Appearing in "Bug Brothers"
- Danielo Perez
- Glyn Peterson
Synopsis for "Bug Brothers"
Henry James, fresh out of prison, has just joined the Bug-Bee-Gone extermination company. He is partnered with a foul-mouthed man named A.J. A.J. shows him the ropes and the two clean out a tenement building in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, a scientist named Saloth Sar collects a discarded sample of the pest control chemical known as Draxx. He brings it to Bug-Bee-Gone's CEO Nils Peterson for analysis.
While working a job, Henry and A.J. encounter a rat that is several times larger than a normal rat should be. A.J. hurls his hunting knife at it and pins it against a wall. Later, Henry exterminates a building and finds a giant, rabid raccoon. He panics and eviscerates the animal in a momentary bout of fury.
After hours, A.J. sits in the bathroom and begins intravenously injecting Draxx into his vein.
Appearing in "Bug Brothers (Part II)"
- Pol Pot (Cameo)
- Detective Hunter (First appearance)
- Laura (First appearance)
- Rebecca (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Bug Brothers (Part II)"
After going to work, Henry meets up with his supervisor A.J. and the two get to work on an apartment building. They are shocked to discover the eviscerated remains of a human cadaver. Police detectives arrive at the scene and interview the exterminators, after which, A.J. shoots up more of the Draxx compound.
At Bug-Bee-Gone, Doctor Saloth Sar speaks with company president Nils Peterson. He reveals his discoveries concerning some of the more controversial applications of the Draxx Blue Gel. One of which, is that it is a highly addictive opiate; the other is that it can also function as a steroid rather than a poison on some breeds of animals.
Later that day, Henry and A.J. work a job. A.J. overdoses on Draxx and goes into violent convulsions. Henry races back out to the company truck where A.J. is throwing up, but he is too late. His partner dies. In the back of the vehicle, Henry discovers one of A.J.'s belongings - an ornate box with the Nazi symbol etched upon it.
Appearing in "Bug Brothers (Part III)"
- Harvey S. Mecklenburg
- Danielo Perez
- Detective Hunter
- Glyn Peterson (First appearance)
- Mrs. Perez
- Professor Neal
Synopsis for "Bug Brothers (Part III)"
Mrs. Perez and her son Danielo are still having a problem with cockroaches, so she contacts Bug-Bee-Gone. At Bug-Bee, the staff holds a brief service for their late exterminator, A.J. Henry is assigned a new partner, the enigmatic Stretch.
Before dealing with Mrs. Perez' problem though, Henry and Stretch work a job at the Regency Manor. The Regency Manor is actually a poorly run mental health facility. Henry encounters an irate nurse and a woman strapped to a table in a padded room who is being assaulted by bugs. Henry brings the matter to the hospital's administrator, Harvey S. Mecklenburg, who tries to bribe the Bug-Bee men to keep it quiet. Furious, Henry leaves. Stretch agrees to handle things, and it appears that he accepts the administrator's bribe.
At Ocran Industries, Laura engages in a lesbian affair with her new employer, Rebecca. They both agree to keep the affair quiet, especially from Laura's boyfriend, Henry.
Later that evening, Harvey S. Mecklenburg leaves work for home. He hears a strange noise coming from the glove compartment. He opens it and a rat springs out. Shocked, the administrator's car veers off the road and smashes through a guard rail. Stretch had planted the rat in the man's car instead of accepting his bribe. Elsewhere, Stretch is alone and flashes a knowing smile.
Appearing in "Bug Brothers (Part IV)"
- Apartment 1256 tenants
- Danielo Perez
- Mrs. Perez
Synopsis for "Bug Brothers (Part IV)"
Henry arrives for work at Bug-Bee-Gone and meets with Nils. Nils tells him about how fifteen cases of Draxx had been stolen from their plant. He has Saloth looking into the theft. On a more unpleasant note, Nils wants Henry to go to the morgue and identify A.J.'s body per Detective Hunter's request. Before doing so however, Henry asks Nils if he can partner with someone other than Stretch. Nils has Henry work with an exterminator named Kevin.
