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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Two—Page 28

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Holy crap! O_O

We have new Fan Art from Bernielover — it’s The Annihilator in bed looking rather pleased with the world. Do check it out.

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Thank you all so much for your generous support!

So! This happened. The Annihilator is doing God knows what. O_O New page is up next Saturday this Wednesday — maybe we’ll find out more then! Hope to see you there! 😀

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! Edit 9/7/13 12:49 PM: You did it again! Thanks to your generous donations, in addition to the regular update next Saturday (page 30!), there will be a bonus update (page 29!) this Wednesday, 9/11/13! Thank you so, so much! (And wow, it hasn’t even been 24 hours since I posted and there are already 323 comments—a record for a Young Protectors page update! It’s been so interesting to read your theories and reactions. Thank you for being such awesome readers! You all rock! :D)

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  • kaiser_roll

    Shouldn’t the fire be coming from a different bodily area? ;D

    • Kendall

      ROFL!

  • Amanda

    Freaking out right now!

  • Holly

    At least the socks are gone now….

  • Dammit this whole week of plot twist after plot twist… my poor heart..

  • stickfigurefairytales

    ANNI YOU BASTARD!!!

    • SofiaT

      *hugs*

  • Mumin

    Those sheets are gone for a burton…

  • Jason Equality King

    Darn Scenery censors… 😛

    That looks like a spell of some sort. I just wonder what it did/does.

    Side thought… Superheroes must be pretty comfortable with their bodies right? They walk around in such skintight costumes that define every ridge and bulge.

  • YG_Frenchie

    What…The heck… Is HAPPENING?!?!

    I was NOT expecting this! At all.

    My heart is racing and I’m just realizing I’m gripping my hair!!

  • SofiaT

    The shit just hit the fan, didn’t it?

    …and now I remember that “Something is Brewing” poster on the kickstarter page and I feel like crying. 🙁

  • Tina

    AAAAH!!! WAS. NOT. EXPECTING. THAT. DAMNIT ALEX YOU GAVE ME A HEARTATTACK!!

    • SofiaT

      *sigh* I saw it coming 2 pages ago.

      Damn you Duncan. I hate it when my feelings of doom are proved right.

      Edit: Sorry, four pages ago. Ever since he told Kyle he just wanted to wrap his arms around him and gaze into his beautiful eyes, I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen. Arrrrgghhh.

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        I know your pain, hon *offers virtual comfort chocolate*

        • SofiaT

          *takes chocolate and hands over kleenex*

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            Thanks *sniffles in an un-ladylike fashion*

            …Gotta see the positive, there. You know how TYP’s ad tagline was ‘Superhero, Supervillain… It’s complicated?’ Perhaps we’ve simply entered ‘it’s complicated’ territory !

          • SofiaT

            Dum spiro spero, sister. Dum spiro spero.

            Although I doubt we’d be so willing to give Duncan the benefit of the doubt if his ass didn’t look the way it does, wouldn’t you agree?

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            I believe it’s more of a lift buoy in the general tempest… My train of thought went a little like this ‘Duncan, if the man we know and love proves to be a masquerade, first I’ll cry, then Imma kick your butt.’ ‘Which is very nice, by the way.’ ‘Well *sgnif*, if, and I mean if he’s a traitor, at least he would’ve betrayed while having a great ass.’

            Which is more than a little weird, but we’ve all been a bit shaken.

            Looks usually have little influence in whether or not I like a character – with that said, however, Duncan’s deserve to be acknowledged ^^ (and the same goes for Kyle). Adam and Veronica really do an awesome job!

          • I agree. They really do. 🙂

          • Jamie Dutton

            So I’m not the only one in tears here?

          • SofiaT

            No. Definitely not.
            We should form a club and call it the Brokenhearted-for-Kyle-but-still-hopelessly-in-love-with-Duncan club.

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            … You beat me there. 😀

            ‘Would’ve called it the Knights of the Dampened tissue, though. I assume yours is a bit more specific !

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            Hardly. Let’s all have a masochism party !

      • Tina

        It was more a shock clicking the next button and suddenly going from Thingy Smushing to Anni chanting like a madman and the whooshing fire. My computer deciding to load slowly before speeding up again didn’t help either -__-;

        • SofiaT

          I know what you mean. I always hold my breath and feel my heart skip a beat when I press “last page” -my computer tends to upload the page gradually.

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        I think pretty much everyone was expecting Duncan to pull something right from the beginning since Duncan pretty much said “I am a villain, I am remorseless, and I will lie to you” plus that whole scene with the Platinum Priestess. No one can really honestly say they thought Duncan was really interested in a silly teenage boy just for himself. There was always an ulterior motive.

        • SofiaT

          True. But I expected it to happen during sex. This whole “give yourself to me, trust me, let go” thing stunk of “I want to cast a spell and I need you to be completely open for it, like a lamb going to the slaughterhouse”.

          Not saying that I’m the only one, I’m sure others feared so too -actually, someone mentioned Stardust in the last page’s comments, so I was definitely not the only one who saw this coming.

  • Okay, now: now I’m suspicious again.

  • KrisYWC

    Oh no, I got a bad feeling about this.

  • Katie Chambers

    Did he… Did he just un-hero Kyle!? WUT?
    Alex, are you playing with us again!?

  • Tina

    I suddenly hear a million fans shouting, “I TOLD YOU SO” from the near future…

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    Kyle is a Lovecraftian horror? Well, okay then I hope he/it bites off Duncan’s tits for seducing the poor schmuck.

  • The Yaoi Review

    Even the fire didn’t like those socks. XD

  • Amanda

    I agree with you! I think it’s just a way to focus Kyle’s fire!

  • Summer

    Okay, one; Anni has a FANTASTIC ass. Two…who called it?! I KNEW something like this would happen!!!!

    • SofiaT

      I’ll quote Charlaine Harris when describing Eric Northman’s ass:

      If there was an global competition for the best ass, he would win hands down… or cheeks up.

  • Denise Cruz

    Oh! Oh! Oh! I…don’t even… OMG! I’m freaking out here! I’m kind of scare for Kyle… Don’t know what to expect from Ani from now on…

  • TwilightDreamer

    I knew he was up to something, but I still don’t get it…
    aaahh!!! cliff hanger!!! XD noooo!! I can’t wait until Wednesday!!! DX I need to know now!!!

  • SofiaT

    I’ll get whatever little glimpse of hope I can find, so thank you.
    The spell doesn’t sound like a good thing but I’ll stop pulling my hair out for the moment and wait for Wed/day (anyone doubts the donations will not reach $400 by the end of today? Yeah, me neither).
    Hope dies last, even with supervillains casting ominous (and evil sounding) spells during sex with young and naive superheroes.

    I’ll still keep the kleenex close though.

  • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

    … May I direct you to page 25?

    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch2-page-25/

    Page 25 is a tricky one, cause it can be interpreted in two very different ways. It hit me earlier -so I wouldn’t say I didn’t see that coming, but I sure as heck hoped it wouldn’t…

    So now, as far as I’m concerned, it’s Armaggedon. Yet it was TOTALLY WORTH IT.

    (…And yes, I still trust Duncan to care for Kyle against all odds, why do you ask? This has to be a… small misunderstanding. Yeah. *sings ‘lalala I don’t hear you’*)

    • SofiaT

      Spell-casting requiring free will? Yeah, I’ve been fearing this would happen for some time now.

      And yet I still hope. *headdesk*

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        Uuuh…. I know ! When drawn close to orgasm, the Annihilator feels the need to yell incoherent syllables. His cry just so turned out to be the formula for an offensive spell. Oo

        Well, maybe not … But in all seriousness, I believe you’re still right to hope. (Or I’ll gladly to be wrong with you.)

  • Jamie Dutton

    And there goes the other shoe…..I’m surprised at how NOT shocked I am at what just happened. Although I honestly couldn’t tell you what the heck the Annihilator is doing. It’s 50/50 at this point if it’s a good spell or a bad one. Heck, it could even be a neutral spell meant for something at a later date.
    But, I’m very sad and actually in tears right now, because I was hoping that all our paranoia was just us being jaded.
    Btw, the artwork on this is jaw dropping. The fire in that last panel is so beautiful and heartbreaking.
    Dangit, Alex, I need to go get some more tissues.

    • SofiaT

      The font used on the spell bubble doesn’t make it look like it’s a good thing though, does it?
      Ditto about the art, one of the most powerful pages so far.

      • Jamie Dutton

        I know, but I’m seriously trying to hold on to bits of hope. I am just a foolish, hopeless romantic, I suppose.

        • SofiaT

          …and you’re not the only one *pats back*

        • YG_Frenchie

          I’m in that boat too.

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            Join the fun. I still have virtual comfort chocolate, should you need some !

      • Jamie Dutton

        I know, but I’m seriously trying to hold on to bits of hope. I am just a foolish, hopeless romantic, I suppose.

    • SofiaT

      The font used on the spell bubble doesn’t make it look like it’s a good thing though, does it?
      Ditto about the art, one of the most powerful pages so far.

  • KeyD

    I think you can’t deactivate Kyle’s ability totally, but for a short period of time.
    So I think Anni is first sucking out the fire of Kyle’s body….and then other things….öhm…I mean…öhm…
    ;-p

  • 🙂

    hmmm…

  • Now THAT’s an ejaculation…

  • Now THAT’s an ejaculation…

  • YG_Frenchie

    Alex is probably doing his own camping and watching us all freak out. I can imaging he’s just as excited to see our reactions as we are for the updates.

    Hi, Alex!
    *waves*

    • SofiaT

      At this point I’m convinced Alex is standing, legs apart and arms akimbo, head thrown back, and laughing a very evil laughter. The Platinum Priestess is sitting behind him on a couch, smirking and eating chocolates.

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        Your vision is a thing of beauty.

        Having fun there, Alex? 😀

      • (alex is doing his best :: mwa ha ha ::

        {and looking handsome while doing so, probably})

        • SofiaT

          Kind of like Duncan. He does his worst while looking like a million bucks (dat ass!). And not a hair out of place!

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            I smell a slight obsession 😀

            … And on that note, I think I’ll go to sleep, now.

            (Mind if I’m following you? We should have meetings with the Association Devoted to Praise Duncan Butt-cheeks and Lament, sometimes ^^) (Yes, it changes names often.)

          • SofiaT

            Actually, I’m quite fascinated with Duncan’s torso too. Which is a bit embarrassing considering he’s not even real o.O
            In this page even his damn feet are sexy though, it’s not my fault!! I totally blame Adam. >:(

            And sure, feel free to follow me -do I need to do something to permit it? Not very familiar with Disqus to be honest.

            (oh and I like the new name of the club. We must make sure to include it in the Memorandum of Incorporation)

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            Well, both our activities seem to be set on private – if we change that just for an instant I’ll be able to follow you.

            “Actually, I’m quite fascinated with Duncan’s torso too. Which is a bit embarrassing considering he’s not even real o.O”

            As I said before, I’m not usually influenced by looks when liking a particular character. I’ll say it loud and clear, however : I find Duncan to be fascinating, which might be the reason why everything he does somehow winds up being incredibly sexy. And, yep, up to flexing his feet 😀

            …Is this the right moment to seek medical attention?

          • SofiaT

            I’ll change my settings now -I give you 15 mins 😛

            And I think medical attention would be futile in our case.

            Acute Duncanitis. It’s lethal and has no known cure I fear.

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            Mine are changed, if you want to do so as well !
            ETA : nope, yours are still private…

            Medical research can still progress ! The virus isn’t very old after all 😀

            (The only obstacle to it being the poor contaminated fools themselves, who flat-out refuse its annihilation )

          • SofiaT

            *snort* …she said “annihilation”!

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            … And believe me, I ain’t proud of it. Oo

            Did you manage changing your settings? (Access : Edit Profile – Tab ‘Profile’ – Scroll and De-check the last box, I think. Oo)

          • SofiaT

            I’ve done it for some time now -you still see it as locked?

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            Still did, but it’s gone now. O joy ! O happiness ! Now we’ll be free to ramble ^^

    • Hi Frenchie!

      Yes, it’s a lot of fun to see y’all so engaged with what’s happening. (400+ comments!) And you already know I love to read your speculations. Yep, I love our readers. So definitely having fun right now. 🙂

  • YG_Frenchie

    Alex is probably doing his own camping and watching us all freak out. I can imaging he’s just as excited to see our reactions as we are for the updates.

    Hi, Alex!
    *waves*

  • Lady_Hiroko

    Hmm….I seem to be the only one (or few since I didn’t read all the comments) NOT “freaking out”. It could easily be a spell intending to harm Kyle. But on the same coin, it could easily be a spell to contain his fire and protect them both. The answer will be up on Wednesday unless they are going to continuously string us along (like good authors) then we’ll just have to wait longer.

    Beautiful artwork by the way guys. And I’m still a poor fool to donate. Unless you want my lunchbox. I can donate my lunchbox. XD

    • YG_Frenchie

      Yeah I’m hoping it’s nothing bad. Like a spell that makes his body recognize the moment/feeling and prevents the ‘blazing’ from happening every time he experiences it after this. It’s all I’ve got.

  • Jay Dragonmite

    Uhh… I didn’t expect that at all…

    Now this joke is ruined! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VLnWf1sQkjY

    • Maybe but this one isn’t 😀

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxjzB8nfCB4

      (damn I was waiting for while to put this on here!!! Finally!)

      • Jay Dragonmite

        Thanks for ruining my life by gettin me addicted to this song you jerk! 🙁

        • Well… I am the devilish mind of the fan chanel!!!
          Every fans need also their supervilain…
          NIAHAHAHAAhahahahahahahahahhaha!!!!!!!!

          • Jay Dragonmite

            Mark my words boy. I shall strike you down once I am powerful enough during the next full moon, on a Wednesday on in October… Mark my words…

          • Oh oh! My beautiful supervilainery isn’t at all threatened by your empty word, young hero.

            But you are in luck that I’m not a shifty vilain and have some honnor, because I could definitely use this info against you… like hunting you down until the next fool moon knowing that I would risk nothing by attacking you.

            Remember my words, newborn hero: Never tell your ennemy when you could be powerless or defensless, or losing control of your abilities… This could be the of you lovely werewolf life.

          • Jay Dragonmite

            Have my babies.

          • Well well. I am flattered, I really am. But our problem stays the same. To kill me or have me, you still need to find me, my dear.

