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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Two—Page 6

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I have no cute quip for this page. There’s no upstaging The Annihilator’s revelation there. But I will say I love what Adam and Vero have done with the art here! 🙂

We’re blasted past $75,000 with The Young Protectors Volume One Kickstarter Project which means that all backers are going to get a 5-15 page TRUTH OR DARE BONUS COMIC PDF where the The Young Protectors team will be playing a game of Truth or Dare and backers will be able to create and vote on what questions/dares will be asked to which character!

And Kickstarter backers are now geting a whole stack of stuff! In addition to a gorgeous softcover book of the Prologue, Chapter One and Interlude One, what other goodies are backers going to get?

  • Nineteen glossy 2.5″ x 3.5″ Trading Cards
  • 2 SFW Bonus Print Options, 3 NSFW Bonus Print Options
  • a PDF of The Annihilator’s Classified Government Dossier that reveals his secret history
  • FULLY NUDE pin-up art of all the characters except The Platinum Priestess and Hunter & Killer
  • a 25-page BONUS COMIC featuring Spooky Jones and Commander that won’t ever show up here on the site

And, with so many bonus stretch goals being unlocked, backers at the TRUE SUPER-HERO level and above are going to be sent twenty-seven 11″ x 14″ art prints which, if they choose, will include the fully nude art of the adult characters! (You can see the whole list, broken down by pledge level, here.)

Any of that sound like stuff you’d like? Want to participate in future votes where you’ll get to decide who’s going to be featured in bonus art prints and whether those art prints will be Not Safe For Work?

Become a backer of The Young Protectors Volume One Kickstarter right now and it’s all yours, my friend!

We had our tenth bonus page on Wednesday and look below! We’re already at $298 towards the next bonus page!

Special thanks go out to long-time supporters Liz S. (who makes their second generous donation to The Young Protectors!), Corinna K. (who makes their fourth generous donation to The Young Protectors!) & Saxon B. (who makes their twenty-ninth [!!!] generous donation to The Young Protectors!) and a warm welcome and grateful bow go out to new supporters Kori H., Stephanie C., David C. & Albert L. for their generous donations over the last few days!

Big hugs go out to long-time friend of The Young Protectors Robert B. & joshua G. for their super-generous $25 donations! And this makes both Robert’s and joshua’s nineteenth super-generous donations to this comic! You two are on a roll! Thank you so, so much, Robert and joshua!

Thank you all so much for your generous support! Almost $80,000 pledged to our first The Young Protectors Kickstarter and we’re very close to our next bonus page! You all ROCK!

So! It’s just been revealed that The Annihilator began doing questionable things at a tender age. How will Kyle react to this revelation? And what other things will The Annihilator reveal?

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

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  • For being a bad guy, Anni sure does have some good words of wisdom. C:

  • Anni has some very insightful moments starting in this chapter. 🙂 I like it!
    I am also loving him in the last panel. Truly a remorseful expression.

  • I discovered Young Protectors just a few days ago when I saw an article about the Kickstarter (I backed it) and now I am already hooked and waiting anxiously for new pages.

    I submit that it is notThe Annihilator who is the greatest supervillain on earth, but you and your team, for the terrible (yet totally understandable) wait between pages you make us endure.

    • VeroGandini

      hahaha you made me laugh Catherine with your supervillains comment! I’m glad you discovered YP and are enjoying it! thank you!

    • And now you know why that damn bar fills so fast. Heh.

    • Howdy Catherine!

      I’m delighted you found us (and thank you very much for your backing!) And LOL about your supervillain comment. My goal is to delight our readers, not torture them, but I’m glad to hear that you’re eager to see the next page! New page this Wednesday! 😀

  • Duncan in panel 2 makes me smile. Adam does an awesome job at drawing those and sarcastic humor looks Duncan has.

    Kyle’s question in panel 4. Something he did a little himself at first, or something he felt like doing but managed not to? I guess he had some beginners difficulties controling his powers as a young teen.

