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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 63

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So! Kyle felt bad about hurting his buddy Paul, but Paul was having none of it. And now Gordon feels like he might not have given Paul enough credit.

Will Kyle really have to gives years of pizza and chauffeur service to Paul? How much pizza can Paul really eat? Does Kyle even have a car? And how many months more grown-up does Gordon think Paul is?

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

  • Aww, bonding time is so cute.

  • Paul is going to milk this for all he can get…

    • timemonkey

      Better not push his luck though. XD

  • D’awwww!

    • I love how they get to see (finally notice) other/new sides of each other.

  • Nofsky8

    So cute, (I was wondering when they would talk about the broken arm,)

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Yay Paul!

    • Stick! *hugs*

      • stickfigurefairytales

        *hugs* Hi Doki!!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    He’s a good friend.

  • Nothing like a disaster, almost dying and all, to make a group that feels they’re a family – and make them into a FAMILY.

    Edit: not saying they won’t squabble anymore, family/friends do, but they are more ‘together’ now.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Man ! I was sorta down tonight…….been raining here for two whole days…..and then the update just popped in , and I sit here reading it and grinning like an idiot!

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    *product of my dirty, dirty lady-mind*

    With what just happened a few pages back with spooks…..
    I wonder if Fluke means the /other/ kind of chauffeur?

    • Not saying it matters 100%, but Fluke it the only one who them who is an absolute 0 on the Kinsey scale (even Tsu is a 1 on the scale).

      • Klaus

        “Absolute 0” usually refers to the kelvin scale. And it would be a good super hero name.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    It occurs to me that this moment of cute banter is the drop in tension before Commander and Red Hot find Annihilator – who amazingly will be conscious despite his own wounds and all the explosions and whatnot – and the tension ratchets up again.

  • Zephyr10101

    This is great end to a bad day. Needed this ^ ^

    • Klaus

      If it is indeed the end.

  • Brian Hopkins

    Tsu-Tsu would be healed by now if he just let Spooky French-kiss him. He should relent, for efficiency’s sake—those long-suffering hostages!

  • Klaus

    At first I thought that Paul must have got a new car by now, but even though it is about five years since we were told that he wrecked his car, inside the frame it was last week.

    • Wow. Kyle’s kissed two guys in the span of a week… kid’s got game! Also wow yeah 5 years.

      • Klaus

        Though I think he wishes it was only one.

  • I should buy a lottery ticket. I picked a good night to start reading where I left off, and lo-and-behold an update pops up right when I finish catching up. XD

  • Two Gargoyles Comics

    Argh. I HATE to be this guy, but “..than I’ve been giving you credit FOR.” You need to have the “FOR” at the end of the sentence for it to make sense. I’m SO SORRY, I CAN’T STOP MYSELF.

    • Mary Klemzak

      Now I can’t unsee. Ugh.

    • S+

      The trouble with writing dialog is finding the balance between what is authentic for the individual speaking, and what the reader can tolerate and accept. Probably, as so many of us do, he simply learned this phrasing incorrectly (I could care less if he did) (do you see what I just did there?), but I agree. I hate it when I see it. But I, rather than writing a comment, simply fixed it by writing the missing word in right there on my monitor. Now it’s all OK.

      • Klaus

        Yes, I see what you did. But I have a suspicion that you actually could care less. Not much less, perhaps, but still less.

    • GeorgeTSLC

      Actually, this is an ongoing change in the language that I’ve been watching for a decade or more. (I’m retired from being a professional editor.) I call it, perhaps unfairly, the “yuppy preposition deletion rule”. It says that you don’t end a sentence with a preposition–period. Not by restructuring it into academic formality with “for which” (a method that can’t even apply here), but just by dropping it.

      Yes, that loses information. Yes, it irritates the hell out of some of us, including me. But the most we can do to slow down language changes we hate is to avoid them ourselves and in anything we have a chance to edit. We can’t prevent people like Woolfson from reflecting how speakers actually speak, and we really shouldn’t try.

