Jimmy Palmiotti's vision of the futuristic world of The Jetsons for DC Comics isn't quite as carefree and kooky as the one some of us grew up watching on TV. That's not to say it isn't a fun take on the classic Hanna-Barbera family. In my opinion, The Jetsons #1 definitely caters to a new generation and successfully updates the animated television series from the 1960s.
Meet George Jetson, a family man living an analog life in a digital world. His wife, Jane, is a brilliant NASA scientist working off-world at a conference, his daughter Judy is a social butterfly trying to discover her calling, and his boy Elroy is either doing homework or using robotic technology to break the rules in The Jetsons #1.
Probably the biggest change to the characters is the fact that the family maid robot, Rosie, is George Jetson's mother. She's had her consciousness put into a robot body to continue helping the family. The rest of the cast are similar to their TV counterparts, though both wife Jane and daughter Judy are a bit more independent (or liberated, you might say).
The futuristic world of The Jetsons in the comics is full of way more serious dangers than what the family faced on TV. Just in this issue alone, a major threat to the entire world is revealed. One of our beloved characters puts themselves in harm's way and may not make it out alive.
The best way I can explain what Palmiotti has done with The Jetsons is by comparing it to the DC re-imagining of The Flintstones. The updating of Archie and Sabrina, the Teenaged Witch come to mind as well. I could definitely see the CW optioning this for an hour-long sci-fi drama aimed at the same audience as "Riverdale" and the likes.
The Jetsons #1 is rated "T" for Teen. It contains frightening and intense scenes, peril, and drinking of alcohol. This is pretty tame in comparison to other "T" rated books DC publishes.
Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn) wrote "The Jetsons #1." Artwork was provided by Pier Brito (Booster Gold / The Flintstones #1). It was released on November 1st through DC Comics.
"The Jetsons #1" is available now in print and digital editions.