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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Two—Page 29

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A circle of fire? Chains? What is going on?!

We have new Fan Art by takafutoku and it’s The Annihilator giving Elvis a run for his money in terms of attitude. Is the silver fox nothing but a hound dog? Check out the Fan Art and decide for yourself!

So! Y’all had a lot to say about the last update — over 640 comments! Tons of theories about what The Annihilator was up to! Poetry written in The Annihilator’s honor! O_O (He would love that, BTW.) Folks who wanted to make sure Kyle was experiencing pleasure not pain (I Word of God-ed that: whatever else it does, the spell intensified Kyle’s pleasure and does not cause him physical pain; and that’s still the case as of the last panel of this page, BTW), folks who were concerned the spell might kill Kyle (I gave a mildly spoilerish response to that), there were lots of fun reader-translations of The Annihilator’s spell words and more comments than I can link to about the beauty of The Annihilator’s tushie. All of which was a great pleasure for me to read. We really do have the most intelligent, cool, thoughtful readers in webcomics. You make the hard work of creating this comic so much fun! 🙂

And now you have a bit more information to go on! What new theories will you come up with?

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So! This spell seems to be doing a bit more than enhancing the pleasure of Kyle’s orgasm. But what is it doing exactly? Maybe we’ll find out this Saturday! Hope to see you there! 🙂

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  • Sapfo

    Yes! Yes!….no…..?
    Duncan, I think you forgot to ask Kyle for a “safe!”-word.

  • OH GOD.
    Pentagram-ish.. chains ..this is .. I can’t.. what the f*ck is going on??

    • Sapfo

      Danish, I assume that you let me have this one…..right?

      • Darn it. I was just going to let you be pleased you beat me, and then you had to ask. I did hope that first comment to show up was you, otherwise it was gonna suck *lol*

  • I figured it was pretty clear that the Annihilator was up to no good…but now that I know, I sure am angry with him!

    • SofiaT

      I’m more impressed than angry… As far as betrayals go, this is a very badass one!

      Wow.

      • Grr! If the Annihilator were here I’d impotently punch at him shouting “WHY WHY WHY” and then let him throw me up and catch me and then let him seduce me and smoosh his thingy against….

        Wait, where was I going with this?

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hee hee!

  • Summer

    I am worried about what is going to happen with Kyle being bound on that bed while he flames everything in sight…but I HAD to laugh at something.

    What’s that, you ask? The conveniently located flame in the last panel covering up Kyle’s groin. HILARIOUS.

  • Brian W

    NOOOO THE BETRAYAL. I figured something was up when he uttered a magical incantation during sex. That never bodes well at all. Ever.

    • I know, right? I mean, if someone I were having sex with began chanting “KALI MAAA, KALI MAAAAAA,” I’d be pretty worried…

      • Brian W

        As long as they do not start trying to stick a fist into my chest cavity, that chant might be ok for giggles.

        This also raises another question for me. Is magic something everyone can do in this world? I mean Spooky seems pretty special because of his summoning/conjuration things. Platinum Priestess is clearly a fine master of the mystic arts. But is Annihilator also trained in magic? Or can anyone rattle off an incantation like he just did and make it work?

        Asking that kind of question seems silly in a world where there are superheroes and villains. But it’s a legitimate question because then why don’t we see more people being vigilantes?

        • Well, we may or may not figure that out, but there may be different types of magic at play in this world. One could be the innate magical ability that comes from within oneself, another could be learned wizardry with spells and rituals and using intrinsically magical objects, or some kind of magical charisms that comes from invoking the power of magical entities (gods, spirits) in other dimensions.

        • I was wondering the same thing on the last page! My theory is that some people, like Spooky and Sircea, have an innate magical ability that allows them to do some pretty spectacular stuff on the fly – Spooky’s conjuration and Sircea’s gateway, for instance – but that ultimately performing magic is about knowledge and willpower.

          Spooky said last chapter that “controlling an idea with one’s mind is the foundation of all magic” – so if you have the right incantation and the inner drive and control to make your will a reality, it can be done even if you aren’t gifted with magical abilities.

        • Jay Demetrick

          Ah, but do we know the source of Duncan’s abilities? If he used magic to buff up his strength, speed, damage resistance, etc… Wow, sounds like Shazam/Captain Marvel!

          • Brian W

            It is entirely possible. Plus he has friends in high places with magical powers so maybe they gave him pointers?

  • Admiral Jane

    Maybe the chains will control whatever he’s calling out/unleashed? This is just killing me here. I’ve never been very good with angst.

  • amanda

    WAIT WAIT WAIT!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sapfo

    It is a game of “tie me up, tie me down”….Right?
    Duncan, this is real funny, but can you get the keys? Duncan…? Duncan!
    ANNIHILATOOOR!
    Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      Betrayal? Where? I’m calling hard bondage kink on that one.

      (And Motordog will once more say I’m in denial.)

      • Denise Cruz

        Don’t worry about it! I’m with you in this one! lol

        • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

          All onboard the shiny boat

          Of denial
          Merrily merrily we float

          On the river Nile

          Pampadam padam poum

          … I wonder if Kyle’s still feeling as well. 🙁

      • motordog

        I fear you are in denial…but so am I! 🙁

        It’s all part of Anni’s clever, wonderful plan, I tells ya! You’ll all see!

        • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

          Yep. He’s gone Transcommunicating with the Platinum Priestress, then he would be shaken by the first thought of remorse he’s ever had in his life, and he’ll come back to free Kyle so they can elope !

          …Or not.

    • Pup Ruff

      And a Firefly reference. We need to do drinks.

      • Sapfo

        Points!

  • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

    The plot thickens.

    Again.

    (I’m literally making the face that’s on my icon right now)

  • Soo.. right now it seems that my comment about Duncan saying ‘RIGHT NOW all I want is for you to be happy’, and he wanted him to feel good, was correct in interpretation… and he was saying it as it was. Kyle IS just that, because it’s one heck of an orgasm.

    But as I also said.. what about afterwards? This is going to be afterwards and chains and a circle of fire – I don’t think Duncan is going for BDSM here 😉

    This is not good!

  • SofiaT

    Holy f*ckkkkkk!!!

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      Indeed.

      Too much pentagram for my taste.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Not nearly enough cowbell.

        • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

          *slowclaps*

          True, true. Besides, letting the fire-boy having a fever might not be the brightest of ideas…

          … Not that he could do anything threatening at the moment 🙁

  • Gryphongirl2

    f*ck, f*ck, F*CK!!!!

  • SofiaT

    So, the rose petals formed a pattern on the floor and were there for a reason other than to create romantic atmosphere.

    Talk about multiple levels of operation…

    How bad is it that I’m admiring Anni’s strategic mind at the moment?

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      How low have we come, I wonder Oo

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m not entirely sure whether the rose petals were part of the spell pattern or not, since it doesn’t look like the part of the trail that was outside the circle caught fire.

      • SofiaT

        You’re right. I had only seen the page on my iphone when I commented -the res was low and the red around the edges made it look like it was the rose petals that the fire ring was following.

        I still think this is a very badass way to trap the little hero though.
        I’m part sad, part awed and part turned-on!

        Duncan must have planned every little detail perfectly from the very beginning. Makes me want to go back and re-read the whole webcomic… which is exactly what I’m going to do 😀

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Also, Anni, yeah. He’s kind of reminding me of a certain Mr. David Xanatos here.

      • SofiaT

        I loved Gargoyles. *sigh*

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Me too! <3

  • I — hey — Duncan, where are you going?!

    Gah. Okay, so apparently the spell has some sort of binding function. Has anyone else here read Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus novels? Because the theory about Kyle being some kind of djinni (fire demon) is looking more likely – Kyle’s being bound in a circle, after all.

    I wonder, can Kyle tell something’s happening to him, or is he sort of locked in his orgasm at the moment? It would be pretty awful if he were conscious of something going awry but unable to speak or move.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Poor Kyle!

    • KrisYWC

      Well if he is locked in an orgasm I don’t feel tooooo bad for him.

    • Hikaru Takemori

      About where Duncan is going: Somehow I have the image of Kyle comeing down and finding Duncan fully clothed.

  • Denise Cruz

    Alex… You’re SO mean!!! How could you do this with us?! This page didn’t explain anything!! Oh, man! Anyway… I still think those chains could be just to help Kyle to get some kind of control over his powers when he’s… letting go(?!) I still don’t want to believe that Duncan would really betray Kyle. I just can’t!
    Oh! The horror! Saturday that never comes fast enough…

    • motordog

      I’m now thinking that Duncan could be trying to pull something out of Kyle (demon, entity, whatever)…the chains are to possibly secure whatever it is that’s going to be pulled out of the kid.

      I have no real reason to believe this…just a sad little wish that these guys can stay a couple!

      Gorgeous artwork though, no? The flame-work is especially nice on this page.

      • Denise Cruz

        Yeah… I know… >.< But I'm still hoping that they could be together…
        About the artwork… I had never seen such an amazing job! Beautiful! I can't even imagine how much time it took to look so amazing… It's a masterpiece! Certinly this page is one of my favorites! ^v^

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Duncan, we need to have a long conversation about bondage etiquette and nonconsensual spell-casting! Get your ass back here!

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      … And don’t hope to distract us with it !

      (Ok, just a *little* bit. Pfft.)

      • stickfigurefairytales

        That’s right, we said get your taut, firm, well-rounded…

        *shakes self* Well anyway, you’re in big trouble, mister!

    • Adam Black

      rapist

    • Kore88

      If we go on the binding a demon theory, maybe he couldn’t tell Kyle without alerting the demon!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I suppose that’s fair…but in any scenario that doesn’t involve a demon, that’s just not cool.

    • grimsister21

      You didn’t even bother to tell him the safe word!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    You know, overlooking present concerns (of which there are many) for the moment, it would be both kind of hilarious if all of this ended up giving Kyle a huge kink for people randomly shouting out spellcasting-type words during sex.

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      “Really? You don”t have anything dirtier? Like…. *shivers* Latin? Babylonian, maybe?” 😀

      • stickfigurefairytales

        “Maybe something a little Lovecraftian-sounding?”

        • stickfigurefairytales

          for SPECIAL occasions

      • Throw in some ancient Greek and I’m yours, baby.

        • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

          Γέρος γάτος, τρυφερά ποντίκια θέλει.

          An old cat wants tender mice. How’s that for ancient Greek :D?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Very appropriate!

          • motordog

            I know, right? It’s almost something I’d expect PP to say as she sauntered in, all slinky and evil

          • *swoons*

          • SofiaT

            That’s modern Greek 😛

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            Thought it was in use under the same form in Antiquity… But I could have been fooled by my teacher then. He wasn’t the most trustworthy of men.

            Time to pack up the Sexy, I guess. Such a shame 😀

        • SofiaT

          Μηδένα προ του τέλους μακάριζε.

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            😀 😀 Well done. Points for appropriateness.

  • On the plus side, at least those socks are gone. Although it does appear that, tragically, the bed’s been sacrificed to the cause.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      But won’t Kyle’s feet get cold without his so–! Oh, right. The fire.

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        And the other one.

    • motordog

      Hey, I LIKED the socks!

      …a moment of silence for absent friends…

      • Haha, true, they weren’t so offensive as to deserve incineration.

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        I’m with you. Still remembering one moment of enthusiasm while, upon seeing Kyle getting blue in socks, I commented that I cast aside all foul prejudice regarding these garments I could have had before.

        (Hopefully, these ones aren’t the same ones, but still :D)

  • Mary Klemzak

    Lets see now.

    -chains.
    -lots of fire
    -Duncan walking away!

    Mr Alex, sir? Can you please explain all this?

    And remember to promise to explain that things will be clearer, if you plan on ripping our poor little YAOI911-lovin hearts out.. Just reassure us to stay tuned. Please don’t keep us hanging after we’ve fallen in love with Kyle and Duncan. Duncan is a tad fishy and I still wouldn’t trust him completely.

