Posted on July 2, 2013 AT 07:59pm
Image Comics’ slacker superhero has returned in the psychedelic second issue of Joe Casey and David Messina’s The Bounce, which features stoner turned superhero Jasper Jenkins in a very strange adventure. This second issue brings Jasper into some very interesting predicaments that will hopefully reveal themselves later on in the title.
This issue is very strange. A fun and off-beat first issue featuring lots of cursing, drugs and superhero shenanigans have given way to a second issue that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. After reading through the issue several times, it still didn’t make much sense and thus explaining the plot is pretty much a moot point. The issue goes through quite a psychedelic shift and that makes for a story that was barely able to be explained in any logical way.
Writer Joe Casey has been known for unique takes on the superhero genre in recent years, and this is no different. The story of Jasper Jenkins is something that has really never been explained before, as a man who is given super powers but really doesn’t do anything with them or who is basically a lazy layabout the rest of the time. While the premise is interesting and the first issue was a great introduction to the character and the world, this issue did nothing to help a series just getting on its feet. The story is so scattered that it’s basically impossible to make anything of it and even give a clear and coherent analysis of Casey’s work.
On the other hand, it looks great. David Messina, Sonia Harris and Giovanna Niro have all collaborated to make this a great looking series full of intense colors and defined characters. The shading and lighting effects are incredibly well done, and while the story makes no sense, just about every aspect of the artwork is gorgeous.
Summary: Oh, this book. What has the potential to be a great offbeat superhero series has in one issue fallen to the point where many readers will likely not be able to follow any of it. With an incredibly confusing story, this book is falling on its art team to carry the book, and while the art team has the skill, there is not enough storytelling in the artwork to justify this.
Pros: Gorgeous Artwork
Cons: Confusing Plot
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