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The New God who would come to be known as Forager, at a very young age had somehow come into the care of the Bugs, a race of humanoid insects that thrive in the colonies of New Genesis. When Forager reached adolescence, he was told of his true origin by his adoptive father, Prime One, who also told Forager to seek out Orion. Although initially treated with contempt, particularly by Orion, due to the New Gods' prejudice towards Bugs, Forager proved himself a worthy ally against the forces of Darkseid. Forager sacrificed himself, saving Earth from the physical embodiment of the Anti-Life Equation.
Forager awakens in a cocoon and breaks out, only to seemingly find himself in a home basement on Earth. He recalls Metron saying he wasn't actually dead, but in a dormant state. Forager spots a teddy bear laying on a cupboard and hears it talk. A little "ghost girl" takes the bear and climbs the stairs. Forager follows the girl only to be confronted by monsters who keep referring to him as "the sleeper." He fends off the creatures and stumbles upon a room where the ghost girl is lining up dominoes in a pattern identical to that of a Mother Box circuitry grid, much to Forager's confusion.
The teddy bear asks Forager whether he will go back to New Genesis to rejoin either the New Gods or the Bugs. Forager says no; he has no intention of participating any further in High Father's war with Darkseid or going back to the Bugs just to "work 'til he dies." The teddy bear then asks Forager if he plans to go back to saving the universe, to which he also says no, he would much rather explore it. The bear then suggests that Forager is not truly "rebelling" due to his decisions being expected. Forager touches one of the dominoes, which causes him to experience a vision of various people. He then topples the dominoes, causing some kind of chain reaction. Frightened, Forager calls out to the ghost girl to make it stop, only to realize he is alone. Forager is then attacked by two more creatures, who he defeats easily.
He is then attacked by a costumed man. Once Forager inadvertently reveals himself as the sleeper, the man tells him that he intends to save him. The man introduces himself as Sandman and the two creatures as his helpers, Brute and Glob and tells Forager that it is their responsibility to police the Dreaming. Sandman also tells him that he is not in the real world, but a dream. He tries waking Forager by saying his name, but when that fails, he suggests saying his nickname, "Bug." It works and Forager reemerges from his cocoon in the waking world, and finds that his new acquaintances are there with him. The group is attacked by lizard-men, who they easily kill. Sandman reveals that he and his helpers can exist in the real world thanks to a whistle made of the reality warping metal, orichalcum. They then encounter the Nazi mad scientist, General Electric, who renders them unconscious with his own orichalcum whistle and takes Sandman's. Forager and his allies regain consciousness in a giant bottle within General Electric's lab. As Electric is gloating, Forager breaks the bottle open. He takes one of the whistles, and then accidentally steps into a seemingly random dimensional portal.
- New God Physiology
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic)
- Genius Level Intellect: Forager once reconfigured a World War II-era radio into a functioning Mother Box.
- Bug's Shield
- Forager was created by Jack Kirby, first appearing in New Gods #9. However, in the Prime Earth continuity Forager first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1 by Lee Allred and Michael Allred.
- Given how he remembers his death in Cosmic Odyssey back on New Earth, this Prime Earth counterpart is either the original Bug from that universe, a reincarnation of him or must recall his previous life before the reset of reality due to the Flashpoint event.
- 10 Appearances of Forager (Prime Earth)
- 12 Images featuring Forager (Prime Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about Forager (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Forager (Prime Earth)
- ↑ Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1
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