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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 33

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And again with the food crashing to the floor! Gentle Readers, I ask you, how many spring rolls must die in the name of Justice? ಠ_ಠ

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Thank you all so much for your support! Ten bonus pages in a row! WOOT! Some of my favorite art is in these pages and it certainly is a lot of fun to release an action scene at a fast clip. I really couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present. Thank you!

So! A table has been flipped, Kyle is on the run and man with at least three swords on him named Killer is now annoyed. What’s in store for our heroes? Tune in next Saturday this Wednesday to find out! 🙂

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  • Kyle could stop and kill that power-dampering thingie…

    • auburncrow

      That might be a neat trick, since it looks like it has a force field around it. 🙂

      • kyle would have to strip off his nice suit and his underwear so that he wouldn’t be detected by the virginlantes.

        ..i’m not seeing a downside here.

        plus kyle could also do an impression of a tea bagger on Apple Jacker (who looks like he’s desperately in need of a tea-bagging from a fiery-crotched super hero).

        • KiannaLeigh

          Fire-crotch tea-bagging? Oh-kay, it’s four in the morning, I haven’t slept, the police only left an hour ago and I’m thinking about flaming man-bits in someone’s face. On that note, I’m going to sleep. Goodnight people.


          Fire-crotch tea-bagging. >_>

          • (i fear to know why the police had only left your residence but an hour prior four a.m., young lady…)

          • KiannaLeigh

            I’m not saying a thing. Like Anni, I plead the fifth.

          • The Annihilator and I respect your right to privacy. But I do hope that you are safe.

          • KiannaLeigh

            Thanks Alex. Everyone invovled is now fine. Some are very embarrassed and shouldn’t drink ever again, but everything’s settled.

            I was happy to have a new page to distract me from the momentary crazy. 

            The table-flip lives.

      • Indeed it does have a force field. 🙂

  • auburncrow

    I’m guessing that Anni has a Cunning Plan.

    Either that or he really DID just dance the Self Sacrifice Tango, which would be just plain… awwwwwwwww!

    (Although I’ve gotta wonder what the hell Kyle is thinking, leaving Duncan to face the Bobbsey Twins alone…)

  • Timothy Hickman

    White armour? I bet that’s a real bitch to clean.

  • ANNI: *Flipping tables!*

  • Looks like the the spring rolls have been avenged by their otherfoodly brethren.  Go in peace, foodilantes!

  • Lol, my first thought was “In the name of the Spring Rolls I shall punish you!” *snort* So bad ><; 
    But, I hope Captain Douchebag has a nasty food allergy!  C'mon Anni kick Ponytail's butt!

  • amanda damron

    LOVE THIS!!!!

    KYLE!!! don’t let duncan do it on his own!!! kyle should come back and take revenge for his ruined DATE!!!!!

    • Erica

      maybe they’d know immediately who he is upon using his powers!! and who knows, maybe kyle is too dependent on his fire than his own physical strength? D:

    • VanQuinn

       He should come back naked… so no one can see him. *snickers*

      • Becky


  • I’ve been wondering for a while whether Young Protectors – like Artifice – has reached the point where more often than not it would get a bonus page each week, but I deliberately held off celebrating until we had ten bonus pages in a row.  So now I’ll just jump up on the virtual table and do a little internet victory dance…  Kudos to everybody who did/can contribute, even some of those multi hundreds of dollar donations are a bit too rich for my bank balance.
    Meanwhile, my hindbrain says that Kyle should see the nullifer as he runs past it, stop to break it, then rounds on Hunter and Killer and help defeat them, at which point Anni picks a random code name to cover Kyle’s identity with, “Well done, uh… Dark Flame. Now let’s get out of here.”  And then the word gets out about this Dark Flame character working with the Anhilator, and the other Young Protectors joke about “Who’s the better fire bender out of you two, Kyle?”, and then at some point in the future there’s this hopelessly contrived situation where Kyle has to reprogram the unstable molecules of his costume in order to put in an appearance as Dark Flame, and…
    Because my hindbrain seems to be convinced that this is a teenaged romantic comedy featuring superheroes, despite obvious age differences.

    • kungfunurse

       Um, yes please. Can I have some more?

