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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 2

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“Parasite”? What does that mean?

U.S. Citizens: The election is looking closer every day. If you care who is going to the most powerful person in the world for the next four years, vote early. Vote early. Vote early! (Not kidding about this. Not voting could very well mean that the person you don’t want is going to be your new President… Don’t listen to those who try to tell you your vote doesn’t matter—it’s up to you to make sure your voice is heard. Take a half hour out of your day and vote early!)

So! Tsunami seems to have attracted Laampros’ attention. And neither one seems too happy about it. Is Tsunami BBQ on tonight’s menu?

Tune in this Saturday to find out! Hope to see you there! 😀

 

  • High five from hell!

    • Librarican

      Well played Danish.

      • Thank you 🙂

        And Disqus can be tricksy with the order line of the first few comments on a page, and showing them all. It often takes a couple refreshes to be sure.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Nice work!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Oh no, Tsunami!!

    • davefragments

      I can’t remember seeing a fowl bunt strikeout before. Especially one that ends an inning. I’ve seen bad bunts but not on 2 outs.

  • Librarican

    Virgin!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I think Danish got it.

      • Librarican

        Nothing was there when it first loaded, but then Discus asked me to log in again for some reason….

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Ugh, I hate it when it does that.

    • Librarican

      RATS!

  • Wait, did Laampy forget Kyle was his son? O.O

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I guess it’s a little hard to look around properly when somebody’s doing the equivalent of hitting you with a squirt gun.

      • There is that. He might not have seen anything but the water coming at him.

    • I don’t think he care all that much.

      …since Kyle also is against him. Kyle probably wouldn’t be flambeed at first though, as fire doesn’t hurt him (much?).

    • Songbird

      My mom forgets my name constantly, with the number of children Lampshade must have, ehhh… I’m sure faces get blurry, haha.

      • But Kyle should be relatively close to the front of his mind, they did just meet the night before..

    • Ryan Pratt

      Laampros probably knows Kyle won’t be hurt by his powers at all. He’ll just kill Kyle’s friends, then do whatever he was planning on doing with Kyle. Making him a ruler of his own kingdom as a Prince of Hell or something?

      • Curt Clark

        I worry about Lampshade’s plans for Kyle.

        The first time we saw him he was brought over by Duncan invoking a never-ending cursed orgasm in Kyle…and I got vibes that Laamps was seriously perving on his kid. Demons may not see incest the same way people do…

        • Ryan Pratt

          They’re DEMONS. Even if they did see it as incest, it probably wouldn’t matter to them. Incest is evil, they’re evil…it fits. Besides, his son is hot, in more ways than one. After not seeing the kid for his entire life and then suddenly seeing his son was actually a hottie…yeah, he probably was into that. XD

  • Now Lammpros, no killing your son’s friends…

    • Makes such a bad impression the first time you tale your friends to meet a parent XD

  • davefragments

    What did he expect?
    A hale and hearty welcome with dancing girls and marching bands?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      It’s not like he even called ahead with his reservation. Well, not to anybody who wasn’t Anni, PP, or their minions, anyway.

    • PP and Anni only showed up with a bunch of cloaked fanatics. How boring.

      • davefragments

        Laampros’ words right now don’t make him sound like he was going to live up to his bargain.

        • Is anyone surprised? I think he will though, in his own way, as he’s bound by his own words.

          Still, for example, was it specified anywhere that Sircea and Duncan was to remain humans while living in eternal youth? Do we know if Laampros can do something about that too? He *did* call Sircea a sow. Who knows (yet) how literal this could become >.>

          • davefragments

            All of that.
            This chapter is going to be a rather tortuous path.

    • camelotcrusade

      A Simpson’s Couch gag? And later, Bart would be writing on the chalkboard “I will not open a gate to hell.”

      • davefragments

        I haven’t watched Simpsons in several years. However, there are people who say that the Simpsons covered everything at least once.
        I was thinking of the skirl of pipes and the beating of drums with flanking brass bands.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Huh. Now I’m wondering if all his talk about infestation and parasites should be taken metaphorically (“You are all as bugs to me!”) or more literally that once Earth was part of the Hell dimensions, and during the time that it’s been separated away it’s become overrun with non-demonic life forms.