  • Admiral Jane

    Well, well he could be performing an exorcism. Maybe Kyle was possessed by a fire demon as a boy. Or he could be stealing Kyle’s powers. Or… Or… I’m certain there has to be another or. I refuse to believe I’ve been falsely led. Duncan is doing something good. Until next page I’m going to be in that corner over there rocking back and forth singing to myself.

    • DC

      I’m hoping Duncan is doing something good. To me it just looks like Duncan is controlling the fire to protect them both from it.

      • Admiral Jane

        Only problem is Duncan is fire proof, so it shouldn’t hurt him and it’s Kyle’s fire, so it won’t hurt him. Maybe he’s trying not to burn up the bed? Hey it could be an antique.

        • Kore88

          This made me laugh so hard.
          Although considering how rich Duncan is, it probably is.

  • YangYueLan

    Kyle, Kyle its ‘Knock your socks off’ not ‘Burn your socks off’!

    • Adam Black

      Maybe they are fire socks

      • etalas

        They were _cursed_ fire socks he couldn’t take off (because that’s how cursed items are, right?) and only the most powerful fire-wielding being on earth would be able to burn them off. Poor Kyle didn’t know it was himself all the time and Duncan used the spell to releases Kyle’s full power to finaly get rid of the socks (so he can do kinky things with Kyle’s hot feet *SCNR*)!

        Now everything makes sense, right? Also answers what’s the thing Duncan knew about Kyle’s power Kyle didn’t know himself! 😀

        • Adam Black

          I think its just a subliminal ( for us ) visual pun,

          “he blew my socks off”

        • Adam Black

          This story is really a sad tragedy about how two brave loevrs suffocated from breathing in the toxic smoke from burning acrylic fabrics.

          Why o why Kyle, dont you wear natural fibers…?

  • SofiaT

    Every time we call Duncan “Anni”, I remember of a Darth Vader poster with the tag line: a guy can only be called “Annie” so many times before he snaps.

    Boom!

  • RustyBurrell

    I’m going to be staring at this page all week now…

    • SofiaT

      Your avatar matches your comment perfectly 🙂

  • Now, I would like to give Anni the benefit of the doubt here. Because I am seeing two real options here.
    1. He is trying to make it so that Kyle doesn’t burn the place down
    2. The Platinum Priestess (I always get her name wrong, so let me know if I did it this time) gave him a spell to sap that strength from Kyle.
    So…bad guy manipulating a not-so-virgin-anymore or good guy trying to give Kyle the most pleasure he can.
    Hm.

  • SofiaT

    Now I’m left wondering what evil baskets look like 😀

  • I KNEW IT!
    Seems that at least one, quite possibly all three options I suggested on previous page is happening. This page is so ‘mysterious’ and wicked made that I can’t wait to see what happens next.

    Thank god we get a bonus page on wednesday. It would be torture to wait a week here XD

    • kaycee1967

      just wait… 😉

  • Well… that’s a “Hell” of an orgasm!!! (grin)

  • Btw.. the new fanart.
    I knew that would be Duncan before I even clicked it. Knowing Bernielover’s interest (I’m a follower of hers).. Duncan is right up her alley 😉

    • I’ve been meaning to ask her if her username comes from a love of Bernese Mountain Dogs. I’ve been thinking about being owned by a BMD…

  • arobynbird

    ok I know that he’s new at this, but why would he leave his socks on?

    • Stubbylegs

      Because some people like to leave their socks on…

  • Yukiness

    Oh my goodness what in the I did not see this coming.

    Alex, you are one brilliant evil mastermind leading all us fujoshis and fundashi’s on like that.

    • Cydney Sabin

      At first, I read that as “fujoshis and fundoshis.” I was wondering why you were talking about underwear. Oops.

    • 🙂

  • Also. Anni butt. 😀

  • Kendall

    The previous page was what made me very suspicious, though the exchange between the Platinum Priestess and the Annihilator about youth was a BIT suspicious as well. But everything else had potential (and still does, technically) to be, uh, “innocent,” so to speak. But last page, with Kyle talking about feeling Duncan’s lips on him, et al. while Duncan’s not actually kissing or doing the things Kyle’s talking about, and his eyes closed…yeah that seemed almost like he’d gone into some kinda dream world by himself and the Annihilator had maybe set him up.

    BUT MAYBE NOT! 😀 We’ll see.

    Oh yeah, and ZOMG the art and colors on the final panel this week…WOW!

    • SofiaT

      I thought it was really suspicious four pages ago when Duncan was sweet-talking him and again two pages ago, when Duncan was asking Kyle to trust him completely… it looked like some magic requiring free will/trust was underway… But Alex changed the speech bubble and removed the kissing part -apparently that was initially on the script but then the art they decided on didn’t match and Alex forgot to modify the script accordingly. That’s all fixed now.

      So, Kyle was not under Duncan’s spell there… at least not in that sense o.O

      • Kendall

        Whoops, thanks for mentioning that; I’d last seen it with the old text. Okay then, that nukes the main thing that had made me suspicious.

        • SofiaT

          no worries mate 🙂

      • vessto

        Gosh, thank you!!!! I didn’t know this! So, the changed pages are 24 and 26?

        • SofiaT

          no, just page 27, in the panel where Kyle feels especially… chatty and describes every sensation.

          He made a comment about Duncan kissing him, but the art doesn’t show Duncan kissing him at that point so that was a bit weird and people commented on it. Alex noticed and took out that word. It’s a very small change really.
          I didn’t even think it was weird before, I just thought the panels were a few moments or even minutes apart from each other and maybe Duncan kissed Kyle when we “weren’t looking”.

          • vessto

            Thank you! *sighs* But I loved this sentence, kissing and thingy mentioned at once. Well “on top on me” instead of “kissing me” is a great combination too with thingy part too. 😀

  • RustyBurrell

    And on another note, those flames, omg. Bravo.

    • SofiaT

      Veronica’s work in this page is outstanding!

  • SofiaT

    It’s only a tiny detail, I know, but has anyone else noticed that in the previous pages the upper sheet covered them and in this one it’s not thrown back but they’re both sitting/lying *on* both sheets? Unless the sheet that covered them was a different one that now has been burned completely. Hm…

    • Cydney Sabin

      I did notice that, but I’m sure Alex&Co. have a reason… right?

      • Cydney Sabin

        Then again, looking back, the cover sheet starts moving down slowly through each panel, so they’re on top of the fitted sheet by now.

  • Trowa Barton

    O.o What just happened?

  • Instant reaction: “What the hell just happened?!”

  • Audax

    This artwork is particularly amazing! Adam and Veronica have really outdone themselves. This panel is beautiful and horrifying in equal and intertwined measure, but that seems insufficient. As a plot moment and piece of art at once it’s really past describing.

    Also, I’m loving the Lovecraft influence I’m reading on that spell. Still waiting to figure out exactly what’s going on here, of course, but this doesn’t seem like kissy stuff any more to me. My long-term questions are: how did Duncan tap the eldritch horrors? And will Spooky be able to help Kyle avenge himself?

    • Cydney Sabin

      That’s something I’ve been wondering… Can anyone use magic? Is he casting a trigger-type spell? Or is magic one of his powers?

  • kaycee1967

    All is not what it seems…

    • SofiaT

      “These are not the droids you are looking for”…
      Is that your true belief of are you just hoping to summon The Force?

      I’d be really interested to hear your theories if they will provide me with even a tiny bit of hope. (It’s early afternoon where I am so while everyone else will go to bed in the US, I have the whole day to fret about what Duncan in doing).

      • Cydney Sabin

        I just woke up recently to start my day at work, so I’ll be fretting all day long. And the next day. And the next day. Take solace in the fact that you’ll (most likely) be awake when it updates on Wednesday and can be one of the first to read it.

        • SofiaT

          It usually updates some time between 1pm-3pm my local time; Wed/days I’m at work and can only just look at the page really quickly at best on my phone -have to wait for hours before I can get home and enjoy it properly. Saturdays are much better 😀

          • Cydney Sabin

            Similar for me as well. Saturdays I have to be up earlier for work, so earlier comic reading!

      • kaycee1967

        It’s not… what you are seeing is Duncan freeing Kyle of the potential to hurt people in the future. Not do harm to Kyle. Kyle has feared his potential because of what happened to his foster family. It is not some nefarious plan of Duncan’s to steal Kyle’s powers or anything of that nature.

        What it is… Duncan is using the spell to release that part of Kyle that was pent up in fear… fear of hurting others.

        • SofiaT

          Yep, that’s indeed one of the theories that go around; but what makes you so sure that’s definitely the case?

          The reason I doubt it’s that (but I still hope it is, because I’m a masochist and my soft spot for Duncan refuses to go away no matter what) is that Duncan looks particularly evil here and that -and this is important- if he planned on using a spell for Kyle’ss own good, why didn’t he tell him in advance? Especially considering how open Kyle was to him in the previous pages and all those charming speeches Duncan gave. COMMUNICATION ANNI!!! That’s the key to a successful relationship!

          While I don’t dismiss your theory as impossible and I think it’s a very good one too, my prevalent theory is that he needed Kyle’s free will/trust in order to cast a very bad spell… there are quite a few more theories going around about what that could be.

          I do like yours better though, it gives me hope where there seems to be very little left.
          I’ll be biting my nails till Wed/day!

    • Klaus

      Or so it would appear.

  • Sapfo

    DUNCAN….what, why, how….!

  • The thoughts this page is giving me.

    1) So that speed line in panel 2 is pretty extensive. It was needed to be THAT big to make sure Duncan didn’t show naughty bits? No wonder Kyle’s reaction was ‘holy crap’ ;-P

    2) Now WHY did the first word in Duncan’s spell-thingy have to recemble the word ‘lamps’ so much?
    At least there’s no lamps in this scene to they don’t need to R.I.P. Let’s see if the same can be said for the bed when this is over.

    R.I.P poor socks. You were so innocently left on to suffer the consequences *wipes away one lonely tear*

    Pfff.. clearly I should go back to bed. My pain meds is still affecting me. I hadn’t even planned to be up and check the page until later.. so yeah.. I’m going to bed, and it has nothing to do with the sight of Duncan’s ass… backside, I mean backside!

    • Sapfo

      Are the socks the Mr Lamp of this comic?

    • In regards to number 1, yes. It did need to be that big.
      In regards to number 2, just keep saying the word “LAAAAAMPS” in a semi-evil voice and you’ll understand.

  • DAMMIT
    I had finally gotten past my mistrust of this stupid man and now….UGH.
    Alex.
    You’re killing me.

  • Sapfo

    He still have his socks on….. he has socks are on fire ….. fire good? ….. electricity bad?

  • So ‘lampros’ is Greek, meaning something like: shining, radiant, splendid, magnificent, bright.

    I guess that makes sense here, and might be where Alex got inspiration for what ever Duncan’s little spell is doing.

    Why did I have to go and try to look that up? Shining, splendid.. Now I’m taken back to Aladdin and ‘A Whole new world’.
    (If you’ve been following the comments a couple pages back, you know what I’m refering to)

    Damnit.. I had just gotten that song un-stuck in my brain!

    (P.S. kinda explains where the word ‘lamp’ came from, I guess).

    • SofiaT

      I wanted to let you know about the greek meaning of “lampros” earlier, when you mentioned its similarity to the word “lamp” but, considering the other words are far from Greek, I thought it was probably just a coincedence and the spell is just a bunch of made-up words. You could have a point though, if Alex did some research and didn’t choose the words simply for sounding badass.

      But the word “lamp” (which isn’t greek) is completely unrelated to “lampros” (epithet meaning “bright” as you already mentioned, coming from the noun “lampsi” =shining), so that’s definitey a coincedence.

      • There is a connection between the Greek word “lampros” and the word The Annihilator uses here, even though you are right that they are not the same. 🙂

        • SofiaT

          Coincidental match of meanings or careful research?

          If you’ve been researching even your “hocus pocus” I must say I’m mighty impressed Alex!

          To be honest, I thought everyone was so anxious to figure out what the heck is going on, they’ve been reading too much into made-up words.

          I guess I was wrong!

    • Niggle

      Just looked up the word derivation of lamp and it goes Middle English > Old French > Late Latin > Latin > Greek: lampás lamp; akin to lámpē torch, lamp, lámpein to shine.

      So there is a connection there with Greek, just not a direct one with lampros. Though considering that lampros and lampas are so similar and both have to do with lights/visuals, the words must be related. So the English lamp and the Greek lampros are very distant cousins.

      Though I’m with SofiaT, the other words are so different that Alex probably didn’t mean it that way. But who knows!

      • SofiaT

        See comment to Audax above 🙂

    • Audax

      Only saw your comment through Alex’s link to it and thought I’d take a stab at answering your question about the etymology of ‘lamp.’ Yes, I believe this is where the word comes from. I haven’t checked the Oxford English Dictionary, but Ancient Greek has not only ‘lampros’ (“bright,” as discussed) but also ‘lampas’, which means “torch,” “a burning bundle of sticks,” or any “light, lamp.” I’d be surprised if English ‘lamp’ came from another origin (although it’s possible!).

      • SofiaT

        I’m Greek myself and I’ve studied Ancient Greek for 6 years.

        The ancient greek word for torch is “πυρσός” and the word for lamp is “λύχνος”. I have never encountered the word lampas in an ancient text and even though I haven’t read all ancient texts available, I think I’d be at least awear of it. Modern greeks do use the word “lampa” but we consider it a foreign loaned word.

        What often happens with the Greek language is that Romans took parts of it and modified it/used it in Latin, and it was then passed on to the rest of Europe. If lamp does indeed come from the greek noun lampsi or the verb lampein, it didn’t originate from Greece (for example the word “airplane”. It’s a Greek word created by Engish people. There was no such thing as an “airplane” in ancient Greece.)

        I hope that makes sense?

        • Very interesting. Is “lampros” as correctly defined only in modern Greek? Is there no ancient greek work “lampros”?

          • SofiaT

            No, your research was correct. Lampros is an epithet used both in ancient and modern Greek (the language hasn’t changed that much really over the centuries, it’s mostly the syntax that’s different). The spell above gives the impression that the accent is on the “a” (correct me if I’m mistaken) but the Greek word has the accent on “o” and it’s pronounced “lamprós”.
            Laampros sounds more badass though and a bit creepier too -which I guess is the desired effect here 😀

          • Very cool. Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

          • SofiaT

            I don’t know why this just popped in my head and I didn’t think about it sooner but, while “lamprós” is not wrong, a more proper form of the word as used in antiquity would be “lamperós”.
            Just letting you know in case it matters 🙂

  • Glitch

    It’s really hard to say if this is a bad or good spell. The font for the spell bubble doesn’t look nice, but it could just be because his voice changed when casting it. Lets look at some possibilities:

    A: This is a spell to protect duncan from the flames. Notice how it’s shooting straight out and not all over? Or the flames direction could just be a visual choice

    B: He is trying to cancel out the powers to prevent the bed from exploding. Though as a side note, it is rather odd to be having sex in a wooden bed when you pick this location for it’s distance from other people and the building being an old factory.

