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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Two—Page 3

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I don’t usually go for the bad boys, but The Annihilator in that last panel is swoon-y…

The Young Protectors Kickstarter news! Yesterday we leapt over $50,000 in backing which meant that the Full Monty Reward was unlocked! As you know, it’s not my policy to show uncovered weenies in the pages of my comics. But because a Kickstarter campaign is special, I created this “Full Monty Stretch Goal” that, when unlocked, would mean I would hire Adam and Vero to create fully nude versions of the sexy pin-up “Romance Card” art I’m already creating for this Kickstarter. Have you been wanting to see more of our guys than what I show in these pages? Become a backer and you’ll get sent beautiful art where you’ll get to see everything! (At least for the characters who are 18-years-old or older in the actual story. And yes, Kyle is now 18… 🙂 )

In addition to that, there are more fun stretch goals ahead, including

  • a Sexy Height Chart (with our guys lined up by height in their underwear—and backers can vote to have me create this with their underwear off! See how our guys really measure up!)
  • a Truth of Dare Bonus Comic (where backers will be able to create and vote on questions and dares for the team to answer. And each member will answer honestly—heroes don’t lie!)
  • and if things get really crazy, all backers at the Young Hero level or above will get their very own Spooky Cap!

In the next 24-hours, backers will get to vote on who they want to appear on the next Trading Card they’ll get as a reward (and whether they want it to be a ROMANCE CARD with sexy pin-up art!) If you’re tempted at all, now would be a great time to join the fun and make sure you get to see Full Monty art of your favorite The Young Protectors characters!

All right-y. So that’s fun Kickstarter news. In other news, we have new Fan Art by black lepus—a mock magazine cover featuring Tsunami! You should definitely check that out!

Oh, and


Our ninth bonus page in a row! And look below! We’re already at $268 towards the bonus page after that!

Special thanks, a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters Josien S. & Kelsey D. for their generous donations over the last few days!

And big hugs go out to long-time friend of The Young Protectors Perrine S. for their super-generous $25 donation! And this makes Perrine’s ninth super-generous donation to this comic! Thank you so much, Perrine!

Thank you all so, so much for your amazing support! I’m just blown away that we’ve gotten over $50,000 in backing for the Kickstarter—and there are still 19 days left! I’m going to get to create all this cool stuff I’ve wanted to make for the longest time and it’s all because of you, our awesome readers! THANK YOU!

So! Kyle and The Annihilator are now sharing childhood fantasies! Where could this possibly lead? And did Kyle really dream of saving cute schoolboys from the evil clutches of The Annihilator?

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

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! Edit 6/5/13 2:13 PM: You are UNSTOPPABLE! Thanks to your generous donations, the donation bar above the comments section has yet again tipped over its target. That means that in addition to our regular update this Saturday (page 4!), there will be a BONUS update on Wednesday, June 12th (page 5)! You all totally ROCK! Thank you so much!

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  • I do go for bad boys (haaaaaaa) and if he weren’t gay. 😛
    Adam and Vero continue to do a good job, and of course your writing is just as captivating as ever! Can’t wait for more.

  • Vik-Thor

    Vote for my favorite comic – The Young Protectors

    Been voting for you comics since I discovered Artifice. (not sure where I found you)

    Currently @ #93.

  • Jamie Dutton

    Daaaaaaang! That last panel is still giving me the shivers! He’s just oozing sexy bad-boy hotness!! I um forgot what else I was gonna say…..

  • Chibi

    That look is delicious!

  • Erica

    omg, Duncanni’s face IS amazing…. like. so amazing. O _O heheheheheh frisky faceee

  • Oh God… Anni in the last panel… I could just swoon repeatedly.

  • Laurenihilation

    Oh wow. That expression. 0-0

  • Chibi

    Totally want that full Monty height chart I need to see how they measure up! Of course my measuring will totally be clinical and for … research only… yeah research… >> ::clears throat::

  • Nightshadengale

    So he definitely did have a few years of “powers but not a supervillan” in there… I wonder if his reason for going supervillan ties into a historical event? (It’s probably just the fact that we have an approximate timeperiod for it that’s making me think that, assuming the timeline runs roughly parallel to our own.) Did anything happen in ~1977-1981 that would make sense for that?

