A Modern Stone Age ‘Flinstones’ Comic? Believe It!

I’ve never really been into comics. I have nothing against them. I just only have so much time, and I love TV and movies (and music and podcasts and so on), and I never quite glommed onto comics when I was younger. That being said, right now like a lot of people I am looking for stuff to do around the house. My down time is not filling itself as naturally. I also happened to have a free trial of DC Universe so I could watch the second season of Harley Quinn. This gave me access to the DC Comics catalog, and so I decided to dive in.

Did I read a handful of Batman ’66 comics and Teen Titans Go! comics? Of course. I also checked out some classic characters being “modernized” for comic fans. I was truly curious about the Scooby-Doo story they did that took place in a post-apocalyptic world of monsters. Shaggy is a hipster with a mustache and tattoos. In fact, when the comic begins the gang don’t even know each other. They come together in a time of crisis. I didn’t love this conceptually, and the novelty wore off after about four issues. I’ve had my fill of prequels. I also tried the Jetsons short run, but that wasn’t good. It was just dull.

However, much to my surprise I really enjoyed the 12-issue run they did of a The Flintstones comic. I don’t like the cartoon The Flintstones. It’s really simplistic and the comedy is corny. I watched it as a kid, but as an adult I find it creaky. That wasn’t the case with the comic. It does some of the same stuff, namely a lot of prehistoric puns. However, it has more depth and sharper comedy. There is a lot of satire and social commentary in it. Some of it is a little heavy handed or simplistic, but mostly I dug it. Also, I should note Pebbles and Bamm Bamm are teenagers, and Pebbles seems to be a punk. Which, in prehistoric times, is pretty funny.

Even if you aren’t into comics, or The Flintstones, I think you should consider checking out this comic run. It’s only 12 issues, after all. Honestly, I figured I’d just be reading one or two for the novelty, like with the Scooby-Doo one. Instead, I read it all, and was happy to do so.

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