That hand in the last panel is completely messed up, is all I can say. Also, Dave wears the same class ring I do. And this storyline really has gotten pretty damn silly.
A lot of Narbonic storylines are just a slow, careful buildup to one ridiculous image. In “D-Con,” that image is the third panel there. I’m still pretty happy with the way it turned out. For the record, I like the first panel, too. Sure, the boat itself is nothing to write home about, but the choppy waves surrounding it look pretty darn good. So there, haters.
I like that the super-secret shadow conspiracy has its own con T-shirts.
Aaand the other image this storyline has been building up to. You know what Narbonic needed? More men kissing. I just wasn’t thinking proactively. Anyway, at this point Helen had certainly been a man long enough, so it was high time she changed back. These smooches probably aren’t helping her relationship with Dave, though. They’re just making him all confused.
As I’ve said in the past, I’m generally fond of the strips that involve more of a conversation than a straight setup/punchline, and this is one of them. It’s just Helen, Mell, and Dave being Helen, Mell, and Dave, which of course results in exploding robots. Also good: Helen using Dave as a human shield while rescuing him, Mell posing on the robot, and Helen still wearing her “Hi My Name Is Dave” badge.
I really like Helen’s pose in the second panel. And Artie’s expression in the third. If I had to do it over now, I probably wouldn’t be able to draw Helen and her gun so well again.
Dave’s conflicted loyalty between Narbonics Labs and the Dave Conspiracy throughout this storyline interests me, not in the least because neither choice seems especially wise.
The first panel looks pretty good by my standards. That’s one heck of an explosion. And, yes, this is yet another storyline in which all issues are resolved by blowing stuff up real good. I think Narbonic is pretty well-plotted for a comic strip, but that’s not always saying a lot.
The “message from the President” won’t be explained for another three years, but eventually we’ll get to see it. The Daves are unaware that they just left the President in question back on the boat. It all works out with no hard feelings, more or less.
This strip, and thus the end of “D-Con,” originally ran on my birthday. I didn’t usually time things out so neatly.