Review – The Bounce #9 (Image)

the-bounce-09Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Joe Casey
Artist: David Messina
Release Date: 29th January 2014

For those who haven’t picked up on this series, what we have here is a stoned slacker named Jasper Jenkins who fights crime by night using his power to (you guessed it) bounce off any surface.

The first few issues were pretty much ‘monster of the week’ type deals with similarly monikered capes and villains such as The Vamp, The Fog, The Horror and the stunningly named Vainglorious Vox but as the series has progressed there has been more of an arc developing, which gets even more bat-poo mental as we go along.

The standout feature of this title is the artwork by Dave Messina, either trippy as hell – thereby illustrating our hero’s medicated fugue – or well defined where it suits the setting. It’s always colourful, always conveying a sense of motion or emotion as necessary and always draws your eye in.

With his smart mouth and slacker-cum-superhero schtick, Jasper evokes a sense of Spider Man and Kick-Ass with some more nihilistic qualities, as exemplified by his explicit drug habit.

The plot of the series (and this issue) involves capes, conspiracies, time travel, inter dimensional entities, all revolving around the foggy perception of a drugged out loser who chooses to use his superpower for good. What’s not to love?

This issue features exposition that twists the plot arc in a few new ways and also some pleasingly intense fight scenes, closing with a seemingly innocuous conversation that threatens to send everything going that one step closer to absolute insanity.

Rating: 4/5.

The writer of this piece was: Chris Napier
You can also find Chris on Twitter.

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