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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 42

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Oh, hai, Gordon! Didn’t see you there!

So! Tsunami is alive and was able to stop Kyle from being impaled on pointy sticks. You got any more surprises for us, Gordon?

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

P.S. As long-time reader b3nc0 pointed out in the comments on the last page, it’s officially the 5-year anniversary of The Young Protectors! (I had forgotten that I had launched the first page of this comic on my Dad’s birthday.)

I want to thank each and every one of you for your amazing support and enthusiasm for our work. As you know, a lot of webcomics never finish, the creators move on, etc. But y’all are the best readers in the world, and make all the hard work totally worth it for me, Adam, and Vero. We’re very grateful to have the opportunity to tell this kind of story, and it wouldn’t be possible without you. You make us feel like the luckiest creators in the world.

Thank you so much for everything you do. You’re all superheroes! 🙂


  • DonnaC

    Good Tsunami was down but not out of the fight

    • Brian Hopkins

      Yes, and some redemption for Tsu-Tsu.

      • bandanajack

        tsu-tsu, really ?

        • I think Brian stole that from me. ^_^

          • Klaus

            I wouldn’t call it stealing.

  • Morgan

    Yay Tsu!!! Save the day!!!

    That’s a relief, I was actually really worried…

  • Frank_821

    Happy anniversary

    also good for Tsunami for coming through

  • davefragments

    Yee-hah cowboy, go get em and bring them home safe!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    That is a fine example of a superhero quip in the last panel.

  • Mary Klemzak

    I was noticing the first comic. 2012. Wow. Congratulations! And happy birthday! I’m so happy that you’ve continued and made this comic so rich and exciting! Thank you, seriously, from all of us, who have enjoyed, and future fans who will discover, a f look up to you, as a hero yourself!

    • NoiseShaper

      Indeed! Great work, congratulations and thank you!

    • Thank you so much, Mary! You’re a total sweetheart. I’m really glad that you’ve enjoyed our work, and I’m so glad to have you with us! 🙂

  • Mary Klemzak

    Also, you’re right, Gordon! Bad guys sure do love to hear themselves talk, don’t they?

    Glad you’re teammate still has your back.

  • jreed3842

    5 Years?! Wow!

    I started reading this when I was still in college!
    I can’t believe it’s been that long already! Doesn’t feel like that much time has passed!
    I love this community, I’m so glad I’m a part of it! Happy 5 Years, everyone!!

    • We’re really glad to have you here too, jreed! 🙂

  • Am I going to have to start liking Tsunami?

    Happy Comicversary!!

    • davefragments

      ask him for the foot massage with a bucket of water, darling, it’s too die for… you feet will love you for it… 😉

      hint: I’m so tired I’m silly tonight

      • A foot massage sounds wonderful right now!!

        • Pietro7

          And afterwards you will _really_ like Tsunami, Admiral J. 🙂

    • darius404

      I always liked Tsunami (mostly). Thought people were jumping to conclusions about him that weren’t warranted.

      • This will go a long way from his foot in mouth display in the plane.

    • Thank you, AJ! And thank you for your support all these years as an awesome mod! 🙂

  • Nate

    And Tsunami makes the save! This game is going into extra innings!

  • David Welbourn

    I wasn’t expecting a save there, but okay. Yay. But those burns look nasty. The entire team, if they survive this, is going to need an awful lot of burn cream, or maybe some high-tech gel baths that are only available in comic book stories.

    So what’s our way forward from this point? Can we hope that Kyle will have a greater command of his own powers than Laampros does with his because Kyle can love but all that Laampros can do is hate? Or something along those lines? That sounds really trite when I say it like that, but shucky-darn, Good has to win over Evil somehow, right?

    Maybe it’s not a power thing but more how Kyle and his teammates inspire and reinforce each other? Like, Kyle saw the fear in Gordon not that long ago, but now Gordon has saved him and that’s going to mean something. Kyle’s gotta know empirically that his teammates and friends will support him even through this horrible situation.

