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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 53

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Wait, what’s going on here? They were talking and then maybe there was some kind of hug and then The Annihilator’s hand was next to Kyle’s chest and then it’s a lot lower (WHY?!) and finally Kyle’s just looking into The Annihilator’s eyes and they’re not even saying anything! Did Kyle lose his balance and then The Annihilator caught him? Or did The Annihilator maybe lose a contact lens in the explosion and now they’re trying to find it? I’m really confused! CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT’S HAPPENING?!

Ahem.

If you haven’t heard, I’m going to be at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle this weekend, March 1-3. I’m going to be at the Prism Comics booth in the afternoons. And in addition to some advance copies of Artifice, I’m going to have some brand new The Young Protectors goodies for sale! If you think you can make it, I’d love to meet you! 🙂

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Oh, and

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The fifth bonus page in a row! Woo hoo!

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So! Their enemies are vanquished, the walls between them seem to have fallen and Kyle’s still totally naked. What could possibly come next? And will The Annihilator ever find his contact lens?

Tune in this Saturday for those answers and more! Hope to see you there! 😀

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  • Anni’s doing pretty good for trying to touch all the right parts on an invisible guy. Go Anni go!

  • That is one south of the border grab there. I like it.

  • Doesn’t everyone get a little randy after some nice life/death situations?  Woot!

    • It’s the adrenaline. Adrenaline makes your randy. It’s why zip lining is a great date!

  • xenie

    Any chance you will be at ACEN in May? *pleasepleaseplease*

    • *adds some more “please”s to this* …pleasepleaseplease? ;~;

  • Oh… Oh my… 😉

  • Love the sensual movement there and the cute opening line. I’m waiting for them to break apart in embarrassment or to embrace each other and continue from where this page left off.
    BUT you never know what you’ll get. 😉
    Thanks a million! Love the update!

  • So, if they’re “looking into each other’s eyes,” does this mean that The Annihilator really can see him?

    ***Looks like Alex fixed that mistake so that it now says, “Kyle’s just looking into The Annihilator’s eyes.” Thanks for clearing up the confusion. 🙂

    • As close as they are to one another at the moment he can feel Kyle’s breath so it isn’t that hard to figure out about where the eyes are.

  • Preludetoa

    YASSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

  • TwoWayStar

    *fans face* wooo! is it getting hot or is it just me?

  • Kit the Coyote

    Humph humph, I didn’t mean to grab you there, I couldn’t see where I was putting my hand you see.. ahh ya that’s right.

  • Suhndog

    MMMMmmmmmmm..!!!   I noticed the ‘fuzz’ in panel 4..  sigh..  mmmm
    Really like Kyle’s  ‘Oh,  mmm’  in panel 2..  Picturing myself being held, etc…  O, oops! I’m typing online..  kinda drifted there awhile  heh..  

    • KYLE HAS A TREASURE TRAIL!!!!

      • Oh thanks goodness – I thought my monitor needed cleaning again 🙂

  • ::faints::

    • Kel Z

       Summer! Send me your number so I can reach you on Sun and we can possibly meet up. You can email kelli at nuclearshroom.net (mangled to prevent autospam :D).

      • CRAP!  I didn’t check back here to do that!  I’m so sorry we missed each other at Con!

  • Suhndog

    This works for me…  blue is my favorite color!  

  • CommodoreZelda

    *cue George Takei* Ohh myyy….

  • Did somebody say… Danish translation? I’m excited about this!

    (… and, you know, the page. I’m pretty happy about that too.)

  • Shinashi

    And here Kyle realizes that though his erection is invisible, it is still very much physical, and hugs turn him on, woo!

  • Alex, WHY ARE YOU VOICING MY THOUGHTS? IT’S LIKE YOU’RE IN MY HEAD HAHA HILARIOUS, AND THE PAGE HEART RACING. I love it!

  • Large, well-dressed, battle-damaged man… making out with and fondling… air, sees every passer-by.  Hahahaha!  I’m just picturing the looks on random people’s faces.

    • Yup….not going to get that image out of my head now.

  • “Does he get the girl?!” That is one SMOOTH line. I am very excited for what will happen next and really hope these two don’t get interrupted.

