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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 16

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I guess it’s either a date with The Annihilator or a lifetime of anonymous back-alley sex. If only someone had taken the time to explain that to me when I was a teen…

We have new Fan Art by Kaori entitled “Coercion” featuring Kyle and The Annihilator. Coincidence or fate? You be the judge! Do check it out.

Oh, and


The second bonus page in two weeks! WOOT! PAR-TAY!

And we are already at $82 towards the next bonus page.

Special thanks go out to long-time supporters James N., Tony C., Katherine L. & Achim G. (all four making their second generous donations to The Young Protectors!) & Alba C. (who makes their fourth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters Shelby T., Harlan L., Marc K., Julia P. & Elizabeth S. for their generous donations over the last few days!

Big hugs go out to new friend of The Young Protectors (and a person who totally made my day with their kind words at YaoiCon), Reece N. for their super generous $25 donation!

And super-hero strength hugs go out to long-time The Young Protectors super-friends Safiya M. & Adriane L. for their amazingly generous $50 donations! This also makes the fourth amazingly generous donations from both of them (and Safiya’s donation put us over the top for this page!) Thank you so much Safiya & Adriane! I am very grateful to you both!

I am very grateful to all of you for your generous support. Two bonus pages in a row! Wow! It’s really exciting for me and the artists to share these bonus pages with you and a huge morale boost for all of us to have it happen two weeks in a row. Thank you!

So… new page up this Saturday. What do you think the odds are that we are going to find out The Annihilator’s name? 🙂

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  • CommodoreZelda

    Kyle is really surprisingly comfortable with Anni, even when he’s so suspicious. It’s adorable!! <3

    …The Annihilator has a real name?! No way. I don't believe it. He's just Anni. He looks so cute and charming in the fourth panel. I love him.


  • Laurenihilation

    I approve of Kyle’s face. 😀

    •  Looks like youngblood may be picking up a few trollface tricks along the way.  xD

  • 😀 😀 😀  Kyle, I’m super duper proud of you!  Way to show your brains and demand some information!  

    Also, have to love how confident A-team is in his own attractiveness.  Then again, we already knew he was a gentleman of discerning taste.

  • Anni’s so sincere looking! And Kyle, he’s adorable!

  • This is why I love this comic~ The witty banter between these two is just so much fun to watch! It has me grinning from ear to ear and coming back several times a day – every day to re-read it!

    I love all of their expressions here too, it really gives them personality~

    One of these days I’d love to have my own comic. I don’t have the art skills myself, but maybe one day I’ll find someone willing enough to get my own stories out there. xD

    • Thank you for the kind words, Dawnie! I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know you are enjoying the dialogue. 🙂

      And I’ve actually written a short post for writers who want to start a webcomic. It has a bunch of technical details in it, but the very last section has some more general advice. And I just gave a presentation about this at YaoiCon so I might write another post about this about finding and working with artists, etc.

      • It’s not a problem~ I’m normally a stalker/lurker because I’m shy to start with (then when I know someone I don’t shut up lol) so the fact that your comic has me coming out of my shell means a lot. xD Believe it or not haha. ^///^;
        Er, point I was trying to make (I side track a lot lol) was you’re welcome. xD

        And thank you for the link! I read it over and it’s extreamly helpful! I never knew where to begin with doing something like this, so thanks again~ <3

  • So, Kyle finally gets around to asking Anni’s real name.  Throw in the comment about ‘weren’t you the one who told me not to trust your bargains’ and I’m beginning to think that he’s not totally overwhelmed-by-it-all-to-the-point-of-clueless-ness after all.
    And I’ll dare to hope that the double bonus pages means we’ve reached a point (kind a like ‘Artifice’ did about half way through its run) where bonus pages turn up more often then not.  Even if the higher costs involved because of two artists rather than one means that the financing might be a case of comparing apples with walnuts.

    •  I’m really hoping so, too; there seems to be a certain critical mass of readers required, and there’s enough coherent archive now that it’s more likely to happen.  Fingers crossed!

