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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 55

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Sometimes you have to let go…

Over on the Patreon page, I just posted some brand new art by brand new (to us!) artist, Karly E. When I asked him whom he wanted to pair together, he said “Tsunami and Flyboy!” So I paired Karly with colorist Alex Sollazzo, and I think they came up with something really sweet. One Patron’s reaction: “Flyboy is adorable. I love the art style and the dolphins. The water effects are awesome. I can’t wait to see the hi-res version!!”

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Love those dolphins!

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So… Kyle doesn’t want to let go. What will happen next?

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

 

  • Curt Clark

    DAMN. O.O This is beautiful and so, so sad.

    Kyle, I adore you, but I’d love to know exaclty what you’re trying to accomplish…besides turn the diamond cube into an oven.

    • Pietro7

      Oven bad. Spooky good. Do not mix.

      • Curt Clark

        I know, right?

  • My poor heart.

  • O.O

  • davefragments

    Now that’s scary…

  • jreed3842

    D:

    • jreed3842

      Also….looks like we have some roasted hostages now… :

      • camelotcrusade

        Don’t worry, it takes at least an hour at 350 and I hear if you don’t preheat then it’s even longer.

        • Wayne Lunkwitz

          Besides…..someone forgot the “Shake ‘n’ Bake!

  • Nofsky8

    Oh wow! 🙁

  • gahocleric

    NNOOOOOOPE I’m ith Kyle, I refuse, Spooky is gonna be fine. FINE.

    • Madock345

      EVERYTHING IS FINE

  • So is that like a demonic heimlich manuever?

    • Madock345

      I prefer to think of it as a demonic defibrillator

  • Being really morbid, I had the thought of ‘no early cremations, oki?’… though I think Kyle is diverting the fire heat to the top of the box. It’s still going to be pretty hot in there despite airholes.

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      In science class many ages ago we learned that heat rises……so everyone at the bottom of the box “should” be OK.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Uhm… This could either be very good or very bad.

    Good, Spooky comes back to life. Bad, Red Hot accidentally raises Spooky as an undead.

    • davefragments

      Worst of all outcomes: everything in the box but Kyle ends up as ashes.

      But I don’t think that will happen

      • Saxon_Brenton

        That raises an interesting question. In the past Red Hot lacked control and ended up burning his foster sister. We’ve just seen Red gain an immense measure of control in order to cut through the diamond box with a heat beam so focused that it didn’t transfer the heat to everything inside the box.

        So is what Red is doing right now a flashy-but-under-control manifestation of his powers to do… well, presumably flood Spooky with life energy, repair the cell damage and drag Spooky’s soul back to his body? Or is it Red lashing out, running the risk of incinerating everything around him with his new-found power up?

        • davefragments

          I think so.
          The reason for that is that the flame looks different than it has ever been on these pages. At least to my eyes.

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Hmm. Good point. I hadn’t paid enough attention to that. It does look like a hollow, egg-shaped (symbol of ‘new life’) pattern composed of a lattice of flickers of flame.

            Don’t like the potential symbol of the upshoot of flame bouncing off the ceiling, however. Red Hot reaching for Spooky’s soul and getting deflected?

          • davefragments

            I have to think about all that has happened in the last few pages.

          • Allen Lanning

            The flame seems to be taking the shape of a Phoenix, a creature/symbol of fire and rebirth. Thats a good sign, neh?

          • Klaus

            Looks more like a volcano to me.

      • Airboy Obsessed

        Worse outcome, Kyle’s demonic power takes the souls inside Spooky and uses them to revive him at the cost of the hostages.

        • Madock345

          I mean. Spooky and hostages dead is worse than just hostages dead. They’ll feel bad about it, but you can’t go to therapy if you’re dead.

          • Airboy Obsessed

            But how do you think SPOOKY will feel about it? Knowing his life came at such a high cost of others?

            How will he look at Kyle knowing Kyle may have used those souls to bring Spooky back? Did he know? Was it on accident?

            What about Kyle’s thoughts? What if he DID do it, knowing the cost?

            I’d say, emotionally and mentally…FAR worse than just both dead. ;x

  • timemonkey

    Just get a needle and pop him.

  • Ryan Pratt

    He’s using demonic powers…but can demons bring people back to life? Well, if they’re like Supernatural demons, then yes…so go Kyle! Someone make a deal with him to bring Spooky back. Oh wait…not a Crossroads Demon.

  • Kuos Kinomoto

    I spy someone on spooky’s cap

    • That is Spooky Ghost. It’s his own trademark cap. You can buy a real copy of it in the TYP Shop 🙂

  • Hans Niemand

    A great heroic act. The commonly shared arcs of fate leave me still uneasy. Does Kyle have the maturity for the power he has uncovered? Does his father still scheme to use him as a catspaw or foothold?

