Far BUG! Out

BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #4, by Mike and Lee Allred, returns after a two-month hiatus. The story has been bouncing across different dimensions and realities from the first issue, and the latest installment continues the bizarre and fast-paced narrative. This Kirby tribute is also one head-scratching roller coaster of a story. This issue is tons of fun if you can keep up, and leads up to the penultimate installment of the series!

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BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #4 page 2. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Lions, Kobras, Bugs, OH MY!

Part four of “Domino Effect” picks up with Forager having unintentionally destroyed Kuzuko’s Mother Box after creating a negative Boom Tube. We’re shown Mister Miracle, the Forever People, and Orion looking in astonishment as their own Mother Boxes fall silent. Kuzuko’s Mother Box held the Mother Entity, which gave power to all the other Boxes. Forager spins a healing cocoon in an attempt to revive her, giving it just enough power to restore a whimper of life. One hastily-concocted plan later, after encountering the Sandman in a dream, Forager and Kuzuko escape Crystal Mountain with the help of Tatsinda, an alien cat from another dimension. She only asks for one favor in return, to help free her boyfriend Boston Brand, also known as Deadman!

READ: Need to catch up? Here’s our review of BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #1!

Finally, the issue takes readers through a pretty psychedelic ride, full of Kirby’s creations and characters that he’s worked on. Deadman appeared in various issues of the FOREVER PEOPLE, and even Kirby’s Manhunter makes an appearance. Many of Kirby’s evil creations, such as the infamous Sandman villain Dr. Spider or the cruel scientist of Apokoliptic Mokkari, also make an appearance. With a twist and turn on every page, this issue really takes you all over the place as we cross dimensions and drift through a fragmented reality.

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BUG! ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #4 page 7. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Creators of BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #4

Lee Allred definitely has a plan that he’s waiting till near the end of the series to reveal. Throughout the first four issues of the book, he’s highlighted some great Kirby creations while also blending them into a pot. His takes on these characters have been entertaining and keep readers curious as to what they’re all building up to. With only two more issues left in this series, a lot of questions will need to be answered very soon.

READ: Want more Fourth World madness? Take a look at our review of MISTER MIRACLE #1 here!

Also, Mike Allred is delivering exactly what he does best: amazingly detailed and out-of-this-world backgrounds. Mike has filled every page with great stages and stunning panel work. In addition, Laura Allred’s colors make every panel pop with her 60’s-inspired pallet, making the already trippy pencils warp your brain even further. Together these two are giving emotion and reality-bending flavor to the title. Seeing them recreate these Kirby creations has been an absolute joy due to how close they’ve stayed to the source material.

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BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #4 page 20. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Boom Tubing Out of Here

In conclusion, while BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #4 gets a bit confusing, it’s still worth the wild ride. If you’ve made it this far into the series, backing out now is not an option. This issue maintains its bizarre storytelling while pushing us closer to whatever is really going on. Overall, the team of Allreds continues to amaze and astonish with their hard work, feeding us weirdness in heavy doses.

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BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #4 by Mike Allred, Lee Allred, and Laura Allred
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Readers might still be scratching their heads over exactly what's going on, but BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #4 keeps up the fun and excitement until the end!
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