  •  Omg, Alex your dialogue keeps getting better! I’ve read this at least 5 times before tearing myself away to comment.
    Kyle, for not getting completely swept off your feet by those lovely
    blue eyes and a very well tailored tux! So what is Foxy’s real name?
    *discreetly wipes away drool*

    • Thank you for the props re: my dialogue, Jamie! I’m really glad to hear you are enjoying it! 🙂

  • jeez.

    you go into a back alley and get pearl necklaces from four—.. ..—teen strangers just one time, and you can never live it down.

    don’t be so friggin’ judgmental anhi!

    (where’s my wet nap??

    ╯(  o_o)╯)

  • Can’t comment coherently yet
    haven’t been able to pick “back alley” joke
    too many options


    • Okay, i kind of have it together now.

      Kyle, you has a smart!  Aww.  I knew there had to be a reason Anni liked you other than your pretty face and grabbable buns; that wouldn’t hold his attention for long.  

      I mean, you’re still getting played like an oboe, but at least you have a chance to participate in the process.  I’m just sayin’.

      • Sanbai

        Ahahahhaaha! Don’t you mean RED HOT Grabbable Buns? If I ever open a bakery, that WILL be the name.

        • Your logo: Kyle and Anni in a Coppertone-style ad, with Kyle’s shorts being pulled to reveal delicious , grabbable… pork buns.

  • Colin bell

     Come on Anni Kyle isn’t the only one who wants to know your name! And besides a gentleman always gives his name before asking the name of another, especially the name of his potential date. I wonder if Kyle speaks Chinese? If he doesn’t  then he will be at the complete mercy of Anni in Hong Kong, should he go…which he should!

    • I’m wondering now if Anni speaks Chinese himself, or if Her Platinum Holiness is going to babelfish both of them.  Huh.

      • Plaese, call her by her real name: The Sexy Pristess of DOOM! 
        Or, Ya know, Her royal Sexiness. 

        • Colin bell

           Ahem. I do believe it is her Holy Platinum Royal sexiness thank you very much XP

        • She’s a priestess, not a princess so she’d properly be “Her Holy Sexiness”.


  • Erica

    omg, i wanna know his real name!! :O :O :O how exciting!!!!

    i bet he won’t say it. maybe some bs name lol

    i need to go to bed, ijust finished studying, so seeing this made me happy. hahaa

    • Leigh Nelson

      I feel like he’ll do some round about explanation of why it isn’t necessary to know his name just yet lol

      • Erica

        ur so right. XDD

  • I wonder if Anni will use the “Well, my friends call me ****” line. Brilliant update and I can’t wait for Saturday!

  • Yukiness

    Glad to see someone finally let his sarcasm flag fly. Kyle’s snarkiness is a good sign. It shows that he is gaining comfort from Anni’s prescence. However, I would be floored if Anni gave KittyKat his real name. He is asking for a lot here.

  • I wonder if Anni will actually tell Kyle his real name? I wonder what it is…. OH MY GOD, SO MANY QUESTIONS! I can’t wait for Saturday to get here!!

  • SleepingDragon

    You know what would be a real cool twist? If it turned out it was actually Kyle who was fishing Anni for information.

  • Dee Dee

    Haha, I love how they’re standing there talking, like the Platinum Priestess doesn’t even exist. 

  • That look in the second to last panel is flawless

  • fujoshifanatic

    Yay! A bonus page! You go Kyle, call him on his bargaining strategies! I doubt it will get you his real name though. Anni will probably say something about keeping the ‘mystery’ in the romance and then whisk Kyle away to their exotic date–which will be fine by me. 😀

    What I’m really curious about is Anni’s real motives behind his pursuit of Kyle. Just what is he after so badly that he would resort to enlisting the help of others such as PP? He strikes me as the sort of villain who prefers to work alone. And while Kyle is quite comely in his naive, kittenish way, I wouldn’t think Anni would be so smitten that all this would (just) be about romance.

    I never thought I would say this about a BL/yaoi comic EVER, but I am more interested in finding out about Anni’s nefarious plan than anything else. I have really grown to like his character, and I am kind of wanting to know if I will be sucker-punched when his true motivations are revealed. I know this is going to be quite the journey for the both of them, and I am all in to see where it takes them, and not just romantically.