    Such a pity we couldn’t send a tac-nuke back with the bastard. Well, institutions like our worlds militaries learn speed with practice. They already seem to know that heroes are resources, not threats or (worse) competition.

  • Jeldenil

    Awww that pinup looks so cute.

  • LauraMoyer

    My Aunt died today… …so, I really need Spooky to live, okay? Please? …This arc hurts so much…

    • Klaus

      So sorry to hear it.

    • davefragments

      So sorry to hear about your Aunt. my sympathies

    • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

      *hugs*

    • *hugs* condolences

    • Juliette Leroux

      Oh shit. I’m sorry for your loss.

    • NoiseShaper

      I’m sorry. But it is good that she was beloved and that you will keep her memory with you.

    • Sending my condolences.

    • I’m very sorry for your loss, Laura. And I’m sending you my biggest hugs.

  • bronakopdin

    DDD:
    I don’t want Kyle to let him go either ;______;

    on a very different note, sadly I just got some patreon problems @alexwoolfson:disqus

    I wanted to vote but somehow each time when i moved the cursor away from the voting field my vote disappeared.

    Then I tried to click on another star (just to check) but the same thing happened. I thought the site might act up so I reloaded the page. But now the page won’t load at all anymore, all I get is a black page.
    I can go to the other 4 pages from the email links, though not to the poll page and if I go to your artist/home page the feed won’t load either, I only get an endless loading circle ;___;
    I mean I will probably check again in a few hours but I wanted to mention it anyway for now.
    I am also not sure if anything was saved as my vote now (and if I hope it was the correct amount of stars)

    • If Alex doesn’t see this comment before that, or notice it himself on Patreon, I will write him an email later. I had the same issue as you, so wanted tok mention it to him ix others did too (and now we’re two).
      I’m on my wayh out the door though, so it will have to wait until I’m back home.

      • bronakopdin

        thanks a lot! Though it seems the problem is now resolved! At least on my side 🙂 How about you?

    • Hey bronakopdin,

      Sorry to hear you’re having trouble with Patreon. Sometimes they update their code and break things. :/ I’ll reach out to them and let them know what you told me.

      But, if it’s not too much trouble, could you please also reach out to hello@patreon.com as well? I’m sure they’ll have a couple questions for you, and it will be the fastest way to get you answers about whether your vote was saved and to get this fixed.

      Thanks!

      • bronakopdin

        Hey Alex! I only saw your reply now and when I went back to Patreon to take the screenshots it already went back to normal! So I guess they figured it out already, which is also nice ^^ Sorry to not be of any further assistence though x’D

        • No worries – it was very helpful to give me the heads up. 🙂

          And I think it is fixed. Here was the response I just got from Patreon:

          As for the polling bug, it looks like it got fixed!
          The results were being properly recorded but they weren’t showing to the patrons. If the behavior continues, or if you continue to see patron notes saying so, let me know so I can let the engineering team know what’s up!

  • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

    Don’t worry, Kyle! You have the positive energy of all the Kyle + Spooky shippers behind you, and surely the non-Kyle + Spooky shippers as well! We are with you!

  • Klaus

    This is going to be traumatic to Amanda one way or the other. If Kyle manages to revive Spooky, that would mean that Amands almost killed him with her “Put him down”.

    • Auntie Mumpsimus

      Well, that’s the burden of being leader of a first response team. You CAN’T let yourself be emotionally affected by the consequences your decisions, or every “that could have gone better” will eat you alive and keep you from making better decisions next time.

      • Klaus

        It is my impression that Amanda is very robust mentally. Even so, that is difficult to do. The burden of being leader can be quite heavy at times..

        • Auntie Mumpsimus

          Oh, never said it was EASY. You lead a superhero team too long, you end up in cockamamie time-travel/ mind-control subplots where you’ve ALWAYS been a secret bad guy, just to drown out the guilt…

          • Captain Janeway keeps saying she always swore to stay away from time travel shenanigans, but she keeps finding herself in quite a fair few of them… *sigh* This is one reason you don’t say “When I am Captain I am never getting involved in _____ situations” you jinx yourself.

          • Auntie Mumpsimus

            Was more going for “Captain America” (recently) than Captain Janeway, but that’s generally good advice.

  • Rin

    WHY DID YOU HAVE TO KILL THE ONLY ASIAN THO?!

    • Klaus

      Would you rather that the only Pacific islander got killed?

      • Madock345

        Or the only African American?

