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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Two—Page 17

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Kissing and super-strength — like peanut butter and chocolate, my friends.


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  • Jen Roberts

    On the one hand, I’m worried this won’t end well for Kyle.
    On the other… sorry, that was the last of my brainpower. I’m just going to stare at the pretty, pretty page for awhile, okay?

  • Jeffrey McLaurin


  • CH

    I don’t know about the boys but if Dumb and Dumber turn up now I might just kill them.

    • DemureDesire

      I’ll help.

    • I will kill the with the table I will have just flipped.

      • Sebastian

        And you’ll have an angry mob to help you.

        • Maria White

          I’ll provide the farm implements and torches!

      • LOL. You all are cracking me up. 🙂

    • Nicole Peters

      It shall become my supervillain origin story.

    • Khun David

      Dumb and Dumber, or as I like to call them, the Liefeld twins.

    • thisfox

      I see it as more likely that Kyle got followed by the “good guys”. Which will be JUST as disappointing to us voyeurs.

    • Lilka Lilianna

      If ANYONE shows up there to disturb them I shall go on a murdering spree…

    • Hehe.

  • Sanbai

    Oh….oh my… *points an industrial fan on herself*

  • Soubi

    Oh, here we go, the action. And probably some feels….

  • strangeangel24601

    Awwwww yeah… I have to say, as awesome and sexy as the other panels are, I really love how playful they’re being in the first panel. <3

  • Sapfo

    Happy birthday Kyle! Hope you enjoy your present 😉
    Why do I have a feeling that it´s going to fade into black or something?

    • Yukiness

      It would sincerely kill me if that happened. If I get one more page of skin (even above waist skin) I will be fine with this presentation. I’m not expecting porn, but I know there are classy ways of going about this and fading to black is not one of them

      • Sapfo

        Well we did get a naked Kyle running in the last chapter. I cross my fingers really hard.

  • Holly

    I LOVE the first panel. Just how happy and excited Kyle and Ducan look before all the sexy starts. Ugh! Now I have to wait until Saturday for an update!

    And I SWEAR if something interrupts them I. WILL. cry a lot. Like a ton. The tears of a frustrated fangirl,

    Man I wish my 18th birthday had been like this!

  • Feverfew_M

    This whole scene is so wonderful, first the serious talk, then Kyle’s nervousness, and now the playfulness and kissing. Just perfect. I do expect something (or someone) to rudely interrupt them, though, since I suspect that romance isn’t all this comic is about… 😉

    And even though the rational part of me knows that Anni must have had some kind of ulterior motive to chat up Kyle in the first place, I have the feeling that he really doesn’t mean Kyle any harm. But who knows, maybe the charming old Silver Fox has me fooled just as much as Kyle…

    • Khun David

      Isn’t wanting sex with a (now) legal twink an ulterior motive?

      • Niggle

        How can it be ulterior when they arranged to meet for the express purpose of having sex? That’s the opposite of ulterior. We still don’t know what his motives are for approaching Kyle. And since this isn’t a smut comic with no plot, Anni’s end goal isn’t just sex. There are five planned chapters (I think) and we’re only in the second.

      • Feverfew_M

        Heh, a very good motive, indeed, but not ulterior enough for me! 😉

  • Stubbylegs

    If anything happens to crash the night’s events, I sincerely hope it waits at least until the sexytimes are done. The poor kid needs a break; he hasn’t had an orgasm in years :/.

  • poppyroc

    I have to agree with everyone else, the first frame is so sweet and playful! But… it’s the second panel that really gets me! I’m a sucker for the classic princess-hold kiss, when the move is used tastefully. 😉 And I mean, look at Duncan’s stance in that pose, what about that is not tasty? Haha!

    • Nite_Star

      Ditto. I audibly gasped looking at that panel. It seriously make my heart and my… *AHEM*… ache <3 😉

  • DarkFeanix21

    Ooooh, this was such a sweet, intimate page, that a part of me says I should be looking away.

    It’s a very small part of me. The rest is all, “Full steam ahead!”

