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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 3

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Looks like Commander has learned to trust Mitch a bit more! (Then again, maybe she’s just desperate…)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: After 3 awesome years, Admiral Jane is going to step down as one of the moderators of our Comment Section. She’s been offering her amazing support since the very beginning of when I asked for help with moderation, and her work as a mod has made a huge difference in my ability to continue making this comic and in keeping our Comment Section the exceptionally cool and thoughtful forum that it is. She’ll still be sticking around in the Comments as a reader, and I hope you’ll all join me in extending our most heartfelt gratitude to her outstanding contribution to our community!

DanishWolf will of course still continue to offer her amazing mod support. And now longtime reader and commenter Dave Fragments has agreed to join us as a new moderator.  Let’s all please give him a hearty welcome in his new role here!

ALSO IMPORTANT: So, I sent in my vote-by-mail ballot yesterday, and let me tell you, it’s a great feeling. Lots of interesting stuff on the California ballot this time, such as whether to ban the death penalty and whether to legalize marijuana. I imagine there’s something pretty interesting on all the ballots this year.

Of course, if you care about who is going to be the most powerful person in the world for the next four years with the ability to launch nuclear weapons, the Presidential race has now become very close.  So close, that even if you aren’t in a “swing state,” your vote will really matter. If you were thinking of sitting this election out, don’t. Even better vote early. Vote early. Vote early!

So! Tsunami just barely escapes getting roasted. And a bunch of demons are streaming out of the Gate—and breathing fire! How on Earth will Mitch be able to stop them? Will he be able to stop them?!

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


  • Oh noooes D:

    • davefragments

      Congrats on the V.

      • Thanks. Second in a row after kind of a V-drought. Better start hurry a little if anyway to make it possible to reach 100 before this arc is over 😉

        • davefragments

          I’ve been playing youtube music all night. Most of it was popular and recent and I decided to play the “Lachrymosa” from Mozart’s Requiem in D and just didn’t pay attention to much else. I missed the emails and the page. What can I say but “Mozart.”

          • Oh wow. Just took a count. If I counted correct, and don’t include the one on the chapter frontpage, I’m now at 93. MUCH closer than I thought 🙂

            Maybe Doki can confirm my count.

          • davefragments

            I thought you were up there.

          • Doki will get back to you when she is feeling better. ^_^ slightly behind.

          • bandanajack

            for the curious… and this from someone only 35

  • O.o

  • KingOfNymphs

    So much red… 🙁

  • davefragments

    This is going to be a rout (And that ain’t good)

  • Bracers and loincloth guy must be either very important, or on probation….

  • Adam must have fun coming up with various ‘little’ demons. I still think the one with the black ram-horns two pages ago is the cutest xD

  • It was a privilege Alex. 🙂

    I happily pass the keys to the castle to Dave. 🙂

    • It has been great working with you. And a big official welcome to Dave as my new fellow mod 🙂

      • davefragments

        Thanks, I’m glad to do it.

        • Pietro7

          How did we get so lucky as to have three of the wisest and Kewlest people as moderators? I love this list!

        • Sapfo

          Dont lose the keys, and you do a good job ^^

          • davefragments

            I promise.

        • 🙂

        • Adam Black

          Wow, she didnt even give you the cape

          • The cape didn’t come with the job. 😛

          • Adam Black

            Thats just going to confuse people.

            I’m already confused. Whos the Mod?

            Admirals cleary outrank Fragments.

          • Dave and Danish are the mods, I’m stepping down.

          • davefragments

            Edna Mode says “no capes!”

            wink, wink

        • Welcome aboard, Dave! 🙂

          • davefragments


      • Thanks Danish. It was great working with you too.

      • Juliette Leroux

        Thanks Admiral, enjoy your retirement but I hope you will still be commenting – just not moderating anymore! And Dave, thanks for accepting the job!

        • I plan to still be about. I was a fan first and always. 🙂

          • Juliette Leroux


    • You’re awesome, AJ. Thank you so much for all your help. You rock. 🙂

    • Thanks for all your work and support, Jane!

      • I was happy to help!

        And thank you for the awesome art!

