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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 104

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OK. I’m the furthest thing from straight, but on this page, The Platinum Priestess is hot.

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So! The Platinum Priestess decides to send a little love Commander’s way, but Amanda is having none of it. Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship? Or is The Platinum Priestess up to something? And, most important, could this yaoi comic actually be about to pass the Bechdel Test?

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

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  • Sapfo

    New page
    Oh dear! *Put down news paper* It seems like it is back to the action again 😀

    • Wow! You just showed up a couple of minutes ago…good work, Sapfo.

      • Sapfo

        First virgin in forever it seems. And you know… strawberry magic ;D

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Way to go, Sapfo! 🙂

    • Yay! Been writing but congrats on the V!

      • Sapfo

        well done!

  • Arg! Magic, water and fire flying everywhere

  • syllibub

    Love how she just casually dodges those fireballs. Gorgeous first panel, too — you get a real sense of her pausing to take in the situation.

    I wonder if Amanda can read Sircea’s mind with all the other mental work she’s balancing, and if so, whether Amanda really does think they have this in the bag, or if she wants to make sure their morale doesn’t waver.

    • She looks like she’s just gracefully dancing and gliding through it all. Almost matrix like.

    • Sicea is glorious in that first panel, well, on the entire page but that FIRST panel…!

    • I was thinking this page might have some fun visuals for you. 🙂

      • syllibub

        Beautiful work! That first panel is one for the shrine. ♥

  • All the love on this page. ^_^ Perfect for Valentines. ^_^

    And by love I mean PP flirting with Commander. Kinda cute.

  • syllibub

    I know someone else noted this before, but I forget who it was — we haven’t gotten a decent look at the state of the key Sircea’s holding in a while now, and this page it’s conspicuously blocked by fire. Seems like another “WHAT’S IN THE BOX” situation…

  • DC

    Yes I think it passes the Bechdel test. I admit I had to google what that means though.

    • davefragments

      I had to look it up too. That’s too funny to have a test for THAT!

      • Sanbai

        Actually it’s…kinda sad. At lot of films and books just don’t pass it… *sigh*

        • davefragments

          I do see that in movies or TV shows. That might be because I watch and analyze the story and plot techniques. I have caught myself thinking that the women and several other characters are just like cardboard cutouts. They look pretty but they serve no function to the plot.

          • Sanbai

            Yeah…Like the Avengers movie! I love it dearly, but it just doesn’t pass! Like those who hold up half the sky just aren’t important enough to…ah well. Things are getting better…I guess…*sighs and shuffles off*

          • davefragments

            I didn’t take that impression away from the BLACK WIDOW in “The Avengers.” She got the better lines than many of the other characters.
            I just saw “Captain America: the Winter Soldier” and Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) deserved better than the treatment she got in the script. Such a powerhouse of a character and she was nothing but window dressing.

          • Samurai Jack

            But it would have been so easy for The Avengers and Winter Soldier to pass the test. All it would have taken was a meeting between Black Widow and Maria Hill. And it didn’t happen. Which is surprising, given Whedon’s record writing wonderful female characters.

            We can only hope that with Scarlett Witch on board for the next film that they give the women more to do together.

          • davefragments

            The writers are wasting Maria Hill, too.
            In THE WINTER SOLDIER, she could have had more substantial involvement in the action but they didn’t use her. Instead, they added the blond nurse neighbor character that was never developed into anything but eye candy.

  • Fabulous Alien

    That first panel is gorgeous!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    [sing-song voice] She’s on to your plaaan Commander.

    And, yes, that first panel is gorgeous. So dynamic, and yet so easily comprehended. Thank goodness all those energy attacks are colour coded.

    • Tyler Griffin

      My favorite bit is how we get all of those panels of PP taking in the landscape of the battlefield, realizing JUST effective the YP have been at wrecking the ceremony set up (we don’t know yet for certain if they’ve had any actual effect on the ceremony itself, but the stage and props are all certainly a mess), and maybe it’s all just an act but it feels like suddenly these “meddling kids” that she was so scornful of a few minutes ago have eeked out a molecule or too of genuine respect from her. Which probably is not a good thing, as it means she might stop holding back (assuming that she had some degree of hesitation to vaporize minors on sight). But still, it’s just cool to see that from her perspective of just going, “Wow. Look at all this chaos and mayhem. These kids got a future in the business, if I allow them to live to see it.”

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Oh no, I can’t believe I forgot about camping!

    • davefragments

      Hi Stick

    • Hi Stick! Glad to see you. It was a very quiet camp.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I’m sorry that I wasn’t around to help liven it up!

