For those of you in need of a refresher course: Bill and Ted are the airheaded heroes of the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. In the distant future, their music has brought about a utopia, but in the present (by which, of course, I mean the late eighties to early nineties), things aren’t always so certain. When Ted’s father threatens to send him to military school (thus breaking up the band) unless he can pass his history class, a man named Rufus arrives in a time-traveling phone booth to help the duo out. The sequel, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, introduces the villainous De Nomolos, who seeks to destroy the future utopia by killing Bill and Ted and replacing them with evil robot doubles. But, with the help of Death himself, and a super-smart alien named Station, the boys make it back to the land of the living and win the Battle of the Bands, thus setting history back on the right track.
This comic picks up right where the second movie left off. Bill and Ted’s band, Wyld Stallyns, has become an overnight sensation. However, they find that they have a slight problem: they only have one song. The world is clamoring for more, but the pressure is making things all the more difficult. Rufus stops by briefly to give them a pep talk, but it’s not quite enough. Ultimately, they decide to do what they always do when they have a problem: time travel! The duo head to the future, so they can figure out exactly what songs they’re supposed to write. We get some nice glimpses of the future (crosstown water slide, anyone?), but it’s not long before the boys run into a familiar face…
There’s also a back-up story written by Ryan North (of Dinosaur Comics and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), in which Bill and Ted’s good robot duplicates are corrupted by a computer virus that turns them totally bogus. As in the first story, the boys figure that the best way to remedy this situation is time travel, and off they go to the far-off, distant future of… 2015. Hilarity ensues, and, as in Squirrel Girl, there is a kind of “alt-text” below or to the side of each page of this story to add in extra little jokes.
If you like the Bill and Ted movies, you’ll love this comic. It hits all the right notes; the personalities and unique speech patterns of our main characters are spot-on, the humor is good, and there’s time travel! But if you’re not familiar with the movies – both of them – you may find yourself a bit lost, as none of the backstory is really explained. I myself had to go to Wikipedia to refresh my memory of the second film, since I haven’t seen it since it first came out. This isn’t a deal-breaker for me, but it might be frustrating for others.
Bottom line: this comic is most excellent. Check it out!
Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 came out March 11, 2015 from BOOM! Studios.