Posted on May 23, 2013 AT 08:56pm
The original slacker superhero has arrived, coming in the form of Jasper Jenkins, the hero known as The Bounce! Jasper is a typical hero: he drinks, does drugs, and generally leads a pretty lazy life. Wait. Superheroes don’t do that? Well, this one does. After a series of events that brings out the costumed crazies, Jenkins shows off his abilities as the super-charged hero. While there are much greater plans at work with some of the more secretive forms of the government and the military, J.J. spends his time getting high. This is made even more interesting by the appearance of a very unique drug dealer, and a brand new weapon for the military.
Joe Casey is a comics legend. His work on his other Image Comics series Sex is stellar, and his unique outlook on the superhero genre is a complete breath of fresh air. Passing Jenkins off as a capable but lazy hero who does little else but save people and smoke pot is a dynamic that is incredibly new, and very fun. Casey seems to be seeing the entire genre in a whole new light, and with titles like these, he may be paving the way for a brand new type of hero. This issue presents a lot with basically no payoff, which is a bit confusing, but it was definitely a fun read. These plots will be tied up soon, it just felt like a lot to introduce in one issue without resolving anything.
David Messina showed off some major skill in this opening issue, as well. The book looks great, with Messina handling the pencils and inking duties. Thick outlines and terrific detail work are seen throughout the title, and the colors by Giovanna Niro are bright and entrancing. The ability to visually show drug trips is one not often seen, but the team of Niro and Messina find a way to pull it off. With the necessary work needed to pull off the look of some of J.J.’s extra curricular activities, many artists might be challenged. These two, however, pull it off well, in what looks like effortless work.
Summary: Ever wanted to see a superhero use a bong? Well, now you can! Even if you didn’t, it’s still here, and this opening issue is really fun. It’s edgy, mature and as realistic as a superhero book can be. While Jasper Jenkins might not be the most heroic of the do-gooders, he certain seems to be fun, and this looks like a series to watch out for as Casey and Messina carve out a whole new genre of hero.
The Good: Fun, smart and edgy writing. Terrific artwork.
The Bad: Lots of plot introduced in the first issue with no pay off, just a lot of build.
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