Joe Casey has a formula, and he is sticking to it.
You know those superheroes you like? Let’s put them in some adult situations. Take Jasper Jenkins from” The Bounce #1,” with his alliterative name like so many Stan Lee creations, and let’s have him take a bong hit on the first page of the comic. When his roommate asks “What exactly are you trying to do here,” I must also ask the same question of this comic.
Looking at another of Casey’s recently launched books, Sex, I was more or less unimpressed. There wasn’t anything in the book that had a moment that made me want to have the next issue in my hands. We got introduced to a bunch of characters, but there wasn’t anything that made the book interesting.
Weirdly enough, “The Bounce #1” feels almost exactly like that. We get introduced to a bunch of characters that have less dimensions to them than the paper they are printed on. There is a cliffhanger ending, but it feels more like a sudden stop than a natural ending. If I was made to care for Jasper in some way, then I think the ending would have packed more of a punch. On my first read through I even skipped pages just to see if the action or story would pick up. I wanted to see the moment in the book that would make me wonder what I skipped over and how things got to a certain point. Didn’t find it on my first, second, or even third read through.
Looking at the art, David Messina is given credit for pencils, inks, and color supervision. Honestly, the best work out of the art side of things do go to the colorist, Giovanna Niro. The one part of the art that felt like it was doing something was when Jasper was under the influence of some sort of drug, and he was tripping through reality. The colors were something that made those panels stick out in a blur of what felt like very generic art that you would expect to see out of the average super-hero comic.
I’d have a hard time trying to recommend this comic to someone. My guess would be that people who want to read about super-heroes but want to incorporate super-heroes doing drugs as part of the story would have a go at it. All I know is that it isn’t too appealing to me, but I may just be suffering from super-hero burnout.