    Anyway, I’m getting some super special magical water on standby, just in case.

    • motordog

      Hey, you don’t want to be IN the summoning circle when you call a mysterious powerful entity into your presence! Trust me, I learned the hard way!

      • Adam Black

        I think youve got it.
        Kyle is chained in the circle.

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      “-chains.
      -lots of fire
      -Duncan walking away!”

      Textbook definition of ‘abandon all ship(s)’. Still…

  • Sargon

    So does this mean that he’s not invincible since he didn’t need to move away from Kyle’s fire during their first meeting. I bet that he’s moving away cause the chains are to capture Kyle and he doesn’t want to get in the middle of that. I bet he seduced him because sex = intense fire and Duncan needs the intense fire to make himself either immortal or young again.

    • Kit the Coyote

      Well there are a LOT of potentially powerful magical themes at work here. There is Kyle’s fire powers in and of themselves but if he was just wanting to tap that, there were a lot of faster easier ways to get to it. There is also supposed to be a lot of magical potential that can generated from the act of sex itself. Then there is also the implied specialness of losing ones virginity (I assume masturbation doesn’t count) that may have an even greater boost to the magical potential of sex. Conceivably Duncan is binding Kyle to tap all of those potential energies being released at this special moment. But if so, what is he going to do with it, hmmm? (evil grin).

  • motordog

    “Maybe we’ll find out this Saturday!”
    MAYBE we’ll find out this Saturday?!
    MAYBE…?

    Oh, Mr. Woolfson, we WILL find out something substantial this Saturday about wtf is going on, or someone’s dimpled bottom is going to get a paddlin’!

    …just kidding! You go right on at your own pace, sensei! Internet comics…you’re doin’ it right!

  • KrisYWC

    Was everything a lie? :C

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I hope not, but it doesn’t look very good at present! T__T

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      Everything could have been a carefully thought-upon plan. Doesn’t necessarily means it’s all been a lie.

      (Strip me away from everything else, but that… *shakes fist at the sky’s general direction*)

      • stickfigurefairytales

        They can’t take the sky from you, though.

        • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

          They can keep the sky, as long as Duncan still has some sort of affection for Kyle !

    • No. I believe Duncan was quite right in things he said. There might just be a pretty specific time limit to ‘right now’, and not afterwards 😉

    • SofiaT

      Which brings us to my previous suspicion… Is Duncan even gay???

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        I might have already answered you about that on the last page- but no one is sure about nothing anymore, now….

      • motordog

        Here’s an even more disturbing thought…Kyle’s some kind of orphan, right?

        …remember that scene in The Empire Strikes Back? Between Luke and Vader…under the Cloud City? Yeah, that scene…yikes!

        (and ‘no’, I don’t believe Alex would do THAT!)

        • SofiaT

          Yikes indeed!

          Thank The Force, I don’t think Alex would go down that path either.

        • Adam Black

          I called that one way back.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I’m inclined to think that Duncan is indeed gay, but it’s tough to say with such a master of deception.

        • SofiaT

          You know what would be awesome?
          If Duncan considered himself a hetero his whole life… Then he comes up with this evil plot to pretend to be gay for his own nefarious reasons… Only to discover that he finds Kyle hot (literally and metaphorically)… Mwa haha!

          …I’d just love to see the tables turn.
          And nothing says “revenge” like a middle-life sexual identity crisis!

          • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

            I actually thought of something along the lines when you questioned Duncan being gay. I didn’t think he was pretending then, I still don’t, but your scenario is pretty believable. (And your last line just aced it).

            It dangling right under our noses, on the same wavelength than ‘Hurt, Kyle turns bad – and into a bigger villain than the Annihilator’ – perhaps a bit subtler.

          • SofiaT

            On the other hand, if all this time Anni has just been pretening to be gay, then the ““I became the most powerful and feared supervillain on the planet. After that “the gay thing” really didn’t seem to matter so much” line -which is one of my favourite lines in the whole comic so far- is a lie… and that would be a real pity.

    • Hikaru Takemori

      Whenever I think of Duncan and lying I think of Kyubey from ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica’. Everything that character said was true and still he lied, mostly through omission.
      Thats how I see Duncan lying, through omission and phrasing so technically he is saying the truth.

  • Kit the Coyote

    Treachery most foul!!!! Not only taking advantage of an innocent but actually using the most powerful of sexual magics released by the loss of that innocence to perform the dastardly deed!

    (Drops to one knee bowing to Duncan) As one trickster to another, I bow to your deviousness!

  • fujoshifanatic

    Damn…
    My beliefs have been literally burnt to ashes…even though Kyle is in no pain right now, I’m sure the scars from this experience are going to go far deeper than his first orgasm, now that there’s an element of betrayal involved. I don’t have anything more to add (except that this page is once again beautifully drawn and colored); I’m just going to sit back on pins and needles and go on this ride Alex is taking me on, hoping for the best. *bites fist hard*

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      It’ll get better, dear. I’m sure.

    • Maria White

      *builds time machine* *goes to the future* *Gets attacked by the weeping angels* *flees back to this time*
      Dang, Alex has put guards on the time vortex that would allow me to travel into the future to get a sneak peak of the next page!! I will not be…. what was that?

  • SofiaT

    You know what’s the one thing I don’t like about this page?

    That Duncan is casually *walking away* from the bed.
    Sexy times are over *sigh*

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I know, right?

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      That’s the most heartbreaking.

    • motordog

      Perhaps he’ll go back for an ‘afterglow’ cuddle session when all this magical business is concluded?

  • stickfigurefairytales

    This is not going to be easy or fun to explain to his team if that’s the case.

    • Blue Sedai

      Fair point. “Uh… about the no powers thing… you see, the thing is… uh….”

  • This really takes hot sex to a whole new level.
    And sudden BDSM. Not cool Duncan, you have to agree on that part!
    If past experience wasn’t enough to ensure Kyle going forever celibate – this might. So at least it’s good that Duncan enhanced his orgasm, because it might have to be enough to last Kyle a lifetime.
    I’m still waiting to see where Alex is taking this scene, because he probably has a twists or two up his sleeve, yet to come, if I know him right by now 🙂
    God, bad, both. Even when I’m expecting things to happen, and I’m more or less spot on, Alex still manage to do it in ways that surprise me and have me craving to know more <3

  • SofiaT

    A Vitruvian Man of Flames.
    Anni has an artistic vein.

  • Duncan

    This is one of the things I’ve always always found cool about comics that have teens with powers. When you’re a teen you are not the most stable of people so your powers shouldn’t be either.

    But I love the pattern the fire is making on the floor. Is the circle caused by the spell he cast?

    • SofiaT

      Judging from he flaming chains that have magically appeared, I’d say yes 🙂

    • I love it when powers go horribly wrong; people have to learn their skills somewhere, right?

  • Uhm.. I suddently had a technical thought, about the chains.

    I wonder how we’re gonna see them working on the next pages, and what they’re gonna be attached to since the bed is burning. It’s gonna be gone at some point 😉
    Maybe Duncan will have done what ever he’s doing next by then, or the chains work differently. Who knows about magic.

    • Koe

      I’m guessing the chains are the Platinum Priestess’.

  • Yooouuuu….bastard. Props to all of you who are still holding out hope, cause I’m all out.
    Alex, if you see this, you have finally crushed my spirit. I hope you’re happy. -_-

    • motordog

      Don’t you see? That’s what he wants! So he can have the big reveal! Mwahahaha! But I won’t give in! Team Kynni! Team Redinator! Woohoo!

      …oh, god…we’re screwed, ain’t we… 🙁

      • *pats back* …I’m afraid so dear.

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        I’ll keep on fighting the good fight ! If nothing else, because ‘Redinator’ is too great a name to be wasted :p

      • Feverfew_M

        Yep, spectacularly so.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Shouldn’t it be Team Kycan or Kyan, to use both of their real names?

  • Feverfew_M

    Ok, I guess the ‘ulterior motive’ part can hereby be considered ‘confirmed’.

    So, is it some kind of binding spell? Does Anni need Kyle to accomplish something specific? Maybe he even found a way to interfere in that transworld identity-thingy that didn’t occur to the ‘good guys’? But is this going to be helpful? Or is Anni trying to exploit it? Ambiguous as this character is, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was both at once.

    Can’t wait for Saturday!

  • This is why we don’t trust the bad guy!

    To quote Captain Jack Sparrow, “You can always trust a dishonest person to be dishonest.”

  • RustyBurrell

    Holy hell… I thought this couldn’t get any cooler after that last fiery page. That first panel is MAGICAL

  • NEVER
    TRUST
    THE
    MAGIC

    WORDS

  • Also, while being trapped in a perpetual firegasm to serve as Boy Battery for Anni may be a fate some of you may crave….. i don’t know that htis is actually going to end well.

  • davefragments

    I don’t think it’s over until the fire is out. I think we have yet to see what happens to Kyle. Remember that early in the warehouse Duncan said that the superheroes guild punishes people who mess with kids… Well Kyle is now 18 and whatever is happening he gleefully joined to get his rocks off. (personally, I would think Fluke or Spooky will “save” Kyle… and if I’m right, poor Alex is going to go crazy trying to figure out how I know)…

    The other thing that makes me think it isn’t over in two pages is that Alex W spent several pages getting to this point and why devote all those pages to the buildup and two to the payoff? There are lots of pages leading up to this payoff. I would have felt cheated if this chapter ended here.

    All the more to anticipate for Saturday.

  • I wonder if Kyle could be part elemental, or perhaps a descendant of the djinn?

  • Roseland

    Ohhh, Anni is introducing the young man to sex AND bondage at the same time!!

  • Simba Hutchison

    Hey, Duncan, you forgot to establish a safe word before bringing out the chains. Bad bondage etiquette!

    Now I’m a tiny bit sorry I checked this tonight, because the wait to Saturday will be that much longer…. More questions than answers! Augh!

  • Tina

    *last page* Well… the spell… could be for something good… right?

    *this page seeing the chains* nope. -_-;
    Generally if you get chained to the bed and the villain gets up and leaves chances are you’re in big trouble…

  • SpookyDomme

    But…but…sexytimes! Sexytimes with fire! Magically enhanced sexytimes with fire!
    No? Man, ain’t that always the way.

    So many questions/things now! Like what is going on, and why is Duncan casually walking away? He could really want to check Facebook or something. That or he wants to get out of the circle of flames that–oh. This could maybe be a binding spell.
    …Oh. Aww, Kyle.

  • Jeabro21

    Using Kyles own power to restrain him, that is sooo…. HOT

  • AliceVenturi

    Interesting. The fire is forming a ring. I’m pretty sure that fire doesn’t do that under more normal circumstances. And chains emanating from the fire itself…are they there to constrain Kyle, or is something trying to use Kyle as an anchor, to hold on to him? I think maybe I’m going to have to go with the fire demon/elemental/whattheheckever theory here.

    If there is an entity involved (assuming Kyle isn’t an incarnated entity himself), does that mean that Kyle’s first sex experience was a three-some? Heh.

    Really gorgeous art here. Really, really beautiful!

  • ToNio

    Wow BDSM this comics should have a “not safe for work” warning

    • … and the last many pages of nudity on a site called ‘Yaoi911’ didn’t warn of that? 😉

    • motordog

      Hey, I don’t see anything ‘unsafe’. And as DanishWolf said…what did you expect? 😉

    • Becky

      Um yeah, most people would suggest not reading sexy comics at work…. chains or no chains.

      • ToNio

        I should learn how to have a kidding tone on the internet, I really should 😀

        Wait I got it : emoticon !!!

        O3O :/ =D

        how could I not think of it
        (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

        … Sorry
        ┬──┬◡ノ(° -°ノ)

  • motordog

    Oooo! How about this one!

    Next panel, the Commander and other Young Protectors come bursting through the door, all “Stop what you’re doing AT ONCE!”

