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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter Three—Page 95

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  • Holly

    OH GOD NO!

    • Congrats, Holly!

      • Holly

        HOLLY COMES OUT OF NO WHERE TO GET THE VIRGIN!

    • Congrats Holly love!

      • Holly

        I dedicate it to you for saying a page would be up early

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m so worried about Spooky! (Congratulations, though!)

  • DC

    maybe??

    • DC

      maybe not

  • davefragments

    I’ll bet that’s going to hurt!

  • EyeDontNo

    “Here, let me help you disarm me!”

  • ACK!! Spooky, remember the rules of dodgeball! Duck, dodge and dive!!

    • Cydney Sabin

      IF YOU CAN DODGE A SHURIKEN, YOU CAN DODGE A BALL!!

    • Holly

      NO! The 5 d’s of Dodgeball are Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and ugh.,,,, Dodge

    • SofiaT

      I can’t really tell because of the trenchcoat, but the trajectory of the star indicates the star is heading for his thigh.

      I think “”jump!” Is a better strategy than “duck!” In this case.

      • Jumping would be good. Or a very very big side step.

      • Samurai Jack

        Maybe the trenchcoat is like Batman’s cape. A distraction that keeps you from knowing exactly where his body actually is. Oh, and hopefully lined with chainmail.

      • purplefoxglove

        Remember all the stuff Spooky carries in his coat? It’s going to work like armor. *Clank! Nasty throwing stars bounce off with no effect!*

        • Klaus

          Reminds me of an epsiode from my first AD&D campaign. A player played a druid who carried 10 or 15 “hand granades” made by casting fire trap on a small wooden box. He missed a saving throw vs. a black dragon’s acid breath. He survived the acid, but the failed save meant that all his items had to save as well. Wood has an easy saving throw vs. acid, so most of the boxes made it. Not all, though. This meant that the rest had to save vs. fire. This he did not survive.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Damn it, Spooky, you were supposed to disarm him!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Oh wait, he was trying. Just a little too slowly.

      • Spooky was probably working at top speed. It just looks to us like it might have been slow.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Good point. Duncan does have super speed, after all.

    • Holly

      Why do I feel like you think that means actually removing Duncan’s limbs, Sticky?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        …I didn’t SAY that. *shifty eyes*

  • Tentacles! Yes! Are we going all hentai now?

    • Holly

      Those Magic tentacles have NOTHING on what Lampy will do to Duncan for Failing.

      • Mmmm yes! Agree with you on that, Holly. Could get very messy if it actually happens.

    • purplefoxglove

      I have to admit, at first I didn’t get that Spooky was trying to disarm Duncan, and was wondering why those tentacles were wandering around like that…

  • Well Spooky managed to partially disarm Anni before…..

    Can Spooky dodge without breaking his hold on Anni?

    • davefragments

      Can Anni land on his head? He’s high and I don’t mean on life, either.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Hmm, from what I remember of his brief fight with Kyle at the very start of the comic, he’s pretty good at jumping around in the air, so he could probably manage to twist so that he’d land on his feet.

        • davefragments

          like a kitty cat

        • Sort of like a cat. Duncan the Annihilator Cat. All silvery, blue eyed, and light on his feet. Grumpy too.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            And prone to clawing you unexpectedly when you’d been petting him.

          • My cat NEVER took me on a hell date… just sayin’.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Did you offer it wine?

          • Well true… it didn’t care for Montrachet… I thought big $, but NO….

          • Awwww!

            *pets silvery duncan cat who flattens ears and glares up at me*

            Who’s the pretty Duncan cat, you’re so c– OW!

            *gryph screams while duncan cat proceeds to tear apart hand and arm with those silvery claws*

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Do NOT try to pet his belly! I learned that the hard way.

          • *shudders*

          • Holly

            My cat loves belly rubs. He never attacks when you belly rub. All the other time,,, yes

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh, this is making me miss my old cat. She was so sweet; she’d never attack anyone. She was kind of indifferent towards belly rubs, though. She preferred to be scratched under her chin.

          • Holly

            Felix sometimes purrs just by being in my presence it’s kind of cute

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Awww!

          • Yep those are the cats that eat the old ladies when they die alone…. (oooops did I say that in my out loud voice? sorrry….)

          • davefragments

            They go after the eyes first.
            mmmm, tasty.

          • Nom nom nom……….

          • EEEEKK!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Well, if the cat is starving then it makes sense! (Really, you just want to have someone checking in on you every day or two if you’re living alone.)

          • If I’m dead…. okay…. sure… 🙂

          • Tahir Raines

            lol Sircea and Anni as cats would so purrfect and apt.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I see Sircea as a Siamese, or something with a similar build.

          • Tahir Raines

            I see it.

          • Me too!

          • purplefoxglove

            Probably an Abyssinian?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I could see that.

      • I keep snickering whenever I scroll by and read “He’s high.”

    • Oh. Hadn’t thought of that. We shall see.

      Thanks so much for the tweet, Doki!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Good point. *worries frantically* SPOOKY!!!!!

  • I do love the look on Duncan’s face in the second panel: Oh I don’t think so!

    • Holly

      You mean the panel where the magic is totally touching his bathing suit area?!

      • Ha! <..> Maybe?

      • I’ll bet it tickles which may be part of the reason he looks so irritated XD

  • stickfigurefairytales

    For a moment there I thought that flash effect was Panel 1 Duncan banging his head on the panel border.

    • Ow ow ow.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        That’s probably why he’s so grumpy.

        • It does look a little like he’s using his hand to push away from it.

          • Holly

            “Damn it, these are not the walls we are supposed to be breaking”

          • stickfigurefairytales

            HA!!

          • Genius thought, Holly!

    • Holly

      …cannot unsee

    • TwilightDreamer

      lol, kind of looks that way 😀

  • Toli Bera

    Spooky’s faced demons… hopefully he can handle some shurikens.

    Right? Right?

    Wednesday can’t come fast enough. D8{

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m with you on that!

  • That shuriken better be aimed for no more than Spooky’s foot, Duncan!

    • Holly

      RIGHT IN THE CRYSTAL BALLS!

      • Lalalalalala I refuse to contemplate that Lalalalala

        • Toli Bera

          it looks like center mass, but Spooky dresses in layers, so hopefully that hoody is over some Kevlar, or a lovingly stitched Grandma sweater (which as we all know are bullet proof.)

          • Now I’m seeing Spooky in an ugly xmas sweater.

          • Holly

            FAN ART MUST BE MADE

          • Seconded!! The motion passes. Someone make fan art of this!

          • Stop that NOW! Just NO! No goats and NO ugly xmas sweaters!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            …Goats IN ugly xmas sweaters?

          • Holly

            Goats ON UGly xmas sweaters?

          • Tyler Griffin

            I think we have evolved at this point. It seems to be a pig, in a Santa Suit, riding a sleigh, pulled by goats

          • purplefoxglove

            Goats EATING ugly xmas sweaters?

          • Klaus

            Ugly xmas goats wearing sweaters?

          • davefragments

            I wrap my goats in bacon.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            That must either be some gigantic bacon or some really tiny goats.

          • davefragments

            My girlfriends potbelly pig.
            😉

          • stickfigurefairytales

            NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

          • davefragments

            Do you want to read my very true one and only meeting with a pig story?

          • Yes, please!

          • davefragments

            It was the few years I spent in a fraternity at college and one (or two) of the brothers thought it was “delightfully funny” to get one of the girlfriends (not my girlfriend but) of another brother – – a live piglet. The piglet was about 15/20 pounds and appeared at the last party before Christmas as a “gift”. . . The thought was mean and nasty, obviously. I think it was a sow but I can’t say for sure because I never looked back there. honest people, one does not look a piglet in the ass. . . nor gift horses in the mouth.
            However, after a big deal of presenting it, they couldn’t get the piglet back into the wooden crate. The girlfriend that they insulted was the one who knew how to handle the piglet and got it into the crate. For some ungodly reason, they left it in the dining room. Well about 10pm someone discovered that piglets poo and piddle and stink like shit. I mean to say that the “gag a maggot” diapers you find were like jasmine and roses compared to that stench. . . So they hauled the crate outside on the concrete porch.
            Guess what happened – – – – Another fraternity opened the crate.
            So now at 11:30pm there are six or maybe ten brothers running up and down the streets looking for a pig. (on a saturday night at a university in the middle of the city)
            Well this matronly woman with gloves and a pillbox hat driving a huge Buick with fins (remember fins?) pulls up next to one of the brothers and points backward saying: “Young man, there’s a pig in the road back there!” And the brother says “Thanks lady, we want that pig!” and runs away. We often wonder what that woman ever said if she got home.
            The piglet went home with the girlfriend and in time became pork roast, ribs, and chops.
            I guess that the joke was on the very rude people who thought they insulted the girlfriend with a crude joke. Those guys had to scrub the dining room and the porch with bleach.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’m impressed that the girl knew how to handle the piglet!

