I figured there was no suspense over this particular mystery, so Dave, Mell, and Artie didn’t need to act surprised about it. Actually, Artie remains mostly silent on the issue. It’s probably beneath him.
Aw, Helen ends up startling Dave after all. It’s that high-cut sarong. I had to draw Dave’s glasses slipping down because it’s the only way to show his eyes from the front.
Obviously, I enjoy drawing sexy ladies in sexy poses. I like drawing sexy men, too, but the early years of Narbonic gave me few opportunities. Actually I think Dave is quite sexy, but he’s not a good sport about vamping it up.
The ur-gerbils are a lot friendlier to Helen here than they were back at the lab, where they trampled her en masse. Otto and Lil must have missed her. Helen cuddling the ur-gerbil still strikes me as fairly charming.
Well, you know, he did press the button on the doomsday device. A lot of the many unfortunate things that happen in connection with Narbonics Labs are technically Dave’s fault.
I like Helen’s little smile in the first panel. It’s the smile of someone who has been waiting to be officially declared a goddess for some time now and is not at all surprised when it occurs.
I really should have found ways to work the ur-gerbils into later Narbonic storylines. I mean, look at them. Also note the backwards chitter.
This week of strips is one of many sequences in which Helen’s character is strongly influenced by Miss Piggy. In this case, Muppet Treasure Island was probably a significant touchstone.
Artie quotes the Saint Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V, natch:
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition…
I like the gerbil worrying Dave’s flannel in the first panel. Really, the ur-gerbils are great. Who doesn’t enjoy freakishly oversized rodents?