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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 38

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Looks like Hunter’s bringing the fireworks. And as for what I’m bringing:


The lucky thirteenth bonus page in a row—a perfect way to celebrate the arrival of 2013!

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Thank you all so much for your support! Not only are the holidays usually tight for folks money-wise, but people tend to be on the Internet a lot less. Yet you continue to support bonus pages every week! I feel tremendously humbled and grateful that we have such awesome, generous readers. You’ve given me the best year ever in 2012. I very much hope this New Year treats you all to much love, happiness and success! You deserve it! 🙂

So! We’ve just left The Annihilator on what is (in my definition) the first real cliffhanger page of this comic and it looks like Kyle is in a tight spot of his own! Will he live through his first encounter with this “hero”? Will ‘sploded flowers become the new spring rolls? And will “Invisibility” ever be listed as a trope on The Young Protectors TV Tropes page? Tune in this Saturday to find out!

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  • This page is beautiful!

    I think I would strip faster if I was being shot at, though. 🙂

  • toli Bera

    So…. not so concerned with the human terrain huh? well. that’s a heroic thing. 

  • OH MY i can’t wait for more.

  • amanda damron

    DAMN IT KYLE!!!! FLAME ON!!!! you know he has to be far enough away from that ball thing now.

    man i do not like cliff-hangers!!! duncan is in trouble, kyle is having a clothing malfunction that defantly needs duncan’s attention, and they are both in paral….

    RAWR!!!!!! NEED MORE PAGES!!!!!

  • booklover320

    Kyle really needs to start wearing those pants that come apart when you pull on them.  Come to think of it, Kyle wearing that type of pants would come in handy in more than one situation…

    • Ryn

       stripper pants lol

    • LimpBiskit

      He left those pants at home. Because he’s already selfconscious about how pornstar his name is, remember? But I agree. There should be always the breakaway pants and some cheesy music.

  • Caught up! This got REALLY intense!!

    I really like this comic. It’s adorable and well-drawn and very entertaining. And it’s making me care about superheroes?!? Whoa!?? I didn’t know what to expect, but I am thoroughly satisfied.

    ….by which I mean, I want more!!

  • fujoshifanatic

    Thought I’d check in early for the update and was handsomely rewarded. 😀

    Uh, Kyle, I see London, I see France, I (and more importantly, Angry Buzzcut dude with the big ass guns) see your running dressy pants! Strip faster please; it’ll help us both. ;-P

    Maybe the invisibility thing is cancelling out his ability to flame on? If so, that would really suck; he could use a big, long, flaming dragon right about now (not the one Anni was referring to before they were interrupted–at least not yet).

    This is all so exciting! I hope Anni will be okay (hee!). Now I’m off to prepare for back to work (ugh!) after I offer a moment of silence for all those gorgeously drawn flowers on this page. May you offer solace and beauty to the spring rolls in the hereafter.

    • Ryn

       score for flaming dragons!

  • How is Hunter’s arse not on fire? O_O

    • LimpBiskit

      This right here. I dunno why but it completely made my day.

    • Yukiness

      He used Flame Awaaaaaaay!, the ass retardent spray, currently available in a travel sized can!

  • Ryn

     shoot all the bystanders!  _0O0/

  • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

    Yeah, who needs Civilian Protection rules and all that sort of things?

    … These guys fail at Superhero 101. Thoroughly.

    Anyhow, I’m really fond of that page. The way the panels are arranged, the near absence of dialogue that enhances tension… That is perfect action-flick material, here- with flowers on top.

    Oh, and I wish you all an amazing 2013. Have fun! 🙂

    • Kit the Coyote

       I’ve got the feeling these guys fall more in the vigilante/mercenary class than hero.

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        You’ve got a point, there.
        They’re still civilians, however. I’d like to see the story go so that we get to know a bit more about the place “Supers” hold in regard to “Non-Supers” in this universe. We seem to have acknowledged already superpowers were a perfectly established, if not common, thing, but does that mean they have power on the nation(s)? I’m quite curious about that.
        But first things first – I’m eager to see Anni and his Red Hot getting out of this mess. And I’m hoping for a payback for the murder of so many innocent flowers and refined dishes. Not to mention Anni’s arm *growls*

  • ED

    First thing I said when I saw this page:  those poor flowers.  None of the brightly colored inanimate objects in this comic know what’s coming to them.

  • First it was the spring rolls, now the poor flowers?

    Also, ouch. Landing on your bare torso must be rough.

  • Alas, the flowers have joined their brethren spring rolls in Nirvana or Valhalla or um wherever it is they go to when ingloriously gunned down!  
    Kyle, I know you might be a bit shy about stripping in public, but you really need to shuck those clothes faster or you’re gonna join the flowers and spring rolls in the Here After!

    Oh and Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope 2013 brings us more happiness, love, and yaoi! Thank you, Alex, Adam, and Veronica for bringing us this wonderful webcomic!

  • DarkFeanix21

    For some reason it’s that first panel that stands out the most to me: everything from the brightly coloured flowers (we hardly knew ye!) to the way Kyle’s jacket is flying back behind him, it just really caught my eye.

  • Laurenihilation

    Yoooooou tease. 
    ;D Seriously though, the anticipation for what happens next is killing me! 

  • Flo_over

    I am reminded of the story of the pale green pants with nobody inside them by Dr. Seuss in The Sneetches and Other Stories.  In the end, even pale green pants with nobody inside them need love too…

    • LimpBiskit

      But this is different because Anni is most definitely trying to get inside these pants… #TwistedFairytales  #CorruptingYourChildhood  #HoorayForDrSeuss

  • WHAT.. what kind of hero IS he supposed to be?
    I mean, look at all them pretty flowers he kills..and with the way he shoots there might even be a human casualty in between too.

