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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 5—Page 70

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Congressional hearings, huh? Somehow I think I’d prefer battling The Platinum Priestess…

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So! We’re down to the last couple pages of Chapter 5, the last chapter of the Engaging the Enemy arc of The Young Protectors!

Is Commander right? Will there be questions, hearings, and a media firestorm for these young heroes? And what are those military guys going to have to say about all of this?

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

  • More trouble ahead.

    • Curt Clark

      “Must be Tuesday.” :p

      For the record, I see Spooky as loving Buffy. Facing down the forces of Hell with a sense of humor? Sounds like his jam.

  • Well then…

  • DonnaC

    Well! They weren’t going to stand by and let it happen

  • Michael

    Hooray for topically relevant storylines!

    • Curt Clark

      Interestingly, this arc was begun — and plotted? — over 5 years ago. The twist is that it’s even more relevant to the present day than it was before.

      I’d love to grill Alex on how much current events shaped the world of the story…

  • Morgan

    Ah, the less action-packed side of superheroing they don’t tell you about.

  • Nofsky8

    Yay! It’s realistic! This is why I love this comic so much, 🙂

    • Curt Clark

      From a storytelling perspective, I agree.

      My inner overprotective fangirl is, of course, clutching her proverbial pearls in “HOW DARE YOU CELEBRATE MY BABIES’ SUFFERING” outrage. :p

  • Ulysses Paxton

    In other words, no good deed goes unpunished!

    • Curt Clark

      Let’s hope we don’t get an end panel of PP (or worse, Spooks) going “eleka namen namen ah tum ah tum eleka namen…”

  • ComicBookGoddess

    Nice choice. I hope they’re able to save Kyle some embarrassment, though… :/

  • davefragments

    And I’ve spent the day running from the news. Seriously, I watched three episodes of ER and I’ve saw them both years ago 5 or 6 times. Two repeats of some cop drama trash, and a half a movie that was so bad…
    I can honestly tell the press that I’ve had a hard day…
    😉

    • davefragments

      OK, that was me being silly

      • ComicBookGoddess

        Just speaking to the relative quality of the media. Today is my Saturday.

    • ComicBookGoddess

      I opted to reread this and Grave Beginnings. I suppose that I cannot. 🙂

    • I have recently gotten addicted to Hawaii Five-0.

      • Keneu

        I’ve started watching it (the Spanish dubbed version, anyway) because of my brother. It’s pretty good.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    And of course, Commander is savvy enough to have known this from the moment she started organising the mission.
    In my headcannon, this is where Commander reminds Red Hot that under that sort of scrutiny everything will come out in the wash now, including Red Hot’s orientation and that fact that Annihilator tricked him through seduction, and that he’s going to have to be a completely different type of strong.

    • Klaus

      That the walls between the Earth and Hell would be in lt. colonel Charleyboy’s report on the Spooky incident six years ago.

      • ComicBookGoddess

        And the fact that isn’t public knowledge leads me to think at least parts of this will be classified.

    • Madock345

      I wonder if the older more respected super heroes were on the planet right now if they wouldn’t have some ways to deal with this kind of situation. When super things that regular people really shouldn’t touch risk coming out in the open.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Huh. The “last few pages” of chapter 5, huh. Thanks for the heads up Alex. The hellsnake fanfic has four, maybe five episodes to go, so I may want to pick up the pace on posting.

    • davefragments

      A week ago, or slightly longer,
      Alex Woolfson was interviewed at ANIME NORTH by Two Geeks Talking.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5odPlP4xlco

      It’s worth a listen

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Thank you. I’m about to head home from work, so I’ll listen to it over dinner.

    • You’ll have time for those five episodes, my friend. 🙂

  • timemonkey

    And here’s where all those calls to pretend like lil’Duncan is just anouther hostage or take them in themselves to protect him fall apart. EVERYONE is going to be rounded up and looked into and it’s going to become very obvious that Duncan has no ID or anything and is going to stand out like a flare at midnight.

    • ComicBookGoddess

      Well, I plead that I hadn’t seen Alex wrap anything up yet, and misjudged the usage of handwavium.

    • Bei Dawei

      Kyle: “This is my new sidekick, Wanker Boy.”

      • Jet Allen

        “Wanker Boy?! What ki-”

        “Shut up, Wanker. Heh, man, he sure is a wanker, right?”

  • Plucky kids? Yeah, I’d say they’re plucky all right 🙂

    Going to habe to continue to be brave through what is to come, especially Kyle. He’s got a lot of ‘splainin to do, questions to answer, and defending himself for being who he is.
    Duncan will get his fair deal of throuble, but likely won’t be able to answer a thing if he truly has lost all memory of this day’s events.

    The others will have a lot to explain and tell as well, in which I think Spooky might be in most ‘trouble’ for his demon pets (if every detail is laid out), but I think Amanda will do what she can to take care of the debriefing for them. Even though military knew she put all of them at risk, she may still have to answer for putting minors in a fight like this.
    They ARE after all ‘only’ a Search ‘n Rescue team.
    They saved the world, at least temporary, but not sure it’s enough to get them out of trouble all clared up. Maybe they could use some help from what good connection Mitch’s father has.

    • ComicBookGoddess

      They might just classify some of the details…

    • Curt Clark

      There was literally no alternative — it was either TYP getting involved or the world becoming Laampwick’s flamey oyster, and I’m pretty sure there’s loopholes involed in that.

  • Shiny Gwilly

    now for the part every superhero dreads
    paperwork
    or in this case, more like 1,000 questions and media coverage
    how much experience does the group have with handling this type of thing, i wonder? a good amount in general, but i doubt anything to this scale
    continue to stay strong, team!

