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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 20

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So! Kyle sounds like he’s feeling his demonic oats, Laampros is looking to get a jump on spring cleaning, and Tsunami says he can’t hold it together much longer. Will Kyle decide to burn the whole world to the ground? What is Laampros’ “grand design” and does he have not-so-grand designs he’s holding back on us? And what exactly is Tsunami losing?

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

And HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you! This has been a tough year in many ways, but being able to share this story with you and read your reactions in the comments/email/etc. has made the tough parts bearable for me. I wish you all much happiness and success in 2017. (And, in addition to The Young Protectors, I’ve got some fun, new projects I’m working on that I hope to share with you in 2017, so stay tuned!)

  • (I repeat) EEEEEEE!

    • *lol* dangit. I thought I had it. Took two refresh before any other comment showed up, and it happened to be before mine xD

      • I wasn’t sure if I would get it, I was looking at the comic, a bit horrified.

  • Uuuh. How about nope?

  • Fight him, Kyle! You can do it. I mean, that’s what you do, yeah? Fight monsters?

  • And no, Laampy, this is not bring your son to work day!

  • davefragments

    The demons are breaking through and Laampros doles out his deadliest knowledge…

  • Kyle says he feels like he could, not that he wants or is going to….at least not yet anyway.

    • Juliette Leroux

      Yes yes, let’s kling to that.

  • And exactly how was Kyle born? Still a question I’ve wanted an answer for, for a long time.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Ha! Lots of people have been speculating about Red’s birth. Particularly about his mother. I have decided to remain contrarian, and despite having no supporting evidence I insist that Red has no mother, and Laampros created him with mitosis. 😛

      • I too have wondered if there’s a mother at all, as part of my list of ‘what if’s’.

        How is Laampros’ demons born anyway? Are they even born or created somehow. Is his own son created same way as demons, if they’re not born? If Kyle was human born, was there even a conception, in the normal matter, or was it bit like a ‘jesus’ start of life -or a woman sleeping with a man who was demon possesed? Just some options 🙂

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Well, that looks pretty bad.
    Still, I am prepared to imagine that Red Hot and Commander telepathically worked out a scheme to trick Laampros into thinking he’d won Red over as a delaying tactic or double-cross.

    • davefragments

      Or perhaps Kyle is enough of a good guy to resist being evil?

      • Saxon_Brenton

        I’ve got no doubt that Red Hot can resist turning evil. I continue to insist that the plot point of Red denying himself sexual gratification for 6 years in order to prevent his fire powers from hurting anyone was a piece of foreshadowing/Chekov’s Gun/call-it-what-you-will. As I’ve written before, Red Hot’s awesomely high willpower laughs at attempts to corrupt him.
        I just have no idea how it will be used in the story, is all.

  • Samurai Jack

    Oh, Laampy! Telling the poor boy he was born to be a slave. A mere tool for you to use. Humans don’t like having their illusions of free will shattered like that…

    • Klaus

      A human must believe in free will. We have no choice.

      • Jonni

        YES, WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS.

  • Maybe Tsu should hit Kyle with some of that water, maybe that might help cool him down so he can focus.

    • Could hope it would be cooling Kyle’s temper rather than setting him off in a rage.

      • I was thinking along that line of tossing a bucket of cold water on someone to wake them up. 🙂

      • Juliette Leroux

        And also, he’d be wet, which would be a bonus for evryone involved…

  • Jeldenil

    I appreciate this. It’s a classic given that the hero will be tempted to, or even temporarily give in to, following his/her dark side before returning to heroic destiny. It’s cathartic and needed. I even think it is unrealistic to see someone who is purely lawfully good.

  • Angel Rosemond

    Sooooo……. Kyle and Raven (Teen Titans) have a lot of things in common.

  • A happy new year to you all (only six hours away for my time zone!) Let it be better than 2016.

