Bug! The Adventures of Forager #6 By Michael and Lee Allred
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BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6 by Micheal and Lee Allred ties together their addition to the Fourth World universe, satisfyingly concluding their bizarre and fantastic Kirby-influenced series.
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BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6 is the final issue of Michael and Lee Allred’s amazing six-part addition to Jack Kirby’s creation. Readers of the series know how confusing this up and down multi-dimensional story has been. Luckily, the final issue wraps up all the madness and insanity with a clear and wonderful conclusion. So BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6 provides not only an ending that makes sense, but it may have changed the Fourth World forever. Find out how and why below!

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Bug! The Adventures of Forager #6 page 2. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6: A Whole New World

After chasing Chagra back to New Genesis, Forager finds reality to be altered and the heaven-like city reduced to a board game. For those who don’t know, Metron duplicated himself thus creating Chagra out of binary code. Created to monitor worlds in Metron’s absence, Chagra isn’t necessarily real.

Which explains how he has been able to shapeshift in this series. Chagra appears to Forager and takes him to the Source, a sort of cosmic consciousness within the DCU and a larger part of Kirby’s Fourth World concept. So Forager faces off with Chagra and reveals that Metron has actually been the one chasing down Forager and the Omphalos.

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Metron seeks only power through knowledge, ultimately to know everything in the universe. So his duplicate, Chagra, placed a lockdown on the Omphalos, which stopped Metron from accessing its knowledge. Enraged by this, Metron sends the Black Racer after Chagra. Forager risks his life for Chagra, realizing what’s really been going on.

Then, sent to the Source Wall, Forager discovers the living entity of the Source, who looks exactly like Highfather. It’s here that we bounce back to other entities that were mentioned in issue #5 of the series. A Mother Entity exists inside the Mother Boxes and a brother entity via Brother Eye from O.M.A.C. This family of entity’s all exist from within the Source Wall.BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6 just opened the doors for an expansion of the Fourth World.

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BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6 page 5. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Creator Talk

Notably, the Allreds working on this book made the entire series worth it with this issue. Specifically, the artwork by Mike and Laura Allred sold me from issue one. Their definitive style has been immediately recognizable from their work on MADMAN. So, with as psychedelic as the series has been, the precision of each image, alongside the bright color pallet, makes the would-be obscure contents in many panels shine with clarity. Regarding that, Forager’s battle with the Black Racer is a perfect example of this.

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Equally, Lee and Michels work on the story kept many fans, including myself, scratching their heads after each new issue. They were all a blast individually, but difficult to keep up with plot-wise. Each was a piece of a larger puzzle, where every issue was a crucial part of the picture. Some may disagree with how it was formatted and laid out but I, for one, loved it. Also, having built up anticipation about the book, it was pleasing to see how it all played out. Taking us further into the cosmic DCU, and creating more of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World.

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BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6 page 13. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Coming Home

So, the series up to this point has been pretty difficult to follow mostly since the plot was never clearly established for readers. Some may not enjoy it for that reason alone, and it’s pretty confusing as a whole. Looking back at previous issues, it proves itself to be utterly brilliant and make perfect sense.

Overall, the overall series was plenty of fun. BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6 being probably the easiest to understand brought it all together as well. It will be interesting for future stories to explore the living entities of the Source Wall and see how much more we can push the Fourth World.

Now that DC has been trying to advance their universe as a whole with DOOMSDAY CLOCK and the New-Age of DC Heroes, further expansion of the Fourth World would be just as exciting. In the end, the book ties in perfectly with the YOUNG ANIMAL imprint that it’s a part of with other titles like DOOM PATROL and CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE. So, be sure to check out the rest of the imprint for other parts of the weirder side of the DCU!

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