    • Curt Clark

      They mostly stick to search-and-rescue; in the Truth or Dare arc, the impression’s strongly given that TYP are considered something of the Bulk & Skull of superhero teams, made up of rejects, last-chance supers, Beauty School Dropouts…

      Of course, PRACTICALLY speaking, I can’t see how anyone would consider this team anything less than utterly awesome, but then I feel that way about the X-Men too, and they’re Marvel’s red-headed stepchild in- and out-of-universe.

      …wow, count the references, I’m like a ginger Genie. >.>

      • Terry

        And the citizens would likely consider them awesome because they succeeded. But the government needs to look at what would happen if they didn’t. One way or the other, these kids went off the reservation and it’s the government’s job to investigate. In this case, I’d say it was necessary and TYP will be cleared of charges. The reasoning being that the outcome if they failed would be the same as if they did nothing since no one else was able to get there to challenge the bad guys. Only in trying and succeeding ended in the world being saved. TYP also went through all the appropriate channels before heading in themselves. They called the adult teams. The appropriate teams just couldn’t get there in time, so a case can be made for necessity. Even if it was at the risk of underage heroes.

        Another thing that will be in their favor is that public perception will come into play. With all the saved civilians, someone is going to tell the press. That means that the general populace will know what happened and people will gush over the heroes. The government cannot be seen to punish the heroes that saved the world. What they probably will do is make a statement saying how dangerous the situation was and point out how things could have gone wrong and warn other young groups not to try tackling big problems on their own. The kids will get medals and that will be the end of it.

        Now the question will be: when offers from other groups come pouring in (because they will), will TYP break up? Will they be forced to as a deal with the government to get them out of the spotlight and keep them from being a symbol for other young groups to follow in their footsteps?

        • Curt Clark

          Wow, you HAVE thought this through. I’m impressed!

          I think being a symbol’s pretty much unavoidable when you’re a superhero, of any stripe. Superman (the pre-Man of Steel version, anyway) never asked to represent hope or light or whatever, he was just out to do good with his powers. Same with Spider-Man. Some teams actually form with the intention of being symbols, like the Avengers or the X-Men, but ultimately the root cause is the same: They want to do good. Becoming living icons just sort of goes hand-in-hand with the flashy costumes and nifty powers/gadgets/skills (depending on the hero).

          My point — I had one, honest — is that if TYP didn’t want to be a symbol or an example, they are in the WAY wrong line of work. And that reason’s at the top of the list for why I think/hope/pray that they DON’T break up, because literally everyone contributed to the saving of the world, from the Commander’s networking and leadership skills to Flyboy’s evac and recon, to Tsunami literally putting out fires, to Fluke’s luck being the “X-Factor”. Red Hot and Spooky were MVPs, but this was the definition of a team effort.

          • Terry

            I agree with you that it is inevitable that they become a symbol. To one degree they were already a symbol before the events of this story. They were heroes and they represented that anyone could do good, even the young. But they did it in a way that was socially acceptable. They did low risk things like saving people from burning buildings. Young, impressionable kids could aspire to that safely.

            But, now they have done something big. Something that previously was relegated to the older, more experienced, and better trained heroes. It sends a dangerous message that people can leap into critical situations and save the world. That’s great until some kid gets in over his/her head and gets killed. It’s part of the reason that vigilantism is illegal. Bringing down criminals, saving the world… these are situations that are generally best left to trained professionals who know how to respond when things go wrong. It’s like sending a rookie cop into a major drug bust of a gang hideout. Yeah, he might help make it a success, but he is more likely to get shot because he froze at the wrong moment. That’s what people in charge have to account for.

            I think TYP can stay as a group, but only if a show is made to stress that they followed protocol to alert the appropriate heroes and that they ONLY went in because no one else was available. It would fall under special circumstances. If they hadn’t checked or if they had gone in when someone else could get there in time, they would have HAD to be disbanded and forbidden to be heroes because of the greater need to make the example that you have to follow the rules. Sometimes the system is harsh because it has to be. To protect the most people.

  • Last couple of pages? LAST COUPLE OF PAGES!

    Will there be an additional interlude/bonus comic after this?
    Will we move straight to a new arc of TYP?
    Will we switch main character focus in next arc? If so, who?
    Will it pick up directly from this scene or will it jump a little in time?
    Will it address that mysterious crisis that has all the ‘real’ superheroes and vilains off planet?
    What about Duncan, PP and the weakenings of the dimension walls?
    What about Fluffy? (Seriously, there’s a big laser shooting bear running around on an island somewhere)
    Oh, and will we get more about one or more of theirs love life?

    I could write a few more Q’s…
    Yup, I have a question or two for the end of this and the coming arc. Can’t wait to see what is to come 🙂

    • Klaus

      Confused? You won’t be after the next episode of …

      • Heh. I recently rewatched most of Soap. (At least until halfway through 3rd season where I just couldn’t go on…)

        • davefragments

          Back in the late 90’s, I was stuck in a job that required I read the eighteen or twenty versions of Appropriation Bills and listen to the Congressional Hearings for my paycheck (and most important good pension)… I can honestly say that SOAP repeats are better. Even if it is the fourth or fifth repeat where you can recite the dialog, it’s still not as boring or dry or soul-sucking…

          • Pietro7

            Soul-sucking government appropriations bills . . . y’know, I bet a talented writer could do something with that. The comedic images that come to mind are pretty amusing. 🙂

          • ComicBookGoddess

            I feel a song coming on…

        • William Clapie

          You are a stronger man than I!