          • davefragments

            And she was supposed to be the butt of the joke. It was so ironic that it was funny.

          • That is the best pig story, frat story, college story EVAH!!!! Nice. Thank you.

          • D. Garrett

            yep…

          • davefragments

            Read the reply to Chris D.

          • D. Garrett

            okay

          • davefragments

            Just scroll down a post or two.

          • D. Garrett

            got it. really funny. “one does not look a piglet in the ass” had me laughing. ty. 🙂

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Yes. Yes, I do.

          • davefragments

            Read the reply to Chris.

          • I like her… my partner said he wanted one and I said, NO!!!!!

          • Bacon is the ultimate deity… it can be any size you need.

          • Ummmmm… then I think I like you and your delicious goats….

          • No goats… dirty Ba Ba Ba …. No.

          • Yes!!

          • NO!

          • Mwahahahaha!

          • Spoooooky in ugly xmaaaas sweaterrrrrs

          • Noooooooo… not exceptable!

          • Toli Bera

            believe in the power of Grandma Sweaters!

          • You are so sweet and my Grandma likes you, but…… stilll…….

          • Holly

            KNIT BOMB CHRIS!

          • Don’t make me post the link to the crochet erect penis!!!!!!

          • Do it!!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Do it for the Vine, Chris!

            (Chris: What Vine??)
            (Me: It was just an expression.)

          • Okay, but you have to scroll down… when you see it and you’ll know…

            http://egoistki.net/rubric/2577391/#

          • davefragments

            I want one. I’d never run out of birthday gifts.

          • D. Garrett

            very nice. *nods with a smile.

          • KryX

            This should come with greater warning. I want to un-see.

          • EyeDontNo

            Link it! Link it!

          • D. Garrett

            i wanna see!

          • Yessss!! Uglyyyyy sweatersss

          • Auuuuuuuugh NO……..

          • Mwahahahaha!

          • I want to see this sweater…

          • Me too!

          • You are on drugs… just NO!

          • Nope! Just surviving a somewhat shitty evening.

          • Holly

            Would hearing about my drama make your night better or worse?

          • I… don’t know. It can’t make it worse.

          • Holly

            aww 🙁

          • Will it make your evening better?

          • Holly

            Idon’t know either…

          • Hmmm, that puts us in a bit of a bind doesn’t it?

          • Sure…. a shitty evening on drugs!!!!

          • Nope, strawberry ice cream with home made granola and chocolate chips sprinkled on top

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Mmm…

          • Very!

          • Drugs… I said… drugs….

          • D. Garrett

            i got my ice cream fix today too. lol.

          • 😛 And I said ice cream

          • OMG, AJ! I just remembered I bought some ice cream earlier this week! Thanks for the reminder.

          • Yay for ice cream!

          • Toli Bera

            just be careful. remember what happened to Tsunami when he went to Dairy Queen that one time. D: still waiting for them to lift the ban.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Chris, anybody who has just been muttering “Dirty Ba Ba Ba” should hardly cast stones about being on drugs. 😉

          • OMG… that is SO true… self-awareness is brutal. LOL.

          • Sadly, so true!

          • Tyler Griffin

            Well, now it’s Santa’s Sleigh being pulled by goats instead of reindeer.

          • Klaus
          • dang… they are… aren’t they?

      • Tyler Griffin

        I was thinking more like, “Right in the trenchcoat that we all saw stuffed full of potions of unknown intent earlier.”

        Ask and D&D’er what happens when you break a wand of Fireball.

      • Samurai Jack

        Ha! I was thinking right in the Dragon Balls…

  • TwilightDreamer

    Oh *beep*!
    Spooky!! D:
    Don’t let it hit….don’t let it hit….

  • Holly

    everyone talks about dodging, but what about shield magic…

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Oh, good idea!

    • would probably be faster for Spooky to conjure a shield than move aside, yep.

    • bandanajack

      i bet a blast of lava hot hellfire could knock those throwing stars off course, but i imagine spooky has his own protection spell.

    • syllibub

      Duncan can throw abnormally fast because of his abilities, though — would Spooky even be able to react in time?

      • Holly

        Metaphysical physics are hard

  • Fabulous Alien

    Great, now I get to spend the next few days worried sick about the fate of a fictional character…. (which I’ll do happily).

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Maybe we need to get a Spooky prayer circle going.

      • I’ve already lit several votive candles. If Alex knows what’s good for him………….

        • Holly

          Alex is our God. We cannot threaten him. Only Pray

          • Oh yes we can…. gods get horrible things done to them… history? Alex better learn. Spooky harm is blasphemy….. LOL.

      • We’ve had a couple of prayer circles for Mitch already. I’m on board with a Spooky one.

        • And I love you for it. (please Mitch is all hovering safely above the fray)…

          • Klaus

            For now.

  • If Spooky dies… so do I.
    No I am not a crazed fan… why would you ask that?

    • Holly

      What if Spooky Dies, gets sent to hell again, then we have to RESCUE HIM!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Is this turning into Supernatural?

        • Holly

          If Kyle starts dating an angel, MAYBE Then

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I don’t even watch the show, but I already know that I could get 100% behind adding Mark Sheppard as Crowley to the cast here.

          • Samurai Jack

            Crowley? Or Badger from Firefly? Mark Sheppard is the bomb in every role he plays.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Or Sterling from Leverage! ALL the Mark Sheppard characters!

          • Toli Bera

            Nah, there’s 2 named female characters who’ve survived, fleshed out non-white characters, and proper LGBTQIA representation. this isn’t Supernatural.

          • Not to mention the excess of people of color… OMG they’re everywhere………. (whispers) Go Alex.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            BUUUUURN!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            😀

      • We just can’t look back no matter what we think we hear!

      • (repeat) previous comment. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO….

    • Chris sweetie, did you see the tweet I sent you?

      • Well yeah… just now after… my sorrow of Spooky worry.

        • I was hoping to catch you in time. 🙁 Sorry.

          • Your effort to save my delicate sensibilities means the world to me… thanks! xo

    • syllibub

      Investing all your hopes and affections into one character, to the point that their demise would utterly devastate you — I wonder what that’s like! Ha! Hahaha!

    • Klaus

      True enough. There may be a delay of a few decades, though.

      • D. Garrett

        hopefully many. (a.i. tech will possibly extend our lives according to ray kurzweil.) and very clever klaus.

  • Tahir Raines

    What’s with magic users and tentacles? 1st, Sircea when she changed Kyle’s clothes and now Spooky.

    • Holly

      MAGIC IS TENTACLES. It is the Elder God’s Principle.

      • Tahir Raines

        No wonder they send anyone they interact with into a mental breakdown. *shivers*

        • Oh puhleeeeeze. It’s just tentacles and a few suction cups. (Cudddly)

          • Toli Bera

            it’s just like a big slippery hug.

          • With cuddly suction cups that Lurve you!

          • D. Garrett

            nipple kink? you naughty boy!

          • Chris loves all things octopod!

          • Holly

            CHRIS HAS A BRAIN SQUID

    • They’re like hands but without all that ‘individual digits’ nonsense! MAAAAGIC

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Anyone else expecting an application of the Rule of Three?

    On page 93 Annihilator dodges Tsunami’s attack with his “You’re going to have to move a lot faster than that to lay a finger on me”, only to see Tsunami’s water fist smack the bone gate.

    Then on page 94 Annihilator goes all “Foolish children!” about how they don’t have power to stop the villains – only to have Spooky make his big entrance and demonstrate that, actually, the Young protectors *do* have the power.