      • Kate G

        What kind of editing did you do, if I may ask? Did you edit a particular type of work (like government articles?)

        My mom and I often debate how you should edit things: how people speak today or to the strict standards handed down from MLA. I end up using a bit of both when I edit and translate (when needed) for The Gardener.

        • GeorgeTSLC

          Letters and newsletters, ma’am. I tried to finesse the differences whenever possible, but when there had to be a choice the letters leaned more to the colloquial and at least some of the newsletter articles to the formal, authoritative style.

          • Kate G

            Definitely, you have to pick and choose depending on style and voice ultimately. We all can’t sound like stuffy academics 100% of them time.

    • Kate G

      From a linguistic and grammatical point of view (my mother majored in this, thus I became a bit of a mini her in taking every grammar course), the way Alex has is correct. Ending a sentence in a preposition like “for” is grammatically and professionally incorrect even though we use it in everyday life.

      It sounds clumsy to you because you aren’t used to speaking formal English; this is how I was raised. I was taught proper, formal English in speech therapy, so I still tend to speak formally unless my Texan roots get the best of me. The other way this sentence could have been approached is, “You’ve acted more mature today than for what I give you credit.”

      But let’s face it, that sounds really stiff and unnatural. >.>

      • Klaus

        This is the kind of nonsense that I will not put up. You can not just leave a word out because you don’t like to have it at the end of a sentence. Ending a sentence with a preposition is usually, but not always, poor style, but it is not a grammar error. Leaving out a necessary preposition is.

        • Kate G

          Hey, I’m just saying the rules from a linguistic and by what professional editors and translators use. I say this because I do, on the side, editing services for fanfiction authors and for my dad (he who is terrible at grammar and spelling) and I’m also the English editor (and sometimes I have to retranslate Marc’s French-English) for The Gardener. I work within these exact same parameters unless a certain character demands I break the rule because of their class, their personality, etc.

          I didn’t make up the rules. I just follow them.

          • Stephen Hutchison

            Actually the linguists don’t really care about prepositions ending sentences — except to observe that they sometimes do so. Linguists generally describe what language is and how it works, and try to write rules that describe how it works. If the rules say that the language cannot generate a sentence that the speakers/writers have generated, and it makes sense to them, then the rules are wrong, not the language.

            The prescriptive grammarians in the 1700s or 1800s or even 1900s who thought that Latin was the purest form of language, and insisted on forcing its rules onto English, cared a lot, but English has always had different rules, as spoken and written. The idea that one specific dialect and formation is the only “proper” way to speak a language is due to grammarians.

          • davefragments

            aw guys…
            It’s boring to read two people arguing language and grammar while reading about teenagers with superpowers defending the universe from demons and sorceresses.
            Call it the last word.
            Give it a rest.
            Have fun. Enjoy the page.

          • Kate G

            Awwwwww, does Dave not like us grammar nerds talking the syntax of the English language? We shall have to find another way to occupy Dave while we argue the validity of proper syntax. 😛 😛 😛

            I’m totally pulling your leg, Dave. Although, it is fun to argue syntax with others occasionally. 😛

          • davefragments

            You are too cute to be mad at…

            {wink, wink}

          • Kate G

            Depends on the linguist overall. My mom is a linguist, but her specialty is in grammar. She is a linguist AND a grammarian. 😛 She also has a major in history. So, technically, one could say she’s a historical grammarian linguist. LOL. (I tease her about this all of the time. She then glares at me and says, “I am not. I am a linguist who majored in history with a specialty in grammar. HA!)

      • Sal Wolffs (Garnasha)

        Your speech therapist has taught you a Latin rule, not an English one. Some pretentious, misguided pedants from before 1900 introduced that and a bunch of other rules into “formal” English, thinking their native language was supposed to derive from Latin or some such nonsense. It doesn’t.

        Those rules never stuck in usage, because those rules have nothing to do with actual English, but they stuck in textbooks because those conform to each other in a very conservative way.

