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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 28

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There’s nothing worse than getting “Disappointed Dad”, amirite?

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So! Seems like Laampros’ love wasn’t what you’d call unconditional. His new agenda for Kyle seems to be to cook the poor boy! Will Kyle now die a coward’s, leechy death at his father’s hands?

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

 

 

  • Well…. dang….

    • Congratz 🙂

      *lol* I was internally cussing when I accidently hit a link and opened a new tab (again-again) rather than clicking post. Back to this tab just in time to see you post a couple seconds before me. Doh, the amount of V’s I’ve lost of that 😉

      • I saw you pop up right after me and I was like “okay….did I get it or not?” Sometimes Disqus is tricksy like that.

        • I had to triple-refresh to get that answer. So close, and Disqus is mean like that. At first it did look like, for me, that I got it.

          • My first V since I sneakily claimed the one for the Chapter 4 Title Page. ^_^

          • Your next one will be #100

          • I know, and twice since my 99th I have done the damn ad-click by accident LOL

            My tablet screen image jumps up and down a little as things load, and just as I think it’s done, and click for the comments box, it may ‘jump’ a last time. Have clicked an ad SO many times because of this, also several times when I still manage to get the V.

            (I kinda want there to be two left, because I have a title-page V, and normally don’t camp for it and skip it)

  • Oooh, bad.

  • Caraway Carter

    Oooh, this is seriously bad…

  • davefragments

    Laampros is really angry and vindictive.

    • You’d almost think he was a mean person.. eeh.. creature, by nature 😉

      • davefragments

        🙂

        I think that’s why he’s king of the hell dimension.
        The baddest piece of evil in the dimension.

        • Bad, bad Laampros Brown
          Baddest evil in the whole damned town…

          • Pietro7

            Badder than old King Kong
            Meaner than a big hell-dog . . .

          • Well the hellside of the bone gate
            Is the baddest part of town
            And if you go down there
            You better just beware
            Of a man name of Laampros Brown

    • camelotcrusade

      I was going to add that he’s a bad father, but how can he be a bad father when he’s never even around?

      • davefragments

        He never was a “good” father let alone a lousy one.
        I think he’s an opportunist who took a chance and thought his offspring would be as hard-hearted as he is.

        • camelotcrusade

          It could be worse. He could get all Red Forman and say “Son, the reason bad things happen to you is because you’re a dumbass.” And just like on that 70’s show, it wouldn’t necessarily be true but you’d kinda wonder.

  • jreed3842

    Yikes…..
    That looks painful.
    D:

  • Zephyr10101

    🙁

  • Hours Left

    I gotta give props for the pages and pages of tastefully obscured demon dong.

    • camelotcrusade

      LOL I read that too fast and thought “Where’s the demon dog? It must be really hidden.”

  • Airboy Obsessed

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire eh?

  • Jeldenil

    Tssssk, Laampros. He’s a teen. Teens rebel against their parents. It’s not necessary to cremate them.

    • Toli Bera

      I will say this, Lampy is a strict disciplinarian. he’s tough but fair.

  • Stephen Hutchison

    I am going to have to solve my issues with the pacing and predictability of the story beats (not being all that fun in a long-protracted form, i.e. not read all-at-once) by not reading the comic for a month.

    I’m not sure how I’ll keep up on the chat, the polls, and the other fun things while I do that.

  • TwilightDreamer

    Kyle! T.T

  • Concerto

    Wait, wait…. Where is Spooky? o.o

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Okay, first up, Red Hot has successfully continued to distract Laampros from destroying Spooky ‘The Abomination’ Jones, who as we all remember isn’t currently able to defend himself. So chalk that up as a win.

    Secondly, Laampros’ speechifying makes it clear that he really doesn’t understand self-sacrifice. Not just holds it in disdain and bad-mouths it, but really doesn’t seem to understand the cause-and-effect involved. Red’s actions could realistically be interpreted as impetuous, foolhardy or greedy, but hardly cowardly. I’m wondering if this lack of comprehension might somehow come back and bite him.

    But the big question is whether Red Hot was able to do enough damage to loosen Laampros’ grip and cause the gate to collapse. Since Laampros hasn’t been sucked back to his home dimension, I’m thinking that unfortunately the answer is “no”. On to the next plan, then.