          • William Clapie

            Uh, about watching “Soap” I mean. Mind numbing horror I think. Great way to torture people tho

        • Wayne Lunkwitz

          Wasn’t most of that show built on that phrase “The next episode” ? Sometimes it made sense…..but other times it was just the fish hook that kept you watching…….

    • I’ll be sharing a bit more about what’s ahead on the last page of Chapter 5. But more than a few of your questions will definitely get answered. 🙂

    • Bei Dawei

      Maybe it’s Fluffy’s love life that’s weakening the dimension walls.

      • Curt Clark

        Yikes. I mean, I’m into bears, but not THAT kind of bear…

    • Pietro7

      Good questions. 🙂 I’ll bet a hot fudge sundae that Alex has answers for us. But the waiting may be hard . . .

  • David Welbourn

    Eep. Only five more pages? That’s not nearly enough to answer all the questions I have about this series. Like, what about that dimensional wall failing and the Gray Working and all that stuff, for example?

    Also, I wonder how they will explain themselves. There weren’t really any witnesses besides themselves when Laampros showed up. Possibly satellite photos can help a little. Sircea will need to be found and in all likelihood, she’s probably as de-aged and amnesiac as Duncan is. Where did the robed flunkies get to; did any of them stay put anywhere near the battlefield so they can be caught and questioned?

    But I guess the only real questions left are:
    1) Will Kyle and Spooky go back to the fanfic porn of themselves and try to recreate some of it? and
    2) Will Corey be joining the team on the very last page?

    • ComicBookGoddess

      I am seriously hoping the wall is metaplot. I want more YP later.

      We know the skies changed. We don’t know if Sircea deaged, her part of the negotiations was nearly entirely off screen. The robed funkiest were dumped in the river by Mitch.

      I was wondering how together Kyle and Spooky would get, too. As for Corey, that may require getting too close to Mitch’s extracurriculars…

      • Curt Clark

        ‘Robéd,” like with the accent? Like Pokémon?

        Suddenly it sounds like a pretentious 80s New Age hair-synthpop band. GIVE TO ME.

        • ComicBookGoddess

          I am a pretentious musician who has listened to a lot of 80s music and knows a bunch of New Agers and funky people, so I might need to meditate on his one. In the meantime you should probably check out my latest con concert on YouTube. 🙂

    • Klaus

      A couple is usually two.

      • David Welbourn

        Oops. Sorry. I misread that part.

      • Bei Dawei

        When my mother let me have “a couple” of cookies, I always interpreted it as closer to five.

      • ComicBookGoddess

        This is why in Heynabonics one would say, “Couple two tree.” Makes a lot more sense, hyena or no?

    • Curt Clark

      The ARC is ending in the next 2-5 pages. TYP is not (please dear Goddess).

  • Meghan McDonnell

    I’m hoping this all gets swept under the rug. Otherwise, Kyle’s first sexual experience will have to be submitted as evidence probably publically. Please sweep this under the rug US Government. You are so good at that.

    • ComicBookGoddess

      It might become a Classified Detail, considering that would basically publicize that Kyle can be used to end the world…

      • Bei Dawei

        A Classified Detail only available to government officials with a $10+ security clearance.

  • Jeldenil

    Amanda sounds a little bitter towards Kyle? Huh.

    • Curt Clark

      I don’t think she’s bitter towards Kyle so much as resigned to their fate. “Welp, we saved the world, time for the paperwork,” that kind of thing.

  • bronakopdin

    Oh my, true… I wouldn’t like to be dragged in front of the media x’D but the congressal stuff sure seems kind of intimidating… I mean… Kyle probably has to explain how all if this even came to be >////////< talk about non existant privacy …

    • ComicBookGoddess

      Again, more and more certainly it will be classified, as a literal way to destroy the world. Of course, the rumors that will rise from that…

  • Juliette Leroux

    Ah yes, reality is not going to be nice for them. The only people who can vouch for them are the hostages and we still don’t know if they weren’t there voluntarily…

    • Curt Clark

      I’m still not sold on that. Art-wise they were drawn as being terrified, and it’s a bit late in the game for a twist THAT big.

    • Kate G

      Technically, they were unconscious during the big fight. Some witnesses they are…

  • Froya

    Hey, Amanda, pretty sure Kyle was being sarcastic. xP

    • Curt Clark

      Reading those last couple of lines in a wry, sardonic tone really lends a unique slant to the interaction. 🙂

  • Kate G

    Excuse me? Last couple of pages, Alex? Last couple of pages? What am I going to do with my life after this? WHAT AM I TO DO?! Actually go back to my National Geographic? *looks at backlog of 6 months of National Geographic* Well, I really should get to that, but…

    If I weren’t exhausted from Krav Maga Girl kicking my butt, I’d have more words, but RIGHT NOW…..I’m going to bed. *collapses*

    • Saxon_Brenton

      We’ll do what we did when Artifice ended. We’ll wait in anticipation for the next awesome Alex Woolfson project.

      Actually, the fact that we’ve been here before takes a bit of the existential dread off the wait, because we’re even more sure than there will be a next awesome Alex Woolfson project. I expect the biggest problem will be the justified melancholy at no more adventures of the Young Protectors, even as we grow to love the next group of characters.

      • Bei Dawei

        No more adventures? I wouldn’t assume that.

      • Curt Clark

        It’s the last chapter of the “Engaging the Enemy” arc. Not the end of TYP as a series.

        I’M NOT CLINGING, YOU’RE CLINGING.

        • Kate G

          WE SHALL CLING TOGETHER!

