Review: The Flintstones #3
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.
Writer Mark Russell continues to use The Flintstones has commentary of modern society in this issue that covers everything from how we treat veterans to science for show. Russell is a master satirist and this issue is sly when it comes to that and he does it with every small detail in the comic.
Most of the issue centers around a chimp being sent into space for the amusement of a visiting school group, which then signals aliens to come visit the citizens of Bedrock. We could get an issue talking about different cultures or immigration, but no, Russell goes after “bros” in a humorous Spring Break gone wild.
And the humor is throughout as I found myself both irritated by the alien bros as I was giggling at everything going on. The commentary isn’t super deep as far as that, Russell instead saves that for his focus on how we treat veterans, a sub-story that’s both said and entertaining. The less I say the better, but think Mars Attacks and you get a good idea as to what you can expect in this issue.
The art by Steve Pugh continues to be interesting. Generally, its been growing on me. I’m not the biggest fan of how Fred and Barney look, but I’ve gotten used to it the more I’ve been reading the series.
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.
Story: Mark Russell Art: Steve Pugh
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read
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