As part of the #Kirby100 celebration here at Biff Bam Pop! I’ve opted to take a closer look at Bug! The Adventures of Forager from DC’s Young Animal imprint. Beyond Jack Kirby being a legendary titan of comics industry I freely admit that I don’t have too deep of a knowledge of his work. That reason is precisely what brought me to Bug! More after the jump!
This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1, Dark Days: The Forge #1, Bill & Ted Save the Universe #1, Black Hammer #10, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #2, Red Agent: The Human Order #8, Plastic #3, Kong of Skull Island #12, Empowered #10, Spencer & Locke #1-3, and Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1-2 from the Allreds… This is another loaded week, so who needs Secret Empires when we have so many other cool things to check out, be warned, there may be spoilers…
Status, ruling class, and sub species.
And “King” Jack Kirby.
The theme of social status was the starting point of Kirby’s New Gods comic book title when he strode across the publishing divide, walking away from Marvel Comics and turning his talents and ideas to rival DC Comics.
And boy did he bring ideas and characters that still reverberate nearly five decades later: Darkseid, the Anti-Life Equation, New Genesis, Apokolips, gods, monsters, destiny… and politics.
Not to mention the visionary publishing invention of interlocking titles that constitute one, finite story.
Still, social status was only one of the themes of Jack Kirby’s “Fourth World” series of those interlocking comic book titles that included New Gods, Mister Miracle, The Forever People and Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olson.
That story of social status continues, with a new generation of great creators in this week’s release of Bug!: The Adventures Of A Forager #1!
This whole “Marvel NOW!” thing has got a bit of a buzz going on, doesn’t it? I mean, as Marvel Comics’ answer to DC Comics’ “New 52” re-launch a few years back, it’s got longer legs, for one, and, arguable, more long-standing enthusiasm from readers for another.
Instead of re-starting all of their publishing titles with brand new #1’s on their covers in one go like DC did, Marvel has slow-played their marketing scheme, launching new titles or highlighting existing titles with great storyline jumping on points, as a “Marvel NOW!” issue. It’s been enticing, exciting, fresh, and, unlike today’s “New 52” which doesn’t feel so “new” anymore, “NOW!” is still, well, now!
And now (pardon me!), Marvel finally brings us to the edges of the cosmos: “anywhere and everywhere – hang on!” we’re told, with the new Marvel NOW! Silver Surfer monthly series!
Ah, the future is a fickle thing in comic book land.
Just when you think it’s become the present, the unpredictable nature of time – and time-hopping, time-altering, time-adventuring superheroes – tends to radically change all expectations.
It can be confounding, yes. But it can also make for amazing storytelling, keeping readers on the edge of their seats while following their favourite (or new favourite) characters in their tempus-inspired escapades!
That’s the premise behind the first issue of FF – the latest comic book re-launch in the post Avengers vs. X-Men, Marvel NOW! initiative.