    But if they can get to third base at least a couple of times along the way–you know, to advance the plot– that would be cool too. ;-P

    • 🙂

    • Jane Siveyer

      My feelings exactly. I still find his arrival the fire, replete with tux and PP waiting in the wings, highly suspicious.

      • I find myself in agreement with your suspicions. Maybe, being a Slytherin myself, I’m all too willing to ascribe layers of motivation to others, bit it would be just like Anni to pull off the triple-cross and not have any at all other than taking advantage of the situation. Perhaps opportunistic rather than strategic.

        Nah. That man might as well have NEFARIOUS PLOT printed on his underpants.

  • Kyle learned from the best: Puppy eyes will get you anything XDD

  • ithilloke

    Love Kyle’s expression in panel 5, something different from his usual clueless/innocent/scandalised look. There’s hope for him yet! And I have to agree with Dee Dee…suddenly the Platinum Preistess is the invisible 3rd wheel!

  • OOO I we going to learn Anni’s name how exciting.

    I love the Anni ascribes to the “If you don’t want to play, it’s no fun for me” mentality. It still makes him feel devious, but respectful. I love it!

    I love Anni’s expression in panel too, it just screams “Oops, he has a point, better say something smooth.” At which point he says something smooth.

    Oh I am so stoked for Saturday now! I can’t wait to see what happens next. For the most part I am totally impressed with Kyle’s clear headed thinking and caution regarding this date, but there is a good chunk of my brain that is screaming; “Stop asking questions, say yes, and enjoy the most AMAZING night ever!”

  • streetwalkersan

    Oh, Kyle. So cute.

    His actual words in that second panel might be all cynical and distrustful but what those lips are trying to say is “KISS ME” all puckered up like that.<3

  • Joy Clemens

    Their so cute together, he’s tying to con him onto the dark side… Go for it, the bad guys are better!

  • Stranger Danger!

    Anymore romancing and there’s gonna be candy in a van popping up, lol

  • Chris Woodworth

    How are you guys such a perfect writer/artist duo?  Like, seriously.

    • ErykaSoleil

      Trio. Remember that there are two artists. 🙂

    • Antenn0

       Reallife Bakuman
      +A person who colours it since it’s not Manga

  • Lol, Kyle’s face in panel five xD It’s like, DAT. ASS.

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    oooh, I love this page. XD And ooh…I dunno if Anni will divulge his name…but there is a possibilty. Small, but there.

  • KBatty

    Mmm. Dat cross-hatching.

  • Oh dear, those back alleys.. xD

  • QuantumKid

    All those in favor of back alleys, say “aye!”

  • i..

    ..i would want to go out for dinner with a handsome older gentleman (who may or may not be the ⓣⓘⓣⓐⓝⓘⓤⓜ ⓣⓘⓣⓘⓛⓛⓐⓣⓞⓡ) as long as he lets me travel up his back alley later on.


    don’t look at me like that.
    i don’t have “Daddy Issues” or anything.

    well, look at kyle!
    so he’s finally showing some mettle of his own.

    maybe Anhi isn’t such a bad guy after all — subjecting kyle to a trial by fire to get the young kid to smarten up some.


    (isn’t that sparky’s innate element?)

    • KiannaLeigh

      [laughing wildly] oh, my god. That comment is just the best ever. Don’t worry. Noone thinks you’re a werido or anything.

    • DoktorNauk

      I just wanna say that ⓣⓘⓣⓐⓝⓘⓤⓜ ⓣⓘⓣⓘⓛⓛⓐⓣⓞⓡ is about the best thing ever.

  • psiquest

    ::: clutches the pearls :::

    He did not just ask for a name in a back alley! Boy ain’t got a lick o’ sense. Ethel… call up to that leather bar down the street and see if Mr. Fur has any of those training manuals left…

  • Be Careful, Kyle.  I’ve lost some boys like that.  Right after steamy sex, I turn to them and say, “Look, either you tell me your name, or it’s over”.
    Sometimes, they leave skid marks.

