Review: Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1

Bill and Ted are back! Since word got started that Alex Winter was working on Bill & Ted 3, fans that hold onto the first two Bill and Ted films fondly have been hoping to see them return. BOOM! Found a way to make that happen with a new Bill & Ted mini-series, which hasn’t been done since Evan Dorkin’s series from Marvel back in the 1990s, which many fans still hold in high regard. Does it live up to it? Read on.

BOOM_Bill_Ted_Most_Triumphant_Return_001_A_Main BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Brian Lynch, Ryan North
Artists: Jerry Gaylord, Ian McGinty
Cover Artists: A: Felipe Smith B: Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Goñi Montes (Incentive)

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WHY WE LOVE IT: Similar to our Big Trouble in Little China comics, we’re returning readers to one of our favorite—and most excellent—cult-classic properties with a new Bill & Ted adventure of epic proportions. And because we’re fans first, we’re making sure it’s something WE would read. Wyld Stallyns forever!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you’re a fan of the films, our comics will pick up where they left off. Main creative team Brian Lynch (Angel: After the Fall) and Jerry Gaylord (Fanboys vs. Zombies) bring you all the silly humor and likable characters mixed with some cool historical science fiction you love! Plus, each story will have a back-up adventure. This issue features a tale of tech terror by Ryan North (Adventure Time) and Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors)!
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Following the time-traveling historic epic of Excellent Adventure and the turbulent life and death of Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted must now fulfill their destiny as the inspiration for galactic harmony. How can someone hate the Wyld Stallyns as much as the evil Chuck De Nomolos? With the power of time travel, Bill and Ted set their sights on turning a young 27th-century Nomolos’ non-non-heinous attitude into something most outstanding and metal!

billtedp5Review:

With characters like Bill & Ted, there’s always a sense of randomness in their characters and their plot, until you really start picking it apart. This holds onto that same feeling but lacks the comedy force that Evan Dorkin’s Bill & Ted series had. It’s written much smarter, but treats our protagonists as completely clueless, when , especially at the end of the second film, they were shown to be possessive of a tactical intelligence and capable of using time travel to their advantage. Some of that occurs here, but we see Bill and Ted using it as a short cut to getting hard work done, and that flies in the face of what they learned in the last film, where this picks up. The second story by Ryan North and Ian McGinty also treat Bill & Ted as clueless, which is something I would have liked to have seen less of, especially in a self-contained story, also, I don’t get the fixation both writers have in immediately travelling to the future.

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The artwork is fine, although at times, it loses the energy the first couple of pages has. Ian McGinty’s story is rendered much better and actually has a more realistic feel despite its less naturalistic, more iconic style. I have a fondness for clutter, and too many times, Jerry Gaylord fails to put in details that would ground the scenes into a world that feels real. It’s still well done, and he puts in clutter in places and keeps the “camera” angles varied enough to give the story the feel of the characters in places, but when he doesn’t it just comes off as jarring, taking me out of the story for a second.

Buy it? Sure, as long as you liked the movies, but do not expect the Evan Dorkin series redone, this is more of a cinematic contiuation rather than something created to be a comic book.