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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 19

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It amuses me that our awesome readers thought of The Platinum Priestess saying “Bibbity bobbity boo” before we even got to this page. She is so disney, isn’t she? 🙂

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So, it appears that Kyle has now been dispatched to Hong Kong, leaving The Platinum Priestess alone with The Annihilator. Whatever will they talk about? Tune in this Wednesday to find out!

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  • Jen Roberts

    And I thought I was the only one who said “Toodles”…

    Oh, Kyle, Kyle…in what universe did you think this was a good idea?
    Though he DOES clean up nice.

  • Oooh I see a tentacle inside Kyle’s pants! I CAN SEE IT! Sneaking riiiight under the waistband! Oh Holy Silver Sexiness is so naughty!

    And now I’m entertaining the most interesting mental images concerning those three in a Cinderella-like scenario. Except that I may be imagining Kyle losing his underwear when midnight strikes and he flees in a hurry…

    Ahem. Heh.

  • Wonderful work, as always.  

    I wanted to say, on the subject of m’lady’s top … She has a door to Hong King and magical smoke tentacles … I can totally buy her top staying in place no matter how much she moves.

  • ToryKasper

    So I have a dumb question. Midnight their time? Or Midnight Hong-Kong time, cuz that makes quite a difference. Haha. 

    • Whoelsetherealone

       Well as Anni said it’s already morning in honk kong soo, I guess it’s midnight in USA…. Or it’s a reallllllyyy long “cinderella” spell… If not it would be very funny to see Kyle’s clothe disappear right after steping in china…

  • Wow, Kyle does clean up very nicely! Still laughing at Kyle getting sucked into the portal/door without meaning to…but, I was kind of expecting her to shove him through with one of those lovely boots of hers!
    Hmm, maybe Sircea is going to try and give Duncan some advice or warning about dating from the hero pool? ‘Cause I’m thinking this might be viewed as the suped up version of inter-office dating, which is always tricky even without the super powers! 

    • I think it’s more like dating someone from the rival school I think.

  • Exy

    I’m hoping that Kyle is going to come to learn that being out as gay or even bi-curious doesn’t make for remotely as bad role-model material as accepting what amounts to sexual coercion/harassment instead, which at least on the face of it is what he was more comfortable with.
    What are those masks for anyway? I thought that was the whole point of a secret identity.

  • Damien_C

    Oh lord. I can’t read “Oh, my.” without hearing George Takei. You know, at first I wasn’t sure I’d be into this comic, but I think like… it’s the same trepidation I had when I first saw David Tennant as the Doctor. My brain was like “Different comic. Can’t be as good.” And then it was. And I’m loving every minute of it. 

    • That makes me very happy to hear, Damien. I’m glad you stuck with it.

      (And I had the exact same reaction to David Tennant and now he’s my favorite Doctor. 🙂 )

  • Platty wins.  So much.

    Toodles. XD

  • CommodoreZelda

    Sircea is the greatest. Enough said.

  • Stroke of midnight in what timezone?

    • My question exactly. And what time is it where the are now? I mean if it’s like 7pm and they have until 12am there time that is one thing. But if it’s already 10pm then totally different. Or is it Hong Kong Time?

      • Becky

        POSSIBLY she was kidding.  But who can say?

    • fujoshifanatic

       Ah, the complexities of a global society. Puts a wrinkle in conventional storytelling, doesn’t it?

  • Anni is just checking out Kyle’s ass in his suit pants. You can tell by his expression.

    I died laughing at the first panel when Kyle said that he could feel it on the inside as well.Though I’m sad that i don’t know A) If they changed his undies B) If Kyle is a boxers or briefs boy.I can’t wait to see what happens at dinner. OOO I wonder if the next panel will be Kyle in China, or Duncan and Sircea having a talk before he goes through the portal.Oh I am so excited for Wednesday!!!

