I know I heap a lot of unwarranted abuse on Dave in this storyline (and all storylines), but I’m still very fond of this strip. The computer has a giant crush on Dave anyway.
It’s true. Machines like Dave, including pretty much all artificial intelligences he meets over the course of the series. This may be a sign of his latent abilities, or maybe he just happens to be really charismatic if you’re a machine. His tinkering with the computer here may be a factor in her continued interest in him later in Narbonic.
Once again, Madblood talks like Dr. Smith from “Lost in Space.”
I included this strip just to establish that Madblood no longer thinks Dave is romantically involved with Helen. Not that Madblood seems to be able to remember Dave from one storyline to the next anyway. He has kind of a Mr. Burns thing going with Dave.
I like the writing on the strips this week, but the art is on the sketchy side even by my standards. Drawing Daves over and over was starting to take its toll.
I like that the alliance doesn’t even last the length of one strip. And Madblood’s expression in the third panel. As with Dave, you almost never get to see his eyes from the front like that. This is one of the strips that still makes me smile even though it doesn’t really have a punchline. What can I say, Madblood’s an amusing little man.
More unwarranted cruelty to Dave. Unsurprisingly, Madblood considers himself quite the handsome fellow. I can’t argue. I never thought of him that way, but over the years I’ve heard from more than a few readers who find Madblood hot. Maybe it’s the little beard.
That’s a very Chuck Jones-y smile on Madblood’s face in the last panel. Like “How the Grinch Saved Christmas!”-era Chuck Jones.
Yeah, Madblood’s got kind of a short attention span. This is another strip where the dialogue really crowds out the art.