  • Lookit Mitch all “I can handle this! I mean I am only outnumbered by flying demons 10 to 1! I can totally handle this!”

    Mitch, I love you, please don’t die.

  • I really hope Mitch’s powers include not being easy to get burns and that his speed will hwlp him avoid the flames.

  • If Mr. Clean was a demon there in panel 3.

  • Mir

    Instantly thought of the witch from the Wizard of Oz…


    edit: after posting this comment I went to go watch the scene from Wizard of oz and my mind is blowing right now because apparently she NEVER said this. This is some Mandela Effect shiz.

  • Sapfo

    Admiral, no longer a mod, but always the highest command of the ship (Has it already been three years? Wow!)

    • I know! I still can’t believe that it’s been 3 years.

      • Sapfo

        You better not be sailing away like the piret you are. (nicks your sails and oars, and run away) =D

        • I’m staying right here with y’all. You’d be lost without me. 😛

          • Sapfo

            Oh you know it!
            I would lose my berries without you ^^

          • >:D

          • Sapfo

            Wait a minute! Did you try an sneak away with my berries just now? You are not going to make an offer to the demons are you? AJ, You give them back! Demons can not eat berries! (they might be allergic or something)

          • Nooooo, I was just keeping them safe from the demons.

          • Adam Black

            i’m alreeady lost

          • We know. 😛

          • Sapfo

            can we not find him?

          • *blink* I don’t know.

          • Sapfo

            Hmm, there seems to be a problem. We should sit down with a cup of tea and talk this out first… tea will fix everything

          • Mmm, tea. And biscuits I hope?

          • Sapfo

            Oh we can have a full on afternoon tea if you like.

          • Oooh, that sounds lovely. Do we need to dress up? Or is it a pj party?

          • Sapfo

            PJ´s are good, as long as you have a hat^^

          • I think I have a hat somewhere. 🙂

      • Klaus

        Thanks for all your work. And enjoy your retirement.

        • Thanks Klaus!

        • Pietro7

          I hear that the YP retirement benefits include cookies. 🙂

  • Ian Corral

    Well your vote doesn’t count either way so it doesn’t matter.

  • David Welbourn

    I can’t imagine how Mitch is supposed to deal with a squadron of flying fire-breathing demons at all. Perhaps he’s fast enough to evade them and might get one to smash itself into the ground as it tries to chase him, but how’s he supposed to actually attack them? Grab their wings and spin them around at each other?

    • Sapfo

      One little Mitch agains at least three demons, most likely more. I know he is strong, but…. please be safe.

  • Squishy

    One of those demons is wearing a loincloth! (For simplicities sake we’ll call him Frank.) Nobody else is wearing clothes to this other worldly invasion. Apparently Frank didn’t get the memo.

    • Maybe Frank likes to play Peekaboo.

    • Stephen Hutchison

      Perhaps it’s a diaper and he’s just a wee babe.

    • Nate

      As I just posted, he also has funky armbands. Clearly, he came to party. 😀

      • Squishy

        Frank doesn’t need to conform to your totalitarian dress code! Frank does what Frank wants!

    • Keneu

      You don’t go naked to your welcome-to-earth party even if your boss is only wearing his birthday suit. Dress code at work can be infernal sometimes.

  • David Welbourn

    Incidentally, what’s bad-luck-filled Fluke thinking right now? Does it make sense for him to approach Laampros or run away? To be honest, I’m still not quite sure how much control he has over his power, if he can give the bad luck to Laampros or if it simply has to be bad luck for him and people he’s trying to help at this point. Do I even want to think how he could possibly make the current situation worse?

  • SofiaT

    Ah, now I see where the “like bats out of hell” saying comes from…

    Thank you for being an awesome mod all these years, AJ! You’re a star 🙂

    Enjoy your newfound free time!

  • SofiaT

    P.S: Also, GO DAVE!! 😀

  • Jeldenil

    Woops. Demons multiply.

    • Adam Black

      And its a yaoi comic and we didnt get to watch the reproduction

      Its probably some kind of paid extra.