        In short: it sounds stiff and unnatural because it’s incorrect. English is not Latin, and I’m sorry to say your speech therapist did you a disservice (albeit with the best intentions).

        Source and further reading:

    • bandanajack

      for which i gave you credit is even worse tho, but i feel your pain.

    • NoiseShaper

      In principle I tend to be a stickler for correct language use in most circumstances (well, as far as I know in the respective language), but when it’s about spoken dialogue or explicit or implicit stylistic intention I still prefer a more “natural” use over formal precision, especially when precisely correct use would feel out of character or if it would sound stilted.

      I may be wrong, but on this page it feels okay to me.

  • Jeldenil

    Awww. Tsu is quite busy bonding with his team mates.

  • Juliette Leroux

    You know you are in a comic book when someone is smiling and cracking up jokes with a broken arm. I would be all “AuuuuuuGGGGhhhhh” or something like that. Not cut for the super hero gig, obviously…
    Anyway, cute nice warm page. Let’s see how the discussion with Duncan goes now…

    • timemonkey

      This is a guy who gets injured on a regular basis. After a while you just get used to pain.

    • Klaus

      He may be on an endorphin high. It is not unusual for people with serious injuries to feel no pain at first. Though it is a bit odd that he stops supporting his broken arm in panel four just to make a gesture.

    • Stephanie

      My husband likes to tell the story of a 10 year old back when he was teaching at Scouts, who walked 2 miles to the med station with a broken arm. Some people just grit their teeth and bear it.

      • AlpineBob

        I only walked a hundred yards to the nearest restaurant from the ditch where I had left my mangled motorcycle with two breaks in my left arm. (I expect I could have gone farther before the shock wore off).
        I asked if I could borrow their phone (this was back before cells were everywhere), but they dialed 911 for me.
        The arm healed nicely, fortunately. People are damned tough!
        And with modern medical care can survive accidents that would have maimed or killed people not so long ago.

      • Juliette Leroux

        Yep, I know that some people are awesome. But I clearly wouldn’t be able to. Not cut for the super hero job, am I. No worries, I have another one!

  • bronakopdin

    awwwww xDDDD
    It is cool Paul takes it this well and can joke about it 🙂
    even more interesting is that we actually get praise from Gordon!!
    Still no Anni though, way to make us wait here x’D

  • TwilightDreamer

    aaaww, such a sweet page ^_^

  • Kate G

    I love Kyle’s casual “whatever dude” expression in panel 5. Those two are back to being best buds in under two panels.

    I love how Paul can joke about things while being in pain. It reminds me so much of my family. I was cracking jokes while in a cervical when I was tossed off my horse the first time. The doctor looked at my mom and said, “Are you sure she’s injured?” “Yep. That’s just Katie. Tough as nails.” If I’m actually really quiet, you know I’m in a loooooooot of pain.

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      Now that I see this…….I am reminded of myself in May of 1974…..sitting with my Mom …..I was 10 years old and we were waiting for the surgeon to get ready…..X-rays had already been done…..ruptured appendix, I remember trying to comfort Mom…..telling her not to worry everything was going to be OK…..Strange how things like that come back for no reason.

  • karmakat

    oh Tsunami…don’t gush…

  • bandanajack

    i think i see a healing spooky creeping into that last frame…

    • Klaus

      Complete with green glow.

    • Terry

      Oh my… Now all I can imagine is Spooky sneaking up behind injured people and jumping on them yelling “HEALING HUGS!!!”

  • Pikinanou

    Daddy is proud! ^.^

  • azoreseuropa

    Kyle and Tsunami are my favourite and they are cute.

  • Derkins

    It’s true, they all had their “save the day” moments during this adventure.

  • JJxxxx

    Where’s the PP?

    • I have a joyous inner image of her running around on an island with and angry Fluffy on her tails.

      My logic tells me that if she regained consciousness, she probably made a new ‘wormhole’ and left the island, but I still enjoy the thought.