Kevin is a sloppy, strange man with a taste for easy listening music. Henry and he answer a call at a house occupied by two obscenely obese sisters. They complain of bugs beneath the couch, and Henry discovers that it's actually a rat. After setting a trap, the couch collapses beneath the one sister's weight. Henry refuses to remove the trap.
Afterward, Kevin and he have lunch. Kevin talks on about the Egyptian scarab beetle and how it is the symbol of life and rebirth. Following lunch, Henry goes to the morgue to meet Detective Hunter. Hunter suspects that Henry might be involved with the two Draxx-related deaths and he takes him to identify A.J.'s body. Henry confirms the man's identity and notices that A.J. had a scarab beetle tattooed across his back.
Meanwhile, Doctor Saloth Sar conducts an experiment using Draxx-infected roaches. He discovers that the specimens have grown more aggressive and have developed predatory instincts. He tests this by having the roaches attack a rat.
Later, Henry responds to yet another call to the Perez apartment. The tenants of the building accuse Henry of running a scam, stating that the infection is worse than ever. Henry opens up Mrs. Perez' apartment door and finds the room completely covered with bugs. Her son, Danielo, is floundering on the floor, desperately reaching for his inhaler, but cannot reach it because of the insects. Henry rushes in, scoops up Danielo and exits the apartment. The other tenants hold Henry accountable for the problem and refuse to let him leave until he takes care of it. Angry, Henry picks up a lead pipe and fights his way past the angry tenants.
Appearing in "Bug Brothers (Part V)"
- Apartment 1256 tenants
- Harvey S. Mecklenburg (Behind the scenes)
- Los Angeles
- Apartment 1256
- The Box
- Code-IV (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Bug Brothers (Part V)"
After the terrible experience at Apartment 1256, Henry invites Mrs. Perez and her son Danielo to stay at his place until this mess gets sorted out. Henry's girlfriend, Laura, is not thrilled with this arrangement. Uncomfortable with the situation, Henry decides to go to work even though it's his day off.
He arrives at Bug-Bee-Gone and talks with Nils. He tells him about Detective Hunter and that he doesn't think that Hunter bought his alibi. Nils is confident however that Henry is not responsible of the Draxx-related deaths. Henry accounts for his time and tells Nils about the recent incident at the Perez building. He tells him that he was trying to help them out by spraying their place down with Draxx, but the Draxx only seemed to have made the situation worse. Nils' research scientist, Saloth Sar, is present and tells them that the Draxx likely mutated the existing roaches. Nils decides to personally take a hand in this affair and employs the Code-IV – a controversial bio-agent developed during the Cold War.
Henry, Nils, Saloth and Stretch drive down to Apartment 1256. Dressed in full bodysuits and gas masks and armed with Code-IV, Henry and Stretch begin scaling the steps of the building. What they don't realize is that the tenants that Henry fought the previous day are back and looking to avenge themselves. They are armed with automatic weapons and are more than willing to gun Henry James down. Fortunately for the Bug Bros., an even larger problem awaits them. A plague of insects breaks through the thin walls of the building and attacks the exterminators and the tenants in waves. The machine-gun toting residents have little defense against the swarm and are consumed. Henry and Stretch set the Code-IV and Stretch exits the building. Henry doesn't get out in time and is present when the dangerous vapors fill the entire apartment complex. He appears to be fine however, and it looks as if all the bugs are dead. Henry goes outside and tells Nils and Stretch that it's all over. Stretch has a funny feeling though. He doesn't believe it's over. In fact, it has only just begun. Inside, one of the insects rises. It is mutated, and larger and more savage than before.
- This trade paperback collects issues #1-5 of the Exterminators comic book series published under DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. This collection is "suggested for mature readers" and was released as ISBN 1401210643.
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