      • Steven Higgins

        Yeah, while I’m enjoying the story, it’s been seeming less like a yaoi comic and more like a superhero comic that just happens to have a gay main character. I’m fine with that, whIle we’ve been seriously under represented until recently I’m not too crazy about the usea af retconning an established characters sexuality. But if something is Caledonia a “yaoi” comic you kind if expect to see more of a focus on sex, or at least romance.

  • Nate

    Someone should tell the frog-faced demon in Panel 3 with the funky armbands (henceforth Funky Demon) that the YMCA singalong is being saved for the victory party. =)

    • Juliette Leroux

      I think it is his upper teeth, but I may be wrong.

      • it could be an inner, secondary head – Giger-style…

    • Squishy

      I see them too.

    • Klaus

      Those are the ducts from his fire glands.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      (and once again YP fandom’s habit of giving nicknames to background characters kicks into gear…)

      “That demon is wearing a hood” was the first thing I though of too.

      The second thing was “Could that be a disguise?”, and I briefly entertained the notion that maybe Spooky’s old friend Aando was infiltrating the invasion in order to assist the Protectors.

    • You’re right, Nate– I was going for a monster skull “hoodie” on that demon. I forgot to give a note to Alex and Vero to color it white so it would look like bone. whoops!

      • Nate

        Cool. Always nice to know when I spot the right patterns. =)

  • Juliette Leroux

    Ok, Kyle, darling, it’s REALLY time to do your thing and absorb these flammes or at least part of them. Your compagnons need relief. And Flyboy alone against all these flying demons? PleeeeeEEEeaaaaAAAse let him be alive at the end of this fight. If he doesn’t return to Cory alive and preferably not horribly maimed, it’ll be terrible.

  • Klaus

    No Anaado? Is this a wings only party?

  • Aitsuki

    Uh…. Mitch isn’t fireproof….

    • Samurai Jack

      He’s just very fast, and fire-vomit doesn’t seem to be.

      • Klaus

        We don’t know what they can do. And they are all different. (OK, maybe there is one who is not.) It only takes one very fast demon. I don’t like the odds at all.

        • Samurai Jack

          Right. Commander doesn’t know either. Maybe she just needs him to be a decoy. The odds are terrible anyway just based on numbers, and the fact that the other side has a self-proclaimed god leading them.

  • TwilightDreamer

    Go Mitch!!

  • Kate G

    Congratulations to Dave Fragments for entering the Land of Moderation. Enjoy your power!

    I think the Wicked Witch of the West is missing her flying monkeys. Or, Laampy stole them from her and mutated them. Poor monkeys.

    Go, go Mitch-mobile! POWERS ACTIVATE!

  • Klaus

    They need to get Spooky back to normal stet. Someone is going to need healing real soon, I most likely.

    • bronakopdin

      me, too ;___;

  • bronakopdin

    phhewwwww I was worried there for a second that for whatever reasn “hellfire” ignores the normal physical advantage of water to it >__>’
    But now it’s Mitch T___T
    I’m proud that he’s relied on but then I’m so friggin scared ;___;

  • fujoshifanatic

    These few pages are getting as stressful as watching the election unfold, but in a much more entertaining way. Still, those minion demons are vaguely reminding me of Trump’s presidential transition team (shudder!). To that end, I checked online to make sure I wasn’t purged from the voter pool or that my polling place wasn’t suddenly changed on me at the last minute (yes, I live in one of those swing states where these shenanigans have been happening), and tomorrow morning I plan on exercising my right to be a very nasty woman.

    For all the people before me who marched, were lynched, hosed, beaten, imprisoned and otherwise denied the right to vote, for all the churches who were burned down and spray painted with “Vote Trump,” for all the people who have suffered from driving while black, harassed while Muslim, beaten while gay, stopped and frisked, and simply penalized for being other than CIS, white, heterosexual, male and Christian, I am doing this for you, as well as me. Only one candidate is even trying to look out for us. Make your voice heard for this. YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE, MATTERS. Please vote. *climbs down from soapbox, spent*

  • Toli Bera

    So is Kyle gonna absorb all the fire then Kamehameha-wave his dad back through the door? it would pay off the set up of the apartment building fire, and him being able to singe anni during the whole warehouse…situation.

