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The Flintstones, Vol. 2: Bedrock Bedlam

(The Flintstones (2016) #7-12)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Fred and Barney reunite for Mark Russell’s modern take on Hanna-Barbera’s most famous stone-age family!

This second volume starring the first family of Bedrock (and civilization, really) tells the story of who we are and why we do what we do as if it all began with Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and the rest of the citizens of Bedrock. Shining a light on humanity’s ancient cust
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Mark Russell and Steve Pugh’s acclaimed Flintstones series comes to a yabba-dabba-end with this second volume. While Bedrock’s community undergoes numerous changes, Fred’s career at Mr Slate’s Quarry continues to have its ups and downs, Wilma’s still trying to make it as an artist, and Pebbles questions the importance of science and religion.

Like the first book, Russell uses the Flintstones to critique modern Western society. The First Church of Gerald discovers it can make money off its rubes,
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I grew up watching The Flintstones and then bought the seasons on DVD as an adult. I love everything about it - the characters, the storylines, the catchphrases, the prehistoric household appliances. Needless to say, I was all yabba dabba doo at the chance to read The Flintstones Vol. 2: Bedrock Bedlam.

I tried so hard to love this one but unfortunately my get up and go just got up and went. I didn't find it funny and never connected with the characters. Maybe it was a case of my expectations be
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was the first Flintstones DC Comics (for adults) that I've read. It was great, but not at all what I was expecting. I assumed it was going to be lighthearted but geared more for adults, you know, like the cartoon but a little more modern.

But still, it was enjoyable to read, and the social commentary was an interesting element. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
While I can appreciate the dark social commentary, Mark Russell and Steve Pugh has given us, the last thing I need to be reminded of is how humanity seems to be headed to oblivion, especially in Trump's America. I don't need a social satire set in Bedrock to open my eyes to what I see every day. It made this a bit of a slog to get through. The one bright spot in the book were Bowling Ball and Vacuum Cleaner. Yeah the story got very dark in places, but their story ends on a heart warming note.

Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc
Mark Russell’s dark social satire masked as a Flintstones comic comes to an end in this second volume. In a way, this book was even more depressing than the first one, as one of the plot lines got into some really dark territory with two of its sweetest and most innocent characters. I didn’t expect such a turn of events, but kudos to Russell for being bold and going with it anyway in what technically should be a kids’ comic. The Flintstones was an emotional trip, and I’m glad that after Prez, DC ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-dc
First, thanks (as always) to Netgalley and DC Comics for allowing us access to digital copies of their books and comics.

4.5 stats; what can I say about this title that hasn't been said?
The sly, witty, satirical cult-hit of the last year continues, and in fine-form.

I’ve said it before in my review of Volume 1, but it’s still true; who would have guessed that the smartest book published by DC would be about the adventures of a “Modern Stone Age Family”? (And I mean that in spades; this book deftly
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

This was painful.

It was amazing just painful to read. While I think the first one was a bit more cohesive and the parallels a little more effective, I still really enjoyed this one. It's a major bummer in that a lot of the world's problems are laid out and there's no way to fix them anytime soon but it's a great book.

Similar to the first volume, this series expertly uses the daily lives of the Bedrock citizens to parallel issues in our daily lives. It tackles the minimum wage work forc
I have trouble finding the words to express how much I LOVE The Flintstones reboot comics. “Bedrock Bedlam” is an even stronger follow-up to the first volume. The art is beautiful and the satire is biting. They definitely are not the Flintstones of your childhood (or the childhood of your parents).

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
David Schaafsma
The second and final volume of a terrific dark social commentary in the form of a Flintstones comic by Mark Russell, who claims as his influences none other than H.L Mencken, Kurt Vonnegut and Jared Diamond (Collapse: How Societies Choose to Succeed or Fail) (yes, the guy who is writing persuasively about the possible? probable? end of human civilization!). Of course, there are an increasing number of grim dystopian comics on this theme, but how many of them are actually funny? If science fictio ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
The Flintstones comes to an end with a fantastic second volume that's just as good as the first. While i'm sad to see the series go, I think having a finite run will work in it's favour in the long run. It makes the series easier to recommend as a whole and if you enjoyed Vol. 1, then this is an absolute must.

My only criticism is that I wasn't too keen on the fill-in art for the first issue. While the characters are still consistent, the finesse just isn't there. Fortunately, Steve Pugh drew all
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first heard of this DC/Hannah Barbara reboot, I had no idea what to expect. I never thought it would bring us a satire on consumerism, capitalism, religion and modern culture in general, really.

I really enjoyed this second (and sadly, last) volume of this series, even though I found some of the humour to be a bit too on the nose (but when it's done right, it really works). I especially like how Russell came up with stories within the Flintstones universe that inform some of the beliefs p
♛ Garima ♛
This is adult version of beloved Flintstones where it is also mixed with certain technology, time travelling and certain ugly aliens...