    And now on this page Annihilator launches some of his-and-pointy-throwing-things at Spooky. So I’m expecting on the next page that Spooky will either dodge, or have a mystical force shield, or something, and that point it’ll be Three Strikes for Annihilator, and it’ll be time for the Priestess to step up and try to swat down those meddling kids.

    • Nah, Kyle will bring the whole thing to a standstill when he trudges up to Duncan and his grumpy face and DECKS HIM!

  • Holly

    You know in Disney movies only Evil people have Lime magic….

    • Sir, I love you for the reference. Thank goodness that this is not Disney though. LOL C:

  • D. Garrett

    i think flukes power is gonna make anni’s usually precision aim fuqd up. so he’ll miss. and spooky wont need to do a thing. but spooky will still dodge it as well out of reflex and because of the unpredictable nature of flukes power.

  • Did I miss the tentacle porn jokes?

    • D. Garrett

      yep. but can we ever have enough of those??? lol.

      • How much you want to bet someone is already drawing this scene taking a different turn?

        • D. Garrett

          omg! in the air no less!

          • Hey, I didn’t say I was on board!
            But I mean, if you’re gonna draw tentacle porn…why have the tentacles on the ground when they could hold up their victim?
            And does anyone ever see what the tentacles are connected to? Do tentacles have bones? How did they evolve? Where is the tentacle fandom!
            Update: There is something deeply and psychologically wrong with me.

          • D. Garrett

            well yeah tentacle porn does seem to usually involve being suspended but i dont think it usually is to that kind of height. just seems like more of an exhibition somehow. (location high in the air creating greater opportunity to be seen) and with an audience as well. seems more obscene to me 4 some reason. *shrug

          • Hmm, is tentacle porn usually in front of an audience? Or is it that thrill of “I might be seen getting doinky doinked by tentacles?” But yes, I must agree, if there is an audience, it is certainly more obscene.

          • D. Garrett

            i think all of the tentacle porn ive seen has been in a private setting. but im not a huge fan of it. so my exposure is limited. if its included in a story im reading ill go with the flow.

          • I can’t say I’ve ever been in to it, but at one point I read a story that had a tentacle beast thing, and it…did something that still grosses me out. I just can’t.

          • D. Garrett

            i understand. we all have our squicks.

          • D. Garrett

            doinky doinked. thats new. might have to steal/borrow that 1. *chuckles.

        • Tyler Griffin

          If they are, they HAVE to share it. It’s only fair.

  • Also, I’m betting we get a surprise from the Commander coming into to do some crazy badass kick block and send those thing flying away or right back at Anni’s head cause she protects her boys.
    I want to be here, she is the epitome of feminine strength.

    • D. Garrett

      who do think has the stronger will? sircea or amanda?

      • Sircea has desperation, not will, which is not quite the same thing, but equally dangerous.

        • D. Garrett

          i would think that they both possess both.

          • Not so sure the Commander has any desperation at the moment. But we haven’t gotten much of a glimpse into her character yet.

          • D. Garrett

            i think the situation being so crucial would create desperation in her.

          • Perhaps, but I think at the moment she’s got determination rather than desperation. Until one of her boys is in immediate danger – as Spooks is right now – I think she’s pretty much good. She knows they’re capable.

          • D. Garrett

            i think she has an emotional cocktail and all of the above are present. with will, determination and desperation (love, self-sacrifice, etc as well) taking turns at the helm. but it could be as u say 2. more simple than i think.

          • Hmm, I suppose it depends on your definition of desperation. To me, it means when you are willing to do anything, ANYTHING, to reach your goal and I don’t think she’d go that far yet.

          • D. Garrett

            she pretty much indicated she and the team r willing to die. how much further than that can she go?

  • syllibub

    Oh — what if Amanda or Fluke saw Duncan going for his throwing stars, and one of them is about to make a sacrificial dive so Spooky can keep Duncan restrained?

    My guess is that the intent is to wound Spooky so he’ll drop Duncan, not kill him. If Duncan’s got his own plan to sabotage the ritual, he already knows they’ll need Spooky’s help rebuilding the walls, so I doubt he’d want to take Spooky out now.

    • SofiaT

      Besides, if he wanted to kill Spooky, he would have thrown the star earlier.
      He seemed to try to free himself and only decided to become dangerous when he realised it wasn’t working.

      That doesn’t mean Spooky can’t get seriously hurt though.
      Or, worse, Flyboy may see what happens from high up and swoop in to protect Spooky, getting hit himself. :0/

      • syllibub

        Right, I forgot about Mitch up there. Whatever happens — Spooky getting hit or having to dive out of the way, or another team member taking the hit for him — might distract Spooky enough that Duncan can escape the bonds. And while I don’t think he’ll kill any of the Protectors, I think he might kick the violence up a notch to put a stop to the whole situation.

    • timemonkey

      Why would Fluke need to do a diving save? Dude’s got luck powers, just throw a little good luck Spooky’s way and continue on.

      • Tyler Griffin

        Because he’s been kicking some sweat dance-fight moves thus far, and we’re probably due for a death drop

        • syllibub

          ^ Pretty much what I was thinking — Fluke’s been concentrating on taking out minions that outnumber him and Amanda ten to one. His luck tank might be pretty drained by now.

    • Klaus

      Throwing stars are normally used to distract the target. They are not expected to do much harm. But with superstrength and superspeed it may be different.

  • P.P.S. Duncan’s face in Panel 2 has alerted me to the fact that I can purr.
    I’m done now I swear.

  • I am seeing a DING DING DING?

    • Phyre Storm

      I’m seeing an OH SHIT from everyone who isn’t Duncan.

  • D. Garrett

    im not worried about spooky. he survived HELL at an even younger age. i think even if he gets hit / injured he would use a spell/potion to counteract the effect of the injury allowing him to continue to fight or a spell/potion to heal himself. i think hes really tougher to take out than people give him credit for.

    • syllibub

      Good point, we already know from the apartment fire scene in Chapter 1 that he can do healing magic. If he gets sliced by the throwing stars, he’ll most likely be able to patch himself up.

      • D. Garrett

        yanno, i forgot about that. very true. and he could heal the others too should they get injured during the battle.

        wouldnt it be crazy if something happens to duncan and kyle sees it. he gets really distressed from residual affection and commander senses it. so she tell spooky telepathically to help duncan. so spooky uses his magic for good to heal anni and this somehow breaks the bond with laampros. saving anni’s life in two ways. anni becomes grateful that his life has been saved / spared even though he is the “villain” and switches sides mid battle. yeah i know. not likely tho. heh.

  • Cman65

    “Ha you wasted your death-stars on my hologram” said Spooky “I’m over here or here”

  • timemonkey

    The thing that makes this fight so interesting is that we, the audience, still are only vaguely aware of what either side is really capable of. Our expectations have been defied repeatedly so far.

  • timemonkey

    Oh, and I see water in that last panel, if Tsunami sweeps the water in front of Spooky for a sec it’ll counteract the momentum of the throwing star, making them harmless. Water is fun that way.

    • EyeDontNo

      But that’s only if Tsu has time to see what’s happening, and then time to decide on what to do, and then the time to actually do it.
      Add to that that if my understanding of their positions is accurate, Spooky is between the blades and the water. Moving the water would take out Spooky too.

      • timemonkey

        Remember, Flyboy is watching the whole area and projecting that info to the telepathic tactitian. Why would the water take out Spooky? It’s water, it can split and go around him.

        • EyeDontNo

          The momentum of the water would keep it moving towards the original target that Tsu sent it at. Since it is currently moving in a straight path behind him, if it moves in front of him the rushing water would also hit him, either disrupting his concentration or interfering with his ability to see what Anni is trying to do. Even if it split directions. That would effectively ‘take out’ Spooky in the current battle.
          But good call on Commander. I hadn’t taken into account her directing Tsu faster than he can grasp the situation.. -Thumbs up!-

  • SofiaT

    Do the lighning balls coming out of Duncan’s ears on panel one mean he’s really pissed off?

    Initially I thought he had hit his head somewhere but then realised there’s nothing in the air to hit his head on.

    • EyeDontNo

      That’s his Venom-Sense kicking in to warn him of the danger. Similar to Peter Parker’s Spidey-Sense, but for evil people.

    • syllibub

      I think they’re supposed to indicate his realization that Spooky’s disarming him? One of the ectotentacles is going for his knives.