  • Jason Moon

    This reminds me of a scene in an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”(I can’t remember which one, so don’t ask) where Buffy and Willow are talking about something after some big thing. I remember Buffy had made a choice that hurt Willow or something and was now taking her licks as she felt she deserved them. I will now try to recreate that conversation as best as I can–

    BUFFY: You’re really enjoying this ‘guilting’ thing, aren’t you?
    BUFFY: All right, I can take it(something like that). Whore.
    WILLOW: Slut.
    BUFFY: Bitch.
    WILLOW: Skank.
    (These last four or five jibes are spoken in jest)

    • LulaBelle

      Dead Man’s Party! Season 3 episode 2.

      Buffy: You’re really enjoying this whole moral superiority thing, aren’t you?
      Willow: It’s like a drug!
      Buffy: Fine! Okay. I’m the bad. I can take my lumps… for a while.
      Willow: All right. I’ll stop giving you a hard time. Runaway.
      Buffy: Will!
      Willow: I’m sorry! Quitter.
      Buffy: Whiner.
      Willow: Bailer.
      Buffy: Harpy.
      Willow: Delinquent.
      Buffy: Tramp.
      Willow: Bad seed.
      Buffy: Witch.
      Willow: Freak.

      • Jason Moon

        That’d be it. When Alison Hannigan responded “It’s like a drug!” with such unrestrained lack of guilt, I almost squirted milk out of my nose because it was so funny.

        • LulaBelle

          She is precious and glorious!

  • You know, I think years down the road Kyle buying pizza for Paul really ought to be an inside joke that just the team ever understands. :p

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    But Spooky will step in and “fix” the arm…… is Kyle off the hook……or is he still going to “owe” Paul for this one? Also ,if Spooky fixes the arm……what will Paul request in place of being driven around by Kyle?

    • timemonkey

      Nothing, because Paul’s car was destroyed back in chapter one.

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Thanks guys. Seeing the team just be their own goofy selves is such a pleasure. Super powers, demon heritage aside and all the rest. It just make them so human. People we all would like to know.

    Honestly, I could not ask for more. Thank you Alex, Adam and Vero. The writing, content and artwork couldn’t work better together. You guys have a special sympatico. It certainly makes my week!

    • Adam Black

      Wait , what is this?

      Happy Thanksgiving.

      • Sapfo

        Happy Thanksgiving! ^^

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  • Larkle

    I feel like Tsunami is lowkey a little surprised at how effective everyone was.

  • davefragments

    Lots of the current discussion about Tsunami and the others can benefit from re-reading parts of Chapter 3.
    Pages ch3p32 to ch3p46 in particular. These pages have the back information that is being discussed.

    Of note:
    ch3p43 We find out that Tsunami and Amanda are the legal guardians.
    ch3p45 is a stunning frame of Spooky with his arm around Kyle voicing for him as a Prince of Hell
    … and in the discussion, the only two having experience fighting demons or people rather than natural disasters are Amanda and Spooky.

    You can find those pages in the ARCHIVES on the top menu

  • Jonni

    I’m sure Kyle has a Hot Rod

  • John

    One thing I love about this page, and the last, is that they’re still kids. Well, mostly.

    They’re goofy and light-hearted. Part of me thinks they should be a little more freaked that Kyle’s Dad busted in and dropped a whole load of issues on them but, at the same time, I’ve spoken to people their age who are in the army and they react VERY MUCH like this. It rings so true for me.

    • John

      (Before said friends see this, if they do, I’d like to clarify by saying two are in the army but the third is in the navy. I am not allowed to group him in with the army dudes. He’s navy) 😛

      • Good catch, John. Do said friends read this comic? 🙂

        • John

          Yup 😀 Though my mate in the navy binges them, and I don’t know if the other two check the comments ;P

    • Perhaps some endophins rush along with natural goofy behavior.

      • John

        There probably is a run-down of endorphines after a testosterone rush.

  • John

    Lies! Lies and slander! All are dead! You are all as bleak as my outlook on life! 😛

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers,
    How are you doing tonight and what will the next page bring as the Commander and Kyle are heading to find out what happened to The Annihilator.

