THE BOUNCE Springs its Way to Another Sell-Out
Posted on September 19, 2013 by Jamie Parreno
Who Says Slacker Heroes Can’t Succeed?
THE BOUNCE #5, written by Joe Casey and drawn by David Messina, has sold out at the distributor level. THE BOUNCE stars Jasper Jenkins, just your average, twenty-something guy who gained his powers though surreal circumstances. When he's not hanging out and doing a lot of nothing, he puts on a costume and hits the streets as the Bounce, a superhero in a world that's not used to super-powered heroes and villains. Jenkins may be a slacker superhero, but THE BOUNCE is loaded with depth, as Casey and Messina explore what would make a person put on a costume and fight crime, the pressures of modern identity politics, and even some good old-fashioned superheroic action.
"I'm feelin' all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that we've got a dedicated readership out there who seem to be as invested in buying this series as we are in creating it every month," says Casey. "And the surrealism of this thing is just getting started. There's still plenty of secrets yet to be revealed."
The comics press has been enjoying the nuanced approach Casey and Messina employ in THE BOUNCE:
"Joe Casey pens the script and from the first page to the final panel he sets out to challenge his audience. By using a confrontation that results in an overreaction then a fatality he lifts a magnifying glass over the strengths and fears of Jasper Jenkins. It’s hard not to relate to the story, as crazy as it is, because the scribe does an amazing job delivering organic dialogue that feels innately human."
Harrison Rawdin, Unleash the Fanboy
"But overall, this where much of the brilliance and enjoyment of The Bounce comes from–its ability to mix the two worlds of superheroics and social commentary so well, a microcosm of the larger scale issues that it addresses in its pages. In many instances, it demands second–and even third–readings to appreciate its nuances... the Bounce is indeed like Spider-Man for a new generation, only with a far more nuanced social conscience and understanding of the complexities of wanting–but not being able–to just be who you are at all times without fear of reprisal."
Matt LeMaire, The MacGuffin
THE BOUNCE #5 may still be available in your local comic store and is available digitally on the Image website (imagecomics.com) and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well on Comixology on the web (comixology.com), iOS, and Android.
THE BOUNCE #6 releases 10/23 and can be pre-ordered now (Diamond Code AUG130687).
More of The Bounce
The Bounce #12
May 14, 2014
GET READY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD! Nothing you've seen so far could prepare you for the event that occurs in this issue! And the Bounce is at ground zero! After this, NOTHING will ever be the same! BUY IT AND LOVE IT!
The Bounce #11
March 26, 2014
SO MUCH STUFF CRAMMED INTO THIS ISSUE, YOU WON'T BELIEVE IT!
You've had questions? We've got answers! The Darling is ready to show his hand! And the Bounce is ready to break on through to the other side! Try to run! Try to hide! But whatever you do, DON'T MISS IT!
The Bounce #9
January 29, 2014
When the Darling hosts a dinner party, you'd better believe there's something special on the menu! Meanwhile, the Bounce finds himself public enemy number one! The police are after him! The military is after him! What happens when a superhero head collides with the straight world?!
The Bounce #8
December 18, 2013
The s#!t is hitting the fan in a big, bad way! The Bounce's grip on this reality is getting looser all the time. Meanwhile, the Darling is ready to strike! All this, and inter-dimensional pornography, too! We dare not tell you more!
The Bounce #7
November 13, 2013
THE BOUNCE AND THE VAMP — A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!
But how does her sordid history tie in with his? Is the world really as dirty as it feels? Only the Darling knows for sure! Watch out — this issue is live like a suicide!
The Bounce #6
October 23, 2013
BIG SECRETS REVEALED THIS ISSUE!
What has The Darling seen that has changed him forever? Is there anything worse than the death of a hero? And what does that mean for The Bounce and the twisted world he lives in? Meanwhile, The Vamp makes her big move!
The Bounce #5
September 18, 2013
THE BOUNCE CAN'T CATCH A BREAK – EVEN ON A DATE!
Japser Jenkins is taking his first step into a larger world (and if you didn't catch that reference, turn in your geek credentials on your way out the door!). And who is Vainglorious Vox?! Plus, prepare to explore the mysteries of the Darling!
The Bounce #4
August 21, 2013
The Bounce is confronted with a classic superhero dilemma: Is the Horror an enemy... or a kindred spirit? Meanwhile, Jasper Jenkins is confronted with a classic relationship dilemma: Is his potential girlfriend smarter than he is? All this, and THE VAMP, too!