Bounce #1
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Bounce #1

Writer: Joe Casey Artist: David Messina Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 22, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 2
7.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

FIRST ISSUE SPECTACULAR! Written by JOE CASEY, with art by DAVID MESSINA.  Meet the ultimate slacker superhero for the 21st Century! Jasper Jenkins is a super-head AND a super-hero! He's relatable AND reliable and he's embarking on the adventure of a lifetime! The sensational debut of the new feel-good hero of the decade! You can't afford to miss it!

  • 9.6
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek May 23, 2013

    Ever wanted to see a superhero use a bong? Well, now you can! Even if you didn't, it's still here, and this opening issue is really fun. It's edgy, mature and as realistic as a superhero book can be. While Jasper Jenkins might not be the most heroic of the do-gooders, he certain seems to be fun, and this looks like a series to watch out for as Casey and Messina carve out a whole new genre of hero. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Joey Caswell May 22, 2013

    The Bounce #1 was an incredibly pleasant surprise. It truly felt like a breath of fresh air. It feels very unique and new overall, while the familiar ideas and concepts have been revitalized and recast to fit with this feeling. The opening story, the characters, and the writing, along with all of the artwork felt perfectly done for this series. People interested in just about any type of comic book will likely find something for them in The Bounce. With such an exciting beginning this issue will probably be vociferously discussed among readers until we are finally sated with some potential answers next month! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Sam LeBas May 23, 2013

    Overall the first issue of "The Bounce," offers a new perspective on the superhero genre as a whole. Casey's deliberate subversions of expectations, and Messina's skillful depictions of this new world work together to make the series an inspiring read. Though, they never tell the audience why that guy ate a lizard. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Matt Allegretti May 22, 2013

    The issue ends with an intriguing cliffhanger which leaves you wanting more. Although this comic doesn't quite deliver on its promise of being a Spider Man for the new millennium (at least not yet), it's still off to a strong start with fantastic art and enough zany ideas to make Stan Lee jealous. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 23, 2013

    This joy of discovery is really the appeal of The Bounce, and the expectation that the unexpected is only a few pages away. Finding new takes on the superhero genre is becoming increasingly difficult, and while this first issue may not have the same impact as Casey's Sex, we get the same feeling that he is still setting us up to knock us down later. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jun 22, 2013

    David Messina's style shows to be very smooth, 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. Overall it's not as bad as some make it out to be. Sure it's not something that wows you for a first issue, but it is still interesting and shows some potential for issues to come. Nothing big came out of this issue, but this is something you want to follow because something will come out of this and of course more is to be unraveled about the story later on. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks May 28, 2013

    That, combined with a character disappearing early in the book and some allusions in the middle of the issue to changes in the world and its reality, make me believe that Casey may be delivering something with The Bounce that may be both exactly what we expect and completely unlike what we expect. Isn't that why we want to read superhero comics? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady May 24, 2013

    Getting high to get an adrenaline high from being a superhero is an interesting take on the genre. Also, waking up in a superhero city is a great tease for next issue. Im in for another hit. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jun 1, 2013

    Despite some of my reservations, there is a lot of potential here, even if it's not fully present right out of the gate. In another three issues or so, this might really be something. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fanboys Inc - Oz May 24, 2013

    The book starts with a slow pace, as we watch Jasper getting stoned, leads to him donning the costume and attempting to save the Police Chief. This was a solid start to the book, however the long winded, yet necessary dialogue from The Darling during the second act slowed the book to a near halt. The reveal was somewhat worth the build up, however the pace at which we arrived at it was painful. The third act, in which I was left bewildered and completely confused, another attempt to get me purchase the second issue was just messy. As their approach of limiting information in order to secure future sales has worked on me, I'm hoping the confusion of the first issue is resolved. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Nat Webb May 27, 2013

    I have high hopes for "The Bounce." The first half falls a bit flat, but as the wider world in which Jasper Jenkins operates is slowly revealed, it becomes hard not to be intrigued and excited. Casey has clearly put a lot of thought into the universe he's created for this comic, and it shows. What remains to be seen is whether the payoff will live up to the hints being dropped. The series will probably live or die on the new few issues, as they answer some of the questions raised in the first, including an excellent cliffhanger ending. Meanwhile, Casey and Messina should decide whether they're writing a serious book or not, or at least they should talk to the Image marketing team, who have been selling "The Bounce" as "the ultimate slacker superhero!" The comic is clearly about a lot more than that, and it would be a shame to see potential readers turned off because they expect nothing but weed jokes. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Culture Mass - Brian Martin May 22, 2013

    The Bounce has an interesting story buried inside it. Unfortunately, this initial outing drowns much of that promise in the cynical attitudes of its characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey May 22, 2013

    The biggest problem this issue has is its art. David Messina has clearly studied some Spider-Man books because the main character moves and leaps like everyone's favorite web spinner. That the good. Everything else around that character is not so good. It's never bad, far from it, but it's lacking anything dynamic. There's a lot of talking head pages that just look like, well, talking heads. The Bounce could be going somewhere interesting, but it'll need to get on track quickly if it wants anyone around to see it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Dave McFalls Jun 28, 2013

    Although the details of the story are very familiar and the structure of the first issue doesnt deviate too much from standard superhero comics, theres plenty of evidence in Caseys past writing that readers can expect some surprises. However, as a standalone issue and without the expectations that come with work from Joe Casey, issue one of the Bounce is an average but thoroughly enjoyable comic. Knowing Casey is crafting the story, it will be interesting to see where the story goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair May 22, 2013

    As far as new super heroes goes, The Bounce manages to deliver some decent thrills here and there, but isn’t a game changer for comics by any stretch of the imagination. For the curious only. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jun 2, 2013

    David Messina's artwork tells the story clearly - except when it doesn't, but that's OK, because there's a psychedelic component that comes into play at the end of the issue. Overall, though, he boasts a fairly generic super-hero style. Beyond the apparent influences in his work (I see touches reminiscent of such artists as Terry Dodson and Bryan Hitch here), there's nothing all that distinct to be found here. The designs for the superhuman characters are rather ho-hum as well. The Bounce is OK, but it's also quite forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Johnnie JungleGuts May 23, 2013

    New comic The Bounce features a bouncy guy in a hazmat costume and appears to be a commentary on American drug culture. I don’t think I’ve ever opened a superhero comic book to see a full page image of it’s protagonist smoking a bong! Almost everyone in this comic is trying to alter their state of consciousness and it’s an intriguing premise. Also, there have been a couple bounce-powered superheroes in the past (Speedball and Bouncing Boy are the only one’s that come to mind) but it’s under-explored territory and this guy seems to be the first one of them that might actually be cool. What I didn’t enjoy here was a slight over-saturation of characters, as well as an important plot point that’s either paying homage to Star more

  • 8.0
    strgrv May 26, 2013

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