    • Klaus

      I expect that getting Laampros back where he belongs will take many pages.

      • Toli Bera

        Undoubtedly so, it’s most likely going to be 70% of this chapter, and then the subplot resolutions.

        -Where/When did Aunty P go?
        -What’s to become of Unca Anni? Is he Paralyzed or just being really lazy?
        -Will Flyboy get back to first-and-a-half-basing his kinda-sorta-boyfriend?
        -Will the Supers return to give everyone a firm hand shake and 20% off discount card for Toys’R’Us since they are basically kids?
        -Will Killer confess his Bromantic feelings for Hunter? and will they be Brocipricated?
        -Will Spooky get back to being a size 7 again? and does he have enough Cocoa butter to help with the inevitable stretchmarks?

        • Klaus

          Killer is Kinsey 0, Hunter is Kinsey 1. So rather unlikely. (The only other Kinsey 0 on those cards is Fluke.)

          • Tsu Tsu isn’t a 0????

          • Klaus

            He is a 1

          • huh…

          • Toli Bera

            I have the cards too, hence the Bromance emphasis.

        • Juliette Leroux

          You are asking the good questions Toli!

  • T Dibbler

    This does not look good. D:

  • Ryan Pratt

    Is Kyle just sitting there staring or something? Why is he not absorbing the fire!? Does he think he can’t absorb Hellfire like real fire? He does realize he’s at least half-demon, right? XD

  • Pikinanou

    Too bad they don’t have Not-a-bear anymore, I’m sure he’d have fun chasing those things!

    • Juliette Leroux

      Always said we needed more laser bears.

  • John

    Admiral Jane, I’m sure I speak for many when I thank you for all your efforts to keep this place a cool thread. I can remember when you first stepped up and cannot imagine how much time and effort you willingly sacrificed for the benefit or dilettantes like myself.

    So Bravo!

    • Klaus

      You do speak for me.

    • Than you, John. That means a lot!

    • Pietro7

      Hear hear! (Applause)

  • Klaus

    What will happe if Kyle absorbs his father’s fire? Is that what makes him one of the most powerful champions the world has ever known?

  • Jason Moon

    Random Demon: Man, how come the boss gets to look sexy and we don’t. What a gyp. We need a better union. Or a union, period.

  • Justin

    I’m scared that the next few pages will just be demons taking advantage of each of the heroes.

    Also the next time this is back, we’ll know who the president of the US is 😮

    • DasBOOT

      Outcome will be delayed, guaranteed recounts in at least 2-3 states minimum. Florida will most likely be recounted yet again……

  • Mary Klemzak

    Go Mitch!

  • Connor

    Don’t know what she thinks Flyboy is going to accomplish. He’s not exactly fireproof.

    • Klaus

      Yes, that is an extremely vague order. What does she want him to do?

  • *Woop Woop* Dive, Tsunami, Dive.

  • D. G.

    I think this is a mistake on Commander’s part. Mitch alone cannot protect the skies. Her focus should be on successfully getting Laampros back through the gate and protecting themselves in the process. I hope Mitch survives his attempt.

  • Earl Patterson

    Please dont hurt Mitch and Kyle. They’re my favorite

    • Juliette Leroux

      I love them all. But especially Spooky who is in no state of defending himself right now…

      • Reyos Blackwood

        Which is a real shame, because he’s the one with the most demon fighting experience. And demon loving experience too for that matter.

    • Reyos Blackwood

      Kyle’s going to be harder to hurt than the rest, the fire won’t bother him, so they have to use a more direct approach. I figured Tsunami would be able to use some water defense too, but I guess not.

      • Well, maybe Tsu Tsu’s powers will work on the lesser demons? Laampros is a king of Hell after all and you don’t get to be a king by being weak.

  • Jeff Baker

    Quick, Mitch! Grab a fire extinguisher!

    • Klaus

      A really big one.

  • Big sigh of relief! My vote has been cast!!

    • Klaus

      And now we are waiting for the results.

  • davefragments

    Well, It’s 2pm and I voted.

