It’s issue #2 of Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, and things are certainly taking a turn for the interesting. Last issue ended with our heroes coming across a teenaged De Nomolos. This issue starts out with them watching the villain-to-be as he goes through his classes at San Dimas High. De Nomolos, they learn, is universally despised because everyone knows he grows up to kill Bill and Ted.
But our good-hearted heroes aren’t convinced that De Nomolos is irredeemable, and so decide to “totally Rufus” him, by helping him to make some friends. However, their efforts may come a little late, as the first thing De Nomolos does when he sees them is try to kill them. Despite this rather rocky start, De Nomolos does eventually decide to accept their help.
We get some interesting insight into De Nomolos in this issue. A part of him seems to feel trapped by his destiny (even he doesn’t know why his future self would kill Bill and Ted), but a greater part of him embraces it. We also meet his family, which helps give a little perspective on where De Nomolos is coming from. His mother is fairly normal (or, as normal as a probation officer who marries a convict can be). His father, on the other hand, is a big, scary guy (“I grind rock to dust. Rock to dust! Bare hands!”), and is the one De Nomolos gets his accent from. Then there’s his brother, Ritchie, who is a societally-proclaimed “genius,” and who is very, very strange.
This issue is actually even funnier than the last one, which is impressive. There are some great gags, both visually and in the dialog (there’s even a very sly Back to the Future reference – see if you can spot it!). Also, as in the last issue, there’s a backup story (this time by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers, and illustrated by Brooke Allen). This one takes place between the movies, and details how Missy ended up with Ted’s dad after divorcing Bill’s dad. Turns out it involves Einstein’s ghost and Smokey and the Bandit. Who knew?
As before, if you like Bill and Ted, odds are good you’ll like this comic. It manages to both be funny and have an storyline that I’m genuinely interested in seeing play out. Give it a shot!