    But. Um. I still have trouble seeing the nuts and bolts of an actual plan, though.

    • timemonkey

      Kyle’s already shown he’s now strong enough to knock his Father back. And with Tsunami back up and active he’s got backup, as well as someone to argue back against the things Kyle’s being told.

  • Taddy

    Hurrah! Happy anniversary and happy birthday to your dad! 😀

  • Nirgal

    Okay, now, Tsunami really needed this.

    5 years already? Wow, this is incredible.

  • TwilightDreamer

    Yaaayyy!!! Thankyou Tsunami!! ^_^

  • Jonni

    Laampros is working hard to keep Kyle from believing in himself, which suggests he fears what Kyle can do. Lets hope Tsunami’s actions speak louder than Laampros’ words.

  • timemonkey

    A nice save by Tsunami, hopefully the others will be getting back up soon as well. If not it’s at least a direct reminder to Kyle that he’s not alone and can’t get distracted feeling bad with so much on the line.

  • Klaus

    Tsunami has such nasty burns. And, according to the text stories, Spooky’s healing power feels so erotic that Amanda is reluctant to be healed by him. I wonder if he has healed Tsunami before.

    • I hope Tsu’s water powers can help him heal faster, or at least give him some pain relief.

      Oh, and I can see another reason to why Tsu might be umcomfortable with Spooky. If it felt the same way for him.

  • Klaus

    Good catch!

  • bandanajack

    thank YOU. followed faithfully since the wrap up of ARTIFICE. my debit card expired a while back, and when it was replaced, i decided to hold off on returning to patreon for a while so i have missed an awful lot of great material. i have had a lot of health and finance issues in the interim, so my exile has continued, but this is not in any way to be taken as a dimming of the flame, if you excuse a too on the nose metaphor. i am just holding off until i feel comfortable contributing again…

    • bandanajack

      AND… while i am here, what is the genesis of those spines growing in weird uncomfortable places….?

      • Curt Clark

        Kyle’s spikes?

        They’ve been coming in more or less all during the fight or about three months real-time now. Laampros has been blasting him with demon fire, he’s been absorbign it, and it’s been reacting with his inner demon half, hence the spikes, horns, ears, etc.

        Jury’s still out on how much will still be there after the fight — I somehow don’t see joint spikes as long as his forearms being a permanent addition. >.>

  • Cman65

    Something Big Red doesn’t get is friends will help you.

  • Yes! Just what I hoped for. Tsu-Tsu sweeping in with his amazing hands. Love how it comes with a snarky comment too 🙂 Now I hope Laampy won ‘t take it out on Tsu too badly, until he can get away.

    Laampy needs a lesson/monologue in how to be a good friend. Fatherhood lessons are long wasted.

  • Congratz on the 5 year anniversary Alex, Adam and Vero. I know it’s been longer for you, since you made the Prologue ahead of the rest of the story, and decided to continue it in a long comic.

    I’m happy that you did so after Artifice. It’s been a great time following so far, and look for ward to follow until The End, and on to the next comic. What ever it will be, and hopefully with ‘our team’ (A, A, & V) still together 🙂

  • Froya

    I really do love this comic, my only regret is that I didn’t discover it sooner. It would have been fun to be able to follow it from the beginning, and not from when it’s almost over. Both this and Artifice are excellent, I hope you never stop writing comics! Happy five years!

    • Froya

      Side note: I need that first panel as a poster, kthx

    • IIRC, Alex announced that ‘Engaging the Enemy’ is only the first part of ‘The Young Protectors’, so no worries, the story is far from being over!

      • Froya

        I’ve been wondering about that, I was going to ask. Alex keeps saying “this arc” when he talks about the comic, so I was hoping there would be more later. VERY glad to hear it isn’t completely done!! It has so much potential 🙂

  • bronakopdin

    Happy birthday to the comic!!
    It’s a quite a nice thing to remember together with your dad, isn’t it? 🙂
    May he rest in peace!

