Jack Kirby’s Forager Getting Young Animal Reboot From DC Comics

Jack Kirby's Fourth World supporting character is getting a fresh take courtesy of Lee, Michael, and Laura Allred.

DC’s Young Animal imprint is off to a fascinating start. The line has specialized in taking sidelined concepts like Cave Carson and the Doom Patrol, putting top of the line creators on them, and launching subversive series that recall the glory days of DC’s old Vertigo imprint.

So why not take a supporting character from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World mythology and give him a solo book, right? And putting Mike Allred (along with Lee and Laura Allred) seems like the best idea possible. Mike Allred is currently blowing minds as the artist on Silver Surfer for Marvel, and you can say that throughout his career he’s displayed something of a Jack Kirby influence and a reverence for the King’s concepts and creations.

“Every time I get to work with my ‘big bro’ Lee, it’s like tapping into our most thrilling childhood comic book daydreams,” Michael Allred said. “If you gave me the chance to list the characters I’d most like to get my hands on from Kirby’s ‘Fourth World,’ Forager the Bug sits squarely at the top. And now we are throwing him into the DC’s Young Animal mix, winding him up and letting him go! When you add in our not-so-secret weapon of Laura’s magical colors, I couldn’t possibly be more pumped about this series!”

Other than notable villains like Darkseid, Steppenwolf, and supporting characters menacing the Justice League and related characters, and a short lived Forever People series, the Fourth World characters and concepts haven’t quite found a way to thrive at DC in the days since the New 52 came and went in favor of Rebirth. But Bug! The Adventures of Forager seems like it will be different. 

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“Every time I get to work with my ‘big bro’ Lee, it’s like tapping into our most thrilling childhood comic book daydreams,” Michael Allred said in a statement. “If you gave me the chance to list the characters I’d most like to get my hands on from Kirby’s ‘Fourth World,’ Forager the Bug sits squarely at the top. And now we are throwing him into the DC’s Young Animal mix, winding him up and letting him go! When you add in our not-so-secret weapon of Laura’s magical colors, I couldn’t possibly be more pumped about this series!”

Here’s the official synopsis from DC:

Forager is just one of the hive until the day he breaks out of his cocoon and finds himself in a mysterious house in an unknown realm. But he’s not alone. As he comes across strange creatures—a ghostly girl, a talking teddy bear—Bug will have to figure out how he got here and how to return. He’ll soon cross paths with the evil General Electric, who is after a precious metal that might change the very fabric of life! Forager must set out on a trip across the Multiverse to stop this evil uprising, and may even establish himself as a New God in the process.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the first family of comics, the Allreds, producing BUG!: THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER. This year, DC is celebrating the fantastic brain of Jack Kirby and this is our offering to that wonderful tribute. In Young Animal fashion, this miniseries takes an alternative look at a character from the past, Forager, who still has a few unturned stones in his history,” Gerard Way, curator of the Young Animal line (and writer of Doom Patrol) said in a statement. “The Allred’s brand of wild and weird fits perfectly with what we are doing, and in some ways inspired various aspects of the imprint— so it only makes sense to bring them in to do what they do best. We can’t wait to show you what they’re cooking up and hope this is the first of many family projects for the imprint that they’ll be involved in.

This looks wonderful:

Bug! The Adventures of Forager is a six issue mini-series. It launches on May 10th.

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