30/03/2017 2:39 PM AEDT | Updated 30/03/2017 5:36 PM AEDT

'The Flintstones' Comic Is Surprisingly Deep And People Are Shook

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When you hear 'The Flintstones' it might conjure fond memories of Fred's bowling nights, those sassy animal appliances, or even just the many cries of "WIIIILMAAAA", but DC Comics are doing things a little differently and people are absolutely loving it.

Beginning its run in July 2016, 'The Flintstones' is a totally revamped look at the characters and prehistoric world we know and love, with tons of existential dread, but the biggest shock is how brilliant it is.

Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty are all still in Bedrock, but they're struggling with racism, threats of war, the role of art, and the taboo nature of the modern state of marriage. Yeah, that's right, marriage is the modern institution threatening the traditions of "sex cave" living.

Mark Russell's writing combined with Steve Pugh's art often turns the most common of Flinstone scenario (say, an armadillo bowling ball and an elephantine vacuum cleaner becoming best friends) into a heart-shattering moment.

But there's a wink and a nod to all of it, like a heavy conversation Fred and Barney have at a "Starbricks Coffee". The two have created a massive fan following for a series that, when it was originally announced, was written off as a joke.

'The Flintstones' has eleven books currently released in the series, with a 12th releasing in June.


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