    • Jesslc

      Panel 2 and 3 –

      Okay so it’s not a historical event but that’s my theory right there…

      Do we have word of author that the comic time runs roughly parallel to our own? I don’t remember.

      • Nightshadengale

        No idea, that’s why I specified “assuming.”

        From looking up “19XX history” on Wikipedia, the only event I found that seemed like it could fit was the White Night Riots. At least somewhat personally relevant, would explain disgust with the legal system (–>anarchy) and hatred for police in particular (only time he looks angry during the prologue is when he mentions hurting police…)

        • Jesslc

          *looks up White Night Riots…*

          Hmm… it fits quite well actually. Anni would have been 24 at the time (assuming YP timeline is parallel to our own of course). And in further support of the possibility – Alex actually lives in San Francisco…

          • Nightshadengale

            Oh, but wait, he was British, wasn’t he… Depends on when he left.

  • Eisheth

    If you put that last panel on a tshirt, I shall buy it.

    • Alex Albright

      Yeah, why isn’t there a YP store at Cafe press or some similar site?
      Please. Please. Please.

  • DemureDesire

    I just want to say that this was a wonderful thing to come home to…

  • Amanda Barnett

    Well, I officially hate you. You just suckered me in from page one, and I have clicked through it all to this point. Now I am dying to see how the evening goes. I have a big ole’ crush on this comic, and if it were possible I would have its babies.

  • fujoshifanatic

    I hope that last panel becomes one of the choices for the poster art…so unf! Only a few more hours until pay day, and then I can get in on the full monty fun! I really hope you get over 100K Alex, not only because that would be so awesome for you, but because I reeeally want a Spooky cap! I love hats, and I that would be the coolest addition to my collection.

    And poor Kyle! He is so done for. Who can resist a bad boy like that? Hope you enjoy the ride, son, because I have a feeling that the disorientation you’re going to feel afterwards will be a doozy judging from that ominously sexy grin. *goes off to “take a moment” with herself*

  • Khun David

    OMG Panel 2!!!

  • YangYueLan

    That last panel should be available in as many forms as possible (poster, wallpaper, pdf, tattoo). Word bubble included. I love it, favorite panel so far!

  • CommodoreZelda

    I can’t help but feel that Kyle is a little out of his league here. But it’s so flipping cute.

  • timemonkey

    Okay, commenting here for the first time. Been reading the comic for a few months now, loving it, which was a nice surprise since I only originally came here because I was bored and one of the adds looked somewhat amusing. But now I love the story and the characters and can never wait to see what happens next.
    For the Kickstarter thing. I was thinking of donating but does it accept paypal and when is it over? I’m planning on a 200$ donation but if I don’t have the time I can make a smaller one.

    • Feverfew_M

      Heh, congrats for clicking the right ad then! 🙂

      About the kickstarter: still 19 days to go, but you can also pledge smaller now to join the voting fun and up your pledge later to the level you really want. Dunno about paypal, though, for me it went directly to Amazon payments.

      • CH

        Yeah, pretty sure it’s Amazon payments only unfortunately.

  • YG_Frenchie

    That last panel is officially the wallpaper to my iPhone. Yep. <3

    I freaking love the last few pages. The colours are just so gorgeous and I can't wait to spend all my money on the printed version!

  • Holly

    ADAM DRAWS THE GREATEST CREEPY SEDUCTIVE FACE EVER! ALL HAIL ADAM DEKRAKER!!! HE MADE A CROSS ROADS DEAL FOR ARTISTIC ABILITY!!! Honestly, that last panel gives me the greatest thrill of attraction and fear. …I like it.

    And Veronica’s sunsets are still SO beautiful. It will break my heart when the action moves inside.

    Oh I love imagining I have super powers and being an Byronic Heroine and stuff. I wish I had magic powers.

  • Interpolation

    So Anni: an interest in vengeance. A respectable start to super-villiany. And Kyle: an interest in saving lives and romance. I confess, I relate a lot to Kyle’s fantasies… maybe too much?

  • amanda

    love it!!!!!! giggle!! so cute!!!

