SPOILERS: They did.
This strip was Andrew’s idea. He asked whether Brain!Helen had little brain personality sprites, so I changed the punchline of this strip at the last minute and pasted in a new final panel. I can’t remember how the last panel originally went.
SPOILER: Helen’s comment in the second panel seems cold and unfair, but she’s repeating something Dave said to her in the past. It’s one of those paradox things.
I wrote this one really early on, and you know what? It still works. Mell’s a simple character and changed very little from the earliest planning stages of Narbonic.
Everybody is dissatisfied with this future. Helen most of all, of course, but Mell’s none too happy either.
Man, the future strips tend to be pretty dark. I like Little Dave’s giant gap-toothed smile in the third panel, though. Now that I think of it, he kind of reminds me of Conan in the manga Case Closed, which I now edit for Viz. I like little kids in giant glasses.
Later on, Lovelace makes comments similar to Dave’s line in the last panel. It’s hard working for a mad scientist.
Being more traditionally, megalomaniacally evil than Helen Beta, Dr. Narbon gets some of the more classical mad-scientist lines. “Don’t feel bad, kid. You’ll die for Science,” is definitely one of them. All things considered, Bill takes being abducted by an evil genius pretty well.