    • KiannaLeigh

      Can I hug your hindbrain?

      Just one hug. Sure the strength and squeals of it may kill it because I’m so fan-girlishly hyped right not and thereby leave you a vegetable, but that’s okay.

      I want to hug it

    • “Dark Flame”! I love it! (Could this be Zombie Kyle’s superhero name?)

  • Jen


  • kungfunurse

    Hmm, I’m going to bet that the next page shows Kyle stopping, girding his heroic loins, and charging back into the fray.

    And Anni, I know you’re a bad guy and have nefariously devious schemes. But if having Kyle fall in with you and get sort of grey-smudged around the edges is part of your plan, I have to say that I’m all for it. I loves me a good character arc.

    ETA: just a side note – Killer, that’s terrible form with your sidekick. You obviously spent more time beating up kids for their lunch money and not enough listening to your sensei. Bad Killer. No spring rolls for you.

    • Sanbai

      Holy crap, high five to you for noticing that terrible kick too! He DOES have horrible form – right foot pointed 90 degrees too far, left arm crooked too far inward, right arm flung out backwards, torso facing straight out, not even LOOKING in the correct direction – I’m surprised he even hit Anni, not to mention with any power with that over-splayed position. (And yeah, I did get up and mimic Killer in my living room – this is why I live alone ;D). He must be on monster-steroids or have some secret strength power that lets him be super lazy and still get results…

    • David H

      Actually, I see him un-girding his loins, if you get my meaning.  Too often in fantasy stories, the character who turns invisible also turns his or her clothes invisitble.  The best example… Susan Storm Richards, Frodo Baggins and his uncle, Bilbo.  However, here, Kyle is invisible, but his clothes are not.  I don’t know if Kyle realizes that he’s invisible, but more importantly, his clothes are not – once he realizes, then off go the clothes. 

      Once he turns visible, there are still plenty of table cloths he can use to cover himself before he turns into a pumpkin at midnight.


    And Kyle, you better turn you ass back around and get back there and destroy that bullet thing. You’re supposed to be the hero here 😉

  • nebi_lan

    i just love anni so badly, i don’t care he’s the bad guy (in fact is the less important thing in here x’D) ~ so sexy and manly

  • Becky

    Save him, Kyle!!!

  • Whoelsetherealone

    Oh nooo! Now it’s the rice !

  • KiannaLeigh

     (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻︵/(.□ . )

    • Whoelsetherealone

       Kia… It’s a stupid questions I suppose, but what do you use to make those smileys?

      • KiannaLeigh

        Heh, normally I copy ‘n paste ’em from a whole huge list of Japanese emoticons. But the sight just went down recently. T_T

        no … my table flip … English keyboards can’t even make some of those symbols.

        • Whoelsetherealone

           Cooool  🙂

  • Interpolation

    Where exactly Kyle is going to?
    He is currently in China, I’m guessing that he doesn’t know Chinese, he has no Chinese currency, heck, he doesn’t even have a face right now.
    Duncan had best claim victory over stupid and stupider, else Kyle face a tricky situation.

  • grinsekatze

    mmh I am pretty sure that the whole scenario is an arrangement to win Kyle’s trust by “rescuing” him and these two guys are actually accomplices of Anni…
    Why would he provide the invisible powder just before the date??
    Anni is a very smart and sexy guy (also kinda deceiving) xD

  • DarkFeanix21

    Who needs superpowers when you can flip tables over your enemies, amirite?

  • So will the idiot patrol follow Kyle, fight Anni, or split up and do both? And when midnight comes will Kyle be in his own clothes, or naked? Because naked AND invisible might actually be a good advantage.

    Now just destroy the power dampener and we can have a REAL fight. 😀

  • ithilloke

    Come on, Kyle! Grow a pair and help Duncan out! 

  • Don’t you dare run Kyle. FIRE UP!!!!!

