Give Madblood credit: he immediately recognizes the seriousness of the situation. Maybe I drew his expressions and poses a little too extreme, but what the hell, he ought to be freaking out.
“Complain to Helen” was previously the strategy devised by Madblood, Dave and Artie way back in Doppelganger Gambit. It’s usually applicable.
Madblood’s unusually quick on the uptake this week. Also, he makes some excellent faces.
I don’t have much to say about this strip, but I do like it. Doing a four-panel strip like this, you don’t get a lot of chances to just have the characters talking, but all the dialogue in this one is good. Plus it gets in a surprising amount of plot. So good work, me.
Helen is so shocked by this news that her hair pops out of the bun it was in through the previous strip.
The big failure in Helen’s plan is that she never really understood how much Dave enjoyed being with her and the lab. She always thought of the mad-science life as something she dragged him into, and she thought that once she set him free he’d get away from it. She was very, very wrong about that.
Plus, you know, there’s Mell’s argument.
This is a plot detail that never really pays off. Based on the inventions he’s built or helped build with Helen, especially the teleporter, Dave is primarily a mad physicist rather than a mad computer scientist. But this doesn’t particularly come into play in this storyline, since–SPOILERS–Dave wreaks havoc through Madblood’s computer system anyway. Oh well. It’s a nice little sinister moment, I guess.
Apparently Madblood’s standard reaction in a crisis is to move into someone’s basement.
Okay, I admit it. Helen preparing to battle Dave was just awesome to write.