      • SofiaT

        You’re right, that’s the star he grabs, it seems!
        The tentacles are doing a bad job of keeping him out of the battle if they remind him to use his weapons…

    • Benjamin Bravo

      And it looks like one of Duncan’s throwing stars as well in the third to last panel. Pretty sneaky of Spooks though 🙂

    • That’s what Spooky should have done – bashed his head on one of those weird rock things until he was unconscious.

  • WarGoddess

    Super speed, bah! Not compared to our youngest young protector, Flyboy!!!!!!! I betcha anything he zips down there super fast and just catches that throwing star. That’d be sick. 😀

    • IamM

      Why catch them when you can launch them at high speed with a touch?

  • Megan Staples

    Oh please, please please, let probability twist those back into that backstabbing bastard.

  • Megan Staples

    Big hugs back at you, Alex! 🙂

  • Sapfo

    I had a real long comment going and erased it by a slip of a finger D’:
    So now I am taking the lazy way out of it.
    Page: love it!
    Magic: love it!!!
    what I think will happen: Dh’o!

    Thank you to you all for this wonderful page

    • justkeepondriving

      Happens to the best of us Sapfo! ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Noooooooooooo, I hate it when that happens!!!! D:

  • science

    I’ve still got a bad feeling about Mitch and it’s getting worse.

    • Tyler Griffin

      I got a bad feeling about the whole thing. Our hero’s don’t seem to be aware of Anni and Platy’s more “altruistic” motivations, which means they aren’t very inclined to stop wrecking The Plan until either it is fully wrecked, or they are put out of commission. Also, if they succeed, then everything that we’ve been shown indicates that is even worse for everyone. So, to quote the song, “I hear hurricane’s a blowin. I know the end is coming soon. I fear rivers over flowin. I hear, the voice of rage and ruin.”

      • science

        So what you’re saying is maybe PP and Anni are the good guys? I wouldn’t put it past Alex.

        • Tyler Griffin

          Not the good guys; the “good” guys. As in, PP claims that the walls that seperate their world from hell are collapsing as a result of something called the Grey Working (which took away her goddesshood, immortality, and blunted her powers somewhat). Their plan, as stated, is to bring Lamproos in and allow Hell to spill over into their world in a controlled fashion which will allow her to “eventually” gather up enough magical energy to restore the walls and send Hell back to, well, Hell but not until after she has restored herself in the process. Their selling point is that the Walls are going to collapse one way or the other, and their plan causes less death and destruction than any other plan.

          • Tyler Griffin

            So the possible outcomes of this fight appear to basically be as follows:
            Young Protectors win, stop Anni and PP. Hell breaks loose, Earth dies in flames.
            or
            PP and Anni win, bring in Lamproos who will reign over half of the globe, leaving North America for Anni and PP to keep mankind alive on (and rule) until the walls can be restored.

            Neither seems pleasant, and since nobody on either team is on speaking terms with anyone on the other team, either result will only likely come at the cost of humiliating and possibly debilitating defeat for the other.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Also, all of this depends on PP having been COMPLETELY open and honest about all details regarding her motives, the results of inviting a King of Hell into the world, and her actual ability to eventually restore the walls of reality. And as much as I’m loving our dear diva in metal, she definitely seems the time to have a “Oh, just one more thing” in her back pocket for the final encounter.

          • D. Garrett

            i wouldnt put it past her to sabotage the walls herself to orchestrate her revival to goddess-hood. or what if the extent of the problem is fabricated? what if spooky was fooled into believing the situation is dire and it really isnt? maybe she has plotted and manipulated to make sure she rules no matter the cost to humankind. i dont think honesty is a virtue of hers.

          • Samurai Jack

            Or they fight to a draw, call it off, and actually discuss why they’re doing what they’re doing?

          • Tyler Griffin

            That goes back to the “Nobody on either team is on speaking terms with anyone on the other” bit, Half of the YP are to emotionally engaged to pull back, and this is PP’s best shot at getting her powers back; egos are fully engaged on both sides. It’s possible, but I don’t feel like diplomacy is gonna be given a chance on this one.

          • Klaus

            Not as long as that clock is ticking.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Oh, well, YEAH. Just go ahead and throw out a PRACTICAL reason to trump my psychological ones. lol

          • Klaus

            According to PP, mankind would not be exterminated in

            the demon controled parts either. And another reason her plan is for the common good is that life under Laampros would not be as bad as under some other King of Hell (or all of them).

          • Tyler Griffin

            True, especially if when she said that Laampros’s tastes required mankind alive, she really was hinting that his appetites are sexual in nature (which I think most of are hoping is the case :D). But, again, as much as I love PP, I’m still holding out that she hasn’t laid EVERYTHING on the table.

          • Klaus

            A safe bet, I think.

    • Samurai Jack

      Last we saw, Mitch was floating high above, watching the fight. With orders to stay there.

      • science

        This kid has very strong emotions regarding what’s right and wrong. I feel like he would consider taking a bullet for his teammate and friend trumps following orders.

        “911 what’s your emergency
        What do you mean you’re being murdered
        People can’t do that that’s illegal”

        • Samurai Jack

          Yeah, that’s a possibility I suggested a few weeks back too. I hope he stays out of it as ordered. And I really think Gordon has this one anyway.

  • Alex Albright

    …and Fluke saves the day

  • Klaus

    Duncan is now without weapons that we can see. I wonder what he keeps in that utility belt.

    • Adam Black

      Condoms , lube , cockring, nappies , car keys, and wallet.

      • Klaus

        Nappies?

        • Kate G

          Diapers. At least, that’s what I know nappies as.

          • Klaus

            Same here. But I don’t think they would fit in the belt pockets.

          • Kate G

            Cloth ones could if you folded them properly.

        • I’m thinking he means wet wipes. But I could be wrong.

    • Well, we know he has his cell phone in there.

      http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-page-10/

      • Klaus

        Reaonably aerodynamic. Could be thrown in a pinch.

        • Tyler Griffin

          With a really good set of earbuds it’s a trip weapon too.

        • And would hurt a body too!

      • Kate G

        An iPhone to boot. I wonder if he uses Siri to keep his schedule straight.

        • Probably.

          You have an appointment to rob the bank at 3pm. At 4:45 you are do to play with the kittens at the shelter. And at 6 you have a phone conference with Sircea.

          • Tyler Griffin

            I love it.

          • Kate G

            “At 7 you need to sing karaoke with Lex Luthor. Don’t forget “All About the Bass” is your song.”

            LOL

          • D. Garrett

            omg the mental image is hilarious. best song pick ever!

          • Kate G

            HA HA HA, I just picked a song out of the sky. I could have said, “My Heart Will Go On,” but that didn’t seem right. It would be funny, but “All About that Bass” just seems so…Duncan. I don’t know why, it just does to me!

            I can see Fluke getting down to “YMCA.” HA HA HA!

          • It is the perfect song. I can so see Duncan singing that. The swag. LOL

          • Kate G

            “I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
            I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass

            Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two
            But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do
            ‘Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase”

            I can just see Duncan shaking his bum here trying to woo over Kyle again. HA HA HA!!!!

          • Ha! Yes, yes indeed!

          • I now want a picture of Duncan playing with the kittens. Actual kittens, not the equally cute after school club, even if Commander appears to be running a shelter for waifs and strays.

          • Yes, this must be done! I want to see little fuzzy kittens crawling all over him. One sitting on his head even!

    • There are so very many inappropriately salacious answers I want to give to that question, that I’m just going to step away and get a cool drink. ‘Scuse me. 🙂

  • Kate G

    WATCH OUT FOR THE THROWING STAR, SPOOKY!!!! *closes eyes and prays he’ll catch it*

    Where did Platy Puss run off too?

    And where’s MITCH?!

    • Samurai Jack

      Relax. Gordon’s got this. I hope…

      • Kate G

        Every time you say Gordon I think of Commissioner Jim Gordon which of course brings up Batman, not Young Protectors. I then have to remind myself Gordon is the name of Tsunami and we’re not in Batman Land. <-is OBSESSED with Batman.

        • Samurai Jack

          I said below that maybe Spooky’s trenchcoat is like Batman’s cape. Makes him look bigger than he is, and masks where his body is under it. Maybe Annie will miss him. Or maybe Spooky has it armor lined.