  • Whoelsetherealone

    Funny I was singing that song in the metro tonigh on my way home, after telling myself, over a metro station full of costumed teenager in Zelda, Jedi and other geek stuff, that cinderella could make a good costume for halloween… since her car his made from a pumpking…

    All that to say : Bibbity-bobbity-boo

    • Oh my god, hilarious and cute couple’s costume: Cinderella and Pumpkin Coach.

      • Whoelsetherealone

        Hum I like the idea

  • I have to say that I love the dialog on this page. I was giggling so bad reading this…

    Both the underlying humor, the innuendo and the Disney reference: In the name of PP I call it magical 🙂

    Talking about PP, now what is she up to with Anni. Look forward to know.

    And thanks to the MANY comments about this on previous page, I can’t help notice where some of those tentacles are going .. now where did I put my brain bleach from last time?
    MUST focus on Kyle in his tux. That surely is a nice image. Oh my~ indeed.

    Kyle on this page is what you can call Red Sizzling Hot *herp derp*

  • “Infinite cosmic power”-and you use it to strip and play dress up with gingers. How recklessly irresponsible…makes me like this character that much more. She should make a guest appearance in an Oglaf comic at this rate.

  • Becky

    Is it just me, or does A look a little concerned in Panel 1?

    • Interpolation

      I think you’re right, he does a little bit.

      •  Even Anni doesn’t always know what Her Holiness might get up to, i suspect.  Hee! 

  • DarkFeanix21

    In spite of the fact that I started reading these comics for the guy love, I find myself totally fascinated by the female characters you’ve created. First Dr. Maven in Artifice, and now Platinum Priestess here.

  • Donald Burch

    I’ve been reading this story since launch and I have my suspicions about what Duncan is up to. He is a self-avowed anarchist and the foundation principle of anarchy is one is his own law and is responsible for his life, and the consequences of his actions. I have a sneaking suspicion that Relatives of Spooky in Hong Kong might see Duncan and Kyle together and thus begins a “downward spiral” for Kyle, a heroes journey where he must confront preconceived notions about others as well as himself. His behavior in the story so far embodies the “judging a book by its cover” attitude that he is afraid of if others find out if he is gay. Duncan might strip away all of Kyle’s hiding and force him to face reality. He must take responsibility for his life and and the consequences of his actions. This has the “noble intent, harsh methods” of Dr. Doom from Marvel all over it. An older, wiser figure working on the next generation while the mind is still young and receptive. Corruption? Possibly. More like enlightenment whether Kyle wants it or not. Wisdom or else, it has a rather nice ring to it…

    Bibbity… bobbity… boo.

    •  actually I think Duncan sees a lot of himself in Kyle, as far as who he used to be, and in a way is trying to stop kyle from “making the same mistake I did” by covering up the gay issue with over compensation. (becoming Annihilator to make the gay thing seem inconsequential instead of simply embracing it.) so in this way he’s acting as more of a sexy Shepard by giving him the chance to see the world beyond mega-opolis city and in a way stop him from coming down the same road by giving him more allies than he currently has.

      • Interpolation

        I think that Duncan is embracing it.  Being gay I mean.  Being the Annihilator doesn’t feel like compensation to me, just Duncan following his own path.  Doing his own thing, regardless of whether anyone approves or not.  Of course, super-villiany is sort of an extreme example of that, but obviously Duncan likes being over-the-top.  I mean seriously, look how he’s going about his date.  He seems to enjoy theatrics.

        • He does seem to, doesn’t he? 🙂

          •  I’m sticking to my hypothesis about Anni being something of an adrenalin junkie for now, i’ll have you know. 

    • Jane Siveyer

      I like the contrast in this story: that the villain is clearly ‘out’ and his equally villainous friend (I’m assuming the PP is not an agent of good) is cool with that; whereas our hero is terrified his equally heroic friends will find out he is gay and disown him.

    •  I’ve been wondering much the same thing, but you’ve put words to it much better than I could.