  • Erica

    … I really love Duncanni’s face on the very last panel. Very good face shot in my opinion. I do hope that there will be more happening soon. like iunno maybe actually getting inside the place… i mean unless broad daylight/nightdark is completely ok with them. >.> hahaha

  • CH

    Kyle continues to be adorable but it’s the very human back story to Duncan’s villiany that’s keeping me anxiously awaiting new pages.

  • Whitewings

    (Paraphrased from Wreck-It-Ralph)

    And I say, Anni you are bad guy, but this does not mean you are *bad* guy.

    • Chibi

      lol XD nice

    • KiannaLeigh

      Okay. You win this comment section. ^_^

  • Madock345

    I think it’s cool how the scene is getting darker as the conversation is- it really highlights the mood.

    Also, is it just me or does Kyle actually look a little disappointed in the third panel? I think he was enjoying the dangerous aspect more than he wants to admit.

  • amanda

    God I love how you guys can put such emotion in the eyes of the characters.
    love this I cant wait for the next page!!

  • kyle, you should feel lucky duncan had took a shining to you, so many
    months ago, on that evening when you’d first went on the offensive against him on sight.

    but, what did you show duncan, which made him spare you from annihilation?

    • KiannaLeigh

      That’s the question, isn’t it? It couldn’t have just been “he’s cute, he’s gay, he’s willing to kiss me; I’m gonna share all my secrets with him!” There’s got to be more to the story than that.

      • Jesslc

        I think Duncan saw his younger self in Kyle – particularly in the conversation they had after the kiss. For me that accounts for at least part of why Duncan appears to genuinely care for Kyle…

        But as well as that I also suspect that there’s probably a as-yet-unknown link between the two of them (that Duncan knows about but Kyle doesn’t). I don’t know why I think that – I can’t point you to a particular page or anything in support of that… it’s just a persistent idea that’s stuck in my brain. My top guess would be that Duncan was in some way connected with one or both of Kyle’s parents (his real parents, not his foster family).

        • KiannaLeigh

          I think the gut figures things out before the head. We all know something is going on but can’t point to any evidence to support that fact. That’s how it goes.

        • (shhhh

          don’t put ideas in my head, jess!


          • Jesslc

            Sorry sorry 🙂

  • Sapfo

    I really hope that sanctum is neat inside.
    We now have the background sett, Kyle it´s time to put it on fire (^_^)

  • CommodoreZelda

    This comic gives me so many feels!!

  • Summer

    The things we learn with experience…

  • Whitewings

    Donate enough and it will be Wednesday 😉

    • Syncx

      How much would need to be donated for it to be Sunday ?


      • Whitewings

        Haha, we all wish there could be enough 😉

  • EldrinSMP

    Amazing page. As this conversation keeps going along, a sizable part of me is hoping this WON’T turn into sex like they have planned. That’s also the part of me that is wanting Anni to turn out to be more of an anti-hero than a villain. I dunno… it just seems like there is something so much deeper going on that Kyle’s deflowering.

  • EldrinSMP

    Amazing page. As this conversation keeps going along, a sizable part of me is hoping this WON’T turn into sex like they have planned. That’s also the part of me that is wanting Anni to turn out to be more of an anti-hero than a villain. I dunno… it just seems like there is something so much deeper going on that Kyle’s deflowering.

    • Rontex

      butt we still need the deflowering, with lots of kissing of course

      • Syncx

        I’m praying that they do have the deflowering , with kissing among other things I hope it’s hot and Intimate and the Kyle burns the f*ck out of that place It’s been dangling before our eyes the moment they had their first “fight”

        • Saxon_Brenton

          You know, I’ve been wondering about that. It may be that in the midst of sexual climax that Kyle does indeed loose control of his pyrokinesis again.

          But what if he doesn’t? What if the first instance where he burnt down his foster home was a reflection of the fact that his powers had just manifested and he had little or no control of them at that time? By his own admittance he hasn’t tried sex or masturbation since; going by his description the memories were too painful. But we also know he has considerably more control over his powers now.