  • Khun David


  • thisfox

    Hey, how come only one person is being undressed here? We can’t have this turn out all uneven!

  • Amanda

    Yummy yummy!

  • Jeabro21

    i still feel as though Duncan is playing with around with Kyle and doesnt really love him.He just wants his ass,his balls, and his…youth

    • Kalynn Osburn

      I think Duncan has more honor than that.

      • Bruce Wayne

        I *hope* Duncan has more honor than that. T_T

    • Niggle

      Of course he doesn’t love him, Kyle doesn’t love Anni either. This is about gratification for both of them and they both know that. What Anni’s ulterior motives are for even approaching Kyle in the first place is the mystery, but it’s certainly not as lame as “I want to bone this young man!” That’s something he’s not hiding.

      And beyond that Anni is giving Kyle something he’d be hard put to find anywhere else: security. He is with a partner who knows what he’s doing and who Kyle can’t accidentally harm, in a place that can be damage by fire and no one will care or be harmed. So Kyle is getting a lot out of this even if his interactions with Anni end up causing a lot of chaos otherwise.

      • Angie Penrose

        He is with a partner who knows what he’s doing

        This. [nod] Even aside from all the super-hero OMGI’mGoingToBurnDownTheCity! stuff, just having your first time with someone who knows what the frak they’re doing is important.

        My first time kind of sucked, and most of that was because my age-appropriate boyfriend just didn’t have much skill. A lot of people would condemn Kyle and Duncan’s relationship just because of the age gap, but Duncan pretty clearly knows what he’s doing, and has Kyle’s best interests in mind here. Whatever else happens, I’m betting Kyle is going to have an awesome first time, because (whatever other motives he might have) Duncan cares enough about him to make sure that happens. Which is why this is a great scene. If it were just going to be Duncan grabbing an opportunity for a hot lay, and Kyle turning into a sly little boy-slut out of a porno, whooping, “Ride me, cowboy!” or whatever, I for one wouldn’t be anticipating this nearly as much as I am. 🙂


        • ShadowKat

          All I can think of now is Kyle in nothing but a cowboy hat yelling “Ride me cowboy” and Ducan in assless chaps. I won’t lie, it’s a pretty awesome mental image XD

          • Angie Penrose

            LOL! Okay, sure, but later on in their relationship — not for the first time. Heh.


          • ShadowKat

            Maybe the second or third time. Alex, if you love us, we’ll get a sketch or print of this XD

        • Titan4Ever

          AMEN! Here! Here! Regardless of any other agenda Duncan may have, this night is about Kyle for both of them.

  • Marry Black

    I see I’m not the only one interested in the “naked twink/grow man in a suit” combo. I do hope the inevitable crashing of the party comes AFTER Kyle. Please.

  • Amber Rose

    So uh, funny story, tomorrow is actually saturday! Yeah, there was like, a vote, and we decided to skip the rest of the week. You can go ahead and post the next page up, right?

    • Stubbylegs

      IT’S WEDNESDAY….AND SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RIGHT NOW!!!!!

    • Ha! 😀

  • RedWildPony

    If Hunter and Killer finally burst through that window I’ll kill them in person!!! And everyone else who would have this stupid idea!

    • Angie Penrose

      How about you and me stand guard at the windows? I’ve got a baseball bat! Anyone else want to help? 😀

      Angie [on the lookout, glaring, for Mutt and Jeff, or anyone else who might be thinking of interrupting]

      • Hikaru Takemori

        I’m not so sure about standing guard at the windows, but rather would patrol the area. My reason: I don’t want to be distracted by what I might gleen through the windows and catching intruders sooner than later would give me more time to bash their heads in for trying to interrupt ^^.
        Besides I would not want them to find me burning, if the warehouse really goes up in flames, it would ruin the mood.

      • Hikaru Takemori

        I’m not so sure about standing guard at the windows, but rather would patrol the area. My reason: I don’t want to be distracted by what I might gleen through the windows and catching intruders sooner than later would give me more time to bash their heads in for trying to interrupt ^^.
        Besides I would not want them to find me burning, if the warehouse really goes up in flames, it would ruin the mood.

