Bug! The Adventures of Forager (2017)

6-issue limited series
The Forager wakes in the land of dreams, meets the Sandman. From Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1 (2017); art by Michael Allred.
Meeting Blue Beetle, the Losers, Sandman and Sandy. From Bug! The Adventures of Forager #2 (2017); art by Michael Allred.

The Bug! mini-series was a surprising addition to DC's imprint called "Young Animal." In Young Animal, second tier and sometimes forgotten characters are reinvented for the limelight in unusual ways (the flagship title of "Young Animal" was Doom Patrol, which was inspired by Grant Morrison surreal 1990s run).

Continuity is not a primary concern across the "Young Animal" titles. Sometimes the stories seem to fit with earlier DC timelines. Bug!, in fact, picks up the Forager's story from just after his death, in Cosmic Odyssey #4 (1989). Brothers Lee and Michael Allred take the character through the fantastical landscapes of Jack Kirby, where the Forager encounters all sorts of Kirby creations.

The Forager emerged from a cocoon, seemingly in the basement of an Earth house, the family of "Buddy" Bartholomew Blankenship (the name of Kirby's OMAC). He soon met a mute girl named Kuzuko and her sentient teddy bear. He came to realize that he was in the Dream Stream, realm of the Sandman (Garret Sanford). The Forager was enticed into finishing a domino setup which took the form of a Mother Box circuit. When tipped, the dominoes triggered images of various heroes: Sandman I and II, the Black Racer, Deadman, Manhunter, OMAC, Atlas, Metron. He and the Sandman were beset by the evil General Electric, who used a whistle made of orichalcum (a mystic metal with power to make dreams real). The Forager grabbed the whistle and then fell into a portal. (Bug! Adventures of Forager #1) Note: Kirby's Sandman first appeared in The Sandman #1 (Winter 1974).

The Forager reappeared in World War II era Asia, where he met a cadre of Americans: Gunner and Sarge (the Losers), Sandman and Sandy, and the Blue Beetle. They were in pursuit of General Denki — who would one day become General Electric. Denki was mining orichalcum metal in the secret city of Nanda Parbat. His ally was Chagra, who stole the metal and returned to his home dimension. A domino appeared from thin air and the Forager followed Chagra. (#2)

He landed in world of Atlas (from First Issue Special #1, Apr. 1975). There, Kuzuko's bear revealed that after the Forager's death, the New Gods placed his body at the Source Wall where it disintegrated. To stop Chagra's evil plans, the Bug created a "negative Boom Tube" to counter Chagra's own. The teddy bear declared that the process might have killed the entity that lay behind the Mother Boxes. (#3)

Issue Writer Artist Characters
Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1 (July 2017) Lee Allred Michael Allred Brute and Glob, Forager, Sandman II
#2 (Aug. 2017) Forager, Blue Beetle I, Chagra, the Losers (Gunner and Sarge), Rama Kushna, Sandman I, Sandy
#3 (Sept. 2017) Atlas, Chagra, Forager
#4 (Oct. 2017)  
#5 (Nov. 2017  
#6 (Nov. 2017)  

Kirby Specials (2017)

6 one-shots
. From New Gods Special #1 (2017); art by .

DC Comics is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the masterful comic book creator Jack "King" Kirby this August with a series of six Kirby one-shot specials featuring characters that Kirby created during two stints with DC. Kirby first worked for DC during the early 1940s, and later in the early 1970s after he left Marvel Comics (after co-creating with Stan Lee the majority of the major characters in the Marvel Universe). The Kirby One-Shots were announced last week (see "DC to Release One-Shots of Jack Kirby Creations"), but DC has now released information on the creative teams involved in the production of the six one-shots, which are all 48-page full color books with a cover price of $4.99. (#)

Issue Writer Artist Characters
The Newsboy Legion and Boy Commandos Special #1 Howard Chaykin Howard Chaykin  
Manhunter Special #1 Keith Giffen and Dan Didio Nick Bradshaw  
The Sandman Special #1 by Dan Jurgens and Steve Orlando Jon Bodganove and Rick Leonardi  
The New Gods Special #1 Shane Davis Davis and Michelle Delecki  
Darkseid Special #1
Mark Evanier; Sam Humphries Scott Kolins; Steve Rude,  
The Black Racer and Shilo Norman Special #1 Denys Cowan Bill Sienkiewicz  

Mister Miracle v.5 (2017)

. From Mister Miracle #1 (2011); art by .

Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness' gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former female fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks. (#)

Issue Writer Artist Characters
Mister Miracle v.5 #1 (2017) Tom King Mitch Gerads