  • Uh Kyle, I think Tsu could use a little help.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Yeah. I guess the obvious move for Red Hot is to draw away all that flame and let Tsu get on with hosing down Laampros, literally.

      (I just realised that there are so many bad puns. Given Tsu’s personality, he’s the appropriate wet blanket to rain on Laampros’ day…)

      Anyway, do you think Tsu and Red have done any practice to co-ordinate a tag-team attack like that, with Red protecting Tsu while goes on the attack?

      • I had to stop my self from saying helping hand. 😛

        As for working together? I haven’t a clue. Logically, it would be good if they did, but Tsu is such a stick in the mud.

      • Klaus

        I think they must have. They are a rescue team, who have practised extensively together. This combo must have come up.

      • Curt Clark

        Tsunami seems to have spent a lot more time berating the kids than working with them…of course that could just be what we’ve seen. Hoping I’m wrong and he’s more than just Cyclops with water powers.

    • Squishy

      Yes, quick Kyle! Absorb the fire!

  • davefragments

    I kinda thought he was turning the water into flame.

    • Songbird

      Oh. That’s actually much scarier.

      • davefragments

        I get little black ants (about an 1.8 inch long) and I just squash them anywhere I find them. I know Laampros’s feelings when he says “infestation.”

        • Takehai

          Do you maybe mean 1/8 of an inch long? Because I would hardly call 1.8 inches a _little_ ant unless you live on the South American continent. . . 😉

          • davefragments

            Aw rats! I hate the spellchecker on this computer. It changes things right before I go to sleep. grumble, grumble…

            1/8 is right.

  • My, Laampros sure doesn’t lack confidence.

    *TSK*… Can’t even take over most of a planet without having to deal with minor issues.

  • Flame could be so hot that water is gone before it can steam much.

  • Jeldenil

    Tsubidubidoo, where are you…

  • Squishy

    I think for the first time I’m legit concerned for a character’s survival. Tsunami is probably one of the least developed characters (next to Fluke). Is he expendable??!

    • Draymorden

      Well Kyle can absorb fire remember!

  • camelotcrusade

    Now would be a good time to release the secret weapon. We do have one, right? Right?

  • Klaus

    This raises the question: are they obligate or facultative parasites?

  • I am a bad, bad person, because the first thing I noticed was the framing of the first panel.

    Now I’ve got the “mind like a sewer” bit out of the way, I would like to point out to Mr “I am a God” that he needed help from the parasites to get to the planet in question. But it does make me wonder whether there’s any connection between Laampros’s view that he’s being welcomed by an infestation and the appearance of superpowers in the recent past?

  • Kate G

    Er, Laampros, I don’t think you are supposed to set your only son’s friends afire the first day you meet them. I think there’s a rule dictating that?

    Plus, aren’t you the actual parasite, Lampie? You are the one from a different world after all. I think you are the parasite. So, shoo shoo shoo. *beats back with fireproof broom*

    Also, look at the beautiful picture the official photographer for my state’s Special Olympics (for the equestrian bit anyway) got of Vince, the horse I ride! (@admiraljane:disqus will probably fawn over him.) He got a BATH that day so he’s nice and shiny and not full of sand! Don’t. Don’t even ask what it’s like to groom him. It’s….OMG. Black shows EVERYTHING. Chestnut. Give me a chestnut horse.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/specialolympicsillinois/30310976040/in/album-72157674383392490/

    • timemonkey

      Who said Kyle was his only son?

      • Kate G

        This…this is true. Well, he is the only son that we know of.

    • Terry

      Actually, being from another world would just make him an alien. To be a parasite, he would have to leach on to something else and drain off of it for his own benefit. A lot of people actually do believe that humans are parasites. We have a habit of rapid spreading across the face of the planet draining resources and doing more harm to the planet than good. Depending on your point of view, Laampros’ insult has merit.

    • What a cute boy!

