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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 45

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Is it mere coincidence that the most important rule of being a superhero just happens to be Wheaton’s Law? Oh, I think not.

(Hat tip to my pal @alexch [and more than a few of you in the comments on the last page] for either thoroughly knowing the Rules of Being A Superhero or my own personality well enough to call it out ahead of time.)


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Special thanks go out to long-time supporters Florine J. & Kyle F. (both making their second generous donation to The Young Protectors!) & Charles M. (who makes their third generous donation to The Young Protectors!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters N. A., David D., Janalyn R. & Monty H. for their generous donations over the last few days!

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Thank you all for your very generous support! You gave us last week off, but here we are again with a bonus page. And it’s one I’m really excited to post up early! You rock!

So! Kyle has officially kicked Hunter’s shiny, little butt. The Annihilator still seems in trouble, though! Will Kyle rush to his aid and if so, will he be able to avoid the sting of Killer’s blade?

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

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  • amanda damron

    lol love it!! DON’T… BE A…DICK!!!

  • Laurenihilation

    I like Kyle more and more as the comic goes on. He’s just so darned lovable. <3


  •  Lol, Douchebag is down for the count! Good choice of words, Mr. NakedKyle. But is he about to do what I think he’s about to do? That would be amazingly awesome if he does!

  • He’s going to grab a gun and shot that damn thing killing he’s dates super powers so he can watch him, beat the other down!

  • I wonder if, perhaps, this was all set up by The Annihilator to ensnare our young superhero?  After all, how would Anni have known to bring the invisibility powder?  How would the two vigilante thugs have known that Anni would be in China at that exact restaurant at that exact time?  Hmmm…  something seems more than a little fishy.           

     So. Many. Questions.

  • Kyle went beast on his ass and now go save your man!!!


  • Preludetoa

     Predicting that Kyle save Anni! They’re totally flipping these tropes around!

  • booklover320

    “Don’t be a dick!” Kyle says as he conveniently uses Hunter’s body and the panel dividers to hide his, lol! Kick their asses, Kyle!!!

  • CommodoreZelda

    I love Kyle’s confused face at seeing Duncan in trouble. Just like, “Huh? Is that really happening?” Hilarious.

  • toli Bera

    Wait… my map is off here… wasn’t kyle further away? because he was running corners and stuff to get away. how did he turn and suddenly be less than 20ft from where he started?

    • Niggle

      I’m gonna say he was turning corners and went around the block. Otherwise I’m not going to care, even though I care about that sort of detail. XD

    • Feverfew_M

      I thought the same thing! How the heck did he end up in front of the restaurant after all that running and turning corners? I guess he must have run around the building or something. If this the window Hunter and Killer came through, that would make sense, as I seem to remember he left in the opposite direction of that window.
      Well, at least he doesn’t have a long way to go to save Anni’s ass from Killer’s swords. Good thing ’cause Anni looks like he could use a little bit of help, there.

  • Yeah!! Get in there and go save your man Kyle! <3

  • Historically “don’t be a dick” has NOT been rule #1 of superheroes. 😉 

    (Case in point, Superman: 
    In all seriousness, though, I am loving Kyle as a character more and more! 

    • KiannaLeigh

      Wow … Kinda hard to like Superman now …..

  • Interpolation

    Kyle, don’t get overexcited, if you get the Dick’s visible blood on you it will screw with your invisibility.

    Actually, speaking of Hunterlein, why is Kyle turning around to look at him in panel 8?

    • Dracon Ra

      I’d say he’s thinking about taking his gun.
      At least that’s what I would do. Stay as far away from that sword as possible.

  • Dave .

    Take a real close look in panels 6 and 8 and you can see the red blinking thingie that is messing with their powers. It’s inside a bluish triangular aura (whatever you call it) and I think it is beckoning to our naked and invisible Kyle who has the bright idea to shoot it into smithereens (that’s a good comic book word, smithereens)…

  • Erica

    yeah stop being a dick and covering the goods. jeez. terrible super hero. terrible indeed.

  • don’t be a dick.

    unless you’re planning on using it!!!

    • KiannaLeigh

      And that was what every one of us was thinking (even if we won’t admit it). tee hee Even in the middle of a fight to the die, we have time for smut jokes. ‘Cause that’s how we roll.

      •  I have to admit, i was expecting a lot more dick jokes in the comments here.  Are we slipping, or is everyone too busy lolling?  xD

      • yes m’am!!

        (you just know kyle was thinking the same thing in the back of his mind.

        {which thus begs the question..
        ..does Hunter have a cooling system in that cybernetic suit of his??

        [i hope so..]})

  • Use the dick’s guns to shoot the glow-y pyramid!  😀

  • Yeah, honestly “being a dick” is not a very “HEROIC” thing to be. I love Wheaton’s Law. I love this comic! I am excited for Saturday.

    Kyle will save Anni right?!

  • Go Kyle, save the sexy evil guy! 

  • Will Wheaton… That certainly takes me back to when I thought Wesley Crusher was the “sexy older guy”. Oh, to be twelve again!

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      Sadly what I’ve seen of Wil Wheaton lately says he did not age well OR manage his weight well either.