    C: Perhaps the spell is to enhance the pleasure for each other?

    Either way, i bring up a facile argument. Earlier in the book we see a dialog about deciding WHAT kyle is and only how something is about to happen that isn’t a “normal” procedure. She used her magical powers to find something out.

    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-20/

    Granted Duncan uses invisible powder on Kyle during a possible staged fight, though i think it’s safe to assume the conversation isn’t entirely about that. Something bigger is planned and i’m not talking about what duncan has under his metal speedo. note: i say staged since what other reason would he need the powder? Sure it could be to protect kyle from being identified with being next to duncan… but its hong kong. I’m sure people don’t know who kyle is.

    Here is another comment about how the “magical” world of these super heros work. They talk about how the machine doesn’t disable the invisible powder.

    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-32/

    Is the inability to use flames a matter of the device or the magic powder?

    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-39/

    And here is another “spell” bubble with normal font. A continuity error or does this mean the words above are indeed “evil” and are they meant to harm kyle or just the spell is normally used for evil… just not now.

    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-54/

    So the question is, did they figure out what makes kyle a flamer, is he born that way? LOL get it…. flamer? *sigh* nvm. So i predict this is a continuation from this previous encounter. I want to think Duncan truly does have a desire to protect kyle and maybe protecting him is also dealing with an aspect of his unusual abilities.

    Thoughts or am i just crazy?

    • SofiaT

      Interesting theories.

      The font on the speech bubble is what really made my blood freeze -that and Duncan’s evil look of course. Also, if he was planning on using a spell to protect himself and/or enhance their pleasure, why not tell Kyle about it in advance and catch him by surpise? Especially after all that flowery speech about Kyle letting himself go and trusting Duncan completely. I fear that this spell is not a good one, and it required Kyle’s free will and/or complete trust and surrender for it to work. I still hope I’m wrong of course, but it doesn’t look good at the moment.

      Another thing that worries me, is that the speech bubble of Kyle is shaky. That could indicate intense pleasure I guess but once again, I fear it indicates physical pain. In the last page Kyle just said that he trusts Duncan not to hurt him, at least not intetionally, and it looks like his trust has been proven to be misplaced already.

      About those “superheroes” that fought Duncan & Kyle in chapter one, I agree that the fight looked staged -and they looked more like thugs that superheroes. They even admitted that they have no respect for human life and what real superhero would say that??

      But the “abrakadabra” words that Duncan spoke, I don’t think they were a real spell -I think he just *willed* the powder to stop working and the words were there for the show of it. It’s not as if “abracadabra” is a reall incantation after all, it’s like “hocus pocus”. While *this* spell looks frighteningly real -whatever its purpose is.

      • Cydney Sabin

        If I remember right, the “superheroes” are actually antiheroes. Saving people for personal gain. And I’m pretty sure that “abracadabra” was just a trigger word to end the magic, in which case, it wouldn’t need a different font. As for not telling him, the pain/pleasure/whatever is going on might not be as strong if you know it’s coming (no pun intended).

      • I’ll Word of God this because I think it would be clear if this were a movie, but it can be a little harder to tell with the still images in a comic. Kyle’s speech bubble indicates intense pleasure. He is not feeling any pain on this page at all.

        Whatever else The Annihilator’s spell is doing, it is definitely enhancing the pleasure of Kyle’s orgasm.

        • SofiaT

          Ooooooh, I need to find Sapfo and make sure she adjusts her list of theories accordingly, thanks for sharing Alex!

          …and now I’m jealous of Kyle -.-

    • Klaus

      I don’t think “Abracadabra” is a spell. PP (or whoever made the powder) chose an arbitrary word to switch it off.

  • Sapfo

    Suggested language when I took that phrase through a translation program: Javanese …. Duncan wants some coffee?

    I´m just getting more and more confused? What does coffee have to do with this? Do Duncan want Kyles power to roast coffee … or is this just Duncan’s version of dirty talking in bed?

    And I do really like the fire. In some places it almost looks like a photo.

    • Good research. And you’re close!

      The actual translation of The Annihilator’s spell:

      “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”

      Now you know.

      • Sapfo

        Well, Brighton is in England, so it is more sens that he would like some Hot tea.
        Hot tea,with hot flaming man-on-man-action, it is the traditional way to partake in some afternoontea. And if not traditional, then at least an afternoon well spent.

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        My own attempts at research all ended leading me to the British Airways website. Clearly they’re on to this too – they want to lure people in England so everyone would have to drink Earl Grey. Evil Earl Grey.

        Or I’m just not very good at this. Could be that, too.

  • Alex Q

    Other than the “Holy hell what’s happening?!” moment I’m sure most had (including myself, which made me almost spit my drink out), I have to say bravo on the artwork. The panels are great, and that fire is just amazing. You all have outdone yourselves, and what better time to do it than on this sudden turn of events that has us all perched on the edge of our seats, awaiting the next posting.

  • Pashakitty

    Kyle’s left hand looks strange, like he’s missing a finger or something.

  • motordog

    I wonder if Kyle’s powers could be ‘angelic’ in nature, as opposed to demonic or some kind of genie?

    • Sapfo

      Maybe they are non of those. It might be passion that is firing him up or chaos, lose of control.

      • Doesn’t everyone leak fire out of various orifices during moments of passion? Anyone? Anyone? Ohhhh… fine, just me then.

        • Sapfo

          …..yes… ^_^
          But Chris, I know you are gay, but I am going to let you in on a secret. Women breathe fire at least once a month, and it usually have nothing to do with sex.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-R2EmTQDkc

          • Lalalalalalalanotlistening…

            Wait? Are you implying that Kyle is just having his ‘monthly visitor’ and Duncan is trying out Priestess’ spell to force menopause on him and that this means… Well, someone add THIS one to the theory list. Maybe around #7.

            (Oh, and I did save this YouTube link also, thanks. I’ve punished many dear friends with the unicorn/rainbow ear-worm and now I’m POPULAR, and thus am in your debt.)

          • Sapfo

            No, nononononono…..NO!
            Kyle is a man, I´m just saying that for a women it does not need to be sex for the fire to come.
            Kyle is all about the sex right now…. I hope?

            #7 Duncan don´t like socks? Hmmmm?!

            Oh, thank you! I was going to save this one for some other time, but you are to sweet for me not to give it to you now.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gun-NKS80c

        • Adam Black

          Maybe YP has an opening for “FireCrotch”.
          Good luck

  • Admiral Jane

    Wait, is Kyle even aware of what Duncan is doing? Will he even remember once/if he calms down?

    • Adam Black

      I think Kyle is very happy.

  • S+

    After many minutes carefully weighing every nuance of facial expression, tone of voice, camera angle, I come to the conclusion that I’m not entirely certain what is going on, but I think it may not be good news for our hero.

  • motordog

    If Kyle and Duncan agreed on a safeword…I think now would be the time for Kyle to use it.

    • Adam Black

      Maybe this is Duncans safe word.

      Man gotta take precautions when he f*cks an incubus

      • SofiaT

        Since when do incubi control fire?

        • Cydney Sabin

          Since we don’t know exactly how magic and demons work in this universe?

          • SofiaT

            Touche.

            But in this case pretty much *anything* could apply.

            Kyle could be an incarnation of the Archangel Michael with the fiery sword (no pun intended) for example.

            It’s theoretically possible but is it probable?

          • Kyle as an incarnation of The Archangel Michael with the fiery sword! I love it! 🙂

          • Cydney Sabin

            Touche. Though to be fair, I find it slightly more believable that an incubus could be pyrokinetic than Kyle being an angel (not that he isn’t in a non-literal sense).

        • Adam Black

          When they bake you cookies.

  • Jeffrey McLaurin

    Man I’d take a spell to the face to get with Duncan!

    • Adam Black

      Or are “spells” to the face your condition?
      —reminds me of a college roommate I had.

      Good times, goodtimes

  • motordog

    Maybe I’m too contrary, but it seems that I always expect the opposite in this comic. I mean, a few pages ago, when Duncan was being all lovely and ‘trustworthy’, I was totally uneasy about how bad things were clearly going to end up. Yet now, when things really look ominous, I’m actually beginning to have some hope. I joked about false hopes below, but now I’m thinking Alex will certainly pull something out of his hat…something to show that despite how bad it looks, it’s actually going to ultimately be okay.

    …or maybe I just really, really don’t want this to be as bad as it looks…sigh…I’ma tired, goin’ ta bed…

    • Jeffrey McLaurin

      As a person that always assumes writers will follow certain paths I have a hard time reading the comic as if Kyle is in real danger. Alex COULD surprise us and this is the death of Kyle, but we all know that probably isn’t the case. 😀

      So I am choosing to read this in a positive light where Duncan is doing something positive for Kyle. IDK what that may be, but I’m hoping the spell is something helpful.

      Duncan is a badass, but there are too many other bad guys that exist, or that can exist, for him to need to go back to being a street level villain… I’m hoping he really likes Kyle and will always live a gray life.

  • Klaus

    I think we can conclude that Duncan got his answer from the PP, and that it was the answer that he had hoped for.

    This is how Alex describes this story on the Kickstarter page:

    “The Young Protectors: Engaging the Enemy tells the story of how
    Kyle—a closeted, young superhero dedicated to helping everyone but
    himself—ascends to become one of the most powerful champions the world
    has ever known. ”

    You will of course have noticed that he does not specify what he will champion.

    Maybe what Duncan is doing will help Kyle reach his full potential, whatever Duncan’s intentions are.

  • Becky

    Interesting!!

  • Admiral Jane

    Hope you have cookies. This needs cookies.

  • vessto

    Awwww! I love pages where you don’t know what happens! I doubt this spell is Anni’s orgasm though.

    Worst scenario: Kyle wakes up tied and sees Anni and Platinum Priestess to celebrate his defeat with champagne.

    Best scenario: ???

    Btw, interesting way to censor Anni’s ~thingy~ with that thick white line from his hand’s movement.;):p

  • Interesting pentagram-shaped bursts of flame there. The eff are you doing, Duncan?

    So do you not need some sort of innate magical ability to be able to perform spells in this universe, but rather just the correct incantation and the will to pull it off? Or is it that only the case for some forms of magic, while other kinds can only be performed by people with a special ability?

    …Maybe that’s not the most pertinent question at the moment, but it’s late, I’ve been drinking, and also I’d really love the scene to conclude with a shot of Sircea observing these proceedings from a crystal ball or whatever. (It would be so sketchy considering Kyle in no way consented to be observed during all this, but, y’know, villains.) My pet guess at the moment is that Sircea turns out to be, if not the main antagonist of the story, at least one of them. Like, maybe she and Duncan have this plot involving Kyle, and when Duncan wants to call it off because he’s grown to truly care for Kyle, she keeps it in motion anyway and Duncan and Kyle have to team up to thwart her. Or she breaks away from Duncan’s agenda and uses what she’s learned about Kyle for her own gain. I think mainly I just want to see her have a prominent role in the story, good or bad.

    • SofiaT

      I vote for the PP being the baddie in this story too.

      Duncan looks especially diabolic at the moment but I still have a… um, I mean Kyle has a soft spot for him, so I hope he crosses over to the good side. For Kyle’s sake. Of course.

      • Adam Black

        yes, “soft spot”.

        • SofiaT

          Well. Kyle can have a “hard spot” too -my anatomy doesn’t allow me the same so I’ll stick with soft spot 😉

          • Adam Black

            Kyle seems like the bottom in this picture.
            “soft spot” fits fine.

    • Klaus

      Maybe PP cast the spell so that it just needs this trigger phrase to go off? Much like the way the invisibility dust was cancelled.

      • Hikaru Takemori

        As I understand it the the dust had a limited time of effect. It did not stop working because Duncan said that phrase, but Duncan said it because the dust would stop working any secound.

    • Marie Laurent

      Not that this is a very useful comment, but being Canadian I thought they were more maple-leaf shaped.

      • Adam Black

        D’oh, Youve released the secret of the Dark Maple cult of the Northern wastes…
        prepare for the conseequ—- ah, yer Canadian youll never notice the difference.

  • SofiaT

    “Lampros” does indeed mean “bright” in greek but I think laampros is just a made-up word. Especially since the other words seem to be too (and they don’t even resemble greek)

  • vessto

    Forgot to say, stunning fanart! I’d jump on this hot Anni lying so seductively in the bed!!!!

  • Minion Jay

    My first thought here, thank god those socks are finally gone. <3

  • Troolip

    Woah, Duncan likes it way to rough.

    • Adam Black

      If her really liked it rough, he’d ride him right now

  • SofiaT

    Definitely not Latin. Aramaic maybe?

    • Arthur Dent

      Somebody already mentioned that the first word is probably based on the Greek “lámpros” meaning radiant.

      The last two words sort of reminded me of Bel-Shamharoth, which is more or less the Discworld-version of Cthulhu.

      Maybe Duncan is trying to enhance Kyle’s bliss by summoning a weird, twisted, multi-tentacled creature … 😉

      • SofiaT

        I happen to be Greek and if it’s worth anything, I honestly don’t think “laampros” in this case is anything but a made-up word. It just happens to resemble a greek word that means “bright” but I seriously doubt it’s anything but a coincedence. Of course Alex could help with that and give us his Word of God on the matter -unless it’s a spoiler to do so 🙂

  • Hours

    Now it’s getting kinky.

  • Jillthefish

    Oh. I want to cry. Kyle is betrayed at his most vulnerable.

