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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter One—Page 61

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I’m going to be at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA this weekend at the Prism Booth (Booth 1009 near the front of Hall A)! I’m going to have advance copies of Artifice books for sale along with brand-new The Young Protectors merchandise. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hi!



The ninth bonus page in a row!

Special thanks go out to long-time supporter Raili B. (who makes their fourth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters Pam W., Gillian D., Victoria C., Helen C., Liam J. & Luise E. for their generous donations over the last few days!

Big hugs go out to new friend of The Young Protectors Alexandra N. and also to long-time friends Hannah M., Lisa G., Robert S. & Adriane L. for their super-generous $25 donations! Holy cow! Five $25 donations! And this makes Robert’s fifth, Hannah’s sixth, Adriane’s seventeenth (!) and Lisa’s eighteenth (!!) super-generous donation to this comic! Thank you so much, y’all!

And finally, superhero-strength hugs go out to super-friend Rob A. for their amazingly generous $50 donation, their third amazingly generous donation to this comic! You rock the skies, Rob! THANK YOU!

Thank you all so much for your awesome support! We finished out the chapter on a full-streak of bonus pages! WOO HOO!

So! Our first chapter is now finished and the stage has been set for the next four chapters. I have to admit, I’ve been loving reading your analysis of whether The Annihilator is truly naughty or nice in the comments. You’re all such great thinkers that, as a writer, you make posting these pages a lot of fun for me. I promise, you will have answers to that question and more! And I’m especially excited to share with you the next few pages.

That said, my own evil plan was to take a week off after this chapter was finished to catch up on some long-neglected site maintenance. But with the way things worked out, on top of my day job going crazy the past few weeks, this weekend I’m going to be at WonderCon. Thus I’ve realized there’s no way I’m going to get around to it. So, I reached out to my artists to see if we could start the next chapter this Saturday instead of next. Their love for you runs deep, so they have been busting their butts to get me what I need to post an update this Saturday. But it’s a lot of work that I’m expecting them to make happen a week ahead of time. AND I’ve got my own plate full and I’ll have to letter the page and prep it for publishing. As you know, I very strongly believe that if I make you a promise, I’m going to keep it, so until I know for sure that page is finished, I won’t promise an update this Saturday. But we are trying our best to make that happen. And of course, if the bonus bar tips over again, there will be a bonus page the Wednesday after we start updating again.

So, we have a whole different kind of suspense this time around! Will there be an update on April 6th as I originally planned? Or will we be able to make it happen ahead of time for March 30th?

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

(And thank you so much for being such awesome readers and sticking with this comic. I know the first pages were quite a bit different than what I was putting out for Artifice. But you were willing to give me a chance with something new and your kind words and support mean the world to me, Adam and Vero. I love you all very much. And I hope you’ll continue to enjoy what’s coming next with The Young Protectors.)

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  • CommodoreZelda


  • Kimmasauce

    BAM. Delicious.

  • Sanbai

    *dolphin noises*

    • KiannaLeigh

      Is that how you sound when your happy, ’cause that would be big fun at parties.

      • Sanbai

        Yeah, but I keep a lid on it at parties. Too many blown eardrums and suddenly I’m not invited anymore…

        • KiannaLeigh


    • How very… Hudson Hawk. lol!

  • Erica


    me gusta mucho. MUY MUY CALIENTEEEE 83

    indeed. indeed….

    suspense inDEED. >:O I hope you get everything solved nice quick and simple, so we can be provided more lovely chapters. especially so we can see the interesting scene tht shall play out kyle’s birthnight. > w> mwahahahahahahhahahahahahaha. ahem.

    At least you’re true to your word when you say you’ll update and when you’ll be back. Upon following other webcomic providers… well… they tend to not update when expected or they take ‘breaks’ that lasts over 2 months, leaving many readers deprived and me somewhat confused as to whats happening within that time frame again. >_<

    you're awesomeee, everyone's awesomeee!!! <3

  • amanda damron

    ahhh!!!!! love it!! that is a beautiful page. that is a kiss anyone would love to get!!!!

  • Soubi

    The suspense hurts, but the kiss makes up for it.

  • Erica

    i honestly thought there was an explosion at the top corner of the page. XD

    • No that was my pants.

      • twilight_exists

        Laughed at this for five minutes. Curse the imagination, but omg. NO MAS PANTALONES.

    • No, that was Red getting all hot.

  • The noise i made when i saw this was not human! This is just so- oh god yes!!

    • OnyxLight

      I know what you mean

  • see, al’s really a romantic-at-heart

    (i knew you were a big softie!