The expectation was still adult but light-hearted version of this -

what I got was this -

Even though in glossy cover artwork everyone is happy and smiling, I never smiled once while reading this. This is adult version of comics which focuses on many modern day issues like feminism, politics, slavery, religious beliefs etc...and I can't believe how depress I was w
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great volume, but unfortunately this one will be the last. I really wish they would continue this series. At least the Jestons is next on their list. Maybe they will do the famous crossover. If not, this series is worth it if you ask me.
All good things must come to an end. I really loved this series. Please give it a read!
Alex Sarll
Continuing and alas concluding the fabulous black comedy take on the prehistoric everyman family - though if there was one thing I found slightly unsatisfactory in this volume, it was the way that rather than being a proto-Homer Simpson, Fred would often be the one delivering the stark moral of the stories. Still, everyone else tends to ignore him and carry on doing stupid human things, so at least there's that. Reflected concerns of our own times include gentrification, drone warfare and people ...more
Chance Lee
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This volume of six issues of DC's Flintstones reboot, features blunt commentary on the damaging effects of capitalism -- "When you trick somebody into participating in a small-time fraud, it's called a 'scam.' But when the scam is so big that people have no choice to participate, it's called 'economics'" -- the predatory nature of the ruling class (who worship a snake demon), the war economy (idiot rule Clod is less like Trump and more like Obama when he funds pterodactyl drones that accidentall ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm a big fan of Mark Russell's Flintstones series. This book offers some hard hitting social commentary, and no area of society escapes criticism--business, government, religion, war, racism, consumerism, gentrification, and so on. All of these criticisms hit hard and are funny mostly because they are true. It's not all laughs, though. There is one subplot that deals with the lives of the appliances, which will probably make you cry. Unfortunately, this is the end of the series. I wish it had l ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Because if civilization is going to last, if it's going to amount to anything more than just a place to watch tv and get cheap snake meat, it will only be because we've learned to do one thing. To care for people who mean nothing to us." -Fred Flintstones

"Death, like life, finds meaning in our connections to each other. Grief is bearable only because it can be shared." -Bowling Ball

The Flintstones Vol. 2 closes the limited 12 part series, it contains issues 7-12. Overall, I enjoyed this series.
This is absolutely as good as the first volume. The chapter on economics was so on point, oh my god. This series is a master class on social commentary through humor.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

This one hit me in the heart. Who would have thought a comic would make me cry.

We continue to follow the trials and tribulations the befall Bedrock. The commentary on our life today was brilliant from politicians, religion, economics, and when we define as success.

This volume felt a tad bit more fluid throughout its entirety and I appreciated that.

I would have liked a little more Dino myself.

This comic puts a spotlight on what it is to be human and defines our flaws pretty well.

Kudos to
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I gave this mature rebooting of the famous cartoon a try. It is surprisingly poignant, such as when the "appliance animals" ruminate on their existence and stage an uprising to save one of their own. There are also plenty of self-referential gags to the Flintstones themselves and the products they have become so closely associated with: vitamins and cereal. The only thing that annoyed me a bit about this installment was the attempt to insert corny modern slang into the dialogue (althoug ...more
Joe Collier
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Second and final volume to an amazing, surprisingly poignant new take on a beloved cartoon property. I was never a big Flintstones fan as a kid but still seemed to have every aspect of it seeped into my consciousness. Well, that familiarity pays off big time in laying the groundwork for enjoying this decidedly more existential take. That’s not to say it’s boring—it’s not! It’s funny and clever and—dare I say—even deep at times, and the artwork is spot on.
Ross Alon
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you get more of the same, and the same is great, you can't really complain. This second half of the series is just has good as the first one, with the humor, fun an heart.
The reason I did give it one less star is that it's more of the same, it doesn't bring anything new to, or some previously unknown value.

yet still, the Flintstones is probably my greatest surprise of the year
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics, dc-rebirth
Enjoyed this series much more than I thought I would. Read as single issue comics. Loved the art.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Still so much better than it has any right to be.
Paul Decker
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book as an eARC from DC Entertainment via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This second volume absolutely delivers! When I saw The End, I still wanted more! This series has taken classic characters and a setting everyone is familiar with and brought it to 2017. The political commentary in this volume is done so well. Humanity is shown fully, flaws and advantages. This series oddly pairs well with the nonfiction book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Ha
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
These comics probably would have been best consumed over a period of time, as Gerald intended, rather than all in a single gluttonous sitting, but that's true for satire in general, I think, although volume two did increase in feeling preachy rather than thought provoking.

Comics might be the perfect vehicle for satire. They are short and we are accustomed to speculative fiction and overt moralizing from them. The first few issues in Volume One let us know that Russell is not just looking to cre
Paul Wardman
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Every bit as good as the first volume. While it has a satisfying ending I'm sad this only got 12 issues. I'd have loved to see more stories set here.

Even more so than the first volume it's evident that this is Flinstones intended for a mature audience. While there are light hearted moments there are also some extremely dark ones as well. It also does an excellent job of tackling issues such as religion, war, politics, gender equality, friendship, family among others.

If I had to pick a negat
Guilherme Smee
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hqs
No volume anterior, vimos como os humanos de Bedrock da Era Moderna da idade da Pedra, reagem com a presença de alienígenas na Terra. Ao mesmo tempo somos apresentados a um desfile de críticas sociais que refletem inconfundivelmente o nosso tempo. Desde religião e economia, ao sistema de classes, até os hipsters, a arte contemporânea a guerra. Também é interessante a subtrama desenvolvida pelos "eletrodomésticos" dos Flintstones, que nada mais são do que animais pré-históricos. Nesse ínterim, o ...more
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Mark Russell is the author of God Is Disappointed in You and Apocrypha Now. He also writes the comic book series Prez and The Flintstones for DC Comics. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

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