    Still think Laampros has miscalculated slightly on sending his son to be brought up as human. Some at least of the people around Kyle still believe he’s a good person – and at least one person believed in his goodness and heroism even after having made plans that relied on him being linked to the hell dimension.

  • Shiny Gwilly

    fricklefrackle
    i am curious though about this “grand design” though…what are his plans?
    Kyle stop going to the dark side!!
    Happy New Year to all! let’s make 2017 as positive as possible!

  • Klaus

    Best wishes to all of you for the coming year.

    • D. G.

      Same to u Klaus.

    • Best wishes to you as well Klaus!

    • davefragments

      And a good and prosperous new year to you

    • stickfigurefairytales

      And to you as well, Klaus!

    • KatKaleen

      Have a good one! 🙂

  • Juliette Leroux

    OK, this is a very dark moment and I’m, of course, horrified, but anybody else think that Kyle in panel 2 looks like he’s going to start a song? And wouldn’t this story make a truly great musical? “I Feel (Like I Could Burn The Whole World to The Ground)” would be a hit! Or did I binge watch too many musical after the passing of Debbie Reynolds?

    • Adam Black

      to the tune of “semi-charmed life”

      • Juliette Leroux

        Yes!

    • Klaus

      Yes.

    • Airboy Obsessed

      I touch the fire and it freezes me…

  • Juliette Leroux

    Also, have a very very nice new year’s eve, people!

  • Sapfo

    This seems like a good page to begin the new year with. Fireworks all the way!
    Happy New Year everyone! ^^

    • Adam Black

      wait till there’s color

    • D. G.

      Happy new year Sapfo.

    • Happy New Year sapfo berry!!!

  • Sherika

    I realized Lampy and Kyle’s relationship eerily reminds me of the one Trigon had with Raven:
    -both have demonic fathers
    -both struggle to control their powers in some fashion
    -Both Lampy and Trigon don’t view their children as separate entities, but as vessels in which they can convey or control through their will
    -both are keen on taking over the world (seriously what’s so fun about taking over the world? Maybe I should give it a spin and force everyone to adopt an animal from the shelter)
    -both are way too interested in their kid’s love life (I mean talk about awkward dad, you just told the kid I like that I have a crush on them)

    And the list goes on and on really.

    • Keinett Rodriguez

      Maybe alex inspired on these two?

      • Sherika

        That would be totally interesting if he did.

  • bronakopdin

    I’m getting more and more frustrated with the situation T___T
    not ony situation, what is with this setup!!!!!
    “born to be an instrument and a vessel”?!?!?
    WTH!!!!!
    (I hate how using “wth” can again be seen as joking about it x’D…. I start to see where this idiom came from O____O)

  • Earl Patterson

    Oh dear… Kyle want burn world… Or it’s tricky? to get daddy low his guard…

    • D. G.

      I don’t think this is a trick. He looks power drunk.

  • ChibE

    It’s such a treat to see the pencils first! You can really admire all of the details. That makes the colors so much better because there is always such harmony that it looks like one person did everything.

    I’m so excited to see how Kyle overcomes this!

  • Klaus

    I thought that Laampros wanted humans for playthings. So did Duncan and Sircea, or at least that was my impression. Sircea intended, or so she claimed, to repair the walls while he was doing this, and then kick him out. What he actually wants is to cleanse the world by burning it to the ground. That would make Sircea’s plan somewhat harder to carry out.

  • Toli Bera

    Hey, Unca Dunca, Now would really be a good time for you to pull one of your classic Manipulation / Crazy-Piercing speeches to shake things up in favor of earth. instead of just laying there. Like a lazy :/

  • Nate

    I can’t decide whether the quote “The Roof Is On Fire” or “Fire” by Arthur Brown.