    ♥ ♥)

    i think anhi is holding that coat so we decent folk won’t see their hardies…well, i guess that’s for the best, all things considered

    okay, okay: i’ll try not to sully this tender moment, tonight. . .
    . . .i’ll sully it tomorrow


    • KiannaLeigh

      yea you will you pervert-summoner. what’s with the double hearts?

      heh-heh. Caught a case of the feels have we? Awww!

      ♥ ♥♥ ♥
      ♥ ♥♥ ♥

      • (i gleefully accept the title of Pervert Summoner, sis.)


        even a villain like myself am not completely impervious to alex’s magic.

        i’m still looking for that One Daddy who can finally win one or both of my hearts…but i don’t even know where to start.
        or how to begin again, considering what i’m going through right now. . . . .

        • KiannaLeigh

          Awww! Hugs and Pura Spuddles, bro. I don’t even have the details and I’m awash with feels for you!

          (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ

          (Glomp with a kiss)

          • i just want someone who thinks my love is good enough, and can adequately love me in return

            (“daddy issues” be damned, Miss Leigh)

            thank you…it is nice to know that someone out there cares.

          • KiannaLeigh

            Sometimes that’s all you really need. For someone to just give a damn.

            Ironically that seems to apply very much to Kyle as well.

          • has your life been treating you okay, sis?

            the GF, the hubby?

          • KiannaLeigh

            My Girlfriend/fiance is okay. I – on the other hand – am sick with a cold. I hate life right now. T_T

          • yikes!

            this must be one hell’a cold!

            as one who suffers from fractious sinuses, i can definitely Feel Your Pain.


            on the bright side, i usually hate life too … which is a horrible thing for me to idealize.
            let’s get some Pura-Pura Supakaru in here!

          • KiannaLeigh

            It seems like a horde of them are needed at the moment. That a cold medicine. Soo much cold medicine.

  • fujoshifanatic

    YAAAAAAAAAS!!! That is all. 🙂

  • Megan

    You kiss that gentleman, good sir. You two have earned that much.

  • I just hit myself so hard because I couldn’t contain my feelings.

  • LOVE this page. Great pencils and amazing color. Kudos to your artists. I can see why she’s an award-winning colorist and he works for DC. 😛

    Honestly, Alex, I think your fans are OK with waiting one week for you and your artists to catch up with yourselves. 🙂 At least, I am. I know how much work goes into this and how taxing it can be.

    • Thank you, Kinzie! As you know, we still managed to deliver the page, but it’s good for us to know that if we really need some time, you’d be cool with us taking it. 😉

      • Ha, yes, I saw those. 😛

        And not sure if sarcasm or serious… ¬_¬

        • I was being serious. I know there are readerships that are… less patient with the creators taking the time they need. 😉

          (And, as I’ve said many times, meeting our deadlines is very, very important to me, so it’s good to know that it’s not the end of the world if there comes a time when we need to take a break.)

          • Tones are very hard to read on the internet. You’ve been very cordial and kind through previous interactions that I wasn’t sure if I was reading it wrong or not.

            Just one of those days where everyone’s been a dick, so I suppose I’ve been expecting it. Not a good thing to expect…

            But yes, anyway, the fanbase you seem to have accumulated (through my minimal chatting with them on dA) are very happy with anything you put out, whenever you put it out. We enjoy the updates Wed/Sat, but I think we’d be ok missing one or two. 🙂

          • Yikes, I’m sorry to hear you’re having a bad day, but yep, what I said was well-meant. And while I have no plans to miss any updates, I do feel very lucky to have such supportive readers. 🙂

  • Saberri

    How much you wanna bet it’s not sex. .-. It won’t be sex. Kyle thinks it’s sex, but it’s not. Poor Kyle.

  • Axis Rhys


  • Best birthday present ever… Cept I’m a lot older than Kyle >_>

  • kaycee1967

    Ok Alex and all… this might date me… hell, it DOES date me… but I find it completely appropriate for their moment…

  • And there it is. A kiss just as predicted .. but you make it SO pretty and hot 😀

    Thank you for this first chapter, Alex.

    You’re right in how it’s something quite different from Artifice, but the story is well writen, have good action, some mystery, plot twists, pages with smexy content and it has a quirky romance in the making.. or is it? 😉
    Nah, we know there will be something going on here, but question is how you’re gonna have things happen and how many twists you’re gonna serve us along the way. With four chapters left, I bet it will be some and they will be awesome 🙂

    I just like how things are very superhero/-villain, and yet not very cliche at all. That it’s a gay superhero story is one thing, but you have already introduced the anti-superheroes that made us cheer for the known villain to win, even knowing he has some mysterious plan with Kyle.. and about that villain; Anni keeps switching between the naughty and nice acting. Again not so cliche with the (anti?) supervillain very up and personal with our young hero, and yes in this case quite young compared to his ..adversary.