    • Don’t worry, I spent camp sleeping in Gryphon’s lap. ^_^

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Oh good.

      • We had to be more on the quiet side. Speaking in hushed voices.

      • Tyler Griffin

        You weren’t the only one. I pulled up the page and made one comment then promptly fell asleep at the keyboard.

  • Beautiful, beautiful work Alex, Adam, and Veronica! The entire page is alive with movement and grace.

    • Thank you! I really think Adam and Vero knocked this one out of the park!

      • Sanbai

        Yep! Seriously, that ball just faded into the blue!

  • davefragments

    Why do I get to note that (a) there’s a nads alert – our boys are not eunuchs and (b) butt alert – nice butts, firm butts, bubbly butts. . .

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I just hope Sircea doesn’t resort to the dreaded “Does this bug you? Does this bug you? I’m not touching you!” strategy to try distracting them.

    • That would work well, I’m afraid.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        But I’m not touchiiiiiiiiiiing youuuuuuuuu~!

        • *pulls away, eyes start twitching*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Can you tell that I have siblings?

          • timemonkey

            I once drove my sister so crazy with that she couldn’t even stand me thinking about her any more. XD

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Now that takes some serious skill!

        • Mooom, Sticky’s in my spaaaace!!

          • Tyler Griffin

            *Mom voice* ”
            Sticky! Leave your sister alone. She’s a Moderator and your know it! AJ, don’t be so touchy. You know she’s only doing it because you get so upset!”

    • ….that amuses me, I kind of want to see that now

    • Tyler Griffin

      But, see, that’s almost EXACTLY how I envision Commander’s Telepathy attacks working. Assuming the PP has enough experience in the business to be able to generally prevent mental INVASION, the the next tactic I would resort to would be a constant barrage of “You’ve got mail!” type of attack. Kind of like a DDOS attack on the mind. If you’ve ever had a glitch from a messaging service on your cell phone that cause a continuous stream of incoming text messages you know EXACTLY what I’m referring to.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Ooh, I like that idea!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Also, happy Valentine’s Day to everybody! Or as I like to call it, The Day Before Chocolate Goes On Sale!

    • Yes! That’s how I see V-Day too.

    • That’s cheating btw! Here we pretty much only have X-mas and easter for that. In US you also have both Valentines and Halloween >.>

      • Tyler Griffin

        Don’t be jealous of my boogie

  • syllibub

    Well, this page just leaves me with warm fuzzies, so I’m off to bed. Happy Valentine’s Day to you guys, if you make a thing of it. I recently read that St. Valentine is also the patron saint of apiarists, so to celebrate I’ll be releasing swarms of enraged bees into the houses of the wife’s enemies. Peace and love, y’all~

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Good night, sylli! Please don’t release any enraged bees in my house!

      • syllibub

        Comment buddies are exempt! ♥ Good night!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Phew! (Plus it’s so cold outside now here that I’d be worried about the bees’ ability to get back safely!)

    • Good night, sylli!

    • good night!

    • night!

    • LOL. Awesome. 🙂

    • Tyler Griffin

      *wakes up to a kitchen full of honey and an attic full of honey comb*
      Hmmm…….
      I think I can actually work with this.

      • justkeepondriving

        As long as the angry bees don’t get in your way ;P

  • Eland

    I love the look of the PP in panel three? Her face shape is very elegant here, and I am a huge fan of hers, so I think that does her justice. I do worry that she’s doing the too-typical “villain taunt before utterly being defeated” bit though. :s

    • davefragments

      I think she has something up her sleeve, something that will surprise and definitely not delight out young heroes.

      • Tyler Griffin

        I’m kind of waiting on a variation of the “Do you REALLY think I would have revealed my plan if there was even the slightest chance you could affect the outcome? I triggered it 20 minutes ago.” bit from Watchmen.

  • rgleon9986

    I have to say, it kind of seems like Kyle, in particular, is holding back. I feel like both he and Spooky should be making better use of their abilities. Spooky could have done at least some level of injury to Duncan, surely, and I think Kyle has more dangerous levels of fire to use than this. I know they’re heroes, but they’re holding back against people who have used the worst kind of manipulation against one of their teammates and are trying to buy half of the world and immortality by sacrificing the other to A DEVIL. I think this merits lethal force.

    Spooky should be cutting or crushing Duncan and Kyle should be trying to burn PP to death. No more playing around.

    • Klaus

      The former should not provoke a real hero to use lethal force. The latter is an altogether different matter.