  • Madock345

    The sexy (naked) height chart sounds amazing, very relevant to my… Interests. Just want to let you know where my vote will be going. Also: loving the colors here, not every artist can make a sunset that looks this good.

  • RotaryComplex

    That EYEBROW!

  • CH

    The last panel is exactly why our dear villain was the first romance card. Bad boys are more fun 😉

  • That last panel indeed.
    I can almost HEAR him say that one line. I like how they’re sorta bonding over dreams of powers.

  • Giselle Feuillet-Tunis

    Am I the only one hearing the Annihilator being voiced by Clancy Brown?

  • Saxon_Brenton

    That last panel is indeed a doozy, and I think that how Kyle reacts to Anni’s question will be telling. I agree with some of the comments that Kyle may be out of his depth. In particular I’m thinking about the two previous occasions (in the prolog p.15 and chapter 1 p.11) where Anni got Kyle flustered and Kyle’s body language screamed awkward embarrassment. So the big question is: will Kyle once gain shove his hands in his pockets and try to bob his head down below his shoulders while rolling one foot about, or will he smile and say something smooth like “I wasn’t expecting the villains to be so good looking.”

  • well, i reckon it’s time to crank up the old snipping tool.


    anhi’s just a regular lady-killer, now isn’t he??

    • KiannaLeigh

      When I read “snipping tool” I immediately thought “What are you snipping!? 0_0) But then I figured it out.

      Well there goes five years off my lifespan…..

  • John

    So when Kyle loses control his powers go crazy? Interesting. So they’re latent and he has to focus on NOT using them? Or are they empathic and respond to emotion? If so I’d hate to see how powerful he’d be when angry…

  • Surly Shirley

    oh my… his face in that last panel is pure sexy. As a super villain – I approve.

  • xLizardx

    …..Agreed, his face in that last panel… especially imagined with a Sean Connery-ish voice [if you can imagine Sean Connery actually managing to do any accent other than Scottish]. I think Mr. Fox would have a deep, resonant, and perfectly enunciated voice with a hint of roughness around the edges. If I had a better memory I’d conjure up a list of apt comparisons, but oh well.

    He wouldn’t be my type either, but damn, all three of you have really done a good job with that panel [and all the other ones, for that matter, but I like this one particularly because it’s so expressive, and his face perfectly fits his line].

    • Amanda Barnett

      I am so glad I am not the only one reading this with a Sean Connery voice in my head.

  • Aaah: finally, the height chart! And that eyebrow, Anni; be careful or you’re going to lose it. Probably to someone’s teeth.

    Also, this is what kind of amuses me about Anni: all the dark triad charm and, thus far, few of the horrible consequences. I mean, some, but not the clusterbomb of fail that such men almost always are, emotionally.

    • Jesslc

      The first thing I thought of when I saw this page was:

      “Oh Anni… I know you like to talk about how you’re such a villain, but we all know you’re just a great big teddy bear at heart. You even saved Ninjajerk guy from been blown to smithereens, for heavens sake.”

  • fakesubmite

    God I want to kiss that chin.

  • Soubi

    NOW KISS. 🙂

  • I can see *that* panel causing some activity on the TV Tropes page. (No, I’m not going there to look, I’ve got writing of my own to do tonight, plus I’d like to get to bed before midnight.)

  • KiannaLeigh

    I died a little at that last panel. Anni ….. I love you.

  • as a matter of fact..

    ..Al, you should make a T-Shirt of that last panel.

    “Villains? Like me?”

    veronica and adam really were trying to make us boys and guys swoon, yeah?
    i know i have.

    (you really do want me to jump through that computer screen and make out with you right on the spot, aren’tcha Anhi?

    {i sure hope kyle doesn’t mind sharing.})

  • Sargon

    About the romance cards, I have a question, you mean it would show their current and past love interests or what kind of person they are interested in?

  • Cman65

    Oh yes from villains just like you, so I can have “hot man sex” with the bad guy and make him turn good

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    rescuing “cute” little boys?….I chuckled at that one….in grade school I was one of 5 students in my class at first then there were others who moved in. One of other “new” kids…a boy named Randy…..I found out much later he was just like me…a bit more effeminate….but still in a class of less than 10 kids total…..what were the odds of two of them being gay?

