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The Flintstones #1

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Steve Pugh Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 6, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 19
6.9Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Welcome to Bedrock, where Paleolithic humans head to dinner for a taste of artisanal mammoth after shopping at Neandertall & Big Men's Clothing, where Wilma shows her modern art, and where, if you take a plane, you could literally end up sitting ON the tail section. Join Fred and Barney as Mister Slate sends them on a mission to show some Neanderthals a night on the town in hopes of luring them into this new system called "working for a living." In Slate's Quarry, of course. Is Fred's ship about to come in? Find out when the gang finishes out the evening at the employee hot tub party, where they learn how the one percent lives here in Bedrock more

  • 10
    AVN Today - Trin D Jul 7, 2016

    A great debut, backed by a creative team that seems to understand the property and what made it endearing to so many. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Allen Wiggs Jul 6, 2016

    I can't recommend this book enough, this could be the lone issue and would be worth the entire Hanna Barbara reboot. It definitely validates dealing with Scooby Apocalypse for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jul 6, 2016

    The real trick will be accepting the tone shift, from outright humor to more subtle satire with a trace of melancholia. It may be too much for some fans of the original series and not subversive enough for fans for Russells previous series. But either way, its definitely worth watching. I have a feeling this is one where the series as a whole is going to get richer and richer as it goes along. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Pwaelchl Jul 6, 2016

    Russell and Pugh have created a unique and timely take on The Flinstones. This is not The Flintstones of old, but this modern stone age family has a lot to say about our current world. If Russell stays with this direction and doesn't lean further into the trendy one liners, DC has a socially meaningful and successful new book on the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 11, 2016

    We're not actually complaining though, it's a welcome addition to the beloved cartoon series. And actually, seeing that the writers have taken the time to keep the humour in and add some emotional beats in makes reading it all the more worthwhile. Genuinely, give The Flintstones a go, you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jul 6, 2016

    In terms of art, Steve Pugh ends up being a great choice for the book and nails that feeling that I feel the script is going for, and again gets closer than any of the other books to the original cartoon. There's a very bouncy and cartoony style to Bedrock which is great. It's very colorful and upbeat while still feeling like an inhabited world. It contrasts nicely with the characters, who feel surprisingly real and human. The designs look fantastic at harkening back to the original show designs and keeping them nicely simplistic (thankfully Fred isn't given unnecessary armor lines and a chin strap) while still allowing for very real human emotion and gentle moments. Everything about the book looks inventive and fresh and feels like an absolutely perfect modernization of a classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Jul 6, 2016

    The Flintstones #1 is a great debut, backed by a creative team that seems to understand the property and what made it endearing to so many. Avoiding the pitfalls that plague many reboots, Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, and Chris Chuckry all use their talents to bring the Flintstone family into a modern aesthetic without going "dark" with it. For readers seekinga fun book to sink their sabre-teeth into, look no further thanThe Flintstones. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 6, 2016

    Whether you were a hardcore Flintstones fan or a casual viewer, there is a lot to enjoy here. Mark Russell's new take on the characters is intriguing. Along with Steve Pugh's art and Chris Chuckry's colors, this is definitely the Flintstones in a way you haven't seen before. A lot of the essence of the animated series has been captured, yet the characters all have a fresh feel to them. As long as you can handle the reinterpretation, you will have a fun time reading this book. Chances are you've grown since you were first introduced to the characters. Russell and DC have allowed the characters and tone of the book to grow along with you. This book is absolutely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 5, 2016

    This is a must-read for every Flinstones fan, every kid who grew up with this on the TV, and every adult who wants their childhood back; here it is. Enjoy! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 6, 2016

    The first issue is a solid one, though doesn't quite knock it out of the park. It feels a lot like the classic cartoon and Russell is holding back the smart-ass humor he's shown elsewhere. Hopefully, we see more of that going forward, and if we do, it'll be a huge winner. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jul 6, 2016

    If you enjoyed the comedy stylings and setting of the Flintstones as a kid, then there's a good chance you'll enjoy this comic book. It's the Town of Bedrock, updated in ways besides making once innocent characters into cynical jerks. The art is pretty nice, though it was difficult for me to get the original character designs out of my mind while reading it. Really, this book's biggest failing is that it is too mired in the same formulaic situations and gender roles that defined the original run of the cartoon. But then, this is just the first issue, so I don't expect the mold to be completely broken yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Fandom Post - Richard Gutierrez Jul 7, 2016

    The Flintstones may have been a promising premise, but the execution of the idea ran into a several stumbling blocks, namely the sacrifice of the humor to make it more sympathetic to a modern reader. This series was supposed to tribute to the original show, but somehow it has become something else entirely, and not in a good way. Hopefully this was only done to change the mood for his initial issue, otherwise, we may be in for a bumpy ride with no way to stop other than our bare feet! Read Full Review

  • 5.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 7, 2016

    Mark Russell uses the Flintstones concept to provide a little social commentary on the pitfalls of civilization. But this issue never finds its focus or even seems entirely sure what kind of story it's trying to tell. It straddles the line between comedy and drama without managing either one particularly well. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Jul 9, 2016

    Fred and Wilma both may be very handsome, but their being nice to look at does not equate to a nice comic. Readers may be shocked at just how mean-spirited The Flintstones #1 is. The only vaguely likable characters in the issue are the lead couple. Everyone expresses some form of social disorder, Barney appears racist, Betty is self-obsessed, and Mr. Slate is a monster. It is a cruel funhouse mirror held up to the American people that expresses nothing but distaste, albeit often in a hilarious fashion. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Arron Ferguson Jul 7, 2016

    In short: The Flintstonesis a little good. A little bad. But very interesting… Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jul 7, 2016

    The creative team behind "The Flintstones" #1 was reason enough to hope this book would be one of the best of the week or even the month. Instead it's one of the biggest disappointments so far this year. Hopefully the writing can improve with future issues and catch up with Pugh and Chuckry's admirable art. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jul 6, 2016

    Flintstones may very well be DC's first significant backfire in the Hanna-Barbera revamp line. There's not a lot of classic Flinstones still on the market, but they did appear in an issue ofScooby-Doo Team-Up which may be a more satisfying read. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 6, 2016

    Even the original Flintstones series got savaged by critics before hitting its cultural stride. I can only hope that's the case with this series, considering that both Russell and Pugh are talented creators in their own right. But this opening issue of The Flintstones feels like its priorities are in the wrong place " this modern stone-age family feels like they're playing second fiddle in their own book. Read Full Review

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