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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; 1st edition (August 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401210643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401210649
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henry James takes advantage of his mom's new marriage to Nils Petterson to get his first postprison job with Petterson & Sons, exterminators. Two initial pages of watching roaches being roaches during Henry's own portentous voice-over ends with a plunge directly into his first workday with partner A. J. ("a loathsome little f--k," Henry says), during which Henry proves his mettle with the kind of sudden aggression he needed in the stir to eradicate a raccoon--with his bare hands. Not pretty. Nor is A. J.'s knife-throw dispatching of a humongous rat looming over a baby, which shortly precedes Henry's deed. Worse sights lie ahead as Henry gets into the work, Petterson's staff chemist discovers a mutant strain of roaches, and Henry's loyal girlfriend rises in her new corporate workplace. Oliver peppers a slowly unfolding horror plot with revolting humor, and Moore gives him the low-key looks of the sf-horror comedy film classic Repo Man to produce what looks like a comics classic in the making. Don't miss book 2. Ray Olson
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This, Ex Machina, Y: The Last Man, and DMZ are definitely the books to read.
Particle409
All in all, between writer Simon Oliver and artist Tony Moore, this collection marries original storytelling and breathtaking visuals in a deeply engaging way.
K. N.
This book is so good that I immediately stopped reading once I got to page 2 and went out to buy the next two trades as well.
HJ Louw

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Math Teach on December 7, 2006
I admit, the premise really isn't all that attractive, but after reading the first chapter, all my doubts were erased. It's like Twin Peaks. Great mystery, very suspensful, and I must say - gripping. I picked it up because of Tony Moore's art, which I loved in The Walking Dead, but the writing was remarkably captivating. Definitely not disappointed. One of my favorite reads this past year. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on February 1, 2007
This is the story of exterminators and their position on the front lines against a growing menace. Our main character is an ex-con who has been given a chance as an exterminator by his mother's new love interest who happens to be the founder of the company. In the field as a newbie he sees some unusual stuff. Their main weapon against cockroaches is a chemical that could cause a severe problem. In a poor section of the city where no one can afford exterminators, the roaches have changed. They are pretty harmless unless exposed to a rare chemical that just happens to be a main ingredient in the roach killer. Compassion drives our hero to perform a job for a young woman living in this neighborhood. Suddenly the roaches are a bigger problem.

There have been times in history when nature has risen up from the lowly creatures to swat down mankind including the recent theory that plague carrying fleas brought down the Roman Empire. We are approaching one of those times now. The signs are here and the Scarab has been sighted. Bugs are going to humanity's big enemy again and these exterminators are looking at ground zero.

How bad will it get and can these killers of bugs avert the coming tragedy? This volume does not answer these questions but it does an excellent job of setting the strange and getting the action moving at a fast pace. There is a lot of foreshadowing for future volumes but the first battle is fought to its end in this volume. Basing a series on exterminators is interesting although I expect most of the bug killers bear little resemblance to any reality (some of these guys are real characters). I am looking forward to the rest of this series. Check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kent Nelson on June 26, 2007
I really liked this book because of the amazing artwork that was found within the pages as well as the awesome storyline that is being set up. When you read this book, it is almost like you are there with the Bug Be Gone crew. I am a fan of these type of books. It almost reminds me a lot of the movie Ghostbusters. Each character in that movie and in this book have a certain quirk that makes them unique and fun to watch. As with the Ghostbusters, The Exterminators have their own little awesome toys and such that helps them battle the pestilence that is found in their city.

It is said on the cover of this book that "Vertigo is the HBO of the comic book world and proves this more than ever with THE EXTERMINATORS. ... Outstanding!" - Washington Examiner

I find that this is true. It would be really cool if HBO DID pick up on this series and make it into a tv show. One can almost visualize it being that way.

So what are you waiting for? PICK IT UP!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Crosby on April 26, 2007
If you haven't read "Exterminators" then this is your chance. Turns out roaches are actually going to destroy the world and it's up to the exterminators to take care it. It's dark, disgusting, hilarious and enthralling. Of all the comics on the market this is the one I get most excited for every month. I enjoy it over "Y: The Last Man", "Ex-Machina" and even all of Bendis' work. It's a really great comic that will keep you guessing and shock you time and time again. Lots of great cliffhangers. DON'T WAIT! READ THIS!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HJ Louw on January 7, 2008
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The Exterminators had me at page one, when main character Henry James started wondering about "Nature's Banana Skin" and the pests out there waiting to rub out humanity 'cause of the big black stain we've left on the planet as a species. This book is so good that I immediately stopped reading once I got to page 2 and went out to buy the next two trades as well. 'Bug Brothers" has everything you want out of a good Vertigo comic: Nail-biting action and graphic violence (Like AJ, one of the most disgusting characters ever written, impaling a rat with a throwing knife, or Henry ripping out a vicious raccoon's guts), deep moralizing diatribes (Stretch, a Buddhist exterminator exclaiming: "The path to personal divinity requires first that one accepts one's own vile and reprehensible nature") and a good mystery (like what the deuce is that scarab key and the locked box of suspicious Egyptian origin?) All of these elements plus the catastrophic mutagenic effects breakthrough bug poison Draxx is having on Los Angeles roaches make for some pretty good storytelling and apocalyptic events. Throw in a few brilliantly written characters (Henry and his corporate girlfriend Laura) as well as the rest of the sickos at the Bug-Bee-Gone Extermination company and you've got yourself a winner. Cheers, Simon Oliver, keep writing and I'll keep reading. And Tony, your art rules, dude!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JJ on October 23, 2006
The quality of the story and artwork in this series is great! As a previous reviewer noted, it could almost find itself up there with Transmet if it continues.

If you're looking for a comic series with intrigue, worldly cynicism and insane infestations of our six-legged friends then read this now!
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