  • StarrySkyDancer

    Holy……wow…..I love how his socks seem to burn right off while his bedsheets seem to be fire- and heatresistant XD And sadly I can tell you bedsheets burn a lot faster than socks XD

  • Sapfo

    Theory 1: Annihilator is Mr Evil!
    Theory 2: Duncan is trying to help Kyle in a very odd way.
    Theory 3: Duncan have a weird fetish?
    Theory 4: Annihilator have a weird fetish!!!
    Theory 5: Annihilator/Duncan really need to know if his suspicions is correct about Kyle.
    Theory 6: Kyle is Mr Evil?
    Theory 7: Duncan really don´t like socks in bed.
    Theory 8: Duncan is a true antihero!
    Theory 9: Alex Woolfson really likes cliffhangers!!!
    ……
    Well, I don´t know, don´t look at me. Ask Alex! o.O

    • SofiaT

      I read Alex’s tweet about the new page: “New page of The Young Protectors is now up! (& The Annihilator says a few choice words that enhances Kyle’s bliss)”

      Shall we believe The Creator or shall we remain suspicious and broken-hearted?
      Is Mr. Wolfson teasing us I wonder?

      Is Duncan indeed using a magic Viagra or is he binding Kyle into darkness/stealing his powers/insert-other-conspiracy-theory-here? *scratches non-existent beard*

      Wed/day can’t come soon enough.

      • Sapfo

        That could go under “theory 3: Duncan have a weird fetish” then.

        • SofiaT

          …or it could be all of the above: daze Kyle with a delicious and mindblowing orgasm while you magically bind him and he’s none the wiser.

          • Adam Black

            I got a new theory.

            Duncan is binding Kyle to him, crowley sex magick-style.

            well maybe not Crowley per se. Magickal Boyfriend style. Now he can plan a wedding without worrying Kyle will f*ck his way through the closeted heroes.

      • Adam Black

        I m thinking its opportunist.

        Why waste a good virginity, when you can capture it and put it to work in magick.
        its not like Kyle needs it anymore

        • SofiaT

          Ah. A virgin “sacrifice”.

          Interesting theory…

          • Sapfo

            Should I put it in there as theroy 10?

          • SofiaT

            Please do. Someone should keep count of all the theories!

          • Sapfo

            Well I put it as 9, I want Alex to be the last one.

          • SofiaT

            Makes sense.
            My email notification that the comic has updated was just received now btw. Only 7hours late. Good thing I don’t rely on notifications anymore.

          • Sapfo

            Oh, what a ….well, not a very nice word!

          • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

            Number 10 should definitely be “Duncan is sacrificing a virgin to Cthulhu because reasons probably global conquest.”

    • My first thought while reading the page was theory number 7. Glad I am not the only one ^^

    • Eight_Rule_Pig

      About theory 7, maybe Duncan is Swedish and Kyle is Danish.

      • Sapfo

        HEY!
        *Look down on my own feet*
        Oh, never mind!

        • Eight_Rule_Pig

          If that’s the case, he’s lucky Kyle wasn’t still wearing shoes and drinking a Carlsburg.

          • Sapfo

            I think someone from Denmark should answer that. According to you, I am a Duncan.

    • SofiaT

      You know what we forgot? My other theory from a few chapters back (well, not a theory really, more of a very disturbing thought)
      What if Duncan just pretended to be gay to get close to Kyle??
      Or does this fall under Theory #1?

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        The pretending was pretty good, then. This could be a hypothesis, but I’ve seen my fair share of straight guys behaving awkwardly when hit on by gays – and, inversely, of gay guys doing the same when girls assuming they were straight tried to get intimate with them-. I’m not saying that’d be impossible. Perhaps Duncan is just that good an actor, perhaps Kyle is cute and that makes it easier to fake, I don’t know. But they had thingie-smushing, (without even drinking that much) – I know Kyle was kind of overwhelmed by his own sensations at this moment, but, even then, I’d say it’s the sort of things not liking would be obvious quickly. Condition the body to do something it doesn’t want to do isn’t that easy. (And if he was actually pretending, it just raises a whole new bunch of questions. For starters why Kyle? -I know, arguably the only known gay member of a young (and thus not monitored) superhero team… Ok, that makes sense. Surely there are other teams with female members, which wouldn’t have required for him to fake a sexual orientation, but one can argue that the YP was the most prestigious…
        *is sad*).

        That’s tough, hon – there goes my sleep !

        Tl;dr : Duncan being Eeevil is believable (and, just for that reason, I’d like to think he isn’t), but I don’t think he’d fake being gay.

    • Cydney Sabin

      My first thought was Theory #9. My second was Theory #2. Either way, not what I expected.

    • Marie Laurent

      I’m going with 7, although 2 seems more fitting wit the story.

    • SofiaT

      Word of God was just given that Kyle is not in pain at the moment but experiencing inteste pleasure! -it was alluded that’s not the only thing this spell does though…

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      Number 10 is the only thing we can be sure of, in that crazy world. 😀 (and as socks never seemed to bother Duncan before…)

  • Adam Black

    Duncan,

    Did you fail J/o school for Super-villains?

    Its really bad sex-form to take your hand of the goods, while holding/pinning a man down during orgasm. It cheats the man out of the unbearable orgasm. No matter how they fight you , you DONT let go.

    A couple light punches in the arm go far too.

    Its like the rhyme:

    Let go of the stick,
    and you make me sick;
    Hold on tight,
    If you want to do do it right

    Duncan I thought you had this sexxyness stuff down.

  • Eight_Rule_Pig

    Well, that escalated quickly.

  • Adam Black

    This is why California banned “aversive therapy”.
    Poor kid, Duncan pulled the gay right out of him

  • xLizardx

    Well, Kyle…. I guess that’s what you get for leaving your socks on. O.o

    • LynnC

      I love the detail of the poor tattered socks. 🙂

      • Pup Ruff

        Well, we were wondering when he was going to take those off.

  • The Girl Who Waited

    I am in awe at the VERY beautiful flames.
    (Also, couldn’t help thinking of Beauty and the Beast <3)

  • DarkFeanix21

    Well, that was… hot.

  • “So! This happened. The Annihilator is doing God knows what. O_O New page is up next Saturday”

    I reserve judgment until then. I’m allowed. :holding a pot of popcorn over the flames:

  • december

    Duncan, are you speaking in the language of Mordor?

    • SofiaT

      Ha, I wrote somewhere below that Duncan might be binding Kyle in darkness and I can’t stop thinking of the “one ring to rule them all, one ring to find them…” since. It’s in my head on repeat -and spoken in Ian McKellen’s voice. o.O

      • Niggle

        Lol That made me realize I’ve heard Tolkien reciting that himself.

        • SofiaT

          No shit! Where?

          • Sharon Kerr-Bullian
          • Thank you for this. I hadn’t heard it before. Fun! 🙂

          • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

            You’re welcome 😀

          • SofiaT

            This gave me goosebumps o.O
            Ta!

          • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

            I love Tolkien’s voice, it gives me goosebumps too 😀
            I’m glad you liked it, and you’re very welcome 😀

          • Niggle

            Sorry for the slow reply! Sadly I heard it on a cassette tape back in the 90’s, one of my teachers had it. It’s possible someone has put it up on youtube…

  • Gaz Hawkins

    and all that just from frotting…………. wait till they get to the actual penetration…. LOL
    and I think Duncan has done this to protect himself from those flames – he did say you know you can’t hurt me, maybe this is why/how
    and anything that improves/increases sex is good right – maybe this is his version of a nipple tweak at the vital moment 🙂

  • Well doesn’t that always liven up a good nookie session. Your hot super-villain Daddy is talking lots of sappy kissy love talk about ‘letting go’ and just when you DO, he turns all Dr. Stephen Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts on you… wow… Honestly, I expected to at least hear him say something about the Dreaded Dormammu. But nooooeee, suddenly, in a major curve ball, we have Anni talking all ‘Suggoroth…” which is ‘Lovecraft-ese,’ if I’ve ever heard it. Well it’s clear that Alex has given up the gay love story for the black-voided soul-stealing zombie loving antics of Cthulu and his tentacled friends. Clearly though, Duncan messed up his pronunciation, because he obviously *meant* to say ‘Shub-Niggurath’ and grow tentacles and eat Kyle’s head (no, not that way, literally, for dinner), but now, with that mispronounce, who know what will happen(?). We *could* end up with an appetizer of roasted Old One squid style, and enough Elder God ceviche for several thousand people. Well, that’s me, I’ll be back next time. If nothing else, to see who eats whom (NO, again not that way. Oh wait, sorry, yes THAT way). ~ChrisD

  • Randy Patton

    Yep. This passed through my mind. Virgin, redhead, invested power…

  • Niggle

    What the fook is going on?! ~flail~ I’m confused and I don’t know what’s going on!

    My brain is very muddled and tired right now, but I’ve got a little speculation: A) Duncan is doing something evil! B) He’s protecting himself from Kyle’s fire…which is something he doesn’t need to do… C) He’s ‘enhancing’ Kyle’s happy fun tiems or the possibly most likely D) he’s doing something the Platinum Princess taught him to test/confirm something about Kyle cause we know he’s not a mutant, part alien or magical. And I guess those are the three primary types of super heroes and villains?

  • Tina

    I was actually curious and tried looking it up at least on Google and it didn’t detect it as any language so its probably something Alex made up

    • Sapfo

      According to the one I used, it could be reconsidered as Javanese. But it did not translate to anything.

  • Amanda

    Seriously, I’m at the point of who cares what Duncan is doing to dorky Kyle, just look how amazing his ass is while he’s doing it! Team Villain all the way, I just need to know where to turn in my resume to be his Villain Secretary, and volunteer evenings and weekends at his Villain gym as the shower towel girl.

    • Soubi

      I…couldn’t finish reading this comment because you said look at how amazing his ass is, and I just…scrolled back up…

      • Amanda

        How did that work out for you?

        • Soubi

          Wonderfully.

        • *poppin in* Forever in your debt… oh, and I will be again later, when I scroll back up the for the 253rd quickie look-see… It’s around 784 that I expect I may begin to question your wisdom regarding the crack cocaine of posterior-celebrating toon panels. LOL.

    • Adam Black

      Sorry, I think this villain wants a towel-boy

      • Amanda

        He can have one, I just want to be there for the show.

        • Adam Black

          Show me the way, I’ll smuggle in a webcam for -you- Us.

  • Niggle

    Oh! I know! Duncan is trying to tone down Kyle’s fire, because if left uncontrolled it would burn so hot the atmosphere would ignite, turning the Earth into a big fireball and thusly, Duncan is the hero! And Kyle…the unintentional villain. ;P

  • KBatty

    Can’t decide whether it’s a protective spell for Duncan or a power-vanquishing spell for Kyle. If we take the words and find their nearest “relatives”, we come up with:

    Laampros
    Lampros (Greek): Shining, brilliant, clear, transparent, splendid, magnificent, splendid things/luxuries

    I would tend to think that references Kyle’s powers, which are a human luxury and also very bright. haha

    Sukoth
    Sukkot (Hebrew): temple, booth, shelter

    Temple as a body or shelter as protection.

    Suggoroth
    Ambiguous.
    Could be referring to a demon or elder god. Variations on the name include Suggeroth, Suggarath, Suggorath, Suggerath, Sugguroth, etc. Betting on demon, as demons are often associated with hell, and subsequently fire.

    Could also be reference to the English word Surrogate.

    As such, Duncan’s incantation could easily be:

    “Free this body of its demon powers.”
    “Shelter me from these powers.”
    or
    “Make me a surrogate host for these powers.”

    That being said, it also doesn’t appear to be harming or causing pain to Kyle, so… place your bets.

    • Pup Ruff

      So three possibilities ranging from bad to good. Nice and ambiguous to keep the story going. Gonna drive us nuts tho.

    • of course, that MIGHT just mean that you can’t make up any spell-like gibberish because there will always be a language it makes some sense in 😉

      anyway, i want that last panel as a poster. I’m launching GIMP at the very moment to crop it into a desktop background.. Adam, Veronica: I LOVE YOU!

    • Sensational Sai

      Your nerdiness on this subject is hot. Also, I really hope it’s ‘Shelter me from these powers.’

    • Feverfew_M

      Cool that you found out what the words mean. Makes speculating so much easier. 😉

      Couldn’t it also be about containing the powers/the demon? If Kyle is indeed some kind of djinn, maybe Anni wants to put him in some kind of vessel? Like, bottled Kyle? D:

    • Kit Turner

      Oh, I like this! It’s great to see the research you’ve done on this subject. For my vote – well, I kind of like option three, for the interesting storyline it creates. But maybe Duncan could explain it to Kyle later as 1 or 2!

    • Maria White

      I agree with most of your translations, but the “ba” portion, has to be a preposition, or a conjunction. That is if we are going literal translations, if it actually means things. From how I think magic works in this universe for those that use it, it is the intent behind the words rather then the words themselves. All you need is a idea of what the words mean for what you want I think.((Since Anni is not a magic user… or is he….?)) But this is just for Anni. Remember that ‘old rules’ things.

      I’m guessing magic is more streamlined now, and Kyle is a sort of… aberration of magic. Like an elemental maybe, that would make a lot of sense for his control of fire, and being able to absorb it into himself. I’m guessing Kyles powers are this, as for me it makes the most sense for what we know. Since an elemental, or someone with a elemental in them, would be basically ‘old school’ since magic has been ‘streamlined.’ ((As in schools, I’m such a fantasy nerd.))
      I don’t think it is ‘protect me’ Since Anni has shown himself immune to most powers, and to Kyle’s as well. So I think it is more FOR KYLE. To prevent the elemental from basically making his body explode and then going insane and the like. Or that it is ‘demon’ powers, as ‘demons’ are classified mainly because of their destructive powers, and are aberrations of nature, I’m guessing most ‘demons’ are actually basically pure magic, and thusly follow the oldest ‘rules’ for magic.

  • Soubi

    Hmm…okay, so the whole point of getting Kyle into bed was to get him to release as much power as possible allowing Duncan to absorb it and become an unstoppable villain. Alternatively: he doesn’t want his ass to get burned off (or his Annihilator). Or, alternatively, alternatively he’s sealing away Kyle’s powers forever and ever and ever….thus crippling the Young Protectors? (Or, really, he’s just being a good guy)

  • Soubi

    Dammit, this outcome is gonna bug me. Is it Wednesday yet?! Can we have a special “Did Duncan get his Annihilator burned off or not?” Page on Monday? -BEGS- Lol.

  • Oh thank goodness I’ve translated Anni’s spell and …. (!):

    “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”

    Oh dear, Alex, I think that’s copyrighted………….

  • KiannaLeigh

    Anni’s doing magic yo! So freaking cool! And! He didn’t burn up! That’s also cool!

  • Josephine

    I’m sorry:

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

  • g051051

    Awwwww….. 🙁 Let’s hope it’s not what it seems. It wasn’t that Kyle *already* had a complex about sex…

  • So this is how Duncan is supposed to have his youth back? By sucking the energy out of a limitless batery?

