Oh, look, Lapham includes a cast list with pictures for Juice Squeezers. What an idea, actually giving your readers a reference when you have a lot of characters.
Lapham borrows from Love and Rockets as far dealing with a large cast of similar looking characters. He makes their actions defining, not their appearance, and frequently uses their names to get the reader familiar.
This issue has the team trying to save the old farm–giving the comic a very Hardy Boys retro detail–but the kid on the farm finds them and then finds one of the bugs. Interesting too is how Lapham doesn’t make the bugs scary or evil. It’s all from the team’s perspective, so they don’t scare.
There are the beginnings of a love triangle too and a rather amusing C plot about one of the kid’s paternal heritage.
Finished establishing up the ground situation, Lapham excels.
The Great Bug Elevator, Part Two: The Bug Who Came in from the Cold; writer and artist, David Lapham; colorist, Lee Loughridge; letterer, Nate Piekos; editor, Jim Gibbons; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.