    Anni get’s a truly worried/scared look on his face and says something like “No! You don’t understand! If you interfere now…”

    Tsunami, ignoring him, pulls a huge wave of water seemingly out of the air and bends it at the symbol. As the wave breaks the circle, Spooky Jones starts to shout “No! Wait…!”

    Explosion of steam and fire, everyone’s lying in a few inches of water, getting to their feet. Anni looks especially annoyed as he looks up at the only source of light…Kyle floating a few feet off the ground, bathed in flame, his face distorted in an evil grin,

    “Oh, GOOD ONE, Protectors! Well, you’d better lend me a hand if you want to save our little hero. I warn you…this might get very messy…”

    • You should write fanfics.

    • Niggle

      Damn funny! XD

  • La Belle Gigi

    *sees last panel*

    *checks comments for Johnny Cash references*

    No “Ring of Fire” jokes?

    I am disappoint.

    • LOL.. you beat me to it.
      I just listened to another of his songs (God’s gonna cut you down) and was reminded of this song. Went looking for it on youtube, listened to it and came to mention it – and here your comment was just up.

    • Koe

      I swear I’ll always read this page to a soundtrack of “Ring of Fire” from now on. *takes a solemn bow*

  • bringing out kyle’s BDSM side

    his next costume is going to be an all-leather get•up, with assless chaps/mud•flaps, and a spiked collar

    (Daddy will have a leash and :: Shglebotthu Meitu Hojwaq Kofxuld ::)

    • KiannaLeigh

      0.0 hot. i repeat. HOT!

      • (not too bad for a “conservative” guy, eh sis?)

        • KiannaLeigh

          a conservative villain. Funny in a very scary way. I’m going to go back to thinking about the BDSM themed Anni. It was a beautiful thought. I thank you for it.

          • i look forward to giving you many more, my hard-working collegiate lady.

            make that future money!

            and hide it well, seeing as i am a “conservative” villain.
            (we love our embezzling and ponzi schemes!)

  • Rae Goldberg

    GAH!!!!! *flails* WHY!? WHY LEAVE US HANGING LIKE THIS!!! IT’S TOO MUCH!! TOO MUCH I SAY!!! I don’t think I’ll survive til Saturday… the suspense is killing me… x.x please please tell me that Anni isn’t going to betray Kyle.. and that they’ll live happily ever after… OR AT THE VERY LEAST ASSURE ME THE ENDING WILL BE ONE WHERE I CAN WALK AWAY HAPPY!!! *pouts*

    • Klaus

      Either it ends well, or it is well that it ends.

      • Rae Goldberg

        … ya lost me… XD meh either way I’ll be content as long as the ending isn’t cheesy and predictable… or lazy…

  • Kendall

    More amazing art and colors, and…WTF is going on?! 😉

  • Katie Chambers

    Wh-wh-wha? What about sexy time? WTH!? Why do you toy with me so Alex? T^T

  • Becky

    Ohhh NOOOOOOOOOO

  • Admiral Jane

    Maybe Annihilator will ask for three wishes of the bound creature. If you go with the whole Djinn idea. He rubbed the…er…um…thingy three times so, he gets the wishes?

    Still rocking in my corner. Please please please don’t drag this out for too long, I can’t stands it.

    PS- It burns us, precious, it burns us.

  • Emiko

    I just want to say, as intrigued as I am about the plot and anxious to see the next page…. these last two pages on their own have just been so beautiful, artistically.

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      I fully agree. The sheets, the muscles, all those careful little details… Must’ve been grand to draw. And the flames. These flames are hypnotizing, and the contrast they make with the dark, blood-like red of the petals scattered around the floor? It’s like a colourist’s dream come true <3
      I could just look at this page for hours.
      .

  • Embyrr922

    Now Anni, you know full well that you agree on a safeword *before* you go chaining people to beds.

    (Also, I knew it! I knew that lying two-faced son-of-a-bitch was a snake in the grass!)

  • Admiral Jane

    He could also be binding the powers until such a time that Kyle is strong enough to control them. Or he’s binding them more fully TO Kyle so that he can control them now.

    Or it’s something like Exodia from Yugi-Oh.

    Maybe the Annihilator is trying to help young heroes. You know a secret benefactor or something.

    Yes, I’m in denial here.

    • Hikaru Takemori

      I wish I could be fully with you on this, but the last two panels have crushed my spirit. It will be a while untill I can fit all the pieces into a nice plausible explanation.
      So I beg you, be in denial for me, too, until I can manage it myselfe again (or we are being proven right to belive).

      • Admiral Jane

        That’s why I keep trying to come up with plausible (and not so plausible) possibilities, because those last couple of panels are just killing me here. I don’t mind some difficulties in my romance, but betrayals and nail biting angst no sirree bob!

        • Hikaru Takemori

          We are likeminded then

  • S+

    Unless this leads in an utterly unexpected direction, I officially hate the Annihilator.

    • Trackertrem

      I don’t hate him, but Kyle is going to treat him like shit after this and Anni is going to be hurt and hide it

      • Adam Black

        tuff. lack of consent,
        its now rape

        • Hikaru Takemori

          It is indisputable that rape is evil and vile

          I don’t know the legal definition of rape in your country, I don’t even know it in my own, …I remember something about sleeping with someone under false pretences… and please correct me if I’m wrong.

          But if law states this is rape or not I have a philosophical question: Is it rape if Kyle does not feel raped?

          • Amber Rose

            Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to answer that question. I would say no, but then, it depends not just on whether Kyle feels raped, but his emotional and psychological reactions afterwards. Lots of people who would swear that a particular event was not rape go through some extreme changes and only come to think of it as rape years later after they realize how messed up everything has become.

          • SofiaT

            Is Kyle being “violated” here, in a way? Yes. His trust most of all. Is he being raped? No.

            Unless we use “rape” in a metaphorical sense -and it was still his decision to freeely give that trust, lets not forget that.

            I’d NEVER forgive or excuse a rapist, but I grudgingly admire Duncan at the moment. That wouldn’t be the case if the word “rape” had even entered my mind at some point.

          • Amber Rose

            I dunno. I don’t call this rape either, but there’s enough manipulation going on here that Kyle may end up with similar emotional issues afterwards. Then again, I am trusting Alex not to write such a depressing story. There are way too tragic gay love stories and not nearly enough HEA’s.

        • Amber Rose

          That’s not… quite true. I mean, he gave consent to the sex. The other bit is happening without consent, but it doesn’t appear to be sexual in nature, so i’m not sure you could call it rape. And Kyle hasn’t said to stop, although that’s assuming he can. Basically, I think calling it rape on so little information is a bit extreme.

        • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

          *Takes out rosy-colored glasses* Could someone please hold onto that for me? Thank you.

          To be perfectly fair, and as Amber Rose pointed below, Kyle has given his agreement for Duncan to ‘take care of him’, on the motive that he trusted him. One has now to ask oneself if pleasure-enhancing spell-casting and unexpected biding are still considered part of this agreement. I’m inclined to say it’s not : trust notwithstanding, and even if Kyle here is in pleasure, not in pain, he hasn’t been prepared for that.

          Now is it rape? Arguably not – practically speaking, Duncan isn’t assaulting Kyle, not even touching him – his acts and (from what we’re able to gather, anyway) motivations aren’t sexual in nature. Even if the Long-lasting-O effect attached to the spell is indeed what’s restraining Kyle, I believe what is happening here is a whole another form of coercion -for which, perhaps, we are going to need a new entry in dictionaries from now on-.
          Saying it isn’t rape, though, doesn’t make what Duncan is doing right ; what is bugging me here is that the Long-Lasting-O spell is (seemingly) depriving Kyle of all capacity to respond to his environment ; as such we haven’t heard him consent to this. And, even if this does turn out to be a good thing for Kyle in the end, I’m not convinced that the end justifies all means – as much as I love Duncan, this is hardly defensible from an ethical standpoint.

          Again, I love Duncan – I can’t bring myself to hate him, because I’m not used to waste perfectly good hate (that I could be using on other things, Thursdays, for instance, or totalitarian regimes) on ‘innocent’ webcomic characters – and also because, let’s be honest, he’s Duncan : he’s so complex and intricate a character that, most probably, if I’m not respecting him as a good guy, I’ll be admiring him as a bad guy… and as such, I know I’m bound to be quick to forgive him, if given the chance.

          … Still, this is disturbing. But I feel we’re lacking too much information to emit a definitive judgement on the events. And I’m not saying this because I’m biased ; I’m saying this because we are missing an important point of view on this, the only one that matters in this whole consent/not consent turmoil ; and that’s Kyle’s.

          So, I really, really hope we’ll eventually get to see his reaction on all this. In the meantime, I’ll reserve my opinion, and do as every other soul out there : wait for Saturday to come.

          *puts rosy-colored glasses back on*

          And I still hope.

          (On a meta level, though, this is glorious – Alex is doing a great job in putting Kyle at the center of this arc. Kyle is far from being the active one on this scene, and still, I feel he’s the one on whom relies its entire significance. And depriving us from it makes us truly looking forward to his intervention. Bravo. I’ll never cease being amazed by this comic’s writing… Really, I hope Alex plans on keeping it going for a long, long time, and never grows tired of it ! <3)

          (Also, that the amounts of Schadenfreude he's enjoying right now were worth the wait 😉 )

          • SofiaT

            This was brilliant. Except, I hate Tuesdays.

  • Hikaru Takemori

    In a way I feel the same but…
    In ‘Artifice’ it looked like Deacon would betray Jeff at one point but it didn’t happen so I’m giving this the benefit of the doubt.
    Even if Kyle is betrayed right now I belive there is much more to this than we can know for now.

  • Shannon S.

    Best case scenario: Duncan’s spell could possibly bind Kyle’s powers to him so he doesn’t get his flame on at inopportune times. It could also put some kind of limiter on his powers so they don’t burn as hot.

    Worst case scenario: This whole thing was an evil plot to bind Kyle’s power to Duncan which he will then use for nefarious purposes.

    Sexy case scenario: After the flames disperse, Duncan will give Kyle a taste of the wild side.

    • Feverfew_M

      You think it can get wilder than this?? O.O

    • vessto

      *uses her Jedi skills to make Alex choosing the Sexy case scenario*

  • KasumiBlu

    I’m gonna cry. So bad.

  • arobynbird

    Ok not fair!! he could at least have given the boy one real go and spring the trap on the second! This kind of of thing could dam the boy to celibacy for ever, perpetual virginity!! that’s just a really bad kind of evil. Besides its not like he won’t get his one jollies in the process….. unless what ever he is trying to power need a virgin sacrifice.

    • Adam Black

      You dont need kill the Virgin to harnass the magic .

  • Adam Black

    Now pretend Duncan chained him and shot him up with crack.

  • Adam Black

    I hate selfish lovers. Finish the job asshole

    • SofiaT

      Well, the only one who didn’t get to “finish” is Duncan so… the man is a paragon of shelfishness, can’t you tell?! 😀

  • Jay Demetrick

    Hm… I wonder if this page gives us a hint of what’s going on…

    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch2-page-15/

    • vessto

      You mean that Anni’s act may count for self-defense as he may claim that the tiny flames from Kyle’s orgasm are considered for attack? If so I bet Anni has Law Degree.:)

      • Jay Demetrick

        No, I meant the 5th panel. This may actually be Duncan’s way of giving Kyle more control over his own powers and boosting them so he can defend himself better.

        • vessto

          I’ll be glad if it turns that way.;)

  • Adam Black

    at least the treachery will be interesting

  • Adam Black
  • vessto

    Chained with his own flames… Kyle, never again trust to someone who’s over 30!!!

    My supposition about Anni’s spell is that he turned Kyle’s power against himself and that’s way he made him self-chained.

    *giggles* Well, part from my supposition was true – Kyle is tied up.XD

  • Stephanie Lynn

    I agree!

  • ShaedowDancer

    While it’s easy to jump to the OH NO EBIL! conclusion… I kinda think/hope that Anni is trying to give Kyle control enough over his fireness so that he -can- let off some steam without -literally- letting off some steam. If only so there can be spontanious back-alley quick romps without having to pre-alert the fire-brigade. That could be awkward.

