Bug: The Adventures of Forager #1

Bug: The Adventures of Forager #1

Writer: Lee Allred Artist: Michael Allred Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: May 10, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 12
8.3Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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An all-new Young Animal miniseries begins! Forager is just one of the Hive before he breaks out of his cocoon and finds himself in a mysterious house in an unknown realm. There he meets all kinds of strange creatures: a ghostly girl, a talking teddy bear and otherworldly weirdos that have literally jumped out of his worst nightmares. But these interdimensional oddballs are nothing compared to the evil General Electric, who is on the hunt for a reality-bending metal that could alter the fabric of life itself. To stay one step ahead of him and preserve the multiverse, Forager must travel through alternate dimensions to seek the metal and, hopef more

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton May 12, 2017

    Perhaps this comic is not quite for everyone. Perhaps if you take no joy in life, you will not be able to revel in the wonderful madness and dive on in through the obscure characters. If so, I pity you. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comicsverse - Brandon Bloxdorf May 10, 2017

    The first issue of BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER is an interesting insight into a forgotten character. It's a perfect fit to the YOUNG ANIMAL imprint and a praise to Kirby's creation. The Allred's are certainly a creative team to watch out for. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 12, 2017

    It's a fun romp from the Allred family - Lee, Michael and Laura combine their writing and art skills and produce a comic that's a heck of a lot of fun! Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover May 11, 2017

    Final Verdict: 9.4 " Forager may be an outcast of the New Gods, but with the Allred's helming his book, he's sure to be no stranger to the high tier books at DC and Young Animal. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) May 14, 2017

    Thinking about this book, the only knock I can offer against it is that some of the first-person-narrative caption boxes on page one are printed far too faintly and are difficult to read in anything other than an extremely well-lit room, but honestly, that's it : a frigging technical glitch. That's all I got. Otherwise, this is as close to a perfectly-constructed comic as you're gonna find. Get it. Read it. Love it. And know that Jack himself is surely smiling down on this heartfelt, amazing tribute. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 10, 2017

    Wonderfully weird in the best of ways possible, but don't expect a conventional superhero tale. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick May 10, 2017

    Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1 is a really weird and fun book, sending Bug on a multiverse-spanning mission that brings him back from death into worlds both real and imagined, dream and reality. With Lee, Michael and Laura Allred as the creative team, the result is a dream team of creators working without restraint on a character and concept that matches their ambitions. If you enjoy weird, over-the-top bombast that later Jack Kirby specialized in, then you've come to the right place. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza May 10, 2017

    Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1 brings unpredictability and fun, dusts off some fringe DC Comics characters and looks at them from different angles. When the time comes around for the main character to introduce himself, he prefers Bug, since everybody calls me that anyway. Its this spirit of taking what is given and running with it that the Allreds give readers a wonderful, wacky, ambitious debut that has a lot to offer longtime comic fans (especially Jack Kirby aficionados), but it also expects readers to just enjoy the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer May 10, 2017

    You can feel the love for Jack Kirby in every panel, in every page. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton May 10, 2017

    Even though it's a lot like digging through fragments of someone else's dream,Bug: The Adventures of Forager#1 is an excellent tribute to Jack Kirby's vibrant imagination by the talented family trio of Lee Allred, Mike Allred, and Laura Allred. Mike Allred's figures bounce off the page, yet have a human beauty to them, and there is something primal, almost Pixar-esque about his and Lee Allred's plotting as Forager/Bug tries to make sense of his place in the world. Is he an insect servant of Highfather, an adventurer, a god, or just a dead guy? The next five issues should hopefully unravel this colorful existential crisis. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 10, 2017

    Some would say I'm not the target audience for the Young Animal titles, but I have yet to find one that I don't enjoy, and this issue is no exception. Bug! The Adventures Of The Forager #1 just feels like a Jack Kirby book, full of wild ideas, exclamation points, strange occurrences and dynamic art, and the Allreds nail the Bronze Age origins of both these characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye May 11, 2017

    This is a book for unabashed fun, a book for people who want a Jack Kirby story filtered through some Allred trippiness. Its weird, matching the tone set in DCs Young Animal imprint, but it reaches out to longtime readers with a warm nostalgic hug. It's thoughtful without being condescending. Also? Actions with accompanying words. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 11, 2017

    The Allreds deliver a surreal, enjoyable script, but one that doesn't fully tap into the psychological weight of Forager's constant cycle of sleep and wake and death and resurrection. Hopefully that'll change soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 10, 2017

    Standing as a true family affair, Bug!: The Adventures of Forager #1 is a gleeful simultaneous throwback and modern comic homage to the heyday of Jack Kirby’s comic output bolstered by the indie comic cred of a revered creative team and a white hot imprint for only “the most dangerous humans.” Laura, Mike, and Lee Allred come correct to the New God B-teamer and while the emotional hook associated with the imprint is somewhat lacking here, Bug! #1 is still an experience you would kick yourself for sleeping on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway May 10, 2017

    This issue delves into the subconscious of Bug, and there's a lot more than building hives on his mind! Do bugs think of building hives? They don't really "think" about them at all, do they? It sort of happens on instinct. In fact, that's what "hive mind" is all about! They don't have individual impulses or wants. So that was a bad metaphor, but this isn't a bad comic. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund May 15, 2017

    Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1 fits into DC's Young Animal imprint, with its looking-to-the-future-by-way-of-the-past methodology. The questions and doubts of Forager align with Michael Allred's Madman, creating a worldview that is colored by costumes and capes. The resurrected naivety of Forager is both a character strength and a character flaw that allows Lee and Michael Allred to wonder about the nature of man, existence, and rebellion. That strength allows the Allreds to ask these universal questions, while those weaknesses keeps those questions from achieving the depth that they deserve. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 11, 2017

    Young Animal has been great about broadening the edges of the main DCU in meaningful and interesting ways, Bug! is no exception. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina May 10, 2017

    This is only a six issue mini-series, so the Allred clan has a lot to do to make this come together. I am intrigued by the story and totally enamored by the art and colors. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz May 12, 2017

    DC's Young Animals is launching this brand new mini-series with Bug!: Adventures of Forager #1 and it really started on a high note. This book perfectly set up a future mini-series that will take a nice walk memory lane, to a time when comics where simpler.This book is certainly a breath of fresh air amongst the other titles on the market. It will attract audiences with its nostalgia aspect, but the story and characters are just the right amount of weird that's effective enough to entice audiences into their world and, hopefully, build a brand new base of fans for Bug. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu May 10, 2017

    Is BUG! The Adventures of Forager #1 the strongest entry in Young Animal's lineup? No. It's a little confusing and certainly unfriendly towards new readers. However, for Kirby fans, Allred lovers, or people who enjoy comics that are somewhat on the esoteric side (that's me!), this book certainly offers a lot to chew on. Read Full Review

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