to take a break from the main plot or keep building. We’ll see. If you’ve been a fan of the series then for sure you should pick this issue up and see how it ends, but if this was your first issue it would probably scare you away. Let’s hope the next EA crossover is bigger and better and the villain more than just a dick head no one can relate to.
Writer: Vince Hernandez
Artist: Jordan Gunderson
Publisher: Aspen Comics
Release Date: 5/8/13