'Young Justice: Outsiders': DC revamps Jack Kirby's Forager making him more lovable than the original
While the Golden Age comics had a certain charm about them, the new Forager who's voiced by Jason Spisak is immeasurably more charming than his '70s version
Fans who are not all too familiar with Jack Kirby's 'Fourth World' could get a little overwhelmed with the sheer amount of storylines and legacy characters being introduced on 'Young Justice: Outsiders'. 'Fourth World' is a storyline told through a series of interconnecting comics by Jack Kirby that was published from 1970 to 1973.
The creative team for 'Young Justice: Outsiders' have so far done a splendid job in introducing all the Golden Age superheroes in the simplest of fashion — barring the first episode of the new series which got a tad bit overwhelming. They've been careful while introducing these characters to make sure that even the most aloof of fans will be pulled back to the series. And it seems to be working.
Jack Kirby introduced the world to Forager back in 1972 where this alien bug first debuted in New Gods #9. His appearance back then was more humanoid than a bug, but his main duty, to forage, remained the same. Translating Forager on-screen would've been problematic in the '70s with fans back then preferring to stick to the more mainstream superheroes like Superman or Batman. Thank goodness that's all changed now!
Thankfully, fans now readily welcome side characters because they add depth to the story when done right. DC's introduction of the new, revamped Forager into the Outsider's team couldn't have come at a better time.
Though the Golden Age comics had a certain charm about them, the new Forager who's voiced by Jason Spisak is immeasurably more charming than his '70s version. Jason Spisak seems to have brought his A-game to the table with the talent he's shown through his voice acting.
While the original Forager and the new Forager's base character may remain the same, the new Forager is a million times more lovable than the original. This slight tweak of his character has won the hearts of 'Young Justice' fans all over. Heck, I'll just come right out and say it, I love Forager!
While he may be the most alien of the bunch (not counting Miss Martian of course), Forager's mannerisms and his cute demeanor may even win the hearts of the most hardened villains. Here's looking at you, Darkseid.
The Golden Age Forager, through his kindness and bravery, became a New God in his own right and it would be wonderful to see the same happening to the new Forager. The 'Young Justice: Outsiders' series involves three planets — Earth, Apokolips and New Genesis, with the latter being Forager's planet and also home to the New Gods.
It's quite likely that the writers may move along this story arc but, whether New God or Bug, Forager is Forager.
'Young Justice: Outsiders' is available for streaming exclusively on DC Universe.