Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Modern Stone Age Family

Mark Russell & Steve Pugh “The Flintstones, Vol 1” (DC Comics, 2017)

Let me just say that this is my new jam.

Back in the day, the Flintstones were riffing on contemporary culture. Russell keeps that idea, updating it of course for our times. It is biting satire, critiquing bigotry, warmongering, and consumerism, just to name a few.

While the issues themselves are primary self-contained, there are some through lines that slowly develop.

When I first heard how good this was, I admit I found it hard to believe.  But they weren’t lying! Read it! Tell your friends! I can’t wait for the second volume.

I can defeat you with my BAT STYLE

Hope Larsen & Raphael Albuquerque “Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside” (DC Comics, 2017)

Babs takes her show on the road, leaves Gotham and backpacks through Asia.  She meets and hooks up with a guy from her high school days (?!), and stumbles across some costumed villains, the way that superheroes tend to do.

This isn’t a bad stretch of comics, but I would really struggle to find things in particular to recommend them. The writing and art are certainly very good. It’s just that the villains seems inconsequential and the side characters are boring at best. Maybe development of one or the other would be an answer?

If you are a fan of the book, by all means you should read on. If you are looking for a new book to pick up, there’s no real reason to select this over quite a few other titles.

Let’s hope the book picks up in the next arc.