      • RedWildPony

        Ouuuu, great Idea! Lets do this!

    • b3nc0

      No need to worry: PP is protecting the wharehouse as she’s also magically taping the show ¬¸¬

  • TailKinker42

    Fire go boom! Fire go Boom! Fire go BOOM!!!

  • I agree with Kyle and Duncan here..
    No words are needed, only sounds and touching… A LOT of touching.

    Reading these pages, I can help adding the sounds. *Mmmm* indeed.

    Now to the delicate act of showing hotness without showing full monty *lol*.

    Panel 3: nice job of showing a hot pose while having the hands cover for any trapped boners 😉 Also last panel: so hot and I love how Kyle is like grasping at nothing, wanting to get the shirt of but not stopping the kiss.
    Last, but not least, Kyle’s nipples <3

    Alex if you tease us now I'll flip the proverbial table!

    • I am warned. 😉

    • AC♥Bear

      I’ll throw my whole house on its side.

  • Jamie Dutton

    Omgomgomogmomg, this is so sweet and romantic and sexy! Great job Adam and Veronica! I had to put on some sexy music while I read this page, lol. I also turned on the a/c cause this is HOT and Kyle hasn’t even lost control yet!

  • rgleon9986

    You know, one thing still perplexes me. Did Kyle never experience wet dreams? If so, did his powers not activate when he achieved orgasm while unconscious? He might have mentioned it in his (very sad) tale earlier in the comic…
    He might have finished his wet dream phase before his powers developed, but we haven’t heard when his powers first appeared, and Kyle never mentioned any other instances in which he lost control of his powers due to even a wet dream. Still, it doesn’t mean those things didn’t happen…
    What say you, Alex?

    • I think that was addressed in the comments on a previous page by other readers and as some male readers could say, not all men experience to have wet dreams.
      I can’t remember on what page and what page else was said. It was something I scrolled by.

      • b3nc0

        Not all men experience wet dreams, alright, but not all men, that do, grow out of them: it’s more a question of release and some need it more often than others…

    • Jason Equality King

      It might be pure fanon, but I think this may be one of those things where since a young super does not have control of his powers yet, the body subconsciously does it for him–i.e. if he has a wet dream, his powers don’t activate. It’s kind of like the body maintaining breathing, heart rate, etc. or keeping you from actually walking around even though you’re walking in a dream.

    • Adam Black

      While your testosterone is still peaked, and you cease all ejaculations, you find out you never left “the wet dream phase”. Spot-on question tho.

    • Okay, this has been asked often enough that I’m happy to Word-of-God it.

      Like many of us, Kyle has never experienced a nocturnal emission. (And, in fact, he’s actually had very few sexual dreams, often waking up before it goes anywhere.)

      Word of God.

      • rgleon9986

        And there it is: the WORD!

  • Syncx

    Finally we’re getting to the hot and heavy , you can totally feel the passion Oozing from the page I think I might burn up before Kyle

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    Ooh la la!

  • AC♥Bear

    Oh that’s not what I had in mind; but I think it may be better. Ahh yes…

    But seriously Kyle. Please just tear Duncy’s clothes off. That’d be perfect after his little romantic carry



    • b3nc0

      Or burn them up, a piece at a time

      (can I borrow this?)

      • AC♥Bear


  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    GEEEEEEEEE! Now we have to wait til next time! ARRRRRRGH!

    • Titan4Ever

      Well, Yeah! If it were over a single page later, no matter HOW it climaxed, I know I’d feel cheated ;>

  • amanda

    SO EXCITED!!!!! I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to see them on fire!!

  • Anna Calloway

    OOoooh I’m so excited. This reminds me of the first romance novel I ever read (about a wizard who bursts into flames when he’s excited). I can’t wait!

    • RBK

      Do you remember the name of this romance novel?

      • Anna Calloway

        Yes, I have to copies of it. It’s title is Spellbound In Seattle.

        • RBK

          Thank you!

  • bandanajack


    • Bryan Axson

      I can’t wait for that part!

