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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 36

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Hmm. Looks like Killer’s not messing around…

Merry Christmas, y’all!


The twelfth bonus page in a row! And look below, we’re already at $167 towards the next bonus page!

Special thanks go out to long-time supporters Zachary B. (who makes their second generous donation to The Young Protectors!), Huriana P. (who makes their third generous donation to The Young Protectors!), Angie A. (who makes their fourth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) & Megan S. (who makes their seventh generous donation to The Young Protectors and second in the same week!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters Christian W. & Keely C. for their generous donations over the last few days!

Big hugs go out to new friends of The Young Protectors Jill H., Sam K. & Jessica S. and long-time friend Josefine P. for their super-generous $25 donations! (And this makes Josefine’s third super-generous donation to this comic!)

Superhero-strength hugs go out to new super-friend Melinda K. for their amazingly generous $50 donation!

And finally, ZOMG, deeply humbled, deeply grateful heart-fillled-with-joy hugs and a leaping cheer go out to long-time mega-friend Safiya M. who made their eighth stunningly generous donation to this comic and whose $100 donation put us over the top for this bonus page! Thank you so, so much Safiya!

Thank you all so much! I can’t think of a better Christmas present for me to get than the ability to share another page of this action scene with you ahead of time. You all have given this comic such amazing support throughout this year and I was so glad to get all your kind holiday wishes in the comments. I feel very lucky to have such awesome, thoughtful readers. I really do. 🙂

Oh, and a reminder to those of you near Kansas City—Winona and I are going to be special guests at Ahn!Con, January 11-13, 2013 at the Conference Center at Ramada Kansas City. We’ll be signing some advance copies of Artifice and giving panels. I really hope some of you’ll be able to come by and say hi!

So! Killer’s slicing and dicing and The Annihilator’s backside is up against a hard place. Can our dapper villain rally and win the day? Tune in this Saturday to find out!

Hope to see you there! 😀

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! Edit 12/28/12 6:20 PM: You are AMAZING! The donation bar has just tipped over the target so that means that in addition to our regular updates tonight (page 37) and next Saturday (page 39), there will be a bonus update (page 38!) this Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013! Thank you so much! I hope to see you there! 😀

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  • SpiritravenCathaldus

    So worth the wait 🙂 Go Anni Go! Gotta love a guy who knows how to kick butt lol.

  • Aryn Reid

    Oh no! The suit! 

    • Caffienated

      Aaaw No! Not the suit! We knew ye well good suit! 

    • And you just know it wasn’t a rental. Even odds we just found Anni’s Limit Break..

      • strangeangel24601

        Ha ha, Exalted!

  • KrisYWC

    Makes me think of The Matrix. 

  •  Oh now he’s gone and done it! Bad enough they interrupted his first date with Kyle, but now Ninjerk sliced the Annihilators threads! Kick ass, Anni!

  • I love that moment when Anni readjusts his bowtie… perfect timing, really.

    (Not to mention he looks quite dashing when he does.)

  • I hope in the next comic we go back to kyle, he was in the process of taking off his clothes and i would really like to “see” him fight naked.
    My prediction is that Kyle defeats Hunter and Annie defeats Killer and when they “meat” up Kyle’s invisibility will wear off and he will be naked from head to toe in front of Annie and his response would be “HOTDOG!!, look what we got here.
    The joke is in the hotdog, think about it ppl.

  • Also, yay page to round out Christmas evening! Hope everybody (and you and yours, Alex and crew) had a great one!

    It’s possible that I’m full if wine and good cheer right now! *^^*

  • look at grampa showing off his Disco Dance Moves in panel three!

    quick! someone draw up a fan art of anhi at a discotheque busting some more moves under a glowing set of balls!
    (i’ll add the bishie glitter myself!)


    you’ve dun-done it now..

    ..duncan is totally going into RAGE MODE now that you’ve ruined his tux!

    then you can join the spring rolls in the morgue, with your Tony Pilates ponytail!