    I’m really glad that Gordon is OK T___T hopefully the same goes for our other heroes >/////////<

  • Shiny Gwilly

    also happy anniversary! even though i’ve only been on and off commenting for a short while, i’ve been following the comic itself for a long time, since artifice actually! i’m so glad this comic exists and so glad you guys continue to work on it and put your heart and soul into it, it shows <3
    also shoutout to this awesome community, you guys are great as well 😀

  • purplefoxglove

    Phew! I wasn’t sure this morning if I really wanted to see the newest page today – I have to defend my Master’s thesis in the afternoon and need all the good vibes I can get. Glad the call of the comic was stronger than the fear for more bad news 😉 You rock, Gordon! 😀 Also…

    Happy Birthday The Young Protectors!!! ^_^

    • It may be too late now to say good luck, but I hope it went well 🙂

      • Pietro7


        • purplefoxglove

          Thanks 🙂

      • purplefoxglove

        I think you were right on time ^_^ Everything went well, thank you!

    • fujoshifanatic

      Hope your master’s defense went well!

      • purplefoxglove

        It did, thank you! ^_^

  • karmakat

    knew we could count on you.

  • Juliette Leroux

    Wow, old style super hero quip, love that 🙂 And the last minute save too. I’m not surprised by the way: Tsu may be homophobic to some extent but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like Kyle or feel the duty to save him.

  • Madock345

    Congrats on the anniversary, crazy to think how long It’s been. I’m really grateful for you having made this comic and the community around it part of my life. Reading through everyone’s discussions always cheers me up. So many familiar faces every week… it’s pretty cool. 🙂

  • Jeff Baker

    And the giant watery hand—classic comics stuff! 5 years?! Wow! I think I started reading them all about two years ago!

  • Earl Patterson

    See, Nothing to worry

  • Jason Moon

    The watery hand reminded me of Green Lantern for some reason.(Why does the Watery Hand sound like a restaurant or a bar?)

    As for the last panel, don’t ALL bad guys love the sound of their own voices?

    • NoiseShaper

      (Why does the Watery Hand sound like a restaurant or a bar?)

      Whatever you do, don’t order the soup!

    • Pietro7

      The Watery Hand is the local plumbers’ after-work hangout. (Nyuck yuck yuck!) 🙂

      • Jason Moon

        I thought that would be “The Hairy Crack.”

  • Curt Clark

    It has been a rough week IRL for me, so this was EXACTLY what I needed. Turns out Tsunami’s redeemable after all.


    (Also if anyone else were to come around and let Kyle know they ain’t dead, that’d be super kthxbai)

    EDIT: Happy anniversary. 🙂 I hope TYP continues for many, many more years. Just…maybe not this exact same fight scene? :p (j/k, I love you guys and I know a scene’s gona take as long as it takes)

  • Malusz

    Monologue is the downfall of every self-respecting villain

    • Pietro7

      So what’s the downfall of villains who lack self-respect?

      • Foelhe

        Social anxiety.

      • Malusz

        Not bothering to get out of bed to achieve their evil schemes?

      • Curt Clark

        In cases like X-Men’s Toad, She-Ra’s Mantenna, and Beast Wars’ Waspinator, it’s stagnation, paired with a false sense of entitlement. They never change, never grow, and when they DO get power, fumble it so badly thanks to an influx of hubris at “finally getting what they deserve” that they end up making things even worse for themselves than before.

  • KaBoomBOX

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Sapfo

    Five years! Happy to join this group so long ago, and to share the joy of comic and people here ^^

  • Klaus

    Fans of Starfighter may want to check the comments section of the latest page.

    • Klaus

      HamletMachine’s has removed her comment. Not a good sign.

    • Hamish C

      I see a post that says the new chapter starts on 21 March. That’s awesome!

  • Happy anniversary! I may not comment very often, but I really do love this comic and I’m glad it’s still here and still going. 🙂 These updates are always bright spots in my week!