    It’s like a blind man. He had to “see” with his hands. Sexy 😉

  • Whoa! Whoa!…. What is going on here?? o.O

  • Get a room guys XD

  • There is some serious grinding going on in panel 3 😀 At least hard enough to move around the fabric of Anni’s suit.

    This must look really damn funny for spectators. Come on Killer.. wakey, wakey *LOL*

    Other things from this page..
    – Seems Kyle has a treasure trail maybe.
    – Anni is a very smooth seducer.
    – Sexy level just flew towards the roof with Anni making sure to go for the good stuff .. hands Anni, hands 😉

     If Kyle is gonna go visible now.. or even better.. that this kind of contact is the ‘cure’, I’m gonna laugh so bad XD

    But for now, SEXYTIME ON!

    • fujoshifanatic

       Kyle with a flaming red treasure trail…..*splat* (runs off to clean up spontaneous nose bleed).

    • kaycee1967

      Hark! Do I hear the well timed smack on Kyle’s ass!

      “Good Boy!”

  • Shouldn’t the camera pan to a fireplace or something?

    • No, I wanna see the money shot!

    • JesterPsychotica

      Maybe….a fire crotch.

      Oh ho ho ho!!!

      ~slithers back under rock~

  • Midwestmutt

    It’s even better than Klingon opera!

  • DarkFeanix21

    It would appear that, in spite of that fancy tux, the Annihilator is no gentleman. Not that I’m complaining.

  • toli Bera

    all I can think is “HONK HONK” 

  • WWWWWWWOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!

    There going to do it against the tree.
    And when their in the middle of their love making they’re going to look to their right or left and see a family having a picnic.

  • I SEE A WANDERING HAAAAND~

    Dude, that’s like a reeeeaally nice timing for Silver I’m-Sexy’s Magic do poof out and leave our Kyle visible again, huh?

  • Thoughts of Ani grinding frantically against a tree.. Atleats that what it seems to the public’s viewpoint

    • “Hong Kong News: famed anti-hero The Annihilator apparently a rather vigorous tree-hugger…”

  • bibliophile41

    What, no butt groping?!

    Just look at it…

  • From an outside perspective that can’t see Ani’s invisible boyfriend, he looks like he’s making out with air XD

  • ithilloke

    WHY?? You’re asking why? O_O  Why NOT, I say!

  • Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.  Even in a park, there are going to be bystanders.  I’d like to see the reaction as one of them passes by Duncan as he goes through the motions among panels 2-5

  • Niggle

    This is making me giggle madly. 8D And am I the only one who thinks it’s sexy that Anni just up and grabbed him and pulled him close?

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I smiled at this…and for no reason I blushed….leaves just enough for the mind to fill in the blanks….God I love this comic!

  • Niggle

    Now I feel stupid, I never ever noticed that I could vote on TWC for this and Artifice!

  • Lithekitty

    Imagine passersby. “What’s that man doing all alone mommy?” “Don’t look honey.”

    • KiannaLeigh

      … Oh god, I made that weird insane laugh thing again. I did a double take on this as I was scrolling down the comments. Thank god I wasn’t drinking anything or it would’ve ended up up my nose …..

      • Lithekitty

         I have that effect on people. 😀 Actually, I’m surprised you weren’t drinking anything. I have this innate ability to catch people drinking and make them almost spew. It’s a talent I’m rather proud of. XD

        • KiannaLeigh

          Nice.

  • kaycee1967

    Duncan, just where is that hand going? HMMMMM? HEH HEH HEH…

    Daddy’s Boy, 😉

  • Suhndog

    Up-and-coming tongue-in-navel  Pleeeez!

  • booklover320

    *cue 70’s style porn music* Cannot wait to see what’s gonna happen next!!!

  • Oh I have such a filthy mind, I am wondering how far the invisibility thing goes… lets just as whether  Duncan will become partially invisible too in certain regions or will they bam bam bam be interrupted before I get to find out.

  • JM

    Hahaha, Alex your narrations are hilarious. I do hope Duncan finds his contact lens, those can be a bitch to replace 😉

  • KiannaLeigh

    -_- ohkay …. so they’re gonna kiss. Weirdly enough, this is the least interesting page so far in my book. Normal romantic feels are so last  year.

