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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 35

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Well… it’s good that he’s now finally showing a real interest in Kyle’s friends, right?

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So! Laampros has dispatched with Tsunami. Now he plans to speed cook our Spooky! Will Spooky be able to defend himself and keep those souls safe?

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

 

  • Nooo *flails*

    • 101

      • ..or kinda 100. I know it’s 101, but one of them was on a Title page. Somehow I don’t really feel it counts as much in statistics *pets Title V*

        And this is page 500 of actual comic page. I was SO hunting this V, and in a way it is my 100, if you don’t count the Title page 😉

        • You have two title pages. So if you want to do that you only have 99.

          But officially in Doki’s count – 101. ^_^

          • Oki, now I will go with the 101 😉

          • That first one was so long ago you probably don’t even remember. ^_^ Doki had way too much time on her hands. ^_^

        • You have the Interlude One Title Page as well as the Chapter Five.

  • O.O

  • davefragments

    The situation is Now or Never.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Sure does look that way.

  • Mariona

    Well, this isn’t good…

  • Danny

    I hope that attitude backfires on Laampros… After all, he can’t just fry all of his son’s potential suitors.

    • Squishy

      But Laampros has said any human (or parasite) would do for his son. In his eye the world is full of potential suitors. (I was gonna write “in his eyes” but then was like: no, wait…)

      • Danny

        Laampros says that, but now he’s decided to kill Spooky anyway (despite Kyle’s feelings), so I’m not convinced he means it. Or, perhaps he means it only in the sense that “parasites” are all interchangeable to Laampros, so Kyle can go bed-hopping with his full consent, but if any of those “parasites” his son is with become inconvenient to Laampros (or just convenient to kill), he’ll fry them.
        (Also, in his eye? Ha…)

        • Squishy

          I don’t think he ever considered letting Spooky live. And to Laampros Spooky is an “abomination” not a “parasite”, it’s clear there is some distinction there.

          • Danny

            After reviewing the last 30 pages, I see what you mean. Laampros won’t suffer Spooky to live, no matter how Kyle feels.

            I think my point is still valid for the other Young Protectors, though. Laampros was fine with letting them live, with the caveat that he would punish them for “misbehaving”. But after the other Young Protectors took out his eye, Laampros is determined to kill ALL supers. He seems very capricious.

    • Curt Clark

      Gordon was more a disapproving rival-dad than a suitor. Better to make a good impression by bypassing the disciplinarian parent.

      Of course, this is a bit extreme, but sometimes you have to shout to be heard. Or, you know, fling around a little hellfire.

      • Danny

        True. I was thinking of Spooky, but I didn’t make that clear in my comment.
        And I suspect Laampros is more likely to voice his disapproval with hellfire. Just the warm-hearted kind of father he is.

  • Ethan

    And in comes Anni, our saviour! Who is younger, and more beautiful than he ever was! He’ll protect everyone and force Laampros back through the gate of hell!!

    Or not, who knows?

    • Squishy

      For some reason I have such a hard time imagining a younger Anni.

  • I REALLY want to know now, what Alex has in store for us to get out of this FUBAR situation… because now is SO the time to put it out there.

    No more burning or boiling a team member, please.

    …. The military, Duncan, Sircea, Flyffy, Woody, Hunter, Killer… Shane… Minions or little demon snakes. I’ll take any distraction about now that won’t involve more pain for a team member.

    • darius404

      They all die. Surprise twist ending!

      • Klaus

        This is the origin story of the Ghost Gang.

    • timemonkey

      Sircea would probably find the current situation funny.

      • Laampy creatic havoc on her lands, before even finishing their deal.

        • timemonkey

          All she really wanted was demons on earth to increase her power.

    • Curt Clark

      Nope, now it’s demon snakes, because you put that idea in my head. :p

      • Squishy

        I just watched that movie tonight !!! OMG IT WAS SO FUNNY!!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      It only just occurs to me, but I don’t think you’d get a lot of help from the demon snakes. I mean, this is my headcannon and you’re free to ignore it, but I’ve already made a running joke in the hellsnake fanfic about how they have it in for Spooky because they resent being treated like pokemon.

      … This is probably not the answer you’re wanting to hear right now, is it?

      [sigh] Okay, I was gonna keep this a secret until I had an appropriate storyline.
      Hellsnake fanfic:
      Dewey whips out a domino mask and puts it on, while grabbing a motorbike and spitting hellflame at it. Then, doing his best Nick-Cage-playing-the-Ghost-Rider impression, he roars off towards Laampros, and then up Laampros’ leg, dodging from side to side to avoid Laampros’ attempts to swipe the bike-riding-snake aside.
      Then, cackling like a madman (because, seriously: he’s totally off his face with the adrenaline high) Dewey zooms up Laampro’s chest, launches himself into the air, grabs Spooky and uses the momentum to carry Spooky away from Laampros’ grasp.

      There. Spooky is saved. Does that feel better now?