          • Kate G

            HA HA, we have Batman on the brain

          • D. Garrett

            mmmm spooky with just his trench coat on….and boots! mmmmm. dont mind me people.

          • Tyler Griffin

            If we see Spooky do a scene exit while the person talking to him’s back is turned, we’ll KNOW.

    • Klaus

      Mitch is high above, giving Amanda an overview (literally) of the battle field.

      • Kate G

        I can almost see him giving a blow-by-blow account in a wrestler commentator’s voice.

    • Throwing stars! Anni threw two of them.

  • Hoping the next page shows Mitch and Amanda warning Spooky…

  • purplefoxglove

    Spooky spent one year in hell with basically everything out there to get him. That would make ME paranoid. My bet is that he’s prepared – either he’s ready to dodge, or he already has a ward up.
    If push comes to shove, he’ll have a horde of fangirls and -boys throwing themselves in front of him. I’ll go first!

  • bronakopdin

    uuuhhhh…. now it’s getting serious >_<'

    I hope Spooky will be fine! I wonder if he can manage himself.. or if someone jumps in for help… or if he'll actually get hurt T^T

    Whether he can keep going with the spell in any way?
    If not Anni could go rampant and I fear that would be the end of the plan for now, switch to improvise?!?

    sooooo thrilling!!!!

  • Klaus

    Page 92 has been updated.

    • David Welbourn

      Tat glow activated!

  • This is the worst cliffhanger page I’ve seen in a while o_o I’m gonna need half a dozen of scones for this one!

    .. and do some of you remember my comment about how basically every time I miss out on a camp completely, the comments number rise like crazy – and some of you thought that was funny.
    I wasn’t wrong!! *Looks at comments number*.. I came on to just over 300 comments made already. This happens EVERY time unless it’s like a special holiday update like New Years or x-mas LOL

  • Jen Roberts

    Aside from my worry over Spooky, the only thing I can think is “Tentacular, tentacular!”

    • I vote that when Alex Woolfson takes TYP and makes a big gay broadway musical out of it. That, that be the title of the huge power ballad (a la Defying Gravity) that ends the first act!

      Tentacular, Tentacular!”

  • Frank.noha

    flyboy… dont be a hero… dont go… stay… FLYBOY..!! SIT!! SIT!! OMG T_T

  • fujoshifanatic

    Spooky, you better have enough ectoplasm power to throw up a shield or something, or, you know, call the dragon to eat them stars. Just saying. And isn’t there a Ding Ding Ding in order or something?

    Anyway, awesome page! Looks like things will get more complicated in our lovable crew’s quest for victory. My toes are curling just thinking about it! *watching the clock for Wednesday to come*

  • justkeepondriving

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
    -ahem!- I mean, Spooky and his team can handle a few shuriken, right? Right??

    On a serious note, here’s what I’m thinking might come next guys; someone will intervene to get the shuriken – maybe Tsunami will conjur up another water fist? – and Spooky won’t break his concentration. Not yet…

  • Thou shalt not harm the Spooky.

  • This team really needs a brick.

  • Sorry for the long absence. Health issues and the holidays conspired to keep me away, but alas, I’m here now! What a lovely page I have to look at!

    First off I must commend Adam and Veronica for coming up with a beautiful graphic to represent Spooky’s magic. The color, the white hash marks, the fanciful swirls combine to convey a power that stands apart from the others as truly unique.

    I must say the plan is going better than expected. I’m not sure whether to feel encouraged or more concerned. If my eagle eye serves me well Duncan is aiming for Spooky’s left thigh. That is a very dangerous spot to hit for arterial bleeding, but it is guaranteed to take a man down. That said, Spooky’s magic is currently set to grab Duncan’s weapons. I would not be surprised if tentacles plucked the shurikens from the air with a smug smile from Spooky, “Thank you, very much!”

    Once more I want Alex, Adam, and Veronica to know how much I look forward to TYP. It really helps when I’m alone and feeling miserable. Thanks again guys!

    • Glad to see you back, Donald!

      • Thank you, Admiral! I’ve missed you!

        • I was beginning to wonder where you’d gotten to. I hope you’re feeling better.

          • Still weak and shaky but in good spirits. Thank you for asking! I hope life has treated you kindly.

          • It has it’s moments where I want to shake my fist at it, but such is life. 😀 Now if I could just win the lottery!

          • Remember me when you’re rich and famous?

          • I will do my best!! But I’m aiming mostly for rich. I’d be too quick to punch the paparazzi.

          • You say, “punch the paparazzi” like it is a bad thing.

          • Well it would make me infamous instead of famous. Which I suppose is a perk. But then again the paparazzi would then sue me for assault… Sigh. I just can’t win.

          • If you’re rich you can just feed the paps to your lawyers and giggle at the legal carnage! Come on, it’ll be fun!

          • Well that would be a benefit. 😀

          • Well, you are both my kind of people so I would like to apply for the position of “Sycophant and Hanger-on” and if that’s already taken, I’ll settle for “Assistant Sycophant and Hanger-on” (you know? the one who tells you that you’ve lost weight when you know you haven’t).

            Thanks for your consideration!

    • Welcome back Donald!

      • Hugs to you, Doki! I’m happy to see you too!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Good to have you back, Donald!

    • I’m glad that to hear that TYP is something to look forward to and a bright spot, Donald. Welcome back! I hope 2015 is a much better year for you! 🙂

      • Thank you, Alex! I’m always tickled silly when you choose to respond personally. It makes my millennium, thank you!

  • Derkins

    He can pick up a person with ease with that energy field, but he can’t catch/deflect a couple dinky throwing stars? O.o I dunno, Anni. With such confidence in those throwing stars, I can’t help but wonder if the cockiness is maybe starting to eat away at your brain a bit?

  • James Howard

    i can already tell Mitch is going to die im just wondering when

    • ……
      ……
      ……
      ㅎ_ㅎ

      • *hugs the Doki and offers a Mitch plushie*

        • *hugs Mitch plushie and takes it everywhere*

          • LOL… OMG… I would never have seen THAT twist coming… 🙂

            (chris breathes sigh of relief, as long as Doki keeps the flyboy talisman safe… NO harm can come to mitch. hold him close doki… hold him close!)

          • I have been taking excellent care of Mitch Plushie. He finds the new magic boy anime just as hilarious as I do. ^_^ Though we both wonder why the bad guys have to be so much better looking (and cooler names and cooler outfits and just plain COOLER) than the good guys….I think we need to blame the Pink Wambat for the lack of taste with the good guys.

          • Remember… it’s not about good taste… just that they taste good!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I really need to watch that show.

          • Just thought the same thing… Pink Wambat… I’m so in.

          • I think it’s the general premise that for the most part that badness has a pretty veneer, but a rotten core? And that looks aren’t everything. And… I’ll shut up now.

          • Pretty veneer… well sh*t, then I’m certainly not as bad as I thought I was…

          • I think it is also a bit funny that the bad guys are serious about it, and good guys are mostly reluctant.

          • Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be? o.O

          • …..eh usually it is “Oh sweet we can change into people to save the world! Let’s go save the world!”

          • I also love how they are not all that happy with the corny lines…. ^_^

    • D. Garrett

      ohhh lawd!!!

    • Klaus

      I don’t think so. The gay character must die is one of the tropes that Alex wants to avoid.

      • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

        I will be so unhappy if Mitch dies. So very, very unhappy. But, as you said, I think Alex has already said that he’s avoiding the whole “Gay characters die for Deepness!” trope, so I think Mitch will be okay.

        • Tyler Griffin

          I don’t think that I’m ready for any deaths. I always hate when a story kills off characters early, and yes, this still feels “early” in the narration to me. I don’t like the “no one ever really dies” trope either, but it just doesn’t feel right for any main character deaths at this point. I’m kinda falling into the camp that thinks that Duncan is gonna accomplish exactly what he wants with those stars, but what he wants isn’t necessarily what we, the audience, think he wants.

          • IamM

            The wooden platform can’t dodge.

          • Tyler Griffin

            huh?

  • Niggle

    I have nothing rational to add, just: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  • Anni is so arrogantly handsome in panel 2. Not easy for someone hanging upside down.. and it if wasn’t because we’ve already seen the page with Kyle’s reaction, seeing Anni naked, I’d have said that gravity was helping that bulge stand out in the first two panels – in more than one meaning ;D

    • So I’m not the only one who’s been looking at that frame with my laptop upside down?

