The Flintstones #3

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Steve Pugh Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 10
7.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

A field trip to the planetarium unexpectedly results in an alien invasion. As interplanetary spring breakers overwhelm Bedrock, Fred, Barney, and the Loyal Order of the Water Buffalos are called into action.

  • 10
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Sep 7, 2016

    The Flintstones #3 is flat-out excellent. The artwork by Steve Pugh and Chris Chuckry is stellar, but the scripting by Mark Russell stands out this issue. Both humorous and touching, it displays the great range of emotions a twenty-page comic can elicit. Previous issues showed Russell's grasp of the characters, but this chapter helps to cement the tone the book is going for as the broader world of Bedrock comes into play. Joe's story is moving, and the way he and his fellow vets are treated by society provides powerful commentary on the treatment of real-life veterans. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Allen Wiggs Sep 9, 2016

    This is the third month in a row I have said The Flintstones is amazing, and you should buy it right now. Don't worry; this isn't another long review reiterating the wonderfulness of this comic and cover the various points of satire within. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Sep 8, 2016

    With THE FLINTSTONES #3, Mark Russell and Steve Pugh prove once again that the modern Stone Age family’s tales are in the more-than-competent hands of creators who both respect the source material and aren’t afraid to use satire to inject a story with heart and message. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Sep 7, 2016

    “The Flinstones” continues to be the boldest Hanna – Barbera series that DC is putting out. With sharp commentary and witty visuals, there's a lot to like here even if it isn't as sweet as you remember it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Sep 7, 2016

    The town of Bedrock is beset by little green men, and I don't mean leprechauns. This is a pretty entertaining story with a little bit of pathos to keep things interesting. The artwork is fantastic, I'm fully used to the character designs now and recognize everyone pretty easily. If you enjoyed the Flintstones cartoon (or still enjoy it), then you could do worse than to give this comic book a look-see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The GCRN - Dan Clark Sep 14, 2016

    After the attempt to launch a chimp into space the action catches the attention of alien creatures that come down and visit. Seeing how primitive the world is they shortly leave, however shortly after their adolescent coedsshow up to have galactic spring break. They causemajor death and destruction leadingFred and Barney to rally their fellow Water Buffalos into battle. By the time all the events unfold and the last page was read I was left awestruck. It is challenging to even quantify the experience of this series so far. Part of you wants to laugh at its audacity, part is shocked DC and Hanna Barbera would let this be released, and part of me just wants a hug due to how darkly depressing things can get. I can not guarantee you that you will read this series and enjoy it, but I can guarantee you it will be like nothing else you read this year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Kieran Fisher Sep 8, 2016

    Overall, this is fun and wacky stuff. But it touches on serious topical issues in a way thats light, but still thought provoking. This was much better than I ever could have imagined; I might be a lukewarm casual when it comes to the cartoon, but Russells and Pughs latest comic incarnation has my attention. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 7, 2016

    Russell gives us a funny take on the classic characters, and we get another familiar face debuting too. The issue is entertaining from start to finish as there's the classic humor of The Flintstones mixed with a modern take on culture. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 12, 2016

    The long and short of it all is: This issue is very confusing, in all the best ways. The Flintstones #3 takes aim at modern society through the lens of cavemen (the Bedrock School Bus panel was quite amusing) who aren't really cavemen at all, with amusing jokes, good-looking art and only a few bits that didn't land. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Sep 7, 2016

    This book stretches everything you think you know about the residents of Bedrock. It is clever, it is funny, and it is touching. While this book is rated T, it might go over some younger readers' heads. Still, this is a solid book and it is promising. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Sep 7, 2016

    By chasing after every joke they can think of, Mark Russell and Steve Pugh don’t spend any time developing or exploring any of the jokes. There’s one great panel riffing on David Bowie’s song “Major Tom” that goes nowhere while they keep coming back to this depressed veteran without ever making it funny. It’s a labored attempt at humor which is representative of most of the humor in this issue. If this is satire, it’s hard to tell who or what Russell and Pugh are trying to skewer with their humor, because there’s no focus to any of the jokes in The Flintstones #3. Read Full Review

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