      • rgleon9986

        I agree…

        I should also note that there is probably a reason I don’t have superpowers. It’s likely I would use them for less than heroic reasons. Not villainous reasons, but less than heroic.

        In any case. I think the time has come for Kyle to turn up the heat and Tsunami to go and free the innocents.

  • The Platinum Priestess definitely is looking very sexy because of her confidence… confidence that she can somehow shake them so she stops getting her butt kicked. But I like it. C:

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Okay, I’m off to be now too! Goodnight, everybody!

  • Danny

    When the Platinum Priestess collects herself and her minions, there’s definitely gonna be hell to pay. (Oops, a not-so-funny.) I’m not sure if the army will be able to save our Young Protectors from her wrath.

    Also, hi folks. I’m not dead. Just very busy. Happy 14th!

    • Mickey Phoenix

      That’s what the devil wears to hide his thinning hair, right?

    • Klaus

      I did not get this at first. What is so special about the 14th? In these parts the florists are working hard to introduce Valentine’s day, with very moderate success.

      • Danny

        Ah, sorry about that. I feel that Valentines Day has become more of a way to boost candy and flower sales than an actual celebration/acknowledgement of love, plus people call it other names such as Single’s Awareness Day, so I just went with “the 14th”.

  • I guess to pass that Bechdel-test, commander would have to answer sircea, wouldn’t she?

    anyway. Kyle’s doing spray shots? I’ve always avoided those in computer games, as they never left any impression on the enemies…

    • Yes. She would. 🙂

    • Alt+F7

      I was confused because I thought the Bechdel test requires there to be no men present while the women talk, but wikipedia does not agree with me, whoops.

      • I actually didn’t know about the test before and I’m quite shocked how many programs fail. But now I’m trying to imagine an episode of ST:Voyager where Janeway, Torres and 7of9 would actually fail the test 😉

        • Samurai Jack

          But not your beloved DS9. Kira, Dax, Kai Winn and a host of other female characters give them an easy pass.

          • it gets even better with the Cardassian “Vipers” – the engineers who didn’t take O’Brien seriously because men are so weak at technical stuff…..

            Question is if old Kirk Trek actually passes Bechtel… Does Uhura talk to Chapel? I’m not sure

          • Samurai Jack

            Only once that I recall. After she had her memory wiped by Nomad, and she needed to be “re-educated”. Oddly, though, the Animated Series passes the test pretty easily.

      • Keneu

        It was explained to me with a joke, so maybe that will clear things for you:

        There are two women talking and then one of them says, “hey, do you know what the Bechdel test is?”
        And the other replies, “yeah, my boyfriend told me about it”.

        So, it’s not only having several female characters interact, but to make them interact about something else than *boys*.

    • This comic passed the Bachdel test a long time ago though. Amanda, her mom and the various detective and medical examiner women all spent a fair amount of time talking about a demon head before they started to talk about Spooky, unless of course we aren’t counting that interaction because it was labeled “bonus material”.

  • This page, not only is it is just so beautiful, there is just so much to see and I can’t decide on what to mention first.

    I stand by my previous statement that Sircea looks like she’s just dancing gracefully through all the chaos all the while creating her own. And not only is she dancing, she’s effortlessly poking at the Commander. Dance dance magic. Dance dance poke.

    Of course, Commander is too smart for that tactic.

    Then like Dave said bellow, lots and lots of lovely butts to ogle, but not just guy butt either 😀

  • Choreocrat

    She does have a very impressive waistline, that’s for sure.

  • Klaus

    To answer Alex’ questions: no, yes and no. I would not call this a conversation.

  • David Welbourn

    I’m just waiting for Sircea to do something unexpected. Throwing a mean zap is fairly standard in the superpowers department, after all, and I’m sure she must have other things she can try.

    • Klaus

      But who would expect one as experienced as the PP to make such an obvious move?

  • Klaus

    If Sircea has a moment where she does not need to concentrate on avoiding attacks on herself, why does she not blast the Amander? Always take out the enemy leader if you get the oportunity.

    • hmmmm….maybe she gained some small amount of respect froom PP and PP might want to try to get into her pants at some future time?

  • Alt+F7

    I know I’m here in the Platinum priestess cheering section every week, but Sircea seems to be coming to respect Commander as an adversary, even trying to figure out her plan, which means she no longer has the advantage of being underestimated. 🙁

    • D. Garrett

      fortunately she doesnt seem to be expecting typ to attempt saving the hostages / sacrifices. their hands are so full, i wonder if they will be able to manage the attempt. *wonders why all the chocolate fudge brownie ice cream is gone while holding my clean spoon. 🙁

  • Even Sircea’s hair is dancing around dodging the flames.

