For me, the latest issue of Bug – the Adventures of Forager was the high point of the week. Easily. The Allred clan turn out another hilarious story, one that more than does justice to one of Jack Kirby’s more obscure creations, Atlas.
The story milks every facet of the Kirby original, right down to him appearing in the first issue of the book 1st Issue Special. Thus the comment about Atlas having a thing about firsts.
I only fear that people who are not familiar with the original story will not be able to appreciate just how great this latest issue of Forager is. Not to toot my own horn, but I covered that story a couple of weeks back on my blog, so I am including a link to my write up here.
I had long suspected that Chagra, who raised Atlas, was not nearly the benevolent mentor he seemed to be, and was sure that, had Kirby followed up the story, that would have been revealed. To my delight, the Allreds thought the same thing, and pay off Chagra with a great development, tying him in to other Kirby creations.
This book is about the character of Forager, yes. But far more than that, this book is about the joy one can have in reading comics. It finds humour in old, serious stories but not in a mocking way. Rather, Bug – The Adventures of Forager is about the delight that one can have swimming around in the wonderful worlds of Jack Kirby.