Pastrami Comic Book Review: The Bounce #1

Pastrami Comic Book Review: The Bounce #1


Review by Chris Guzman-Pastrami Nation

Writer: Joe Casey

Artist: David Messina

Publisher: Image Comics (

A whole new vibe is bubbling from the underground. Our drug fueled super hero is bouncing from one reality to the next in the new series brought to light by Image Comics, The Bounce. Seasoned veterans Joe Casey (Ben 10, Uncanny X-Men, Adventures of Superman) and David Messina (Old Friends, Star Trek: Nero, Star Trek: Countdown) bring us the story of Jasper Jenkins,  a young model citizen here to save the world.

Well not exactly: this story takes an immediately left to a breath of fresh air from the run of the mill superhero story and it’s a good thing. The first scene has our hero Jasper taking hit from the bong well deep in philosophical conversation of the morals and good will of society. Even though the story at times has hints of comics’ web-headed superstar, the story so far is different and has potential for a great read. In the beginning, you can see our characters struggle from the stressed out Vicodin-infused District Attorney to our pot smoking boy wonder: we are eager to see these characters take shape. Substance abuse has become a staple in American society: and this story appears to address the diversity that makes it stand out.

The illuminati-like Black project that is building up in the background will definitely set the stage for Jasper to be tested. The question is how and what side will it be. Joe Casey is known for shaking it up: this man can tell a story. The artwork in this issue does not disappoint either, as David Messina continues to provide his brand of high caliber artwork to the four color pages of comics. Penning and colors are visually complementing, helping move the story along smoothly. You will definitely get good “vibes” from this series. I look forward to the character’s journey of soul searching and hopefully a little rehab along the way. This issue is a four out of five on the Pastrami Nation scale. Be-oing!

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