      • Kate G

        Yes, he is…and he tried to kill me today. I get that it’s been raining and thundering and crap and that he spooks insanely easily (seriously, you do not need a mobile game to find invisible monsters with him), but was the need to throw me off really that strong?

        My first coach: “Really? CONGRATULATIONS, welcome to the club! Here’s your horseshoe!” *hands me a horseshoe* It’s been a personal mission of his to get me off a horse. XD It only took 5 horses, 2 ponies and almost 2 years. >.>

        Parents: “YOU GOT THROWN OFF A HORSE?! TO THE ER!” Er takes X-Rays of neck and says I’m fine. >.> (Uh, I told you so?)

        • Ya gotta get that first fall out of the way. I fell off probably close to 30 times in my life with horses. I lost track I think around 20.

          Some were not getting tossed off, but strange moments that landed me on the ground. Like not seeing a gate was open and my mare taking it as a jump. She took the jump fine, I fell off because I never could sit her jumping. She was why I stopped jumping horses in the first place. She was also a champion bucker so yeah, there were lots of times that way too. I’m wondering if I should have gotten a different horse at the time.

          But there were one or two I saw a doctor over. Landed on my shoulder once and couldn’t move the next day. Almost had my nose broke once. I had a mask like a raccoon from that. I was a freshman in High School at the time so was constantly being asked what happened, so after a bit I started telling people a friend of my hauled off and punched me. Had one guy believe me.

          • Kate G

            Oh ouch with the nose. I’m okay except Vince gave me nice Vince-sized bruises on my right buttock and I have a bruise on the other side where my crop hit my hip. I’ll remind myself to thank him for those when I go into volunteer.

            Scooby, the first horse I was on for a long time, is a champion bucker and kicker. He’s very aggressive to other horses which is why he doesn’t go to competitions anymore (I rode him last year at SO.) With humans, he is very, very sweet…unless you go into his stall to try to tack him up or groom him. You groom, tack and untack him in cross ties. Don’t even try it in his stall. His stall is his personal sanctuary.

            It’s incredible how every horse has very different personalities and will want very different things. Each one even has a different favorite food. Scooby loves apples best; I’m still trying to gauge Vince.

  • Klaus

    Meddle not in the affairs of demons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

    • Curt Clark

      I hope you like your supers well-done.

      • Klaus

        Roasting super heroes is rare, or so I hope. It is certainly not well done.

  • Samurai Jack

    I see ol’ Laampy has been taking lessons from Darkseid.

    Kyle or Mitch better get a move on if they want to save Gordon from a roasting. Also, aren’t we about due for an appearance from the military? That could be interesting, seeing the parasites go up against the Lord of Hell.

  • Klaus

    Now that the spell is complete, its should be possible to open the box. This would in turn allow Blimp Lad to change back to his other identity, which would be a good thing for several reasons.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Box opens, Spooky puts the souls back in their bodies. At which point – in increasingly levels of awesome – he either has a short time to actually bring the inert corpses back to life, or he has a group of newly created undead minions (and the fans go “Eeeewww!”), or he’s able to bring them back to life instantly (and the fans once again go all goggle -eyed and “Holy crap! I didn’t realise he could do that!”)

      • Connor

        I reckon that at this point he could put the souls back in and they’d come right back to life. They were killed by electrocution, so their bodies shouldn’t have anything majorly wrong with them.

        Give it another twenty minutes, though, and decomposition will have done some serious damage.

  • Gaaaahhh I don’t like this cliffhanger! Next page please!!!

  • Juliette Leroux

    Yup, bad guy indeed. Poor Tsu doesn’t stand a chance alone…

  • Ryan Pratt

    Hmm. I can’t remember, but is Kyle immune to fire? I would imagine he is, at least to his own father’s hellfire, but I can’t remember if it was addressed or not. If Laampros burns the shit out of everyone, poor Kyle will be the last one standing (probably naked, because his clothes would likely burn, which would be fine).

  • Earl Patterson

    Dont worry, Kyle’s there to pull flame into him. He have done before… Master, burn them! Just… dont hurt mitch I like him

  • D. G.

    Commander: “Regroup!”