    As lovely and romantic all the preparation was, it’s not, well, -I- don’t think it’s something that either would -really- want to need to do every time they want some alone time.

  • Sapfo

    I started to think about the old Batman-show:

    “The first orgasm have gotten our hero in a sticky situation!
    Is the Annihilatorat large again!

    But can a fiery call for help,
    get our hero an embarrassing rescue?

    Stay tune for the next page!
    Same Hero-Saturday!
    Same Hero-page!”

  • december

    NOT the rose petals! Puhlease!!

  • Jamie Dutton

    Darnit, Alex, just when I’d managed to calm myself down and dare to peek in to check the update!! I should jsut invest in Kleenex stock since I’m going through so much of it lately!
    Btw, I am standing knee-deep in a river of denial….otherwise I might just lose it before Saturday gets here! :/

  • Okay, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t want Anni and Kyle to be together anymore. Alex, can I change my answer from the survey? Please?

    • SofiaT

      Waaaaaaaaait… Still 3 and a half chapters to go.

      Lots of things can happen till then.

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        Again, you’re a light in the dark.

        (In the middle of a storm) (While sharks fallen from the sky mercilessly attack screaming, defenseless citizens)

        Thanks 🙂

        • Jamie Dutton

          Did you just reference “Sharknado”? LOL, good one! 😀

        • SofiaT

          Alex has said the story will be 5 chapters + prologue + the interludes. 🙂

    • Sapfo

      Rox, no you can´t! That´s the problem with making a choice without all the info.

  • SofiaT

    Ok, geeky crowd. I need help!

    I work for a children’s charity and we have our annual conference coming up soon. It’s two days of paint-ball, camp fires, games and a dressed-up dinner. The theme this year is superheroes/supervillains. I was tempted to go as Platinum Priestess but… it’s still a work fanction. I’m not showing up in a silver bikini.

    Any other ideas?? :0/

    • Feverfew_M

      Commander, obviously… if you won’t have problems explaining where the character is from…

    • KBatty

      You could also do a “Repair Her Armor” on the Platinum Preistess ( http://repair-her-armor.tumblr.com/ ). I’m sure she doesn’t wear absolutely ridiculous metal bikinis all the time.

    • Soubi

      Morph suit with a bikini over the top and the head part cut off? Or, maybe something like that, like spanx and shiney pants you can wear underneath the bikni part.

    • Cydney Sabin

      If you really wanted, you could do a femme Anni. Cosplayers do this all the time. Rule 63, ya know?

  • vessto

    A hauki that just got in my mind:

    Roses and kisses
    Fire and spell
    Anni shifted his face again

    • Hikaru Takemori

      I like it, but I think you need to work on that last line a bit, unless hauki is a thing I’m not aware of and not a misspelled ‘Haiku’.

      Ideas for the last line:

      Duncan changed his face

      or:
      Again his face changed

      maybe something different:
      What is Duncans plan?

      • SugarPlumFairy

        I thought the syllable structure of a Haiku was 7, 5, 7 ?

        • vessto

          I think it was 5, 5, 7?

          • slightly_bonzai

            actually, it’s 5, 7, 5. Nice tries though.

          • vessto

            Thank you!:)

        • Hikaru Takemori

          Just so we don’t misunderstand: Is hauki a form of poetry?
          If yes you can ignore my atempts at “fixing” it.
          If not, japanese haiku have a form of 5-7-5, according to wikipedia and it also mentions a fixed form with 5-3-5 syllables, which I thought of.

          • vessto

            Let’s call it “free haiku” as I’m not much well with English syllables counting.

        • Cydney Sabin

          Close! Haiku is 5,7,5.

          • SugarPlumFairy

            Ahh that explains it, I had the numbers reversed lol. Thanks ^_^

          • Cydney Sabin

            Always a pleasure ^_^

      • vessto

        I like third suggestion most. And I meant haiku in the general meaning, it is try for free haiku or nava. I’m not native English speaker. I write haiku in my language till now.

  • SofiaT

    *raises hand and lowers head in shame*

    • Feverfew_M

      *moves to stand beside you* Chin up, Team Anni!

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        *joins the choir* What? You again? ^^

  • SofiaT

    “The bad guy really IS a bad guy after all”

    …or is he?

  • Feverfew_M

    I think, if Duncan really turned out to be a bad guy and nothing else, this would indeed be boring. On the other hand, if he was just a former baddie who turned into a nice cuddly teddybear for no discernible reason, it would be equally unsatisfying.

    I really don’t think he is either. Rather, he’s an ambiguous character with layers of motivation. Yes, he obviously had an ulterior motive for chatting Kyle up, and I have no doubt that he is planning to use Kyle for some purpose or other (and I don’t mean THAT purpose ;)). But what are his plans? Are they really evil? And does he really mean Kyle any harm? This is a guy who’s been robbing drug lords, which is pretty much a combination of doing good and making a profit out of it. I guess he’s got some ethical standards, and they seem to be quite interesting.
    So, I for one love what Alex is doing with this character. 🙂

    • SofiaT

      This. You sir, have covered my sentiments exactly.

      • Feverfew_M

        Thanks! 🙂

      • Feverfew_M

        Thanks! 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      *points at Feverfew_M* Yes. You. With the…words. And expressing of thoughts. They are good.

      • Feverfew_M

        *lol* Thanks!

  • Feverfew_M

    Love him to bits, and I’m not ashamed to say so! 😀

  • SofiaT

    That last panel… Kyle is literally on fire, chained and in the throes of a mindblowing orgasm and Duncan is just strolling away, cool as a cucumber. I like to think he moves slowly but deliberately, like a jaguar. Graceful and dangerous.

    This cements it. Anni is so cool he can freeze the core of the sun.

    • vessto

      What a man, ne?:p Such smug mature studs make me forgetting my young men addiction.;)

  • arobynbird

    it might be just me, but the more I look at panel 1 the more I see a phoenix

    • Titan4Ever

      I noticed the similarity of the flames to the phoenix myself, but unless Kyle’s really channeling something that, um, primal, I’m going to chalk it up to pretty dancing flame jets.

  • Rin

    I have a bad feeling in the center of my vagi–

    … Stomach.

  • Soubi

    What.

  • KBatty

    I like how Duncan casually gets off the bed before it burns. Now he can stand patiently to the side and have himself a good wank while he waits for this particularly ominous binding spell to do its thing.

  • AeeDee

    This just got -real- interesting. I’m actually relieved this wasn’t just an ordinary love scene. I can appreciate those (for sure!), but this just adds a wonderfully complex twist in the mix.

    I actually eagerly look forward to seeing Kyle’s response to all of this. Kyle’s quite strong and stubborn when he needs to be, and I don’t think he’s quite the pushover Duncan’s likely expecting him to be. Or maybe I’m looking at it the wrong way, but either way I’m very intrigued. Nice, nice.

    • g051051

      Hah! You must read a lot of … interesting … comics to have considered it “just an ordinary love scene”.

  • SofiaT

    Hm. I know we keep coming back to that page, but I think the PP took what she needed from Kyle while she was changing his clothes for that infamous date night. Kyle complained that the magic she performed on him was itching “even on the inside”. His essence maybe?

    So the question is, is Duncan *taking* something else from Kyle now? Or is he *giving*? Or just *binding*? The chains seem to indicate curtain #3 but with Alex you never know…

    *sigh* So many questions, so little patience…

    • Adam Black

      i think the itching was a scan

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I love all of your thoughts and insights!

      • SofiaT

        thank you 🙂

  • Koe

    – And this is a little demonstration of why negotiating a “safeword” in beforehand is important when you play bed-games with handsome near-strangers. Too late now, Kyle. *wags head condescendingly*

    • SofiaT

      You honestly think Kyle is in any position to use a safeword at the moment? Even if there was one? I’d be surprised to hear he remembers his own name…

      • Koe

        Details, schmetails…

        (And I don’t really think Duncs is hurting Kyle. If so, an army of former fans would be coming for Alex with torches and pitch-forks pretty soon, while chanting “Ring of Fire”. ;D )

  • DarkFeanix21

    Well, this is an unexpected turn of events. That was not sarcasm, I am being totally serious; I was apparently as sucked in by Duncan as Kyle was.

    There’s a perfectly logical explanation for this, right? Right?

    • Klaus

      Of course there is. Logical does not mean innocent, however.

    • Kisa ‘Yuki’ Johnson

      Yea, I’m a bit shocked and I’ve looked at the page three times and I still can’t pick my jaw up off of the ground! D:

  • Is he leaving? WHY?!

    • amanda

      maybe he has to go pee…?

      • Adam Black

        Thats a reason TO STAY.

        The beds on fire, the sheets cant matter

  • Koe

    I KNEW those petals were up to something! D8

  • Hikaru Takemori

    Though I have not yet reached my preferred level of denial in which nothing fishy is going on, I refuse to belive that nothing Duncan did came from genuine places. I refuse to belive his concern for Kyle after the explosion here: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-50/ is an act nor the expression he has in the third panel of this: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-56/ .
    Also, while I can’t deny that he is a Supervillan I will belive there is good in him until the story (or Word of God) tells me otherwise.

    • Feverfew_M

      A heartfelt yes to all of the above.

      • SofiaT

        It was that damned nose kiss that sealed it for me. Duncan 4Evah, like a giggly teenager!

  • warwriter

    Called it. But I don’t think he’s leaving – he’s reassessing. Notice in the fire there’s a teeny tiny demon skull in there…

    • Rae Goldberg

      where… where is this skull… >.< I can't find it

  • streetwalkersan

    Hmmmm, bondage… *slurps* And what an impressive initiation!

    Chains are probably pretty hard on the skin though. Very thoughtless, Duncan. Tsk tsk. Couldn’t it have been something with a little padding? Kyle is an innocent after all…

    • Sapfo

      I think Kyle would burn the padding. Maybe later when the fire is not so present.

  • Klaus

    One possibility is that Duncan is using Kyle as a powersource (or something similar) for some purpose totally unrelated to Kyle. If so, Kyle might become addicted to this spell.

  • Dex X.

    I’ve worried for a while that this was about about Kyles power but i liked Ani and didn’t really mind. I’m concerned now though.

  • SugarPlumFairy

    Oh Duncan you cheeky devil. Whatever else you’re doing, trapping a virgin in a never ending orgasm spell? If this doesn’t turn Kyle into his little minion love slave I don’t know what will!

    Please invite me round next!

  • Koe

    *laughsnorts*

  • Andy Yunker

    Okay, so I have a lot of thoughts and emotions about all this… But I’d say the one that is most prevalent is this:

    I really hope this turns out to be something not-so-evil… Because if this was all just some big evil plan to use or control or kill Kyle (not that Kyle is gonna die)… Then this seems incredibly… violating…
    Like yeah, yeah… Kyle consented, sure great… But still this is a sexual exploitation of a young 18 year old… And like if anything evil is happening it kind of turns me off to the whole story…

    But I don’t think that is where Alex is going with all of this, he put so much effort into making Duncan seem like a villain with a human side… Gah… This is stressful haha

    • cloudleo22

      I understand that a lot of people would have issues like that but I’ve always seen that the story should come before peoples feelings 🙁

      • Andy Yunker

        Well yeah, I mean I’m not saying the story should follow what I want and feel
        And if it was just a thing of Duncan actually being evil, while I’d be disappointed… I wouldn’t even voice it…
        It’s just the situation that could be happening (again we don’t know yet) that makes me uncomfortable

        • cloudleo22

          Yeah, okay I understand better now.

  • Amber Rose

    Bad Anni, what did I JUST say? You don’t introduce your freaky kink to your partner in the middle of sex without warning! Go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.

    I feel like this is a signal of some kind maybe? It looks a bit like a target. Poor Kyle is going to be even MORE messed up about sex after this though. He needs a whole fleet of therapists.

