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The Exterminators Vol. 1: Bug Brothers Paperback – August 2, 2006
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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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If you're sick of spandex and capes, this is a great read. This, Ex Machina, Y: The Last Man, and DMZ are definitely the books to read.
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!!!!
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.
The artwork is at turns intimate (lots of indoor scenes) and fantastically grotesque, with some of the full-page scenes really testing one's shock-capacity. What makes The Exterminators unique in this regard is that some of its most horrifying, stomach-churning scenes involve average, lower-class people living among vermin, rodents, and pests of all shapes and sizes. Such scenes touch a nerve because they seem so utterly, yet unbelievably, "real."
All in all, between writer Simon Oliver and artist Tony Moore, this collection marries original storytelling and breathtaking visuals in a deeply engaging way. A great read for mature comics and graphic novel fans.