    • davefragments

      Perhaps Duncan has wandered into a nearby marshmallow farm and is harvesting a crop of young, tender, not-even-slightly-spoiled marshmallows, wrapping them tenderly in plastic for their coming immolation on sticks.

      • jreed3842

        If I were Duncan, that’s exactly what I’d be doing. I wonder how s’mores taste when roasted over fire from the deep pits of Hell!

        • davefragments

          They have Smores in hell?

          • jreed3842

            I mean… Probably not since it’s Hell…
            But I wonder if there’s any thing still burning from Laampros’ fire. Cause if so I’m gonna make some s’mores!

          • Nofsky8

            Maybe Kyle will light a fire for us,

    • jreed3842

      I’m doing well! How are you?

      • davefragments

        Good. The worst part of it was the air conditioning was set at 68 and I shivered for a couple days. It turned into nothing.

    • Nofsky8

      Pretty good, how was your day?

      • davefragments

        Food shopping and putting it all away

        The mundane rules the world

        how was yours?

        • Nofsky8

          Testing in the morning, followed by a surprisingly pleasant lunch and watching a movie or playing on the computer in all my other classes. The testing was easy but boring and everything else was pretty great.

  • Heh. I like that reference. 🙂 (Although for me, it would have been tabletop D&D…)

  • Ulysses Paxton

    [A little off topic: I received my signed copies of Artifice and Engaging the Enemy in the mail on Monday. Wow, so well done! I haven’t had time enough to sit down with them so as to take my time re-reading and enjoying them — yet! But a long weekend is upcoming and that’s on my ‘to do’ list. Thanks so much, Alex, Winona, Adam and Veronica! Keep up the good work! All the best! ]

    • Nice! Glad to hear they got to you OK and that you’re enjoying them! Thank you very much for supporting our work! 🙂

    • The books are so great. Solid/thick and high color quality.

  • ‘Morning from an early but nice morning in Denmark. The birds are singing loudly, and some are already jumping around (also loudly) on my roof just outside my windows where I sleep.

    Last is not always so popular, as their search of a breakfast on the roof and in the gutter can wake me up, with their knocking, especially when there’s two that sqaubble about the right to be first 😉

    • davefragments

      Another bride, another June
      Another sunny honeymoon
      Another season, another reason
      For making’ whoopee

      {baby birds}

      • Nofsky8

        Yay! Poetry!

        • davefragments

          Gus Kahn wrote the lyrics and Walter Donaldson the music.

          Look up Michelle Pfeiffer in “Fabulous Baker Boys” … It will to get your glasses steamy

    • jreed3842

      Good morning!!!

      Ahhh… Gotta love the birds. I had my window open a few nights ago and at like 4 in the frickin’ morning I had to get up and shut it because the birds were chirping so loudly.

      • That’s the reason I open my kitchen window, instead of bedroom, if I have one open at night.

      • Ulysses Paxton

        I have a pair of mockingbirds in a pine tree next to the house. The male has been singing up a storm for the last week, almost 24 hours a day. Doesn’t matter how dark, he’s busy making his voice heard. In the daylight he often will dance atop the topmost branch while he’s singing — just to show you he can do it! About a week or two of that and then he goes back to regular daylight working hours! 😉

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Reminds me of a comic I saw where a bird is thinking, “You know what this morning needs? Screaming.”

        • jreed3842


    • Nofsky8


    • stickfigurefairytales

      Do you know what kind of birds they are, or do they remain unseen since they’re on the roof?

      • Black birds, jackdaws and magpies mostly. There’s also seagulls, but they most just sit and jump around which is also noisy though.
        The smaller bird species is mostly hanging around further down the street. Both because the bigger birds are here, but also because the vegetation is different a couple houses down, not to mention one person has fed the birds for many years.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Lots of noisy birds, those.

  • davefragments

    patreon rumbles

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Made it in just under the wire!

    • jreed3842


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