The Flintstones Vol. 1
Author: Mark Russell
Illustration: Steve Pugh
Graphic Novel Released: 2017
Publisher: DC Comics
Free from Netgalley
*I received this volume from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.*
“Yabba-Dabba-Doo” is the phrase that veterans of the Paleolithic Wars recite as they sit in their weekly meeting. The therapist reminds them that the silly jargon is a way for them to cope with tense situations. Amongst those veterans sit Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. They, along with hundreds of other men, fought in an emotional tolling war against the tree people, and are now considered a burden to the very society they fought for. This theme towards veterans along with many others (religion, consumerism, relationships, racism, and politics) are discussed in this honest, but hilarious story of everyone’s favorite prehistoric family- the Flintstones.
I don’t want to give too much detail away, because I feel that everyone should read this volume. It has plenty of humor with the right amount of heart. It shows an emotional side of Fred Flintstone and his love for his wife, Wilma. It also shows his daily struggles of trying to keep up with the way of the world and dealing with his boss, Mr. Slate. It gives a little back story into Wilma’s childhood and why she loves to paint. The city of Bedrock never looked more realistic and hip. Barney, Betty, and teens Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm make for some great supporting characters, as does the lovable Dino.
The Pros: The appearance of these characters are much different than the classic animated series. The men appear very muscular while the women appear stylish. Fred could give the Hulk a run for his money in an arm wrestle with the size of his “guns.” The story was clever. It never lagged, and kept me interested until the end.
The Cons: For the younger readers, be advised that there is some profanity and also minor sexual themes.
Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones.
Jer gives it 5/5.