      • Kate G

        Actually…I was not here for Artifice (I read it while Alex did one of his rare – very rare – two week hiatuses.) So, for me, it’s one of those *cues up LeAnn Rimes* “How will I live without you” moments.

        I don’t have many of them. That song is like, reserved, for those moments when I feel like or am crying. Scooby going to the ranch for Scooby-time was one of them. (I was displeased when it didn’t come on the radio when I went into the car after my lesson. Instead, some hippy dippy song about being in love was on. I wanted to smash the radio.)

    • There will be more Young Protectors after this 🙂

      • Daveo

        Course!

  • Will Parkinson

    Plucky….

    • Bei Dawei

      I think she may have misheard that word…

      • I think she’s heard it just right.

        • Bei Dawei

          As in “You plucky kids get off my lawn!” (I’m almost sure that was the word.)

          • I don’t get the reference here.

          • Bei Dawei

            Gerund form of the f-word.

          • ComicBookGoddess

            Some kinds of cross lingual jokes work very well. This one… did not. 🙂

            (For a usage note, the sentence “You plucky kids get off my lawn!” sounds kinda awkward to a native US speaker, so the joke is the listener would have to be trying to misunderstand.)

    • I admit I had to look it up to know the meaning. It may now be one of my fave adjectives.

  • Nate

    ‘Manda, you have a lot of ‘splaining to do!

    • Pietro7

      But she’ll do it well. 🙂

  • Mary Klemzak

    Amanda knows the system, at least. Bureaucratic BS, media frenzy. What’s privacy, anyway?

    You’re welcome, Planet Earth! All in a days work, for our plucky young heroes!

    • Curt Clark

      Is it wrong that I’m picturing Tsunami leading the team in a rousing rendition of “You’re Welcome” from Moana?

      • Mary Klemzak

        Yes! Definitely!

  • timemonkey

    Also: lil Duncan is totally looking right at Kyle’s butt in panel two.

    • Toli Bera

      Eye on the prize

  • Adam Black

    Panel 2 and 5:

    Youngcan discovers he’s gay.

    • Curt Clark

      Duncan/Kyle has officially become my No-TP as of Chapter 2, but I’m OK with Dunkid appreciating what’s on display. :p

  • Adam Black

    Panel 2 and 5:

    Youngcan discovers he’s gay.

  • Ruben

    Right, nice story kids. Now tell us why you kidnapped all those people.

    • Curt Clark

      Most of the ‘sacrifices’ are going to be able to testify to the fact that TYP are in fact the good guys — except for Dunkid, of course.

      At the very least, they’ll remember being teleported into the box and ‘killed’ by I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-The-White-Queen, and freed by that nice young man with the bulge and the fire powers. How much they’re aware of being in Spooky Storage, I don’t know.

      • Ruben

        Well face it, nobody is going to accept this as the official story so they have to come up with something that is plausible but doesn’t land them in jail or the nuthouse. Anyway, everyone could be detained for a long time before this is sorted out, then it’s up to politics what happened and what will happen to them.

        • Klaus

          This is a world used to superheroes and -villains.

          • Ruben

            Yes 🙂

        • Curt Clark

          Like Klaus said, this is a world where the Mega-Crisis Comic Book Crossover Event is actually happening and is a matter of public knowledge. I don’t think supers operate clandestinely here…at least, they’re not legally allowed to. See the Flyboy mini-arc for practical interpretations of THAT rule. :p

          • Ruben

            Yes, I’m just imagining what would happen in this world of us.

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        OMG! This made me laugh so hard! “Dunkid”………”I can’t believe it’s not the white queen”……….Lest we not forget…..”That Nice young man….with the bulge and the fire powers” !

  • Curt Clark

    :p On the kind of bear I like? Laser eyes aren’t a bug, they’re a feature.

  • Curt Clark

    Phrasing…BOOM.

    Now I’m trying to picture a chemical engineer in the TYP-verse…unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?), everything’s coming up Superhero Origin Stories.

    • davefragments

      Yeah, I find it hard to hear a hero in a story describing Bernoulli’s Equation or Boyle’s Law. . .

  • Jason Moon

    I saw panel one, and “LUCY! YOU GOT SOME ‘SPLAININ’ TO DO!” just popped into my head.

    I see court-appointed psychiatrists claiming “mass hysteria”(possibly including cases of dogs and cats living together, as well as earthquakes and volcanoes. Y’know, REAL wrath-of-God type stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfVcvyxLj-s )

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      I was thinking more along the lines of when Q tried to “kill” himself on Star Trek TNG…..”There will be inquiries and testimony for centuries……all because of the “selfless act”.

      • Jason Moon

        I don’t know. Are the courts on this Earth omnipotent(I doubt it, but they have supers so you never know)?

  • SchalaRenee

    I wonder if PP got her wish? I’d love to see her young and hot! As the beautiful goddess she once was! How about a lovely nude of her younger self? I’d donate for that sucker…

    • Bei Dawei

      If she ends up as a baby or something, then she’s an idiot for not preparing Duncan better for negotiating with Laampros. I mean, surely a millennia-old sorceress would have known to anticipate such problems. On the other hand, she and Laampros may in cahoots, and plotted together to use Duncan as their patsy. Or–since she was not a party to the agreement between Duncan and Laampros–maybe that gives her more protection from its effects.

      • ComicBookGoddess

        I suspect that her portion of the agreement was handled through the intermediaries and iron clad.

  • Zephyr10101

    Yay new page

  • Phil Mathem

    Is anyone else slightly disappointed we lost our “silver fox” to reverse aging?