    LOL! ^_^ I kid! That’s just the anti-feels emo in me. Awwww! They’s so cute! Ain’t they?
    ♥(ノ´∀`)
    hearts hearts hearts

    Edit: And also …. I love how half comments validated my first response with the sobering reminder that to a passerby, Kyle is still invisible. Seriously, can we move on before Anni’s villain rep gets destroyed by him making out with himself in public …..

    • (it seems those two love birds are deep in the woods, besides: so they’ll be alright, i think!

      although yeah: dunky’s a weirdo!

      l.m.a.o.

      ¡pinche “kissing and groping the air”!)

  • CJ

    Anni probably saw the line on DVD, not cinema 😀

    I still think Anni said the right thing just to trigger Kyle.

  • Lost his contacts? Suuuuuure, if thats what the call it now-a-days. (Totally calling it that from now on)

  • IIRC wasn’t it _How I Met Your Mother_ that used the phrase “Thank god we survived sex”.
     
    But on the issue of how this will look to bystanders: It does make me wonder who will be the responsible one to break off with something like “We should find somewhere more private.”

  • RedWildPony

    Hooooot!

  • samae

    Everyone else sees an old man in a torn suit groping the air.   YUP. 

    • Gryphongirl2

      How about groping air and STICKING his tongue out and twirling it around?

    • somethingHERE

      Looks like dementia is already kicking in.

  • KNT609

    >.> oh my

  • *squeals* YAY! X3

  • Erica

    if anyone were to see what’s happening… they’ll just be so confused as to why Duncan has a major boner.. and looking like he’s hugging and kissing nothing. omg. XD

    • Suhndog

       Uh.. if he’s near a tree, it would give new meaning to the expression: ‘Tree Hugger’ !!  LOL

    • Preludetoa

       i lol’d

  • Erica

    totally determined to do my own sexy fanart now! >:O

  • Lady Mania

    I am not sure how I feel about this page, as much as i would like Duncan to…err… find his contact lens (*gigglesnort*).. I am still very suspicious of mister villain. SPECIALLY after that line he gave on the last page!

  • Imagines Anni on his hands and knees ‘looking for his contact’. Why am I having visions of a mother-type person saying “You’ll put someone’s eye out with that thing!”?

  • Courtney C

    well… that escalated quickly.

  • Ryn

    heh, i’m caught somewhere between hot and how funny this looks cause you can see through Kyle. XD

  • Jeabro21

    how does he know where to touch him like seriously does he have super eyes or something?
    They look at each other so lovingly yet they cant see each other

    • Bianca Simone

      I mean… anything that can be done in the dark can be done on an invisible man. XD

  • Bianca Simone

    I believe Kyle will get un-invisible at an awkward time. Why does this remind me of that joke about Superman and Wonder Woman flying on The Invisible Man’s jet? LOL!

    • DarkJokerOfAmuro

       you mean the one where she’s on the toilet and after’s she done she goes back to the cockpit without washing her hands in the Invisible Sink??

      • Bianca Simone

        Yes! The punchline being she wasn’t in the bathroom, but on The Invisible Man’s lap XD

  • Okay, okay, the other shoe just HAS to drop. There’s no way the guy who has worn that evil look on his face in so many panels is sincere with the “you make me want to be a better man.” He doesn’t even KNOW Kyle– this is a first date. There has GOT to be an evil plot beyond grope-nekkid-teen… doesn’t there?  

    • Groping the nekkid teen seems like a good enough motive to me ….

      (But I suspect that wouldn’t be enough to explain the Platinum Priestess’s involvement.)

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    Oh……I can tell you what’s going on…..yum.

  • Selena

     I can’t help but take the pedestrian point of view- seeing a well-dressed man standing alone in the middle of a park making sensual motions around thin air. The only thought would be, “Man, he must be lonely, on a date with his imaginary friend…”

    • Poppyjaz

      maybe they think he’s a dendrophiliac.. and the tree ran away and he just hasn’t noticed yet?.. hehehe

  • My good sir! Giveing it up on the first date!? How lacivious! Why-such a wanton act is the most base and lowly action anyone crass enough to call themselves human can commit! Have you no sense of decency, Mr. Woolfson? To turn a comic in to…to…PORNOGRAPHY! You should be ashamed! Did your parents raise…uhmm…morals…and ethics…somthing.

