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DC’s Young Animal, Allreds Reinvent A Classic Kirby Character

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DC’s Young Animal, Allreds Reinvent A Classic Kirby Character

DC Comics’ Young Animals imprint just added another series to its stable. Lee, Michael and Laura Allred will join forces for “Bug!: The Adventures of a Forager,” a six-issue miniseries debuting this May. Together, the Allreds will honor Jack Kirby by featuring his creations, including Sandman, Sandy, Blue Beetle and Atlas.

According to the series description,

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.

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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,” artist 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!”

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the first family of comics, the Allreds, producing ‘Bug!: The Adventures of a 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,” added Gerard Way, who curates the imprint. “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.

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“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,” shared writer Lee Allred. “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!”

“What a blast to watch Mike and Lee work together. It’s like listening to little kids romping in a sandbox and hearing their imaginations burst as they play,” said colorist Laura Allred. “I get inspired whenever the three of us slide into that perfect creative stream. They turn me loose with so much wonderful stuff that lights me up. There is a lot of joy in what we’ve done so far, and I’m so excited about everything we’ll do.”

The Allreds’ “Bug!: The Adventures of a Forager” goes on sale May 10.

Bug!: The Adventures of a Forager cover by Mike and Laura Allred