If Sex is Joe Casey's seedy, R rated take on Batman, then The Bounce is the writer's attempt at a modern portrayal of Spider-Man. Created by Casey and artist David Messina and published by Image, The Bounce stars Jasper Jenkins, a slacker who spends a good chunk of his day getting high. But at night, Jenkins is the Bounce, a superhero blessed with the ability to, well... bounce (think the New Warrior's Speedball, but minus the colorful bubbles). Certainly, the differences between Spider-Man and The Bounce are profound -- at one point Jenkins tries a new drug from street villain the Fog -- but as the story evolves, you see there's much more to the character and the title than that. Like Spider-Man, Jenkins is a young, funny, engaging, and relatable hero. Unlike Spider-Man, he smokes a lot of weed.

In issue #4, the Bounce takes on the Horror, and fights through a language barrier to figure out whether or not he's really his enemy. Image Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a five page preview of The Bounce #4, which you can view below.

 

The Bounce #4
Writer: Joe Casey
Artist: David Messina

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!

 

The Bounce #4 goes on sale Wednesday, August 21, at your local comic shop and digitally via ComiXology and Image Comics.