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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 58

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Wait, Kyle is going to be eighteen years old just in time for him to potentially lose his virginity in the pages of this comic? How crazy is that? Really, what are the odds?!

I’m going to be at Wondercon in Anaheim, CA from March 29th through the 31st at the Prism booth. If you’re going to be in the area, please stop by and say hi!

We have new Fan Art by frenchie—an intimate moment between Kyle and The Annihilator called “Kiss.” You should totally check it out!

Also, you may have noticed that we’ve been upgraded to the latest version of the Disqus commenting system. I held off on doing that because I wasn’t wild about having down-voting in our community here, because you can no longer tell who “Liked” a comment and because instead of it being clear when I’m commenting as the Writer-Publisher of this comic, I instead just get a teeny, weeny little MOD badge next to my name. But they forced all of us to upgrade today, so there we have it. Another change that is forced is that the new default for comments is to show the most voted for comments up top. If you (like me) would prefer to have the comments sorted in the more coherent, reverse-chronological order, then you must click on the tab marked “Discussion” right above the comments and change “Best” to “Newest.” As for the other changes, I have sent Disqus a number of request (pleas) for the last 6 months on what features I’d like returned. We’ll just have to see.

All right. Enough growling. Because on Wednesday, we had our seventh bonus page in a row! And we’re already at $116 towards the next bonus page!

Special thanks go out to long-time supporters Sonja B. (who makes their second generous donation to The Young Protectors!), Victor R., Biz F. & Hannah M. (all three making their fifth generous donations to The Young Protectors!), Kinzie K. (who makes their sixth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) & Saxon B. (who makes their twenty-fourth (!!) generous donation to The Young Protectors!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters Corinna K. & Augustina B. for their generous donations over the last few days!

Big hugs go out to long-time friends of The Young Protectors Robert B. and Perrine S. for their super-generous $25 donations! This makes Robert’s sixth and Perrine’s seventh super-generous donations to this comic! Thank you so much, you two!

Thank you all so much for your generous support! Seven bonus pages in a row! You rock!

So! Kyle seems ready to take things to the next level! But The Annihilator apparently has got some preparations in mind he needs to attend to first. Will they finally seal the deal to park the porpoise? Or will fickle fate tank their tango?

Tune in next Saturday tonight to find out! Hope to see you there!

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! Edit 3/19/13 12:36 PM: You’ve done it again! Thanks to your generous donations, we’ve yet again hit the donation target which means in addition to our regular update this Saturday (page 60!), I’ll be posting a bonus update tonight (page 59!)! This will be the eighth bonus page in a row! WOO HOO! YOU ALL ARE AWESOME! THANK YOU SO MUCH! 😀

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  • CommodoreZelda


    • CommodoreZelda

      Oh, and Kyle’s birthday… <3 This is gonna be good!!

  • Ha! I’m amused by the “for all you know, his birthday could be next week” defense I’ve been pulling coming true. 😛 Oh, I’m so easily amused.

    I do like where Kyle’s mind is. At least, where I think his mind is. >_> I swear, that’s not where my mind is.

    Anywhoo, love the page! I look forward to next week. <3

  • What better time than your birthday? ;D

  • Anni: “I want to give you the joy of your first real orgasm”

    Oh hotness, can a guy as for anything better for their 18th birthday? :3

    Anni still clearly has some secret motive when it comes to Kyle, but might as well get the pleasures on the way to the goal. If they get there anytime soon.
    It just take ooone little disaster to ruin that and have Kyle go being a hero instead of possibly getting laid.

    *Sending a look Alex’ way* What are you scheming to cockblock us? I bet you’re up to something 😉

    • elijah elquest

      you read this too?!
      you are everywhere

      • Yup 🙂 I’ve been following the comics here since the early pages of Artifice, and was with TYP from first page. It just wasn’t until the later pages of Artifice that I begun commenting on this site, but I’m a LOT of places *lol*
        Besides the dozen I comment on more or less regular, I’m a silent reader of many more than that.

        So I’m a bit here, there and everywhere 😉

    • ithilloke

      I agree, Wolf…Alex can’t be trusted! 😉

    • Mwa ha ha. 🙂

  • Hazard

    What are the odds indeed, Alex, what indeed… 😛

  • I want to comment something meaningful and real, but I can’t think over the sound of my heart beating and fangirling I’m emitting.

    • AC♥Bear

      Okay :P!
      Just imagine if Anni didn’t really mean all of it.. that he really is just using Kyle. What will become of our little Kylebaby? It’s so sad to think about :<.

      Oh but we know that Kyle will touch that heart of his sooner or later, if he already hasn't!

