The Jetsons #2 Review

Posted December 7, 2017 by Cameron McFarland in Comic Books

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti

Art by: Pier Brito

Published by: DC

In my review of the first issue of The Jetsons, you may recall an overall sour take of the book. Where The Flintstones prided itself in a smart re-imagining of a classic children’s cartoon, The Jetsons almost tried too hard to demonstrate just how re-imagining-y it could be. I’m very surprised to see issue #2 make an improvement over the first issue’s storytelling, and I’m actually now optimistic that this could turn into a very entertaining series. Issue #1 struggled to introduce characters and was ham-fisted about world building and current social politics. This month’s issue, however, flows so much better.

We see a much better cross section of all the characters’ lives, George having a less-than-glamorous day job, Jane having a very important and world-effecting job that keeps her away from her family more than she’d like, and the kids taking their studies and social lives seriously. In hindsight, covering all the exposition in issue #1 makes this issue a lot easier to enjoy and this hopefully sets a precedent moving forward. There is some peril and excitement, as well as a little slice-of-life style casual talk in the future world being presented. Overall, it’s a much more entertaining package.

The biggest compliment I can give this book is really this: I’ve started to hear the characters’ voices in my head. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to picture George, Elroy, Rosie, or any of the familiar names reacting the way they do in this story’s context. It’s still a more matured world and a modern take on what it means to be optimistic about the future, but it has a little bit of heart that clearly resonates with the source material. I can’t say if being a Jetsons fan is a prerequisite for enjoying this book, but it does certainly help.

The story is also still in its early first act and I’m reminded of that feeling one gets when watching a pilot of a TV series: they’re clearly feeling out the characters and the world and any moment now we’ll get that one episode that really sells it. But, after last month’s pessimistic take I’m quite pleased to see that there is hope for this series. With any luck, The Jetsons will follow in the footsteps of The Flintstones with great pride.

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,