    • Adam Black

      Sounds like the plan of all older gay men to me

    • Jay Dragonmite

      (There were too many comments lol, I couldn’t find our conversation.

      Mark my words, I shall reach the ends of the earth to conquer you my dear. If I must go through Hell and high water, to gnaw my own limbs off, to go through a screening of Batman and Robin, I shall not rest until I have found you!

      • Very well, new hero, just because of the Batman and Robin part, I will take your words seriously. I could never think of a better statement to show your bravery.

        So this is set. I will let you look for me.

        • Jay Dragonmite

          My sweet maiden, I shall not let you down. I’ll start up ye olde MapQuest and wear my blacks knight suit for this treacherous journey. I shall shave my head into the symbols of the warrior, and ride my giant panda named Fatty Boom Boom into the cold star filled night. As the stars shine, I shall think of you. When I see the sun rising over the horizon, I know that I am closer to seeing the most beautifully evil face. Your face. *blows kiss*

  • Feverfew_M

    Oh nooooo!!!! That other shoe came dropping and kicking pretty quick, now. 🙁
    My guess would be Anni is trying to bind either Kyle or Kyle’s powers to himself. I mean “give yourself to me”?

    But I really hope that the purpose he needs Kyle for isn’t a too villainous one. And that he doesn’t want to really harm Kyle. As a professional villain it probably just didn’t occur to him to ask nicely? Yeah… I live in hope,… or in delusion…
    Visually this page is absolutely stunning btw. That fire, wow! And that ass isn’t bad either. 😉

  • Sensational Sai

    Well, first of all, I want to say thank the gods that the donation bar indicates a new bonus page, as I think all of us would have a conniption fit/die in nosebleed spasms if we had to wait till Saturday.

    Next…holy crap guys is it just me or is everything taking a sixty degree turn?? I can’t tell if Alex is now a virgin sacrifice or Duncan just got kinky, I really hope for the latter, in which case he can borrow my fire retardant rope I can get off my ship! But now I just keep thinking:

    ‘Do he got booty?’

    ~scrolls up~

    ‘He doooooo’

    Please Duncan, don’t be evil and go back on your word with Kyle’s first sexperience!

    • Amanda

      Yeah he dooo have the booty for days! But,you! Quit ogling and go be getting me some Connor cuteness to enjoy!

      • Sensational Sai

        Ah, bout that. I am currently in a sticky situation at my command and Lori had her first week of art school plus a birthday. Lineart is almost done but it might be out late tonight.

        Mmmmm booty

  • poppyroc

    Let’s all take a quick glance away from Duncan’s butt to appreciate how cool the fire looks!

    Part of me is certainly hoping that this spell is for Kyle’s own good, but then I kind of want Duncan to be a truly evil villain and to have pulled the wool over Kyle’s eyes… Hmm. Hurry up, Wednesday!

  • TwoWayStar

    Alternative theory because WOW do I not want Anni to betray him like this:

    Kyle’s fire burns so hot he could actually burn HIMSELF up and this was a protective spell for KYLE.

    No betrayal here! haha ha haa.. *mutters this repeatedly to self while rocking back and forth*

    • Feverfew_M

      Yes, of course! It’s all about protection! *nods hard enough to give herself whiplash*
      …It isn’t, is it? 🙁

    • Denise Cruz

      Well… Maybe he was turning the boy’s fiery energy in kinetic pleasure… lol It would be nice, at least! lol

  • LL

    Hopefully that’s a flame-retardant wooden bed frame…
    /paces nervously until Wednesday

  • Kit Turner

    OOH, things are getting exciting (. . . again!)! Everyone, remember this is only Chapter Two – of COURSE Duncan still has time to be a little bit evil before he is redeemed by his love for Kyle by the end of the story. :3 Hooray!

    I have enjoyed every panel of this comic so far, and I am in the same boat as everyone who has said, “I can’t wait until Wednesday!” I will be theorizing and re-reading until then!

    I love that Kyle still has his socks on, too. <3

  • iTVXQ

    ….. butt c:

  • motordog

    Okay…I’ve decided. IF Duncan did do a heel turn and go full villain…then I guess I’m on Team Villain! I feel sorry for the kid and all (gives Anni a sideways disapproving look), but with the awesomeness that is Duncan and PP, I don’t see much of a choice. You gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet…walk it off, Kyle, walk it off.

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      I’ve come the same realization myself – after a lifetime spent as roughly the human equivalent of a CareBear, I guess I’ve discovered that I’m in fact a terrible person, and my morals don’t weigh much against the will to side with Anni. See what you do to us, Alex? 😀

      Motordog, is there still space in that Evil Lair of yours?

      (I still hope, though.)

      • motordog

        But of course! Just be on the look out for meddling do-gooders…especially the teenage variety. Always messing up my plans…and standing on my lawn!

        • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

          Build your Evil Lair on the lawn… They won’t dare standing on it anymore!

  • Midwestmutt

    I think Kyle’s classic spread-eagle sacrificial pose in the second panel indicates an arcane power ritual not just shielding or sexual enhancement going on . Also has anyone else noticed that if you scroll down to the right spot on the first panel Kyle’s finger takes on a different aspect?

    • SofiaT

      Good point. The way Duncan’s body is situated, it looks like he is deliberately holding Kyle down in this position.

      • Adam Black

        Yeah, but guys like that.

        • SofiaT

          oh believe me, women do too >:)
          …when we are with a partner we trust not to hurt us of course.

          • Adam Black

            Most guys like to be roughed up, just a little, in the peck and shoulder. Especially at the end. You can do that a lot.

            I’d be afraid of hurting a woman.

            Although , oddly in-retrospect, I’VE been hurt in sex with women. ( Unlesss , a man is a total bottom/masochist ) its purely a muscle thing. they fill with blood, and getting man to rapidly flex and release them enchances da sexxy. Thats why guys like to be spanked. Maybe I should teach a class in this

            I took it too far with a guy once, and now he blames me for getting hard-ons whenever he gets punched.
            True story.

    • Adam Black

      THAT is a little weird.
      One time I was with a guy, and I only noticed halfway through he was missing a leg. When I suddenly noticed, it created the illusion his leg suddenly disappeared. man, that was really awkward.

  • xsarabellax

    Sssshhhhhhhaaaaaaazzzzzzzzbbbbbbbbaaaaaatttttttt!!!!!!!!!

  • Raven R. Bloodwolf

    O.o
    …Wow. That’s some orgasm.

  • Frater Gymnos

    just gotta say again if i hadn’t before… i LOVE this panel. almost as much as the one with kyle starkers in the outdoor market… hmm… there were flowers there, too… is this a theme?

  • Chibi

    mmm the donation bar says 430 .. yet shows that it isn’t at 400 yet >>

    • Feverfew_M

      I think that’s just how the thing works, and Alex has to reset it manually once he notices.

    • That’s the result of Duncan’s evil spell. Alex has unleashed a plague upon himself with this perfidy, and woe unto… wait? what? Never mind…….

  • Marie Laurent

    If Anni is keeping himself from getting his shit burned off, that makes sense and is nice.

    If he’s sex-killing (/maiming/whatever) Kyle, that’s kind of badass. I feel bad for Kyle but that is really great villaining right there.

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      2) … In which case he should change his villain name and become Mantis 😀

  • Cat Astrophe

    WHAT :O
    Okay, I was thinking he was a nice guy, and not all evil and manipulating Kyle but now… WHY DUNCAN, WHY?!

  • Kisa ‘Yuki’ Johnson

    Ohh the socks ARE being burnt off, I couldn’t tell at first.
    The first frame has me unsure of how to feel, the action lines look like Anni decided to basically slap him HARD and I am not sure why. o.O It throws the page off for me.

    The fire is lovely, but it’s so realistic in contrast to the other coloring that it seems unbalanced for me. But that’s just nitpickiness.

  • Firebirds1

    I appreciate the use of the motion to hide Anni’s (not so) little Anni ;P Well played sir, well played.

    • Denise Cruz

      Indeed, it was genial!! Great idea!

  • Jackal

    Mmm, Lovecraft-flavor.

  • Rae Goldberg

    *flails* What’s going on!?! What’s Duncan doing!?! O.o is he helping Kyle… or hurting kyle or… WHAT!?! *flails* Gah!!! Don’t make me wait til Wednesday you evil man!!!

  • Thanatopia

    Le gasp! Plot-twist-no-jutsu!

    I’d thought there was something a bit off about Ani, and no matter how this plays out, it’ll just get more interesting. Excellent development, well foreshadowed yet nevertheless surprising. I take my hat off to you, Alex!

  • ME24601

    Oh shit, he’s regenerating!
    Who would have thought that Kyle was a Time Lord?

  • Nicole Peters

    I looked up lampros, new testament greek lexicon meaning… shining, brilliant, or something otherwise splendid. That uh. Oops! Says nothing. And also, that could all be made up words! Oh well.

  • Jessica

    HOLY CRAP !!!!! this is awesome !!! muhahaha I love evilness !!!!!! and awesome fire it looks so real !!!!

  • amanda

    WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!!

  • amanda

    I have to say that the detail in the fire is awesome!! looks really real!!

  • Rachael

    Is he calling on the Shoggoths??

    That fanart of him sitting on a throne of tentacles has never been so apt.

  • Lindsey Amethyst Hampton

    Ok, that is not what I expected…..

  • Admiral Jane

    So I guess Duncan and the PP have been watching Kyle for some time, but had to wait until he was 18/almost 18 to approach. He did admit he knew all about Kyle and his group. So something about Kyle being a fire talent drew them. I just wish I knew what for.

  • Fakesubmite

    Well, nobody wants their dick on fire.

  • Klaus

    I just noticed something disturbing: there is no fire in the first panel. It seems that Duncan’s action (whether it is the physical part or the spell) stops Kyle right on the brink of climax, and then the spell forces him to release his power.

  • Gryphongirl2

    A: Do you remember what I told you?
    K: That’s I’d always be safe with you?
    A: And you always will be. Even if we’re not physically together.
    –Page 15

    Hmmm. Questions about: 1) Anni’s definition of “safe,” and 2) that last sentence seems a little ominous to me right about now.

  • fujoshifanatic

    0_0

    I believe that Duncan is keeping to his word about making this experience both good and safe for the two of them

    I believe he is using that spell/incantation to direct Kyle’s extremities so as to prevent himself from becoming a pile of KFC (Kyle-Fried Cutlets) and the bed from becoming a pile of ashes (looks like the bottom bed posts will be sacrificed though).

    I believe that Duncan is counting on the first release to be the most intense/showy/dangerous of this encounter, and that he can help Kyle find subsequent releases with much less fire and many more orgasms for the both of them.

    I believe the next page will reveal a spent and grateful Kyle, his limbs wrapped around Duncan’s chiseled torso, smoke still wafting from his extremities (now devoid of socks) and his eyes (talk about smoldering tears), being gently coaxed down from his orgasm and through his refractory period while Duncan plans the strategy for his next (and hopefully Duncan’s first) release.

    This is what I will believe until Word of God tells me otherwise on Wednesday (woot!).

    In the meantime, panel two is just stunning–the flames, the charred bed posts, the burning sock, Anni’s delectable ass–there’s just so much visual eye candy that I’m about to get diabetes! This is one of the best “money shots” I have ever seen, and you didn’t even make it explicit. HOW DID YOU DO THAT?!!! Well done, Alex, Adam and Veronica, well done indeed. XD

    P.S. And panel one’s cock block was well done (I didn’t realize that was happening at first, I was so caught up in the action), but Boo! I want to see Duncan’s Annihilator Stick, and you are keeping me from my dream man!
    D-:

    • fireforge

      bless you, bless this comment. i want to believe you must tell me where you find it in you to do so…even the script of the enchantment was almost evil looking; and the “oth” endings on the words drips of evil sorcery….yet you cling on…how? help me deity i want to beleive in them. (now that i think about it…why did he include that question about Kyle x Anni in the questionaire…it did not fit with the demographics….unless he was planning this, waiting for us to realize how wrong we were…..or worse yet. testing our faith in the relationship…how quickly so many, unlike you, found that they too suspected him deep down and jumped ship at the first sign of trouble TT TT why are we so weak? why are you so good alex….why TT TT)

      drinks deeply breathes deeply.

      Most sincere apologies for the stream of conciousness nature of the above message, some things just needed to be said as they were thought.

  • twincast

    Oh, c’mon, Duncan, you could have at least done more than thingy-smushing before being a douche! Poor Kyleypoo.

  • Koe

    If, and I say IF, Duncan is kind of bottling Kyle/Kyle’s powers, will he become some sort of Molotov-cocktail now?

    *joining the rest of the gang rocking in the corner*

  • Xalun K

    *Ppppfffffffffffffffhhhhhhhhhhh* (This is the sound of my exhale as, after having held my breath for a good period of time, I saw that the donation bar cycled back around and we will, in fact, be having an update Wednesday.)

    I’m leaving it open – I can’t tell if Duncan is honestly protecting himself and Kyle, or if he’s taking advantage now that Kyle’s 18 and fair game, and either stealing or binding Kyle’s powers. Or maybe a bit of both?

    Either way, Oh My Gawd, Dat Ass.

    *ahem*

  • Kore88

    So firstly this put some song lyrics in my head:

    “Where there is desire there is going to be a flame,
    where there is a flame someone’s going to get burned”

    It looks like Kyle is the one who is going to get burned to me.

    Other thoughts following the discussions about age, it could be that Anni had deliberately manipulated Kyle into being vulnerable when he is old enough to be “fair game” for attacking.

    Also I didn’t get the impression that Anni’s powers came from magic. Yet here he is performing a spell (last time he used a potion style spell), is it possible that he has stolen magic powers from someone else?

  • Ayella

    Whohoooh. Finally! Go Duncan!!!
    Eh, I mean… poor Kyle, what is the really bad man doing to you?
    (To all Kyle fans out there: sorry, I guess I’m in the villains’ camp.)

  • Acheron Hades

    @____@ Nope.

  • Mikalla Gaia

    Goodbye socks

  • SugarPlumFairy

    I knew it!! Yas, Evil Kyle /Shadow Kyle/Dark Red Hot timez ahead >)

    At first I was confused, because it looks like Kyle might be in pain… But then I saw the second panel and Duncan’s Ass made everything better!

    • Holly

      I never considered the idea of Duncan turning Kyle evil… Now that WOULD be interesting.