  • This page is kick ass

  • Kimberly Remien

    I wonder why Kyle doesn’t just pick up the little doodad on the floor and punt it until it breaks and they can use their powers.  I know I would be connecting the dots between no powers and that thing they threw at Anni’s head and is now sitting on the floor glowing blue.  IDK, just me…

    • auburncrow

      Well… lest we forget, Kyle IS very young, and he just had a huge gun shoved in his face. If he was running on pure adrenaline right now (which believe me is not conducive to rational thought unless you’ve had a lot of experience handling it), I wouldn’t blame him at all for just reacting to the undoubtedly powerful commanding timbre of Anni’s voice and doing exactly what he’s told. 

      Alternatively, he does indeed have some kind of plan in mind. I can’t wait to find out which of those options (if either) applies. 😀

  • i really can’t tell ya what made me fall to my knees (in laughter) more: duncan’s using an actual, in-universe table flip as an offensive tactic, or… …Apple Jacker’s sweatin’ to the oldies ponytail.

    since kyle is invsible (but also stripped of his powers as long as he is within range of that device), what shall he do?
    might he run out and radio in one of his comrades to help anhi out of his bind? (no of course not.)
    might he chuck some of the fallen spring rolls at the doohickey in the vain hope of deactivating it?
    or might kyle try to avoid being zapped by the force field and swipe one of apple jacker’s swords to swat the power drainer away somewhere?


    all of these scenarios rely on kyle rendering himself completely unseeable, which means he’ll basically have to streak through the streets of hong kong.
    again i declare, i’m really not seeing a downside here!

  • toli Bera

    Quick question / logic bomb: Why doesn’t Kyle do something about the suppressor thingy? he could like grab it and run so Anni can ass-the-kick. just a thought here. 

    • Chris

      I think his thought process at this point is too ‘oh crap, oh crap, ohcrapcrapcrap’ at this point to make that logical leap 😛

      • auburncrow

        That was my conclusion as well. He’s young, he’s just had a terrible fright, and I’ll bet that Anni’s voiced command carried enough alpha male vibe to send him scampering instinctively. Give him a minute or so and he might kick back into “thinking rationally” mode… but of course in battle, a minute is an eternity.

        • toli Bera

          Especially when we have to wait for half a week or more to get it x3

    • Preludetoa

       He just had a gun in his face. I think that’s the last thing he’s thinking about.

  • Chris

    Hey Alex et. al, just wanted to take a second to say something.
    It’s great that lgbt comics as a whole have become more acceptable and available, and I love that. But I think all us readers forget sometimes how hard a road it is, even online. It takes a lot of courage to break the mold and a lot of determination to make something worthwhile (because we all know talent is only half the battle). It’s brave of you all to do something different, and to do it in a way that is neither pandering now objectionable.
    This site and you guys do a lot for me: you make characters and stories in genres I love and in ways I can’t get enough of. I’ve always used to comic world as my shelter, and when I started toeing my way out of the closet, it suddenly seemed rather cold to me. It felt like I was underrepresented, like I didn’t matter. 
    The world seems small for us who love lgbt heroes; for those who love heroes *and* are lgbt. It’s expanding, and that’s amazing, but a lot of eggs still need be broken before we get to the point where all lgbt content is up to your standards. I love all webcomics, but your style and your quality really make me feel like I’m reading a *comic*, and a superhero one at that! It’s really great for those of us who are struggling and who have learned to use the superhero world as our motivation, our escape, to have stuff like this that doesn’t make us feel like the only options for us are the the few bones thrown us in the mainstream or amateur (though not saying that some of the amateur stuff isn’t plenty good). It just makes me personally feel more… recognized, I guess? Not even that; more valued.
    So thanks Alex, Adam, Winona, Veronica, the whole team! I always make sure to pass this onto my friends who are looking for similar content, and I can’t wait until my baby sisters are old enough to appreciate it too.
    Thank you!

    • This is just about the best letter I’ve had the pleasure to read in reference to a project I’ve worked on.  Thanks, Chris! 

    • Chris, I’m very touched by your comment. I grew up craving good genre stories with gay heroes and to hear that this is working for you on that level and that it’s helping you feel more recognized and valued, well, it means a great deal to me. It’s the reason I started making comics in the first place.

