Review by Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)—In 1989 (yes, it was THAT long ago), the world took a most excellent adventure with two dudes from San Dimas when Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure hit theaters. We took a trip through time and met former Presidents, outlaws, royalty, all wrapped around school, music and the life of a teenager. We revisited that world in 1991, as Bill and Ted took a trip to the afterlife and fought to return to Earth. Now, some 24 years after Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, we get to once again see with the Wyld Stallions are up to thanks to the new Boom! Studios mini-series, Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return. Does the movie franchise fit into the confines of a comic book? Also, does anyone still care about Bill and Ted?
The answer to both of those questions is a resounding yes! This first issue takes places directly after the second film, right after the world was saved by the duo and they returned from the future with babies and facial hair. From the creative team of Brian Lynch (Angel: After the Fall) and Jerry Gaylord (Fanboys vs. Zombies), the book feels like a natural extension of film, which is exactly what I was hoping for. Bill and Ted have their smash hit, but what’s next? What about the next song? This is what sets up the events that send our favorite dudes to the future.
The artwork is vibrant, entertaining and very much in tune with the world of Bill and Ted. We see all the characters we loved from the films: the good robot us’s, the brilliant alien duo Station, and even Death himself. The whole thing reads like it belongs in Bill and Ted lore, and to me, that was the most difficult hurdle the book would face. If you are a fan of Bill and Ted, then you owe it to yourself to jump back in to a world of time traveling phone booths and rock music. I give Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 a @@@@ out of FIVE. Catch you later, Bill and Ted.