  • P.S. I agree with you. The new Disqus.. I’m so not a fan there. Bugged, flawed, unpersonalized, the downvote option could have been left out, the Flagging is harder to find.. oh and they’ve forgotten to add a direct way to the Dashboard (that one is now hidden behind Edit settings) etc.
    I hope enough feedback to them will have them fix some stuff. I’ve sure written my part of messages/tweets to them.

  • amanda damron

    lol wow!!! i love this and that really is i sweet b-day gift i guess!! lol love you alex for bringing young protectors into existance!!!!

    • Thank you, Amanda. I’m very glad that you’re enjoying it! 😀

  • I was ready for him to get down on one knee and ask Kyle to marry him. But Birthday sex sound awesome as well!

  • Since I don’t typically comment and use Disqus all that much, I have to say, I actually find the changes to be refreshing for the most part. At least for me, it seems to be easier to use. But, like I said, I didn’t use it much to begin with (and it might have been because the system was daunting and not user-friendly to me). However, that said, I don’t care much for the idea of down-voting; at least not in this community. I’ve seen communities where it works, but I don’t think this is one of them.

    Annnnyways, there are smexy men on my screen! With smexy conversation about smexy times! 😀 Anni is so old fashioned, it’s adorable. <3

    • Oh, there are definitely things I like about the new version. The way they do reply-threading is no longer insane (on one Artifice comment thread, the readers had fun sending each other replies that were one character in width). I like that it’s real-time so you don’t need to refresh the page to check to see if there are new comments. And it’s got that new-tech smell in terms of snappiness.

      But I do miss the features I mentioned—and while they have been made aware of these issues for several months now, it seems to be of little importance to them to change them. There are a lot of things I like about Disqus so I’ll be sticking with them for the near future, but responsiveness to their user-base isn’t one of them.

      Anyway, this is all besides the point because there are smexy men on your screen. Talking smexy about the smexy. 😀

  • Ohmygod! OhmygodohmygodOHMYGOD! *hyperventalates* *and like dies* *and joy*

    Words fail. Oh my God. So hot! Yes, Kyle, say yes to Anni!

  • fujoshifanatic

    Weeeell now, isn’t that conveeenient? (in my best Church Lady voice) Kyle gets to cash in his V-card juuust in time to exit jailbait territory. How fortuitous for Anni! I’m really concerned about them waiting a whole week though…a lot can happen in a week…ugh. Let me just focus on the present, full of hot young heroes all commando in skirts and dinner jackets being wooed by sexy silver foxes…yeah, that much better. *unleashes wild and pervy imagination until the next update*

    • Sanbai

      XD “wild and pervy”

  • Roseland

    He will lose his virginity and only then discover Anni’s terrible secret… he uses the power of virgins to turn himself into a UNICORN SUPERVILLAIN!

  • The Annihilator looks less like a super villain all the time.

  • booklover320

    Well, happy early birthday, Kyle! I hope your present is exactly what you want, heh heh heh… I cannot wait for the next page. Love it!

  • *crosses fingers and begins the mantra* CUT TO ONE WEEK LATER, CUT TO ONE WEEK LATER, CUT TO ONE WEEK LATER~

    • hahaha… in your dreams. 🙂

    • *gathers candles and incense* *fills a cup full of sprinkles*
      Please oh please oh please! *eats sprinkles*
      What? Did you think they were for anything else?

  • Next week for Kyle’s birthday there will be seduction and brandy. I will keep waiting for the brandy seduction until it either happens, or someone in the comic calls it cliche. I will wait! XD

    Anyway, awesome comic as always. My computer was broken and it took me a week and a half to get a new one. So I could see the comics on my phone, but I could not reply about how much I LOVED THEM!

    And honestly, this was the most wonderful pages lately. And i had such great initial reactions, that I don’t recall now. But as always, I love you all! I am excited for more!

    • Aw, thank you, Holly! Very glad that you’re enjoying the latest pages. We’ve got some fun things coming up too! 😉

  • Am I the only one who is totally in love with panel 3?!

  • Yes. Birthday sex. Beautiful.

  • Monica

    Third panel, Anni looking smashing!

    Second panel, Kyle looking adorable cute.

    Last panel, Kyle looking really adorable and cute! <3

  • toli Bera


    • YangYueLan

      cardboard with frosting is the one with the person inside. You would need a really big cake to get Anni in to it.

      • toli Bera

        *Stacks up a refrigerator box*

    • Due to the event that may or may not happen? One suggests a cherry cake.

      …once again, I am a terrible human being. I find I’m okay with this.

      • toli Bera

        with plenty of creamy frosting.

  • DarkFeanix21

    That blush is *very* nicely done. Really, I half expected those bushes to go up in flames from the heat of it.

