Written by Joe Casey
Art by David Messina
Colors by Giovanna Niro
From the very first panel of Joe Casey’s new image title The Bounce two things are immediately obvious. First that his latest invention is heavily influenced by Spider-Man, after all we have a young, thin, unkempt college age white male sitting around what appears to be a dorm room in lounge wear and second that there is no way you would ever see this story in a Spider-Man comic, as that main character is first seen taken a hit off of a rather large bong.
I started off not liking this comic book. As you read through the first twenty pages it seems like it is nothing more than a comic writer finally being able to treat his characters as adults for the first time, complete with large amounts of profanity, however it felt like Casey had no idea how to properly use that adult content and language which gave most of the profanity the feeling of being forced to me.
The action quickly jumps from the college dorm to a rooftop fight between the protagonist and a costume villain named Crunch and while I did like the idea of a superhero who rolls himself into a ball and like a human bouncy ball bounces off things the whole fight scene is rather boring. Mostly this is caused by the villain whose signature move is apparently to grab people and squeeze them till they die. All and all that doesn’t make for the most visually exciting fight scene.
As the comic continues we see the police task force meant to hunt down the costumed characters, followed by a long and boring super villain monologue in which we learn someone, somewhere has a nefarious plan and finally we return to our protagonist in a bar where he is once again scoring drugs.
The problem with all of the scenes in this book is that at no point do we learn anything about any of the characters and without a means of relating to the story it makes this story in a word, boring. The major selling point of this story comes in the last few panels in which our protagonist finds out the drugs he has just purchased are in fact the inhaled vapor that is the disembodied spirit of the mutant drug dealer he has just made a deal with and after a rainbow colored light show he wakes up in costume in a new world which seems to be populated by costumed vigilantes. It is this WTF moment and the mystery inherent to it that is supposed to draw the reader back for a second issue and I am just not sure that there is enough mystery there to get the job done.
Good art might improve this comic’s chances off lasting long enough to build a following unfortunately David Messina’s art while perfectly enjoyable is nothing to write home about, it is neither exceptional nor horrible. In addition Giovanna Niro’s colors are on the tame side and serve along with the art and story to make this whole book feel under motivated and to be honest if the creators aren’t passionate about making it then why should we be passionate about reading it.
My verdict is to save the $2.99, wait and see if anything comes of this series.