The Bounce #1
Written by Joe Casey
Illustrated by David Messina
Colored by Giovanna Niro
Lettered by Rus Wooton
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99
Producing originality in the superhero genre has seemed to be a difficult task for creators over the years. To pull off a new concept while granting unique abilities to characters requires a good deal of ingenuity that, quite simply, seems to be lacking these days; however, the creative team of Joe Casey and David Messina have managed such an accomplishment with The Bounce #1 from Image Comics.
Jasper Jenkins is a professional slacker and stonerâ€”the perfect cover for his other occupation: a superhero. Dressed in a black and yellow spandex suit, he curls himself into a ball and bounces off walls. Through the momentum gained from the impact, Jasper can remain spinning in the air as long as he keeps bouncing; kind of like a bouncy ball. It seems he also has the capability to make a personâ€™s insides bounce around in a very painful manner, as demonstrated while fighting a super strong villain who just murdered the police commissioner. He may have some exceptional aptitudes, but Jasper isnâ€™t the only one. Super powered beings are showing up all over the cityâ€”good and evilâ€”many with very unique skill sets; and if that isnâ€™t enough, an underground organization is trying to break the barrier between realities using an ultimate, secret weapon.
Casey has revitalized superhero comics in The Bounce #1. This story is at times funny and outlandish while primarily sustaining a serious and sometimes even scary vibe. The characters are all interesting and the majority of the powers introduced are fresh and inspiredâ€”one character even has a power that relates directly to Jasperâ€™s smoking habits.
Patterning the panels with a blue undertone, Messinaâ€™s art is reminiscent of old cartoon illustrations with accented and strong facial features: chiseled jaw, protruding nose, or thick eyebrows; yet, the illustrations are also fresh with a three dimensional and appropriately shadowed feel. His color pallet presents a range of bright colors which work especially well in within various psychedelic pages, while still maintaining the blue motif.
The Bounce #1 is a great read. I canâ€™t recommend it to the younger audience as there is quite a bit of naughty language and drug related material, but if you are looking for a different take on superheroesâ€”one which youâ€™ve truly never seen beforeâ€”check this one out.