  • Raven R. Bloodwolf

    Dude…If Anni did all of that just to capture Kyle…That’s just messed up.

  • Fascinating. And from the comments it seems many are having a reaction of disappointment in Duncan, but I’d also posit that it’s also in the underlying idea of whether Anni is *only* a comic book villain or indeed the more complex emotionally involved character that many of us had become fascinated by. What’s interesting is that crafty Alex still has all his options open for what type of character he wants Duncan to be. Complicated super human with complex wants or comic book villain searching for more seemingly unneeded, power. Either way this is good, emotionally compelling, work and it doesn’t seem that any of the readers in 260 comments so far are indifferent to events. Plaudits. * Oh and compliments on the life/death spoiler from the last page’s comments, Alex. I agree, when “killing the gay character” has, for decades, been the “go-to” story staple for mainstream ‘entertainment’ (and I use that last word advisedly), it’s very nice to hear that you are unequivocally tired of it also. Thank you for that clear statement.

    • Gaz Hawkins

      but why could Duncan NOT be a super villain BUT also gay and Kyle’s lover. super powers or not, they are still human (so far as we know) and sex is a basic human need, so stands to reason Duncan would also want sex…..

  • Cydney Sabin

    I believe this deserves a slowclap.

    • Titan4Ever

      O, YEAH

  • Oh crap, the conspiracy theorists were right.

    • Hikaru Takemori

      Don’t be hasty in your judgement. As someone else said: there are still 3.5 chapters left for things to change in any direction.

      • Of course. That’s just what it looks like to me at this particular point in the story.

  • motordog

    Saturday…that’s the day after Thursday, right?

    • vessto

      Indeed it is tomorrow I think.

    • SofiaT

      I vote for a 2-day week to be established. It will comprise only of Wed/days and Saturdays.

      All in favour, say “aye”.

  • Koe

    And here I thought Yaoi-guy was fighting for the good side! Now I’m starting to suspect he’s an evil genius instead! D8

    The cliff-hangers, Alex – you’re killing us!

  • Mary Kelleher

    That’s one long ‘O’…

  • Hiroshi

    I knew it…Annihilator is a villain! Maybe he wants to steal Kyle’s powers! It’s always the ploy….you create a diversion (heroes attacking Duncan), you save the day (rescue Kyle) and you make Kyle seem so comfortable with you, trust you…and then you turn on him!

    I’m loving this ^^

  • Duke of URL

    Now THAT is one helluva orgasm!

  • TheGodEaters

    I am definitely not running to make any snap judgments for a while. At least not until I see this spell run it’s course. (which looks like another couple pages maybe) I am in love with the fact that I really can’t predict where this story is going, which is so awesome. I love the anticipation of waiting for each page to see what’s going to happen next. But what I really love is the fact that this entire story makes me think and re-evaluate things. Thanks Alex!

    And a double thumbs up, five stars, millions of kudos to Adam and Veronica. The artwork and coloring are just WOW!!!!

  • Mumin

    Oh my non-existant god! Why isn’t it Saturday now? I need the next page!

  • Jason Wexler

    I am really bad at predicting except when I keep my predictions to my self, in which case how can I claim I was right… anyway, has anyone considered the possibility that Kyle isn’t a dummy, and that his team and some bigger more powerful “heroes” are also waiting outside to ambush Annihilator and undue what he did?

    Kyle: “Ummm Commander… I have a problem, I have been ‘socializing’ with the Annihilator”

    Commander: “Damn, it… you know Kyle you could have trusted us, we are your friends and Tsunami would have eventually gotten over his homophobia. Now Annihilator is blackmailing you right.”

    Kyle: “Wait you know that I am…”

    Commander: “I am a tactical genius, that means being observant. The way your heart races when you look at Spooky… yeah, I know you’re gay. Now the question is what kind of trouble is the Annihilator getting you in?”

    Kyle: “He isn’t exactly blackmailing me, he is trying to date me, but I get this weird vibe from him, I don’t know if its me being nervous about having a boyfriend, or if he has an ulterior motive. He’s planning on taking me to a secret lair for my birthday and…”

    After which they set up a counter trap.

    • Lindsey Amethyst Hampton

      Yes, I like this idea best.

      • Jason Wexler

        Thank you… I am almost certainly wrong about this and what Alex has planned will probably be better… but thank you!

  • Holly

    Well I’m happy that Alex gave the WoG that Kyle is feeling pleasure, including in the final panel of this page. The chains are interesting. The circle of flame that is one pillar sort of being a pentacle is VERY interesting. So many more question in my mind. Now, it could be that Duncan is binding Kyle’s power for some reason. (give kyle better control, give him control over kyle, block the powers making kyle useless, etc) Maybe he wants to use Kyle as a weapon? Maybe the flame chains are just party a of a VERY elaborate Bondage game, and nothing bad will happen at all.

    I WISH I would see Duncan’s expression more clearly in the final panel. I am so concerned for Kyle now. UGH, Saturday is too far away.

  • I’m gonna laugh my ass off if the end of this is Duncan going something like:
    ‘There, made it better for you so you could get it ALL out. Now you should be able to masturbate without bigger accidents again. Aren’t you happy?’

    Not that I’m expecting this at all, but readers going collectively ‘Wait Whut!!?’ would be hilarious. I love the reader reactions just as much as I love the comic.

    I’ve said this before, but again, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for the next pages as I am right now.
    See.. I also know how to use ‘right now’ just like Duncan 😉

    • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

      “I’ve said this before, but again, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for the next pages as I am right now.
      See.. I also know how to use ‘right now’ just like Duncan ;)”

      Heeee… This looming feeling Saturday’s page will make things even more confusing than they already are… Do you feel it, too? 😀

      As for your theory… I wouldn’t put it past him. After all, if you’re the Annihilator, chances are you can put real effort in resolving masturbation problems.

      (I shiver to think of the lengths he’d go if he had to treat erectile dysfunctions Oo).

      • mogoskier

        For all we know this might be a way to treat his erectile dysfunction

        • Gaz Hawkins

          treat erectile dysfunction? well….. there are those chains……. just saying!!!

  • feeditskittles

    I still think Duncan is stealing/removing Kyle’s power

  • iTVXQ

    If you look at panel one, it looks like Anni is farting fire.

  • Lindsey Amethyst Hampton

    A) Sexy, but B) What? WHAT? WHAT?!

  • Paprika

    Is his smushy thing on fire? Or just blocked from view by fire?

    • Yukiness

      I was right all along, he does jizz liquid flames.

  • Yukiness

    he’s literally jizzing fire? He’s literally jizzing fire?! I said that as a offhand joke and pages later KLYE is JIZZING FLAMES?! *so very mindblown*

  • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

    Aujourd’hui plus qu’hier et bien moins que demain.

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemonde_G%C3%A9rard )

  • twincast

    Well, this page should make it abundantly clear for even the most naive who thought Duncan was “helping” Kyle on the last one.

    Edit: To be clear, I do think he wasn’t lying about most of what he said to Kyle (or even anything at all he stated explicitly), but the interlude with the PP made it clear he (also) had ulterior motives, as villains are apt to.
    Mind, I didn’t expect them to come to the surface quite this quickly (yet alone in this particular circumstance), but it is obvious the spell’s purpose is for some – assumedly evil – scheme.

    • Gaz Hawkins

      maybe the chains are to stop Kyle falling onto the floor when the bed burns away 😉 or it’s going to turn into a gangbang 😉 ROFLMAO

  • kestrelsama

    Dammit Anni

    >_<

  • Acheron Hades

    Well, there goes the bed @__@ This doesn’t look good for Kyle…

    • Gaz Hawkins

      and their clothes, they were next to the bed…. where ever Duncan is going, he’s going there naked (yeah!!!!!!)

      • TheGirlWhoFellToEarth

        ‘Oh, hai, PP, doing good? … What? Did I forgot something?’

  • Gaz Hawkins

    well some BDSM is good… so long as both parties agree 🙂

  • Fakesubmite

    So now what is he going to tell him?
    That he’s doing this because he cares?
    EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh how I love you. 🙁

  • Thanatopia

    For shame, Ani! You two haven’t even agreed on a safe word yet, and you’re ALREADY chaining him up?!

  • Gaz Hawkins

    Just thought (and that’s a danger in itself!!) what if none of this has happened and it’s all what Kyle THINKS is going to happen, all that has really happened is Kyle and Duncan are in bed and ‘snuggling’ ……. Kyle will awaken from his “daydream” in a moment to Duncan pressing against him, smiling and saying “Ready?” (kyle gives a breathy “yessss, ooohhhhh” reply)

    • Tina

      That’s an interesting theory. Because Duncan had previously said (in their first encounter) “you had such a strong opinion of me how could I disappoint?” So maybe those strong views of seeing Duncan as a villain linger in the dark recesses of his mind and come forth as they slowly near the climax.

      …I hope so now! Means more sexy time! <3

  • Tina

    Oh I know! Maybe Duncan has secret dead bodies buried within this giant warehouse and the only way he could think to get rid of them was burn it to the ground with Kyle’s powers.

    Yup. That’s exactly what’s going on. *nods hopeful*

    • Feverfew_M

      And that’s the scenario we’re hoping for? Man, this current situation really does look dire, doesn’t it…

      • Tina

        I really like Duncan! And I love heroxvillain relationship (which are rare enough as is) so yes I’d rather he’d use Kyle to do that than to be doing this to hurt him!

  • Cat Astrophe

    Okay, at this point I think it’d be wishful thinking to say that Duncan isn’t casting a spell that will A) Harm Kyle, B) Drain his power C) Make Duncan more powerful, or D) All of the above. There are chains folks, and a decent guy would ask before getting kinky!
    I, for one, am looking forward to the next page! Be okay Kyle :O

  • Xalun K

    Flaming chains? Yeah, definitely looks like a binding. At least for now. The biggest question is, is it for Duncan’s benefit, or Kyle’s? Considering we see Duncan leaving the bed, I’m guessing it’s something to be used against Kyle. Benign, though. I don’t think it’s going to *hurt* Kyle, necessarily (especially since we have WoG that Kyle’s enjoying the hell out of himself), just… I can’t. I can’t even.

    Also, flaming chains? Sexy as hell. Holy shit, you know how to do a spell RIGHT, my friend. o_O

    • Jay Demetrick

      Here’s a thought, if Kyle has a flame elemental or djinn inside him, this spell may help him stay in control of it? The spell chains limit the extent it could get out of Kyle’s control?

      • Xalun K

        Entirely possible, seeing as all the fans’ translations of the spell Duncan cast (or incantation or invocation or evocation or whatever else it could be) were pretty closely related. Especially considering the sheer power needed to create a self-contained circle of that size. Yeesh.

      • Denise Cruz

        That’s the same thing I’ve thought! I wish we’re right!

      • Holly

        OOO I never thought about a Djinn. That bring about a lot of possibilities if that’s true.

    • Denise Cruz

      The best spell ever! Those chains gave me chills! I’m must to admit! XD BTW did anyone else notice how sexy Duncan’s hands were shining like that at Kyle’s throat?! Or… maybe it’s me.. lol

    • Ellen Harman

      Did you notice that the chains are actually made from Kyle’s fire? I am getting worried here. It’s beginning to look like Kyle is so screwed, and sadly that he won’t lose his virginity with Duncan. 🙁 I am starting to lose hope. I do think this is some form of binding. Not just because of the chains but from the diagram that the flames took before the chains began forming. I’ve seen it used before and it usually used for binding or holding something/someone. Which explains where Duncan is going, he doesn’t want to be bound by his own spell.

      • Xalun K

        Holy cow, you’re right. Looks like it’s going to be a self sustaining binding… O_O

  • SofiaT

    Wow. that orgasm is turning to be a very loooooong one *checks watch*

    One thing is for certain in all this uncertainty: Kyle did get the most beautiful experience of his life. “Right now”.

  • fallenangel1891

    Well the situation bad! Hope Kyle is not betrayed by Duncan.