          So in addition to the options of (a) it’s a trap and Anni is using the lure of sex to capture Kyle, and (b) it’s not a trap, and the building is incinerated during the ‘heat of passion’, we can add (c) it’s not a trap, and Kyle simply needs to learn that he’s developed much better control of his abilities than he was prepared to acknowledge.

          Any other plot options that people can think of?

    • It would be absolutely appropriate at this juncture, and really, just like Alex, for this to turn into a non-sexual intimate evening – or Kyle suddenly getting called home.

  • John

    I love Kyle’s nervous ‘aw shucks’ body language in these pages.

  • Monica

    How tall is Anni? I mean, Kyle seems like a pretty big boy, and Anniis quite taller than him! :O I like tall men…. :3
    I just love the last panel. His face is so emotional and great drawn! Really great work from the artists!

  • fakesubmite

    I love this but… when are they going to take off their clothes.;(

  • KiannaLeigh

    I like how Anni accepts that he did some bad things in the past without backing into self-righteousness or condemning himself too much. He did some things he might not be proud of (haven’t we all) and while he regrets it, he’s well-adjusted enough to move past it without just pretending it didn’t happen. Most adults aren’t that well rounded.

    Also I like how just like one reall dates, there’s a lot of talking before the sex happens. Sex is great, but most people chat first. Also, also I like how the lovely Veronica is remembering sunset is a short lived thing. It’s actually getting darker behind them in each page. Good job with the details there woman.

    • VeroGandini

      YES! I’m happy that you noticed that in my colors! thank you so much Kianna!! 😉

      • KiannaLeigh

        You’re welcome. You artistic skill and attention to detail, validates my decision to drop out of art school and become a writer. You’ve got some talent! sometimes just seeing the colors of a page in the preview makes me smile. They’re always so vibrant.

        • I had wanted to say something about the sunset, too but you’ve done a lovely job. And it’s turning into my favorite sort of orange-and-purple twilight sky, as well. <3

          • VeroGandini

            Thank you very much to you too Sola! =D

          • KiannaLeigh

            Eee. That’s my favorite kind too! ^_^

        • VeroGandini

          hahah oh no! don’t drop out of art school!!! if that’s what you really like to do then you will achieve whatever you want! but if you also want to be a writer then go for it too as long as you really desire it… and whatever you do you do it with passion!! =D

          • KiannaLeigh

            Aww! Your words are sweet (and so are you). Encouragement is always a warm, happy thing to have. But as I see it, a picture is worth a thousand words and I can create 10,000 words in the time it takes me to create one picture. It’s basic math with me. And I love it (as much as I love your colors!).

    • (heh.

      we could all learn from anhi’s example.

      can’t we?)

      • KiannaLeigh

        So … I want to ask what naughty things you might not be proud of, but I’m afraid of what I might read. ~_^

        • for some reason, i get this feeling that the opposite would be true.

          (it seems i’m more conservative than i give me credit for.)

          i’m happy to be back on my laptop after having suffered another internet outage.

          (FML, right?)

          • KiannaLeigh

            Internet outages suck …

            oh god, I want to make a joke about swallowing …. >_>

          • go for it!


            (just don’t think about JUUUUIIICCE before you do so.
            {y’might break somethin’})

  • Jesslc

    A very deft deflection of the question there, Duncan. One might suspect that you’re not a stranger to deflecting questions about yourself…

  • Ahhh, man, I’m going to be beating my head into the wall for the next several pages, because I feel like Duncan maybe kinda got thrown into the villain thing by accident and then stuck with it because he could? Oh, I don’t know! Alex, you’re so meeeeaaaan *whines like a child over this*

  • Wow. so while i’ve been in jail (medical stuff -> finals -> summer intensive) things have gone CRAZYBANANNAS around here. I just – wow, what is even going on? I just had to up my pledge early before i got locked out of the reward i actually wanted.