  • I can’t help but think there’s something coming. Sorry to say but i sense something will be going wrong soon since things are going so well. Could just be me though. Why must i be so suspicious!

  • Chronological order would actually be sort by “oldest”; “newest” is reverse chronological. I can’t remember which it used before.

    • You’re absolutely right. It was sorted by reverse chronological before. I’ll edit my post to reflect that. 🙂

  • That’s so cool that my birthday is next week too. Mine is next Saturday. 🙂

    • Well, then, many happy Birthday wishes in advance! I’ll see what kind of present I can come up for you on Saturday. 😉

  • Like he didn’t know it was his birthday, something fishy here!:) Once a bad guy, always a bad guy even in a tux!

  • :: cue a cutback to chicago with the rest of the young protectors’ having a little “encounter” with The Platinum Priestess that will span exactly 6 or 7 pages

    l.m.a.o. ::

    (that’s what I would do, if i were feeling evil)

    • KiannaLeigh

      Some part of me is thinking “Nooo!!!! Don’t be evil.” The other part is thinking. “heh heh heh. I love evil.” the rest of me is thinking, “Kyle’s going to lose is newly legal V-card publicly. Hentainess! Whoo!” Haha.

      • (barring the 400 Goal, it’s really up to al, what happens next..

        ..i really wouldn’t be surprised if “next week” doesn’t take place either this wednesday nor saturday

        anyway, i kinda want the story to shift to some other characters {named “tsunami”}…so this point would be as good as any to throw a cliff-hanger in there, Sis)

        all the same, i can’t wait to see duncan’s tush!

        will The Titillator also have a barrel chest and a broad back?
        (stay tuned!)

  • Amanda Martin

    Srs Anni, what are you doing?
    This is just too easy for you, you gotta work for it a little man.

  • RSC

    I don’t know… I mean… we’ve all been forgetting HE IS A SUPERVILLIAN!

  • KiannaLeigh

    Eighteen just in time to publicly lose his V-card. Alex … you got some slpainin’ to do -_-

    • Noonie noonie noo…. ::casual whistling::

    • Celestia’s Snout

      Because statutory rape is just where a supervillain draws the damn line.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    In my mind I see Kyle being chased around a large room ….in his *BIRTHDAY SUIT* by Duncan…and for some reason Kyle stops running…sparks fly….then fireworks. *EVIL GRIN*

  • kaycee1967

    Kyle in the shower later…
    Duncan standing naked before Kyle one week later…


  • Another beautiful – and intriguing turn of the story. Beautiful, compelling artwork… drama conveyed by gesture as much as words. A plot that really has my attention for some reason… keep up the good work!

    • Thank you, Frater! Glad you’re enjoying The Young Protectors!

  • It’s a rule for you, somewhere, that Kyle be of clear legal age isn’t?

    This wasn’t the first thought that crossed my mind when I first read it, but it was a vet quick second.

    The first one was that Anni had done some digging into who Kyle is. Somehow he missed the event of the house burning, or perhaps just the real reasion that started the fire. But I’m sure no one really knew anyway.

    Now this week’s time line that you have given us. I can see alot happening in this time. I have this funny feeling over something that alot of readers will not consider fuuny in the least.

    We will see. 🙂

  • CJ

    “And you’re welcome to invite your cute super friends too!”

    Another villain might say that, not Anni. (secretly wishing for Tsunami to show up)

  • Supplemental hints that are too obvious knowing what is going to happen next.

  • Joanne Edison-Brown

    I am pretty the Annihilator is a bad, bad guy and Kyle is just being set up for something horrible. You don’t get to be an arch-villain by carrying a torch for vulnerable young redheads. Gosh darn it Kyle, you just make me want to turn over a new leaf!… hah.

    Although I’m still good with a seduction scene somewhere in there! I just hope Kyle doesn’t end up terribly betrayed and bitter at the end of all this.

  • Yukiness

    And by preparation he means install that sprinkler system and buy that mega fuckton order of fire exstinguishers. I’m sure that super villians also have to deal with the fickleness of the postal service too.

    • The motto of the postal service is “neither sun, nor sleet, nor rain, nor hail will prevent us from delivering your mail,” but nowhere in that motto is “through a conflagration thanks to a pent-up pyrokinetic teenager.”

  • cherryblake

    KYLE’S FACE!!!

  • cherryblake

    what a minute! has duncan been stalking kyle!?!?!

    • Becky

      Most probably, the naughty gentleman.

  • Becky

    Here’s a thing I enjoy about the new Disqus: I am once again able to actually sign in and post comments. I’ve been having crazy troubles with that for the last few months.