  • I had such an Awwwww moment. No joke.
    It is cute and romantic and I <3 it. 🙂 Excited for more.

  • SpookyDomme

    All I can think is that poor Kyle might try to pull out some of the hilariously overblown dirty talk from that fanart he saw the other day (because seriously those can be hilarious, it’s like sometimes the authors are just all “BUT HOW DO I SEX”), and Anni will be completely bemused, and then Kyle will turn so red that he melts through the floor from sheer superpowered red-hot embarrassment.

    Not…not that I’m projecting my own horrifyingly awkward tendencies to be a moment-ruiner, or anything. Nope.


    • Jac

      I want a moment where he freezes right in the middle of it and goes “What do I do now.”

      • SpookyDomme

        Me too, it would be so cute.

      • strangeangel24601

        I can relate…

  • YG_Frenchie

    This page… *Insert fangirl amount of hearts here* I tried camping last night until it was posted but by 1pm I gave in and fell asleep. My dreams woke me at 5:30-ish and the only thing that came to mind when I saw the time was “OMG IT’S POSTED BY NOW!” Through the grogginess I grabbed my iPad and was not disappointed. Then I slept with such a smile on my face until my alarm told me to get up and look at it again.

    I can’t wait to see what Duncan looks like shirtless. My curiosity is so high today. I predict a bit of chest hair, some glorious muscles and a cute innie belly button with a treasure trail.

    I wonder if he has tattoos.

    • Good, I’ll join you on Team “Duncan Take Your Shirt Off.” I hadn’t considered the possibility of him having a tattoo, although now I’m snickering because the first thing I pictured was an anarchy symbol tramp stamp. (I’m horrible.)

      • YG_Frenchie

        Aaaaaahahahahaha. Tramp stamp. That wasn’t what I was thinking buuuut it’s a funny thought.

        You’re not horrible. You are awesome! I actually don’t think he’ll have any tattoos. But I’m still wondering.

    • Mimi

      YES! Come on, Duncan!
      I’m thinking he can’t have a tattoo; wouldn’t it heal and disappear?
      Must have been annoying if he wanted to get one while younger 🙂

      • YG_Frenchie

        I thought about the fast healing ability as well. But this is a fantasy universe which results can be altered. Maybe the ink still stays behind in his skin, his tattoo just heals in no time and doesn’t have to suffer our long healing process; which I have no clue how long that is since I’m a tattoo virgin over here.

  • Lindsey Amethyst Hampton

    Oh! Ooo. (My exact reaction to this page)

  • fujoshifanatic

    That last panel…Mmmmm…8-P

  • KiannaLeigh

    Crap. I died again. *Ie (happy) sigh*

  • KNT609


  • Yukiness

    Everything is getting steamy and I’m just here doing my best Jurassic park impression. I also just scared my mom

  • KrisYWC

    Bow chicka wow wow

  • RustyBurrell

    On a completely unrelated note, I finally remember who Commander reminds me of! Elisa Maza from Gargoyles!

    • dereule101


    • melinda stumpf

      your icon goes perfect with that comment

  • bronakopdin

    one of my biggest fetishes…



    • zunden

      The gay guy in me says, “Ooo~ Yes!”

      The psych major in me says, “The definition of fetish precludes anything which is inherently sexual in nature, and therefore undressing is not and cannot be a fetish due to how intricately connected with sex it is!”

      Thus, your comment makes me very conflicted…

      • bronakopdin


        well I’m not a psych major so… thanks for the lecture, thanks for the appreciation and let me correct myself from “fetish” to “major turn on” :p

      • bronakopdin

        then let me call it “turn on” instead :p

  • Cman65

    and now for my cunning play to come in to play Aha ha ha ha ha

  • cherryblake

    oh…….my…….god!! yes !! but it feels like something else is going to happen

  • Camille Martin

    Holy ADSLKJASDJ!!! Im in complete fangirl mode now I just cant handle this page!!!!!

