The Flintstones #9
Comic review by Paul Fiander
Written by Mark Russell
Pencils Steve Pugh
Inks Steve Pugh
Colored by Chris Chuckry
Cover by Steve Pugh
Over nine issues The Flintstones has shown how political satire can be created in an engaging and fun way. When the series was first announced I will admit like many I did not know what to expect. The idea of a fun romp through pseudo prehistoric world was appealing but I thought it would be a fun aside little did I know what this series would become. As a child I Devoured Spitting Image, a short sketch show where the power brokers of Britain and the world where shown in a light that exposed their shortcomings. While each issue of the Flintstones is longer it nonetheless does a similar job in looking at and exposing the failings of society.
Here we take a look at the world of religion and business within the main story, as Mr Slate is won over by the promise of a new leader who wants him to embrace his station. This is not a subtle look at the corporate world and how they react to the world in the pursuit of wealth. However the focus on a single individual in this case Mr Slate personalises the whole situation rather than looking at a faceless entity. The standout scene however must be the speech by Slate to his staff, it's telling that even in words alone the power of the address can be felt from the page. The Lettering by Dave Sharpe helps to emphasis this as together with Mark Russell's script you can help be drawn in. At this time we should be aware of the power of rhetoric and Russell highlighting this is timely in its presentation.
There is a secondary story as we have come to expect from the series that is related and plays out in sequence with the main plot. It involves the discarding of a perfectly good bowling ball and its subsequent fate. As you may know all the appliances in the Flintstone's world are living animals so replacing them has a mortal cost. This leaves the other household help to launch a rescue mission to bring their friend back home. It's a nice aside but still shows fun even in a rather serious situation.
If you have not jumped onto The Flintstones yet I highly recommend it. It's fun with wonderful art by Steve Pugh and colours by Chris Chuckry that resemble the cartoon figures but add a measure of reality to proceedings. This mixed with the real world issues that have permeated the series to date make the Flintstones a must buy and one of the highlights of Comics for me at the moment.