    In any case, my dear Kyle… this is not what we meant by “you’ll get even hotter when you’ve reached your full maturity”. 🙁

  • Tristan Black Wolf

    This page does feel all too prophetic, doesn’t it?! It is said, however, that the world only turns forward. Slowly, 2017 is beginning to cross the planet, even as we speak. Charred cinder or new Eden? Perhaps our own decisions mean more than we give them credit for, and perhaps we can, and do, make better decisions than we think. You’re in grad school — a commitment to the future. I got my PhD last August, and I can now teach at a small college or school that might not otherwise have such a great advocate for reading, learning, becoming. These are our superpowers. Let’s use them well. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world. Let’s start Being, full-time. Let’s do this.

    • davefragments

      Congratulations on getting your PhD

  • Happy New Year! Wish it to be great for you and for all of us, in all personal and global aspects!!

  • Pikinanou

    Now we see why Laampros didn’t have custody of his kid, all those years. He’s obviously a bad influence for Kyle! XD
    And by the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

    • davefragments

      And a prosperous new year to you

    • Happy New Year!!!

  • Adi Zeller

    Tsunami seems awefully calm in that last panel…

    • FellowTraveler

      I see it differently. His eyebrows are set with concentration; his teeth are bared in a tight grimace. I see him trying to talk while under a great deal of strain. I think his voice would be a grunt or a hiss. It’s exactly the look on his face when he saw the porn on the computer way back when.

  • FellowTraveler

    I, too, love seeing Adam’s pencils. The monochromatic drawing allows you to play the cloud game, letting your mind see Freudian imagery everywhere. Like, why is Morticia Addams floating above Kyle’s right foot in panel two?

  • davefragments

    As the day marches on — Happy New year to those who have passed midnight and have a safe and fun evening to those yet to celebrate.
    And to all — prosperous and untroubled times in the next twelve months

    • Happy New Year dave!!!

      • davefragments

        Thank you and may you have a great new year

  • SchalaRenee

    It’s sad that Laampros is STILL being a relatively good dad. Wanting to do things together with his son, even if isn’t a game of catch or learning to drive, but “kill all humans”. He still wants to spend time with him. More than a lot of people can say about some of their parents! Demon dad is trying…in his own weird way.

    • Hmm, I’m not sure I’d call him a good father. Not at all. There’s a difference in wanting to spend time teach Kyle something, so he can use him to rule the world, and actually caring about spending time with him.
      Kyle’s one of his main pawns, but he comes without knowing the ‘manual’, so he has tolearn about his demonic side/powers. Laampros can grant him a few things, as ‘pets’ and mates, but still use him like he wants.

      Or at least that’s what he thinks 😉

      • Keneu

        Yes, this. He literally says that Kyle was “born to be an instrument of [Laampros] will”.

        He’s like those parents who care more for how their kid should be according to their ideas and plans rather than caring about who their child really is.

        • Hikaru Takemori

          The thing I’m wondering is how far back the plan to burn the Earth goes.
          Also if Kyle was really born/made for burning the world was he send or planted on Earth? Was he born in hell and if so how did he get to Earth?

          Another thing: How bound does Laampros feel to the deal he made with Duncan? Laampros has yet to make somekind of exemption (from the burning) for the parts Duncan wanted to rule.

    • KatKaleen

      Yeah, this is so confusing. My brain says “He’s a demon, he’s BAD, don’t ever trust him” but my heart says “He cares for his son. He cannot be ALL bad.” I’m so morally confused right now.
      I wish you all a “Guten Rutsch” into the new year. That’s German for: “Get into the new year safe and sound”. Actually it’s derived from a jewish saying… Okay, I just found out through Wikipedia that it’s probably NOT derived from a jewish saying. O_O My bad.

  • camelotcrusade

    20 pages into the chapter and still Alex finds fresh ways to make us all think “Well, things are really going to hell now!”

  • Keinett Rodriguez

    Happy new year everyone!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Don’t give in, Kyle! 2016 is almost over! Keep fighting!