    • hapax

       “Look at grampa showing off his Disco Dance Moves in panel three”


      Well you can tell
      by the way I fix my tie
      I’m a man’s man
      and it”s time to die
      Spring rolls squished and my  date has fled
      I’m kicking ass
      and you’re so dead

      And now it’s all right, it’s ok
      and you might want to run away
      You can try to understand
      A ruined tux’s effect on man

      Whether you’re a hunter
      or whether you’re a killer
      Try stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
      Soon my boyfriend will be flamin’
      and your partner he’ll be blamin’
      Good luck stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive


      I am SO OLD….

      • LimpBiskit

        Oh My GOD. Now I hear that in my HEAD you fiend!

      • KiannaLeigh

        There needs to be an audio file of this. Seriously!




        whe-ther you’re a flamer or whe-ther you’re a gramper you gotta stay alivestay alive
        feel the spring rolls breakin’ and tables flippin’ because they gotta stay ALLLLIIIIII-I-I-IVE—I-I-VE


        you’re goin’ nowhere.. ..and nobody’s gonna help ya (yeah)
        you’re goin’ nowhere…and no one’s gonna help ya (yeah)


        HEH (HEH {HEH})??


        HEH HEH (HEH HEH)?!


        (YEAH!) ♪♪

    • KiannaLeigh

      Did I hear a call for fan-art?!

      I’M OFF!

      • (i knew you’d take the bait!)

        hey sis!
        i look forward to seeing what you make!

        • KiannaLeigh

          Ah! I’ve been baited!

          Oh well. More YP fan-art isn’t a bad thing.

        • KiannaLeigh

          And now this* exists.


  • DarkFeanix21

    Looking very dapper indeed in the fourth panel, Duncan. I’m certainly impressed, and can’t wait to see what else he can do without his powers.

  • I love these so much! But how do you manage to get so many people to donate THAT much to the comic all the time? I know a lot of really good comics that could use that kind of love (not necessarily love centered but good!). How’d that come about for you, Alex?

  • CommodoreZelda

    Of course Duncan can defend himself even without his superpowers. Killer’s no match for him.

  • angelica passatempo

    Oh wow… Anni’s GETTING NAKED TOO!!!!!! NAUGHTY BOYS!!! This is only your first date! I knew I’d love this even better;-))


    All that jumping around among the spring rolls and flowers that fell in the fight (may they rest in pieces) and not a single splatter or broken stitch in that tux… and he just broke it beyond repair.

    Anni can’t walk away from this with his distinguished look intact now so why even try? So Anni…

    (Uhm, I’m not blood thirsty right now.. much)

    • TravelerOfWebcomics

      … May they rest in “piece”… literally.

      • *lol* .. my little change was intentional. Happy someone noticed even though I wrote in ‘piece’ and not pieces as I intended to 🙂
        Your answer made me notice it.

        • TravelerOfWebcomics

          I have read your comments on a few different things, I believe before on Teahouse? It did not seem like an unintentional gaff, knowing you and your reputation for being… “well articulated”, was what I believe someone once referred to you as.

  • Lady Mania

    I am so relieved it didn’t come out as “So you can stop pretending now” But the Tux! Not the Tux he looks so good in that thing!

  • Samantha Siegel

    He did not just cut that extremely awesome suit. OH NO HE DIDN’T.

  • First the spring rolls, and now the tux.  THE CASUALTY LIST GROWS.

  • elijah elquest

    I really thought this page way going to be them fraternizing because this was planned all along.

  • No super strength? That’s cool, Anni knows several martial arts.

    OH NO! Killer cut up his tux! Now he will PAY it’s one thing to threaten a man, but to threaten that man’s date AND ruin his tux…Well that is just not kosher!

    Oh I am so excited to see what happens on Saturday.

    FYI- It’s BOXING day Alex, now MARTIAL ARTS day. XP Happy Boxing day all!

    • TravelerOfWebcomics

      … Oh shit n—-, it’s gettin’ “not kosher” up in this bitch!

      • KiannaLeigh

        My inner self just fell on the floor with laughter. C-8

      • I laughed so hard at that I think I might have woken up my family. XD

  • Is it just me or was Duncan trained in Tiger Style…?