  • Jason Moon

    “Would like a DRINK with that, asshole?!”

  • *lol* In a recent Q&A with Adam and Alex, I made a joking comment to Adam, about all the ways he’d have to draw a naked Laampy thoughout this chapter – without showing anything explicit. Having to use light/shade and angles.
    Adam looked forward to this too 🙂

    I have to say that Adam already has gone ‘further’ in almost showing explicit non-explicit than I expected 😉
    Probably a good way to go, much more fun and less work hiding things. And by the end of this chapter we have seen the ‘almost’ so much that we may not notice it that much anymore LOL

  • Pikinanou

    Noo! Tsu Tsu!!

  • syllibub

    Huh. Does this mean Sircea was right about Laampros’ lack of empathy/love? It looks like whatever pride he might take in his son, Laampros won’t hesitate to kill Kyle’s friends if they get in his way. (Or maybe it’s only acceptable when Laampros does it himself?)

  • eldestdawn

    Idea (not likely to be used). Have Flyboy pick up a boulder similar to the ones he was throwing at Circe and aim for Demon-dad’s nuts from behind. Once Demon-dad is stunned, pick him up by the balls and fly him into the portal the same way since he will be in too much pain to try and grab the edges to stay in their world.

  • purplefoxglove

    I *really* hope Kyle is going to draw off that fire, and quickly! Also, I don’t like the fact that Spooky is floating helplessly just a few steps away from this immense power-struggle. Please, Alex, it’s my birthday. All I want is for you to make Spooky be okay! Pretty please? O.o

    • Saxon_Brenton

      What!? More birthday greetings are due? Very well then!
      Happy birthday Purplefoxglove!

      • purplefoxglove

        Thank you! ^_^

    • D. G.

      Happy birthday.

      • purplefoxglove

        Thank you! 🙂

    • Happy Birthday!!!

      • purplefoxglove

        Thanks! 😀

    • Happy Birthday, Foxy!

      • purplefoxglove

        Thank you! 😀

    • A little late now, but happy birthday 🙂

      • purplefoxglove

        Thanks, Danish! 🙂

    • Klaus

      Congratulations!

      • purplefoxglove

        Thank you! ^_^

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Happy belated birthday!!

      • purplefoxglove

        Thanks! 😀

    • Happy belated birthday, purplefoxglove! 🙂

      • purplefoxglove

        Thank you, Alex! 🙂

  • davefragments

    He seems tame enough.
    This flying things seem tame enough…

    Now if I see giant mutant spiders…
    I’m running for several nuclear weapons!

  • David Welbourn

    Hm. Trying to figure out that “parasite” comment. It’s possible that Laampros means that literally: that the planet Earth is alive and that humanity is an invasive species from somewhere else. Or maybe he means it somewhat less literally, and is saying that humanity is dependent on Earth for air, food, and water, while he, by contrast, is above such things and is self-sufficient.

    Which would sorta suggest that we are mites crawling on the Earth’s skin and ought to be treated with a strong antibiotic like hellfire. Maybe. Perhaps Laampros doesn’t care about a “weak” planet and wants to go to another one, like Mercury. Team Silver may have made him promise to leave North America alone, but nothing at all was said about him leaving the rest of universe alone.

    And I wonder more than ever about how and why Kyle was conceived in the first place. Why would Laampros have a human child if he thinks humans are so far beneath him?

    • Klaus

      Is Kyle’s mother human?

      Parasites may just be meant as an insult.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Remembering Laampros’ past tendency towards insults – such as describing Annihilator’s tricky words as dribbling from his mouth like pig’s excrement – I wouldn’t be surprised. That said, I’m not going to rule out the “parasites” description as being something significant hiding in plain sight.

        And even though I don’t take the possibility seriously, I’m going to continue to raise the possibility of Kyle being formed by parthenogenisis.

        • xLizardx

          We’re presuming that his basis for calling him parasitic lies in his humanity – what if it’s due to his superpowers? Where does the “power” come from? Maybe whatever energy source they tap into to harness their abilities isn’t innate, personal to them, but instead drawn from a collective “well” of power.