    • Very interesting speculation, Donald. 🙂

  • “Even on the inside” and there’s one sparkly tendril sneaking into his jeans at the top. naughty naughty PP!

    also I think PP and Anni will talk about how he plans to high-5 kyle’s hinders. 😛

  • SomeoneK

    Ok Anni and PP are related I swear, look at those kinda-evil smirks and the sense of humour not to mention their fav color  :’D

  • ithilloke

    Looks like she’s beginning to win Kyle over just a bit! I hope Anni doesn’t leave him waiting TOO long.

  • fujoshifanatic

     Kyle, you handsome, clueless fellow! You look so cute in a suit. And Sircea! Now I will be singing that Disney song all day as I wait in line to cast my vote. I can’t wait to see what PP and Anni have to talk about on Wednesday. Great page Alex–thanks for the tentacle tease! ;-P

    • You’re very welcome. Thank you for the props! 

      And thank you very much for getting out today to vote! 😀

  • Toodles! The PP is definitely Joanna Lumley’s Patsy!

    Loving this more and more each page 🙂

  • oh, I would love to have an aunty like PP XD

  • Alex, I’m really loving this comic. I’ve already pimped it out to one of my friends!

    Now I’ve got questions about the superpowers in this world, which I’m fairly sure aren’t gonna get answered any time soon. I was thinking about this comic while I was showering (as one does) and it occurred to me that Kyle is still developing physically – so it’d make sense that his powers are still developing too. I wonder – if that’s true – if Duncan doesn’t SEE something developing in him that he’s got plans for.

    Also, tickles on the inside too? I have NO idea how Platinum Priestess’ powers work, but from the lovely angle I was looking at, it didn’t look like those tentacles actually needed a lecture on safe sex. So WHAT was going on inside of Kyle? Was Platty changing something other than his clothes? Or was he just reacting to the general magical aura of her power?

    • Thank you, kungfunurse, for the props. And also for spreading the word. Getting the word out is the hardest part and that really helps me out.

      And you are asking good questions. 🙂

      • KiannaLeigh

        Good questions that you answer with a “:)”. [sigh] i here I thought you’d been trapped. Damn. Guess I’ll have to keep reading then. (Not that I wouldn’t anyway. ^_~)

  • Kit the Coyote

    I do so love a story where the villains are at least if not more interesting and sympathetic as the heroes.

    • I agree; really my favorite kind.  There’s nothing that forces a character to develop like a really good adversary.  

  • Captain_LeBubbles

    Wait, midnight in Hong Kong or midnight in wherever they actually are?

    •  Valid question!

    • Interpolation

      That does make a big difference…

    • It’s always midnight somewhere in the world.  😉

      • Captain_LeBubbles

         Except when it’s midnight and a half.

      • I loved Gremlins 2. 🙂

    • kaycee1967

      Hong Kong never sleeps… wouldn’t make much difference…

  • Despite tentacle rapeyness, this was a really, really adorable page. Super sweet. 

  • YangYueLan

    Anni is George Takei!

    • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

      Did you have to say that?! Now I cannot read this page without hearing it!

      • kaycee1967

        “OH MYYYYYYY!”

        • YangYueLan

           I wonder if Mr. Takei reads this comic…

      • YangYueLan

         It was the first thought in my head as I read that line! In Mr. Takei’s voice and everything!

  • Kyle does clean up nicely! He’s adorable! I still think he’s playing with fire in going out with Anni, but it will be definitely fun to read!

  • Interpolation

    I wonder if Sircea ever did this to Spooky.  Just for the hell of it.

    • She might have tried

      • kaycee1967

        Sircea and Spooky related? Hmmmmm …. Auntie issues?

  • PP is the captain of the Kevin/Anni Ship. 

    •  You’re looking to start a fight over who gets to be her cabin boy/girl, i can tell.  Heh!

  • This comic, Oglaf, and Teahouse are the only webcomics I read. You are in a good club, mate.

    • That does put me in very good company. Thank you! 🙂

    • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

      Really? I have like…50-60 that I read. XD Although I do read those two as well. :p

    •  Can i propose that you add Starfighter to that short and illustrious list?  You’d not regret it, i would think. 