    Normally an age difference this bad would squick me out some, or rather a lot, but you play it in a way where it just becomes something we go with and have it be a part of the story plot. In fiction we can accept and explore things we wouldn’t go for in real life, and the dynamic between Kyle and Anni is so good, but we still know something isn’t right (but we want it to be).

    We all know Anni is up to something and he’s playing Alex like pawn right now. And he does it well 🙂 I can’t wait to see what’s up next.
    It’s also that well played – and well written- ‘game’ that Anni is playing that makes me keep coming back.

    The spider is setting a trap for the fly, but (when) will it be caught in its own net?

    Stay tuned for the next chapter 🙂

    • KrisYWC

      As eloquent as always Danish.

    • Thank you for the thoughtful, kind words. KrisYWC is right; I always enjoy reading your comments. 🙂

  • Monica

    Ohh Kyle… You are so gonna be kicked out of the hero team for this…
    beautiful page as always Alex! I must say this have been a long chapter, but I’m not complaining! It have been a nice chapter as well. But oh my gosh I feel the writer in me jumping up and down with questions and ideas. You really inspire me! And I thank you for that.

    • It makes me really happy to hear when my work inspires other folks. You’re very welcome!

      • Monica

        I find it kinda bothering to have a writers heart sometime XD
        When I read of following a comic, my brain starts to be impatient, or make up stuffs, or start thinking of what I think should happen XD And I think that is kinda rude to the comic and artist actually. Bad brain!

        • As far as I’m concerned, it’s all good. It just means that someone is engaged enough with what I’ve put out there that they’re thinking about it even when it’s not in front of them. I find that a nice compliment. 🙂

  • Naomi

    Well, i mean, you’ve all probably worked really hard on this, so take a week off, we can wait 🙂 Kinda wishing i could go to the con, but alas, i’m stuck living in England D: Anyway, amazing chapter, i cant wait for chapter 2 😀 xx

  • Yami_no_Ite

    This page just made me go awwwwwww. Such a cute picture of the two of them. And I can’t wait for this weekend. Wasn’t planning on going to WonderCon, but my friend I got tickets to SDCC to, had free tickets to WonderCon from his professional registration. So I will be there. You are actually the main reason why I want to go, because I really want a print version of Artifice, and am going to maybe get one for a friend up in Oregon too.

  • fakesubmite

    I love this page. Their in l-o-v-e :V

    • Tongue, schmongue! The grown ups want MORE than TONGUE in him! 😛 Yes, I said it. I’m a whore that way.

      • fakesubmite

        Oh yum, yum me want some 😉

  • It was 5 am in my corner of the world when I saw this page and… what an absolutely wonderful way to start a day! Thank you, Alex!

  • *faints*

  • *squeals*

  • Suhndog

    This is indeed Engaging the Enemy! Great title, great chapter, and great kiss!

  • ithilloke

    VERY nice page! Sadly, it probably won’t last. SOMEthing is bound to happen that’ll keep Kyle from getting his birthday present, I just know it. *hmph*

  • ana

    Uhhhhh ! I’m sure every one who is fan of this will burn for this (so delicious for my eyes)

  • booklover320

    Love it, love it, love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see where the next chapter takes us!

  • SpiritravenCathaldus

    Aww they are so cute! lol can’t wait for the next chapter. Awesome work 🙂

  • Summer

    Caved and got an official Disqus account since I wasn’t allowed to log in via Yahoo. This page is BEAUTIFUL. Such glorious color saturation! Such texture! Such depth! Such potential shenanigans to come!

    • Very glad to hear you’ll still be able to comment here. 🙂

  • Im grinning like crazy in class… Possibly a bad thing? No. Not at all

    • KiannaLeigh

      Not. At. All.

  • Epistasthai

    aaaaargh! I canna stand the suspense! (When) will they or won’t they? Is Anni as bad as he says he is, or is he just pretending? Is there gonna be an update this weekend or will it arrive on 6 April? The hawt/cute/awwww factor is getting to me.

    Thanks, Alex, for giving me a good cardio workout today!

  • KiannaLeigh

    This page is awesome. Not even cause they’re being kissy-kissy. The colors are just awesome and it’s just nice to look at. *goes back to looking at it*

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    What a way to end a chapter….Now where do we go from here?