          Er… this is making more sense in my head. Basically, a bit more like the magic system in Wheel Of Time, where people have the ability to access and “channel” magic, but the power itself does not come from the people who wield it: it is instead a part of the very fabric of the universe.

          Obviously, Tsunami’s abilities aren’t defined as “magic” per se [he doesn’t cast spells like Spooky] but could they not be a different kind? As though people with individual abilities are magic users, but essentially one-trick ponies, with the innate ability to use it in only one specific way, whilst Spooky [or Platinum Priestess] have the ability to shape the way that they use that energy, and thus adapt it to all manner of applications.

          Anyhoo, if they were drawing from a sort of central source of energy, it’s easy to imagine that Laampros might deem them to be parasites upon the power that he now commands, if that makes sense.

          Or, yeah, he just hates humans. I’m probably massively over-thinking this. 🙂

        • Marie

          “That said, I’m not going to rule out the “parasites” description as being something significant hiding in plain sight.”

          Such as perhaps that the YP and other superheroes’ powers are leeched from demonic energy?

          I thought tl;dr at xlizardx’s post (because I’m on my way out) but skimming it I see that they hint toward this as well, and I wanted to acknowledge that

  • bronakopdin

    very late to the party, uni kees me so busy ;___;
    I just hope Gorden will get out of it unscratched D:

  • Ryan Pratt

    I just noticed on the previous page…was Kyle SERIOUSLY trying to use his fire against a King of Hell? Using fire that is PROBABLY Hellfire, on his father? Did he think it would actually hurt him? I just realized that was kind of silly. Of course, he was probably scared, but really…trying to burn someone who’s half made of fire…XD

  • Hello campers!

    • davefragments

      Hi AJ,
      I have a serious question — can you think of any reason beyond boredom that I would watch “Gods of Egypt” last night?

      • Not one good reason.

        • davefragments

          My thoughts too…

          • I’m sorry you were that bored.

          • davefragments

            I don’t recommend that movie unless it is free and you’re desperate to not listen to political news (4 days left)…

          • And only then….maybe

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Masochism?

        • davefragments

          About halfway through I said “what is this?” and left the blasted thing on. It’s nice if you like video game fights between winged gods and all sorts of spectacular graphics but not a good story and Gerald Butler has hairy armpits – I got tired of seeing them.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’m just bothered at the outset by why all of the Egyptian gods are white people.

          • davefragments

            I caught that one too.
            I enjoyed “RISEN” more and I thought its script was pedestrian.

    • Doki is having the runny nose, coughing, body acheyness.

      • Sounds like Doki needs some Nyquil.

        • Have tussin for cough and congestion, hot tea helps a lot

          • Do feel better.

          • gonna run out of kleenex

          • Ugh. Hate when that happens.

          • almost at the point where I start thinking about cutting my nose off

          • davefragments

            cut the kleenex in halfs

          • Have you tried Vicks?

          • I just use what I can find at the house and whatever mother deigns to buy.

          • Squishy

            I read this out of context…

      • davefragments

        chicken soup and some cold medicine

        • don’t like chicken soup

          • davefragments

            Wonton? Minestrone?
            Any soup (dream) will do!

          • davefragments
          • I drowned some oyster crackers in tomato soup earlier, does that count?

          • davefragments

            yes. I haven’t had tomato soup in years. Good stuff.

          • I got hooked on it at college, out cafeteria made this yummy creamy tomato soup, I always got excited when I saw the grilled cheese out, it meant the good soup. ^_^

          • davefragments

            For a while, I grilled my sandwiches.
            Tomorrow I might make a pot of chicken stock. Depends on if I feel ambitious.

          • Oyster crackers are really good and I admit to eating them without soup.

          • davefragments

            I remember them from my childhood. It’s a bit of nostalgia for me.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Poor Doki! I hope you feel better soon. *hugs*

    • Mir

      Hello!!

      • How’s it going?

        • Mir

          Preetty good. Hungry for food and also the next page. You?

          • Just finished dinner and waiting anxiously for the next page.