  • Vincent

    And then….Platinum Priestess wakes up from her dream RIGHT before the good part. Hate it when that happens.
    On a side note, if you’re still going to Gaymer Connect this weekend (formerly known as Gaymercon for irrelevant reasons) do you have any idea where your both will be? I want to stal-kerrr um, get your books. If you plan to sell any.

    • Mentor Imvu

      If that happened I would laugh so hard, but be so upset all at the same time. xD

    • Yep, I’ll be there! I’ll definitely have Artifice books and other cool goodies. (The The Young Protectors book has, of course, yet to be printed. 😉 )

      I’m sure I’ll have Con-brain so please be sure to introduce yourself as “Vincent from the comments”. That always helps!

      I’ll look forward to seeing you!

  • Mentor Imvu

    *Glues face to screen* OwO

  • ToNio

    guys (and girls) I think that’s the moment we’re all looking for let’s shut up and enjoy it.

    Ok enough I can’t shut up anymore so excited

  • Finally!

  • CecHoney


  • ServantShinigami

    cant contain it cant contain it cant contain it! ….*bursts into flames* theres no yaoi without owie TTwTT

  • Midwestmutt

    It’s a new month today. Don’t forget to vote for TYP daily. At this moment it’s standing at 191th place with a measly 9 votes.

    • RustyBurrell

      Vote? Where?

    • YG_Frenchie

      Is that what that yellow star is above the “leave a message” box?

      Because I’ve been wondering what that does…

      • I believe Midwestmutt is referring to the “Vote for The Young Protectors on Top Web Comics” button over there on the right. 🙂

        The star above is a Disqus thing. And as far as I know, it doesn’t do much. 😉

        • YG_Frenchie

          Sweet! Voted!

    • Midwestmutt

      What Alex said. You can vote for Artifice too.

  • Madock345

    Mmmm, indeed.

  • Thank you for the kind words and the thoughtful response. I absolutely agree with you that following genre convention is a very poor argument for whether a romance (or any other plot element) is successful. It either is compelling and believable or it isn’t. It works or it doesn’t. And as you mentioned, while I doubt I’m capable of writing a comic that everyone on the planet will enjoy, I am certainly committed to telling a thoughtful, compelling story.

    Of course, in terms of the relationship, there are those who are on “Team Anni” and believe that he has reformed (or perhaps never was so bad in the first place.) And there are those who think his interaction with Kyle will be revealed to be an example of his true villainy or at least that “he’s up to something.” (And, of course, a great many folks who are hoping one way or another, but just aren’t sure.) At this point in the story (the beginning of Ch 2 of a 5 chapter story), both sides can be argued and indeed many have done so in these comments.

    For the record, as the author, I find that debate to be not only appropriate but gratifying. The ambiguity is intentional and, frankly, meant to be part of the fun. At this point, in terms of buy-in, there’s only one plot point that I hope that I’ve made convincing: based on what you know about him, do you believe our hero Kyle would be doing what he is doing? Do you believe he’d be here, right now, doing what he is doing? And do you want to find out what happens next?

    If you can say yes to those questions, then we’re on the same page.

    More than that? Well, like Kyle, we’ll just have to see, now, won’t we? 😉

  • Amber Rose

    Just wanna throw in my two cents, since you started it. xD
    Why do I find it cute and romantic? Because I remember being 17 and while I may have been young and inexperienced, I wasn’t stupid. And I don’t think Kyle is stupid either. He knows going into this that it’s basically a glorified booty call. There’s no love here (they barely know each other), and whether they’re even in a relationship (or will be in one) has a vague maybe as an answer. It’s all about lust here, and as far as that goes, this works. You could do a whole lot worse for your first time than with an experienced partner who, at the very least, has shown lots of consideration and given plenty of chances to opt out. Even if Kyle’s being manipulated, he isn’t being harmed or forced, which is important.
    Maybe Anni is evil. Maybe he is reformed. That isn’t at issue here yet. Even the age difference, while a bit squicky for me as well, isn’t as much an issue, since we’re looking at what may be poor Kyle’s only chance at losing his virginity. He needs a relationship with someone closer in age to him, yes. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he needs a booty call with one.