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I like the fact that Anni/Duncan is being held at bay for now…..let’s just hope the plan comes together …..soon!

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    As for the stars….a thought just occurred to me…..if the stars could be deflected in such a way as to be sent back to Anni with enough force to graze his skin……

    • IamM

      Flyboy could do that. Feels a little early for that to happen yet, I think.

      • Tyler Griffin

        Oh, that’s right! Mitch WAS saying earlier how he had been experimenting with manipulating projectiles, wasn’t he.

  • Shinashi

    I’ve seen enough hentai… Hahaha, j/k j/k

    Sort of.

  • Xalun K

    First – the art on this page is WONDERFUL. Can’t get enough of it.

    Second – I don’t think Anni’s little shuriken are going to do much against Spooky’s magic of doom, especially since he STUPIDLY ANNOUNCED HIS INTENT BEFORE HE THREW THEM, THUS WARNING SPOOKY OF INCOMING DANGER.

    IDIOT.

    Uh… so I really REALLY like the art on this page. 😀

    • As we have learned from Despicable 2.

      But for some reason, I think he’ll do what he set out to do. I just don’t think he’s going to do what we, or Spooky, expect him to do.

      Perhaps it’s just my wishful thinking. And yes, to a point, I want the kids to fail. But I’m also here for the story to see what will happen.

      • Xalun K

        I’ve not seen Despicable Me or Despicable Me 2, so I have no idea?

        Also, here I’m only referring to the shuriken. He yelled and threw the shuriken, and I just don’t understand why bad guys always announce their intent! Seems counterproductive. 😀

        • That action was brought up early in the movie Despicable Me 2. Gru did that, announce his attacks, and this ‘spy’ showed him how it was counter productive. That is why I brought it up in the first place. 🙂

          • stickfigurefairytales

            FREEZE RAY!

          • I thought the lesson of the Despicables was that you should never trust a girl scout or she will destroy you!

            (“he’s so fluffy I could die” isn’t just a phrase anymore)

          • I thought it was ‘Lipstick stun gun’. 🙂

      • Soirbleu

        Want them to fail why? (Curious)

        • I half believe that things would be better if they didn’t wait for the walls to fail between dimensions. Also, I don’t want Duncan to die.

          Maybe I was lead to believe that they were going to fail and I just expect it. But like I said, I’m open to both happening.

  • Maus Merryjest

    Oh, Anni. You sure aren’t giving yourself any brownie points here :/

  • Jeffrey Jacobson

    Spooky is well aware of the Shuriken, because his magic green stuff was reaching for them just before Ani threw two of them. But unless Ani threw those stars at the speed of a bullet (which is possible) they sould be pretty easy to sidestep at that distance.

    Great art.

    • Tyler Griffin

      Technically, as I understand it, though, he doesn’t actually HAVE to hit Spooky, just break his concentration.

      • Jeffrey Jacobson

        Good point!

  • Richard Grant Muir

    I have a vague feeling flyboy is going to interpose to block the shiruken & end up getting hurt. That would fuel a certain special anger towards the annihilator for Kyle.

  • bronakopdin

    I don’t know…. but somehow with Alex talking about “super-speed” and thinking a few pages back at how Mitch was making a point at beeing so super fast (was it Mach two?) Maybe we get an unexpected Mitch Moment there?!?!

    it occured to me just now while rereading xD

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Ooh, that would be cool!

      • I’m a bad person. I just kept thinking of high-speed sex jokes. But then I realized that he’s 15 and that thought is WRONG, (VERY VERY WRONG, ADMIRAL), but that Mitch can probably hit Mach 2 any number of times ,during one night, so it’s not really a problem either way.

        (sorry… it’s been a LONG time since the last page.)

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    Duck!

  • Twirls

    Okay, I know how it clearly didn’t work out all the way, but I have to say I love panel three where Spooky Magic’s like “Nope! No throwydisc for you, very dangerous”

  • davefragments

    It looks like it is aimed at a kneecap.

    • GrumpyPandaXD

      really?? it looks like he’s about to get castrated to me…

      • davefragments

        That would be a fate many on this board would be in screaming tears if it were true.

      • Heh… let me just leave this quietly here regarding that thought…

        NO FERKING WAY. NO. NO. NO. NEVER. NO Sûrement pas! Nope. ¡Ni hablar! Nooit! Երբեք! Inoiz ez! Mai! 从来有! Aldrig! Huwag kailanman! Niemals! Ποτέ! कभी नहीँ! Niekada! ഒരിക്കലും! Хэзээ ч үгүй! Nigdy! Никогда! எப்போதும்…

        (chris wanders off, still bellowing and realizing that he’s more than made DaveF’s point below)

    • Jakk Anthony Guzman

      If you follow the trajectory in a straight line, it looks to me like it would hit his lower abdomen area. Of course, it also depends on the angle that we are viewing it.
      I don’t think that Spooky is going to get hit, if he does, the plan is going to fall apart quickly.

  • NOOOOOOO! SPOOKY!!!

  • davefragments

    For all those who have SPOOKY’s welfare in their minds – –
    Remember page 75
    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch3-page-75/
    And the “I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve” frame.
    One does not waste nearly a frame nearly half page with things never seen again. Nor does one reveal all those cute things inside the coat and never use them.

    • Derkins

      You have a heck of a point. Nothing that has happened in the story has been superfluous. Alex is too much a pro for that. And for having Spooky deflect with something without having prefaced his ability to do so, first.

  • Since I missed out of last camp completely, I show up early today to claim a good spot at the fire before I set up my tent to get a good sleep before the high camping starts.

    If my head decided to get me another headache in the next 4-5 hours I might chop it off. Just so you’re warned and won’t be spooked if I show up headless. I’m not gonna turn the camp into sleepy hollow… yet.

  • Did we DING DING DING again?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I dunno. It looks to me as though the donations bar simply hasn’t been reset – but we’ll need to wait for official confirmation one way or another.

      • That is what I was thinking, it has been a few days since the Ding and I am/was confused.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Clickbait question: Is Annihilator being treated as a butt monkey by Alex Woolfson?
    I will argue ‘No’ – but that was too good an attention grabber to pass up 😛

    Lower down on this comment page I observed that three times so far Annihilator has stepped forward with confidence and bravado to swat down the interference of the Young Protectors, and on two of those occasions Annihilator’s efforts have ineffectual and the subject of derision from the readers. We are currently at the cliffhanger for the third, and are awaiting to see whether it’ll be third-time-lucky or three-strikes-you’re-out.

    Anyway, this got me thinking: Was Annihilator deliberately being set up to look stupid. Well, maybe – but I would argue not for the sake of looking stupid as an end in itself. The more I thought about it, the more I saw comparisions to Alex’s stated method of writing the conflict between Deacon and Dr Maven in _Artifice_: That he tries to avoid writing supposedly intelligent characters who then have to carry the Idiot Ball simply to get a desired plot outcome.

    This situation briefly bamboozled me. Two pages back I had also imagined a scene where, after the FIRST time the Young Protectors had made him look pompous, that Annihilator had recognised that his ego had been played. But then page 94 came out and the silly so-and-so had done pretty much the same thing!

    It then occurred to me that the explanation might lie in the character flaw of pride in Annihilator. You know, Shakespearean tragedy and all that: no matter how noble, well-intentioned or otherwise competent the character, he or she has to resist their fatal character flaw or else everything they’ve worked to achieve will come undone. We’ve already seen an indication of this during the fight with Hunter and Killer in chapter 1, where Annihilator proclaims that he doesn’t need his powers to defeat Killer – whereupon Annihilator promptly has his arse kicked until Red Hot managed to save the day by blowing up the power inhibitor.

    Yet at the same time Annihilator is not a blind slave to his ego. When the Platinum Priestess was mocking him about having fallen for Red Hot – and we readers were expecting an epic smackdown – Annihilator simply swallowed his pride, said he was wrong, and apologised. Think about how much self control must have been involved in that act, especially if it is indeed the case that pride is his fatal character flaw.

