That "Bill and Ted" sequel Keanu Reeves has been trying to make for years still doesn't have a release date or a director or anything -- but in the meantime, at least we had the amazing mini-series "Bill And Ted's Most Triumphant Return," which recently wrapped up in August, to indulge us in all our totally rockin' futuristic fantasies.
But were those six issues of most excellent adventures not enough to satisfy your San Dimas cravings? Fear not, fellow time-traveller, because today (November 16), Boom! Comics is announcing a new four-part mini-series called "Bill And Ted Go To Hell!" This time around, "Imagine Agents" creative team Brian Joines and Bachan are reuniting Bill, Ted and the princesses with some of your favorite historical figures to save Death from Hell. You know, like you do.
The first issue goes on sale in 2016, 25 years after Bill and Ted first travelled to hell in the sequel "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey," and there'll be several awesome variant covers by Logan Faerber, Sean "Cheeks" Galloway and Scott Koblish for you to check out and collect as well!
Brian Joines, who also wrote the short story at the tail end of "Bill And Ted's Most Triumphant Return #6" (compiled in its entirety below, with art by Bachan), spoke with MTV News briefly over email about creating the new mini-series and his profound fondness for the Wyld Stallyns.
MTV News (Victoria McNally): You contributed a story to the previous “Bill and Ted” comics series as well — is it safe to assume you were a big fan of the franchise coming into the project?
Brian Joines: Definitely a big fan. I was a teenager when the first movie hit theaters, so I was pretty much the exact demographic they were targeting with the movie. And it worked!
MTV: How did this new mini-series come about? Did you approach Boom! with the story or did they seek you out?
Joines: The previous Bill & Ted mini sold well enough to warrant a follow-up and they reached out to me. I've had a great relationship with Boom! since my first book with them, IMAGINE AGENTS, and everyone in the office responded really well to the back-up story I did for the first mini, so it felt like a good match. Naturally, I jumped at the chance!
MTV: I’m guessing you can’t reveal too much just yet, but can you tell us a little about what excellent adventures await our two heroes this time?
Joines: The story kicks off with the Grim Reaper being kidnapped. Bill and Ted round up friends and allies from the two films for a rescue mission to Hell. Beyond that... we get deep into Spoiler Country.
MTV: One thing I loved about your short “Bill and Ted” story was how it centered on Princess Elizabeth and Joanna. Will they be a big part of this new story as well?
Joines: Absolutely! I loved fleshing out Joanna and Elizabeth for that story and have a strange sense of proprietorship about them now. It's Bill and Ted's story, but the fabulous wife babes are definitely in the mix as major players.
MTV: What’s you all-time favorite Bill and/or Ted phrase you’ve ever seen, heard or written yourself, and why has it stuck with you? I’m pretty partial to “medieval dickweed,” myself)
Joines: Man... as much as I love Bill and Ted, the line that always sticks with me is from William Sadler's underrated performance as the Grim Reaper: "You have sank my battleship," with the heavy Bergman-esque Swedish accent.