  • YG_Frenchie

    Oh what a nice birthday present from a notorious Super Villain!

    You know what always makes me smile? When I read Alex’s “Tune in next Saturday to find out!” comment under the page. I’m always like “Pffff! We’ll make that donation bar knock that to Wednesday! We’re so addicted, we can’t wait a full week!” Hahahaha!


  • I’m loving this comic, and I can’t wait for the next few uploads; I wish I could draw like these artist here; then my stories really could come to life so to speak. Wonderful job on all the artwork and the amazing storyline, although I think there’s something about stealing Red Hots youth in the plot, and perhaps even Annihilator regretting the choice. Then again maybe not, it could have been his goal from the beginning.

  • Birthday surprises are nice. And what’s better than birthday sex? Maybe cake lol but its a close second. I really love Anni as I keep reading YP. That’s kinda bad too because all the times when I like a character, they almost always muck up. Hopefully Anni won’t.

    • Sanbai

      Hey, mucky characters are the interesting ones! You have good taste. 😀

  • DoktorNauk

    You seem to be agreeing to this rather quickly, Kyle.

  • Jillthefish

    Park the porpoise. I’ve had the giggles over that since I read it.

  • Trivium

    That moment when you realize your birthday is next week on Friday right before the update where a fictional character- ah, you get it XP

  • bibliophile41

    Kyle’s age of consent issue just got deus ex machina’d!

  • Kyle, for your birthday Duncan wants to give you his little Annihilator…

  • coyoteconscious

    This is so darn adorable.

  • Kikaharu

    birthday sex birthday sex haha

  • Well, his birthday is going to be….

  • Bailey Carswell


    • Celestia’s Snout

      He can’t hear you over the sound of his throbbing genitals. Kyle’s fire exit is about to get Annihilated.


  • Celestia’s Snout

    Y’know, I came here via Chester 5000… and I’ll admit, I was a bit weary at first since YP seemed honestly rather cheesy at the start, and it was what I read first (though I have read Artifice all the way through since then, and really enjoyed it, and developed the hots for Jeff at that. But pretty boys aside, I did love the story, and the way the characters were written was great).

    But so far, YP’s turning out fairly cute – still a bit corny, to me, honestly. But the characters are still rather likable (Kyle’s endearingly dorky), I’m curious where you could be taking the plot with this (how much Kyle’s naivete may be getting taken advantage of), and I have a thing for gingers anyway. So, here’s another reader watching keenly.

  • boohoo

    Jeremih – birthday sex, anyone?

  • I squeed so hard it was rediculous!!! THEY ARE JUST SO DARN CUTE!!! XD

  • midnightsscream

    lol. perhaps birthday sex. I sense a secret motive here though

  • *Insert the ‘you don’t say’ meme in Anni’s thought bubble* “Oh, really? I had no idea!”

  • koneko

    Hmm, maybe Anni wants to steal kyles youth! I mean it would make sense that he is so Young looking if he steals peoples youth…And it has to be done through sexting! Would also fit together with anni and the platinum priestss convo…but meh I’m just doing guess Work here heh

  • Bruce Wayne


    Eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s installment <3 <3 <3 <3

  • After Kyle’s explanations, suddenly page 2 & 27 have a new layer of meaning. He’s partially celebrating his first gay encounters (bar & kiss), and also the fact that he didn’t combust from his feelings of… lust.

    Ye gads, that rhymed too. Gah! lol!

  • cherryblake

    i wonder what duncan is going to ge Kyle for his birthday?(besides himself)

    • Celestia’s Snout

      A massive summer sausage.

  • cherryblake


  • TokoUkeBoi

    YOU TEASE!。・゜゜(ノД`)

  • TwoWayStar

    OBJECTION! Leading the witness!

    Seriously though I’m sure Anni already knew when Kyle’s birthday was, no way he wouldn’t do a background check on him! xD

  • Ree

    I am cracking up about EVERYTHING on this ENTIRE page. 18? How convenient!!

  • Keeva

    That poor fuckin’ kid. I can’t imagine not being able to even get off without burning shit down. Honestly, if it was me, and I had to choose between never touching myself and setting shit on fire… WE DON’T NEED TO WATER, LET THE MOTHERFUCKER BURN!

  • rgleon9986

    To the devil with it. 😛

  • Noriam Gutierrez

    Nothing has ever been so perfect. He’ll have his special night on his birthday when he conveniently becomes 18… the age of consent.

  • Anonymous ;)


  • Yohana

    He got a chance, he wants the Dick so Badly.

  • bureche15

    i think it’s sweet of Duncan to make something special for both of them,

  • Zephyr10101

    how convenient