    • KiannaLeigh

      What? No Starfighter!? [faints from shock]

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    I wonder if Sircea will change her clothes? She’d look hot in a evening gown. XD

    •  I think she is pointedly Not Invited after that little stunt xD, but who knows – maybe we’ll get to see her at their engagement party one day.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Bippity Boppity Boo….REALLY?? When did Mary Poppins show up? seriously it’s hard to type when you are lauging this hard! I love your style Alex…this is turning into a very fun ride!

    • sorry to be that person… but that’s a Cinderella reference.

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        My bad….my mind just remembers the “song” or parts of it….and Cinderella would be a better fit after all.

  • Gaz Hawkins

    Wayne, that’s not mary popping, it’s the fairies from sleeping beauty (Disney) 🙂

    now….. why did the Platinum Priestess not have Kyle suspended naked for a while, after all she would want a little fun as well, would she not?
    maybe she is going to play it back on her staff to enjoy over & over

    •  Erm…. the Fairy Godmother from Disney’s Cinderella.  Not Sleeping Beauty.

      • KiannaLeigh

        There’s the “Fairy Godmother” in Cinderella and the “three good fairies” in Sleeping Beauty. Both did little more than give the girl some fancy clothes.

        God I know too much about Disney cartoons.

  • Shibarya really has me interested in her now; I hope she shall remain an integral part of this story, Al.

    I thought that Kyle’s Andrew Dice Clay impersonation in panel three was hilarious: he totally has that “fuhgeddahboudit! OHHH!!©” pose going.

    (´lookin’ like an “oh wow! how did i get here??” Sears Catalogue model, now.

    (a Sears Catalogue model that should have said, “After you, Grandpa,” instead of going in through the portal first, himself.

    the ⓟⓛⓐⓣⓘⓝⓤⓜ ⓟⓡⓘⓔⓢⓣⓔⓢⓢ and ⓣⓘⓣⓐⓝⓘⓤⓜ ⓣⓘⓣⓘⓛⓛⓐⓣⓞⓡ shall be discussing how much of a pinhead Kyle is, while casually walking away from the scene of the crime, plotting some new mischief elsewhere.


  • Bibbity bobbity boo… from Cinderella. The fairy godmother, who presents Cinderella with a prim dress and transport to the palace, sings an entire song where “bibbity bobbity boo” is literally part of the chorus. I know that not everyone has been raised on Disney films, but still, it’s pretty surprising that so many people had no idea where it came from. Everything that The Platinum Priestess has done so far in these past few pages has been an allusion to the fairy godmother in that film.

    •  Yeah but the difference between the two is that the Faery godmother was trying to help Cinderella meet her true love and is actually a force of good. Something tells me that Platinum Preistess is just doing this because it simply amuses her… that and it’s good blackmail for later on (both on Kyle and Annihilator). So while she seems helpful, she’s really just got ulterior motives behind her help.

      •  Fortunately, nothing turns me on like a good ulterior motive.  <3

    • i wasn’t raised with/on disney films or folk•lore.

      i guess the interest wasn’t there, growing up poor and in the inner city.


      i only have the most-vague of knowledge of these sorts of things — picked up from other people (much like i have discovered the origin of the “Bibbity,” and the fact that al was, indeed, basing Mrs. Shibaria on the fairy godmother, only several hours ago).

  • CrispyChicks

    Sircea is so pretty, and her wit is razor sharp. <3

  • Last panel; that looks kinda painful…

  • Jackson Dean

    Oh my god. I say toodles as well! Who says superviallans aren’t just like the rest of they, they are people! They have first world problems too!

  • I wonder if we’ll ever get a doodle with a height comparison between the characters?  I thought that Her Holiness might be at least as tall as Anni, judging by the first few pages, if not a little taller, but it seems she’s a bit smaller, and Kyle even shorter than she is.   Might be interesting to see them all side-by-side. 