      Shepherding comics like this into existence does require hard work (and, yes, some bravery), but hearing back from thoughtful readers like yourself makes it all worth it. And I’m delighted to hear that The Young Protectors feels like real superhero comics to you—that’s definitely the intention here. It really is an amazing privilege to be able to work with DC/Marvel professionals Adam and Vero on this (and even when wearing my “editor’s cap”, it’s hard for me not to fanboy over the awesome art they send me.) A big reason I wanted this level of polish is because, as a gay man myself, I too believe that the effort other people put into stories about us does have a strong impact in how valued we feel as individuals. So, it makes me very happy to hear it’s working for you on that level as well.

      Thank you for the very kind remarks and for sharing your experience. (And for helping to spread the word!) I hope you continue to enjoy what we’re putting out here and that we keep hearing from you! 🙂

    • Stig Hemmer

      Hear hear.

  • Dee Dee

    So it seems Kyle’s identity has been carefully disguised all this while. 

    First, his face seemed to have been hidden from view while he was brunching with Anni. 

    Second, he’s now invisible.

    But what if he starts using his powers and he gets IDed? If so, I can’t wait for the consequences… 😛 

    And I’m still wondering what else the powder can do: will it mutate or amplify Kyle’s attacks? Oh gods… can’t wait. 

    • Damien_C

      Well at the moment he can’t because of that power neutralizer brought to the scene by the Punisher Bros. Should it malfunction or perhaps be stepped on or kicked out the window, then Kyle might need to be a bit more worried. :3

  • KYLE!!! You have to come back, and you have to do it NAKEEEEEEEEEEEED!!!

    so no one can see him, of course! 😉
    (You’re welcome Anni)

  • Kyle, we all know what’s next, to be truly invisible you have to undreeeeeeeeass. Otherwise you’re not invisible, you’re just a creepy headless suit.

    And OMG OMG he actually FLIPPED THE TABLE!!!! Win :))))))

  • I KNEW ANNI was gonna do something with that table and he did >:U

  • Whoelsetherealone

    I am wrong or Circea said earlier that Kyle’s clothes will disappear at midnight…? 

    Maybe I am becoming a bit worked up but don’t you think that Captain Tight-ass will run after Kyle and at the moment Invisible Kyle is about to be trapped in the middle of the street, he will “completely” and magically “vanish” in front of everyone’s eyes?

  • Gentlemen, will you please STOP throwing food already? What are you, preschoolers?

    • Whoelsetherealone

      We wonder… -_-‘

      By the way December.. Are you the December from O human Star ?

  • Epistasthai

    oh, man, I really feel for Kyle here. He’s suddenly involved in a serious fight for your life kinda thing, but also in danger of being spotted having a date with the “enemy”, and a gay date at that. No wonder he’s running, poor kid. But I’ll bet that as soon as he catches his breath, he’ll stop and come back. Kyle’s a nice guy, and nice guys don’t leave their companions in the lurch, even if they’re supposed to be the “enemy”. And even though I always suspect Duncan’s actions, it was sweet of him to tell Kyle to get away whilst he keeps the bad guys occupied. That’s two sweet things in a row now…

  • Yukiness

    I have not seen a table flip that epic since Teahouse. 

    • Soitgoesgirl

      TEAHOUSE FAN! Hi! 😀
      I don’t know about you but I’ve grown to see furniture abuse as a marker for good Yaoi comics.XD

      • Noriam Gutierrez

        OHH, MYY GAWWD, YES. First Rhys and now Duncanni.

  • Dracon Ra

    I wonder, does he just like to be prepared for everything or did he set this up to impress Kyle or let him believe he cares more than he does?
    I mean, he really seems to care for Kyle, but I find it hard to believe it.
    Can’t wait to see where this is going!

  • “how many spring rolls must die in the name of Justice? ಠ_ಠ”

    I laughed so hard that I scared both cats I have around. They are now looking at me as I’m completely insane. I can’t say I blame them.

  • The spring rolls are nothing compared to every grain of the $200 rice that just hit the floor.