  • You raise valid points, although I’d be interested to know how many readers find this pairing truly romantic at the moment as opposed to just sexy. Since I personally have always been attracted to people older – sometimes much older – than me, the “ick” factor regarding the age gap between Kyle and Duncan is absent in my case; actually, it enhances my appreciation of the romance/sex plot.

    But I’m really curious as to how Duncan’s age will factor into the main storyline – I’ve been wondering since the beginning why Alex chose to have Kyle’s love interest be both a villain – which would have presented plenty of conflict on its own – and so much older. It could just be another complication added to the relationship, sort of a twist on the more predictable challenges that would face a hero dating a villain. I think there’s more to it, though, since it would have been simple enough, and probably more broadly appealing, to have Kyle involved with a hot young bad guy. So far Duncan’s age is important from a character-building perspective – being older means he’s had time to develop considerable notoriety amongst heroes and villains, it means he’s far more worldly than Kyle, more sexually experienced, and therefore possessed of tremendous confidence. If he does have ulterior motives in seducing Kyle, I’d have no trouble believing that Duncan, with his suaveness and life experience, could so smoothly manipulate both Kyle and the situation to his advantage. I can’t say I’d buy it coming from a villain closer to Kyle’s age.

    The popular theory in the comments is that Duncan and Sircea are involved in some kind of youth-stealing scheme, and getting close to Kyle is all part of the plan. That could be, although we have yet to see Duncan – or even Sircea, really – express real dissatisfaction with being older. It doesn’t seem like Duncan’s abilities have diminished as he’s aged. And if that’s all they’re up to, I don’t think Sircea’s tentacle-y diagnostic would have been necessary – it seems like Duncan suspects there’s something more to Kyle, and his main motivation at the moment is figuring out what exactly it is. Whether he plans to use the information for good or evil is still ambiguous, which brings me back to your actual point – is Duncan good – and good for Kyle – or not?

    I don’t think we’re supposed to know at this fairly early point in the story – actually, it would be really boring if we did! We’re probably not supposed to root for Duncan to get the guy – it’s pretty clear he can and will – but rather watch and hope that it turns out he’s worthy of Kyle once he gets him. I suspect the larger conflict in the story will transcend the romance plot (hence this scene appearing so soon), and Duncan will either prove his goodness or redeem himself through the nature of his involvement. I’m really excited to see how it turns out, and I think we’re in total agreement in that respect!

    • AC♥Bear

      “Since I personally have always been attracted to people older – sometimes much older – than me, the “ick” factor regarding the age gap between Kyle and Duncan is absent in my case; actually, it enhances my appreciation of the romance/sex plot.”

      Totally. I’ve been attracted to men ten-forty years my senior. So Duncan/Kyle is completely cool in my boat.

  • Stubbylegs

    Loving where this is going so far!

    I know this has been discussed to some extent in the fan porn arc, but I’m very curious to see the other YP reactions when the truth about Kyle “comes out.” (note: for the moment, I’m putting aside the whole bit about him being romantically involved with a supervillain and just focusing on them finding out that he’s gay).

    As others have said, I don’t think their reactions to the fan porn are really all that indicative of how they’ll react when they find out about Kyle.

    Tsunami may turn out to be the most supportive of all; when he saw the porn, he may not have been thinking “EWW TEH GHEY!1!11!1;” instead, it may have been something more like “gay or not, I really don’t want to see a drawing of myself playing hide the salami in my teammate’s ass.”

    On the other end of the spectrum, Spooky might have been perfectly ok with the fan porn because it was harmless and didn’t actually affect him at all. When “the gay thing” hits closer to home with Kyle, he *might* not be so supportive.

    I’m not saying this is necessarily how I think things WILL turn out, but I do think it’s at least possible. Of course, if they find out about Anni at the same time as they find out about Kyle being gay, that throws a wrench into the whole thing.