    • Stephanie Lynn

      I disagree. Duncan would have no reason to turn Kyle evil. If Kyle was evil, he would most likely turn on those he called friend and most of those are “children,” Duncan holds that children are not to be hurt. Also what would be Duncan’s motivation? Just to stand there an Mu Ha Ha evilly? Though it is a interesting idea, it doesn’t seem to be in character.

      Though Duncan’s ass was definitely worth a second look!

      • SugarPlumFairy

        Oh he has plenty of reason, we’re just thinking of different angles (not that I dislike this angle AT ALL 😛 ) But I’m not really being serious, this is just more vocalising of my fantasy since seeing some of the fan fiction.

        However, if I were being serious, there’s no reason to think Kyle would turn on his friends at all even if Duncan made him evil (tough that WOULD be quite epic), and he also wouldn’t have to hide the fact he’s dating the Annihilator if he became a bad guy. I don’t know exactly what all of Duncan’s powers are but it seems like he’d have no trouble protecting Kyle from having to deal with any of them as long as they were bad guys together and not in the closet (I got the impression that while he was clear he wouldn’t out Kyle, he’s in no mood to entertain more closet manoeuvres at his age)

  • Insigma

    HAHA, HE KEPT HIS SOCK ON!!!

    • Rontex

      What’s left of them!’

  • Holly

    I KNEW IT! I BLOODY KNEW IT! OF COURSE!

    Or maybe this just LOOKS bad, and Duncan’s spell will benefit Kyle? But I don’t think so. EVIL is a foot! An Kyle burnt his socks off!

    I must say though, Adam and Veronica did an amazing job on the final panel. The art is amazing, and the colouring just improves the greatness.

    I am anticipating Wednesday. Hopefully we get some answers…

  • Denise Cruz

    Well… Look at Duncan’s body and you’ll find out why… XD He probably didn’t even notice them anymore. I know I wouldn’t! lol Would you?!

  • Chris

    FUCK

  • Just noticed the bed did end up getting torched. xD

  • Emiko

    What the hell…. was that….

  • Monica

    Holy cow I was NOT prepared for this!! I’m a bit in chock… and struck back… I just LOVE the fire, that is beautiful drawn by Adam and Veronica. Truly gorgeous!

    My first reaction of the first panel was “what the…? Why is he hitting him?” Then I was like “Woah pretty fire <3" I can't really tell what really going on, but I'm sure that you will let us know Alex :3 Until then I will drool over Bear Hunks back and butts :3 <3

  • Amanda

    Its going to take like five years for Wednesday to get here isn’t it?

  • Ellen Harman

    I did a search there may be some merrit to the speculation to the Preistess and Duncun trying somthing with Kyls’ s fire power. Laampros is greek for “new” loosly translated. Ba Sukoth is a Jewish blessing for the fall harvest. The best I got for Ba Suggoroth is an Engish metal band (unlikly) or a snake/serpant from a game. So the spell is to “newly harvest” something.

    However, I am hopeful that this is a side poject of Duncan’s. Like might as well “do” two birds with one bedding, sort of thing. Why wouldn’t he want to be the a super’s first. Do you really think Kyle would truly be able to hurt his first lover?

    Of course we could all be reading way too much into this. Maybe he is just bleeding off Kyle’s excess power so they enjoy the rest of the night. Duncan really better be planning to go all the way, I don’t think it would be wise to make an enemy of somone that may have enough fire to rival the sun.

    • Ellen Harman

      Just noticed the box/crate next to the bed think it may be imprtant? Can’t think of a reason why it would have been left there when Duncan (?) set up the little seduction scene.

      • Klaus

        It looks more like a bedside table than a crate to me.

    • SofiaT

      Lampros is greek for “bright” not “new”. Laampros on the other hand is not a word, not in greek at least.

      • Ellen Harman

        Sorry, it said fromnew testament greek lexicon. But it also means clear, transparent. So maybe it means he is clearing away his powers. Question would be for how long. Maybe that’s the purpose of the box, to store his powers for the night?

        • SofiaT

          These online dictionaries are really not trastworthy as it turns out!

          Sorry but it’s never used as clear/transparent either. Brilliant, magnificent, bright, shiny yet. Clear, no.

          Sorry 🙁

  • Rashel Izro

    woah! woah! wtf! ahhh! what’s going on ! it looks like Duncan is harvesting Kyle’s powers

  • TheManBehindTheCurtain

    Called it!! Too much talk about trust. Kyle’s probably about to loose his powers, if not his life as well.
    Kinda hope he dies. This comic is focusing too much on him and not enough on the team. It is called “Young Protectors”, plural, and he’s hogging too much time. Also, his teenage sexuality angst is getting a bit old, it reminds me too much of the “Twilight” movie series.

    • Sargon

      never ever compare anything to Twilight! Twilight is the worst way to insult someone. I’m sure his friends would turn up after this part either because of a mission or to get revenge for Kyle.

      • TheManBehindTheCurtain

        That’s assuming they can even find anything out about Kyle or his where abouts. If Duncan is indeed stealing Kyle’s power, it only makes sense to “test” them out.
        Like reducing Kyle to ashes seems like a good idea. No one will find him and if he’s dead then there is no one to warn anyone else that he has a new power or that he can steal other people’s powers or how he does it (ie. get someone to trust him completely).

        • motordog

          While certainly anything is possible at this point, I have my doubts Alex would ever do this. It’s a well-known, outdated, not-appreciated trope of killing off gay characters…especially those that try to find some kind of happiness. For Alex to do that type of story…well, I just don’t think he would.

          …still, only time will tell.

          Edit: I’m not saying they shouldn’t have angst, broken-hearts, trauma, betrayals and misery (just like any character of any sexuality)…but the killing thing is kinda…ugh…

          • TheManBehindTheCurtain

            Hey, look at the author for “Game of Thrones”. He kills off all the good, moral characters constantly and lets the vile ones live. I don’t see his authorship or popularity being hurt. In fact people stick around to see if, when , and how the bad guys eventually dies.

          • oh well, “Thrones” kills off hordes of people, and there is even one or the other evil guy dieing (think of Viserys Targarien), but then again, GoT has several shades of “evil” with lots of ambiguous characters (Varys, Tyrion, Littlefinger, Daenerys, even Catelyn has her downsides, just ask Jon Snow). In this mass killing it’s not that bad that there IS a gay character among the dead – it’s more or less in the 5-10% ratio, so you can’t compare this to killing Kyle at this point…

            the one series i’m happy with breaking with the books is True Blood – Lafayette would have died at the cliffhanger to season 2, and I’d really miss him…

          • ***SPOILERISH***

            If you don’t want even a hint of spoiler, don’t read any further in this comment. I’m not giving away much, but you’ve been warned.

            /spoiler

            So, I do want to respond to this. And I’ll say this: adversity is indeed one thing. While I take no pleasure in the suffering of my characters, I am writing stories with heroes who just happen to like other guys and IMHO overcoming adversity is a large part of what makes someone a real hero (and I do take pleasure in my characters overcoming adversity.) So, you are right, motordog, that just like for a main character of any sexuality, adversity (even heart-stopping/wrenching adversity) is always an option in my stories. But you are also right that while I’ll never absolutely rule out anything if it made for the best story, it would be very unlikely for me to kill off the gay male main character in the middle of the story, and particularly during sex. I’m creating the kind of stories I always wanted to see and “the gay character dies to further the plot” is something I’ve seen quite enough of thank you very much.

            This is only my second graphic novel, so it’s understandable that people might not know that about me. And I very much try to avoid sharing anything that might be a spoiler. But the fear of this happening in genre work is something that always creates a bit of subconscious dread for me when I’m enjoying a new author who introduces a gay character, so I am comfortable in sharing this bit of information about what to expect in my writing: I don’t have any interest in furthering that particular trope. And those who are also sick of that don’t need to fear for that here.

            /endspoiler

          • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

            Thank you so much for that, Alex. I had doubted you’d write a story that way, it seemed not to fit the theme, none of your small library of works has taken that tack, and I really love that they haven’t. It is a big relief to read word of god on this story and see that it won’t happen here.

          • Randy Patton

            Thanks Alex. Like you, I am tired of seeing the “gay guy” get it in the first reel…

          • Frater Gymnos

            you certainly didn’t have to respond, but i’m so glad you did! thanks. the butterflies on Tuesday and Friday nights can go away now. mostly.

          • Denise Cruz

            Thank you! This was a relief! At least we know that Kyle won’t die. (sighs)

          • Jamie Dutton

            Thanks for replying and Word of Goding this. Btw I certainly wouldn’t put it past you, Alex, to go Reservoir Dogs or Game of Thrones on your characters if the story called for it.
            I mean the first story of yours I read was “A Shot In the Dark!” As sweet as it was it was very dark in it’s own way. Hmm, wonder if TheManBehindTheCurtain’s read it too?
            Thinking back to that story is one of the reasons I personally was freaking out over this turn of events.

          • Thanks for bringing up the “gay character death as plot point” trope here, Alex, and I’m really thrilled that you’re subverting it in your work by showing that gay characters can advance the plot just fine while alive, and as protagonists no less! I can appreciate it on a couple different levels – I’m a queer woman, and I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to see characters of my orientation and/or gender be relegated to the sidelines or killed off to fuel straight man angst. So I was pleased and relieved to see Maven, a powerful and clever female antagonist, live through the climax of Artifice instead of dying as part of Deacon and Jeff’s escape plan. I’m hoping that Commander and Sircea receive similarly respectful treatment in this story, whatever their roles in the main plot turn out to be.

          • Admiral Jane

            I wanted to say thank you for this, Alex. Because I don’t think it’s good story telling to kill a main character to further plot. For me it doesn’t further the plot, it kills the plot.

          • Trackertrem

            Thankgod I hate seeing gay characters killed off to show how ”evil” the villain is or become non-existant in the story

    • SofiaT

      This arc is about Kyle.
      I don’t know if Alex plans to follow other members of TYP team in other arcs, but this one is about Kyle. So he can hog all the time he wants actually.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      The next section will likely show his team squaring off against the Annihilator in their efforts to restore Kyle’s power, youth, freedom, etc. I have a feeling Spooky, the magic user who’s gone against the Platinum Priestess before, will have a bigger part.

    • Emiko

      Why would you hope Kyle dies?? T-T you heartless maniac

    • Randy Patton

      I agree with you. Kyle made a bad mistake trusting this man. The events here don’t bode well for him at all. He’s a virgin, red-haired, he just had his first orgasm (very potent!) and he was a willing participant in the moment. All the qualities needed for some kind of sacrificial ceremony. Kyle gave them all they needed to work some serious magic. Whether it’s rejuvenation, raising something or someone, or simply taking his powers, remains to be seen.

    • YersiniaP

      This comic is focusing too much on him and not enough on the team. […] and he’s hogging too much time.

      Well, there’s not liking a main character of a narrative, and then there’s wishing death on him because he’s “hogging too much time”.
      One is perfectly legit, the other makes you come across as rather unbecomingly entitled.

      Who are you again to decide that the team is more important than the main character? Funny, I always thought Alex wrote this comic.

  • George Rizor

    Keep in mind that two pages ago, Duncan said, “Let me give you something that no one else in the world can.” Wouldn’t it be cool/interesting if he were giving something to Kyle. Some gift or benefit…

  • doug105

    Getting a power thief vibe.

  • Sargon

    kinds of remind me of another fiction, the MC had trouble with his fire power during sex too and stored it away when it gets out of control. I think that spell might be a spell that stores his fire away elsewhere.

  • Mark Cothern

    I’m hoping he’s allowing Kyle to completely “let go” for the first time….

  • Adam Irving

    One of the things I like about the style of this comic is alternating between pages of multiple, smaller panels (usually with dialogue) while allowing some larger spreads – sorry, couldn’t resist – that showcase the art and also give more weight to a moment within the story. Nicely done!

    • I’m glad you like that. That’s something I personally like a lot also so that dynamic is something that informs pretty much all my scripts. (Although I will say it’s especially fun to have the larger spreads with Adam and Veronica because they do such amazing work with it. I was over the moon when I got this page. 🙂 )

  • Adam Black

    If its good, Duncan could claim permission.
    If its bad, he wouldnt care.

    Telling him might have spooked kyle when he was already sexually traumatized.

  • Adam Black

    I think he already was one.

  • Jeabro21

    I know they are bended but if u look at his left hand the things look cut off 🙁 anyway… WTH WTF WHT IS HAPPENING HERE!?!?!?!
    for some reason i thought of Dragon ball z wen i saw this idk why i just did.
    Right now i am neutral most likely b/c i am just in shock i was just not expecting this. To me there is a 50/50 chance tht Duncan is helping or betraying Kyle
    In the end Wednesday is the ultimate judge of wht this page explains…..hopefully.

  • Jason Arilani

    Damnit! Now Anni needs to buy Kyle some new socks after making him burn through them like that! I mean… That’s just plain rude!!!!

    On another note: There’s a lot of speculation on what’s going to happen… Will Kyle die, will he lose his powers, is this a gift or a curse, is it just a way to help him let go easier? There’s SO much speculation that it’s impossible to know without being the people on the team that’s writing/arting this comic.

    My own personal thoughts: Kyle isn’t going to die. I don’t think he would. After all, there’s SOOOOOOO much extra stuff involving Kyle in the Kickstarter that it wouldn’t make sense to kill him off. As for this being a gift or a curse… The face that Anni is making looks like it’s bad… The fact that we barely get to see his butt… That’s the true gift here 😛

    • Well what bother me a little here… is that Kyle is making the sea star pose… I am part of the club of the poeple who think that it isn’t the most sexiest one in bed…

      • Adam Black

        I know , right?

        I HATE IT when I have sexy, muscular teenagers spread-eagle in bed. We all have out burdens I guess

      • Jay Dragonmite

        I’m in traffic!

    • Adam Black

      Alex, you should have thought this through and have his underwear burned off.
      THAT, would be hot

  • MohawkDog

    Well, that’s one way to do a donkey punch…

    • himitsusj

      Oh my god. Your comment made my life.

  • And interestingly enough, out of all The Young Protectors, Spooky would be the most comfortable being seen naked.

    • Jeh Y

      Doesn’t surprise me. Though… would he do it with the cap on or off?

      • Either way. He’s not self-conscious about his hair.

        • Jeh Y

          He’d do it with the cap on? Kinky.

          • He’s done it in a variety of stages of undress, actually.