        • Dartania

          Umm… There are two African Americans on the team. Granted, one seems to actually be *from* Africa and the other born and raised in the states. (Tsunami and Fluke).
          Not saying either one of them should die though. However, if Spooky dies, his Asian descent is not what we’re going to mourn. It’s his ship status, his cuteness, his warm and caring character traits, and his badass magic stuff.

          • Klaus

            Tsunami is not African. He is from Samoa.

          • Dartania

            Oh. My mistake.

          • Madock345

            Exactly. I was mostly trying to point out to Rin that in a comic like this it doesn’t make a lot of sense to point out that someone is a minority, because *everyone* is a minority.

      • Rin

        I’d rather none of them die, BUT MAKING IT SPOOKY IS MORE UPSETTING

  • TwilightDreamer

    T_T…..I did NOT come home from a full day of work…JUST to end up in tears!!
    ………darn this story and it’s never ending twists!! XP

    • Juliette Leroux

      That’s why we love it! And hate it at the same time; that’s the power of love!

      • TwilightDreamer

        Haha! Too true! 😛

  • Juliette Leroux

    I think the sheer power of hope of this comic’s readership in seeing Spooky alive again should be able to revive him. Don’t you feel the power?

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    Wait wait wait…… Does Spooky have his own brand of Merch? Links PLZ!

  • Arkone Axon

    “My friend Enkidu, whom I loved so dear, who with me went through every danger, the doom of mortals overtook him.

    Six days I wept for him and seven nights: I did not surrender his body for burial until a maggot dropped from his nostril. Then I was afraid that I, too, would die. I grew fearful of death, so I wandered the wild.

    …How can I keep silent? How can I stay quiet? My friend, whom I loved, has turned to clay. My friend Enkidu, whom I loved, has turned to clay. Shall I not be like him and also lie down, never to rise again, through all eternity?”

    • Klaus

      How little things have changed.

    • Dennis Grace

      It’s been two millennia, Gil. Don’t you think it’s about time to let this go—you know, maybe try to find a new wrestling buddy on Craigslist?

      • Klaus

        More than three, actually.

      • Madock345

        He seems more like a Grinder bro, really. All muscle and party. “masc4masc only” type.

  • Tristan Black Wolf

    It’s not his time, Kyle, and you know it. Never let go!

  • Dennis Grace

    We’re going to Hell to get Spooky back from the minions of darkness. Road trip! [Cue 60s party music.]

  • Mary Klemzak

    *transports to Hell*

    Dad I need a favor.. Well, not a favor, cause I defeated you. I own you, so you have to do what I say..

  • lollerilol

    Deus ex again?

  • Earl Patterson

    little story add… i guess i’ll find out of spooky alive or not in next 3 month

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      Like I said before……we will soon join “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife” already in progress!

  • Jason Moon

    “I will move Heaven and Earth… even though I’m closer to Hell… Man, this is going to just be one big uphill climb, isn’t it?”

  • eldestdawn

    should have crossed through like as well so it reads better if you ignore the crossed out parts.

    • camelotcrusade

      Good idea. 😉

  • Zephyr10101

    Kyle is like that wife at a funeral who makes a scene

    • Madock345

      It’s always the ex-wife who shows up plastered.

  • Sapfo

    Spooky and Kyle! That is all I want, for them to be alive, happy and having a house somewhere, that does not burn down whenever Kyle get´s a little hot.

  • Squishy

    It looks like Spooky’s right pants pocket has been colored the same as his trench coat. I really don’t want to nit-pik because otherwise this page is absolutely gorgeous and emotional and I can’t even. But now that I’ve seen it I can’t un-see it. :/

    • davefragments

      good catch

    • Personally I just thought it was some part of the trench.

      • Squishy

        I did too at first but it just seemed off. Then I realized it was supposed to be the pocket.

    • Good catch! I’ve checked with Adam and he’s confirmed that it should be Spooky’s pants pocket. I’ve asked Vero to send me a revision.

      Thank you for the heads up! 🙂

    • Fixed! Thanks again! 🙂

      • Squishy

        Nice! 🙂

  • bandanajack

    the story is the story, but what an excuse it provides for some stellar art work…

    • Agreed. I love what Adam and Vero did with this page—one of my favorites. 🙂

      • bandanajack

        mine as well, for now…

  • Pikinanou

    Don’t burn the hostages, Kyle!

  • Jeff Baker

    Hmmmmm….what’s going to happen to the hostages if their souls are, like, nowhere? Hey! I just thought of something! Kyle’s Mom isn’t Jean Grey, is it?

  • Klaus

    For those who wondered if Kyle’s tears are fire, here is your answer.

