Like I said last week, love makes Dave annoying. To be fair, Helen doesn’t know for sure that Madblood doesn’t employ henchmen, but it does seem out of character for him.
Mell hasn’t told anyone at the lab that she’s dating Caliban. I don’t know why. Maybe she’s shy about it. No, really.
For some reason I find it touching when Mell calls Artie “little buddy.” SPOILERS: Even more so when he’s a foot taller than she is.
More tiny titles. These are a mix of the usual mad-science journals (Journal of Malology and Maniagnosis), more references to the Thackery T. Lambshead guide (the Borges book being one such reference), and, inevitably, “Ellmann.”
I like this strip, not in the least because it was very, very easy to draw.
The destruction-of-Dave’s-cars running joke has escalated to the point that I’m not even bothering to show it on-panel. Oh dear. Well, I thought it was funny, anyway, although it was a pain fitting in Mell’s crucial line about the drive around the docks.
The three-eyed smiley mug made semi-regular appearances early in Narbonic. It gets a rare later cameo in the last panel here.
I wrote this script very early in the planning of Narbonic, back when this storyline was entirely different, and had to revise it several times over the years to match the final order and timing of events. Narbonic time runs at least vaguely parallel to real time, so Dave has now been working for the lab for four years.