  • With less than an hour left of 2016 where I am, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

    Thank you Alex, Adam and Vero (and guest artists) for all your hard work, and thank you to my fellow commenters for good times in the comments. This is a great community, and you also make it nice being a mod here 🙂

    • Pietro7

      Three cheers for our Mod, Danish! Hip hip Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!
      And three more for Admiral Jane, who held the job before her! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! Now onward to a better 2017!

      • motordog

        Don’t forget Dave!

      • Thank you. And I jope 2017 will be good.
        I co-modded with AJ for 1½ years. After she retired, is my new co-mod 🙂

    • Happy New Year Danish!!!

    • Juliette Leroux

      Happy new year Danishwolf. May it be a good one!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    @GryphonGirl thank you so much for your card and the beautiful little heart you sent me!!

  • Am I the only one wondering about Duncan all this time?

    • davefragments

      Nope, I have too but I haven’t said anything about it.

    • Juliette Leroux

      Same here, same here

    • timemonkey

      He’s unconscious behind them, where they left him a few minutes ago.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      It suddenly occur to me (and I can’t remember if anyone has pointed this out before):
      Yes, as TimeMonkey says, Annihilator was left unconscious just before Laampros appeared.
      However, part of the deal that Annihilator and the Priestess made was that in return for entry to Earth Laampros would grant them perfect health and immortality. Further, the way Annihilator was describing their plan seems to imply that as soon Laampros entered Earth then Team Silver would immediately get the benefits and then be able to trick/force Laampros back to his own realm.
      If this is the case: did Annihilator immediately heal/regain his strength/regain consciousness and is now watching from the sidelines?

      • I like that, but liking that doesn’t make it true. I remember the pact, but I thought it was something he had to physically bestow on them. Granted he made a contract and in blood, but I saw that as more of a reassurance that they would go through with their end more than a spell ready to be activated when he enters earth’s realm.

    • I AM R U

      And just a little bit sad that the Duncan/Kyle love arc is apparently over…

      • Over? Like no. They hit a major road bump, but they aren’t over. Who said they were over?

        • I AM R U

          I dunno, they seem to be – isn’t demon dad now doing a whole “oooh you have a crush on sparky!!”

          • He was talking about Spooky. He didn’t seem to have any objections when they first met.

          • I AM R U

            Yes, Spooky, apologies. I’m not sure what you mean in your second sentence.

          • When Duncan summoned him and Kyle was tied to the bed way back at the start of this. We found out he was his son, but he didn’t seem to object with the two of them being together then.

          • I AM R U

            I never said he objected – my point isn’t that Kyle/Duncan are over because of anything demon daddy said, but that demon daddy is telling us (the audience) that Kyle has the hots for Spooky, SO does that mean Kyle/Duncan is no longer a thing?

  • Foye

    Somehow, the colourless state of this page makes the impression on the situation much stronger. As if something’s about to explode. That’s how I feel. Oh well, looking forward to what’s in the oven anyways 😉

    Edit: This is already the last day of 2016. Wow, time sure flies by.

  • Keneu

    One of the artists who was a main influence for the Bambi movie has died two days ago, too. He was called Tyrus Wong. 2016 was a troll year.

  • Aitsuki

    “F” is for Fire, that burns down the whole town!

    • strangeangel24601

      “U” is for uranium – bombs!

  • TwilightDreamer

    No Kyle! D: convenient plot twist, where are you when we need you!

    • Steven Higgins

      Now, now.. h-hold on… He, he only said he could FEEL the power. It doesn’t neccessarily mean he’s gonna USE it, right? Right?

      • TwilightDreamer

        T_T I think he’s gonna need one heck of a shake up to snap him out of it.

  • Mary Klemzak

    Holy crap this looks amazing, even without coloring!

    Happy new year everyone! May you be healthy and happy!

    • Happy New Year!!!

    • Madock345

      Happy New Year!

    • Juliette Leroux

      Happy new year!

  • HAPPY THANK THE LIGHT 2016 IS FINALLY OVER NEW YEAR!!!

    • Juliette Leroux

      Woohooo, 2016 is dead!

