I never did explain what it is that Helen knows better than Dave does (besides the “Danger Mouse” theme). It is, of course, Dave himself.
“Danger Mouse” was a major early childhood influence and probably has some echoes in Narbonic. Also, “Just help drive these electrodes into my skull” is a very, very Helen line.
Okay, the giant Artie in the foreground of the last panel looks all kinds of wrong. I dropped the ball on that one. Although it does make this look kind of like a “Mark Trail” strip, which is cool.
This episode is heavily informed by my college Ranma 1/2 obsession.
I was very worried about the plausibility of having Helen go into the computer network after previously establishing that Dave had to delete Lovelace to make room for himself. Hence all the strips explaining Helen’s trip into cyberspace.
This is another proud moment for Professor Madblood.
Helen came out pretty damn well in the second panel. A wire up the nose is apparently essential to the brain-transfer process.
In the original thumbnail for this, Mell’s last line was, “I’m off to die in the closet.” Then I looked at it and I was all, wait, that’s just confusing. Or possibly more interesting.
I was distracted by amusement at the idea that Madblood actively wants to die alone and unmourned.
The second panel is based on the common illustration of the Monkey King in the Buddha’s palm, which traditionally symbolizes being completely and utterly owned. I was thinking of my friend Gene Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese, which came out around this time. If you’d like to learn more about the Monkey King, consult your local library or get yourself a copy of Gene’s book.