Nov 25, 2008

The Exterminators

Exterminators Volumes 4 and 5

Crossfire and Collateral,
Bug Brothers Forever

2008 / Vertigo

Volumes 4 and 5 wrap up this series and while I’m sad to see it go I have to say it ended with a bang and a wallop. The Exterminators has been interesting from the start, weird, sometimes gross and always entertaining. If you’ve read up to this point you know what I’m talking about.

These last two volumes explain why the pest problems have been getting worse and how our gel spraying bug killing heroes deal with it. I guess the trick here is to tell what happens without giving anything away.

Bug want humanity off the earth because they are ruining it, humanity fights back, big battle, lots of stuff blows up and get squashed. There are gangsta drug dealers, corrupted corporate execs, strange Island natives and a literary strip club. Interested yet? How about a huge urban assault hummer crushing a SUV?

There are also a couple stand alone stories that are really fun. I really liked the one that is set on a cruise ship. A brief explanation is given about how 2% of calls are top shelf, jobs that are actually fun. This is supposed to be one, but it turns into a cruise from Hell as an infestation of killer moths (butterflies?) are going to wipe out all the passengers. On the other hand they are almost all degenerates, so would it be a great loss?

Art chores were done by Tony Moore, Ty Templeton, John Lucas and Darick Robertson. Tony Moore is also the genius doing art on The Walking Dead (written by Robert Kirkman)

Simon Oliver has really out done himself on these last two sets of trades and now that I have them all I plan to reread it all in order again. If you haven’t read this yet, get over your fear of bugs and go get all five right now. You won’t regret it.

Oliver also just finished a mini series called Hellblazer presents: Chas, The Knowledge. I recommend it as well.

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