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Volume 4
Crossfire and Collateral


Author: Simon Oliver
Artists: Darick Robertson and Ty Templeton
Titan Books
RRP: £8.99, US $14.99
ISBN: 978 1 84576 778 5
Available 23 May 2008

Ex-con Henry James, trying to go straight, is still working as an exterminator for his stepfather's firm, Bug-Bee-Gone. But the job hasn't got any less weird... The insects have formed an army under the leadership of Henry's vengeful former colleague, AJ, forcing Henry and Stretch to seek the dangerous aid of a drug dealer. Meanwhile, Henry's former lover gets deeper involved with the Draxx corporation, and his current lover continues her research into the mysterious beetle-god Kheperon...

Crossfire and Collateral collects issues #17 to 23 of The Exterminators comic book series. The battle between nature and humankind just escalated to a whole new level of mayhem. On the side of nature: a swarming legion of mutant Mayan cockroaches known to leave entire civilizations lying in ruins; a reincarnated Egyptian Bug God in the body of an unhinged, dead exterminator; and an army of ruthless South Seas Islanders dedicated to fulfilling a prophecy that insects will one day rule the Earth.

On humanity's team, we've got ex-con Henry James, his "literary hooker" girlfriend and the misfit exterminators of Bug-Bee-Gone Co. - as well as a socipathic drug dealer and the teenaged girl who's determined to kill him. The future of the human race has seen brighter days.

But you just can't keep a good exterminator down. Henry and his makeshift militia are out to prove that when this war is over, human beings will still have their place on this planet - whether they deserve it or not.

Another entertaining collection in this series. If you've not been converted yet then I strongly suggest you pick up Volume 1 - you won't regret it.


Pete Boomer

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