  • Pinkfeiry

    happy five years, keep on the good work! 😀

  • fujoshifanatic

    Wow! It’s already been five years for this story? Time sure flies. I remember when I just discovered this site when Artifice was just starting. Happy anniversary, TYP crew! Here’s to many more years of quality storytelling and art!

  • D. G.

    Thx Alex. I needed this to happen. Im so glad tsu saved kyles life! And im refreshed from the comic relief. / Happy 5th year anniversary!

  • Pikinanou


  • Brenia

    Happy anniversary, team! You all never cease to amaze me with your art and storytelling!

    • Pietro7

      Seconded! Love the plot twists, especially one like this that we could have seen coming from pages away, but didn’t. Dang! I’m impressed all over again! Congratulations, Alex, Adam & Vero!

      • lollerilol

        we did see it coming, this is literally in every single western comic.

  • Angel Rosemond

    Happy anniversary!!!!! You could say this comic is mature for its age, no? XD

  • Mariona

    Yeah, Tsunami! A save AND a quip!
    I knew you had it in you!

    Congratulations on the anniversary! I’ve been following this comic for quite a while now and it always makes my day better! Thank you so much Alex, Adam en Vero!
    Also, I haven’t been commenting here for long, but the community here is amazing. So thanks to all of you lovely people too!

  • Rodrigo Campanaro

    Cant belive thats has been 5 years already,time passes so qucickly

  • Miguel Santos

    Happy 5 Years Anniversary, still kicking strong

  • Kate G

    Dun dun dun dun, Hap-py 5th anniversary! (Anyone ever see the movie Clue and the singing telegram girl. Imagine that scene only singing that.)

    This comic ages like a fine wine. Only gets better.

  • Keith Schiffner

    Conga rat ululations (those who’ve been kept by rats know that’s a real thing) 🙂

  • Ruben

    What tsunami says

  • davefragments

    Hello campers,
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day

    • timemonkey


      • davefragments

        My cable system just suggested that because I watched HORNS, a good movie would be “LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE.”
        It’s going to take me a day or two to figure out what sort of logic arrived at that decision…

        • timemonkey

          There is no logic, only Zuul.

          • davefragments

            chaos theory

          • Pietro7

            Now you’re onto it, Dave. 😉

    • Mariona

      Hello to you too!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      As ever, I didn’t even notice it was St Paddy’s Day until after it was almost over. Also as ever, the nature of my wardrobe meant that I had a better than 50% chance of wearing green anyway.

      • davefragments

        It’s been a long time since I had a suitable green garment. I always bought myself browns, blues, and grays.
        Some of my friends are getting drunk as I type. Personally, I can’t see the fun of getting that pissed and worshipping the porcelain potty.

        • Pietro7

          Being Italian, I usually wear orange and white with my green. 🙂

          • davefragments

            Same here.

    • Mariona

      St. Patrick’s Day is honestly not something we celebrate where I live. I even forgot it was today! But Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who do celebrate!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    For your camping entertainment: hellsnake fanfic

    Shane And The Hellsnakes – 17th Bite
    (A Young Protectors occult sitcom fanfic. Inspired by the stories of AMW comics.)

    Previous episode: // (rest of urls at end)

    PAGE 1 – Huh, Another Piece Of Weirdness
    (1.1) Panorama shot establishing Louie and Professor Mary Metsama walking through a university campus.
    Louie: “… surely it would be simpler to just arrange a joint conference, or something.”
    Metsama: “Departmental politics doesn’t work that way, I’m afraid.”
    (1.2) Panorama shot as Louie and Prof Metsama discover a building covered with some sort of force field dome. There are a number of people standing around, rubbernecking at the phenomenon. This including a new character: Father Charles Doonan, who is kneeling down taking photos of the base of the field with an iphone.
    Metsama: “Okay, now what?”
    (1.3) Medium shot. Group meeting of Louie, Prof Metsama, and Father Doonan at the edge of the force field. Doonan stands up to greet them. Various other random characters are milling around in background, some of them leaning against the force field to test its solidity.
    Louie: “Hello, Father Doonan.
    Doonan (nodding): “Mary, Louie.”
    Metsama: “What’s going on, Charles?”
    (1.4) Medium shot. Charles Doonan kneels down again to point at a series of translucent and arcane looking letters that are flowing around the base of the force field like a newsfeed scroll.
    Doonan: “About ten minutes ago everyone in the gym got hit with the compulsion to leave. Then as soon as the building was cleared this force field appeared, presumably to keep everyone out. I think these letters down here are important. They seem to be an invocation written in old high Atlantean. I’m trying to make a translation for the cops when they arrive, and probably for ExSec too.”

