Most of us have no doubt been enjoying the DC’s launch of Rebirth titles, but they have launched a line of Hanna Barbera titles as well. It started last month with Jonny Quest and this week we get the a modern take on the prehistoric family The Flintstones. The classic themes of the show are still present but are presented in a more mature fashion, especially Fred’s relationship with his boss Mr. Slate. Who without a doubt will be the one putting Fred into difficult situations going forward for his personal gain. The most interesting aspect of this book was that they made Fred and Barney war veterans (I don’t remember from the cartoon if it was ever mentioned if he was a soldier). This was established pretty early on in the issues so I wonder how much it will come into play going forward. This book definitely has a darker tone to it. For example they go see a fight and in one of the panels following we see the loser getting pecked by pterodactyls and the winner is calming giving an interview nearby.
Overall it is a solid start for anyone who grew up with the television show. The book begins and ends in present day at a museum that features one of the characters from this story. Although I wasn’t a big fan of the cover by Steve Pugh, the line work in the interiors was fantastic. The facial expressions throughout the book almost tell the story itself. The bright colors by Chris Chuckry compliment Steve’s work very well, it’s a great book to look at. There is a pretty cool spread on the second and third page of the town of Bedrock depicting different destination with great names that are fun play on worlds. With how well I feel this title did could we possibly get a Jetsons title? (That is just wishful thinking as they were my favorites)
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Mark Russell
Artwork: Steve Pugh
Colors: Chris Chuckry