My favorite part of this strip is Caliban’s friendly little wave in the second panel. It’s like, “Yeah, hi, scourge of Hell, nice to meet you, where’s the nachos?” All things considered, Caliban is a pretty great character. He’s almost, but not quite, awesome enough to justify adding all these supernatural elements to Narbonic, which really ought to be a super-science-centric story.
“It has a taste,” is a line from Wings of Desire. Other than that, Dave makes several valid points that are never adequately addressed in the strip. Caliban just gets by somehow.
I am occasionally proud to have created a comic strip where, “Why did you have to reject Satan now?” is a typical opening line.
Those sandwiches look pretty good, actually.
The banana-and-potato-chip sandwich is a reference to the episode of “Red Dwarf” where Rimmer comes back to life for about a minute before being cruelly killed again. At one point he eats a sandwich the gang stole from Adolf Hitler, which happens to be “banana and crisps.” Man, that was a good episode.
MILD SPOILER: I had to bring up the Dave Conspiracy because it plays a part in the plot later on. When you do a strip like this for a few years, you start building up a lot of complicated backstory that needs to get reiterated from time to time so people aren’t constantly confused. All things considered, it’s a good thing Narbonic only ran for six years. Skin Horse is shaping up to be longer than that, and I’m trying hard to keep it coherent.
Lines like, “What do demons care for the laws of Daves?” are what make this comic worthwhile.
That first panel is excellent, especially Helen’s expression. She’s just delighted that someone enjoys her terrible party.
I love this strip. Dave is so awesome in it. Sadly, Helen will spectacularly fail to follow his good advice.