Helen and Artie are returning from the adventure hinted at in the phone message of the previous week. I really like this strip, not least for the implication that this kind of thing happens all the time. Poor Artie.
When this first ran, people guessed the identity of the mystery man right away. That surprised me, just because I didn’t think people would remember that far back. It’s hard to predict what readers are going to pay attention to.
All those flying eyeballs still crack me up. I have kind of a morbid sense of humor.
Dave’s dialogue in the last panel is from Fantastic Four #51, “The Man… This Monster!”, one of my favorite comics ever. In general, Narbonic owes a lot to old Lee/Kirby Fantastic Fours.
This strip is perfect except that Caliban is too tall for the door in the first panel. That only bugs me as much as it does because, again, the strip would be totally perfect if I’d drawn the door correctly. I mean, look at that thing Mell’s holding. It’s the apotheosis of Mell Guns.
Also, eyeballs. Thank you.
Seth always thought Iris was single, which is why Dave, way back when, also thought Iris was single: Seth told him so. But mostly I just wanted to ruin Seth’s awesome rescue scene.
You can tell Seth has gotten cooler, though, because he’s not constantly sweating like he used to. I guess the average room temperature feels more comfortable after you’ve spent the past year in the fires of Hell.
I am not ashamed to say that I loved writing Seth’s backstory and still enjoy “the devil queen Sh’zk’ra.”
Seth has a lot in common with Nick in Skin Horse. I love angry little nerdy guys.