  • Mozzarellacheese

    It comforts me that I don’t know which side of the internet I’m on,
    mostly because there are the very significant stories which need to
    reinforce better values and there are those which don’t actually have a
    lesson, but focus on the romance. And I don’t know which one this is! So
    I reserve judgment, because this is the internet, and I’m floating on
    the line between “suspension of morality” and “moral rage at statutory
    rape”. And I don’t know where the story is going yet. I can shake
    my head and say “tsk tsk Kyle you’re too young” or something could come
    up and surprise me. So I’ll see where that goes.

  • Stubbylegs

    I wonder if an orgasm, on Kyle’s part at least, won’t trigger some sort of traumatic memory from Kyle’s past, considering what happened the last time he had one…I just thought of that…

    • TwilightDreamer

      That’s a good point actually o.o…never thought of that.

  • ajah2

    I would like to place one order for that model of wonderfully romantic silver haired gentleman please. Though if it comes in dozen or half dozen batches only I will happily take that deal too.

  • Sophie

    I am completely expecting them to get interrupted by superheroes/supervillains.

  • Vasyl

    shhh you’ll jinx it

  • Klaus

    It may well be that Duncan has ulterior motives. If so they no doubt have to do with Kyle’s unique nature, as he discussed with PP just before teleporting.

    But I see nothing repugnant if he is just after sex. Kyle has accepted his invitation with open eyes. He is not a child. He knows what he wants.

    The story would not work with a young villain. An ex-villain of about Kyle’s age would not have had time to build up a record of non-villainy.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    You are not the only one to have expressed concerns about the situation. I have seen them echoed not just previously here but also on at least one other comics discussion board, with a similar level of thoughtful to-ing a fro-ing. Those expressing concern have tended to be in the minority, but obviously there may be a difference between the number of people holding concerns and the number who voice them.

    After thinking about this, I have two possible answers, one more pleasant than the other. The first is to repeat my long held assessment of the comic: Alex has cunningly written a story designed to keep the reader wondering what will happen next. With the Annihilator, this takes the form of ambiguity about Duncan’s motives. With Red Hot, if takes the form of uncertainty as to whether in any situation Kyle will react as a competent and dedicated crime fighter or a love struck teenager (or is that lust addled teenager? 🙂 This is clearly a winning formula for Alex, because the readers keep throwing money at bonus page bar for an extra installment each week.

    The other is that most of the readers are hopeless romantics who are hypnotised into going ‘squeee!’ at the prospect of a bit of romance, regardless of the wider context. Call it a form of cognitive dissonance.

    On a purely personal level, I have just this moment thought up another variation on Duncan’s motives (on top of all the others, both pro and con, that I’ve developed so far) and that he may be genuinely be trying to be a better person – but he suffers from an obsessive compulsive disorder he developed in his days of active supervillainy: be a manipulative schemer with everything.

  • Chelsea Cheyanne


  • Yami_no_Ite

    Whatever happens, I suspect that when the next page is posted thousands of fans will cry out in agony. Cause my guess as to what will happen is very likely they will either get interrupted, or we will switch viewpoints to somewhere else.

    • Klaus

      I hope that you are not too sad because it did not happen that that way.

      • Yami_no_Ite

        Oh no. I suspect many of us cried out, but it sure wasn’t in agony. 😀

  • AC♥Bear

    It’s gonna take time. He doesn’t want to marry Kyle or anything. When Kyle even mentioned dating he was like, “Uh.. yeah…” He isn’t going to suddenly become an anti-villain and sweep Kyle off his feet and ride a white horse off into a dazzling sunset. In fact, something like that very well may never happen.

    And just because he’s older doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. Sure, 18 and 52(or was it older?) is gigantic; but at the same time I almost feel someone his own age would hurt him more than an older person, because they’re as inexperienced as Kyle himself and don’t have as much sense of what the world is in comparison to Duncy Honey(my disgusting new nickname). That’s kind of why you see younger people more interested in someone older; because an older person is more secure and knows what’s up.

    Plus Duncan can be pretty damn sexy and alluring.

    • Nicole Peters

      Duncan’s chivalry is really weird though! Your last thought inspired me. Oh yeah, he wants that, but he keeps running off like a schoolgirl to make it THAT MAGIC MOMENT. It’s more his face totally says I will hit that all night and into the morning and you won’t be able to walk for days.