    • Jet Allen

      Not at all. He was a shady, self-pitying douche who tried to rationalize betraying and raping Kyle. Who cares if he was an attractive adult?

      • Bei Dawei

        Seduction, not rape. (Unless lying about stuff to get laid makes it rape.)

        • timemonkey

          It changed from manipulation to assault when he cast the spell. As such rape is probably the accurate term.

          • ComicBookGoddess

            … only if Kyle ever comes to think it is. For him, I think “betrayal” would be his first choice, at least now. It’s fair enough that the definition of rape would support his feelings if it became necessary.

          • Bei Dawei

            But at that point their wieners were no longer touching.

        • EyeDontNo

          Forced Sexual Intercourse is not the only definition for rape.
          dictionary . com definition of Rape #3. an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation:

        • Jet Allen

          I’d say not only soliciting sex under false pretenses, but also binding someone against their will and forcibly, knowingly traumatizing them during sexual acts DOES count as rape, yes.

          Just because Kyle enjoyed the sex at first doesn’t mean it remained consensual once the spell was cast and Duncan’s true intentions became clear. Had Kyle known what was going to happen, pretty much 100% chance he would never have consented to it.

          Of course, there are non-sexual definitions to rape, but I stand by the notion that what was committed against him WAS in fact rape.

          • Bei Dawei

            The binding was a crime, but came *after* the sex. Of course Duncan had placed Kyle in danger of being raped or killed by Laampros.

    • Bei Dawei

      I’m more concerned about the beard. I mean, he’s 15 or 16–surely he can manage at least a Shaggy-style soul patch. Or does he look like this because that’s how he really looked back in the 1970s?

  • Jet Allen

    Jesus, we’re really getting a nice display of what Kyle has to offer on this page. Although I’m not quite sure that having that Loch Ness Monster of a bulge right at eye level with Kid Douchebag is exactly what the situation calls for.

  • Klaus

    Starfighter has updated.

  • davefragments

    When I read stories like this (by that I mean some event that leaves scars on the world — let’s say the Chitari invading NYC, or the Hulk destroying half of Brooklyn). Now several movies have mentioned prior large destructive acts or fights. “Batman Versus Superman” was ostensibly about Batman developing bad feelings about just how powerful Superman was and the damage that Superman could cause if he decided he wanted to be God-King of the World.
    What do the civil authorities and the various governments do when a bad guy invites a demon to take over the world? Ain’t nothing in this world more vindictive and filled with hate than a self-officious bureaucrat.
    Does anyone think that Paperwork will suffice to explain the total vacuous and bone-headed stupidity of leaving the planet undefended?
    Does anything think inquiries and hearings will suffice to assuage the bureaucrats and big-shots who were off planet?
    My thought is what is the price that incompetent boobs will demand of the vigilant to restore their credibility?
    Who rebuilt Metropolis when Superman defeated Zod and his terraforming machine?
    Who rebuilds the destruction?
    Who pays for the deaths or near deaths?

    • Jeff Baker

      It was twenty five years ago that Marvel (I think) ran a four-issue limited series called “Damage Control” (I think!) about the people who clean up after superhero battles.

      • ComicBookGoddess

        Apparently there is a Spidey Homecoming spoiler along this track somewhere…

      • Adam Black

        I think this was in the late nineties , unless they did an additional series.

    • Bei Dawei

      Insurance policies would probably exclude “Acts of Zod”…

      I can see governments (esp. their militaries or intelligence agencies) cultivating ties with demons–should any make their existence known–on the basis that there is no “good” or “evil” in politics, only self-interest. In that light, the only real difference between angels and devils is how pretty they are. Ditto for space aliens. On the other hand, some bureaucrats are religious, and can be counted upon to leak any dealings with devils, or apparent devils.

      • davefragments

        In government, the devil is always in the details

      • EyeDontNo

        “Acts of Zod”

  • I was having a grand time camping last night and apparently just totally fell asleep!
    Didn’t get around to checking the page until just now!

    I am in suspense! Quite eager to find out what’s gonna happen next.

  • Jeff Baker

    If this is the end of this storyline, the Commander had the perfect closing line!

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if she is right about that. But, that’s mostly because I wouldn’t be surprised if there are elements within the political parties that dislike having superheroes at all, or moral objections to having what amounts to a special ops team which can and does involve minors, and never underestimate the ability and readiness of politicians to pander to their bases. :p I could see the older superheroes (adults and young adults) as being viewed something like how our regular soldiers are viewed by the public, and thus it would be more prudent for politicians to be approving of them in a similar fashion, but super-powered people can also be scary to non-super-powered people.

    Hopefully she’s wrong about dropping Duncan into a deep dark hole somewhere nobody will ever find him, but if word gets out that they kidnapped a child there might be an uproar (although there will also likely be people who say yeah okay he was a kid, but he has super powers and so therefore he’s dangerous and so maybe he should be in a hole somewhere. Maybe they all should. And if they know he used to be the adult supervillain The Annihilator I’m sure it’d be even worse) that might look bad for the government enough that they’ll let him go.

    Or, hey…maybe they just decide to cover the whole thing up so as not to terrify the public with the fact that the forces of hell were almost unleashed upon the earth.

    Since Commander brought up real-world scenarios. :p Personally, I hope things turn out a bit better for everyone involved than any of that might imply.

    • ComicBookGoddess

      It is going to have been pretty difficult to cover up that sky.

      • Klaus

        One of the larger thunder storms on record.

        • ComicBookGoddess

          … That look like the whole world is going to flashover in the next few minutes?

          • Klaus

            The whole world? We don’t know how far the ritual site is from the hospital where Ms. Roggenbauer observed the sky.