  • Happy New Year fujoshi!

  • Happy New Year Cecilie!!!

  • Klaus

    The death that really made me feel that I am now living in a poorer world was Leonard Cohen.

  • LimpBiskit

    Some men just want to watch the world burn.

  • Niggle

    O_O Here I am flailing around madly. What’s going to happen?! ~flails more~

  • I got an hour left over here on the west coast…

    Happy New Year everyone!

  • Klaus

    Color!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Pretty colours. Particularly like the slightly muted hues in panel 5 to show that the demons are being viewed through the water curtain.

      That said, in panel 2 there are some licks of flame on Red’s arms that are so pale that at first glance it looked like Red was growing tentacles rather than being wreathed in flame.

      • D. G.

        That’s true. It is really well done.

      • Klaus

        Red Hot is being upgraded to White Hot. Does that mean that he will be able to open the box?

  • D. G.

    Can’t help but wonder wat that kind of power feels like. Seems fukn awesome. I don’t think Kyle is gonna be able to resist the seduction of it. / May everyone have a good 2017. / thanks Alex and I look forward to ur new projects.

  • Quetzalcoatlihokipoki

    Maybe he figures he needs to take an all powerful demon’s power to kick said demon’s ass?

  • Curt Clark

    Spooky? Still with us up there, dude?

  • Jason Moon

    God, someone should Laampros to watch The Empire Strikes Back before he continues in this vein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F6AZTwr-VA

    “Kyle, Ben never told you what happened to your father.”

    “YOU’RE my father. YOU already told me, dumbass.”

    “Oh yeah.” (facepalm)

  • fujoshifanatic

    The colors are as gorgeous as I thought they’d be, regardless of the horrific nature of the action!
    Hope everyone had a great New Years Day, and is eager to take on the challenges and opportunities of the coming year!

  • Journey Saintel

    Can I just say that I TOTALLY called the chemistry between Kyle and Spooky? Please let it be cannon. I’d pick a guy who offers hugs to Kyle over a guy that manipulates him, any day.

    • Jonni

      Spooky is hetero, but probably comfortable and flattered that Kyle fancies him. If there is a Mr Right for Kyle, I don’t think we’ve met him yet.

      • Spooky is bi, but seems to have been with a LOT more women than men, after returning from hell, if not almost only women.

  • davefragments

    Hey, hey, hey,
    I’m here for the first camp of 2017.

  • Squishy

    Last camping session I mentioned that I was working on Malcolm’s pistol from Firefly in bead and cheese. Well, here is the finished project in case anyone was curious: https://youtu.be/0n6kkhuUlMI

    • davefragments

      That’s nice

      • Squishy

        Thanks!

  • davefragments

    patreon is rumbling

  • davefragments
  • Zephyr10101

    oh how i love this

  • Galopa WXY

    Anihilator in 3… 2… 1…

    • BertinDoutnik

      Yeah I kinda miss him……

  • Ant-Man

    (kyle was born to be an instrument of lamp’s will and the perfect vessel 2 fulfill his grand design- they will cleanse the world 2gether.)

    does lamp need 2 possess kyle- did lamp create kyle 2 be his vessel on the earthly plane- they will cleanse the world 2gether as lamp and kyle together in kyle’s body ? could that be why lamp is filling kyle with hell fire- 2 prepare the body for his time inside of it ?

    when lamp said he would protect kyle from dangers kyle didn’t even know existed- spooky was what lamp was looking at.

    with all that fire around kyle- can’t we burn away some of those clothes and enjoy some of his hard, super-hero muscles- and washboard abs and adonis belt, and etc.

  • I AM R U

    I sure hope so ha ha was just wondering/speculating 😛

    • I still think it’s going to happen, but other people seem to have already broken them up.

      • I AM R U

        Guh I hope not…

  • Justin White

    Kyel!

  • Steel_Man

    Do it!! Scorched Earth baby!! Do it!