      For an anarchist, I wonder what’s up with his bashful following of certain social rules. Why the petals? Why was the secret ‘evil’ seeming thing actually a precaution to keep Kyle’s anonymity in case of an emergency and also to protect him? He doesn’t want to hurt kids, I believe him, and says supervillains don’t cross that line. At what point are you not a group of kid heroes? And we still don’t know what Duncan does in his spare time as the Annihilator. Surely he does something. He was rather vague!

  • Caaaaaaamping!! 🙂

    • Lillihandra

      Glad to see I’m not the only one sitting here hitting refresh every couple minutes.

    • Amber Rose

      I brought marshmallows. I’m hoping Kyle supplies the fire. ^.^

    • YG_Frenchie

      I’m camping too. I have to wake up sooo early for work and I can’t sleep because I need my fix.

      Totally worth it. <3

  • Lillihandra

    Two cents time for me.

    The ick for me would only extend so far as Kyle’s lack of agreement. The first encounter was more ick for me than what is going on here because there was a verifiable degree of force and manipulation on Duncan’s part. The dinner was questionable because Kyle expressed that he didn’t really feel he had a choice, regardless of the outcome or his enjoyment thereof. However, as it’s gone on, Duncan’s given Kyle plenty of chances to back out of this particular encounter. Kyle came in with eyes wide open, both to Duncan’s history and to what he would likely end up doing. They specifically discussed the logistics of what they were about to do. There was very little ambiguity, if any, surrounding what is currently going on.

    As for an age gap, it depends for me on the people. There are some forty-year-olds I don’t think are responsible enough to make decisions about love and sex, and some fifteen-year-olds who seem to know and understand far more than anyone their age has the right to. In the end, the only way to determine if the age will be a problem is if it’s a factor in the way they break up or used against one of the pair by the other.

    As for the “Duncan must be repentant” bit… well, I’m not sure anyone can really dictate what can or can’t work in a relationship they’re not in. It’s about what works for the people involved. Besides, if this is just about the sex, it doesn’t particularly matter who is involved if both parties are consenting adults fully aware of their actions. Kyle is now officially an adult, so it counts.

  • John

    *Trying to remove image of Hunter and Killer joining Kyle and Annie*

  • Hey guys.
    If the new page isn’t showing for you yet (which it didn’t for me) then try to refresh your cache or change the address line to page 18 yourself.
    Page IS up.. and hoooly god <3

  • Nicole Peters

    Actually? I like that emotional conflict. It’s especially noticeable here, his pale hands on Kyle. It’s one of the reasons I don’t want an interuption because I think it needs to go a touch farther. His friend the Specter is really creepy and her helping them was odd. Feeling young is what it’s all about. We’ve seen nothing to show he’s honest, just that he might be, but plenty of evidence that Kyle is naive. There is the suspicion that the Annihilator may have some morals in spite of his anarchy from his vague chivalry, but having Kyle in his pocket and saying things that make the young protectors sound more and more like anarchists like him, ie what a person may call a villain, I’m a bit hesitant. I’m not as concerned about the age, I just sort of wonder Why Kyle. I feel like, if he actually likes Kyle in a sincere manner, he knows something he’s not letting on. I am a little disturbed by gushing OMG CUTIES because this story has some hidden darkness. I think our author will prove it, if Artifice is any indication. While the comic had some flaws, that was before this one. Also, thanks for the excuse to write a block of text, I like people who actually bother thinking. Rather than you, I both want to be shown he is not a villain and IS a villain. This guy is no victim and he’s NOT Kyle. How can he be friends with someone so cruel to Spooky?

  • OnyxLight

    This page… every panel is just so full of squee! ^_^

  • Demie Duken

    I am just LOVING this comic so far since I started reading tonight, I gotta say, with all the quips and cheesiness in between.

  • Tooo sweeet! Awwww!! FINALLY! Hahaha! Wow, what a great development of romance!

  • linda Kenctuk