    Happy birthday to me!

    I was SO excited when I realized my birthday would be on a Wednesday. This is by far the best present I have recieved all day. Thank you.

    • Hehe. Very glad to hear this was a nice gift. I hope you had an awesome birthday!

  • janae hoskins

    i love the background to this

  • Celestia’s Snout

    Man, what a colorful page.

    Man, what a horrible decision Kyle might have just made.

    (Though I reserve the right to be skeptical as to who’s playing who and how ambiguous and nebulous they could actually be here. I know enough to expect to have my expectations tampered with. But I like guessing games.)

  • DarkFeanix21

    Kiss! That is all!

  • Whoelsetherealone

    And bibidiboo, midnight is here!

  • March

    those arching eyebrows an lined up hair line did it in for me. so long as i avoid making audible “awe” sounds i will be fine.

  • theStarfly

    This is such a lovely page to have caught up to <3

  • The chapter almost started out on a kiss, but it really did end one. 🙂

    Yeah. The Kiss. 😀 I didn’t even think it was going to end this way until someone brought it up Saturday. 🙂

    Question. Is the sun setting??

    • It’s actually rising. It’s not quite noon yet. 🙂

  • Gryphongirl2

    This page made my breath catch in my throat and gave me dizzy, sexy feelings.

    What a beauty! *swoons* Both of them, the page, the sun, it’s all beautiful.

    Second, I have a question for you Alex, if you happen to see this. I just adore this comic, and really want to be able to donate money, but I’m saving all I can for college, and I really just can’t spend it on anything but gas and food if I expect to be able to continue to pay for the rent on my apartment as well. Is there any way at all, even a teensy little thing I could do to support you? Anything? I really want to be able to help out. 🙂

    • Thank you very much for the offer, Amaya! Glad you liked this update!

      If you’re looking to help support me and my comics, one great way is by getting the word out: telling your friends, using social media, writing reviews on sites, etc. In many ways, my comics are still the best kept secret in webcomics, so if you can encourage your friends to give my work a chance, then that helps me out in a big way. 🙂

  • March

    i love coming back to see all the new comments! that an i check this on a daily schedule. hopes for a crazy raise so my money can be yours.

    • The comments make it a lot of fun for me too. 🙂

  • i squealed like rainbow dash when i saw this.

  • Ree

    This was the BEST page on which to catch back up. (I stared at my screen and made incoherent noises for about 2 minutes straight. Just. Yes.) So excited for chapter 2!! Thanks again for writing(/drawing) this awesome comic 🙂

    • You’re very welcome, Ree! Glad to hear you’re enjoying it! 🙂

  • I melted

  • MalikTous

    Great image of two consenting (soon to be officially) adults.

  • Sile

    Come on, baby, light my fire.

    Am I too late (or early since they haven’t gotten around to the sex yet) for The Doors puns?

  • And one week later the worlds most powerful super-villain was vanquished. (LOL)

  • Axis Rhys

    its saturday, camping time.

  • Fudgies 🙁 Looks like Alex wasn’t able to do the update. While it saddens me, I have to say, this is always one page I DON’T mind coming back to tho 🙂 🙂 🙂 lol. Hope you get the rest you need Alex, and we will all be waiting patiently for the next chapter of evil and lust and blueballing you throw at us. 😉

    • As you know, I did manage to get the page up very late on Saturday, but I really appreciate your patience—and enthusiasm! 😀

  • One way to keep your enemy in hand!;)

  • Vicki

    This is unspeakably beautiful and fills my heart with great
    joy, thank-you for this wonderful gift.

  • OnyxLight

    Awesome scene is awesome!! ^_^

  • I actually just discovered this comic and I’m…. SO happy! 😀
    This is really awesome, it gave me a boost I really needed! Thx a lot for that! I’m spreading this site, I’m sure my friends will agree with me 😉
    Keep on the good work!

    • Thank you so much, Micki! I’m delighted that you’re enjoying The Young Protectors! (And that it gave you a boost—knowing my work has cheered someone up from a bad day or whatever is something that really makes me happy.)

      I’m curious, how did you find it?

      • I clicked on an add on another webcomic site. The picture was quite appealing in fact and I was searching for a new comic to read. Well, we can say it was completely by accident. A quite pleasant accident I must say!

  • Emiko

    This hurts to look at now 🙁

  • Froya

    Translating the comic is such a great excuse to re-read it! Only discovered it a week ago and I LOVE it! 🙂