Another Awesome Adventure
Tripwire’s contributing writer Tim Cundle takes a look at Bill & Ted Save The Universe, out now in trade paperback from Boom! Studios…
Bill & Ted Save the Universe
Writer: Brian Joines
Colourist: Alex Guimaraes
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover: Derek Charm
The funny thing about being part of the ‘78 generation, the one that saw Star Wars when it was first released and was irrevocably changed by the experience, is that we’re also the kids that Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was aimed at. We were its target audience. In fact, Bill S. Preston and Ted “Theodore” Logan were basically us, if somewhat larger than life. We grew up listening to the same hair metal as the members of Wyld Stallyns did, watched the same shows, were bombarded by the same vapid advertising and ate the same junk food. The only things that separated me and most of my friends from Bill and Ted were about five thousand miles and fifty IQ points. They were our icons, and that’s almost certainly why I and my peers identified with them and their endearingly flaky adventures.
Like many from my era, I’m obviously a fan, so when Save the Universe popped up on the Tripwire radar, I jumped at the chance to review it. Clearly influenced by its progenitors…Save the Universe is a frenetically paced tale set six years after the original movie. Bill, Ted and Rufus are taken hostage and whisked into space by a group of galactic rebels so that they can bring peace to the cosmos by playing every corner of it on a gruelling decade long tour. Unsurprisingly, having shacked up with the Princess babes and had kids of their own, our heroes aren’t exactly happy about hitting the road. Add a bunch of space villains, disgruntled family members, and an interstellar invasion of San Dimas to the mix, and all the ingredients are in place for another excellent adventure.
Which of course would’ve been ample hijinks for me. However Brian Joines manages to add plenty of subtexts and themes to keep the narrative ticking. Plus Bill and Ted also has time for satire and polemic. And while Joines invites his readers down ever more convoluted trails, Bachan absolutely nails it artistically, capturing the energy and spirit of his subjects while bringing this insanely busy and ridiculously enjoyable story to gloriously demented life. Party on dudes… Tim Cundle