Review: The Bounce #1
Joe Casey can’t seem to do anything wrong these days. Sex has received critical acclaim, and his new superhero title has just been released. While it seems like a traditional superhero title, it seems to have potential to be great.
Joe Casey has said that The Bounce is suppose to be a slacker superhero for today’s youth. And boy is that apparent in the first few pages. Jasper, our hero, is based off of a few slacker stereotypes, but his dialogue feels shockingly familiar. He’s a person who could be quite successful, if only he had any type of work ethic. Another stereotype that Casey leans on is how new super-powers are in this world. Most super hero books these days, in their own universe that is, seem to use this. Why? Why not have a universe with a rich backstory where the writer can hint and tease. Make the world feel lived in. Instead we get this world that doesn’t feel fresh. The characters are certainly interesting, but the setting is not.
Casey gives no hint as to how Jasper received his unique powers, but that doesn’t matter much to the story. It’s clear that Casey wants to focus on Jasper as a person instead of his super heroics. Casey makes it hard to like Jasper that much, with him getting high then going to save a bunch of people. But could he have saved them sooner if he wasn’t getting high? It’s something that the reader will reader think of, but Jasper will not. Terry looks to fill the Jimminy Cricket role of telling Jasper that he is doing bad things. Although Terry seems to be as big of a slacker as Jasper. The ending leaves the biggest impression on the reader, and could mean a couple of things. One, there is a massive story and different worlds, or it’s just a red herring. Part of me wishes that it’s just a red herring, and Casey can focus on the character work that could define this title.
David Messina’s artwork is perfect for this book. His artwork reminds me of Stefano Casselli’s. Characters have a slight shine to them, but it feels real. Special credit should be given to Messina, as the costumes look great for battle. The fabric used for Bounce’s costume looks like it protects him while helping out his powers. Every scene is bursting at the seams with detail. The city might be that interesting to read about, but it looks gorgeous. The final few pages show how versatile Messina is on pencils. It’s clear that he changed his pencil style up to fit the story, but it feels just familiar enough to keep the reader on their toes.
The Bounce may not be the near perfect start that Sex had (there is a joke in there somewhere), but it’s a good superhero book that feels different than the rest of the books on the stands.
The Bounce #1 gets 4/5.