  • Mir

    ……is he dead? 🙁

    • Saxon_Brenton

      No idea. I’m guessing that if Tsunami survived it’s mainly because Laampros is arrogant enough to think his killing blow was a sure thing, and didn’t bother to check.
      As for how Tsu would survive. Lateral thinking, handwaving, and a solid grasp of comic book pseudo-physics let me think of two possibilities. There may be more.
      Firstly, it’s an illusion, created by either Spooky or Commander, and Laampros only thinks he toasted Tsunami but actually missed. Secondly, Tsunmai used his powers to create a shell of water around himself, and used the properties of water to hold and transfer heat as a way of bleeding off the energy of Laampros’ attack.

      • timemonkey

        Considering none of them have actually been burned by the fire direct contact may not be fatal.

        • Curt Clark

          That’s what I’m hoping.

          I don’t know if it’s necessarily a BETTER option, but demon fire might be as much psychosomatic as physical.

          Like, demons CAN destroy things physically, but their first instinct when using fire against a living thing is to cause them pain, rather than outright kill. Because demons, and evil, and sadism, and why go for the killl when yoiu can prolong the hurt?

          I dunno, it’s a weird, twisted kind of hope, but it is a hope.

    • Terry

      I’d guess not. Laampros said that he wants Gordon to suffer. I’m betting that he just burned him enough to put Gordon out of commission so that he can finish the job later when he has time to do it slowly.

  • I am amazed at how Spooky’s clothes still fit, despite looking even more bloated than ever.

    Laampros looks so happy in that last panel. ^_^

    • Good thing he likes confy pants and big sweaters.

    • Klaus

      It’s maaagic.

  • The dice hate him.

    • Curt Clark

      I’ve had many a D&D session go this way, and my main character controls the weather. (Supposedly; in practice I have a roughly 50% chance of getting the effect I want. Makes using lightning…interesting. At best.).

      I blame the dice.

      • Squishy

        Lol, I know that feel.

  • Larkle

    I’m hoping Spooky isn’t at helpless as he looks right now.

  • Quetzalcoatlihokipoki

    Duncan ala headshot makes me think Brett Favre.

  • Jeldenil

    Well, Laampros looks excited. His ‘hair’ is very interested too.

  • Columbine

    Is Tsunami actually dead?

    • Klaus

      No.

      • Columbine

        Good.

  • bronakopdin

    omg no… no… just… no ;________;
    Did he really burn up Gordon? Is he dead? He can’t be… I’m in denial…
    And he will not harm Spooky… no he won’t… I SAID HE WON’T!!!!!!!

    • T Dibbler

      I am working on the assumption that this is the sort of comic in which our beloved heroes will always survive (albeit sometimes very badly injured), and I’m hoping I’m not wrong.

      • bronakopdin

        I am hoping you are not wrong, too ;____;

  • Klaus

    Alex has said that handling hellfire was one of the first things Spooky learned in Hell. That was in answer to a question of whether it would be safe for Spooky to have sex with Kyle. But in his present condition, who knows.

  • TwilightDreamer

    No no no no no!!! Bad demon, bad!!! put him down right NOW!!

  • Nate

    I see several possible ways out of this situation.

    1) Spooky, having come to terms with the souls inside him, opens his eyes, and shows Laampy how he hunts monsters.
    2) Amanda wakes up, and gives him the mother of all mental whammys.
    3) Fluke’s powers kick in.
    4) Carlos arrives to check on Mitch.

    But the way I think Spooky will be saved is Kyle. Possibly grown to giant size, but almost certainly with a line resembling: “NOBODY hurts my friends!”

    • Keneu

      Carlos?? Who is that?

      • Nate

        Mitch’s boyfriend.

        • davefragments

          Cory

          • Nate

            D’oh. RETCON TIME!

            (Where the hell did Carlos come from?)

          • davefragments

            I dunno

            {wink, wink}

        • Keneu

          wasn’t that Cory?

    • timemonkey

      Cory was introduced in storylines that weren’t originally planned so don’t count on him appearing in the main storyline,

  • Hans Niemand

    And then thou shalt pulleth the pin
    Three shalt thou countest
    And the number of the count shall be three
    One shalt thou not countest
    Neither two
    Except that thee procedeth unto three

    Flingest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade
    And thy foe
    Being naughty in thy sight (or just stupidly arrogant enough)
    shall Snuff It!

    Perhaps I paraphase a bit

    • Jonni

      There was something like “four is bad, five is right out” in the middle, but otherwise I think you nailed it. Very fitting.

      • Klaus

        Four instead of one.

        • T Dibbler

          Yep, and ‘five is right out’ comes after the bit about three, but that was pretty damn spot-on otherwise, well done! Also, funny. XD

  • timemonkey

    Jokes on him, Spooky likes the heat!

  • Morgan

    Oh God. Is Tsunami actually dead? I know that facing an enemy this powerful, it might be too optimistic to hope that everyone survives… But damn it I’m not ready for this!

    On another note, I dreamed up a happy ending for TYP last night. It was a shame to wake up.

  • Nate

    Also, in the last page, Laampros sounded a bit like Thulsa Doom. I half expected him to start complaining about his pet. 🙂

    But in this one: pure Palpatine. Complete with dramatic… pause.