  • Kore88

    Ha I knew I knew he was lying when he said that truly great sex has nothing to do with “restraint”

    • Holly

      I Love you for a million years for that pun. A MILLIONS YEARS OF LOVE!

      • Kore88

        I just couldn’t resist

  • Jeanie

    Um, what the actual fuck, Duncan! There’s a problem of consent here. At no point did you say, “Hey, Kyle, is it cool if I put a spell on you while you orgasm?” Not cool, bro.

    • Sanbai

      Hah hah, yeah, you should always ask before planting firey orgasm spells, sheesh!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I know, right?

  • Cman65

    I did say he was smooth and that is the mark of true EVIL

  • AydenShayde91210

    Two things. One, there’s a Leo zodiac sign in the pillar of flames closest to the top in panel one, not important but i’m the wack-a-doodle to notice it. Two, am I the first to notice the flames in the last panel look kinda like a dragon’s head or something like that?

    • Admiral Jane

      I did kinda notice that in the last panel. What with the holes in the headboard looking like eyes.

  • AydenShayde91210

    Hrm, going back a re-reading it…i wonder if Anni is going to steal Kyle’s youth somehow….

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    Look, when a supervillian who’s considered The Supervillain tells you you can’t trust anything he says and does….don’t freaking trust him at all! And especially don’t go with him to a secluded spot without telling someone who you’re with or where you’ve gone! He’s called the Annihilator for Hecate’s sake! It’s your birthday, you’re a virgin, and it’s nearing midnight! Of course you’re going to end up an offering to Satan!

  • Sanbai

    Why do I feel like Kyle is Duncan’s new “set it and forget it” oven? He should drop a raw turkey on the boy’s chest and go watch ‘World’s Most Wanted Supercriminals’ until it’s done ;D

    • Holly

      Kyle: “Why did you do this?”
      Duncan: “I wanted S’mores.”
      Kyle; If you wanted more sex you could have just asked.
      Duncan: No, S’mores. *Pulls out marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Roasts the marshmallows over Kyle.*

      XP

  • Adam Black

    Maybe “gets off the bed” is just another visual pun from Adam and Alex.

  • Lara

    I haven’t commented here before but WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON.
    I. WHAT.
    I NEED THE NEXT PART OH MY GOD.

  • Sebastian

    Looks like Anni really does have something evil in store for Kyle. My guess? He’s going to hold him hostage. Maybe Anni won’t kill him, but there are a lot worse things than death.

  • Denise Cruz

    I think I just found out a living Anni! Check it out: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-m0y_t7AXJSU/Uc2Q5PrslUI/AAAAAAAAIbc/Sr3rjzEUhwI/s674/CabelosGrisalhos+%25283%2529.png Isn’t he handsome?! May not be exactly like Anni, but… (Oh! The picture was found at internet. I don’t know the guy. Credits to him and to the photographer).

    • motordog

      Mmm…Colton Ford…I thought the same thing!

      Warning…if you google him, photos might be NSFW.

      He’s one of the dancers in this Cyndi Lauper video.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5UCUusl9jo

      • SofiaT

        When I saw the first photo I thought “naw, his nose is all wrong” (and the eyes are drooping, and I don’t like the goatee. It makes him look like Paulo Coehlo. I can’t stand Paulo Coehlo).

        But then I found this pic on Google images and I got what you guys mean: http://timparksmediaho.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/rrcolton_ford5joe-opedisano.jpg

        One word: wow.

        • motordog

          Oh, the features aren’t quite right, no doubt. But he has the build and the hair…and the butt…

          Let’s just say he would be great at cosplaying Anni.

          • Gaz Hawkins

            that would mean Blake Harper would be kyle, but a dark haired version (only pics of Blake I could find where nude, so PICS wll be 99% NSFW)
            I guess James Jamesson would be a better choice, being a redhead, but is a little on the hairy side (not a bad thing in my book)

            again pics of both blake harper and james jamesson will most likely be nsfw if you search

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Can we find him and hire him for this purpose?

      • Jay Demetrick

        I’m surprised no one has posted this slightly not safe for work video of Colton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyUJFkUpmGQ

      • Amanda

        Well, I just want to totally fangirl on real life Anni.

  • xsarabellax

    Mind… blowing, tables… flipping, Saturday… not soon enough!!!!!

  • Skittles 4ever

    I’m confused as what going to happen next, and worried as what’s going to happen next.

    Hopefully it doesn’t go back to, “Ah, poor, poor, little hero. Trusting a bad guy to make an honest bargain.” only worse than the last time.

    Quote from page this http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-page-21/

    • Skittles 4ever

      BTW Anni is farting fire.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Panel 2,3 &4 Kyle is screwed …..chains on his arms and legs….Duncan exiting! Kyle has been had!

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    Substitute one word….just one word in what you said…and I start looking around the room for the Church Lady from SNL:) and I can’t stop laughing!

  • Blue Sedai

    I’m holding out for a cheerful outcome as well.

  • motordog

    This is the outcome I’m hoping for as well.

    • Gaz Hawkins

      if this is the case, I hope it’s a dragon. would explain why he can ‘control’ fire…. maybe Duncan is a salamander, why fire won’t harm him?
      could this be a little father/son incest going on (and why Duncan has not had full sex with Kyle….. would depend if kyle knows his dad, and if said “dad” IS his biological father or not)

  • Niggle

    You made me go back to reread that page again. Now I’m am double curious!

    “But what you suspected does at least seem possible.”

    I’m going to go with…salamander!

    • motordog

      I say…nine tailed fox!

      • KiannaLeigh

        YES!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I would love it so much if it looked like an actual salamander that would turn all fiery when it was using flame powers. And that from this point on Kyle would just have to go around with it riding on his shoulder or on top of his head (once he got it back from Duncan, anyway) so that he could use his powers.

  • Niggle

    I thought about this pages ago when the first prospect of the bed being turned to ashes was brought up, but it’s occurred to me again. Beds have some pretty nasty material in them, whatever the wood has been treated with and burning a mattress will let off some nasty fumes and burn pretty hot. Is Kyle immune to smoke inhalation?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m guessing that he is, since he didn’t mention being physically harmed at all himself when he accidentally burned down his foster family’s house and he didn’t express any concern about side effects should he burn down the warehouse.

  • Niggle

    But he’s having one humdinger of an orgasm. 😉

  • Ellen Harman

    I can hear the flames and feel the heat. This needs to be animated!
    Great work, but work faster the wait is for the next page is terrible. 2 1/2 days and counting.

  • Dark_Otter

    This started out so sweet, and now it’s gone all pear-shaped.

    And that pear is on fire.

    • timemonkey

      It’s almost like hooking up with supervillains isn’t smart.

  • timemonkey

    Guys, even if this is all a big set up Anni could easily get away with it all if the spell puts Kyle to sleep at the end. Then he can just act like nothing unusual happened.

  • Aqueos

    …Well I saw THAT one coming from a mile away.

    I told you to run Kyle but nooooooo no running. Now you’re going to be used for some fun magic ritual beyond your control.

  • SofiaT

    The trunk next to the bed seems to not be burning… what is it made of?

    …And what is it doing here in the first place?

    One thing I’ve learnt so far about Duncan, he leaves NOTHING to chance. And he does NOTHING without a reason.

    • Klaus

      It is right in the line of fire. Seems deliberate to me.

      • SofiaT

        Everything about Duncan is deliberate.

        I’ve been re-reading the whole comic and I just started chapter 2.

        It must have been adressed by other readers before for sure, but I just realised that Duncan “stopped” his villainous actions 6 years ago. Kyle was 12 then… and he just had his first orgasm and manifested his powers for the first time.

        Something tells me this night was planned that long ago.

        • Feverfew_M

          This is… plausible. And quite a bit disconcerting.

          Very interesting!

        • Yes.. that little deatil about 6 years ago is something I’ve also commented on, on an earlier page (when they were on the platform outside the building).
          I’m very curious to wether or not this was coinsidental, and what Kyle coming to his powers might have meant for Duncan since he ‘retired’ around that time. Timeline seems a little to particular for this not to be connected.

          • SofiaT

            I discovered this webcomic only about 10 weeks ago and I was so busy “inhaling” the pages, I didn’t bother reading the comments below.

            I thought people must have noticed it before but for me it was a new discovery.

            You know what else I re-read under a new light?
            On their first date in HK, Duncan tells Kyle that they have a lot of differences but that differences are good… because being with someone different “can make you strong in areas you’re weak”.

            That sounded very… wise and sincere back then. Now I wonder what weakness Duncan is trying to get rid of (does it take us back to the youth theory?)

          • I have far from read every comments, so have missed a lot there as well, but so far you’re the only one I’ve noticed besides myself to mention that particular detail.
            I also noticed other things that made me go hmm the further into the comic we get. A lot of small comments/hints here and there in older page dialog that have a load of possible theories going through my mind. I’m sure most of what I’ve taken notice of so far means something. It’s just about trying to guess it right, after all the twists Alex is taking us through 😀
            I love this comic for being unpredictable -even when some events go as expected.

          • SofiaT

            That’s the beauty of Alex’s work, isn’t it? 😀

            I’m convinced that Duncan does minimum lying -he will try to not outright lie, but his words are almost always ambiguous… a lot of what he says can be construed differently, depending on how you read it. Not sure if it’s because he doesn’t like lying or because he enjoys the game too much; leaving hints and waiting to see if his opponent is smart enough to catch them. Most likely the latter.

            Being the most powerful supervillain in the world must have been a very lonely and boring existence; there’s nobody around to challenge you really.

            One must do what one can to amuse oneself.

          • Jay Demetrick

            Being as powerful as he is, why bother lying? Also, he can totally get away with telling the honest truth and people would automatically assume he was lying simply because of his reputation as a “villain”.

            And yea, he’s a big cat who likes to play with his prey too. lol!

          • SofiaT

            You know what’s interesting? If Duncan decided to put his villainy on hold right after Kyle was discovered, and he has been waiting and planning this for 6 years… what does that tell us about Kyle’s powers? I’m sure they’re much more than just controling fire. Duncan is not a small player, he wouldn’t have spent so much time and effort unless there’s something *really big* there for him.

            Sounds to me like Kyle is potentially the most powerful superhero out there; he just doesn’t know it yet.

            Otherwise why would he attract the attention of the most powerful supervillain?

        • stickfigurefairytales

          😯

    • stickfigurefairytales

      It looked like a nightstand to me when I went back over the early parts of this chapter, but I still don’t know what it’s doing there. VERY suspicious.

  • Comic Reader

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

    • KiannaLeigh

      Yea. That pretty much says it all.

  • Hours

    Kyle’s face in the last panel is freaking me out. Looks like he’s possessed.

    This is so exciting. 😀

    • GiovanniBoss

      Now THERE’S an idea. Stealing Kyle’s body while transferring his powers to him, leaving Kyle to be an unpowered version of an old guy wanted all around the world seems to be something worthy of Anni’s title.

      Also, on an unrelated note, hello again, sorry for being away so long, Alex. xD

  • I knew I shouldn’t have come back until Saturday. 🙁

    What on earth is going on?!

  • Denise Cruz

    Oh, God! I was re-reading the whole thing… I think Anni wants steal or borrow, (I’m not sure), Kyle’s youth… At least, Sircea said so. Last panel, chapter 01, page 21. And he talked with Kyle about not have been doing anything ‘wrong’ for some years… Plus, he wouldn’t have to, necessarily, hurt Kyle for that. So, the boy would be ‘safe’ around Anni. Just would be used for increase the youth of the older man. Come on! Even that attack from the ‘heroes’ at Hong Kong could have been planned by himself. Couldn’t it?! God! Could it be right?! I hope I’m wrong!.. Poor Kyle!.. That sucks! SOOO mean!! i.i

    • TwilightDreamer

      Yes!! Someone else thought about stealing his youth! And it was that comment from Sircea that made me think so as well! XD

      • Denise Cruz

        I’m still want to be wrong about it! I think they was so cute together… i.i

        • TwilightDreamer

          Agreed. I really want everything Anni has said to be true…but it’s been on my mind for ages now…guess we’ll see.