          • ComicBookGoddess

            We can make some educated deductions.

            We do know that it took them hours to narrow three possible major ritual sites to one. And we also know that it took less than 57 minutes for Paul to round up Spooks and get Mitch to fly a car to “up in the mountains” which was considered too far for a fire to threaten people. It’s about a 33 min flight from SFO to Lake Tahoe, so even if Mitch only flies as fast as a regular plane, that’s about right for San Fran to the mountains.

            Then the next morning, they have a huge argument while Spooky narrows the entire American Southwest to three sites… then they take hours to check out two of them. I can’t see them wasting time on a matter of such urgency by checking the farthest site first, so it seems as if wherever the site is, it must be at least twice as far as the mountains, and it seems to be at least as deserted.

            The terrain doesn’t seem particularly arid, and if it were as close as “the mountains”, surely they would have reached it more quickly. Also, we know that PP is aware of Spooky, and would know that he could find something close quickly. I’m not from there, but it does not seem like a lot of the southwest would have terrain like this, so if it is not close to San Fran, it’s probably pretty far off.

            So, yeah, if the fire in the sky reached back to San Fran (because it seems like even Mitch would have to be living close enough to the team) and then still covered the sky, it went pretty far. I’d have to think it covered at least the area that the fireball meteor did on the Eastern seaboard in 2013, and that was several states. I’d be wrong to say we can know it covered the world, but the Southwest US is pretty darn big.

            I’ll leave you with this thought: Can you really think that Laampros wouldn’t want to have notified the world of his coming, and reaped the fear thereof?

          • Klaus

            Do we have any reason to think that this is San Fran? The city where Diego was shot was named, but I can’t find it right now. Mitch can fly at Mach 2. 20 minutes at Mach 2 would be about 800 km.

          • ComicBookGoddess

            Only the one Spooky short story, and doesn’t Alex live there?

          • ComicBookGoddess

            Wait – found a better reason. The map when Paul looks up where Kyle’s distress call is from really seems to be a topographic map of part of California including the Bay Area.

          • Klaus

            It does.

    • maya chan

      I say they cover the whole thing up, it easier that way then to deal with the public. but that’s just me XD

  • davefragments

    BatmanVSuperman was too worried about setting up the “next” several movies than worried about its storyline and telling a good story. It got lost.

  • Hans Niemand

    Just tactical thought. Relieve him of that “utility belt” stat!

    • Bei Dawei

      Wonder what he keeps in there? Condoms, shark repellent, gum…

  • Shadizar Silvermask

    Got to admit though that makes for one hell of a thing to have on your resume! 🙂

  • EyeDontNo

    But I’m concerned that PP arranged the Infinitely Colliding Identity Crisis thingy just so the rest of the Heroes would be out of her hair while she summoned demons at home. Shouldn’t the Heroes have a back-up squad trained to deal with things while the main force in preoccupied?
    Where’s the Superhero Dispatch service when you need them?

    • timemonkey

      My impression was the Crisis is so bad it required the attention of all the trained adult superheroes, including the usual reserves.

      • Let us not forget that is was not only the superheroes that are dealing with this, but the super-villains as well. So it was sufficiently scary enough to have enemies working with each other.

        • Klaus

          We don’t know that. Maybe the villains, or some of them, are doing something that the heroes (and possibly some of the villains) are trying to stop.

          • I was always under the assumption that they were working together to fix the problem as it seemed to be implied it was a problem that would affect them all and needed them working together to stop.

    • ComicBookGoddess

      I don’t know. It might be more of a case of her seeing it start, then realizing it was a perfect time to set her plan in motion.

  • ComicBookGoddess

    BvS just tried to do too much. They forgot that movie audiences need to SEE Lex manipulating Bats, and Supes saving people, and Lois being competent and funny. They forgot to make you care by building them up before tearing them down. They forgot to make Lex a sane and competent villain before having him be driven mad by a being from a metaplot that they didn’t even plan to get to in that movie.

    If you’re willing to come up with the supporting head canon, BvS can be pretty awesome.

  • Justin White

    yeah, but for now one step at a time. let get this reported

  • Amy Tombleson

    Aw I’m sad that this is the last chapter, it’s such a lovely story, thank you for making it!

    • NoiseShaper

      There will be a new story arc after this one!

    • You’re very welcome, Amy! Thank you very much for your kind words!

      And NoiseShaper is right. There will be more Young Protectors right after this arc is finished. 🙂

      • ComicBookGoddess

        Good. I can learn the pain of the campers on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

        • Pietro7

          Life is full of such delicious suffering when you are a YP fan. 🙂 LOL

  • maya chan

    can’t they just hire a Lawyer to do all the explanations for them? or someone else that know how to talk to represent them? it happen a lot in the real world for Prime ministers, so why not for them? XD they do have some money.

    • Stubbylegs

      If nothing else, they at least need a PR person.

      • Bei Dawei

        Naw–just go on Twitter and write whatever pops into your head. I hear that works.

        • Stubbylegs

          *sips her covfefe*

  • davefragments

    Q: How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: Two, one to hold the giraffe, and the other to fill the bathtub with brightly colored machine tools.

    {I apologize. It just snuck out.}

    • Gregory In Seattle

      If you have German power tools in the bathtub, you can dispense with the giraffe and use a couple of melting clocks.

      • davefragments

        Nuts, if you have them

        • ComicBookGoddess

          Nah,nuts are used in… different German jokes.

          • davefragments

            That’s an old family joke.
            My Mother inherited a cookie recipe that went all through some complex directions including a special icing. At the very bottom was the phrase “Nuts if you have them” and nothing else. I still giggle at it.

          • ComicBookGoddess

            Ha ha ha!

            My favorite so far was a gluten free “pasta helper” mix that listed butter under “you will need” and then never had you use it in the directions. It was obvious where to use it, and they eventually fixed the directions, but it was very funny.

          • davefragments

            🙂

          • Wayne Lunkwitz

            I have a few old hand written recipes like that…..I also inherited Mom’s recipes…..yes I have nuts…..but wouldn’t shelled walnuts work better ?

          • davefragments

            oh yes, yes, yes … 🙂
            It comes from the time when people learned recipes from other people and not books or papers. Once you make and bake the cookie, you know what to do.

  • Bei Dawei

    In this universe, Fred Phelps is right–gay sex leads to hell!

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers,
    It’s been rainy here. In fact, my lawn was mowed in two parts because of a tiny thunderstorm. And north of the city, a car in 12 inches of flood water caught fire and burnt. Now that’s something you don’t see or hear about often.

    On that note — What are we expecting of the Young Protectors on tonight’s page?

    • I think it tried to storm earlier. Didn’t amount to much.

      • davefragments

        It rained heavy almost every day this past week.

        • I honestly cannot remember much about the weather this past week, but I do know that he clouds/rain has hit at night last night and tonight.

    • Brian Hopkins

      Some sudden bright flare-up? Clean up isn’t fun. At least the hostages are free now.

      • davefragments

        I still wonder if the hostages were willing sacrifices or truly hostages.

        • ComicBookGoddess

          … I would think hostages. As they said, PP wouldn’t want the crazies anywhere near it…

        • Brian Hopkins

          I’d forgotten about that possibility. “We were going to be sent straight to a palace in Hell, and we’d be there now if it weren’t for those meddling kids!” (https://youtu.be/hXUqwuzcGeU)

          • davefragments

            yeah, but I remember Jonestown

    • ComicBookGoddess

      A segue, and not the kinds that moves people. But I can’t rightly be called a camper tonight, haven’t even headed home from work yet…

      • davefragments

        Perhaps the General leading the military shows up and talks.

        • ComicBookGoddess

          This page seems like a nice end scene to me, but he has pulled “more afters” before.

          I might miss the post unless I pick a restaurant with WiFi. 🙂

    • ComicBookGoddess

      I know of somebody that tried to set his wrecked truck on fire and failed, does that count?

      • davefragments

        That was deliberate. This was accidental. I haven’t gone to the local newspapers yet tonight to see if they figured out why it burst into flames.

        • ComicBookGoddess

          Short circuit. Gotta be. Unless the airbags were seriously compromised.

          • davefragments

            Probably.
            I always tell people that I would never drive through water. THere’s always another way around it or a bed to sleep in rather than do something that dangerous.
            BUT, I don’t think these people had the chance to drive away from the water. THere’s quite a few big hills with too much paving and too poor water drainage around Pittsburgh. I don’t think this person had a chance to get away.

          • ComicBookGoddess

            In areas more prone to flash flooding, they may be fiscally responsible for their rescue.

  • YAY!
    I didn’t miss camping I drove home tonight for Father’s day weekend and I just got home!
    How was everyone’s day?

    • davefragments

      pondering the update page

      • Yeah. I am ready to know what happens next!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    For your camping entertainment: hellsnake fanfic
    warning for disaster imagery

    Shane And The Hellsnakes – 30th Bite
    (A Young Protectors occult sitcom fanfic. Inspired by the stories of AMW comics.)

    Final story arc: (rest of urls at end)
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    PAGE 1 – Infiltrating
    (1.1) Medium shot looking downward at Pete, who is still at the triage centre set up by the St Erewhon medics. Pete is looking up at something. Other characters in background and partly off panel, still attending to a few wounded.
    Pete: “Uh, guys. There are flames going up the side of the building.”
    Kat: “Say what?”
    (1.2) Panorama shot of street, with the St Erewhon medics and associates in the foreground (with their backs to the readers) glancing around the corner at the main building half a block away that the shamblers emerged from. There is a thin line of fire zooming up the side of the building. Shane has one hand raised to shield his eyes from the glare.
    Joel: “Has it caught fire?”
    Shane: “I don’t think so. That looks like Dewey using hellfire to ride a bike up the building. I can see some flying superheroes too.”
    Pete: “Huh. Well, at least they’re moving up the blind spot where there’s no windows because of the elevator shaft. That’ll keep them from being seen.”
    Kat: “Unless there’s someone inside watching the media coverage.”
    Joel: “Do mindless shambling zombies watch the media?”
    Kat: ” … Is that a trick question?”
    (1.3) Change of location. Wide shot of the roof of building. Ms. Business, Sakura Blossom Bloke, Dewey and Matt have arrived. The motorbike that Dewey commandeered is losing its flames now that it has been parked, and Matt is dismounting from the pillion. Sakura Blossom Bloke is using his powers to unlock the door to the roof with a puff of blossoms. Ms. Business is on alert, on the lookout for any guards or shamblers.
    Ms. Business: “We’ll sneak in, and if the coast is clear we can spread out in pairs to investigate more ground.”
    (1.4) Medium shot from just inside stair well. Silent panel. Sakura Blossom Bloke opens the door and carefully looks inside and sees nothing, and is raising one hand to indicate that it’s safe to continue onwards. Other characters can be partly seen over his shoulder.
    (1.5) Wide shot from inside the building, in a upper story corridor. Silent panel. The heroes emerge from the stair well and look around. Ms. Business gestures for them to split up.

