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Bug! The Adventures of Forager – Domino Effect | Review

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Published on Sep 30, 2018

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Last year, Marvel and DC celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby, the legendary King of comics, with a number of works that suggested the characters. The DC Jack left an indelible mark with the celebrated Saga of the Fourth World, which had the merit of introducing a character still very important (just think of the evil Darkseid).

Kirby, however, had previously worked at DC in the fifties, and its contribution was not negligible. Are aware of Lee and Mike Allred have created a series of six numbers inserted in the editorial division Young Animal's Gerard Way and dedicated to one of the creations most strange and peculiar to the King: the Bug, also known as the Forager. This is a guy the insect a native of New Genesis who had a role in the Saga of the Fourth World, though not as relevant as the one had by Orion, Mr. Miracle and other heroes.

His appearances in the books DC were never numerous (but it was still decisive in the miniseries Cosmic Odyssey) and Allred are using it as a pretext to evoke with affection, admiration and respect for the imaginary kyrbiano. The author of the plot is Lee Allred, who begins the story-line by entering Bugs in a context that is mysterious. It is in a strange dimension with a little girl ghost and a bizarre teddy bear the talking. Soon he is attacked by the creatures at the orders of Brute and Glob, the monstrous beings in the service of the Sandman (not the God of Dreams Neil Gaiman, but the hero created by Kirby in the seventies).

The Bug is then finished in the realm of dreams but, as I wrote, this is just the beginning. As he will discover at his own expense, Forager is involved in the intricate machinations of a villain, Chagra, and everything revolves around a substance, Orichalcum, and a concept of the esoteric, the Omphalos. In spite of himself, the hero insect will visit different places and times. In this way, Lee Allred uses a plethora of inventions kyrbiane: the Losers, a group of soldiers of the Second World War; the aggressive Atlas; even the Sandman of the fifties with his sidekick, Sandy, the evil General Electric, the New Gods, Omac, Metron, and so on.

There is also Deadman, the spectre, created by Arnold Drake and Neal Adams, and the story dominates a tongue-in-cheek, with references to cultivated and philosophical (Lee Allred likes to quote Albert Camus). Bug! The Adventures of Forager! it's a miniseries pleasant and fun, with texts and dialogues effective, but there is too much meat to the fire. The author exaggerates with the parallel worlds and journeys of time and space and at times the story is confusing. In addition, those who are not familiar with the heroes of DC Kirby may not understand all the references.

Things, however, are better on the side of the drawings. Mike Allred provides the delicious tract pop inspired by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, and occasionally tries to get closer to Kirby. Especially applies to the facial expressions of the protagonists and the action sequences, rich in details, in line with the typical gigantism kyrbiano. Overall, the tables are equipped with the dynamism and the effect is of a great standard.

Should also be mentioned the bright colors and intense of the partner of Mike, Laura, who have the merit to enhance the drawings and to make the most plastic human figures. The sequences set in the strange worlds visited by the Bug have shades almost psychedelic. Ultimately, the volume is a good starting point for those who do not know the DC characters invented by the King. However, I repeat, the work is more interesting from a visual point of view. Less from that of the screenplay.

 

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