  • Shiny Gwilly

    that’s not being a coward, that’s called being a real hero!
    maybe it was a tad too soon for Kyle to make his turn and de-power? un-power? demon daddy
    but! he still did some damage and did reveal a weakness of some nature…..i hope the rest of the team takes advantage of demon daddy being distracted!

  • Klaus

    As I am looking at this page, there is a character just above it saying: “Leave ‘the blaze’ to me”. Unfortunately this is an ad for another comic.

  • Juliette Leroux

    Ok, extremely bad timing for that question, but in what kind of fabric is Kyle’s costume made? I mean, resisting to hell fire is a great credential! They could make a great ad out of this!

  • Adam Black

    Wow,
    This is really , really, unlucky. Not just for the Kyle, but for the whole team.
    But especially for Fluke.

    • Klaus

      I see what you did there.

  • Squishy

    In panel 3 I think that last comma should come before “you”. It was that way in the script.

  • Columbine

    I’m wondering if with all this anger and distraction Lampros might have let go of Spooky. Because Spoky’s credentials are fighting demons……

    • T Dibbler

      But Spooky is presumably still trying to save those souls, and I think he’d have to let go of them in order to do anything. Try to save a whole bunch of strangers or try to save one of his best friends? Not a good decision to have to make. 🙁

      • Nate

        What about trying to save a whole bunch of strangers or saving the world?

        • Juliette Leroux

          Still not a nice decision to make.

        • T Dibbler

          Point.

      • Skudplastr

        This sounds like philosophy. Do you do nothing and let your friend get run over by the trolley, or sacrifice the several unbound human souls you’re sustaining to fight a demon lord…. Wait, does that sound right?

  • Will Parkinson

    He’s a mean daddy.

  • T Dibbler

    Nice Ultra-Villain speech Laampros.

    Also ow, that looks extremely not fun for our poor Kyle. 🙁

  • Nate

    Maybe I’ve been reading too much Harry Potter fanfics this week, but Laampy really sounds like Lucius Malfoy right now. Complete with fire-based Crucio spell.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Well, things look pretty shitty right now, but I am banking on a couple of things:
    1. By Laampros focusing on frying up Kyle, he is NOT focusing on the busted gate, or the crispy demons, which means that
    2. The rest of TYP is free to assist Spooky and Kyle, once they figure out the catalyst that will enable them to do so, which should be
    3. Fluke, since he’s not yet cashed in on his rotten luck (broken arm + everything else for the last 20 pages or so).

    Even with telling myself this, I am still rolling around in painful suspense, since I have no idea how much more poor Kyle has to go through before this plays itself out. Metal has to be forged–passed through fire several times to be made stronger. After what this kid has gone through, if he survives this, he should be nigh unbreakable.

    • timemonkey

      I’m not really sure any of that, except maybe the broken arm, would really count as bad luck. So far it’s just stuff that was going to happen anyway and hasn’t been so bad really. Nobody’s been hurt (broken arm aside), the demons are still contained, Kyle even turned the whole situation against his father for a bit there.

      • fujoshifanatic

        True enough about the other stuff, but the broken arm (which counts as personal bad luck I presume) should be just enough (I hope!) to allow Fluke to affect the current situation in TYP’s favor.

        • timemonkey

          I sincerely doubt a mere broken arm would compensate for all the good luck it took to take out Duncan and Sircea.

    • OnyxLight

      Damn good theory there with Fluke

    • davefragments

      Interesting. I didn’t think of it that way.

    • Curt Clark

      The military arriving is still an option. I’d imagine in a world full of superhumans of fifty different flavors, they HAVE to have a few super-soldiers…hopefully ones that turned out more like Steve Rogers than Johann Schmidt.

  • Pikinanou

    T-That’s the part when Kyle unlocks his super secret power up and goes super saiyan, right? Right?!

    • Klaus

      Could be, but I think that is too predictable for Alex.

  • Jason Wexler

    I told you so Kyle, you acted too soon.

  • LimpBiskit

    Typo, comma out of place in panel #3 😀

  • Dennis Grace

    God, and I thought the Platinum Pudendum was annoying. Kyle’s dad is like a flaming red Kanye West. Somebody please kill this devil—or at least rip out his tongue.