    Anni. That fatherly hand. You are a serious creeper. xD

    • Feverfew_M

      Isn’t it amazing how this thing is skyrocketing? The Spooky cap seems totally possible.
      Hope your finals went well! 🙂

  • Randy Patton

    What would be interesting, and somehow appropriate, is if this has all been a plan of the Annihilator’s from the start. If Kyle is the key to thwarting some scheme, and he will be kept from doing his job because of his personal affection for Duncan. It seems more likely than a 50+ guy falling for a 17-yr-old.

    • TheManBehindTheCurtain

      Well I doubt Duncan just happened across Kyle, he is after him for a specific reason and now he has Kyle willingly separating himself from the team (cause he doesn’t want them to know he gay and going to have a hookup with another guy), alone, at a warehouse that is wayyy out of the way.
      Yeah,…. like this is going to end well.
      I think this is going to be a case of bye bye Kyle. Young, dumb, and soon to be dead or captured and used for something bad soon.
      Duncan is the VILLIAN after all, even if he can be charming, that just makes him even more dangerous.

  • Thanks to everyone’s awesome donations, it’ll be this Wednesday now! 😀

  • Ireyon

    In the last panel I somehow feel that Anni is laying the whole “poor misguided me” on pretty thick.

    would a supposedly reformed villain remain on friendly enough terms
    with someone like the Platinum Priestess for her to send him and his
    date halfway around the globe? Am I the only one whose alarm bells go off?

    He might not even be lying exactly. Rich and powerful men don’t tend to be stalwart defenders of justice…

    • Saxon_Brenton

      You are not the only one with their alarm bells going off. I fall into the ‘Intrigued (concerned but hopeful)’ camp. But IIRC commentators’ reactions have scattered all over the spectrum.

    • Delia Mayer

      I´m quite sure Anni never lied to Kyle, but he never told him the truth as well. He just stated facts from which we and Kyle might draw wrong conclusions.
      For example didn´t he tell about the path he chosse after that defining moment. It might as well be he realized that he likes having controll over people instead of the opposite…. And afterwards he collected enough wealth/power so nobody could ever have power over him again.
      Now looking back he realizes how foolish this attempt has been, because money dosn´t offer freedom but binds…
      That is one possible interpretation and there are a lot more…

    • timemonkey

      While I fully believe Anni’s been manipulating our dear Kyle since day one I don’t see why he’d suddenly stop being friends with other villains just because he decided to stop himself.

  • perhaps our dunky reckons he found himself a nice new toy with which to entertain himself for a while

    i mean..’s not like kyle could ever hurt duncan. . . . .

  • Delia Mayer

    Is it only my interpretation or does Annis face always harden, when he is talking about his actions in the past? It loks like something really bad has happened…. Bad even in Annis terms.

  • For those of you who got weird malware warnings on this site this morning, here’s what happened:

    The short answer is that they were false positives created to trick Google into flagging sites that used a certain ad provider into thinking there was malware. There was never any malware, but the goal was to make the ad provider look bad (not Project Wonderful, which again is the only service I’m using now).

    A lot of webcomics were affected. Big deal webcomics like Questionable Content. But it’s all fixed now. 🙂

    • Gryphongirl2

      Hi Alex, I know you did a talk at Y-Con 2012 about kickstarters but I wasn’t able to attend because I had to run to catch my plane. Do you think you could do a blog post about it? It’s amazing what you’ve been able to accomplish with this one and I’m curious to see how you did it. Or if you’ve already addressed this question, can you include a link? Thanks.

  • you’re not, eh?

    • Syncx

      Nope it’s hot but a romance is much more satisfying , no ?

      • like you wouldn’t believe.

        un petite morte is nice for the moment..
        ..but establishing a true, emotional bond is the best.

        this much, is not even to be questioned, X.

        • Syncx

          I completely agree

  • Ree

    No cute quip? Gasp!! But yes, this sequence is very very lovely ~

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