  • I just imagined Anni’s voice just got like 12 octaves deeper and more gravely
    and that that voice went strait to Kyles crotch! >w<
    I love this comic so much! I wish I had more monies I would back and buy EVERYTHING

  • Summer

    If Anni is swoon-worthy now, I can only imagine him when he was younger. i’d personally like to see him how he was when he was around Kyle’s age, in order to satisfy my curiosity.

    • TheManBehindTheCurtain

      Actually, Anni has had time to mature and I suspect he’s alot more interesting and charismatic now then when he was young.
      Some people just get better with age, …. other just get saggy.

      • Summer

        I was just thinking in terms of looks, not personality, but your point is good.

  • sharkbutt

    i.. am in love with duncan. can i have him???

  • Deirdre

    I haven’t fallen in love with a comic this fast in my life. That fanart interlude just cinched it. Bravo!

  • avstron

    last panel:
    *fangirls loudly*

  • Camille Martin

    I have tottally decided that if this binder I bought for my current crosplay at a convention im going to works as well as its supposed to(I put a lot of money into this thing) I TOTTALLY want to cosplay Anni!!

  • OnyxLight

    “Villains? Like me?”

    Oh dude I could so see your eyebrows doing that devious waggle when you said this… answer wisely Kyle… or kiss him… kissing would be an effective subject changer. LOL

  • KiannaLeigh

    So, I forgot a week’s worth of homework and had to cram it into one day, I accidentally called out a woman with a cancer wig by saying her hair looked nice (she was upset), I’m failing at my exercise program, I’m totally stressed and seriously overbooked. BUT! It’s Friday evening and there will be a new YP soon! Life is good! Thank you Alex for getting my through a crappy day. You and your team (you need a team name!) are the best!

    Also, like the sexy Anni, I was pitiful as a child but I’m awesome (mostly) as an adult. I feel you Anni.

  • TheManBehindTheCurtain

    The real question is, Does Anni have a good source of fire proof condoms??

    Cause Kyle is a virgin, but Anni has been around for a while. Not sure super powers can cure you of STDs or make you immune and not a carrier. Viruses can infect any cell.

    Always protect your partner.

    Also, what do you think will happen? A 5-alarm fire or Mt. St. Helens??

    • YangYueLan

      But a fire proof condom would mean that Kyle shoots fire out of his bum….I dont think that happens…

      • TheManBehindTheCurtain

        Never heard of a blue angle huh??

        Besides, i doubt that Kyle would be the top in this situation.

        • YangYueLan

          Heh, I have. I was thinking that Anni was going to steer the night in the penetrative sex direction, for which he would need a condom. For oral sex, Kyle may breath fire, a fire proof condom would also be needed.

  • Lynn

    It’s return of the dastardly, yet dashing, eyebrow! See it curve, see it arch, see it sweep every hope of resistance from our finicky virginal Kyle’s fingertips!

  • Falconfly

    So, if “the man of steel” exists in this universe at least as a fictional character, shouldn’t logically there be characters like Wiccan and Obsidian, thus making the appearently omnipresent homophobia in superheroics a tad silly?

  • Monica

    OMG Alex!! This must the best page so far in this story! <3

    I love the sky and the shading, but look at Kyle in the third panel! Such a mischevious smile! And look at the Annihilator in the last panel!! My knees buckle and is like over cooked spaghetti from that look of his! *sigh* WOW!! And Annis grey hair in the second panel, so gorgeous shaded! This page is so gorgeous!!

    And, I'm a bit sad that I can't chip in on the kick starter project right now. Makes me really sad 🙁 I still support you!! But… with cheers and whoop :3

  • Name

    I hope that Lampross get through to earth but the YP destroy the gate before his army does. That way Duncan and PP get thier reward (i’m sure Lampross with provide a twist or two there), and Kyle will now be able to spend time with his dad.

  • Kristin Wilcox

    mmmmff that face in the last panel <3

  • Yohana

    Dat Face bsbzjsbd

  • Curt Clark

    Even knowing what’s coming up, I have to concur. Swoon.