    • T Dibbler

      The pause becomes much more funny if you imagine it was for the same reason I often pause half-way through speaking: namely, because my brain has forgotten what the next word is and I have to pause long enough to remember it.

  • Nate

    Thirdly… how funny would it be if the very next line is Spooky opening his eyes and croaking “The least you could do is buy me dinner first.” 😉

  • Jason Moon

    “I wonder if he will have a center of that ‘chewy nougat’ I keep hearing so much about.”

  • Klaus

    A telepatic message from Amanda: “Now here’s my plan …”

    • Hans Niemand

      Oh no! We reached the moment where someone says the dreaded words, “I have…. a cunning plan.” Blackadder preserve us!

      • Klaus

        You, Baldric, would not recognize a subtle plan if it painted itself purple and danced on the table singing “Subtle plans are here again.”

  • T Dibbler

    Soooo….. that back-up can arrive any time now, any time.

    • Klaus

      But what can they do? The first response would not include the really big guns. That takes more time.

      • Hans Niemand

        I’m glad the author enhances the realism of his work by avoiding the cliches of making the non-super authorities (deep breath) helpless, bigoted, obsessively adversarial, jealous, petty, impossibly stupid, gleefully corrupt, effortlessly possessed, etc, ad infinitum ad nauseum.

        But, I’m afraid you are right. Super-hero teams are the ultimate light troops. They will almost always at least start these fights alone.

        • Jac

          But maybe there are, I don’t know, Older Protectors?

          • Off world dealing with another crisis.

          • Jac

            Pff. Typical!

      • T Dibbler

        I know, I’m really not sure what they can do, but there’s a bunch of kids getting seriously whooped right here, surely some sort of back-up HAS to be an improvement? Right? Right? (Or it could just mean more people getting whooped)

  • T Dibbler

    Also, that picture of Duncan is AMAZING. O.O

  • What… what if… what if this is all a massive trick and actually Laampros is the main character and everything so far was just a prequel and these characters are totally expendable D:
    It won’t be, but jeez… imagine the horror!

    • Ryan Pratt

      Wow, I would LOVE that. I adore Laampy. I’d even love it if Kyle turned on the YP and went to be with his daddy, and become a full demon. There are SO very few stories where the bad guys decisively win, without the prospect of being defeated in the future. I’d love to see Laampy and his minions of Hell taking over Earth…and Anni getting double crossed, because demons are like that. And Sircea getting burned to a crisp after Laampros laughs at her for calling herself a goddess.

  • We all know Spooky has been charging up, like every anime, for 8 months now to explode as he floats to the proper position. It’s why he’s held on to the souls this long. As with the side stories, just move this along for Pete’s sake. We get it! Penance, sacrifice, redemption, peace. Oldest of stories and, though I love this one, it is taking quite too long to get there. Marvel and DC have both rebooted TWICE since this all began. Think about that.

    • Klaus

      What we all know tends to be wrong. He is a tricksy one, is Alex.

  • D. G.

    Oh no!!! Alex u gotta fix this! Quick!

  • Dekira

    Why do you want to burn the baby can’t you see he’s already exploding D:

  • davefragments

    It’s camping time.
    How is everyone tonight?

    • Pietro7

      Overworked, underpaid, and very tired, but it’s page night!
      Makes things look much better. 🙂

      • davefragments

        I spent 20 minutes looking for a pair of socks that I never found.
        Does that count for anything?

        {1 to 3, maybe?)

        • Mariona

          You think that’s frustrating? Try having one sock and looking through the whole house in a desperate search for the second without ever finding it.
          I laugh at your problemes, sir!

          ( Also, hello everyone! ^^)

        • stickfigurefairytales

          I hope it wasn’t one of your favorite pairs.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Glad you could make it, Pietro!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Just made it! Sorry I haven’t been around much lately – I’ve just kept having nights where I’m too tired and fall asleep before camping.

      • davefragments

        missed you

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Aww, thanks!

      • Mariona

        Hello! ^^
        You apparently have the opposite problem of the one I’m having.
        I can’t sleep again, so I came to camp. Insomnia is a b…it annoying.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Aw, I’m sorry about your insomnia. But it is nice to have you here, though!

    • Uuhh… I’m present here. That is just about it. Brain is not awake xD

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Hi DanishWolf!

      • davefragments

        coffee? donuts? sugar? spice? flowers?

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Um…Gordon seems very on fire right now. Could someone do something about that, please? Kyle?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      You know, this is rather heartwarming. Last page I asked whether people were down on Tsunami because of the way he treated Red Hot and Flyboy earlier in the story. But after this page all these people are going “Ahhh! Tsunami! Nooo!” when he gets into (what looks like) real danger.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Just because he can be a bit of a narrow-minded jerk doesn’t mean I want the poor guy to get immolated, after all. Ignorance is curable; death is not.

  • Justin White

    AHHHHHH!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      My thoughts exactly!

  • Justin White

    Your going to pay

  • stickfigurefairytales