Review: ‘Juice Squeezers’ #1

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When you’re young, one thing everyone does is squish bugs. You get grossed out by it, learn from it, or start to like it. “Juice Squeezers” #1 offers those kids a whole new level bug squishing. Plus, they get to save your town in the process! It’s like The Goonies meets Tremors all from the genius mind of the creator who brought you “Stray Bullets”, “DeadpoolMAX”, and “Young Liars”.

WRITTEN BY: David Lapham
ART BY: David Lapham
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: January 1, 2014

Why are tweens good for killing giant bugs? Because they’re the perfect size to crawl around small tunnels and squish deadly insects, that’s why! Welcome to Weeville, California, readers. This premiere issue feels almost for all ages in its simple premise and unique artwork. Creator David Lapham brings us into the ongoing struggle nicely. The latest generation of this town’s secret squad comes crawling out from under their school into the light of day. I count six young heroes with a gruff eye-patched mentor figure in the form of a gym coach. Eric, Lizzy, Morko, Buddy, Charlie, and Mr. Kettleborne are this town’s line of defense against the swarming army of over-sized creepy-crawlies.

Lapham keeps it fresh and ingenuous while we are introduced to the team and its dynamics. Lapham’s art style has always been matchless. Whenever and whatever he’s drawing, you know when it’s him doing it. It’s cartoonish enough in its simplicity to absorb but detailed and disgusting at the right times to keep the UGH-factor intact.

The new kid in town is the complication introduced to the Squeezers. Henry and his son Billy have bought a farm in town that is a big nesting ground for the insect troops. Lapham unquestionably taps into that feeling that all good 80s action/teen drama did: kids facing off against something bigger than life that grown-ups just can’t accept or handle themselves.

I look forward to seeing how this monster versus tweens tale unfolds.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady