The Flintstones Vol. 2
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.*
As the highly advanced and intelligent green alien, The Great Gazoo, observes man during the Prehistoric times, he begins to wonder how mankind will survive into the next era. He observes how lazy, commercial, selfish, and vain they have become and wonders how soon they will bring on their own destruction. However, he quickly realizes that he underestimated the human spirit as he beholds a construction foreman disobey his boss and command a rescue mission for a trapped worker. The brave man: Fred Flintstone. The honest and hilarious comic series is back to poke more fun at our current lives and proves that we can be just as the Neanderthals who came before us.
The comic isn’t just fun and games. It also has deep emotional messages that make the reader ponder our current society. For example: Wilma comes from a family who were once hunters and gatherers, but the men became slothful once Wilma’s mother introduced them to a crazy idea known as farming. This created trading in the tribe, which resulted in Wilma’s father trading her to another man in exchange for livestock. That man was not Fred, by the way. This comic is great at giving more insight into the lives of the Flintstones and the Rubbles.
Along with the human story lines are those of the “appliances.” The animals in the Flintstones home are assigned a position to maintain the home. The octopus washes the dishes, the elk-like animal is the coat rack, the small pink mammoth is the vacuum, and the armadillo is the bowling ball. These creatures have feelings and lives as well that you get to see when the humans are sleeping at night. They are a good reminder of how we treat our pets and how we take for granted the comforts of life. A tragic situation occurs with the vacuum and bowling ball that is sad in their world, but not in the world of the humans.
The Pros: Volume two is just as good as one! It does not disappoint.
The Cons: How sad our society has become.
Jer gives it 5/5.