  • Anna Calloway

    At least I’ve noticed one good thing about this. It doesn’t seem as if Kyle is in any pain through this. Maybe he is in some sort of trance. Either way, Duncan certainly isn’t playing anymore.

  • Gaz Hawkins

    maybe, just maybe that spell and the blue light is what is making the flames form that circle, which is a fair distance from the bed, this could be what is helping Kyle to orgasm without burning up – we all know we have little control during the big “O” so it’s helping Kyle to let go and understand that it’s NOT a bad thing

  • Feverfew_M

    “Yes.”
    “I bet you say that to all supervillains…”

  • TwilightDreamer

    I had to wait until now to comment, but…
    AAAHHH!!! KYLE!! Duncan what’re you doing to him!?!?
    Please don’t hurt him, please don’t hurt him…*teary face*

  • SofiaT

    On an unrelated note, I can’t wait for Alex’s online shop to go live. I want to get a copy of Artifice for my brother-in-law for Christmas 😀

    …I hope my sister won’t think I’m trying to corrupt her husband!

    • Denise Cruz

      lol It certainly will be a really great Christmas! Maybe your sister can learn to enjoy it too! ^v^

      • SofiaT

        My sister doesn’t like comic books.

        I think she may be adopted. Or maybe I am.

        • Denise Cruz

          Family,uh!? We’ll never undertand somet things about it completely… ^v^

    • I don’t know if I missed somewhere that he’s opening an actual shop on his site now, or when introducing TYP vol. 1 next year, but Artifice is up for sale on Amazon.
      You can find it via Merch above the page, or just click the TYP banner link all the way at the top of the site. It’s a direct link to Amazon’s site.

      • SofiaT

        Oh, I know. I asked Alex on facebook if Artifice is available anywhere other than Amazon (shipping costs are horrendous!!), and he said he expects to be able to sell it on this website by the end of September (fingers crossed) too.

        So I’m waiting till then, in the hopes that I will be able to beg/bribe/crawl-on-my-knees for a signed copy 😀

        I can’t escape the damn shipping but if I can get my hands on a signed copy I can happily wait!! Impatiently, but happily 🙂

        • Wohoo!
          Yeah, Amazon’s shipments prices are what have stopped me more than once as well. Only times I’ve bought something on Amazon is when purchasing with a seller that works through the site – the ‘others’ option. They often have the same thing, sometimes cheaper and shipment is cheaper as well.
          Buying directly from Alex would be awesome 🙂

          • SofiaT

            No middle-man to take a “bite” out of his hard work either! 😀

            P.S.: I often use the Book Depository because they have free shipping worldwide (I ordered 5 issues of Thorgal today), but I also check Fishpond and ebay to compare prices.

            Artifice is listed on the Book Depository but as “currently unavailable”.

  • Admiral Jane

    Studying the last panel, it doesn’t look like Duncan is wearing an evil grin or any grin for that matter. So there is that. I would think if he was truly up to something truly truly nefarious that he would be wearing an evil grin.

    • Emiko

      Or maybe he had planned to do something evil to Kyle, but then he actually developed feelings for him…. but he can’t go back on his plan because Sircea and the other supervillains would kill him!

      • Admiral Jane

        Maybe, but isn’t he the most dangerous supervillian in the world? Would he be afraid of the other bad guys? He didn’t seem to be one who cared what others thought of him. Unless they threatened to harm Kyle themselves.

        • Emiko

          Good point…. makes me wonder if there is something more at work. Like how in Artifice, Deacon’s hands were tied by the military he worked for. But he chose to protect Jeff even if it meant his own demise. Maybe Anni is facing the same choice somehow? Like he’s working for an organization that wants something from Kyle that would hurt him? i dunno…

          • Admiral Jane

            That’s always a possibility. Or he’s not the only one interested in Kyle. There’s a lot about Kyle and his past that we still don’t know.

            It’s so hard to know at this point what’s what. We only get 1-2 pages a week so the reveal of motives and actions is slow, driving us all crazy. And of course anything could change at any moment. Arg! I wanna know now!

  • Adam Irving

    Beautiful, beautiful art. What a story!

  • KiannaLeigh

    …. pleasure chains? Oh Anni. You steal my heart.

    • Jay Demetrick

      Oh now there’s a thought! Annihilator is an anarchist, so if his spell was to reveal what was already chained inside Kyle so he can then break those chains… freeing the fire elemental or djinn or whatever is inside Kyle… That could cause a whole lot of chaos. Kind of a Jean Grey->Phoenix->Dark Phoenix story arc?

      • KiannaLeigh

        Exactly. That’s exactly what I was thinking. I just hope it something complicated like that and not something easy like he’d just evil. That would be boring considering the plot twists we usually get.

  • Breinrott

    Why do i get the feeling that his release is a bad thing, like those chains are from the source of Kyle’s powers, and him getting release means like him losing his powers or somethin

  • Zeruk

    Okay…Duncan? I know you said this moment would be memorable but…..I think this is doing…a bit too much?? I mean petals are nice, but chains too?! I mean your too kind really, but I don’t think little Kyle is ready for all that okay..? No. Oh, okay D:

    P.S: GREAT PAGE WONDERFUL AS ALWAYS!

  • motordog

    Less than 24 hours! 😀

    • SofiaT

      I was calculating the other day that, if there are always interludes between chapters, we have about 3 years of bi-weekly updates til we reach the end, otherwise, closer to two… o.O

      CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG!!!

      Edit: I discovered Alex’s amazing work only about 10 weeks ago as well, so I know exactly what you mean. *pats back*

    • .. and when it reach the end, you’d feel lost and almost in tears because it’s over – or that’s at least how I’ve been with a few comics when they finished and reached that final page. It’s a sad-sweet moment.

      • SofiaT

        The moment when you read that last page, full of excitement and awe… and then you think “F*ck, it’s over. Now what?”

  • KaelemGaen

    Okay so theory time for me (Btw what happened to the little Archive drop down? I had to go from this page backwards to the last page I read.)

    Chains aren’t always meant as oppression, they can mean control, it is POSSIBLE he is giving him the power to control his Fire powers better when it comes to heavily emotional moments.

    But I’ve also been expecting the other shoe to drop since the start of this whole Chapter

  • AlexandraSwiss

    Once he put the spell on Kyle, I had this terrible fear that Annihilator wasn’t even gay and that he just wasn’t above pretending to be gay to get what he wanted. And regardless if that’s true or not, I just want to punch Duncan in the throat now, which I know wouldn’t even do anything to him, which would just made me angrier.

    YOU’VE EMOTIONALLY COMPROMISED ME, ALEX. ONLY TERENCE WINTER IS ALLOWED TO DO THAT. UGH.

    • Emiko

      I love this comment. It made me wonder— do you think it’s worse to pretend to be gay in order to get what you want, or pretend to care about someone? Maybe Duncan has done both…

      • AlexandraSwiss

        Honestly, I think pretending to be gay is whatever as long as the person isn’t stereotyping. I mean, to me a person’s sexual preference shouldn’t matter to others, so if you’re pretending, as long as it isn’t hurting anyone, I personally don’t care.

        Now, pretending to care about someone does matter to me because that does hurt people.

        I read another yaoi comic where a straight guy pretended to like another guy in order to kill him. After they had sex, he waited for him to fall asleep and then slit his throat. Of course, the victim was a vampire so he survived, but you could tell he really liked the straight guy and it hurt his heart much more than a slit throat to have that done to him.

        The comic was Vampirates, btw. It’s been abandoned, but what’s left is still good.

  • RedDazes

    Why must you leave us with cliff hangers? Don’t you love us? *cries* First the “You never say anything good in THAT font” now the chains….

    COME ON! Cut us some slack!

    ^_~* Wonderful page as always, the colors are fantastic and I LOVE the fire.

  • motordog

    As I’ve ‘supposed’ before, I suppose Alex has this well plotted out to the conclusion already…but if you could suggest the topic for one of the interludes, what would you like to see?

    My first choice would be the story of young Anni…from right before his powers manifested to right when he accepted the mantel of ‘villain’ (which IIRC from what was already said, was pretty much simultaneous, but this is just an interlude after all). Were his parents abusive, or just distant (I can’t believe they were supportive or ‘nice’)? Did he have a special someone? What’s the source of his powers anyway…is he a ‘mutant’, or are they mystical? I imagine him getting his novice ass kicked by some hero of the day, until an equally young Sircea shows up to help him (she’d, of course, be looking like a ‘hippie chick’)…the start of a beautiful friendship!

    • SofiaT

      That sounds amazing!!! I’d vote for that! 😀

      Although I have the feeling that the interludes are important to the arc somehow -for example, the interlude between chapters 1 and 2 served to show the reader (and maybe even Kyle) that his teammates are not as disgusted by the idea of male2male action as he thought they’d be… Remember when he was afraid that Duncan would tell his secret? He said that people can’t know because children are supposed to look up to him; insinuating that being gay is something shameful and him being a hero who risks his life daily to help others is not enough to be a role-model.

      Kyle has some growing up to do and he has to become comfortable with who he is. I think the previous interlude was a great opportunity for Kyle to check out his teammates’ reaction and maybe come a bit more to terms with his sexual identity. I’m willing to bet that even Tsunami would accept him just the way he is (not to mention that Tsunami seemed a bit *too* horrified by the whole concept, if you know what I mean…).

      Also, it could potentially hold the seeds for a different story, after Engaging the Enemy is completed…
      …say Spooky and the Commander? 😉

      So, while I love your idea, I think it will only happen if it adds to the whole arc in some way. So lets hope it does!!

      • There will be a 22 pages Spooky and Commander bonus comic in the TYP vol. 1 🙂 It was one of the kickstarter stretch goals.
        I’d love to see a full comic with them… buut don’t know if Alex would leave the gay theme for that. I agree about a comic with younger Duncan.

        • SofiaT

          I can’t tell you how annoyed I am I missed the kickstarter!! I would have loved that dossier on The Annihilator and the Spooky/Commander comic sounds fantastic *snif* 🙁

          I hope *some day* they’ll be available to the public. Or that those who got the rewards will at least keep the rest of us informed *hint, hint*

          Ever since reading Artifice -and now TYP- I’ve found some more gay webcomics I like, mostly from Alex’s links. But I’m not a Yaoi fan per se, in the sense that I *hate* mangas and I read those webcomics (Khaos, TJ & Amal) because I think they are great -great comics which just happen to feature gay people in them. So if Alex wanted to do something that also just happened to feature a herero couple I wouldn’t complain! I hope he wouldn’t consider that a border that’s not to be crossed.

          • Yeah, some of the things will only be shared as pdf – or in print for those who paid big bucks 😉 At least the 22 pages extra comic will be in the printed comic for everyone who buys it. So that one you’ll get.
            I’m pretty sure info about the rest will be shared here in the comments *got the hints*.
            I was a sad puppy when Khaos ended, and I’m doing what I can now to save money, so I can be a part of the current kickstarter for it. TJ & Amal is great too, and I think it’s getting closer to the end *snif*
            Besides TYP two other of comics I love are Teahouse and Starfighter – that also can be found in Alex’ links. If you’re interested then SF sounds to be the one you’d like most.

          • SofiaT

            I hope you do manage to get the Khaos boxset!
            I’m currently biting my nails to see if the new stretch goals will be met so that we can have the extra side stories for each pairing! *closes eyes tightly and makes a wish*
            And thanks for the recommendations -I’ve tried both before actually. 🙂
            Starfighter, I was a bit “meh” about it. Too cryptic for my tastes. That’s one of the reasons why I don’t like mangas actually, the few I’ve tried don’t make much sense to me.
            As for Teahouse, that’s how I found TYP! A very intriguing banner ad was there (“Superhero. Supervillain. It’s Complicated”) and I clicked on it. Best. Click. Ever.

