The Jetsons #1 Review

Posted November 4, 2017 by Cameron McFarland in Comic Books

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti

Art by: Pier Brito

Published by: DC

I do hope you’ve given The Flintstones a try. When I first heard of a comic book adaptation of one of my favorite Hanna-Barbera families, I cocked an eyebrow. Sure, it could work out, but who is it really for? What kind of audience wants a Flintstones comic book in 2016? As it turns out: The target audience was adults who want a story worth reading. It was a modern reimagining that got pretty far removed from the silly sitcom nature of the original cartoon by adding substituted social commentary and real human feelings and motivations. It was fun to see references to a cartoon we grew up with, but ultimately we got a mildly preachy and routinely smart comic book.

I was hopeful we’d see something similar in The Jetsons #1, but I feel they missed the mark. Just like the original cartoon, the phrase “The Flintstones works, let’s just make another one of those but it’s in the future instead of the past and it’ll work out” was probably said in a boardroom somewhere. There is a lot of handfisted preachy commentary on how humans are destroying Earth and in the future we’ll need to reform our society, but it doesn’t at all feel like a new idea to put out there.

There’s also an odd change in Rosie the robot made from the source material. Instead of being a robot maid, she’s actually George’s mother who decided to end her life as a human and upload her conscious into a robot body so she can be a grandmother to her grandkids after her body has failed her. This is handled in a confusing way. In this issue, George has a serious conversation with her over breakfast and reveals how uncomfortable he is since this has only happened two days prior. There’s a concept here, but George drops some key phrases that invoke conversations surrounding gender reassignment, assisted suicide, and religion.

However, it doesn’t go anywhere.

There’s a hypothetical sci-fi situation presented and it’s clumsily labelled as controversial within the context of the world, but then dropped immediately. I can only imagine that future issues will eventually come back to this, but by the end of reading this book, I sort of don’t know why Rosie’s backstory was brought up at all. Other characters are introduced and it might have been more interesting to focus on just George’s day at work and maybe his wife’s world-danger conference and instead come back to the kids and the robot in a later issue.

Ultimately, I’m left closing the book and contemplating if I’d want to buy an issue #2. I’ll be here next month to review and follow up with where this series goes, but it is definitely a rocky start, and the rock puns were supposed to be in the other series.

About the Author

Cameron McFarland

Cameron loves cartoons and bad movies almost as much as bad cartoon movies. He is also the world's best spaghetti-eater, so don't bring it up around him or he won't shut up about it. Author and Artist for world-reviled World of Warcraft fancomic,