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The Bounce #3 [Image Comics] Review

Posted on July 31, 2013 AT 08:13pm

The world’s most stoned superhero returns with the third issue of Joe Casey and David Messina’s The Bounce. With Jasper finally beginning to remember some of the things that happened to him prior to his turn as a superhero and the world around him getting more messed up each day, Jasper must look to his heroic side to see how to help the world from the sudden influx of super powered beings that now roam the streets of his city. With “The Fog”, a man who emits a hallucinogenic mist out of his body, now in jail after the incident in the first issue and another powered being going on a rampage, the military is showing more and more involvement and Jasper is showing more and more disdain towards just about everything.

Jasper Jenkins is one of the oddest superheroes in existence, and lives a very strange life. After some sort of testing program from the military, Jasper shows signs of having added abilities, something which is shown in this issue. Add that to the rampage of powered beings in the area and the lack of control the police District Attorney (Jasper’s brother) seems to have, and it all adds up to an odd but engrossing story. While it still seems to not really be going anywhere, the next issue should really establish Jasper’s side of things, as well as the reasoning for everything going on. This issue picked up where the last left off and turned it up a few notches, adding much more interest into the story itself.

Joe Casey is a veteran of superhero books, and while he’s putting an alternative spin on this one, it’s not certain whether or not it’s working. With his slacker superhero and the world falling into disarray around him, Casey is putting a lot of faith into readers to accept the world where the main hero of the city spends his free time doing drugs and generally being a pain in the ass. While that alternative plot isn’t anything to really worry about, the presentation of Jasper as a hero who does nothing to prepare and has no idea what he’s doing could get old if it continues.

However, David Messina and his art team of Sonia Harris, Gaetano Carlucci and Giovanna Niro make this book look very interesting. The colors and the art all look great, and the added bonus of additional graphic design work to make the book look as off as it possibly could all work in favor of the title. The almost cell-shaded style of the book lends itself well to a series that will be taking many odd trips into drug induced stupors, making it an all around visually pleasing title. With the content of the book being as it is though, the art team could use a bit more risk taking in the panel layouts, which are all pretty standard grids throughout the majority of the book.

Summary: Many people still aren’t sure what this book is as of yet, but it sure does look pretty. With terrific artwork that shows off an odd and still disjointed story, The Bounce brings a new fold to the superhero genre, but still hasn’t quite found it’s footing as of yet.

Pros: Terrific Artwork, Impressive Graphic Design Work

Cons: Disjointed Story

Grade: B-

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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