  • Richard Grant Muir

    Nope, nope, nope, NOT buying it. Until we get a black full page that marks the end of this storyline, NOT buying the fanfavortie Spooky is dead.

    • Klaus

      How would Alex get his Spooky caps sold if there were no Spooky? Unthinkable.

    • timemonkey

      He can’t be dead, he hasn’t done anything yet!

      • Richard Grant Muir

        That’s the other half of the point. The souls are still inflating Spooky. I MIGHT buy him dying at the cost of saving a dozen people, but failing AND dying? No way in hell.

  • Kate G

    Holy crap, that first panel. The minute I saw it I started crying because I recall looking over my grams like that – only my hands were on hers – two days before she died. That’s a huge punch in the emotional gut. It’s amazing what such beautiful coloring and making it an insert panel like that can do. It makes it more tender and heart-wrenching, which is what I remember when losing my grams. It was gut-wrenching.

    Adam and Veronica, y’all outdid yourselves. Now, I’m going to go cry for a while, possibly watch some Bill Nye because now I need some laughs. That is a rough page.

    • *hugs*

      • Kate G

        I will accept hugs from Doki! *hugs back*

  • So… today is not only update-day tonight. It is also Alex’ birthday.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALEX!

    • Thank you, Danish. 🙂

      • Kate G

        Happy birthday, Alex!

    • Madock345

      Alex wouldn’t hurt us on his birthday, would he?

  • davefragments

    Happy Birthday Alex,
    and many more

  • purplefoxglove

    Happy birthday, Alex!

    Many happy returns 🙂

  • Jac

    Happy Birthdaaaay!

  • Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday dear @alexwoolfson:disqus
    Happy Birthday to you!

    And many more on Channel 4
    Keep it alive on Channel 5

  • Sapfo

    Happy birthday Alex!
    Hope your day will bring you lot´s of joy( ´ ▽ ` )b

  • Nofsky8

    Happy birthday Alex! Hugs and many more!

  • Richard Grant Muir

    Joyous Day of Life-Giving, Alex!

  • Madock345

    Happy Birthday dude! Hope you have a awesome day.

    Party hard, but try not to black out until after the update tonight XD

    • Thank you, Madock! I had a lovely steak dinner and a small surprise party. It was very cool. 🙂

  • Klaus

    Happy birthday to Alex. And best of luck in the coming year.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Birthday gleepings, Alex

  • Saxon_Brenton

    For your camping entertainment: hellsnake fanfic

    Shane And The Hellsnakes – 23rd Bite
    (A Young Protectors occult sitcom fanfic. Inspired by the stories of AMW comics.)

    Final story arc: (rest of urls at end)
    22nd //disq.us/p/1i1o3nj

    PAGE 1 – Crowd At The Coffee Cart
    (1.1) Exterior scene, city street. Shane is at a coffee cart buy a sandwich. Someone calls Shane’s name from off-panel, he turns his head to see who it is.
    Kat (off-panel): “Hey, Strezlecki!”
    (1.2) Medium shot of two EMTs that Shane knows from work: Katrina and Joel. There are two narrative caption boxes shaped like hands with a finger pointing at each of them.
    Pointy finger caption box: Katrina. An EMT at St.Erehwon Hospital.
    Pointy finger caption box: Joel. Likewise an EMT at St.Erehwon Hospital.
    Shane: “Hey guy. Whassup?”
    Joel: “No much. It’ll get busy later, but right now we’re catching a bite to…”
    (1.3) Exterior scene, city street. There is a sudden commotion as the building across the street has people screaming and running out the front doors onto the street, followed by other people who are lurching about with blank eyes and going “Arrrghhh!”
    (1.4) Medium shot focusing on Shane, Kat and Joel, with other surprised looking background characters.
    Shane: “Looks like ‘later’ is ‘now’.
    Kat: “Are those zombies?”
    Joel (throwing back head to demand theatrically): “Zombies! Again with the zombies!”

    PAGE 2 – Check His Vital Signs
    (2.1) Exterior scene, city street. The people at the coffee cart are on the left side of panel. A shambler approaches them from the right side of panel. Kat and Joel are picking up improvised weapons. Shane is standing in a crouching position, hands open and at the ready. The coffee cart attendant has picked up a jog of boiling hot coffee to throw.
    Shambler: “Arrrghhh!”
    (2.2) Medium shot. Shane feints and punches the shambler in the face.
    SFX: Crunch!
    (2.3) Medium shot. Shane has pinned the shambler up against the side of the coffee cart, using one hand to hold it up by the throat while Shane uses his other hand to check his wrist.
    Shane: “Nope. He’s got a pulse. Not a zombie.”
    Kat (looking thoughtful): “Maybe it’s mind control?”
    Joel (throwing back head to demand theatrically): “Mind control! Again with the mind control!”