  • Brian Hopkins

    Had a crazy deus ex machina idea for what comes next: A commanding maternal voice booms from nowhere, “You may not destroy our son,” stopping everyone in their tracks.

    • Pietro7

      I rather like that idea. 🙂

    • Curt Clark

      I kind of hope Kyle’s birth mom was/is human, and that his humanity is what’s giving him the will to fight the demonic corruption.

      But if it turns out she’s some kind of celestial, or faery, or something completely different, I won’t be upset. Just means a new side of his power to explore.

  • OnyxLight

    I’m hoping Kyle’s willpower is as strong as I think it is. I don’t think this will have him down for the count… I also bet this Shakes something out of Spooky

  • Klaus

    Tune in next Wednesday, when you will hear Duncan say: “I am the ruler of North America. That boy is part of my domain. I claim him to do with as I see fit.”

    • Doki just flash-backed to Veterinarian’s Hospital. ^_^

      https://youtu.be/hk6HHLAvzXk?t=1m45s

      • Juliette Leroux

        Me yesterday: *Go back home and take the 3 first seasons of the Muppet show from the shelf while grinning in anticipation*

        • I love The Muppet Show, and while there were some parts I found boring as a kid, I love it all now.

          • Juliette Leroux

            Same here. Being able to re-watch it in original version instead of the truly bad French version I had when I was a kid did wonders too. I’m a big fan of the Swedish chef.

  • Samurai Jack

    Spare the rod and spoil the child… Let’s see the rod, Laampros. Don’t be a bad father…

    Seriously, did anyone doubt Laampros’ reaction? Thing is, once you give a gift it’s no longer yours. It’s Kyle’s now. Time to go the way of the Titans, dear old dad.

    • Curt Clark

      Funny you should mention ‘Titans’. Trigon is very much in my head looking at Laampros and Kyle.

      • Samurai Jack

        I meant the classical, Greek, Titans of course, but yes. There’s more than a little Trigon in Laampros. But I don’t see much of Raven in Kyle. If I had to pick a Titan that resembled Kyle, it would be Beast Boy/Changeling.

  • Mikki

    Duncan needs to wake the f**k up. Seriously…and where is the rest of the team? I know Tsunami is holding the gate, but didn’t they temporarily stop all the monsters coming through? And didn’t all the other ones already through burn up? Commander should have called everyone to Lamp as soon as they realized what Kyle was doing like 6 pages ago, and especially not that Lamp is trying to incinerate Kyle…just saying…

  • Shadizar Silvermask

    Unfortunately his father’s right, at least in regards to his son being way too eager to sacrifice himself. His father’s an ancient and powerful demon and he’s but an infant in comparison, such haste is on the foolish side when so many depend on him for their survival. But given his age it’s understandable, modern heroes are often filled with the idea of heroic sacrifice and at his age it sounds far too appealing rather than realizing he needs to do everything he can to survive in order to help save everyone.

  • davefragments

    Well here we are camping and waiting for an update.
    I had a good dinner. It involved mushrooms. The weather is meh.
    How was your day…

    And I hope that the new page shows us what the other Young Protectors are doing to help Kyle.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I worked from home today because of the snow – yesterday morning, too. It was pretty nice, actually.

      • davefragments

        There’s next to no snow here. Flurries, little white spots. Pretty but not enough to cause problems. That’s the difference of a couple hundred or so miles.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Very true.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    KYLE!!!

  • davefragments

    I still have this image of Spooky blowing out ghosts and they drive Laampros back to the Hell dimension. It’s been stuck in my head ever since I saw “The Age of Ultron.”

  • davefragments

    Patreon crumbling

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Oh hey, if anybody here would like a handmade Valentine from me, let me know! (Anybody I gave one to last year should be good as long as your address hasn’t changed.)

    • Me me me me!! 😀 (I’m so greedy, lol)

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Awesome! I can give you my email or you can send me a message on tumblr. 😀

    • Uhm, I’d love one 🙂

      AJ should have my address, or I can give her again in Twitter DM, so you can ask her.

  • Page up!!

  • davefragments
  • Justin White

    the tables turned again!