DC Comics has announced Bug!: The Adventures of Forager, a new Young Animal imprint title from writer Lee Allred and artists Mike & Laura Allred which revives one of Jack Kirby's Fourth World characters.
Forager was one of the New Gods of New Genesis, an expert tracker and hunter with an insect-like appearance. He's rarely appeared outside the Fourth World titles, but he did play a key role in 52.
“Ever since Mike and I read a battered copy of New Gods #9 in the waiting room before guitar lessons, we’ve loved Forager the Bug,” Lee Allred told the A.V. Club. “A kinetic action hero on one hand, an alienated, introspective youth on the other—he’s the quintessential Young Animal character. We’re taking Bug on a slam-bang, save-the-universe romp across DC’s Kirbyverse as we search for Bug’s true place in life. It’s a family team project about a family road trip. Don’t make us turn this Kirby car around!”
“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," said Mike Allred. "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!”
“I am absolutely thrilled to have the first family of comics, the Allreds, producing Bug!: The Adventures Of Forager,” said Gerard Way, curator of the Young Animal imprint. “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. The Allreds’ 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.”
Bug! The Adventures of Forager launches May 10, to celebrate that 2017 would have been Jack Kirby's hundredth birthday.