  • WE MADE THE NEXT MILESTONE!!! WOOHOO!!

    • Yep! Just got the notification myself!

      Congrats, Alex!

    • Thank you, everyone! I’ll start prepping that wallpaper for a Valentine’s Day treat! 😀

    • Klaus

      What is next? How PP got her plate bikini? How killer got his ponytail?

      • Ha! Well Sircea’s choice of attire might be an interesting story. But at the moment I’m keeping fingers crossed so we can learn maybe part of the secret of Spooky’s cap.

        • And that is something I’m quite excited to share with you. 🙂

          • In my typically subtle way… have I mentioned that I WANT WANT WANT that story?

            Just checking. 🙂

          • I think you need to refresh your pompoms Mr. Dangerfield. All that shaking and they’re starting to molt.

          • 😛

      • HA!

      • Tyler Griffin

        Killer got his ponytail because everyone needs something to pull on.

  • AseretZone

    Hey, is anyone keeping an eye on the time? Shouldn’t they be taking care of those wires about now? Gordon, I think Kyle can handle her. Go to! We have to free those people, or the portal will open anyway! (Especially since the key is still in her hand!)

    Spooky looks like he’s flying a kite over there. XD Having fun, Spookster?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I’ve got to admit, checking to see whether Tsunami has started pulling wires has been high up on my list of things-to-look-out-for whenever the last few pages have been posted.

  • bronakopdin

    …admittedly I had no idea what the Bechdel test is so I googled it and… so true! I never even paid attention to that… actually kind of sad being a woman myself, guess I have sth to do from now on ^^ Thanks Alex for always making me google stuff and learn more 😀

    this page is amazing btw! PP looks stunning! And still confident as hell, now the question is if she really is or just plays the part as Commander suggests…

    (I actually laughed a little at Kyle in panel 2, he looks like he’s trying to immitate a bird xD but hey sometimes accidental snapshots of action loaded scenes just end up like that… I have a very coll pic of a cousin taken when he was in the middle of the air while tripping, awesome pose xD)

    And I received an email that we REACHED the Milestone Goal of 3,500$!!!!
    We’re all awesome!!!! 😀

    • Thank you, bronakopdin! Very glad you like the page! And y’all are awesome! 😀

      (And it make me happy that my note seems to be introducing the concept of the Bechdel Test to more people. 🙂 )

  • PP isn’t just hot on this page, she’s smoking .. or that might just be her cape xD
    No, she is rather hot, jok aside.
    What else that’s hot is this page. I have to say that artistically this has to be one of my fave TP pages ever! HOLY CRAP, all the details and action going on.
    GOR-GE-OUS!!
    That we get such an admission from Cersei is the delicious topping on what is already your favorite icecream ;D

    • Klaus

      I think you are mixing up your villains here. They are both great villains, but they are very different. I don’t think you will ever hear anyone say “Sircea selfdestructed sooner than I explected.”

      • Huh? Did you reply to the correct comment, or am I just not following here?

        • Klaus

          Yes I did. Cersei is a character in A Song of Ice and Fire. I think you meant Sircea, a character in The Young Protectors.

          • LOL.. I didn’t catch that mix up. That’s what I get for having a commercial for the episode of GoT going on tv while I wrote my comment xD

  • TwilightDreamer

    Love that first action scene on this page 😀 and the detail of the water spray in the last panel.
    Oh man….come on! This is awesome but so intense…let us off the edge of our seats already! XD rofl!

    • Oh, not quite yet, my friend… 🙂

      • TwilightDreamer

        awww!! Meanie! XD
        rofl!

  • Jeldenil

    She looks… young. The Young Priestess.

    • Klaus

      The Young Priestess vs. the Platinum Protectors.

  • Cydney Sabin

    Wow… PP is gorgeous! I was even distracted from Kyle’s beautiful butt!

  • Pikinanou

    Commander’s mom always told her to never reply to strangers and psychotic super villain 😛

  • jreed3842

    You can see the wheels turning in Miss PP’s head. I think she’s seeing Commander as the biggest threat right now…. Because she’s doing a kick-ass job at keeping the team together and focused. Take out Commander… and the team could start to unravel.

