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 stoner—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 person’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 isn’t the only one. Super powered beings are showing up all over the city—good and evil—many with very unique skill sets; and if that isn’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 inspired—one character even has a power that relates directly to Jasper’s smoking habits.
Patterning the panels with a blue undertone, Messina’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 can’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 superheroes—one which you’ve truly never seen before—check this one out.