    • We went to vote at 9 this morning. There was a short line, but it moved pretty quickly. Most everyone seemed to have their booklets and were prepared.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Heh. I guess we’re telling voting stories to unwind while passing the time at camp, huh?

        Well, nowhere near relevant because Australians had our federal election months ago, and we have a very different setup. But I’ve found I enjoy going to the local infants school, because the parents & citizens association always put on a fund-raiser fete with sausage sizzle, cake stall, jumble sale and even a few rides for the kids. I usually wander down there for the opening, do the civic duty thing, and then get a nice breakfast of a grilled sausage-inna-bun.

        • I find it vastly unfair that you guys over yonder get food. We just went to the local High School, in some cramped room, get our ballots, and after turning them in get a sticker. I bet if food was served we’d get a better turn out across the country.

          • That is unfair. *pouts*

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Well, we do have to pay for it. But, yeah, it has got to the point where there’s websites and local radio coverage set up to tell voters which poll booths have sausage sizzles and cake sales 🙂

            Nevertheless, I have always wondered whether the US elections have/should have enterprising individuals set up things like hotdog carts for the captive audience in some of the longer queues. I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen news coverage showing get-out-the-vote volunteers passing out free bottles of water. Is this a thing?

          • I’m sure in some places yeah volunteers pass out water.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            My polling place is the local elementary school, and the parents have a bake sale there, too. 🙂

          • Lucky lucky!

      • davefragments

        My polling place was busy but people were in and out. No lengthy delays. The only hazard was that the township’s backhoe/highlift was hauling the snow plow blades from storage. That creates traffic.

        • People kept driving in through the exit, even though it’s marked exit. But I’ve seen it with more of a crowd, but it was still early. So who knows what happened later in the day.

          • davefragments

            The Township building has a giant 1000 ft driveway like entrance. Enough room for two cars or one tractor with a large attachment.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I got up at 6:30 this morning and went to vote with my mom. It really meant a lot to her to go with one of her own daughters to vote for potentially (hopefully) the first female president of the U.S.

      • davefragments

        I think that Clinton will win the presidency.
        There’s no State that Trump has won that is on the Clinton map to get over 270. Nothing has flipped from Democrat to Republican.

        Trump has to flip at least one Democratic state to win and that hasn’t happened.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Please, please, please let Hillary win.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Get ALL of them, Mitch!!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I wonder how many flying demons are through the portal at this point. Commander isn’t expecting Flyboy to take on, like, a dozen all by himself, is she?

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I’m watching sports team while monitoring election results on my phone. So, so nervous. This is terrifying.

    • Very terrifying.

      • Extremely terrifying.

        • I’m not American, but I’m up all night watching this, and for once wish I had some alcohol. I’m scared.

          • No sleep for this German, too. Is this Brexit 2.0?

          • Adam Black


          • I’m not counting on anything before last vote, because of Brexit.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, they’re projecting that Trump’s gonna win Ohio. I want to set everything on fire.

          • Well, East Tenn already has multiple forest fires. I think it was divine punishment. Though I haven’t really looked to see if they managed to get them under control or if any have been put out.

          • davefragments

            Colorado has been called for Clinton.
            The Detroit Free Press has called Michigan for Clinton although no one knows what the FREEP is doing.
            PA reports from Philadelphia that there are enough votes for a Clinton win.
            So don’t despair.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Thank you. I will keep hoping and praying.

          • Saxon_Brenton

            I do not know enough about the various college votes numbers overall, but I do know that Florida is important and it ain’t freaking moving.

          • davefragments

            Clinton could always lose Florida and still reach the 270 electoral votes. That’s hard to explain in a few words. Chances are that Trump wins Florida based on an unusually large turnout in the rural areas.

    • Ryan Pratt

      I really don’t care who wins president, but I’m so upset about Missouri’s Senate race. The really hot senator, Jason Kander, is LOSING! He’s so hot! Such a sexy, sexy face and body should be immediately put into office instead that old sack of mud Roy Blunt.

  • Adam Black

    Is MItch immune to Fire?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m pretty sure that’s another power that birds have.

    • davefragments

      I don’t think so.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Patreon is stirring.

  • stickfigurefairytales