Before we go any further if you need a reminder of who Hanna Barbera is well here are a few names that will help jog your memories; Yogi Bear, Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, Top Cat, Wacky Races, Josie and the Pussy Cats and their first ever DC crossover The Super Friends. So working in reverse of Super Friends we now have DC Comics pay homage to the original tales and it has been a real treat. Now if none of the shows I mentioned ring a bell with you then please return to that rock you live under and call home. I mean where have the been the past few decades?
I grew up with the Flintstones as I was stuck with my sisters old VHS tapes to watch and watch them I did. To this day I can still sing the Flintstones, the oh so iconic theme tune. This is why when DC Comics announced that they where releasing their Hanna Barbera range I made sure I got first dibs on this book, although if you are interested by what you see here check out some of the other comic book reviews by our writer Siobhan. If any of you are in the dark ,once these series where announced I was curious how where they going to make this work but you know what they really did. The team behind this comic book have really breathed life back into this franchise using its immature and fun background to discuss some serious and some not so serious issues. Issues such as abuse of low wage migrant workers.
The character redesigns are fantastic as they help bring the characters into the 21st century. One of the most appealing factors is the flushing out of Bedrock’s history and society, reading this you could actually believe that this was a real place at one time. I am a massive history buff and just last night I had been watching a documentary about the First World War and showing how we keep making the same mistakes, which is another reason why I liked this comic book. It proposes the same concept, that humans are doomed to make the same mistakes over and over again, so hey we ain’t so bad. If you’re looking for something which is original but very familiar then this might be the comic book. It’s new, fresh ,vibrant ,has great art and a story that will make you think, plus there are a few laughs included. Worst case scenario is that you can just stick on the classic theme and have a gay old time.
The Flintstones #1 is available to buy from today by clicking here or by visiting your local comic book retailer.