            To get back to Teahouse, I found it from a list with the 100 (or 150, I don’t remember) best webcomics. I started reading it, something seemed a bit off but I couldn’t understand what… and then I realised the cute girl with the pink hair l thought was quite nice, was actually a boy 😛
            While I do not “not like it”, I’m not crazy about it either. Probably because it’s a manga and I never much cared for the style. TH makes much more sense than SF but I still find it hard to connect with the characters. Too much drama and angst for no good (apparent) reason.

            Artifice and The Young Protectors on the other hand… now *that* was love at first sight 😀

          • Amanda

            http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=131380

            That’s for Coined! It’s another gay superhero comic I have been reading. It’s quiet a bit more risque than Young protectors, but I’ve been enjoying it.

          • SofiaT

            Thanks, I’ll check it out 🙂

          • I won’t be able to get the full boxset no matter what right now, but the option with book 1 + box is what I go for, so i can get the other books later.
            I KNOW! I want the extra stories so bad. More Khaos <3
            I'm not completely sure what you define as manga, since neither TH or SF is that. Do you mean more in the sense that you see them as too much 'yaoi' in style? Good you found TYP then. Everyone has their own prefered comics, and I certainly get why you like TYP 🙂

          • SofiaT

            When I think of manga, I think of a specific drawing style (delicate features, huge eyes), loooong silences (that’s from cartoons mosty and what I remember from my kid sister’s obsession with Sailor Moon) and overly emotional scenes that don’t make much sense to me.

            I first starting reading comics when I was about 13 and I started with european comics so that’s the style I’m most comfortable with. Artifice has a more “european” feel to it than TYP, which is distinctly American, but I love both 🙂

          • motordog

            “I can’t tell you how annoyed I am I missed the kickstarter!!”

            ^^THIS! 🙁

  • Aja

    Well, the chains are made of fire, so they must be related to Kyle’s powers, but not necessarily to whatever Duncan did……..maybe Duncan is somehow revealing them? Maybe they have to do with the root of Kyle’s powers?

    Does that even make sense? lol……

    • Denise Cruz

      I think it’s possible! It certainly sounds much better than Duncan betraying that boy! At least for me it does! God! I’ve never been so hungry by the arrival of a Saturday! lol

  • Klaus

    The chains seem to be firmly in place in the last frame. Much tighter than in frame 2 and 3.

  • Feverfew_M

    <3 😀

  • bronakopdin

    OK? I’m bad at speculating but where will Anni go now?
    the toilet? xD

    I’m really enjoying this webcomic and so I finally decided to read your other story Artifice! After I did I immediatly went to Amazon and ordered a copy!
    Good things must be supported!
    And since you asked on the last page: I’d really love to see a continuation of Artifice some day 🙂
    If The Young Protectors will get prints, I’ll definitely get my hands on a copy as well 😀

    best regards~

    • I have to agree – Artifice was the first story I read from here, and I’m still itching for a sequel. 😀

    • TYP vol. 1 (prologue, chap.1 and interlude) will be published sometimes next spring. It’s gonna be a three volume series when it’s done.

  • Muse

    omg what is happening?! O.O god i seriously hope he wasnt using kyles vulnerability and insecurities to capture him or something >.<

  • SofiaT

    It’s Saturday morning (6.15am) where I am, and it sounds as good a time as ever to start camping…

    What is it, about 6-7 hours left?

    • Shella_Bluey

      Where I live it is Friday, 22:28 pm. I will look for the new page first thing tomorrow morning. That’s a perfect way to start a new day after a good nights sleep. 🙂

      • Tina

        Usually appears around 2 in the morning my time but I love it when early pages appear <3

    • Sebastian

      It’s nearly 6 on the west coast, so we’ll probably be waiting for a little while more.

      • SofiaT

        I just read a very depressing graphic novel that left me feeling like crap.

        I’ve never needed a TYP update more *sigh*

        • motordog

          What graphic novel?

          Also, if you want to read something light and promising, I’ve started reading a webcomic I saw advertised on this site called The Gardener…

          http://thegardener-comic.com/

          • SofiaT

            Ghost World, by Daniel Clowes. It’s all about teen angst and human alienation. Objectively, it’s good but considering my mood in the last few days, I really shouldn’t have opened it today.

            Thanks for the link!

          • motordog

            Oh, yes, I know it!

            related…have you ever heard Aimee Mann’s song Ghost World?

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

          • SofiaT

            I hadn’t listened to it before but judging by the lyrics it’s influenced by the comic book?

            Crap, I really need a day out in the sun. And I’m homesick.

          • motordog

            Sorry you’re feeling so sad, Sofia! I’m an old sourpuss from way back…but this clip always makes me feel good and gives me hope…maybe it will make you feel better too?

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

          • SofiaT

            That put a smile to my face! 😀

            Thank you Motordog!

          • motordog

            ^_^

          • Amanda

            Im glad the Gardener is back, that little hiatus seemed never ending.

            Also, if youre looking for light hearted I can not recommend Misadventures enough!! So cute, I want to cuddle my computer when I look at it. It has fun tentacles!! Not rapey ones!!

            http://misadventurecentral.com/

          • motordog

            I’ll tell you something funny…
            When I started reading The Gardener, I thought it was only in French (which I don’t know). It was well drawn and the story was still easy to follow, so I made it all the way to the end. Only on the most recent page did I scroll down enough to find out it had an English translation just below! lol
            I went back and reread the translations!

          • motordog

            Thanks! I’ll give it a try!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I like this so far! Thanks for the rec!

          • SofiaT

            (I’m replying to you here because your other comment awaits moderation.)

            I LOVE Scandinavia and The World! A Norwegian friend recommended it a few years back and I’ve been following Humon’s work ever since! 😀

            I have to say, if you’re feeling depressed, this is the place to be. Everyone is trying to cheer me up, you’re very sweet, guys 🙂

      • Ellen Harman

        It’s 9:30 inPA.

        • motordog

          Ah…another Pennsylvanian! 🙂

        • Sebastian

          I’m pretty sure Alex is on the west coast.

  • KBatty

    Duncan DID say that when he became the most powerful bad guy in the world, the “whole gay thing” seemed a lot less important. Maybe he’s powering up Kyle by binding him to a fire entity of some kind. Give him a taste of /real/ power. See what he does with it.

    I sincerely doubt he’s trying to steal Kyle’s youth. It just seems too petty for the Annihilator to trouble himself with such a matter.

  • Jeffrey Jacobson

    I’m betting that’s not Duncan, but the Platinum Priestess disguised as Duncan, doing mischief. That use of magic and the pentagram don’t look like the work of a brick-style super-person.

    • Admiral Jane

      That’s an interesting thought.

    • indigoashes

      I’d argue that it’s her power, his doing.

      • Jeffrey Jacobson

        I think you are probably right. Duncan and the priestess are in cahoots, already. Maybe to steal Kyle’s youth.

    • *gasp* That’s a clever hypothesis!
      I’m thinking back to just before the date and remember her evil grin and cryptic remark came just *after* Duncan went through the portal, so that could mean she’s using Duncan to get to Kyle. They could also be collaborating to use Kyle, as suggested by their discussion about his abilities and the wallpaper image we have of them magically observing an image of Kyle.

    • motordog

      I read your comment and first went “Naaaahh”

      Then thought for a bit and went “Hmmm….”

      Even if that isn’t what happened, it is a fresh, interesting theory.

    • Sebastian

      That…actually makes sense. Unless the Platinum Priestess can transfer some of her abilities, she’s the only one we’ve seen that can do spells. Maybe it is her.

  • motordog

    “lying sack of handsome shit”…that made me lol

  • JoshuaPC

    “Congradulations! Your Red Hot has evolved to…”

  • Tina

    So…. is the next page gonna be up soon…? *waves watch in front of Alex’s eyes hoping to hypnotise him into releasing the next page ASAP*

    • Your powers are indeed strong, but we’re about an hour away. I had some exciting computer trouble that needed some wrangling…

      • Tina

        Damn. My power’s one weakness… *munches popcorn whilst camping*

        • Denise Cruz

          Well… At least it’s just one more hour… 😉 I’m so excited about it! (building a fort in front of the computer to wait for the new chapter).

  • Chibi

    Hope we find out what it does … the suspense is gonna kill me TT – TT

  • Jamie Dutton

    I swear it feels like it’s been 1,000 years! 🙁

    • SofiaT

      Uff. Tell me about it.

      And it’s so quite in here. Where is everyone? Holding their breath for the next page?

      • *nods, blue-faced*

      • stickfigurefairytales

        And reading all of the other great webcomics that people recommended!

        • SofiaT

          I’ve kept the links but I can’t focus on other webcomics when THIS one is about to be updated. I’m spending my time reading Pride & Prejudice fanfiction instead 😛

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Good times. 🙂

  • Alorer

    *refreshes, waits 2 seconds, refreshes again – repeat over and over!*

  • I’m going to go get something to eat. If the new page isn’t up by the time I get back, so help me GOD I’ll still be grateful that Alex, Adam, and Veronica are generous enough to share this awesome story with us FOR FREE! And so consistent in its updating and quality! Like seriously, where else do you see that?

    BUT I’LL STILL BE SITTING ON THE EDGE OF MY CHAIR MAKING DESPONDENT NOISIES.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      *laughs* I loved this.

      • All right. Computer troubles seem to be wrangled. Should have the new page up in the next 10 minutes. 😀

        • Alorer

          I think I just deafened three parallel universes with my squeal of excitement!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Gosh, we’re so demanding. *feels sheepish*

  • Gen

    Eee so excited!

  • Zoe

    Eyes, don’t you give up on me now! Sleep is just an obstacle!

  • SofiaT

    I vote we raise some money and buy Alex a new computer.

    It will be a nice bribe… uh, gesture, to show how much we love his work 😀

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Yeeeeess. Gesture.

  • motordog

    I blame this on the Crisis of Colliding Trans-World Identities!

  • motordog

    Does each ‘refresh’ counts as a new visit to this page? If so, Alex is going to get like a million visitors tonight.

    …and it looks like next Wednesday’s bonus page is secured!

  • Page is up you guys – and have been for almost an hour. Clear your cache so it shows or here’s the link: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch2-page-30/?doing_wp_cron=1379132444.1197021007537841796875

  • Comic Reader

    like a phoenix in a round about sort of way?

  • Amanda

    …..and so I begin my countdown……Europe is totally blasting a theme song in my head….I am deadass tired from dealing with belligerent teenagers, and drug addled educators all day, so hopefully I can dream in with the same backup music for when I do my 2am wake up just to check for updates.

  • No….oh…nooo 🙁

  • Ree

    WHAT. WHAT. WHAT. WHAT. WHAT. WHAT. WHAT.

    WHAT.

  • Sarah Lebowicz

    I knew it! I KNEW IT!!! Duncan was planning this the whole time…. I didn’t know what he was going to do, but I knew he was taking advantage of Kyle for his own devious plans!

  • Jeff Baker

    Uh oh! Looks like Kyle is screwed! (Which is ironic because it looks like he’s not gonna get, well, you know!)

  • ssLollypopss

    either this is getting really kinky or my ship is sinking
    MY SHIP IS SINKING ISN’T IT!?
    what is this WHAT IS THIS ;0;

    • Kit the Coyote

      It is treachery most fowl! HAHAHA

      • Curt Clark

        Liar; I don’t see a single chicken anywhere on the page. :p

        • Kit the Coyote

          hehe

  • Curt Clark

    First reading: Shock, anger, betrayal, NOOOOOOOOO!

    Second reading: Pssh, they can make this work. Give it time.

    Third reading: damn, but the treacherous supervillain has an amazing…everything.

    I’m hopeless.

  • Froya

    Man, this page was a STAB in the FEELS the first time I read this…..:( They were so cute up until now, and the pages after this just twist the knife.
    Although after reading it all a second time I guess it IS pretty obvious that Kyle is being set up but still…