Growing up in the 90’s, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey was a big part of my early teen years, and; along with Wayne’s World; had a fairly big role to play in my worldview (and my most-excellent non-heinous usage of English, dudes).
Who wouldn’t love a story about two lovable, good-natured doofuses traveling time to learn important lessons, so that one day (when they’re all grown up) they can achieve their greatness, and bring harmony and joy to the world.
B&TEA taught a generation to “be excellent to each other” and showed historical figures like Abe Lincoln not as staid, boring figures of legend but as human, flawed, doofy and funny. The cast sold the story with their genuine joy and enthusiasm, and the quirky stories were silly fun with a message: believe in yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask others with more skill and experience for help: a most excellent society is built on connections .
I’m happy to report that the comic book versions of Bill S. Preston (esquire) and Theodore “Ted” Logan are true to form, picking up right where Bogus Journey left off. Having righteously won the battle of the bands, the dudes are faced with the most odious pressure to follow up with a second song.
Intimidated, they decide cheat a little by traveling to the future to listen to the by-now-a-classic tune. Of course, the course of truly excellent dudes never did run way smooth, and the Wild Stallyns soon find themselves on yet another wild ride through time.
The art is an early-90’s-hued joy to behold, capturing the aesthetic perfectly. It really does feel like a bodacious vacation in 1990, and I had a sudden hankering to wear daisies and listen to Dee-Lite.
Yes (way), the story is silly, but that’s kind of the point, and the writing manages to keep it on the clever side of silly. If you loved the movies, and you approach the comic with the same mindset, you’ll find Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return completely upbeat and optimistic and just plain fun! Party on!