  • Tyler Griffin

    Why didn’t Kyle switch to the AoE attacks sooner? His goal really is (as PP proposes) to distract and delay, and speaking from years of experience playing WoW, they are VERY distracting. Giant blast of fire is exciting and impressive to look at, but infinitely easier to dodge than 30ft square of fire spray. Also, what is that flame circling her head effect in panel 3, why would you NOT just do that continuously?

    • In WoW you can’t hit your own people with friendly fire – Kyle can – he has to be careful

      • Tyler Griffin

        That’s true, but no one has closed with PP to engage in hand to hand, he could have been using that wide spray of bolts a lot sooner than this. It’s true that she is dodging in between them, but it seems to be keeping her (somewhat) busy

  • fujoshifanatic

    Once again, the artwork on this page is spectacular! And I must say, Sircea in the third panel is especially incendiary! Love the DTWOF reference Alex! You know what else is hot? A guy who is not afraid to show his feminist tendencies. That’s super hot! 🙂

  • Klaus

    400 patrons. That is also a kind of milestone.

  • purplefoxglove

    This fight has me on the edge so much that, whenever we get a new page, the first thing I do is scroll down to check that the team is OK; only then do I go back to read the text and enjoy the art. And with every new page, the feeling of dread gets worse. Despite Spooky’s injury, things have been going far too smoothly – how long will Spooky be able to hold out? How much luck does Paul have left? How long can Amanda keep concentrating? When does the military arrive – if it does at all?
    And is the PP about to try and recruit the team? Not that it would work, but with all the chaos and destruction they are causing, it would be worth a try – both to get them off PP’s back and to have them as future assets.

    • Tyler Griffin

      It WOULD be nice if one of out Diabolical Duo would actually explain to the team what’s going on. That way they can continue wreck things with informed consent

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    It’s a tactic that is classic…….when you feel like you are losing …..keep talking so people can’t see what’s going on in your head…..this would be platinum priestess at this point!

    • Toli Bera

      The chattery teeth technique I think it’s called.

  • Zachary Lucido

    I’ve called it before, Kayle will rule the earth, outside of the Americas.

    • Tyler Griffin

      I kind of have this pet theory/fantasy that I’m nursing in my head that it’s too late to stop Lamproos from crossing over, and when he does Kyle is going to get his powers buffed again, and maybe discover that he gets a real, intoxicating rush from using Hellfire and gets lost in it. Then he discovers that he can have sex with Demons safely and becomes like this lust motivated Lieutenant for Lamproos.

      • Klaus

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

        Note that it does not say what cause he is going to champion.

        • Tyler Griffin

          The champion of half demon, flamey sexy times!!!!

      • D. Garrett

        intriguing but it doesnt seem like alex’s style. imo.

        • Tyler Griffin

          THAT is why it’s a pet theory/fantasy. 😛 Those are completely independent of of actual canon fact.

          • D. Garrett

            true true. not a bad fantasy. i wonder if there are any sexy full demons? or other sexy half demons? then again by them being demons could kyle lower his guard enough to engage in sex? talk about hazards to your health lol. and what would a demon std be like? instead of a burning sensation maybe u get icy chills? ha ha ha. i dont know why im so goofy today folks. bear with me. or ignore me. *chuckles

  • Ooo. I have no idea if Platinum Priestess is up to something, but if she isn’t now then she probably will be fairly quickly. They had the element of surprise and therefore confusion on their hands, but PP isn’t stupid. If she’s sussed out their goal, then she’s going to come up with a plan tailored to foiling their goal. I hope staying on task really is enough to get the job done (and if it is that they actually manage it). But, with teenagers and an overly cautious guardian, I wouldn’t be surprised if all she needs to distract them is words, despite Amanda’s warning to stay focused and not listen to her.

    • Tyler Griffin

      The other option is that it’s just already too late, And PP is about to drop that bombshell, which I’m kind of beginning to suspect

      • Very well could be! I can’t wait to find out. 😀

  • anonywolf

    Platinum Priestess is hot? Well… maybe she shouldn’t stand so close to Kyle’s flames then.

  • Dakejev

    Just trying out my new avatar piccie. ^_^

    Also, if PP would stop to think, she’d just need to grab some lightning (I’m sure she’s capable of such a spell) and let Tsunami electrocute himself. 😉

    • Tyler Griffin

      That…. That.. That’s possibly brilliant. of course, at this point I think that the entire field is pretty wet, so she might just end up zapping everyone

      • Dakejev

        I’m sure she could protect herself, and Annihilator is currently off the ground, so there wouldn’t be anyone in danger that she would care about.

        • Tyler Griffin

          That is very true.

    • D. Garrett

      or she could encapsulate him in a shield which would nullify him.

