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The Flintstones, Vol. 1
by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh (Illustrator)
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The modern Stone Age family gets even more modern in this latest DC Comics reboot. Parts of this remind me of All in the Family and other parts remind me of Mad Men, which is what I was expecting with this reboot. Overall, it's a fun comic book and the art is eye candy. I wasn't that impressed with the writing though. The first few issues were alright, but I think it improves half way through this volume. I'm excited to see where this comic goes and to see more stories from Bedrock. I hope the Jetsons comic book they have planned next is like this one. ( )
Not what I was expecting. A dark humoured social commentary covering everything from (gay) marriage, consumerism, to the treatment of migrant workers and PTSD in soldiers.
I liked the satire - it was cute, and it was funny. It wasn't as great as I was imagining based on the review I read, but I'd recommend it to others.
Why does this exist? It isn't funny. It isn't even pleasant to read. And it certainly isn't the Flintstones. Must be something to do with preserving the trademark, right?
I received a copy of this book for free through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'd been hearing buzz about this book for some time. Small pictures here an there showed it to be a maturely drawn, titillating sociopolitical study of sorts. Around the time people started sharing pictures of the Neanderthals and the marriage retreat protests I knew I had to get my hands on this. This TPB collects issues one through six and shows [book: The Flintstones] truly deserves not only the buzz, but the title of one of the best comics of 2016. This easily could have been a kid's comic with all of the Odd Couple hilarity the show originally had - instead it's a truly beautiful commentary on life itself.
[book: The Flintstones] uses the past to hold a mirror up to the future. From the hilarity of the Mall and television telling everyone that now that they're a civilization they need to be buying the hot new product: Crap, to the commentary about why domestication originally happened and that marriage is another form of it - this comic is brilliant. Having aliens set down and Gazoo be the one to stop the aliens on spring break from partying there was a hilarious move, and Professor Sargon being a poorly disguised Sagan proclaiming that atoms come together because they're lonely was sheer brilliance. This comic produced laughs, but also reflection which still shock me now.
Fred and Barney are veterans with PTSD, but they're also devoted husbands and members of the community. Wilma wants to be an artist, and Betty wants nothing but to be a mom. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are teens with their own troubles in school, and close and loving friends. The comic is cutting in its commentary, but it never loses its sweet, wholesome heart. This is still the Flintstones, just for an older audience - and man, I love it just as much as I loved the cartoon growing up.
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"Fred and Barney reunite for Mark Russell's modern take on Hanna-Barbera's most famous stone-age family! This new series starring the first family of Bedrock (and civilization, really) tells the story of who we are and why we do what we do as if it all began with Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, and the rest of the citizens of Bedrock. Shining a light on humanity's ancient customs and institutions in a funny origin story of human civilization, Mark Russell (PREZ) blends modern interpretations with Hanna-Barbera's classic character's, bringing a breath of fresh stone-age air."--
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