  • Becky

    I think our chances of finding out A’s real name this week are not good. Not good at all. After all, what kind of super villain gives it up on the first date?? (“It”, of course, being one’s secret identity.) Someday, though. Someday.

  • I knew I should have stayed away for a few more days. 

    They are moving on to first name bases with each other. 😀

  • Jane Siveyer

    Awww. Anni used the word ‘romance’. Is that even in the vocab of a supervillain? I am curious as to what past deeds have made the Annihilator a ‘supervillain’ and someone to be feared. 

  • Karolyn Ellis

    I missed a BLEEP-TON since I’ve been away!

    When I first began to read this scene, I was screaming: “NOOOOOO!! He’s only trying to corrupt you!! Find some nice boy in a bar or something, but don’t date a supervillain!”
    And then I head the words, “Take you out to a nice restaurant…” Then I began to salivate, my stomach began to growl, and I began to cheer: “GO! GO! GO! GO!”

    But then again, I’m a sucker for free food. >.> Not gonna lie.

    Oh, and the Platinum Priestess…thank you for her. 🙂 Soooo pretty!

  • Captain_LeBubbles

    “Oh, just call me Anni, everyone does.”

    • Bad_Guy_Lover

       I hope his name really is Anni! Big mister bad ass “My name’s Anni…. i dare you to laugh!”

    • 🙂

      • Captain_LeBubbles

        I got an emoticon from the writer! *swoons*

  • Gaz Hawkins

    but why can’t you have both? go to dinner with the handsome gentleman AND have romance in BACK ALLEYS LOL

    (but really, who looks for romance in back alleys – it’s more Bromance and a quickie you are looking for in the back alleys

  • Names are just minor details… 😛

  • ironbanana

    ‘what’s your real name…not your stripper name…’ — Lil’ Wayne

  • ErykaSoleil

    His name actually is The Annihilator. His parents were very forward-thinking like that. 🙂

    You guys make me laugh so hard with this comic; so much so that I even signed in on my cell phone to read the updates and comment on how fantastic you three are. 🙂 (My internet may be down, but I still have 3G!)

    • Well, I always love hearing when I give folks a laugh. Thank you for letting me know. I’m glad you’re enjoying our work! (Even if it has to be on the small screen of a cell phone. I know how that can be. Before I got my iPad, when I traveled that was my only way of keeping on top of stuff on the road. 🙂 )

  • I love Kyle’s not-so-internal conflict.

    “On one hand, he’s a villain.  And really good at it.  But on the other hand, I really want him to smother me in chocolate sauce so I can use my powers to make a human hot fudge sundae…”

    Decisions, decisions…

  • say yes you dope!

  • Dinner with a super villian or a life time of sleezy, regretable sex? Why choose just one?

  • There is the whole issue of this dude being a Supervillain, and Red Hot being, you know, a Superhero. how awkward would it be for these dudes to meet in battle? Red Hot is 17 years old, he wouldn’t know what to do. And The Supervillain dude probably wouldn’t even bat an eyelash.

  • SolrSurfr3

    Kyle, there’s a reason they’re called SECRET identities. Have you told him YOUR name yet?

  • Kyra Baert

    I’m new to this comic and I like it so far.

    But can I just point out (even if it’s not on the correct page), that Spooks doesn’t look Chinese… I’m sorry. I figured he was with the whole Chinese new year dragon bit, and then now with the Chinese food it’s kinda a blunt indicator. But when he first conjured up the dragon I was confused and studied him and… I’m sorry he doesn’t look Chinese to me.

    But maybe he’s just half-and-half ! I’ll settle for that~

    Either way, sorry for the short rant ^^ I really like the story so far, keep up the good work !

  • Emiko

    I love how Kyle’s character bridges that awkward gap between manliness and still being a teenage boy. Sometimes you look at him and he’s like a little kid, all cute and innocent, and sometimes those muscles are just like umph. That’s a man.

  • Goddess Of Applesauce

    I changed my mind I ship it :3