      • Tyler Griffin

        Stop helping the bad guys! I’m rooting for them as badly as everyone else, but Kyle NEEDS to come out of this feeling like he did really well after everything else that’s happened! 😛 😀

        • D. Garrett

          lol! it was just speculation. im all behind the spooky saves the walls somehow theory. go ooo oooo typ!!!

  • Klaus

    The first volume of the printed book contains the prologue (27 pages), chapter 1 (61 pages), and the interlude (16 pages). That is 104 pages of the main story. Chapter 3 is already as long as the entire first volume, disregarding bonus material. And there is no end in sight.

    • davefragments

      That adds to 208 pages in volume 1.
      That’s a significant number.
      If what I think holds true, then there are at most 40 pages of high drama coming at us.

    • Tyler Griffin

      But, I don’t feel like the increase in length is a BAD thing. With the prologue and Chapter one being mood and scene setting, it still feels right to me.

      • Klaus

        No, I don’t think it is bad at all.

    • Yeah, and adding the 50 pages of chapter 2 and it’s going to be a good long one 😉
      I wonder how much bonus material that will be in the 2nd volume, depending on what Alex sets as stretchgoals. Don’t know/think we’d get a 27 extra pages of bonus comic next time. Question is if there’d even be an interlude for next volume with so much main story.

      Looking forward to see what Alex will come up with when that time arrives, also changing the ways with stretchgoals. I don’t eny him the last parts of finishing Vol.1 up, and getting it shipped.

      • Vol 2 might just be Chapter 3 and a bonus story?

        • Klaus

          I think it is a safe bet that volume 2 will include chapter 2.

          • I thought Vol 1 had the first 2 chapters, the Interlude and the Bonus Chapter?

          • Klaus

            And I thought it would be just the prologue, chapter one and the interlude. Plus the bonus comic, which was a stretch goal.

          • Chapter 2 isn’t in Vol.1.
            It is as Klaus said, so chapter 2+3, and what else is put into the comic will be Vol. 2 when we get that far 🙂

  • I repeat my former prediction: We have not seen Duncan in quite a few pages.
    HE’S DOING SOMETHING DAMMIT

    • Tyler Griffin

      But Spooky is (mostly) looking at him, right?

      • Lillihandra

        Spooks is also losing blood and fending off the priestess.

      • I dunno, he might be more concerned with the fact that he currently has a throwing star sticking out of his thigh which is now gushing blood.
        But maybe that’s just me.

  • davefragments

    rain, what if it rains?

    • Rain rain go away come back some other day. 🙂

      • davefragments

        slick mud, fire boiling water, hissing

        • But I think we already have this problem. o.O

          • davefragments

            I’m not explaining this properly and that is my fault.
            It is not the water that Tsunami brings because that they already know what to do with. If it was raining, the attack would have been different because there would already be water there and water that wasn’t under control or water that required special controls. Plus fire is extinguished by water and so Kyle would be less effective had it been raining when they attacked or rained before they attacked. It’s a very subtle difference and it requires two different plans.

            Now that seems obvious to me but that’s because I just finished writing a story that takes place in the rain. There is never sun in my story until the final 600 out of 14,500 words. This is a story in the stark light of day, the sun is shining down on the world as Sircea and Duncan invoke the opening of the gateway to Hell (or at least the fire dimension). That brilliant blue sky si going to go dark with something fearful, something evil. It there wee dark clouds above them, the sky would go from gray to gray. That changes quite a lot.

          • Ah! Yes that could be a huge problem. Though I do wonder if Tsu could control the rain. Is it all water or only certain forms?

          • davefragments

            That I can’t say. Are any of the Young Protectors that powerful? Do they even know if they are?

          • That’s a very good question. I bet they could be that strong, that is if they let themselves be. I think ultimately, at least, with Tsu and Kyle that something holds them back keeping them from fully embracing themselves and their abilities.

          • Klaus

            Considering this
            http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-5/
            I think he could control the rain.

          • That would be really cool if he could! He’d never need an umbrella for sure.

  • Ant-Man

    If PP knows the commander is the strategist- the brains behind the attack- why isn’t she attacking her instead of chatting her up?

    • Alt+F7

      What’s more fun than playing mind games with a mind-reader?

      • Ant-Man

        Playing mind games with a re-mind-er?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I suspect that because the Priestess has spent the last X number of pages trying to inflict damage on Red Hot, Tsunami and Spooky, and having her efforts misdirected by Fluke’s luck, she’s trying another tactic. In particular, that last attack that reflected off Spooky and took out a bunch of minions as collateral should have made it screamingly obvious that probability was working against her.

