Bill and Ted Continue Their Adventures in Space in Issue #2
Writer – Brian Joines
Art – Bachan
Colors – Alex Guimaraes
Publisher – BOOM Studios
Bill and Ted are reunited with their moms, but why were there moms in space? We’re about to find out.
Brian manages to keep the magic of Bill & Ted, while explore what their destiny really means to them and the future. He does a great job with the dialogue as even though they are in space, the dialogue still has that 80s feel. Bill & Ted act and talk as we know them too.
Rufus however, is a character that Brian changes ever so slightly. This results is Rufus’ quirky personality traits taking a slightly darker and less fun role. This however, has a purpose in the story and because of this Joines makes it work.
Brain adds more drama and character development in this issue than any other Bill & Ted property. This allows Brian to explore how the duo really feel about what the future has in store. This was a great addition to the issue as they have never really been given a choice, so it’s fantastic it’s being explored now.
Even though this issue does have some serious elements, the fun of the films and previous comics is here still. Elements of this issue are reminiscent of scenes in Star Wars, and Guardians of the galaxy which wasn’t surprising. However, the way Brain makes these scenes original was.
This is truly a fun read.
Bachan is no stranger to Bill and Ted being the artist for the series ‘Bill and Ted go to hell’. Their art here is perfect to represent Bill and Ted. The art is full of energy and emotion that gives this issue it’s 80s feel.
The emotions are drawn in a hyperbole manner, but the need to be due to the charisma of the character. The variating designs for the aliens is something Bachan does well as he keeps the designs original.
The backgrounds are the only thing that fall flat with the art as most are just block colors to one or two lines. When there is, a background drawn, it perfectly works within the scene and is visually appealing to look at.
Alex does a fantastic job with the colors. Bachan’s art brings the energy but it’s the colors by Alex that give this issue the Bill & Ted, 80s feel. He knows how to use lighting to convey tone and the mood of the page. This is done a few times this issue to great effect. The colors and art have a perfect marriage.
This is a great second issue, that still feels like a Bill and Ted story. I am interested to see where this story goes and hope the art and colors continue this marriage of perfection. Brian is taking the characters in new directions and I hope he explores Rufus more in future issues.