The most daring and worried father-types are back and dealing with Napoleon’s holy wrath and their grown children dealing with a sever case of daddy issues. Meanwhile Elizabeth, Joanna Genghis Khan, Billy the Kid, Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln, and Rufus have to deal with Napoleon’s evil squad. You with me so far? Good. Because this issue is of a most intrepid-yet-faithful nature, reader-dudes! The one thing that was true to source material throughout these four issues was the dialogue, characterization was so easy to differentiate because everyone was the perfect caricature they’ve always been portrayed to be in the films. This comic has been entertaining through and through, borrowing the core elements from its source material and finding new ways to tell a fresh and fun story. The last issue in this series gave showdown after showdown from Bill and Ted’s squad against their counterparts, each one with its own flavor and value.
Bachan annihilated every panel with fantastic action sequences, incredible character reactions and great backgrounds. Lincoln facing John Wilkes Booth with their weapon choices had me chuckling in a crowded NY train during rush hour and not caring. Bill and Ted trying to reach the hearts of their pissed off children is a heartwarming moment which shows the good nature of the two lovable doofus and why they have stood the test of time. It was the combination of his art with Joines’ writing which made BIll and Ted Go To Hell such a smooth read.
If you didn’t pick this title up month to month, you missed out on some great moments to quote back and forward with people, some incredible visuals that stick in your mind as you wait for the next issue. Some fantastic record-searching variant covers, and a great example of how much fun a comic book title can be. But if you’re waiting for the trade to come out, well, that’s okay too!
Until next review. Be excellent to each other.
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Bill and Ted Go to Hell #4 Writer: Brian Joines Artist: Bachan Colorist: Jeremy Lawson Publisher: BOOM! Studios Price: $3.99 Release Date: 5/25/16 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital