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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 10

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Oh, that smile. I wonder what The Annihilator is thinking…

(In a process note, I debated about adding “2 Hours Later” as a caption up top. If folks seem to be confused by this new page, I’ll do that. If not, my personal belief is that the fewer captions, the better. 🙂 ) Yep, I like I thought, the jump from to this page from the last was a bit too abrupt, so I’ve added a caption. Thank you very much for your feedback. Hopefully it’s clear now for everyone. 🙂

And hey,


Special thanks go out to long-time supporters Desiree H. & Katherine W. (both making their second generous donations to The Young Protectors!) & Olga W. (who makes their sixth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters Russell K. & Brian P. for their generous donations over the last few days!

And ZOMG, a very humbled bow and tremendously grateful hugs go out to long-time The Young Protectors superfriend Meagan S. whose amazingly generous $100 put us over the top for this bonus page! (And this makes Meagan’s seventh amazingly generous donation to this comic! Wow, thank you so, so much, Meagan!)

Thank you all so much! It’s a lot of fun for me to post these bonus pages and your support totally helps make this comic possible. You all rock!

All righty. So, Kyle and The Annihilator meet again. What do you think is next for these two?

Tune in this Saturday to find out!


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  • Annihilator’s devilish smirk ;o; 

  • I didn’t know there would be a bonus page, so I am very happy!  The fact that A-team’s still in the same suit he was wearing in the previous page does give one the idea that this is within the same “scene,” as it were, but the time stamp would be pretty awesome too, if only to see how it would look.

    …A-team makes looking innocent disturbingly easy.  He also makes manipulating Kyle look easier than being lazy. 

    I love the art on this page SO MUCH.  SO MUCH.  I especially love the shadowing 🙂

  • Haley Dillon

    Oh gawwwwd the puppy eyes *dies*

  • Jen Roberts

    Mm-hm. He is UP TO SOMETHING.  Oh, Kyle, your trusting nature is going to get you into trouble…and we will all enjoy reading about it 🙂

  • nebi_lan

    Oh my!…my heart has gone and came back, that puppy face <3. I was really CLOSE to believe his words. That man is devilish , and pretty much i like him like that, but i love him the most on the last panel with that sexy-bad-guy-smile… 😉

  • Anni, you better have cookies, because you are SO on the dark side.  XD

  • Ah… it’s so hard to tell with bad guys when they’re really being sincere, or are just tuggin’ your nuts… Anni you better watch yo’self. *Sassy finger snaps*

  • oh gods that smile at the end, Kyle your getting played like sooo freaking hard!!!!!

  • KrisYWC

    Kyle, ask yourself Who could have started the fire?

  • Oh my this is really good! I cannot wait for the next page on Sat!
    Good job guys
    *love Anni’s smirk in the last panel!*

    • Thank you, VilleyS! I’m glad you liked the update! 🙂

  • arcaniss_caesin

    The Annihilator is sexy as all get out!

  • Laurenihilation

    Oh, that wicked smirk…

  • AnyOtaku

    For a moment I was AWWWW when I was looking at Ani with puppy eyes and saying pick up line, but OMG that grin at the last panel… And I don’t know if he did it because well, he’s evil and has a plan or because he feels like he has win the prize! Well, I can’t explain myself very well… Anyway, I was begining to think about Ani as a not so bad guy!
    Poor Kyle I hope he doesn’t get trick!

    • b3nc0

      I can’t help but think/feel/hope that it is a genuine smile for winning the prize too, a smile that /looks/ like an evil smirk from the angle!…?

  • Villain giving an evil grin. Never a good sign. 😀

  • Shinashi

    Anni’s manipulation skill is over 9000.

  • Wow, this page has me all tingly! First, his “I just wanted to see you again” face then that wicked little smirk of his at the end!  Foxyman is foxy, mmm! Kyle, hun, you are so in over your head!

  • Plum Soda

    Okay, first things first.
    I absolutely LOVE the dynamic and perspective and color and literally everything in panel 1.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but it sets a really nice mood.
    Also, I really love Mr. A’s “I’m-not-doing-any-harm-here-I-promise”-faces vs panel 7. You scared the living daylight out of me!
    I got a little confused with panel 2 and 3, with Anni adressing Kyle before greeting him.

    But in case I didn’t make it clear enough: This page is a precious gem with lovely, pleasant colours, pencils, that I have meant to compliment for a long time because they are gorgous and so, so dynamic and a story development, that I certainly did not forsee.

    I am SO looking forward to saturday and you three have the most successfull, awesome week!

    (phew… as for the fangirling: “d’AAAAAAWwwww!!! lookit’em cuties!!! >//<)

    • Aw, thank you for all the kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the new page! 🙂

  • Ditzite

    Oh Anni you sexy evil manipulator! He is just too damn cute as a bad guy! X3 Also can he just wear the suit forever?! PLEASE!!!! Also Kyle looks very much the young teen… It almost makes me feel naughty for cheering on Anni… Then I get over it! Muahahaha!

  • Lady Mania

    Oh that smirk! I don’t know if I want to slap it off, or kiss it off.

  • Yukiness

    I do love that at this point there has been just enough of Anni’s personality unvieled that he has his own sort of voice in my head, so I can hear just how feigned this all sounds and it makes that last panel all the more viceral to me.

  • Annihilator… I love you. You are the best comic villain (and hottest) ever.

    After a particularly bad day it was nice to come home to this 🙂

    • Glad the update was able to cheer you up. I hope today is a better day for you. 🙂

  • Oh Anni! You naughty, naughty man! And with the ‘little hero’ again. And the smile, so delightfully devilish.

    Oh Kyle, your innocence and naivety are showing again…


  • fujoshifanatic

    Oh, my dear, sweet little Kitty Kyle, you should have just let Anni walk away–but we’re soo glad you didn’t! Anni’s face in panels 3 and 6 are so awesomely done; you know he’s going to take Kyle on quite the bumpy ride, but he makes you want ride shotgun through every single twist and turn!

    And I don’t know about everyone else, but a time caption is totally unnecessary in my opinion; I totally got that this is taking place sometime after the fire. Awesome way to start a hump day and a great incentive to keep us going through the rest of the week! Thanks Alex!

    • You’re very welcome, fujoshifanatic! Thank you for the kind words!

  • krissdevalnor

    That smirk!!!! *melts* Applaud to the artist for that smile – and to you Alex for writing it this way. Damn…I am so hooked on knowing what his plan is!

    •  I agree. Is he just looking for a little fun, or does he have something more devious planned?

    • Thank you, krissdevalnor! I’m glad you’re enjoying the ride. 🙂

  •  Kyle couldn’t resist those puppy dog eyes could he. XD

  • ithilloke

    Heh, heh….THERE’S an anti-hero for ya!  Somehow I think that Kyle’s a quick study though, so Anni best watch himself…

  • Midwestmutt

    He is probably the best manipulator since Emperor Palpatine. Unfortunate timing with current events though. That smirk reminds me too much of Mitt Rmoney.

  • YangYueLan

    1) Bad teen! Smoking is bad for you!
    2) Ooooo, Anni is up to something! You master manipulator, you!

  • Sophie Black

    He is an incredible manipulator and I can’t stop smiling. I love him so much. 

  •  That face in the last panel ! LMFAO

  • HIS EYES! They make me want to hug him. ;__;

  • I think a caption would be good, but just a “Later” would be classier, in my opinion.

    • Thank you. I like the way you’re thinking. One word captions can get a bit lost, but I’ll try it out. 🙂

  • CommodoreZelda

    Those big blue eyes!!! No wonder Kyle melted. <3 But of course he's up to something. He's a supervillain.

  • ladyaoi

    GOD what a sliver fox -_-

  • Annie, you perv! 
    I like thet about you :3

  • Anni, if you hurt that sweet boy, Ima gonna smack you SO HARD.

  • Oooooh, winning the Hero’s heart are you, Sexynahillator~ <3

  • I totally see that evil smerk!

  • He looks so adorable in the fourth panel. >///>

  • The last panel! THE LAST PANEL! Oh, Anni, I love you!

    (Woah, how I missed commenting! <3 <3)

  • I felt SO bad for Anni when he was giving Kyle those sad puppy dog eyes. Then the last panel and that smile, and all my sympathy melted.

    I wonder if Anni cares for Kyle at all or if he feels he just has a new plaything?

    Also, I’m impressed that Kyle was able to track him down post rescue. Was Anni just waiting in that Alley the whole time?

  • singerblooming


  • Fyrekat42

    Never, ever, ever trust a hot man in a tux who can manage puppy dawg eyes at that level.  Those are LYIN’ EYES.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I am so torn by this…I know Anni is bad…and Kyle has sooo much to learn…and I fear he will be hurt….but then that’s part of was for me anyway…..Alex thanks for the midweek treat!

  • Leigh Nelson

    Oh the puppy eyes made me do a full stop, gasp, whimper, and sigh lovingly before I even remembered that there was a next panel.

    And then that last panel, I felt my chest implode, my throat close and told myself not to cry because he is a baddie, shouldn’t have trusted that wonderful, sweet face!

    Damn sexy men and their uh…knowingness of their sexiness…yeah!

    Man that page was a rollercoaster. /sniffle

    God, what is his plan?

    (Either way, if Kyle isn’t game, I’m up for being tossed around a bit…hehe)

  • Superjenny

    Ohhhhhhohohohohhhhhhh…  That last panel gave me a literal shiver of anticipation and excitement!  >:3  I can’t wait to see what happens…  }:D

  • Annihilator just makes me want to be BAD!

  • SomeoneK

    Kyle is so dense at times he practically begs Annie to trick him  :’D  I can almost see a big board with letters made of led-lights and glitter pointing at Ani’s “innocent” eyes and screaming IT’S A TRAP!

  • Lillexe

    omg Anni, that smile! Kyle, watch out! He’s after your virtue! >:D <3

  • Oh Anni, you dog xD

  • Evil Grin for FTW!

  • ..I squeeked…

  • schmzowow

    -gigglin- oh i just love it when my villains are unapologetically villainous 

  • Monarch of the Trollface Kingdom.  Or perhaps he would prefer Dictator for Life.  

  • b3nc0

    We all knew where he was going/who he was meeting as soon as he pulled up the /same/ fireline that barred Parkourman last page & that he has to step over once more before the last panel *Alea Jacta Est*

    About the caption, let’s just say no caption, the better ;°)

  • Aryn Reid

    Oh Kyle, that was just too easy. I mean come on, that’s like the oldest trick in the book.

  • Puppy dog eyes.

    Malevolent Sinister eyes.

    Anni has succeeded in manipulating.. out of my clothing.

    Good job, guv’nah.

    i am absolutely forced to make panel four my next desktop wallpaper.)

    • DoktorNauk

      Best idea ever.

      • an even better idea is strongly encouraging mr. author man to “mysteriously” shed some of that formal wear of the Silverfox’s , soon.

        anni looks … hot in it already.
        now we just need kyle to come to the rescue and put out some more flames!

  • Dang that smirk! I just love him! 

  • KiannaLeigh

    Custom suit: $800.
    Gentlemen’s shoes: $200.
    Several gallons of gasoline: $50.
    Tricking a young, handsome but slightly naive super hero into your bed: Priceless.

    There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s being a bad-ass super villain.

    • I wish I could hit like 100 times on this. Very funny and well put. 🙂

      • KiannaLeigh


    • Krondor2000

      LOL! I just love it!

    • And for everything ELSE, there’s Mastercard 😛

    • Gryphongirl2

      You deserve a trophy, a medal, a bonus coffee drink, and the highest of fives for this comment but instead I’ll just immortalize it by taking a screen shot and adding it to my rotating desktop wallpaper of great yaoi webcomic pictures and comments.

    • Dee Dee

      And cue dramatic orchestra soundtrack to add in even more foreshadowing. 😀 

  • OZ_in_OK

    With a physique like that?
    With a face that handsome?
    In a TUX?!!???

    God knows it’d sure work on me…

  • KiannaLeigh

    I find it interesting that one half of people seem to love Anni more for the last panel, seeing him as the shamelessly evil BAMF character and the other half of people hate him for being so immortal. It’s like the divide between those who want fictional morality to be the same as real life and the those who want to indulge in the forbidden while in the safety of fiction.

    I announce myself on as being on the fence. I like morals when the story is sending a message to the real world. I prefer immorality the rest of the time. I should have been born a super villain. I’d wear suits like Anni. teehee

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    Oh…Anni is a BADDDD booooy. Verrry Naughty. I have much loves for the page

  • DoktorNauk

    I didn’t think you’d be able to top that last page, but I’m so happy. That said, Anni looks much to sly for comfort in the last panel.

  • strangeangel24601

    My guess is that he’s thinking, “Hook, line, and sinker…” I’ve gotta admit, he just about had me fooled for a minute there too.

  • ironbanana

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA ‘WAAAAAAAAAIIIIITTTTTT!!!! I need a cure for this virginal condition!!!”

    • Well, sure, A-team might say.  I’d be happy to provide the cure for that.  Say, how about in this suspiciously unmanned TV studio?

  • Also, have to admit, Panel Four?  With the doe-eyes and the sincere line?  I literally burst into laughter, in an auditorium, right before a class. 

    Anni:  Situation normal. 

    •  I thought the same thing. I saw that panel, and I was like, “THE EYES.” o.o He has Kyle (and me) wrapped around his finger.

  • Dee Dee

    Hmmm can’t wait to see what’s gonna happen next. =D 
    What’s Anni up to, now? Is he gonna sucker poor Kyle into some fiendish scheme or put some guilt/suspicion into that boy? 😛 

  • Ryn

    So easily manipulated. Kyle you’re just like a clueless puppy. And damn can Anni pull some innocent eyes, does he practice that in the mirror?

  • nayia

    This smile… He is SO evil, awww… :3

  • Mephisto_Pheles

    Oh my dear god I love Anni’s troll-esque face when he catches him into doing something he wants.

  • Okay, Kyle, listen up for a second. When talking to one of the worst evil masterminds in the world, you should probably use your brain. And Anni…. Stop staring at yourself in the mirror making the puppy dog eyes, cause we all know you do it >_>

    Here I am sounding like I’m not enjoying this page. Actually, I was on the verge of screaming “JUMP HIM!!!” at Anni XD

  • Sequinn

    Anni: I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.  Oh no wait, I am bad.

    • Whitewingtip

      LOVE the Jessica Rabbit reference, even though it made me picture poor Anni in a tight sparkly red dress for a moment.

      • Captain_LeBubbles

        I demand fanart.

        • Sequinn

           I second that demand.

      • Topkat82

        Oh, thank you for that lovely picture! XD

      • Ryn

         it happened to jeff and deacon, maybe this’ll become a theme. XD

    • Jill Wilson

      Good one!

    • 🙂

  • Teru Takinomi

    Long time reader and follower of your stories, Alex, but I have to break my silence for some feedback on this page.

    Overall: love it. It’s brilliant. The pacing, the art, the colors. Especially adore Anni’s wicked smile in that final panel. Heart-wrenching, it is! In the worst (and yet best ways!)

    However, going from the last page, to this one, it being the same scenery, but with Kyle in new clothes, I admit to feeling a little whip-plashed and confused: had time passed? Did Kyle suddenly get out of his supersuit to chase after his “nemesis”? Where are the others?

    I hadn’t realized, until I read your comments on the page, that time HAD passed! I think it should be addressed/visualized on the page somehow. A small caption, just to mark the passage of time, as it isn’t terribly clear. Maybe even, if you print this book, a blank page between this one and the last would suffice, and would avoid the whole cluttering up of the page with a caption.

    Just a thought. =D

    Thank you so much for sharing these delightful stories with the world. I look forward to reading them every update. =D

    • Grey Warden

      It does say “LATER THAT EVENING” in the 1st panel, you know. :Y

      • It didn’t when the page was first posted.

    • I agree. A caption was the right choice. I appreciate the feedback—and the very kind words! I’m very happy to hear you’re enjoying The Young Protectors! 🙂

  • KNT609

    D: Don’t fall for it! … wait… yes FALL FOR IT!
    Also I would have never guessed it was 2 hours later, but I find myself not particularly caring because I just want to know what’s going to happen to Kyle next!!!

  • Anni, I hearby dub thee Mr. Smarmy smirky pants.

    • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

      need a ‘Mc’ in there. XD Mr. Smarmy McSmirky-Pants maybe?

  • himitsusj

    Anni is going to do dirty dirty things to that jailbait, honestly.

    • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

      And we all just love it don’t we.

  • psiquest

    Annhilator’s such a dog… and Kyle’s a chewtoy. 😉

  • DAMMIT why can’t it be tomorrow already? 
    Alex, make time move faster. >.>

  • Topkat82

    Oh, that poor poor little boy…. I’M ENVIOUS LIKE HELL!!!
    ( – or would be if I was suicidal ^^)

  • Puppy dog eyes followed by a pervy smile? And Kyle feel for it? Thats as obvious as a white, windowless van with a “Free Candy” sign on it. Even with the Annihilators back turned while he has the sleeze-smile, did Kyle forget he was a Villian?

  • Julia Zebrowski

    Hmmm…anyone else thinking that Annihilator set that fire to draw Kyle out? 

    • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

      I was considering that possibility. I think maybe he had someone else do it though, because then he could say with total honesty that he did not do it.

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    I was actually able to tell without reading the comments that there was a time change. XD

  • ManicThrifts

    Who cares if it’s only 4 o’clock here

  • coyoteconscious

    Honestly, I think you could have got by without any caption – the panels indicate “later” pretty well.

    I see our favorite super villain is playing fire-boy like a flaming fiddle again.

    • laces22222

      I agree- the previous page kind of made it look like the sun was setting, and in this one it looks like its night, and he’s changed his clothes. I knew it was later before I even read the caption- something about the way he was ducking under the tape, and his outfit.

  • Avengelyne

    *gasp* That sneaky, manipulative, sliver haired so and so. He really shouldn’t play Kyle like that…*grabs popcorn* this is going to be good

  • The puppy eyes… you can’t resist those puppy eyes! XD

  • kyle.

    you see that fire: do not cross line down there? 

    you totally should cross it.

    What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

  • ManicThrifts

    I made actual popcorn for this.

  • Look at him, being all smug in the last panel.

  • amanda damron

    i am new to this and wanted to tell u the second i started reading i couldnt stop!!! i kept trying to push a non-existant “next” button lol!!

    i love this!!!!!! i just stared into his puppy eyes and melted a little!

  • CookieMonsterer

    Hook. Line. Sinker. 

  • Anni’s face in the 4th panel…!
    I’m ready to give my soul! ;_;

  • Zee

    That is not a smile. That is a grin. A menacing grin. 

  • Yes, I thought so. Kyle? That is the sound of a trap being sprung. I hope you liked how that cheese tasted…

  • I must be the only one to read “Later that evening” in the voice of that narrator from SpongeBob SqaurePants.

    • Ellie

      Same xD

  • SolrSurfr3

    Kyle, do you have ANY sense of self-preservation? Just thought I’d ask.

  • Rashel Izro

    I’m rereading the comic so far..and boy..have I been in Kyle’s position. that’s all I’ll say (I hate spoilers=p) but I’ve been there.


  • Hahaha oh I love the last panel grin! Ha!

  • camolot the creator

    Oh, you manipulative bastard.
    You magnificent, lovable, manipulative bastard.