    PAGE 2 – And/Or Logic Failure
    (2.1) Medium shot. Group meeting of Louie, Prof Metsama and Fr Doonan continues. There continue to be other characters with non-speaking parts in the background. Doonan continues to kneel and looks at the letters scrolling around the base of the force field. Louie has moved up to examine the field at close quarters.
    Doonan (stroking chin): “It looks like an invocation to keep out anyone and everyone. ‘Whether mortal or demon or angel’ it says.”
    Metsama: “Overkill, from the sounds of it.”
    Doonan: “Yeah.”
    (2.2) Closeup of Louie brushing his tail against the force field.
    Louie: “It looks solid, from the way people are leaning on it. Is it hard, or elastic?”
    Doonan (from above, off-panel): “Feels pretty firm to me.”
    (2.3) Medium shot. Surprised look from all three characters when Louie’s tail passes through the force field.
    (2.4) Medium shot of the three of them still standing beside the force field. Louie is waggling their tail back and forth.
    Doonan: “Okay, so tell me how you’re doing that.”
    Louie: “It tingles, so it isn’t completely ignoring me. Huh. How pedantic was that phrasing, do you think? Maybe its set up to exclude anyone who fits into one of those groups, but can’t cope with someone who falls into more than one?”

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  • stickfigurefairytales

    Made it to camping! Better late than never, right?

    • davefragments

      glad to have you

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Thanks, Dave! Glad to be here. ^_^

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Yes. So, virtual freshly brewed tea or coffee, and scones?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Ooh, tea and a scone, please!

      • Pietro7

        Tea and scones, please. Are any of them raspberry-flavored?

        • Saxon_Brenton

          The family recipe handed down from grandma is plain scones, but we always have strawberry jam and cream.

          • Pietro7

            Awesome! Strawberry Jam is to die for, and with cream – heaven!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Tsunami definitely just earned himself a hug from me with this page. Although I think he’d prefer to wait until his body isn’t pretty much covered in burns and other injuries.

  • Morning 🙂 First camp in almost two weeks. Been in a cold couching hell and just needing sleep.
    Can’t wait to see what comes next.

    • davefragments

      Happy to hear you are feeling better

      • I am. Still coughing and having a runny nose, but I managed to be back in school for the last two days. Was completely exhausted when I got home today though.

        Went to get a nap at 5:45 before dinner, because I couldn’t stay awake, woke up shortly at 7:45 and again at 8:15 (had set and reset time), and then I think I reset time to camp and just went back to sleep.
        I can’t remember being awake at all except for that… so I guess I just slept about 9-10 hours in total. Feels like magic LOL

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Sometimes your body needs rest more than anything else.

          • Yees! Guess I did after 10 days of crappy sleep. I really did sleep since around 6-ish pm (except for resetting snooze & time), because I didn’t see anything on tv that I planned to see. I can just barely remember setting the timer. Wonder how long I’d slept, if I hadn’t set my clock 🙂

          • Damnit. I missed two episodes of Grimm >.<

          • stickfigurefairytales


    • stickfigurefairytales

      Poor Danish! Glad you’re doing better now.

  • davefragments

    Patreon Rumbled

  • davefragments
  • Happy Anniversary!!!!

  • Justin White

    you’re not beat yet