  • Dee Dee

    Damnit, Duncan you should’ve grabbed his sword instead(yes, yes, I know how this sounds). 

    • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

      I think we all agree with whatever you weren’t going for there. 😉

    • KiannaLeigh

      OMG! That would hurt. I mean, image the look on Killer’s face when Duncan just reaches over and grabs his sword in his iron grip. He’d be all:
      “You just grabbed a blade with your bare hand! There’s blood everywhere!”

      ha … had you going there for a second, didn’t i … XD

  • I consider it at once sweet and sinister that Duncan waited until Kyle was gone to show off his mad skillz.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Well, for a moment I thought Killer was in on the whole thing with Duncan. Can’t say I am disappointed this wasn’t all for show.

  • THAT SUIT WAS WESTWOOD YOU UNCOOTH BARBARIAN!!!!!!! on another note you go Anni, kick some ass and go save your little lover boy lol

  • …why am I suddenly seeing this scene go like the one between Zorro and Zeta-Jones’ character in The Mask of Zorro?  Because I am.

  • ithilloke

    Uh oh…he slashed the tux. He slashed the TUX!! There will be consequences!

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    He jumped over the sword! Anni is awesome. <3 He is totally gonna kick Killer's ass.

  • zacharyRI

    Thanks for the shout-out, Alex! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

  • TravelerOfWebcomics

    //scrolls through comments

    Well, no one asked how that sword felt after slicing that suit’s iron hem.

    //shot for Campaign reference

    • KiannaLeigh

      No shots. Lots of Lols!


      • TravelerOfWebcomics

        //bows because can

        Thank you!

        //takes all LOLs for someone else’s joke

  • I would probably support, if it showed actual sex, or nudity, but much like the last comic I’m sure there will be none. I don’t know why you cant show any, I mean it is a yaoi comic

    • AeeDee

      That’s a shallow reason to not support a title…. how disappointing.

      • amanda damron

        i agree that is a really stupid reason to not support. besides hun you r soarly out numbered we love this!  and like airboy obsrssed said yaoi isn’t just about sex. i really love that this has a plot and it is really sufisticated (ms).

        besides this is really early into this comic to be sprouting that you don’t like it i just read the proluge and fell in love!! besides Alex even stated that this is a multi-chaptered comic. i think 5 chapters is what i read but don’t hold me to that i’m not 100% sure. if anyone is please tell me.

        i have to say Alex is a master of storytelling because i love his stories and even though i haven’t read everything he has written yet i feel confadent enough to claim this is some of the best i’ve ever read.


        • TravelerOfWebcomics

          “Sufisticated”… It would seem this is a conflicting sentiment.

    • KiannaLeigh

      That is a seriously stupid reason not to support something. I mean, have you read the story? It’s amazing. And if you don’t think that, that’s okay. You don’t have to. And you don’t have to support it. But professing the reason to be lack of nudity, especially when the story hasn’t progressed to a point where that wouldn’t be weird, especially in the comment section where fans and supporters of the comic will see your statement and get sort of pissed, especially this far into the comic, especially when in the FAQ the creator of this says this isn’t a super smut ‘n sexy fest, is just plain foolish on so many levels.

    •  Yaoi isn’t all about sex. Well, perhaps to the unintelligent, it is…but I’ll say again…yaoi is not all about sex.

    • While I can understand your desire to see some sexy yaoi involving sexy man-sexing, just because this story hasn’t gotten to it in the first pages doesn’t mean a story is not worth reading.  Point of fact, you are arguing against an actual STORY, not a plot-less wonder like several other works I could name.  While I am sorry that you wouldn’t want to read something fun like this that develops character personalities, may I respectfully suggest that you go to a website like Yaoi-Heaven, or ygallery, for your fix instead of badmouthing something you don’t appear to have read?  I wish you well.  I also hope you come back and get sucked into this story.  Perhaps all our worldviews will expand.

    • JM

      If a butt is all it’s going to take to get you to support, there are a number of other comics you could be donating to. I like this one so much (and the last one) because sex is not the main focus. Yaoi is boy-love and homosexual themes, not smut. It’s this confusion that actually ruins many otherwise great comics. 