    Which brings me back to my original question: is Alex using Annihilator as a butt monkey. Answer: no. Annihilator is currently being made to look foolish, but that his a direct consequence of his own pride prompting him to underestimate the Young Protectors and make him act in ways that make him look foolish when they outwit him. It is a logical extension of his own character and personal choices that are making Annihilator the butt monkey, not any plot directive from the writer of the story. If the writer then uses those actions in such a way as to add a bit of comedic relief to the situation, in order to lull the readers into a false sense of security just before something really bad happens later in the fight, well that’s so much the better from the writer’s point of view, yes?

    Which then raises the question of when (and almost certainly not if) Annihilator works out that he is being out manouvered by the Young Protectors, gets back into his grove, and starts showing why he has the epithet ‘the world’s most dangerous villain’. I was expecting it to come on page 94. I was wrong. But I’m pretty sure it’s coming.

    • Saxon, my friend, you had me at… “butt-monkey.”

      (Very nice analysis. I wish I wasn’t always wrong when I attempt to predict Alex’s course, so I’ll just enjoy what you do best. The one thing I really like, that you mention here, is the Shakespearean aspect of a man with flaws. We’ve seen that he has great gifts, now perhaps we see some of the pride that goes with them. How not? That’s a real character. Now, that said? I think your last thought is certainly nearby… he is not considered, “the world’s most dangerous villain” for no reason.)

      • Adam Black

        You fell off the “butt-monkey” wagon again ?

        You cant get that butt-monkey , monkey off your back

        • Welllll, I never claimed to be perfect. Just moar perfect than a lot of people. Soooooo……

    • Which also makes me wonder how wide of an area does Fluke’s power of luck/bad luck cover? Is it just around him? Doe she project it? Because some of Fluke’s luck (along with Anni’s arrogant pride) could be what’s making Anni look like a butt-monkey.

      • davefragments

        Remember the fire in the beginning pages where the lamp post (I think) falls on Fluke’s car and the dragon catches the man?
        That’s a nice distance.

        • Yes, yes it is. So basically the general vicinity of himself, plus those he cares about?

          • I think I like you guys. I groaned when the Admiral asked the hard question, but then felt immediately comforted when DFrag balanced it out. Compliments you two are a good team!

          • Awww shucks!

          • davefragments

            Jane always seems to make my thoughts simpler and more direct. I have the real complicated thoughts and I confuse myself.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    I’ve gotta split. We’re taking the dogs down to the back creek for some serious tennis ball chucking in order to wear them out for their afternoon nap. I’ll be back in an hour or so.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hope you have/had fun!

      • (whispers) I think the dogs are where he gets his best hypotheses… let’s see what he comes back with.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Hello, everybody! Looks like I might be a little early for camping, but at least I have the day right this time.

    • davefragments

      hey, how’s it going up there?

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Pretty good! How about you?

        • davefragments

          OK. I had to go food shopping Sunday and I’m only slightly claustrophobic. Even the “Aisle of detergents” and the “Aisle of pet food” was busy.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Oh jeez, that stinks. I’m sorry.

          • davefragments

            No need to be just if you ever see a wild and crazy furtive man in a supermarket – run away.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Fair enough. Will do!

          • Sh*t Dave, Laampros is already here isnt he?

          • davefragments

            No just a crazy man trying to make wheels work for him with TOO MANY PEOPLE.
            Hey Lady! drive that car close to me again and I’ll shove it up your . . .
            snarl, spit, growl
            oops, pardon me.

    • Hi Sticky! Yes, today is definitely the right day!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Hooray! Hi AJ!

    • Hello stick!

  • It will not be a late update tonight. The page is baking in the oven right now. 🙂

    • Oh fine… now everyone will be gunning for it.

      NOTHING TO SEE HERE PEOPLE… GO ON ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. IT’S JUST ALEX. CARRY ON AND DON’T WORRY! I’LL KEEP WATCH FOR THE PAGE…

  • stickfigurefairytales

    So…I like to send homemade valentines to people, and I wanted to ask if anyone here would be interested in receiving one. The only catch is that I would need your real-life mailing address, but I promise to only use it for good.

    Those of you who are on tumblr are welcome to send me a message on there, but if anybody else wants one, I can give you my email address. Anyone interested?

  • Evening all, late for camping. Got stuck on the Twitter feed.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Welcome Gryphon! Glad you made it!

      • Thanks! I sent you a message on Tumblr.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Yay!

    • Twitter is a terrible vortex of time.

      HI!

      • Hi, Admiral!

      • Twitter is the all consuming hunger of the Great Old Ones as manifested on the interwebz. They are coming and their digital tentacles are legion. Ohhhhhhhhh….

        (oh sorry, I went there again, I keep meaning to block that vision out.)

    • Hello Gryphon!

      • Evening, dearest Doki!

        • *sigh* still trying to write up my background for a D&D character. -_-

          • Trouble? Start with backstory, maybe? Btw, I owe you and a couple of others packages. Will send out soon!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            What sort of character are they?

          • Lightfoot Rogue Halfling – parents unknown

          • stickfigurefairytales

            They should have a hobby that they’re really passionate about. I suppose that doesn’t count as backstory, but I still like the idea of it.

          • First thing first… a rhunic blood dagger inscribed with ancient nature runes, insuring instant death and the cycle of Gaia… (maybe?)

          • Um…. maybe this would help?

            http://www.whothefuckismydndcharacter.com/

          • Well my problem is that I kind of gave her a slightly atypical personality for her race so I have to make a fitting background to make it understandable.

            i am great a horrific background stories but this one is giving me trouble.

    • I hate when Twitter traffic gets thick…

      • Tumblr traffic is worse. All five lanes bumper to bumper.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Definitely!

        • Have you paid for that new toll-road access? It’s a drag, but sorta worth it in the sense of lack of commute stress. 🙂

          • I saw that but…it looks like you might miss some things?

  • Adam Black

    Whos up in the Mofo House, dawg ?

  • Terrell Penha

    You know I come here every week, and I have never talked to any of you guys before. I must say from the very start you all seem very nice and I am happy to know that there are people out there who not only love this comic,but also wait on the edge of their sets every Tuesday and Friday waiting for the next update.

    • Nice to see you, Terrell. Welcome to the campsite!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Nice to meet you properly, Terrell! So glad you’re here too. 🙂

    • DemureDesire

      *waves* I’m another lurker.

      • Hi Demure! Nice to see you.

        • DemureDesire

          Thanks. I post… rarely. *slips back into the shadows*

          • No, don’t slip!!!!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Shadows are notoriously slippery.

          • DemureDesire

            But the shadows know…

          • stickfigurefairytales

            They certainly know what evil lurks in the hearts of men, but do they know why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch(TM)?

          • Adam Black

            sugar and hypnosis

          • Post! Lots more nice people is a good thing.

          • DemureDesire

            Who said I was nice? Is someone trying to ruin my reputation?

          • Good one!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Hi there! 🙂

      • Indeed. Lurkers falling right and left. Awesome and welcome!

        • Adam Black

          what did you cast, “unhide lurkers” ?

      • I remember you. Welcome back, DD! 🙂

    • A pleasure to meet you and, boy do you have OUR number. Yep that’s what it’s like in Woolfson-land. Edge of the seat. Well, until you drink too much wine and fall off giggling and the dogs try to lick your face…. (oh sorry… TMI?).

      Oh anyway, welcome.

    • Hi Terrell! That’s how I started commenting, because everyone seemed so nice and welcoming and so invested in the comic. And it was true!

    • Hello! Nice to see you!

    • Welcome, Terrell! Glad to have you here! 🙂

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I’m gonna go heat up some cider. Don’t let the page go up until I come back!

    • @alexwoolfson:disqus — you heard Stick’s orders. Now is the time for Chris to take advantage of DWolf’s sleepiness, the Admirals distraction and Stick’s cider… (very Hogwarts) Pagum Appearisome

      (chris looks around and realize that all he’s done is blow a hole in the kitchen counter… hates magik…)

      • stickfigurefairytales

        You thought you could get away with it, didn’t you, Chris?

        • Hackcoughcoughgasp… (huge inhale)… I’m sorry dear Stick… whatever do you mean?

          • Adam Black

            wait was this a magic-splosion or just another meth accident ?

          • Since when can’t it be both? Just a little boo boo.

          • Adam Black

            hey, share and share alike.