  • Thank you for the props, fellow alex! 🙂

  • Anna Calloway

    Yeah, that’s gotta be some evils stuffs going on there. No way is he increasing Kyle’s pleasure or whatever. I just don’t see Duncan needing magical help in that area, especially with the all-too-eager young hero.

  • This comic’s incredible.

  • You’re very welcome! Thank you for spreading the word. That’s the hardest part for me.

  • AC♥Bear

    Goodbye socks.

  • Stubbylegs

    Once again, DAT ASS!

  • Klaus

    She said that what Duncan supects was possible. From context that would something about Kyle’s powers. And she had enough to find out for certain. So by now Duncan no longer only suspects, he knows something about Kyle’spower that Kyle himself does not.

    • Stephanie Lynn

      Very true. I’m just trying to figure out the motivation. Duncan has just about everything he needs. He’s invested his money in business, so he can buy anything he wants legitimately. The three things he doesn’t have are…(drum roll please)

      (1.) Love: a partner in life (…unless he plays both sides of the line and the Platinum Sorcerers is more than a friend. Doubtful, but a possibility.) Though this is really going to take some making up for.

      (2.) Peace: As we’ve seen, Duncan can’t even go on a date in fricken Hong Kong without people showing up to kick his ass. That has got to be exhausting on a long term basis. (I mean do you think he’ll be able to get a reservation at that restaurant EVER again?)

      (3) Youth: That’s the biggie. Humanity has been chasing the dream of eternal youth since the beginning of time. If he had that he could probably get number 1 & 2 on the list. Heck, starting over again… most villains would giver their left nut (or ovary) for a fresh slate.

      I would say that Duncan & Kyle encounter outside the bar was no chance meeting. This is all part of a well thought out plan with a definite goal. The real question is whether Duncan has fallen for the target of this scheme…

  • Klaus

    Suppose that Duncan had said to Kyle: “Oh, BTW, when you come I am going to cast a spell to . Nothing to worry about. Just let go and enjoy yourself.” Would Kyle be able to just let go? Or would he worry about the spell? More important, could Duncan be sure of this? So I don’t think Duncan not warning Kyle is proof of evil intent.

    Even if he is doing whatever he is doing for selfish purposes, it may still not be harmful to Kyle.

    And if he just wants to blow Kyle’s socks off, it seems that he is succeeding.

    • etalas

      Yes, that’s my current theory: Getting Kyle to let go and use the spell to force him to release his full powers in a moment he’s not holding back anything any longer. After all, Duncan is a villian so he probably has no worries when taking a little questionable means to reach his goals – even if this particular one is making Kyle powerful enough… WAIT.

      OK, actually I wanted to answer to the post where someone mentioned the conversation between Anni and the Platinum Priestess about being young again but way to many comments to find it ^^”*

      So, new theory: The Annihilator binds himself to Kyle to get youth while at the same time this will grant Kyle access to his protective powers so he don’t has to worry anyone will be able to hurt Kyle. Also you don’t want to bind yourself to some random jerk like this, so the source for your renewed youth is preferably someone who’s company you enjoy – and there’s the chance creating someone who’ll blow up the earth for fun when able to do so so a hero might be a good choice on the long run.

      And a hot, young superhero who’s into guys, too? Why not seducing him and have some fun while getting him cooperate? I mean… supervillian anyway, right? And he told Kyle himself after becoming one of the most dangerous supervillians people didn’t care about his sexual preferences any longer (probably because they were distracted by him defeating the army of a small country single-handed or something on this scale…).

      *) found it: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch2-page-28/#comment-1033739179 by Stephanie Lynn

  • I’m just back from my Sunday running routine, so I had plenty of time to think where this will go next – basically, there are only two options. On the next page we will see

    A.) A large rock somewhere in a desert, with a metal grid platform on top. On the platform, there is a bed with the Platinum Priestess on top of Tsunami, who’s violently shaking and spilling cascades of water in all directions, flushing away thousands of rose petals. Next scene then will show an outraged commander, shouting at two now powerless former team members about how stupid one has to be to engage romantically with some random arch-villain…

    or

    B.) Duncan turning away from Kyle, putting on glasses and breaking the 4th wall by addressing us, Brain Gremlin style: “you may ask yourself: what do these creatures want? It’s simple: Civilization! Take a look at this fine young fellow over here.” Duncan then casually touches kyle who was about to regain consciousness, causing him to again shake and produce fiery explosions, then looks back at us. ” Was this civilized? I may say no. Great fun, indeed, but in no way civilized.”

    • Feverfew_M

      I kinda like option A. 😀

    • SofiaT

      One vote up for the very active imagination! 😀

  • Xyle

    I started watching this anime “genshiken nidaime” today and think it is absolutely awesome. I just wanted to share it with you folks because if your reading this you have at least some interest in alternative-lifestyle media. Google it! Its quite good!

  • xsarabellax

    I don’t know what’s more beautiful, that fire or that ass!!

    • Amanda

      Dat Ass.

  • timemonkey

    Maybe he had to, we don’t know what he’s doing or how it works. Some conditions must be met for magic to work.

  • SpookyDomme

    That…well, that takes the phrase “knocked my socks off” to a whole new level. Also, daaaaaaaaaaaaaang.

  • Amber Rose

    So, now i’m thinking that everyone hoping for a “Kyle should run away fast and date someone else” kinda story are going to get what you hoped for. This feels like the start of a bitter enmity, not the prelude to a happily ever after romance.

    I mean, seriously, to everyone suggesting it’s a spell to increase pleasure: that would be totally uncool. Much like how you do not introduce your freaky kink in the middle of sex without talking to your partner about it first, you do NOT cast spells on your partner without permission either. No matter how harmless you may think something might be, you don’t know how your partner is going to take it until you ask them about it.
    And that’s my healthy sex lecture for the day. ;P

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      I have a feeling one of the other Young Protectors will rescue him and become the new (age appropriate) love interest.

    • Anna Calloway

      Honestly, I don’t think Duncan would need magical help in that regards anyway. Kyle didn’t seem to be suffering from lack of pleasure, lol

  • KBatty

    They’ve been shuffling around in bed for about eight pages. The characters continue to move, and subsequently so does the sheet. Tends to happen during sexy times.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Sorry but , think Kyle just got “screwed” IF he has any fire left in him after this episode….I will be totally amazed! The incantation before the explosion might be a way to nullify his fire power for the rest of his natural life.

    • KBatty

      If working this angle, I would assume that Duncan wouldn’t nullify Kyle’s powers forever. Perhaps the way the Annihilator stays out of headlines is by coercing others into doing his bidding. He sits back and comfortably pulls the strings, coasts on his reputation. Sorta’ like Seige-era Norman Osborn with the Hood and his gang… except that the Hood and his gang were already bad guys anyway.

      “You get to have fantastic powers and a huge payout if you do this my way and cooperate with me. Stop cooperating? No powers for you. Good luck explaining that one to your team.”

      That’s what I would assume, but mostly because the bad guys never just do the simple thing. They always give themselves an opportunity to get bitten in the ass by their actions because their egos get in the way.

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        By the way… We haven’t seen Anni displaying much of an ego, have we? -except for his reputation as a first-class villain, which I assume is accurate in-universe anyways-. If he decides to act this way (and what a top-notch Villainous Behavioral Analysis you did there! Besides, given the way he has been making a career in the last few years, falling under this type seems believable for him) he won’t have that weakness to stop him.
        This may be part of the reason why he’s unpredictable -and why us readers are currently loosing our heads over what his next move will be-. If he ever thinks of doing something like that, Kyle, and by extension the world, are screwed.

  • Ellen Harman

    Okay new question, When did Duncan become a wizard/magic user? Don’t you have to have the power to use it?
    It almost looks like he is holding Kyle’s legs down. I love the art, and can’t wait for what comes next. Why is it that you never get to see the good parts? Women all the time never the men. 🙁

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      My guess is that he’s being taking evening classes with the Platinum Priestess – but he could as well have a magic user since the beginning. Which begs the question as to why he weren’t using it earlier against Chop Suey, but perhaps it would’ve cost him something. (after all, as Rumplestilskin would say, ‘all magic comes with a price’). Then, he either really wants to help Kyle, or he really wants to hurt him, if he’s using it now.

      (Another explanation could be that Chop Suey has been, in fact, working with Duncan all along, which would shed a whole different light on earlier events.)

    • Denise Cruz

      So true! It’s pretty unfair!

  • Frater Gymnos

    i love the idea that they anni is doing a binding spell, but he has asked kyle’s consent for just about everything he’s done now (except the making him naked-invisible thing) and kyle has consented eagerly.

  • What ever it is that Duncan is doing with that spell and how it will affect Kyle – that’s up to be seen on the next page/pages – but I have to say that it’s not looking like it’s making Kyle feel bad.

    It’s one heck of an orgasm Kyle is having. I’m jealous 😉

    Uhm, and this makes sure that Duncan isn’t losing his treasure trail in the heat.

    • SofiaT

      I feared he was in pain but Word of God is he’s having the time of his life!

      That’s not to say the spell is harmless though…
      Yay! for Duncan’s body hair remaining unscathed! I think we all love Duncan’s body hair 😀

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        This is a trap ! I’m not falling into that.

        … Wait. 😮

        (Want to help me with writing these poems?)

        • SofiaT

          Poems?
          I’ve just come from 10hrs of work so my brain is a bit sleepy.

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            *Offers strong coffee* Hope your evening will be quieter…

            I was rambling in an earlier comment about how I wouldn’t have to be pushed that much to write poetry about Duncan’s bottom. Given your heartfelt tribute to his glorious chest hair, I figured a collaborative epic would be nice. XD

            ( or, perhaps, a blason. Blame the French in me : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blason )

          • SofiaT

            A poem for Duncan’s glorious chest!!

            “Black is the color of the villain’s chest hair

            -how good he looks, it’s just not fair!

            The bluest eyes

            And the strongest hands

            I love the sheets on where he squats”

            (I stole a Scottish folksong and changed the words a bit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97hp3adHaEk)

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            Awwwwww…. <3 Thank you ! That's charming.*

            *big fat euphemism. You get all my love for this – (and, without a doubt, a shrine is being currently built down at the ADPDBAL's HQs to keep track of that little piece :D).
            This made me so oddly happy – I… – thank you !

            Besides, I like folk songs!

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            (I should be working, but have one too!)
            (I’m so very sorry).

            It was a dark and stormy night
            A stormy night indeed
            And the Villain put all his might
            In questionable deeds

            Daring, offered, out of his mind
            Heart and soul a flutter
            Stood the Hero, soon to entwine
            With his hungry lover

            For now, though, he was lost in awe,
            -And the poet had lost her words-
            Faced with the true sight to behold
            That adorned the Villain’s torso

            And grew dark as Morrigan’s eyes
            Strong as seaweed and sweet as sin ;
            And drew glorious, tempting lines,
            Made for luring young Heroes in…

            Surely enough, he drew closer
            And rubbing a staff lit the pyre;
            – a most surprising reaction ! –
            As for me, for such is passion,
            Though the situation is dire
            -And like a hundred of nations-
            I shall now praise and laud his hair
            And all his other perfections !

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            Oops, I deleted the previous comment… Still, all my thanks ! (*will never be able to listen to Cara Dillon normally :D*)

    • Kit the Coyote

      Well Lampros comes from Greek, meaning bright, shining, clear, magnificent, etc. In other words bright and shiny.

      Couldn’t find anything on Ba but I think its a connecting word like “of”
      The only Sukkoth I could find was a Jewish festival but I don’t think that is what this is.
      And as noted Suggorth has a Lovecraftian feel. It also is a word you’d find in Dr. Strange but then I think Doc Strange had a lot of Lovecraft influence too.

      Sort of has a invocation look to it, the bright light of something by Suggorth (presumable a demon or spirit who is being invoked for the spell).

      Of course I’m over thinking it like the tech trek geek I am. hehe.

      Main thing is I don’t think it is a good thing, even if the intent is benevolent, it is just not good form to start throwing major incantations at someone in the middle of love making WITHOUT any warning unless your intent is malevolent.

  • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

    Meanwhile, I’m reminded by the iconography of X-Men very own Phoenix : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Phoenix_Saga. I’m not a fan of the theory about Duncan turning Kyle evil -word is he could just want something nice and hot to drink ^^- but make of this what you want…

  • Stubbylegs

    I was trying to think of a more intelligent comment to make, but like my earlier comment, I’m still stuck on DAT ASS.

    • Denise Cruz

      BELIEVE ME: No one’s blaming you for that, my friend! lol

    • Amanda

      DAT ASS, as I feel it should be referred to hence forth, is truly a thing of beauty!

      • Stubbylegs

        I know! I want to play with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Amanda

          I want to nap on it!

          • Stubbylegs

            Hopefully he’s not a gassy man, then :p.

          • KBatty

            Snort-laughed at this.

          • Amanda

            I have a four year, my sense of smell is completely burned out.

  • Kit the Coyote

    I think Alex is on to something! This is likely the incantation to summon the Robot Ninjas! YaY!!!

    • Feverfew_M

      YAY! 😀

    • CuruiousElementalist

      :`D And this is why I love Alex’s fanbase.

    • SugarPlumFairy

      They should totally be Mutant Ninja’s, maybe some kind of reptile…

  • Kaelstra

    I think it’s interesting to note that he’s placing his hand over Kyle’s heart.

    I’m guessing this is some sort of incantation to protect himself (or possibly the warehouse they’re in/the environment around them), the translated words people have come up with seem to back this theory up.

    It’s also entirely possibly that Duncan is just going full-on evil here, but that doesn’t entirely fit into what we know about him and what’s been presented about him in this comic so far. It’d be strange to abruptly have him go from being a rather likeable, but “bad” guy because of his beliefs, to outright harming our hero, Kyle, when every action and step he’s taken has been largely respectful and nice to Kyle.

    I am curious to see where this goes. Either Duncan is genuinely caring of Kyle and this is just a red herring panel, or Duncan has gone full-out baddie and this comic just took a pretty dark twist with a potentially epic betrayal of the main character.

    • Klaus

      I also thought as first he placed his hand on Kyle’s heart, but he does not. The hand is on the collar bone.

  • Looking at this page and I get why Kyle haven’t tried to masturbate again since that time 6 years ago.

    Kyle is having a good time here and that’s quite a release, but he needs to learn control during orgasm, masturbate some very secluded places or go celibate again. Not a lot of people are fireproof.