  • davefragments

    I wonder if Kyle will address Laampros or just save Tsunami before Laampros realizes who Kyle is? Or will Laampros look for Duncan who he made the deal with?

  • Has anyone told Tsu to run yet?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      RUN, TSUNAMI!

      • Hope he listens.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Gordon is not the best at listening.

          • Gordon has peanut butter in his ears

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Silly Gordon.

  • Waiting for tea to cool down enough to drink

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Mmm…tea

      • peppermint tea to try to make being sick not so bad

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Peppermint tea is excellent, especially with a little honey in it for sore throats

          • no honey in this one, I had honey and milk in my ginger tea earlier today

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ooh, nice.

          • is good

          • Kitkat822

            Have you tried pomegranate tea? Delicious and caffeine free!

          • I think I might have a long time ago, maybe. I will try to get some next time.

        • Hope you feel better soon. Camomille and/or lime tea is good while sick.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hmm, I’ve never had lime tea. Is it made with dried lime peel?

          • Meant lemon tea (have edited), but yes, I think so.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ah, now that I have had! Good stuff.

          • Can’t drink chamomile…have slight allergic reaction, causes my throat to swell just a bit

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh, not fun. >_<

          • I looked it up online after the incident and said if you are allergic to rag weed, you might also react to chamomile

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Wow, I did not know that!

          • We got chamomile, peppermint, and ginger tea for me because I cannot drink hot caffeinated tea any more (I cannot do much with caffeine anymore, since I started having heart issues. which means I can no longer take midol and such for cramps because there is too much caffeine in them) and then it turns out I have an allergic reaction to one of them -_-

          • Adam Black

            I started taking Hawthorne to balance out caffeine.
            It prevents me from getting high blood pressure on it.

            It has some heart friendly qualities. You make a tea with it too.

          • Too much caffeine causes my heart to go out of rhythm and slow down.

          • It is really uncomfortable until things stabilize again.

  • Hiya folks. I could use Sircea’s staff right now, to go somewhere warmer where it doesn’t rain.

    Winter is coming *brrrr*

    • davefragments

      Hi Danish…

      • Hello 🙂 Last camp before you guys have your daylight savings, and we’ll be back to normal timezone difference again. Yay!

        • davefragments

          Sunday is the USA’s change.
          Here’s a lament for your winter blues:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsXi_P9T518

          • davefragments

            added: the “hot” part comes about 2 minutes into the song

        • Kitkat822

          We had ours last Sunday, while I was on a night shit of course, making it an unbearable 13 and a half hour shift, sigh!

          • Yeah, that is not a good night for night-time workers. Ack!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Cold and rainy is not fun.

      • My part of the country will probably get snow in the next week. Probably not much, as daytime will melt it or turn into sleet, but ick. I prefer solid snow over cold rain or sleet. Especially when it’s windy.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Agreed.

    • My brother asked me why heat was coming from my room when the rest of the house is cold.

      I told him because my room contains a gate to hell.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I was about to suggest that Mitch zip in and fly Tsunami out of harm’s way, and then I went, “Oh wait, or this might be a job for the guy with FIRE POWERS.” Yeah.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I probably won’t last if it’s a later page tonight – it’s been a long week of staying up late for sports watching.

    • davefragments

      I watched the last half of the final game. Exciting

      • stickfigurefairytales

        We made a damn good fight of it. I’m really proud of our team.

        • davefragments

          They played well. I liked that 8th inning homer. That was a thrill.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            When that happened I cheered so hard that I actually got dizzy.

  • asked mother to pick up kleenex and med when she gets off work

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hope she brings them for you soon!

      • It will be in the morning she is a night shift RN, 7 to 7

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Aw, darn.

  • Adam Black

    Veronica deserves an award for this page.

    Lets see if she can top it this week!

  • Adam Black

    wait a minute! Is George Not here?

    is he going to be left behind like Richey Cunningham’s brother?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      George has to mind the house/dimension while everybody’s gone.

      • Adam Black

        This is georges comic. We are just just NPCs

  • Justin White

    Don’t flatter yourself

  • Phyre Storm

    Since when do gods TALK to parasites?