    • coyoteconscious

      If you want to see sex and nudity, go google it. There’s tons of smut, if all you want is smut. If you want a good story, and engaging characters, there’s this.

      • TravelerOfWebcomics

        After reading this I literally google image searched “sex and nudity” followed by “penis”. “Sex and nudity”… meh. “Penis” scared me. It scared me a lot.

        STOP JUDGING ME. //flail

    • TravelerOfWebcomics

      Try Starfighter. Sex, and I’m not sure exactly what the hell it’s about.
      Lol some space fags or some shit.

  • KiannaLeigh

    Talk smack while straightening your tie. LIKE A BOSS!

    Also, Alex your “tune in next time” announcer voice gets better every week. Haha.

  • Ok, that hit on Anni is disturbing, considering the angle of his legs compared to his body, but the lack of blood is…comforting? Not sure… >_> Saturday pls come soon!

    • That move on Anni reminds me a lot of an Argentine tango dance move.

  • I love Duncan…I shouldn’t but I do.  Something tells me Kyle feels this way too. :9

  • As a stressed and frankly depressed student with nothing to do for the winter, I live for these updates. Thank you and your artists for your hard work on this, Alex. This update is excellent.

  • “Kick her in the balls!”
    …Not sure why that line came to mind.
    But no matter how evil or psychotic somthing is-or psychotically evil-a swift kick can work wonders for their…unruliness.

    • LimpBiskit

      Bwahaha that’s right up there with “Quick, change the channel!”
      But personally, I’ve always wondered about the effectiveness of a villain who allows the hero to either pose or make long speeches. Like in, say, Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragonball, etc. I mean, come on. Long as hell transformation-speech-jutsu routine? Change it up a little with a quick kick in the cooch. Problem solved, universe saved, springrolls spared and general felicitations. And physical therapy. And possibly plastic surgery. But you know.

  • coyoteconscious

    I’m waiting to see what happens to the other guy, once Kyle realizes he’s out of range of the power suppressor, and can make all the fire he wants to.

    • amanda damron

      i agree that is exactly what i was thinking!!! saturday can’t come fast enough!!!

  • Dee Dee

    But this is still not good, Duncan’s back up against the wall. 🙁 

  • TravelerOfWebcomics

    Random little thought while I’m here: since Kyle’s clothes didn’t burn up when he did the flame-y thing ( [S] Kyle: Do the flame-y thing /LOL ), does that mean stuff he’s touching when he does aforementioned action not burn…? If so, I’m already awaiting a flaming kiss.

  • amanda damron

    he ruined his suit!!!!!! OH CRAP!!! pony-tail just made his second worse of the night. right behind ruining duncan’s date!!!!!

  • Whoelsetherealone

    Cool! Annie is getting undressed too… More and more interresting ^^

  • Ryn

    nakie time for kyle! and maybe for duncan to. are all their dates going to be this exciting?

  • TravelerOfWebcomics

    “Anni” is certainly not the most manly nickname. Now I’m imagining Duncan singing “Tomorrow”… And he’s in the little outfit too… 
    Brain, why?

  • TravelerOfWebcomics

    I’ll camp. Hell, why not?

  • xLizardx

    This is kind of cool:

    Let’s hope it’s not just tokenism. Robinson seems to express some of the sentiments Alex has though, regarding gay superheroes and role models, so it sounds promising 🙂

  • xLizardx


  • xLizardx

    Because he’s manly enough to get away with it 😀

    • xLizardx

      Sorry, was trying to reply to someone else, doesn’t seem to be working 🙁

  • Jasmine Spears

    Oh crap, I’ve been away from the internets and just now read that you’re coming to KC. I live in KC. I might have to show up and harass you, Alex. “EXCUSE ME SIR ARE YOU SURE YOU DO NOT HAVE BUTTS DISEASE INSTEAD OF ARM AND CHEST DISEASE, IT IS A COMMON CONDITION AMONG FAMED WEBCOMIC WRITERS”