Today’s comic recommendation of the day is Image’s “The Bounce” by writer Joe Casey and artist David Messina.
“The Bounce is a full-blown, 21st Century superhero. Underneath the mask, Jasper Jenkins is a typical twenty-something who likes to hang out with his pals, get his smoke on big time, put on a costume and jump out to do the hero thing. And the world needs him — it’s a dark place out there. But a more pressing personal problem is that his brother just happens to be the assistant DA, recently charged with rounding up the community of costumed freaks that Jasper is now a part of. A classic comic book dilemma! So, along with trying to keep his secret from his brother, the Bounce has to deal with a colorful and twisted rogues gallery which includes creeps like the Crunch, the Fog, the Vamp and the Horror.”
The Bounce is a book that we need. Something that isn’t just traditional heroics. A layered story that makes you have to think when the answers aren’t on the surface. It has fun with the idea of heroics. That’s something you don’t get too often and when you aren’t reading a real superheroes tale, this is something you might want to give a try. It takes advantage of being made for a mature audience and in turn it has so much more of an opportunity to evolve into something that you will come to love. Surely you won’t love Jasper off the bat, yet the potential is there because of his views on the world. He’s someone who sees things for what it is and at this moment it’s a question of acting to save the world from itself. As a whole the story questions whether it is right for people to wear costumes and act as vigilantes. Is the world ready for the emergence of superheroes? Let alone the idea that people can have powers?
To an extent you feel almost as if you’re reading a much more mature version of Spider-Man. It’s given room to breathe where Spider-Man was weighed down with a lot more responsibility. I mean for those who aren’t fans of the vulgar language used, then this might not be for you, but it’s something different which is welcomed. The look makes you feel like it’s Spider-Man, and the way he fights as well. I’ll emphasize that they are not trying to make their own Spider-Man, but they made something that fans should love because it is fun and untamed.
David Messina’s art is the most attractive aspect of this book. Between the cover art and the interior art it’s just stunning. His style shows to be very smooth, vibrant to some degree, something I feel fits this type of story and hero. What stands out most is the effects that change between feeling like it’s actually a comic and the inverted colors. Even the textures of skin and costumes really stand out. Very unique to this book and something you don’t get from other artists out there.
The Bounce is just a fun book that manages to keep itself grounded. That is what sets this book apart from others out there at this moment. It can be over-the-top, yet still create a believable world around you. Mature, free, open to exploration, this story has so much potential as it is just beginning and there can be a lot to expect from Jasper as he finds his purpose.