  • Rex Justrex

    And who is guessing that Kyle’s “regular clothes” might be scattered all over the floor when they return at midnight?

    Man, I sure hope so!

  • the super villains in this world confuse me…so far they don’t seem particularly villainous…and i wonder if that is purposeful on the part of Anni. i feel like this story could get very messy and very distressing if Kyle is emotionally tangled with a villain who eventually reveals a truly nefarious side. i mean so far it’s just kind of like ho-hum snide commentary and trivial drama as the extent of the conflict. 

    what will happen when the conflict becomes much more serious than barbs about Kyle’s clothing or the conundrum of to eat or not to eat with an apparent enemy… 

  • Am I the only one who thinks those clothes changing things look like tentacles? O___o

    • SleepingDragon

       Yes, yes they do, and the more I look at that picture the more places they poke into I discover.

  • KiannaLeigh

    LOL. She actually said it! Planti-baby. You slay me. (please not literally!)

    Anyway, I was in Salem Mass. yesterday taking in all that witchy/Halloween goodness and I thought: “Oh Planti-baby! I miss you!”. But then a gentleman with pure black eyes like the demons in Supernatural walked past me and I nearly passed out from overload of awesome. Teehee. In any case it was a ton of fun and I have horns to show for it but I still missed my Platinum-Baby.

  • …congratulations, Alex.  This page has actually reduced me to speechlessness.  I am speechless at all the awesome.  

    I hope you’re happy 😛

  • Thank you so much for this series, Alex! It seriously feels aimed right at my interests, and you’ve blended an equal amount of sexy, steamy romance with story depth, which I love. Thank you!

  • Bwehehehe. Am I the only one who heard George Takei on the “Oh, my”? Also the last panel is great XD

  • Colin bell

    It tickles on the inside as well eh? Hehehe

  • Aryn Reid


  • The small details in this comic never cease to amuse me.  In the first panel, the one tentacle sneaking its way down the front of Kyle’s pants is incredibly, amusingly inappropriate and I love it.  Though perhaps even more amusing is the look on Anni’s face in this debacle.  Is that jealousy!?  Hah!  Sircea’s smug grin of satisfaction at the regally clad Kyle in the large panel is also just ace.

    Since others have mentioned the amusing ‘voiceovers’ they’ve heard in the last few panels, I’d like to ask if anyone heard Kyle’s yell in the last panel with a kind of Max Headroom distortion affect, as well?  Or maybe I’m just showing my age…

  • SolrSurfr3

    Lol, I don’t think Duncan’s too happy about Sircea’s magic feeling up his date. XD

  • Ree

    She looks so pleased! I love this character. And the magic effects are wonderful 😀

  • I just found this again, I’m enjoying this so much. 🙂
    And I love the fact his name is Duncan lol.

  • CommodoreZelda

    Anyone else a little confused at why Duncan is in black tie and Sircea just put Kyle in a regular suit? Also, it’s morning in Hong Kong, which would then make Duncan’s tux very out of place… SO MANY SOCIAL DRESS CODES BEING VIOLATED HERE. AND NOT VIOLATED IN THE GOOD WAY.

  • Kiki

    Re-reading this. Again. I seriously love this comic. I can’t really put my finger on why, But I’m gonna put my money on great writing and gorgeous artwork. Also, does anyone else hear voices? Specific voices for these characters? For me,

    Duncan = John Rhys-Davies. I know he said he was from Brighton, but that Welsh accent just stuck in my mind.

    Kyle = Will Friedle I just imagine Will Friedle’s voice for every teenage hero I think.

    And Sircea = Eartha Kitt. She’s got that raspy sexy seductress voice.

    And now I must go and figure out who everyone else’s voice are. 😀

    • Oh yeah i heard those voices too, but i imagined Duncan’s sounding like Sean Connery in the 60’s

  • demoncat_4

    love sircea little at midnight crack. can’t wait to see ducan and kyle having diner for they make such a new couple in a crazy super hero bad guy way.

  • Adam Black

    I just noticed “on the inside”