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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 42

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Tuck, roll and recover—just like Commander taught you. Well done, Sir! Now all you have to do is avoid getting your naked invisi-blue butt all shot up.

I had a really fantastic time at Ahn!Con. It was very well organized and it was so much fun meeting our readers in person. And the folks in Kansas City are total sweethearts—so warm and welcoming. (Great BBQ, too!) You should definitely add it to your list of Cons next year. 🙂


The fifteenth bonus page in a row! Amazing! And we’re at $30 towards the next bonus page!

Special thanks go out to long-time supporters Perrine S. (who makes their fourth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) & Lisa G. (who makes their tenth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters Jacob P. & Bryan H. for their generous donations over the last few days!

Big hugs go out to new friend of The Young Protectors Emily M. and also to long-time friend Marc B. for their super generous $25 donations! (And this makes Marc’s third super-generous donation to this comic!)

And finally, ZOMG, totally floored, deeply humbled and very, very grateful hugs go out to mega-friend Kelly G. for their stunningly generous $200 donation, Kelly’s second $200 donation to this comic! Holy cow! Thank you so, so much, Kelly! You’re my superhero!

Thank you all so much for your generous support! It was an amazing pleasure meeting some of you at Ahn!Con and hearing how much you’ve been enjoying The Young Protectors. We really do have the best readers in the world and I’m very grateful to you all for your support and enthusiasm. It makes all the hard work of creating and publishing a full-color comic a total pleasure!

So! Kyle survived the explosion only to wind up totally in the open—is there any way he could have survived that onslaught of bullets? And if so, this Hunter guy is relentless—how can Kyle possibly continue to stay in one piece?

Tune in this Saturday to find out. Hope to see you there! 😀

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  • Oh dear O_O
    I hope he managed to get rid of that sock and dive into cover and away from those ruined stalls…

    Splinters flying and being naked… that’s risky and can end up hurting in unwanted places (bullets too but I don’t think the comic will end just yet XD).

    Better watch your junk and your butt, Kyle, .. oki and the rest of you too.

    Besides, the bleeding a badly placed splinter can give. Kyle might be invisible on the outside, but my guess is that blood will be visible.


  • He really does not seem like the type of person I’d like to play I Spy with…
    And again, this is why I ALWAYS take my socks off first… never know when you might be chased by psychotic super’hero’ with a unnerving love of heavy weaponry, and need to turn invisible to escape his wake of destruction…. yeah… um… that’s it…


    I’m agitating for a court-martial of the sock for acts of aggravated hosiery.

    • dereule101

       More like aggravating hosiery!

  • LimpBiskit

    XD that one frame.. I thought for a second that that lady was pickpocketing Hunter 😛

    • Hehe. It does kinda look that way, huh? 😀

      • it was the first thing i thought as well

        (tee hee — ITEM GET !!)

        • LimpBiskit

          What’s in there, though? The one Ring? Jiffy Lube coupons? An Aluma Wallet?
          Or maybe a mini screwdriver set? It looks like he’d need either that or a futuristic oilcan to get going in the mornings…

  • CommodoreZelda

    His sock seems to get farther onto his foot between panels one and two…

    • Maybe at the last point of rolling, when his feet touch the ground, the sliding (very likely to happen cause of the inertia) made the friction of the floor enough to hold the light threaded social socks as his foot continued it’s path a little longer, getting a bit more into the sock?

  • fujoshifanatic

    Oh my Kyle, I guess this is one of those times where you wish you could lose that one sock rather than find its mate, huh? Hopefully that sock wasn’t attached to anything when it got sprayed by Big Freak’n’ Gun Guy. 

    Glad you had a good time at Ahn!Con Alex. There’s so few yao cons, so whenever a new one comes up and it’s done well, it’s always a good thing. Now I have more options for my tiny con budget so I don’t get bored or burnt out. 🙂

  • Erica

    lol his ass will get shot up. not in a gun type of way though. oh. it will.


    plot twist: Duncanni is the bottom.

    DUN DUN.

    jk, i hope. XP

    Serious matter, what the hell did those flowers do to you, you useless hero?? >-> Mister I’ve-got-guns-bigger-than-my-dick over here seems to be doing more harm than good ovah here! 

  • Whoelsetherealone

    Can’t help but when I read: “A sock!”, I put the voice of Tweetie Bird saying: “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!”

  • Lol, that sock is evil.

  • That evil sock now if only he would move his leg

  • HannahDJA

    I SPY A SOCK. I DIED. RIGHT THERE. WHO TURNED OFF THE OXYGEN I CAN’T BREATHE!!! xDDDD I don’t know WHY the hell it is so funny, but it played out in my mind and I just… too funny. 