    Ok, ok. I couldn’t keep a straight face while trying to think of more puritanical bull crap to spew. Like I should talk-I’m a total whore. That’s just like my first date too! ‘Cept, you know, minus the teleportation, robots, assassins, explosions, invisibility and eggrolls.

    • …..this is Yaoi, and yaoi is boy smut, online..porn

      • Really? I don’t think of it as yaoi because neither of them look like prepubescent teenage girls, there’s no akward (and wholly unrealistic) dance around the fact that they’re gay, their hair colors are normal, no one has cried  for no apparent reason and no one has had an introductory scene where there is an inexplicable flower/sparkle burst behind them. Oh! And Duncan hasn’t caught Kyle after he has slipped and we have that “akward-yet-oddly-erotic-hug/support-moment-when-they-stare-into-each-others-eyes-for-longer-than-is-necessary-which-means-there’s-somthing-deeper-going-on” moment that appears in EVERY yaoi. Well, maybe not all of them, but it’s about as cliched as the “…but we’re both guys” line. If you have every had the misfortune of reading more than one yaoi, you know what I mean. I find calling this yaoi to just be insulting.

        …Rant aside, obviously I have had bad yaoi experiences. Traumatizing even.

        • 0_o_Chao_o_0

          I object. That only pertains to 99%. 

          I know. I’ve trudged though most of it. For long… depressing… hours. =_=

          The mental scars will never leave me – but the 1% of quality works I found were worth it. (And I guess some of the smut made it sort of bearable as well. 9-9;)

          Also, you forgot the ever so common: “I only raped you because I love you.” “Oh, right then. I love you, too. *w* Now could I maybe leave your basement?” “No. Other men might look at you.” “I see.” And they lived twistedly and hemorrhoid-riddenly ever after! =D Oh, Stockholms Syndrome~ _>) years to make any frickin’ sense of it, to be honest. T_T Fanatical yaoi-fans, is all I can say. God damned terrifying. Use the wrong word and be ready for the traumatic hell that is wave upon wave of profanic, hateful and besserwisser-y misspellese. *shudders* (Then of course everyone is free to their own opinion of what -should- be called what, I’m not arguing that. ;)))

          That aside I also object to Carolines (joking?) comment of Yaoi being nothing but porn. o_0 That would be rather boring… and sad. <=| But at least true to the original meaning! 8D … but if Yaoi is used in that sense, then yes. I agree that it's an insult to this interesting and plot-driven, not smut-driven with dashes of plot, comic. 

          • Oh! Thank you. How could I forget about the rapey-love plot? I will agree there is a small, albeit unsignificant and unredeeming amount of yaoi that doesn’t make a normal person what to hang themselves by their intestines but I can think of only 1 like that…and it was still preety bad.

            As for the above-above comment, I wouldn’t lump yaoi in with bara simply because bara is good (smut or not it’s better 102% of the time…with a 2% margin of error).

        •  I don’t know. I’ve read plenty of yaoi, BL, Bara, etc that do not involve random weeping, flowers and sparkles.
          I actually prefer those that do not contain that.
          I feel as though, perhaps, you are generalizing a broad genre because you don’t like it. =/
          I will disagree with the above comment about all yaoi being porn and I will agree with the below comment about some AWFUL rape based plots but seeing as how Alex calls it yaoi, I would consider it yaoi as well.

