Dr. Narbon took Dave’s Yak-Face action figure with her after using it to get the death-ray codes from Dave, whom she then killed with the death ray, way back when. I guess she keeps it around in case it turns out to be handy again. Sometimes this strip gets complicated.
The “hero costumes” are based on the weird trophy gallery Batman keeps in the Batcave of the uniforms of past Robins. It’s a little disturbing.
Except for Six Flags, these are all references to footage of me as a kid. My family didn’t have a video camera, but my Aunt Kerry was a producer for Channel 4 News in Pittsburgh, and I and other family members were often pressed into service for “man on the street” stories. On Christmas, 1980, I was interviewed about my Cabbage Patch Kid, Yettie, for a story on the Cabbage Patch Kid craze.
Yes, my Cabbage Patch Kid was named Yettie. A lot of those dolls came with weird names.
This is mostly a plot strip, but I really like Mell’s and Artie’s poses and expressions, especially in the last panel. They look very natural. For some reason Mell and Artie work well together when Artie is human. There’s something about this enormous guy being cowed by Mell, which is a reasonable thing for an enormous guy to be, really.
“What kind of future is VHS-compatible?” is a pretty good line; it’s kind of the “Why does God need a starship” of Narbonic. But the best part of this strip is the Dave Conspiracy’s Circle of Five all signing their initials to the note.
For the record, the future President sent back a VHS tape because she couldn’t remember whether DVDs were common in 2000, the year to which the tape was sent. She’s not really into tech stuff.
Okay, this plot dump is necessary but not very funny, which is why I crammed a TON OF DIALOGUE into one strip to get it all over with. I’m sorry. So, basically, here’s what happened: Future Mell sent the tape back to the Dave Conspiracy in the year 2000, along with some future mad-tech designed by Dave. The Dave Conspiracy took the message seriously and hired Helen’s mom to build the tech and assassinate Dave. They got Dr. Narbon’s name from the video; they just recruited the wrong Dr. Narbon.
All the main characters in Narbonic have faintly embarrassing middle names. Except Artie, I guess.
Control yourself, Mell. This is serious business.