The Exterminators (comics)

The Exterminators  was an American monthly comic book series , published under the Vertigo imprint by DC Comics . The comic was created by writer Simon Oliver and artist Tony Moore and follows the employees of the Bug-Bee-Gone extermination company.  [1]  The book is notable for its graphic and darkly humorous take on the extermination business. The first issue Was released on January 4, 2006. At the 2007 San Diego Comic Con It was annoncé que le series HAD beens Would canceled and finish at end 30.  [  citation needed  ]  The series HAD INITIALLY-been envisioned as a 50-issue series . quote needed  ]


The Exterminators initial incarnation was a TV pitch and pilot outline  [2]  as a writer Simon Oliver was working in the film industry at the time. After consideration Oliver realized the story was not really network material. Oliver then decided to pitch it to a comic book publisher. Luckily a film producer friend of Oliver had become friends with Karen Berger of Vertigo Comics after they had discussed  100 Bullets  .  [1]  Through this friend the pitch of the  Exterminators  reached an interested publisher quickly. After some reworking with editor Jon Vankin was released in January 2006.  [3]

A short preview of the comic before its initial release appeared in an issue of  Y: The Last Man  .



The main character of  The Exterminators  is Henry James. Fresh out of jail, he starts working for his stepfather Nils Peterson’s extermination company Bug-Bee-Gone. Henry lives in an apartment with his girlfriend Laura, a high level employee of Ocran Industries, manufacturers of chemical products. One of these products is Draxx, a new poisonous gel for exterminating cockroaches . Draxx has some serious side effects which have been discovered by Dr. Saloth Sar, the house scientist of Bug-Bee-Gone. (Saloth Sar is also the birth name of the infamous Cambodian leader Pol Pot .)


Henry is training with his partner, AJ, under Bug-Be-Gone, an extermination company by Henry’s father, Nils. Henry is out of prison, and after AJ overdoses on Draxx, the insect-killing gel Bug-Be-Gone uses, the police try to solve a break in the extermination company.

Sal, the head scientist at Bug-Be-Gone, also discusses that insects mutate after prolonged exposure to Draxx, skipping their evolution up several generations. After Henry and his new partner clean up a fluffy apartment complex and a swarm of mutant cockroaches attack, Henry breaks up with his girlfriend who is working on the company that produces Draxx and plans to market it neighborhoods.

One of the apartment’s mutated cockroaches finds the resurrected AJ, now calling himself CJ, who is actually a reborn Egyptian pharaoh who worships insects. CJ murders one of the employees of Bug-Be-Gone to prove himself to the mutant roach leaders, as fruit of Madagascar infested with Hissing cockroaches is shipped to America. The hissers eat the Draxx, and evolve into Mayan hissers, responsible for that civilization’s destruction. Henry’s ex-girlfriend, now the head of the Draxx producing company, is being removed from the board after the hissers paralyze her, and Henry moves on to a new girlfriend.

CJ, now recognized as the resurrected pharaoh, attacks the city with the hissers as Henry and the other exterminators destroy them. In the final battle Henry loses an eye, but he marries his new girlfriend.

The Box

The box in question is of unknown origins, though it carries a distinct Egyptian motif. Henry James found it in AJ’s truck just before AJ died, and the subsequent flashback sequence revealed that AJ’s stint in the Marine Corps, in the Gulf War . The box appears to be made of stone, and has an elaborately carved scarab on one side. Another keyholes and a swastika . It is Entirely possible, que le box is Egyptian, as it May-have-been the carried by Roman soldiers into Iraq , And Then rediscovered sometime before AJ’s military service.

The box ‘s significance is elaborated on in issue 25.


In July 2008, Showtime announced that it would develop the Vertigo series as a one-hour drama. Executive producer Sara Colleton’s credits include the Showtime hit drama  Dexter  .  [4]  However, in February 2011, Oliver revealed in an interview that the project is currently in limbo.  [5]

Collected editions

# title ISBN Publication date Reprinted issues
1 Bug Brothers ISBN  1-4012-1064-3 August 2, 2006 The Exterminators  # 1-5
2 Insurgency ISBN  978-1-4012-1221-6 March 7, 2007 The Exterminators  # 6-10
3 Lies of Our Fathers ISBN  978-1-4012-1475-3 September 12, 2007 The Exterminators  # 11-16
4 Crossfire and Collateral ISBN  978-1-4012-1685-6 April 30, 2008 The Exterminators  # 17-23
5 Bug Brothers Forever ISBN  978-1-4012-1970-3 November 12, 2008 The Exterminators  # 24-30


  1. ^ Jump up to: b   Irvine, Alex (2008), “The Exterminators”, in Dougall, Alastair,  The Vertigo Encyclopedia  , New York: Dorling Kindersley , pp. 67-70, ISBN  0-7566-4122-5 , OCLC  213309015
  2. Jump up^  First Books – Simon Oliver’s The Exterminators
  3. Jump up^  Comixfan Forums – Simon Oliver Exterminator for hire
  4. Jump up^  Trechak, Brad. “Showtime is calling The Exterminators”.  TV Squad  , July 9, 2008
  5. Jump up^  Rogers, Vaneta. “Vertigo’s NOCHE ROJA Black Crime Takes South of the Border”.  Newsarama  , February 4, 2011

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