        • aaah yeah XD kinda forgot that part uhhm yep- XD awkward

      • MalikTous

        If the participants are consenting and not minors, it’s not smut…

  • Monica

    Panel 3, I can imagine Ani’s hands stroking Kyle’s but and back… almost carfull.. soft.. loving… But so many questions! can Ani see Kyle? Do he know where he is touching? Is this all an act from Ani’s side?playing young Kyle to get a nhorrible advantage in the end towards the young heroes? Or is he actually turning side? noo.. if you wanted Ani to be evil, you have to show him evil, not just lovey dovey with Kyle XD 

    • MalikTous

      We’re hoping to get Anni set up as an ‘anti hero’ who limits criminal activities to no-kill lifts of poorly guarded goods and profittable japes of real criminals, therefore letting him off the hook as far as being a ‘villain’ but not destroying that fun streak of ‘nail it down or it’s mine’! As an anti hero, he can provide good training to the actual heroes without actually getting them officially after him…

  • Go get the girl! Go! Now! :)))

  • Axis Rhys

    Naughtiness Is about to ensue >:3 another bonus page needed!

  • amber patterson

    GAH! You guys are killing me!!! Get to the juicy part already, I beg u!! TTATT <3

  • CatSmuggler

    …Cinema? Oh god, his old side is showing 0.o

    •  No, just his British side. 😉 He is, after all, from Brighton.

      • YangYueLan

         O.O He has an accent?!?!?! I like him even more!

      •  I’m sorry, but for some reason I just started to imagine his voice as Sean Connery’s and all of a sudden… yeah. That was a few minutes spent in just wondering what in the world is wrong with my head when I think “British accent, subset Brighton.” ((Since brits sound different just from city to city! Much like Americans!))

        •  I imagine him with Connery’s voice too! When I first read it I couldn’t pinpoint in my mind what he sounded like.
          Then I read where he was from (and though Connery technically isn’t…) Connery popped into my mind and BAM! Duncanni had a voice!

  • MalikTous

    1) Get a room, you two! I don’t mind us having a camera or 4th wall view, but the uninvolved people outside in your world shouldn’t need to compensate for your public display of affection – especially with one of you nude.

    2) Give Griffin back his books and chemicals, conditional with making him train with heroes instead of getting himself attacked and/or killed for robbing people while invisible. Wells’s poor albino went about it wrong but he might earn a second chance.

    3) STDs don’t care about invisibility. Use Trojans.

    • Mathew Cole

       1) Says you. If a guy’s not willing to at least hold hands with me in public, I dump him for the coward he is.

      2) Hopefully Kyle’s transformation isn’t permanent – Griffin’s outfit would suit him poorly.

      3) I’ll take your word on the best brand.

  • Lunatiz

    i think the Annihilator is giving Kyle a Canadian lip massage 

  • You know… just realized how crazy Duncan must look to any other people in the park.

    Random guy, making out and feeling up the air like Molly Shannon in the Superstar skit from SNL…..

  • SpiritravenCathaldus

    Now that was romantic and funny.  I love how the story is turning out and can’t wait for more.

  • Nicola Cameron

    Good Lord. Those last three panels…yeah, I think Kyle is getting some more hurry-up education there. Also, I think my jeans may have spontaneously combusted.

  • Hmm, so no new page tonight?  

  • (NB: anhi’s suit did not regenerate, along with the rest of him, as was previously speculated

    ?

    is sean annorhi still bleeding?)

    you know what i’m wondering about, now?

    who the last person was that anhi had “felt affection” for.

    • KiannaLeigh

      That, my dear, is an excellent question. Certainly at his age Duncannni isn’t just now coming down with a case of the feels. And if that were true, it’s unlikely he’d be so good at wooing a crush. Someone had to be a predecessor for Kyle. But who? Another hero, perhaps, seeing as Anni is one honorable villain?

      • ya hafta wonder if this, itself, will be ever mentioned within the story (or maybe in an omake session)

        maybe, some time in the future, alex will indulge me, KiLe

        • KiannaLeigh

          I supposed in depends on how long this goes on and if he has time to fit in it. I, for one, will be on the lookout for it. teehee.

          And I say now, Alex, that if this ends without revealing at least one of Anni’s exes, I will make it up! You have been warned! Haha!

  • SolrSurfr3

    Whoa, watch your hands there, tiger! XD
    ….Well, at least you bought him dinner first. Proceed!

  • Ree

    I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I always love your comments on these pages. They crack me up 😀

  • Syncx

    I love this

  • Hunny

    Hmmm… The “Oh” face xD

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  • ssLollypopss

    It’s like the age gap doesn’t matter anymore *o*