    1st //disq.us/p/19v8eu2 || 2nd //disq.us/p/1a2o442 || 3rd //disq.us/p/1alqq0b
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    22nd //disq.us/p/1i1o3nj ||

  • Curt Clark

    Oh wow. I didn’t know. Happy birthday Alex!

  • fujoshifanatic

    Happy Birthday Alex! I hope you and yours are celebrating in awesome style.

    • Thank you, fujoshifanatic! There was a steakhouse dinner and a little surprise party, so it was lovely. 🙂

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers.
    Not only does Pittsburgh PA have the worst drivers, Pittsburgh PA has a plague of orange construction cones that make getting from here to there impossible.

    • Nofsky8

      Oh no! Where did you need to go to today and how late did construction make you?

      • davefragments

        Two bridges going south are shutdown. I had to go to see an Aunt who passed away (my Dad’s sister-in-law) and what should have taken me 35/40 minutes took 65. Driving home after the visitation took 90 minutes. It’s like double time anywhere I need to go.
        Last Sunday, the baseball game and symphony let out at the same time. The drivers went; nuts and it took me 90 minutes to get home. It should have been 45.
        Three weeks ago the detour was like driving from Pittsburgh to New York City via Baltimore MD. It made that much sense.
        I’m tired.

        • Nofsky8

          Wow, yeah that’s bad, at least your home now,

          • davefragments

            Fed, watered (wink, wink) and tucked in a warm bed.

          • Nofsky8

            Hehe, 🙂

      • davefragments

        I should ask, how did you do on your tests?

        • Nofsky8

          It’s a state exam so I won’t actually know until summer, or maybe last week of school, but thank you for asking! I won’t have to test again until the week after next (which will absolutely fry my brain as it’s an AP test), but I think I did at least decent at this one, your not expected to get everything right on these kind of tests so I should be fine,

          • davefragments

            glad to hear

  • davefragments

    Patreon Rumbles

  • davefragments

    It’s a double page – – – – 56 and 57

  • Hallo, on this fine night.

    • davefragments

      Hi,
      just in time

    • Doki will take cramp helping chocolates if you have any

      • *offers a bag of easter eggs*

        • This is why I love Danish! *hugs* Thanks, my cramps are lasting a bit longer this time around

          • Nofsky8

            I understand your pain, I suggest taking an aspirin if you have any/can,

          • I have to stick to pain relievers that don’t have caffeine,

          • Nofsky8

            I actually had no idea aspirin had caffeine, huh, you learn something new everyday, but do you have any acetaminophen or such? Maybe that won’t have caffeine?

          • I cannot remember if aspirin has caffeine or not, but a lot of pain pills do, which is why I had to stop taking midol, pamprin, etc…I miss being able to take period relief pills.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aleve tends to work pretty well for my cramps, and I don’t think it has caffeine in it.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Just googled it – no caffeine in Aleve!

          • Nofsky8

            Yay! I poked around some more and it turns out caffeine helps many pain relievers work faster and though it’s not “standard” in most of them, most brands have it,

          • stickfigurefairytales

            That’s very interesting and good to know. Thank you!

          • Nofsky8

            I just googled it, it normally does,

    • Madock345

      Hi!

      Are you scared?

      Because I’m scared

      next page scares me

      • Uhm..as of now that is a spoiler.

        • Madock345

          HOW REASSURING D:

          • Madock345

            *fear intensifies*

          • *pats* breathe.

    • btw – Good Morning to you!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hello!

      • Stick! Make the cramps go away!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          I will try! *hugs Doki as a starter*

          • *hugs*

          • Nofsky8

            *hugs Doki too*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            All the hugs for Doki!

          • I told my grandmother earlier that in my next life I better not be anything that menstruates. -_-

          • *hugs*

      • Hiya, I’m lisytening to the rain falling on my roof.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Ooh, I love listening to rain like that.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Just made it in time! I was finishing up my first episode of The Great British Baking Show.

    • Madock345

      On netflix?
      Very good show. I’m about to finish up the last season. Very good taste.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Yes! My sister highly recommended it to me. I actually started with season 3, but the first episode of it. It’s fantastic so far!

  • Librarican
  • davefragments

    Tomorrow begins AMERICAN GODS

    Shadow Moon meets Mister Wednesday

  • Thank you, Squishy!

  • Snorlaxation

    Reminds me of Kairi in Hollow Bastion, back in KH1. Loved it.

  • RainbowHigh

    If you love him let him goooooooo!
    (But not really cause ship)