  • Jes’ka LeBlanc

    Oh god think of the spring rolls! D: GOD now I really want Chinese food

  • Bianca Simone

    Spring Rolls? Table flips? Concerned eyeball text-faces? SHOCK AND AWE!!!!!!!!! *dramatic music*

  • Damien_C

    I just wanted to thank the author and artists for making a comic this good and letting us read it for free. This is an incredibly difficult time of year for me and I always feel great getting off work on Wednesdays and Saturdays because I know I get to come home to read Young Protectors. It’s important to me. It’s a huge bright spot in my life because it makes me so incredibly happy to not only see a gay man portrayed so well as a hero, but also as a villain. I know you guys must get tired of me constantly commenting on how well you’re portraying the storyline villains, but that is important to me. Villains have always been important to me because they make the heroes even more heroic. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it a million more- Batman would not be nearly as cool if his only villain was Polka-Dot Man. 

    As a long time lover of comics and a long time wisher that gays were more correctly and prominently displayed in comic books in a favorable and dignified light, the Young Protectors brings me a special sort of joy, and one that I really need right now.

    One last thing I wanted to say was that another reason why I especially love this comic apart from other yaoi webcomics is that it is full of things- not just feels. Other things too. I don’t have to read every page and think oh God who is going to make me feel the feels today- it’s why I’ve taken a hiatus from several other comics. I get to turn to Young Protectors and think yes! Who is going to plot a nasty plot or kick someone’s ass this page?? I get a shot of adrenaline waiting to find out what happens. I love it. I love it more with every passing page; I really do. Mr. Woolfson, Mr. DeKraker, and Ms. Gandini, you three have created something wonderful and incredibly important in my life and I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart. I really do. 

    • Thanks, Damien!

    • Wow. Thank you so much for such kind words, Damien_C. They really made my day when I read them. As a lover of good villains myself, I will never tire of hearing that you’re enjoying our bad guys and hearing how this comic is making your day a bit lighter means the world to me. 

      Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and kind reaction. I hope that things are as easy as they can be for you this time of year and that really good times are just around the corner for you. Take care of yourself! 🙂

      • Damien_C

        I wanted to reply to this as soon as I got it, but I’ve been so exhausted the past few days it probably would not have made sense had I tried. I just wanted to let you know that it means the world to me that you actually took the time out of your day to reply to my post and it’s given me a lot of smiles over the past few days. You could have ignored it or typed something simple but you took the time to think about a reply and that meant a lot. Thank you. 🙂

  • kittymaverick

    Given the photographic evidence provided by our dear artists, I believe we have three confirmed spring rolls death for the sake of justice. Until the current conflict resolve itself, however, we cannot confirm nor deny any specific number as the actual casualty count…ಠvಠ


  • Sooooo, the mysterious powder just turned him invisible? Wow, did I so miss the mark with my guess as to what it was meant for.

  • Beth Lebar

    Supervillain table-flipping. My life is complete.

  • SpiritravenCathaldus

    It seems Anni knew they may be attacked and made sure to be ready with the powder. Makes me wonder if he has any more tricks up his sleeve. Another awesome page and looking forward for the next one.  Great Work!

  • ….they don’t look very….asian…..did they follow them around the freakin world? these guys need to find real crime and stop date crashing.

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    Think of the srping rolls! The innocent spring rolls! T_T Oh, the travesty of it all!

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    On on another note….*if I knew how I would put the tableflip emote here*

  • Karolyn Ellis

    SO I was in China the other day eating in this really nice restaurant that took me FOREVER to get reservations for, and all of a sudden these guys burst through the walls and powder my food with drywall dust. So I FINALLY get another order of my food (because, ya’know, drywall dust ain’t exactly soy sauce) and this guy just flips my table. And then I’m like, “Okay, fine. I was done eating anyway. Geez.”

    Bottom line is, I’m never eating there again. Just putting it out there.

    • QuantumKid

       I never was fond of dinner theaters.

    • Ha! Well done. 🙂

  • Scrollofnevaeh

    kyle shoud just take all his clothes off and then they wont see him so he can just kick their asses that way 😉

  • OnyxLight

    This cannot update fast enough for me!! 

  • GAAAAAH Have a face full of DimSum bishes !!! (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)

  • The TableFlip of Death!! They never saw it comming.
    They’re kind of douches really, dunno why they call themselves “heros”…is that’s what they are.

  • Hunny

    The super heros are kinda dicks xD

    • Curt Clark

      These guys remind me of 90s-era Image superheroes. Which is to say, not really ‘heroes’ at all.