This is basically a plot strip with only a mild gag. I just hope the art is clear enough. Drawing a guy walking through a teleporter portal from one mad scientist’s laboratory to another was stretching my artistic limits.
This is possibly the darkest sequence of strips in Narbonic. It was hard to draw. But I couldn’t resist having Dave circa 2000 meet the Dave of six years later, after everything he’s been through at Narbonics Labs. Also, I liked the chance to revisit both character designs. So…yeah, here they are.
I dig this strip. It’s one of the ones that doesn’t have much of a punchline and just lets the characters talk, which is great when it works. I probably could have done a bunch more strips of the two Daves just talking together.
Dave has a deep well of self-loathing, and this is the strip where it comes out. I think this is maybe the darkest Narbonic strip, but it had to happen.
Okay, this is just a plot connecting strip, but I continue to enjoy any time Mell addresses Artie as “little buddy,” which she does regardless of his physical size at any given time.
Also, Artie’s tiny bandages and cast. Awww.
It’s been noted in the comments that Dave’s death here strongly resembles his death by death-ray waaaay back in the “Dr. Narbon” storyline. This is partly deliberate, and partly that I only have so many ways of drawing Dave lying around being dead.
The word-balloon tails in the last panel are confusing. Oh well. At least I drew stacks and boxes of paper in the background, presumably including Madblood’s collection of girlie magazines.