Review: Juice Squeezers #4

Issue four of Juice Squeezers is out and this final issue has the stage set for the kids to defend the farm from the pesky bugs. Or are these bugs really as Pesky as everyone thinks? Well, I am going to leave that part to you guys to figure out.  For me, the final issue of Juice was a bit of a blur for me. The pacing is fine; the book has a lot of action and there is chaos all around the kids, but the problem is that there is so much happening in this issue that it felt like a whirlwind of information was given in such a short amount of time that you feel overwhelmed by the bombardment of that information. Meanwhile the secondary story between Popper and Kettleborn really takes a back seat in this issue due to the main story being so big. Which is a shame because there is a real cool moment between Popper and Kettleborn. I love the dialogue between both of them it was really heartwarming to have Kettleborn explain to Popper about life and his situation, but it's quickly brushed off to get back to more pressing matters that it loses the purpose of the secondary story.

[Spoilers ahead]

I thought the twist added in the issue was awkward, the explanation that the insects were all of a sudden a smart society was a bit hard to grasp seeing that during most of the time you are reading the comic the insects act very animalistic and they never showed an ounce of intelligence during the book except for the one bug that Billy saves.  It really disconnected me from the book at that point especially when you’re shown that the bugs had a sophisticated underground lair. Plus the whole civil war between the bugs was awkward, because for the longest time the issue only showed one group of bugs which was the bugs that the kids were fighting and the bugs that Billy had interaction with. For the majority of the book and all of a sudden these other bugs show up when Billy is in the Lair and a Civil War breaks out among the bugs.  It was really awkward.

One of the things I still enjoy in this book is the art.  The book still has very solid and consistent artwork and great coloring that kept the books charm from the first issues.

Overall, the ending of Juice Squeezers was okay, while the artwork in the book was great, the story had to really ramp up to get everything tied together in 28 pages, and also get a setup for a possible return of the series.

Score: 3/5

Writer/Artist/Creator: David Lapham Colorist: Lee Loughridge Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 4/2/14 Format: Mini-Series – Print/Digital