    PAGE 2 – Investigating
    (2.1) Wide shot of interior of building. First of three montage panels of searching. Silent panel of Sakura Blossom Bloke and Dewey investigating a large but empty-of-people open plan office space.
    (2.2) Another medium shot of interior of building. Silent panel of Ms. Business and Matt (with handgun drawn) investigating a small office.
    (2.3) Final search montage shot. Medium shot of stair well. Silent panel of Sakura Blossom Bloke and Dewey heading down to a lower floor.
    (2.4) Medium shot. Focus on Ms. Business from waist up, with Matt in background seen over her shoulder.
    Ms. Business: “Well, well, well.”
    Matt: “Explosives? Someone’s put a lot of forethought into this gig.”
    (2.5) Wide shot of air conditioning plant room. Ms. Business and Matt look around. There are obvious boxes of explosives set up and prepped around the walls.
    Ms. Business: “They must have been smuggled these inside disguised as boxes of equipment. Hmm, armed for remote detonation, too.”
    Matt: “Yeah. Check this out. I’ve only got a bit of bomb squad training… Mainly the safety overview for first responders to be honest… But these look really jury-rigged.”
    Ms. Business: “Let’s double check to make sure there aren’t any deadman switches. If not, then we should remove the detonators. A building full of mindless shamblers and explosive charges seems like a bad mix.”

    PAGE 3 – Fight Scene
    (3.1) Medium shot of Ms. Business and Matt emerging from the air conditioning plant room.
    Narrative caption box: “Soon…”
    Ms. Business: “Well, that’s that taken care of… That sounds like fighting.”
    Matt: “Coming from the floor below.”
    (3.2) Panorama shot of another open plan office, with a fight scene in progress. Ms. Business and Matt bust in through a door in the background. In the foreground are Sakura Blossom Bloke and Dewey fighting shamblers, while a man in costume in the traditional villainous secondary colour scheme (the Headmaster) is off to one side. There is a glowing oval shaped thing hanging in the air behind the Headmaster. There are many shamblers lying unconscious or dead on the floor, indirectly indicating that the fight is almost over.
    Ms. Business: “Sorry, we were a bit busy upstairs. What’s the situation?”
    Sakura Blossom Bloke: “Mind controlling supervillain: the Headmaster. He discovered an interdimensional rift up in this building. Says that by tapping into the powers of the Lovecraftian horror dwelling on the other side would allow him to spread his powers even further than before, so he set up a plan to capture the building as a permanent base.”
    (3.3) Medium shot of room. Ms. Business and Matt help finish off the last few shamblers.
    Ms. Business. “Well I’m not particularly impressed by his plan. In the past his mind-slaves had always been able to function like normal people and keep themselves undercover until needed. This ‘quantity over quality’ method is definitely trading down.”
    Matt: “Wait, he told you all this?”
    Sakura Blossom Bloke (cheerfully): “Oh, we only had to pretend to let him capture us, and he exposited everything. Supervillains

    love to monolog their evil schemes.”

    PAGE 4 – Climax
    (4.1) Wide shot. The Headmaster has his hands in the air and Ms. Business walks towards him. Ms. Business is casually punching unconscious a shambler without talking her eyes of the supervillain. In the background the others are finishing off the shamblers that the supervillains was using as minions.
    Ms. Business: “It’s over Headmaster. We’ve got you outnumbered.”
    Headmaster: “You do realise that the entity living on the other side of the rift is a threat to the Earth, don’t you? If I don’t control it, the rift will have to be sealed.”
    (4.2) Medium shot of Ms. Business and the Headmaster, who still has his hands up.
    Ms. Business: “Then ExSec will put a guard on it. In any case, your explosives have all been disarmed.”
    Headmaster: “Oh please. I’m not an idiot. The explosives upstairs were the obvious distractions. There were others, more carefully hidden…”
    (4.3) Closeup of the Headmaster’s hand, which is holding a remote control. One of his fingers closes on the buttons.
    Headmaster: “…on the floors below.”
    SFX: click
    (4.4) Exterior shot of building. There is a massive explosion that destroys the top four floors of the building.
    SFX: BOOM!!!

    —–
    Page 3 has an even more absurdly cut down version of its original plot than the last posted episode. I planned to follow Sakura Blossom Bloke and Dewey into confronting the Headmaster, and his scheme would’ve been exposited via naturalistic dialog with sitcom style quips. But that would have taken way to long. Which means that the poor Headmaster gets short shrift, because he doesn’t get any character development, humorous quips, or even motivation beyond the implication of power lust. To be honest, even the use of mind control is so that Shane could have that moment of introspection back in episode 28 about his stint working as a stabby minion for Team Silver, rather than any inherently interesting ideas about the Headmaster’s methods.

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  • davefragments

    patreon rumbles

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Whoa. I posted the fanfic just in time, it seems.

      • Pietro7

        That was interestingly . . final. LOL. Thanks, Saxon, for this fanfic. You do good work.

        • Saxon_Brenton

          heh. Thank you for the compliments, but it’s not final. I’ve hidden a Chekov’s Gun in among all the silliness and running jokes.

          • Pietro7

            LOL! Sneaky Saxon! Well done.

  • davefragments
  • stickfigurefairytales

    Stupid real world…

  • Curt Clark

    I’m picturing a montage of Fluke going through beauty school to the tune of the song. Poor fellow shouldn’t be allowed anywhere NEAR hair or skin care products. The hair or skin colors that would result might not exist in the current spectrum.

    • ComicBookGoddess

      He needs the moisturizer to keep that gorgeous skin and hair!