      •  So he looks like most other middle-aged dudes now that he’s middle-aged?  Body judgement isn’t pretty on anyone. :/ 

        • Wayne Lunkwitz

          I guess you are right to a point…but some “middle aged” guys try to keep themselves up . I will be 50 in August and I’m doing everything I can do to avoid looking like that…the only thing I refuse to do is color my hair (I have been gray since 30)

          • Which is completely fine, but i don’t think it’s right to project your own desires for yourself (and also, your own insecurities) onto other people. They don’t deserve it. Keep your own standards, and don’t concern yourself about how others keep theirs.

      • Ryn

         Liam Neeson is experiencing the saggy man boobs now and i still want to jump him. 😀

  • Monica

    Finally some Anni again! I have missed him. But Kyle’s smooth invisible skin have been a blast! Can’t the rest of the comic stay this way? I don’t want to look his perfect smooth skin!! It look so delicious!! 

  • Being a dick can be charming, c’mon!

    Now should I make all those jokes with “Don’t be a dick, use your dick” and so on? No? Thought so.

  • Hmmm… Bottom right panel with Kyle in it. One can almost see pubes.. unless that is just a printing glitch
    Hey – I’m just observing 🙂 really

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      Possible I magnified to get a better’s either pubes or just shadowing…darn!

    • Midwestmutt

      I think its the printing , but once you see it you can’t un-see it.

  • DarkFeanix21

    Oh, wow, Kyle’s quite… fierce. I choose to believe he could do that even if he wasn’t invisible.

  • SomeoneK

    It amuses me greatly how chill Kyle is being in the middle of the street naked. I mean, ok he’s invisible, but still I’d be more than awkward at that situation!

    • CommodoreZelda

      True dat.

    • Ryn

       Kyle’s secret identity #2: nudist.

  • ithilloke

    Looks like he’s contemplating the usage of maximum fire power!

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I honestly hope he does use the gun….then even naked if he rematerializes he can turn on the REAL fire power! As for avoiding the killers blade….Proper aim from a safe distance  should be the answer to that…If the choice is heads or this case I would say aim for his head one shot placed correctly should do the trick!

  • KiannaLeigh

    Yep. Explosions are about to happen.


    Plus, anyone else notice that when given the element of surprise, Kyle beat the crap otta someone a head taller and twice as beefy as himself, butt naked and with nothing but a pipe (where did that even come from) and his bare hands. All Hunter’s cyborg-tech gave him no protection from a couple of well placed punches he couldn’t see coming. So either Hunter is a total wimp when playing on even terms, or Kyle is a BAMF when doing so. I vote for the latter! ~_^

    • Glass jaw.  The dumb, self-important ones can never take a real punch.  Heh. 

    • The brain is the most delicate organ, and his head has taken quite a beating. Still shows how much of an idiot he is though, that he would so heavily protect everything *but* his most important asset.

  • melanie powers

    Not “Protect the innocent.”
    Not “Take down bad guys without hurting innocent people.”
    Not “Do no evil.”
    Not “Fight for justice.”

    The number one rule of being a superhero “Don’t be a dick!”

    Laughed so hard at this!  Hilarious!

    •  It’s the Base Truth from which all other hero laws spring.  Not protecting the innocent?  Dick move.  Fighting for injustice?  Dick move.  Doing evil?  Definitively for dicks. 

    • Ryn

      it’s a lesson the old comic superman could have used. perhaps the tweedle twins are fanboys of the superdickery site?.

  • OMG! I forgot there would be a bonus page up today. Bad me *slaps wrist*

    Wheaton’s Law 😀 Of course Kyle will quote that one. I follwo Wheaton on twitter and he always has something to say.

    I wonder what the crowd thinks, seeing the big scrap man knocked out by.. a voice 😉

    Now to run over that pile of bad superhero and go save the supervilain. This comic is full of funny paradoxes.

    • Ryn

      seems we were in the same boat, but you remembered sooner. XP

  • coyoteconscious

    AWESOME! Kyle rocks.

  • And cue the the knight without shining armor to save Anni from…. whoever that guy is supposed to be.

    Seems like Wheaton’s Law is competing with Murphy’s Law today.

  • Liritar

    Hey, I’ve been reading this and Artifice for awhile, now, and I just got up the guts to comment. I just want to say you’re awesome. We don’t have enough stories with gay protagonists out there. I really love your comics. So very much.

  • Omg… Can’t wait TT^TT

  • Ryn

     big boomers!

    let’s hope he doesn’t blow up his date along with the power scrambler thinga-ma-jig. i could have sworn he’d ran further than that, no wonder his was still in range of the thing. anyway…*spells out ‘little bitch’ in refrigerator magnets on Hunter*

  • *Looking at the rocket launcher*
    “Why hello, gamechanger”

    I don’t care how good you are with that pointy piece of metal. Explosives>Swords. Which is why you don’t bring a knife to a rocket fight.

  • Ree

    Oh man, Kyle’s such a badass. I’m also appreciating his physiology more and more with each page. This art is really wonderful (and the writing, too!) 😀

  • semirasblossom

    lol…. cyclops isn’t a real hero then >X<

  • Mickey Phoenix

    Just re-reading this part, got to the Wheaton’s Law shout-out, and…yeah. So good.

  • Zapffe

    Maybe this is an “old school” question, but do you plant to release “The Young Protectors” in book form?