The Boys Are Back In Town: Reviewing ‘Bill And Ted Are Doomed #1’
by Brendan M. Allen
The official prequel series to the upcoming film! After defeating the evil dictator De Nomolos in Bogus Journey in 1995, things aren’t looking as excellent as they should for either Bill and Ted or Wyld Stallyns. There’s tension in the band and worry at home. Bill and Ted’s obsessiveness with writing the one song to bring peace to the world is affecting their playing and their relationships with their families.The band is losing favor with fans and the future isn’t shaping up as they were all led to believe it would from past (and future) events. Desperate for a solution Bill and Ted burst in to announce their great idea to revive the band’s fortunes: A world tour to spread the love—and the rock, and the love of the rock—to the world.If you remember the plot of 1991’s Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, the titular characters’ band Wyld Stallyns were destined to write a song that changed the course of mankind. That one song would be so powerful, it would result in the founding of a global utopian society. Trouble is, several years after winning the San Dimas Battle of The Bands, the song hasn’t been written and the band is washed up and all but forgotten.Bill And Ted Are Doomed #1 exists to bridge the gap between Bogus Journey and Face the Music. Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Theodore Logan are still married, the babies have grown up a bit, and the guys are still hanging out with the old crew. Good Robot Bill, Good Robot Ted, Station, Death… Gang’s all here. Evan Dorkin is no stranger to the Bill and Ted mythos, having also penned the B&T series that was nominated for an Eisner in 1992 for Best Humor Comic. The dialogue and cadence feel natural for the characters. The humor is there, and very much in the style of the films, without retreading too many of the original jokes. There just isn’t a whole lot happening in this opening chapter. The art is fun. Roger Langridge employs a stripped down caricatured style that fits really well with the goofiness of the franchise. Most of the likenesses are spot on. Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, and George Carlin are instantly recognizable. William Sadler is a little off, but no one will notice under the white grease paint.Bill and Ted are Doomed is off to a promising, if slow, start. There’s a hell of a lot of potential here. Now that the introductions are out of the way and the conflict is established, let’s hope this thing hits the ground running in chapter two.7/10Bill and Ted are Doomed #1, Dark Horse Comics, 09 September 2020. Script by Evan Dorkin, art and letters by Roger Langridge.
Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.