Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Joines
Colourist: Alex Guimaraes
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Release Date: 21st June 2017
It’s not often a book comes around which challenges our sociopolitical standings and allows us to question whether peace is truly ever an option. A book which suggests that the power of music is ultimate, and has the strength to unite all of us. Or something.
Hell, who am I kidding? While there might be an underlying message here, Bill and Ted Save The Universe is a damn fun book first and foremost. It’s funny, it’s smart and captures the essence of what made the movies great.
We find our heroes this time round being abducted by aliens and made to answer for their music. Oh, and The Wyld Stallyns bringing peace to a planet. Yeah, you read that right and it’s as ridiculous as it sounds.
Bachan creates a world here that is instantly recognisable and yet still vibrant and fresh. With a style similar to that of Matteo Scalerea or Rob Guillory, it’s just on the right side of over-the-top comicbook-y. Similarly, Alex Guimarae’s work on colouring the book brings a vibrancy to the art that just screams “cheap 80s special effects”. And that’s a compliment, I assure you.
You may laugh at the new resurgence of 80s cult hits in comic form, but I see it more as a progression of something we all grew up with and enjoyed. Why shouldn’t we also get to enjoy it when we get old(er)? I loved Bill and Ted when I was a kid, and now I still love them now.
If you want a hard-hitting, ultra-serious crime noir sci-fi-a-thon then this is not the book for you. However, if you’re like me and can see the joy in this, and think that heavy metal is most bodacious, then break out the flannel and ripped jeans and enjoy.
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