Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bug! The Adventures of Forager #2

Bug! The Adventures of Forager (2017-) #2Bug! The Adventures of Forager (2017-) #2 by Lee Allred
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After being hurled into the past, Bug lands in World War II Nanda Parbat and meets The Losers, the original Blue Beetle, the original Sandman, and Sandy. Can Bug and his new friends stop General Electric's much younger self? And what happens to the future if they do?

The Allred brothers' love letter to Jack Kirby's DC (and Fox publications) work continues. Bug gets mistaken for The Red Bee and teams with some wartime heroes. Some loose ends left behind from last issue are explained and tons more ends are left hanging at the end.

One of the highlights of the issue is this Bug quote "It's called strategy! When life hands you a lemon, follow the produce truck back to the warehouse and exchange it for the fruit you want!"

The Bug character continues to grow on me. He combines the quirkiness of Madman with elements of Spider-Man. He also carries a nifty shield but it's too unwieldy to throw, a nice nod/jab at another Kirby creation. His red and white garb is pretty iconic for a character who only appeared a few times before this miniseries.

The love the Allred boys feel for Bug, and the rest of Kirby's creations, comes through on every page. Bug looks and feels like a particularly good comic from yesteryear with some modern sensibilities. Nothing bad to say about Bug #2 except that, like most modern comics, I wish I had the whole thing to read at once. Four out of five stars.

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