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Preview: The Bounce volume 1


20-something lives a double life in November graphic novel by Joe Casey and David Messina

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Jasper Jenkins is a pretty typical 20-something — who just happens to have gained superpowers through very surreal circumstances. When he’s not hanging out and doing a lot of nothing, Jasper 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. And it’s this slacker and this world that Joe Casey (SEX, BUTCHER BAKER THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER) and David Messina explore in their super-sized Image Comics graphic novel THE BOUNCE, out this winter. Continue reading Preview: The Bounce volume 1

Review: Green Lantern Corps #33

Review: Green Lantern Corps #33

Written by Van Jensen

Art by Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo

After three long months, finally the Uprising crossover event comes to its conclusion here in this issue with surprisingly personal results for John Stewart. Now if only this issue was easy to talk about without slipping into spoiler territory…

The Good

I have said it before and I will say it again, Green Lantern Corp is a way better book than its companion title, Green Lantern. Whereas Green Lantern is more concerned with great epic conflicts and the tough decisions regarding leadership, Green Lantern Corp is actually about characters and their personal journeys. Never has this been more evident than now as the last issue of Green Lantern was just one big battle, but this issue of GL Corp is about that battle’s fallout as it pertains to Stewart and his relationship with Fatality. Some readers may not like the twist that occurs in this issue, but I did. It solidly progressed Stewart and set the stage for the next story line. Von Daggle and Mogo also had a big moment in this issue that progresses both of their stories immensely. I also love Chang’s artwork in this book. His somewhat cartoony pencils match Maiolo’s bright and vibrant colors perfectly to make a wonderful viewing experience.

The Bad

There is some clunky dialogue in this issue. Yeah, I know they had to explain the big twist, but the twist wasn’t that complicated so the explanation didn’t have to read like it was coming from a robot. I also am unsure about the new villains that were revealed at the end. I know I’ve only seen one page of them and it is way to early to judge, but I already feel like we are going to be seeing more or less the same things we have been seeing for a while in the Lantern franchise. I just want something a little different.

The Verdict

This was a really good issue in my opinion. It doesn’t completely wash away the bad taste that Uprising as a whole has put in my mouth, but it was still really good. The art was great as usual as well as the story, even though it did suffer from some bad dialogue.

Story: 4 out of 5

Art: 4 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5