    • Not everyone gets the AlexHumor, but it always gives me a big smile to hear that there are other folks who share my strange brand of funny. 😉

      • Jane Bunting

         Looked funny from over here too – it’s just so… here I am big macho hero all guns blazing and I’m… playing I-Spy.  Made me laugh.

  • Lady Mania

    “A SOCK!”     … Ten minutes later my stomach hurts and my laughing has finally subsided to little giggles. Seriously that shouldn’t have been as funny as it was. I died though.

  • JJxx

    LOL, I’m impressed that Kyle managed to do a naked head-over-heels roll without showing his junk at any point! Loving this comic, can’t wait to see what happens next!

  • Damn it, sock! What have you done? Whaaaaaat!

  • Preludetoa


  • DarkFeanix21

    It’s so strange imagining what this page would look like from Buzzcut’s POV; just a sock, hanging in mid air.

    And then he shoots it.

  • Gun-toting loon walking around, blowing up the place, and people are still standing around to watch?

    • Marvin_Arnold

       They’re busy taking pictures. Perfectly normal behaviour…

  • Liking the kids costume, hope he doesn’t have to fight anywhere cold though!;)

  • Yukiness

    I have missed so much (because school) that I feel a little ashamed for not being up to date. Happy to come back to a naked Kitty kat though.

  • Awesome just got  hook, i been trying to find a awesome american man/man to get hooked on! And then bam someone request that i read this and it blew my mind!

  • Sanbai

    I feel for ya Kyle, doing rolls on pavement during Aikido always hurt my head too!

  • zoe macey

    In the Third panel it looks like shes pick pocketing him 🙂 oh I would love to see that, Amazing page. 

    • Caitlin Raun

       I actually had to stare at it to make sure she wasn’t! It’s a phone now that I squint, but I had a hope that this was the intro for the Chinese Superheroes. I need a flash grenade to switch into my costume behind! Or something..

    • amanda damron

      i would love to see that!!! lol!!!

  • Ryn

    Damn that sock! XD

    i would ask what the Chinese government thinks of these to morons running around and blowing up their cities, but i think they’re to scared of what they’d do to them.

  • so you’re supposed to be a good guy, mon’frere?

    for some reason i am not quite convinced of this.

    let’s compare what we’ve seen you do, against duncan, shall we:

    flower murder
    being a Creeper
    breaking and entering (non-sexual)
    destruction of property
    not being any part of a tsunami/”red hot”/titanium titillator four-way
    spring roll murder
    spouting clichèd lines
    being Cantankerous and Ornery

    and duncan?

    making puppy dog eyes
    Dressing To Kill
    conspiring to seduce youth

    clearly i must be in an alternate universe, where “good guy” is rather liberally defined.

  • Maybe Kyle dies in this prologue and Anni’s grief sets him off on a grim quest for vengeance.  This whole opening chapter has just been a huge fake out.

    • 🙂

      • Feverfew_M

         Never has an innocent little smiley looked so sinister…

  • Monica

    I really hate those guncrazy guys…. Not even the shiny metal can help them… they suck!! 

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Kyle simply MUST survive this… is just not right to see him go down in flames he had no control over!
    Alex I thank you for the midweek updates…right now I need the diversion…but PLEASE don’t let Kyle go down this way!

    • xLizardx

      I’m guessing he will suddenly regain his control at this crucial moment 🙂

      • Wayne Lunkwitz

        The more I think about it Kyle could disappear amid the flames and this guy ,having helped him to remove the offending sock won’t even know what happened.

    • You’re very welcome, Wayne. 🙂

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  • KiannaLeigh

    Those are some fantastically fitting socks.

    Also. It’s totally naked time.

  • sunset gal

    when do a page come out? like every week or something?

    • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

      On Saturday every week, and than again on tuesday if the bonus page meter is met, which…it almost always is. So really, two pages a week. XD

      • Technically, I commit to releasing the bonus pages on Wednesday. But I do try to put it up early if I can. 🙂

  • Just got to thinking… Alex, really think you should patent the term “Invisi-blue Butt”

    I forsee a massive market for this. 😛

  • JamesA

    The sock is hilarious. And nice “invisible man” treatment. Really liking that.

    • Me, too. I love how Vero creates that invisible effect (and props to Adam for having to draw each panel twice—with Kyle on a separate layer). I had a hard time finding reference examples of what I wanted so she had to create the effect based solely on my written notes. Totally nailed it, IMHO. 🙂

  • Katana_X

    Wonderful “good guy”: shooting at people who sit with “villains” for shits and giggles. This jackass has NO REASON to try to kill Anni’s date. Maybe he just met a nice barista at Starbucks and was trying to impress him! Ugh.