      Bearing that in mind, what the Priestess is doing now depends on what she knows (or thinks she knows) about the way Fluke’s powers work. If they protect only against physical danger then she’ll try a psychological attack on the team leader. If Fluke’s power are broader than that and will act against both physical and non-physical danger, then the Priestess will probably be trying to vamp for time.

      • Shjade

        Sounds like a pretty good bet.

        Although there’s the more pessimistic possibility that delaying isn’t actually going to work – that the ritual’s necessities are already arranged to execute at the necessary time regardless – which would explain Plat’s apparent lack of distress about the situation. That would be bad.

      • Ant-Man

        That makes sense. Fluke’s powers being invisible – with no activation words/gestures/visual effects__it was ez 2 4get his power- not notice it in action

  • jreed3842

    Okay(Comma) guys… I’m convinced that I have superpowers like Fluke. I work at a casino(comma) and tonight this couple came in and every time I’d go near their machine they’d start to win! So they said I was their good luck and to come around more often…. So I did! They came in with $50 each… and ended up leaving that night with about $300 all together. So that was fun.
    But then…. at the end of the night I pinched my finger trying to fix a stapler. I pinched it so hard that I started bleeding really bad. So bad in fact that a simple band-aid wouldn’t do and I had to go see the medic to get patched up!
    So…. yeah…. I’m gonna go join a Superhero Team now.

  • fujoshifanatic

    I just opened my latest Kickstarted update, and I was so stoked on so many levels!!! I saw books! And caps! And kisses! Oooh, the kisses! Alex, you sneak! While I’m pleasantly surprised, I’m also wondering how this affects a certain ship I’ve been sailing “ride or die” style for quite some time. You MUST address this at some point in the storyline! *eyes Pateron account to gauge the effectiveness of bribing with more money versus paying bills*

    • Yay! Very glad you liked the update, fujoshifanatic! (And the kisses. 😉 )

      And if there’s interest maybe I could add another little Spooky/Commander short story as a Patreon Milestone Goal? One that might answer some of those questions?

      • fujoshifanatic

        YAAAAS! That would be so awesome! After seeing that update, I see that situation in a whole new light! I would definitely up my ante for more details on it. 🙂

      • Ohhhhh yes. My kinda milestone goal. Like publicity… there is no “BAD” Spooky. LOL. Go Alex!

      • purplefoxglove

        “if there’s interest”…understatement of the year 😉

    • syllibub

      I know exactly what you’re talking about — I’ve been steadfastly shipping Hunter & Killer too and now I don’t know what to make of anything! (Heh)

  • So we’re about $125 away from learning how Spooky got his cap!! Eeeeee! Must know! *shaking fresh made pompoms*

    • Klaus

      It is not what you expect. So it was designed by Spooky and produced by some company to capitalize on his large fan base.

      • But that’s what “THE MAN” wants us to think. As for who “THE MAN” is, I don’t know. 🙂

    • So proud. It takes a strong woman to embrace her inner cheerleader for the cause of world peace and to make chris shut up about how much he wants Spooky. HA. GO ADMIRAL!

      • I’m just shaking pompoms like any good fan in the stands would do. 😛

  • Klaus

    Another five minions down. Amanda seems to have underestimated their number.

    • Tyler Griffin

      Some of them MUST be getting back up when they are off panel. 😛

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Good point. Getting knocked down doesn’t necessarily mean getting knocked out.

  • Just a heads up for campers: there will be an early update tonight. 🙂

    • Mitch?

    • How early is early??

      • I’m thinking before 8:00 P.M. PST. Maybe even close to 7:00 P.M…

        • Saxon_Brenton

          [hastily googles a world time clock to figure out what that would be for Aust. eastern summer time]
          Okay, 2 or 3 pm in the afternoon. I think I’ll be in a meeting at that time…

          • Xithyl

            Well, you could have an untimely case of the “runs” at that time… 😛

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aww. We’ll miss you, Saxon!

        • Good to know! Thanks!

  • Even with the early update I’m going to have to bow out. Not feeling well (this darn cold!) so I’m going relax and go to bed early. Have fun tonight!

    • feel better soon sweetie!!

    • Feel better!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Poor Gryphon. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Hi Everybody!

    • D. Garrett

      heya aj.

    • davefragments

      hi there!

      • How’s your evening going, Dave?

        • davefragments

          It’s a grumble day. Don’t ask.

          • Gotcha! Been there.