    ALL those pretty flowers -that is nooo hero *nu-uuh*

    Now bring on naked Kyle in that teasing way you know it’s gonna be 😉
    We’ll know he’s naked but you’ll have his parts covered by something.. anything *lol*

    If not anything else available, you know it’s gonna be a speechbubble XD

    Bring on the teasing nudity!

  • Why hasn’t Kyle tried to use his powers since he isn’t around that device anymore? If he can use then, how about he fire up and smoke that ***hole.

    • risk of them recognizing his powers

    • HermeticallySealed

       It’s possible that he hasn’t learned (or grown enough) to use them without concentration. It may also not have crossed his mind that he was out of range (he is still a newbie after all).

      • I think in large part Kyle is just out of his league here. Also there is the issue of range, guns have a lot more range than handflung fire generally. He’s rightfull concerned with the difficulty of not getting shot.

    • amanda damron

      i was thinking that to ut they may be right. he might have touble controling his powers do to his age and new hero status, and also to the being new he is probly more use to saving people in paeral… just not himself when he is in danger.

  • Nicholas Grimes

    I’ve been a reader of yours since the beginning of Artifice, but I’ve never commented until today. I’m compelled to say that the colours on this page are beautiful! Also, I’d like to say a big thank you for bringing Kyle into the world. He’s smokin’.

    • KiannaLeigh

      The fire-user is smokin’? HA. Nice one!

      • Nicholas Grimes

        Duh 😉

  • Ayella

    Happy New Year!
    Wow, with a ‘hero’ like hunter, I’d like to see the villains of this story in action.  

  • DoktorNauk

    I’m torn. I want him to strip because sexy, but I also don’t because it would be so awkward.

    • KNT609

       I feel the same

    • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

      Yeah, I can totally see it…as soon as the pants are off he escapes into a crowd…where the invisi-powder wears off. ><

  • bibliophile41

    Endangering civilian lives!

    …typical superhero…

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  •  Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!!!!

    • KiannaLeigh

      Umm … you excited bro?

  • KiannaLeigh

    Kyle’s gettin’ naked! Oh yea! Happiness is mine!

    • Whoelsetherealone

      What time is it?

      It’s NAKED TIME!!

  • hapax

    Y’know, I’m sure that we’d all like to see Kyle in all his, er, flaming glory, but have y’all noticed that he is still wearing his shoes?

    Seriously, trying to yank off pants over shoes whilst running for one’s life may lead to hilarious pratfalls, but increasing one’s chances of survival, not so much.

    Planning, little hero.  First, off with the shoes.  Then, off with the trousers.  Then on with the flames.  Then OFF WITH HIS HEAD!

  • Midwestmutt

    Given that many chinese still firmly believe in ghosts/spirits the ‘sight’ of Kyle has to be as frightening as the barrage by Hunter.

  • Never

    Is anyone else wondering how long this invisibility is going to last…?

  • Never

    Is anyone else wondering how long this invisibility is going to last…?

  • amanda damron

    i hope this don’t put kyle off dates forever. i can see the conversation now

    duncan: so kyle where would you like to go for our second date?

    kyle: … what second date…?

    duncan: (smiles) the one that comes after the first (laughs)

    kyle: (stares) you tackled me from across the table in a very nice restuaraunt, threw some weird pixie dust in my face, turned me invisable, i had some gi joe wanna-be chasing after me through hong kong shooting at me, i had to strip naked and run through said streets, duncan… i turned visable again in front or an all girls school while they where outside….. if i ever go on a date again it will be to soon. (walks away)

    duncan: damnit

    • Stig Hemmer

      Duncan: *puppy dog eyes*

      Kyle: How about Friday?

      Kyle is smitten and we all know it.  Love makes blind.

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        …When it doesn’t make you flat out invisible 🙂

        (I actually know lots of people who would give a kidney for their dates to look like this – because going out for a coffee would be far to simple, won’t it?)

  • Yukiness

    Seeing the words “bambam” as a sound effect for the bullets tone this down for me. I don’t know much about guns, but this guy looks like he’s packing some heavy firepower. The effects of the bullet spray look amazing but the sound doesn’t sell it.
    Otherwise this page is great

  • Wow the “heroes” don’t care about collateral damage at ALL, do they?! I mean damn!

    But maybe they just hate foreigners as much as villains and so it doesn’t matter. Wow, I really hate these guys! >_<

    Alex, if this affects my critical analysis when I get back to class ….Well nothing will happen to you. Empty threat! I am very excited for Saturday!


    • Elliot Payton

      i think they’re more mercenaries than heroes

      • Of course! Why would anyone with thoe Liefeldian proportions NOT be a mercenary! Those two are so ’90s it hurts me.

  • Caitlin Raun

    Does Hong Kong not have it’s own super heroes? A nut job just attacked a restaurant and opened fire in a public place! Surely not ALL the grown up heroes are off on the Big Plot?!

  • Looking sexy there, Kyle

  • Ah, Captain Compensating… Just firing mah guns at a pair of pants running down the street, don’t mind me…

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      Thank you for that comment- Seems like I’m stuck with Hunter delivering that line with a blasé voice now, causing me to giggle nervously every five minutes or so, but heck was it worth it !

  • TheManBehindTheCurtain

    Oh please, he’s supposed to be at least somewhat professional and yet he missing that much.
    Methinks he and the other guy were tipped off by Duncan that he would be there.