Comic recommendation of the day The Flintstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh

Comic recommendation of the day

The Flintstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh

This is a new comic. First collection just came out. Best new thing I’ve read in some time. Highly recommended.

It’s not what I expected.

First, it should be noted this is not for children.

The characters and setting are completely familiar. Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Pebbles & Bam-Bam (though both now seeming to be pre-teens). Bedrock looks much as we left it.

The art style is different. The faces have been reimagined, though their outfits will be familiar.

And the humor is… different. Where the Flintstones cartoon accepted the values of its times and used them as a backdrop, this comic confronts the values of our time. It takes on a range of topics: capitalism, war, politics, religion, marriage, gay marriage, science, news… and handles all pretty smartly.

It’s humor is densely packed. A single gag often only takes one panel before moving on to the next one. Except “gag” isn’t really the word. It’s more dark and somber humor. Though sometimes without the humor.

It’s the story of the first human civilization. And they try things out and make mistakes. And those mistakes look a lot like our own.

Now, keep in mind that this is not a work of accurate historical fiction. If you look closely enough, you will spot anachronisms. Take a scene where the family is watching TV while Dino sleeps on the floor. In actuality, scientists and historians agree that dinosaurs were extinct BEFORE television was invented.

Brand new series. Not to be missed. First volume here. Only $4 for the digital version.

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