Title: Bill & Ted Are Doomed #1
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Evan Dorkin
Art: Roger Langridge
Published: September 9, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “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.”
Canonically, Bill & Ted Are Doomed takes place between the events of Bogus Journey and the newest installment Face the Music. With this introductory issue, the scene opens with Rufus frantically rushing in to speak with the “Three Most Important People in the World,” (much praise to Roger Langridge as they are portrayed with welcome and reasonable caricatures of the original actors George Carlin, Martha Davis, Clarence Clemons and Fee Waybill respectively).
It turns out Rufus has been summoned to deal with new fluctuations in the time steam, involving William S. Preston and Theodore Logan, unsurprisingly. The unmistakable solution, of course, is for the Wyld Stallyns to make a come-back.
With Bill & Ted Are Doomed, Evan Dorkin has successfully meets the expectations of either type of likely potential reader. The good news is that for even those unfamiliar with these most excellent dudes (if that is even possible), there is plenty enough plot and humor to engage and entertain. The better news is that the story is nicely satisfying for a typical fan, with all the right sounding dude abounding dialogue, absurd antics, and cartoon peril.
Then, things get really bad, with the inevitable world threatening calamity…
The Bottom Line
Bill & Ted Are Doomed is everything it needs to be: perfectly charming and never too serious, fitting well into the beloved franchise with welcomed callbacks to familiar characters.