    Duncan DID promise Kyle that right there he’d be safe, and that he’d make Kyle feel the pleasure of an orgasm, something that he hadn’t been able to feel before. Duncan was right there.. but I’m waiting to see what happens afterward when Kyle’s pleasure-time is over.

    IF this time doesn’t turn out badly, I vote that he should use that place with Duncan several times until better control is practiced .. a lot of sweaty, hot practicing <3

  • Squishie

    If you look closely, you’ll see that the majority of his socks, especially below the ankle, have already been incinerated. 🙂

  • I’m going to take a guess and say that panel 2 *wasn’t* on that website the team was looking at.
    Whatever the Annihilator is doing right now may seem ambiguous, but I doubt it’s a protection spell or some kind of magical poppers. I think the story would be a big dud if Duncan’s arc were just “I’m a supervillain but I’m done with being bad, because I love you for no real reason other than that you’re cute. Let’s live happily ever after, yaaay!” He’s been too manipulative so far to have purely good intentions.

  • kireb

    hopefully it is a memory erasing spell, or else there is going to be a really embarrassed Kyle since he got undone just from petting.

    • Klaus

      I think Duncan managed to convince him that there is no shame in that.

  • Nicola Cameron

    Huh. All that power and energy, just going nowhere. And we already know Duncan made that throwaway comment to PP about “feeling young” by dating Kyle. It’ll be interesting to see if this is some sort of siphoning spell, and the silver fox gets a little darker over the next few weeks.

  • CookieMonsterer

    This..Worries me. It’s the only word that I can think of for how I feel with this situation. Plus side, Duncan’s ass. Just to throw that out there.

  • gentlechaos

    Thank God Kyles legs weren’t around Duncan’s hips…..

  • No_One_Special

    I knew soemthing was not right with this,, A powerless Kyle not good,
    Unless Anni did this to keep from getting his own ass burned.. Like i asked before WTF is going on,,
    Nope not good at all.

  • toli Bera

    THE SOCKS! NOOOOOOOO! D:>

    • Feverfew_M

      Well they had to come off at some point. And, by now, they should know better than getting in the way of things… 😉

      • Amanda

        The socks really were asking for it.

  • Comic Reader

    I like this idea! If it is something bad I will be so very disappointed. I really wanted Kyle to have this one night of pleasure if nothing else

  • Amanda

    Poor Power Girl just kept getting shitty storylines.

  • Poppyjaz

    You know I’d been trying to figure who Kyle reminded me of, and this weekend was watching TV and it hit me..haha the boxer Canelo Alvarez..hehe too cute.

    http://reddevilsboxing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/canelo-alvarez.jpg

    • Oh my god.

    • The eyes might be a little small for Kyle, but that’s the closest real world picture I’ve seen so far. Well done. 🙂

      • Klaus

        So not finding a way to work a trans character into the story, you give us a whole trans world?

        • Either you’re joking (can’t tell this time) or you’re getting the meaning of ‘trans’ wrong this time 🙂
          It’s meaning here is ‘across’, or something like that synonym. So cross-world identities.

          • Klaus

            A joke of course. Actually “trans” doesn’t seem to mean anything at all in this context. It is just a spoof of Crisis of infiite Earths.

    • SofiaT

      Canelo? His parents named him “cinnamon”?
      I can’t imagine why 😀

      • Poppyjaz

        Actually his name is Santos Alvarez, but it’s a red head thing, in the Latino culture. Along with pinching for good luck..lol

    • Denise Cruz

      OH! He is, indeed, as cute as Kyle! ^v^

  • Simba Hutchison

    Anything written in that font is scary and bad… Plus Kyle’s speech bubble is all wavy, which is usually associated with losing consciousness or fainting or something. 🙁

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I like your font-based reasoning.

      • EldrinSMP

        It’s a thought, but then again, I’ve had orgasms so good before that I passed out, so…

        • This might be a weird thing to say (and too much info between the lines) … but I think I’m jealous of the fact you’ve tried orgasms in that scale.
          To quote Kyle: Holy crap!

          And then an over all comment to this thread. Alex said somewhere down the line of comments that Kyle is feeling pretty good right now.

          So yeah.. what ever else is going on this thing Duncan is doing makes the orgasm pretty darn good 😉

          • Amanda

            He even says it on the Facebook page that it’s pleasure.

          • SofiaT

            He tweeted about it too, but I thought maybe he was kidding, the way he does in his commentary below the page sometimes. I’ve learned not to take Alex’s comments *too* seriously.
            But then he gave Word of God and that’s damn indisputable! 😀

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            If magic is that good, all of us should consider joining the nearest occultist meeting XD
            (I feel like a good part of it is Duncan himself, though.)

        • SofiaT

          …If I had a bubble now it would be all green with jealousy o.O

        • Duchess of Bones

          Hm. Gee, I’ve just dislocated my shoulder in orgasming, not passed out. I am definitely jealous. *laugh*

    • SofiaT

      That font *is* pretty evil-looking, isn’t it?

      That said, the shakiness of Kyle’s bubble indicates intense pleasure, not pain, as I originally feared. Alex verified it in a comment below. 🙂

      • Simba Hutchison

        I am glad to be wrong. 🙂

        • SofiaT

          Me too! I only stopped fretting (much) when Alex confirmed that Kyle is not in any pain.

          Although he implied that intensifying the pleasure is not ALL this spell is doing so… is it Wed/day yet???

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            The spell has an effect on readers, if nothing else…

  • Alan Michael Williams

    I have a feeling Duncan’s spell is “good.” Because I don’t think the author wants to feed a belief that older men seduce younger men to strip them of their innocence (innocence and naivete that in this case is tied to having superpowers)…. at the same time, the evil part of me wants Duncan to have totally rendered Kyle powerless!

  • glenroebuck

    I def think it has something to do with making Duncan younger. If you read the first chapter again – he refers to himself as that old man, several times, and how he can remember being young etc…

  • Ikaru Sentinal-K’Valshar

    Huh. Well…..this is an interesting page. It could easily go either way. Bad or good I mean. The spell could be bad…..like, sealing Kyle’s powers or….deciphering how he got them since Anni was curious about that…but if that was the case, wouldn’t his flames had died down? Unless they flare up before being sealed. Or,,,the spell kinda reminds me of Raven from Teen Titans. I think it is helping Kyle release control. Thing is…Anni may be fireproof, Kyle certainly is…the soaks certainly AREN’T….but what about the bed?

  • Amanda

    I think if someone gave me an orgasm so intense that it literally burned my socks off, I would probably glue myself to them somehow.

  • AliceVenturi

    Ah. Perhaps Kyle has pyrokinetic powers as a result of possession by a fire demon? Or something like that? And Anni is helpfully…what? Asserting control over the demon? Casting it out? Sealing it in? Exorcising it?

    Wednesday seems a long way off, right about now.

    • Admiral Jane

      I had wondered the same thing.

    • TheManBehindTheCurtain

      Some others speculated back when the Platinum Priestess commented that Kyles powers were not due to a mutation or alien DNA that they might be elemental in nature. No one thought of demonic back then as I recall, but it might make for a better story.
      The basic kinds of story conflicts are :
      1) Man VS nature
      2) Man VS man
      3) Man VS self
      If his powers are demonic in nature, it seems likes he’s in for quite a ride for the third type as his powers (and thier true nature) develops and influences him (kinda like HellBoy).
      This might also explain why Spooky has stuck around with the Young Protectors even though the adult superhero groups have asked him to join them. He’s keeping a eye on Kyle and waiting to see if he might be able to help.

      • Klaus

        I don’t remember anything about elementals. The reference to Solomon had several of us thinking of Djinn, who are as close as you get to a muslim version of demons. They are associated with fire, but as they have no counterparts associated with any other element, I don’t think they should be called elementals.

    • motordog

      I considered this as well. I’m thinking it’s the best fit if we want an explanation that exonerates Duncan and settles our collective distrust of his motives.

      I could buy that the spell/ritual required the full trust of the subject (Kyle), but the possessing entity had to be taken by surprise…informing Kyle of his intent would have also informed the entity, ergo ruining the ritual.

      Yeah…yeah, I could happily buy that…

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I can’t recall if this has been mentioned before (Too. Many.Comments.): but if Kyle is an orphan (known) with no known biological parents (IIRC unconfirmed as yet) it might be that he isn’t a human possessed by a demon, djinn, fire elemental or whatever, but that he is one incarnated in human form.

      Just one more idea to fret about.

  • Denise Cruz

    I agree with you about Duncan! I don’t see him hurting Kyle anyways. No matter what. But, I can’t say that I won’t be disapointed if he does it…

  • Interpolation

    Well. There go the sexy socks.
    And god knows what else.

  • Duchess of Bones

    Wow. Talk about a hot scene.

  • Duchess of Bones

    maybe they’re a special blend?

  • Kit the Coyote

    Spirits! Going back and reading that page again puts the possibilities here in a very dark light!

  • TheManBehindTheCurtain

    That would depend on what is required to get what he wants.

  • starangeldragon .

    what was with the spell that duncan use was it only to keep the fire at bay til their love making was over

  • jreed3842

    UGH! I’m just so frustrated! I don’t trust Anni at all… Like…. at all. I think he’s going to just… crush Kyle. I want to be wrong.
    But I gotta admit, if I were in Kyle’s shoes I’d be completely smitten just like he is. Anni is so devilishly charming, to the point where our young gay boy hearts leap head over heels for him. *angry sigh*
    Also… Alex, great job at writing this. I enjoy a piece of work that can give me such strong emotion!

    • Thank you, jreed3842! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying The Young Protectors! 🙂

      • vladko92

        Won’t be bad to let us see their manhoods 😀 cutting them like that from the pictures is not hot 😀 or hiding them w/e 😀

        • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

          Mystery, guys ! Sweet, sweet mystery ! Would you throw that away? 😀

          • vladko92

            Yea I would prefer to see their members instead keeping them in the dark… it’s not cool like that 😀

          • Well this isn’t the comic/site where you’ll ever get to see their members on page online. Alex’ policy to not show them.
            This comic is already far more daring than his previous comic, Artifice, was when it comes to nudity.
            This is the ‘hidden nudity’. Several comics use that 🙂

          • SofiaT

            I find hidden nuddity more fascinating that explicit nudity.

            And more tasteful too -in most cases.

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            To each his own, I guess. But since Alex is the master of suspense, I assume he would prefer letting the readers speculate on that, too !

            Me, I’m quite partial to letting one’s imagination fill the blanks. 🙂

            What I wonder though is how Adam DeKraker -the penciller- works on such drawings. Are the various covers (flowers, lines, and so on) included on the first sketches or are they drawn over it afterwards?

  • Jamie Dutton

    *peeks in nervously* Is it Wednesday yet?

  • RedDazes

    Oh Anni! Why…. I want to believe it’s nothing bad… but COME ON! You don’t yell anything GOOD in that font!

    My tender young heart is going to be teetering on the edge of breaking till the next page!! >.< Why must you do this to me!

    • TheManBehindTheCurtain

      Well the language is not english, so maybe it’s just a way to show what a bad accent he has speaking whatever that language is. 😛

  • bronakopdin

    and here I was wondering why he never got rid of the socks in the first place xD

  • Tina

    So… think we can break the record and hit 600 comments before the next update? We’re up to 596

    • Feverfew_M

      Of course we can! (598)

      • SofiaT

        601!

        I think the success of this page is equal parts:

        a) speculation about what the heck is going on
        b) admiration of the beauuuuuutiful flames
        c) dat ass!

        • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

          605 ! What was that record again?

          Where do we put all those reactions over Kyle’s “small death” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_petite_mort ? And questionable poetry? 😀

          *currently sketching Kyle, in an effort to wait for tomorrow…*

        • Amanda

          Three cheers for Dat Ass!

  • fallenangel1891

    Alex, great job man! I really enjoy YP!

  • maike salo

    i literally can’t wait 😮

  • IriaAlonso

    I have this theory, a bit in the weird side, that maybe the spell is to turn Kyle to the dark side?

  • Lindsey Rose

    Wow…. he literally blew his socks off.

  • Simba Hutchison

    Tomorrow… Tomorrow… You’re only a day away… (Go faster!)

  • Admiral Jane

    Every time I come to this page, it startles me seeing Duncan go all spellmaking like that. New page STAT!

  • SilentWhisper

    Keep hopping back here…even though I know it isn’t Wednesday yet….whimper.

    Just some food for thought….has anyone else noticed that others don’t really touch Kyle? For example: page 5, when he moves to stop the fire…the others are all facing forward, heads tilted towards him…but not actually facing him, there is no background (save for the blue)…when they are sitting at the table, he is at the far side, and while they are all looking at the screen, he is with them, but not touched. There is physical contact between all the others’ at some point, be it a punch, an arm slung over the shoulder or to steer another away….Other than Anni, the Platinum Priestess has the most (non combat) contact…. then again, I may be reading too much into it.

    I hope this doesn’t end up going south….oh dear.

    • Admiral Jane

      I noticed the blue background when he steps in to control the fire and after the fire is out, and wondered about that. And now that you mention it, Kyle does seem to always be separate and alone. Which if one thinks about it, makes him ripe pickings for the Annihilator and PP. Oh dear, indeed.

    • Cydney Sabin

      It might just be coincidence, but it might be because he’s literally too hot to touch.

      • amanda

        I have to agree with you there

  • Cman65

    Not even I cumm that HARD

  • Elizabeth

    I’m sure Alex & the others are having a nice little chuckle about our speculations & guesstimates (seeing as they already know the outcome).

    I’m practically bouncing with anticipation : 3

  • He said he was from Brighton just before they left for Hong Kong, so you read him correctly!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Who’s up for some camping?

  • SofiaT

    Couldn’t agree more! 🙂

  • Zeruk

    …..My sex will never be this memorable! xD

  • Xeferial

    Welp, there go the socks at least :S

  • Ali

    His is an evil laugh. 🙁

  • OnyxLight

    Whoa…

  • Superjenny

    I don’t know what just happened, but it was hot.

    Ba-dum tss…

  • Demie Duken

    HUNKA HUNKA BURNING LOVE
    I’m sorry but that is way too hot, and I don’t say that often.

  • OMG

  • WHAT THE F???? Did he just take away his power??? @.@

  • Red

    Wow! Amazing page!

  • OnyxLight

    So much love for this page! Wonderfully well done!

  • Jeff Baker

    So THAT’s what it would be like to have sex with Pickman!

  • wow he was making sex with socks

  • Zephyr10101

    i love how quickly this switched up x’D