          • Xithyl

            On the bright side, the next update could be in 10 minutes 😀

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi! I remembered about camping this time!

      • D. Garrett

        hi sticky. ikr. me too.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Yay!! o/

          • D. Garrett

            🙂

      • YAY!!!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          😀

        • stickfigurefairytales

          So, whatcha up to, Admiral?

  • jreed3842

    Hello everyone!!!
    I am able to camp tonight! WOOO!
    And I was about to say that I was a little over excited and may have shown up early to the party…. but it looks like I’m on time since there’s an early update tonight!
    How’s everyone doing?!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Doing pretty well, how are you?

      • jreed3842

        I’m doing quite well! Enjoying some brownies at the moment. Hehe. Glad to hear you’re doing well!

    • D. Garrett

      hey.

    • Hellooo!

      It’s actually good you came early, supposed to be an early page! Edit: Ooops. I need to read better. 😀

    • New icon?

      • jreed3842

        Yeah!!! I LOVE it! My boyfriend drew that picture for Valentine’s Day!! It’s the two of us. (I’m the one with the blue shirt. Hehe.)

        • stickfigurefairytales

          So cute! <3

          • jreed3842

            Hehe! Thanks guys! I’ll be sure to let him know that you guys like it! I’m sure that’ll make him smile!

        • awwww!!! cute!!!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Hi Doki! How’s it going?

        • not too bad, getting tired though. I had to walk down the driveway in the snow to get the mail.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Boo, snow! We’ve got a lot of that here as well, although not nearly as much as in parts of the northeast. It’s been very cold the past few days. Today was warmer – I think we got into the twenties (that’s Fahrenheit, for you in the rest of the world).

          • I was actually afraid we wouldn’t get any this winter, so I am happy with it.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh good! I am glad then. 🙂

  • stickfigurefairytales

    $108 to go until we can find out how Spooky got his cap!

    • YES!

    • jreed3842

      I CANNOT wait until I find a better job…. because I wanna become a Patreon SOOOO badly!

    • Xithyl

      What if Spooky wears a cap to hide a bald spot? Or really really bad bed hair? $108 ’til we find out!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Is everybody intent on hunting?

    • Yaoicon is livetweeting the newest magic boys episode ^_^

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Ooh, nice!

        • this episode almost makes certain relationships canon….without making them canon

          • stickfigurefairytales

            That sounds very intriguing.

          • kind of like Free! ? maybe?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I do love Free!

          • lol in “like Free!” I mean ambiguous canon but not canon relationships

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ha ha, yeah, I figured as much.

          • though in the previous episode it was pretty much “get your hands of my boyfriend!” with one of the pairs ^_^

    • jreed3842

      I’ve never been one to want to make the first comment… The only thing I’m intent on tonight is eating brownies until I can literally eat no more. Lol.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Mmm, can I have a virtual one?

        • jreed3842

          ABSOLUTELY! *shares all the virtual brownies*

          • *runs away with the plate of brownies*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hey! Get back here, you!

          • HEEE!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            You can’t escape me! I just drank a glass of milk, which I’m pretty sure gives me super powers!

          • So long as you’re not intolerant of lactose.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            The only thing I’m intolerant of is THIEVERY!

          • Well, she said free for the taking!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            (I thought jreed was a guy?)

          • jreed3842

            Jreed is totally a guy.

          • D. Garrett

            lol. comments are so entertaining tonight. hehehe

          • jreed3842

            Hehe! I know? Right? I’m having a blast!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            😀 Me too!

          • I am so very sorry!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            *tackles AJ while she’s distracted*

          • HEY!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Sorry. I’m a moment-ruiner.

          • jreed3842

            Haha! It’s cool! 😛

          • Arg! 😀

          • stickfigurefairytales

            And I’m sorry for tackling you.

          • Haha! No you’re not. 😛

          • jreed3842

            Don’t forget a big glass of milk!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            *drinks the milk, then resumes chasing after AJ*

          • *makes lap and grabs the glass of milk*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Too late!

          • (chris rubs his temples in amazement)

            I must be psychic because I just KNEW that was gonna happen….. Wow, maybe me and Amanda have similar powers, but I’m precog!!!!!!

            (chris runs off to buy a lottery ticket)

          • That or you just know me too well.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Yay! Thank you!!

          • jreed3842

            Don’t worry there’s enough for everyone! *produces more virtual brownies*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hooray!!

          • Jen Roberts

            You are my new favorite person!! <3

  • davefragments
  • Ninhursag

    Yes, she is hot, especially in the 3rd panel <3