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    Socks. I tell ya’. They are out to get you.

  • God I am so SICK of this guy!

    Like I love the conflict he represents etc, but he is such a douchenozzle. I am so sick of him.

    I wonder if Kyle is okay?!

  • caelei

    It would be funny if right when Kyle finally got all his clothes off the invisible whatever-it-is started to wear off. All that work for nothing!

  • Bethany Palmer

    That I spy comment made me laugh way too much 😀

  • my brain is so bad i misread sock for something totaly diffrent although i am starting to think you did that on purpose just so all the people with naughty brains get caught out 😛

  • I just have to mention that even though this “hero” is a gun-crazy douchebag, he sure knows how to walk! He looks as if walking down a runway. Fancy!

  • Wow, this guy is a right royal bastard. He doesn’t even know who this kid is that he’s trying to kill. The kid could be an innocent for all he knows but he doesn’t care, not to mention all the other civilians around and in the way. Where are some actual good guys to put a stop to all of the carnage?

  • *A wild Hunter approaches…
    *Hunter attacks!
    *Lone Sock nimbly dodges Hunter’s attack!
    *Flower Pot it killed by Hunter’s attack!
    *Spring Rolls flee the battle!

    (I recently started playing RPGs again…if you couldn’t tell.)

    • I applaud your geekery, good Sir.

      • Videogame RPGs of course, not the tabletop kind. So I’m significantly less geeky than I could be. Or so I like to think.

  • Shasarazade

    Okay, we need some REAL superheroes to show up and stop these assholes. Not only did they destroy TWO BUSINESSES to get to their villain, but they’re putting lives in danger chasing a teenaged superhero. Kyle and the Annihilator WEREN’T DOING ANYTHING WRONG.

    • Well Kyle wasn’t really doing anything wrong, but the Annihilator is an infamous super villian. “Not doing anything wrong” and “Super Villian” don’t really go together in a sentence. Unless, of course, that sentence is: “The megalomaniacal super villian said he was not doing anything wrong by holding the city hostage with his death ray, but everyone knows he is full of it”. ..Or something like that.

      • seekmore

        Yeah, but rampaging through a city in the middle of the day with deadly weaponry isn’t conducive to preventing civilian casualties. If you have to destroy half a city to capture one villain who wasn’t even committing a crime at the time, I think a lot of people would rather just let him go for now.

        Superman doesn’t go around destroying every building Lex Luthor happens to be in, does he?It’s simple risk vs. reward.Not only are these guys ineffective at crimefighting(or bounty hunting, which seems more likely), they’re destroying lots of people’s jobs, homes and putting them in a lot of danger just to stop the dastardly Anarchist from eating dinner.

      • kaycee1967

        Um… how do we know he’s a meglomaniacal super villian?  The story and backstory of Annihilator is rather limited. How do we not know that his feelings for Kyle isn’t leading him down another path or that these two ‘self righteous’ “good guys” are not the bad guys in all this?

        Life, or the comics, isn’t so black and white (barring the printing).

        • Well then I guess it’s a good thing I never said I was talking about the Annihilator in that sentence. huh? You’ll also notice there has been no reference to him holding a city hostage with a death ray in the comic (yet).

  • Meghalodon

    Anyone else start laughing their ass off at BLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAM

    No? Maybe you have to say it aloud like I did

  • Love the struggle with the sock. Very artistically and tastefully done. The I Spy comment is awesome. And absolutely LOVE the look on Kyle’s face. I’m so glad we can “see” Invisi-blue butt. 😉 I’m in agreement you should coin the phrase. He’s got such adorable expressions and happy we can continue to see them even while he’s Invisi-blue. 🙂

  • MalikTous

    Real ‘good guys’ identify their target before firing. These two vigilante-wannabes are great examples of why everyone hates vigilantes and why real heroes seek training – and they just might get Annihilator to go ‘anti-hero’ vice ‘villain’ and register with some legal interest as ‘security’ where he gets paid a wage…

  • Midwestmutt

    I see Hunter is going to get a lot of air time with all those phones taking vids of him.

  • “how can Kyle possibly continue to stay in one piece?”

    Throw all that fire back down the barrels of the guns.  When Annihilator tries to fly, such all the flame from his rockets when he’s oh, 20 feet up.

  • I find it odd that during the roll the sock is halfway on his foot, but then in the next panel it’s fully on his foot again… 

  • Noriam Gutierrez


  • omg this is amazing

  • marie

    Heehee! Love the visual humor with the clothing struggle and lingering sock.

  • Zephyr10101

    what a douche. no regard for civilians