      • syllibub

        Interesting how so many botched spells cause explosions. Can’t one just fizzle out quietly now and then?

      • Adam Black

        So , its just like Cooking then ?

  • DemureDesire

    Passes out hot chocolate with peppermint marshmallows.

    • And immediately become best friends with… well everyone really. This is such an easy group when it come to chocolate.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Ooh, thank you!!

    • Thanks so much! I was feeling a bit cold. And I love peppermint marshmallows.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had them before.

        • Yummy!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            They definitely sound good!

    • Num num num

  • Sapfo

    Morning good people!
    I think I made it, just in the time to smell new page coming from Alex soon.

    • Morning Ms. Sapfo!

      • Sapfo

        Morning Admiral!
        Everything clear on deck?

        • Seems to be! Clear skies and all that. Maybe.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Should we rig the mainsail?

          • NO! We need sexy pirates. STAT!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Sexy pirates can rig a mainsail. They just rig it sexily.

          • Very good then…

          • Uh… Sure and come about port side.

          • (I like port)

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Weigh anchor!

          • You heard, Mistress of the Stick, you scallywags. Weigh anchor!!

          • Adam Black

            “Mistress of the Stick”
            hehe

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Good morning, Sapfo!

      • Sapfo

        Morning Sticky! 🙂

    • Good morning, Sapfo!

      • Sapfo

        Morning GG.
        In three days I will make the finaly payment for Japan 😀

        • That is great! I have a little ways to go.
          🙂

          • Sapfo

            You make it. But this means saving saving for all the stuff to get 😀

          • Yes, I think I need to plan for that. I had a budget for shopping but I see now that I need to add more to that pile.

          • Sapfo

            Smaug in da house!
            We need gold!

          • Lots ‘o gold! I was going to ask you to keep me in check during shopping but I don’t think that will be possible with both of us running all over the place.

          • Sapfo

            The mad helping the mad. We be one lucky team then 😉

        • Adam Black

          You are buying Japan?
          Awesome.
          The exchange rates must be fantastic

          • Sapfo

            I know! Going out of my mind. What am I going to do with a whole contry?

          • Adam Black

            Historical Pre-enactments ?

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Pre-enactments? Is that where you act out history before it happens?

          • Adam Black

            Pre-enactments? Is that where you act out history before it happens? , why yes it is

            ( and now you just did it! Congratulations on a successfulfirst try! )

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hooray!!!

          • Adam Black
          • Adam Black

            I should hope so, you cant travel to japan inside your mind. Well maybe you can , but there is no corroboration .

            Probably you will pass laws making then men wear those green skirts all Japanese anime girls wear

          • (whispers) Trust Fund Baby… true?

          • Sapfo

            More like living on caned food for the last 6 months 😉

            Todays dinner is….. Spam! Darn it, not again! I’m a vegetarian! >_<

          • Adam Black

            I made pumpkin butter

          • Adam Black

            (( whispers quieter))Trust Baby Sales Fund —-Nippon Branch ?

    • Hiya Sapfo! Good to see you, but feel free to snooze a bit longer. Late late late page apparently. Vero is in Jamaica at some resort. So relax and have some cocoa! 🙂

      Truuuuussssst meeeeee…..

      • Sapfo

        Oh I always trust you… with my right brain half. My left knows that you are up to no good XP

        • *snicker*

          • NO peanut gallery!!!

          • Sapfo

            Trying to kill me again I see o.O
            BTW School is over, school is done 😀

          • Srsly. Congratulations. That must be a huge relief. Are you happy with the results?

            My man is just starting his Master’s program and is more nervous than a cat on a hot tin roof…

          • Sapfo

            I am in a bit of panic. Getting my firsta patients on monday and do not feel ready at all XD

            Way to do it dude! I know how it feels. Tell him he will rock the (school)house!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I wish you the best of luck! You can do it!

          • Sapfo

            thank you all of you.

          • You’re gonna do fine on Monday!

          • Thanks. Oh, and doll… you are MOAR than ready. You have years of experience in figuring out exactly what a person needs. I have every faith in your mad skillz!

          • Sapfo

            Muffin is good food for diabetes patients?
            But kidding aside. Yes. I do know what I should do and I do have a lot of experience. It is just the teacher rolle if nursing I am not used to. But I will learn.

          • Adam Black

            I smell a muffinquest

          • Mmmmmmm…. mufffffins….

          • Adam Black

            You know muffins are a metaphor for…. nevermind . expand those horizons

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Tell him good luck from me!

          • Thanks, will. I’m very proud!

          • syllibub

            I’m sure he’ll be great, but good luck to him anyway. What’s he going to study?

          • Finance and the road to the CPA exam. Fricking rainman… I love him.

          • Sapfo

            Well you give him a supportive hug from me.

          • Adam Black

            Give him a thrust from me too.

          • I always have mad respect for those going back to school. Good luck to him of course.

          • Me too. I wish I had the time to.

          • I wish I didn’t have the anxiety.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Way to go, Sapfo!! o/

          • Congrats, Sapfo. Good work. I know you put a lot of effort into it.

          • Sapfo

            I finally might be able to read that book now. But first I am taking a week of to just relax a bit from analyzing

          • Read it whenever you can. And when you’re done we will read another book together 🙂

          • Sapfo

            I been thinking of going of the list. I have a book I want to reread. And I think you might enjoy it. 😀

          • Bring it!

          • syllibub

            Good for you! Enjoy your reprieve!

        • GASP… (chris clutches the pearls in shock)!

    • Morning Sapfo sweet!

      • Sapfo

        Evning Dear Doki!

        • *hugs* Is it still windy/stormy?

          • Sapfo

            Neither I hope! Seems calm right now.

    • Adam Black

      i’m confused which is good.

      • Sapfo

        Well I think there are some good in here and some people. You however might be the morning.

        • Adam Black

          Its tuesday night here.
          You are aging me before my time

          • Sapfo

            Muahahaha! My plane is one the way. Soon I will drink a cup of coffee, and then I be unstopable.

          • Any second now, Sapfo will take off and fly away!

          • Sapfo

            Always the same. I think coffee will make me strong, but it only makes me human 😉

          • Better put on that cape quick!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            But AJ has the cape!

          • Hmmm. You’re right about that. Must think of something else.

          • YES! I HAS THE CAPE!

          • Sapfo

            NOT ANY MORE! MUAHAHAHA…. wait, this is not a cape.. It´s a muffin….YES!

          • That’s the loveliness of my cape. Those who tries to steal it, find a muffin instead and the cape returns to me. 😀

          • Sapfo

            then I will go after your cape many times my dear. 😉

          • Hee. There might be a danish (sweet roll) in there, just to mix things up.

          • Danish?! Is she here?

          • Sapfo

            That is one big cape. But I think I go for something sweet every noe and again.

          • She forgot to emerge from her tent!

          • Adam Black

            Your cape literally shits muffins?
            You must join Muffintology, I’ll make you a Mome or something.

          • No, it replaces itself with a muffin

          • Adam Black

            I am confused by your description of the cape muffin life-cycle

          • Adam Black

            Wait, what kind of coffee are they selling in Sweden?

            Make that 2 Deluspressos Of Grande to go

          • Actually that’s caused by your debauched and manic lifestyle… “the aging” that is. Sapfo is a nurse and will help keep you alive into your dotage. 🙂

          • Adam Black

            Does @smsif:disqus know you signed her up for this?

            Im not actually gonna throw a sexy swedish nurse out of the bed, i probably cant get out of .

          • Adam Black

            promises, promises

          • Adam Black

            I think I need this dotage now.
            Send a team of Doagers

  • *looks around*
    I…I’m here in time to camp…?!
    What is this madness???

    ‘Course, with my luck, Alex is probably about to tell us that the page will be up in thirty seconds. XD What’s everyone up to? I’m writing dorky fanficiton!

    • Page is supposed to update very soon!

      • Of course it is haha

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Quick! Camp all you can before then! Camp for your life!

          • *dashes to tent, makes s’mores, and makes tiny quick fire*
            No one touch my tiny campfire. Tiny campfire is mine.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            But the true meaning of camping is sharing it with your friends!

          • But one little breath will – *campfire blows out*
            …sigh.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aw, come sit around this big campfire with us!

          • Will do! And here I have cookies! (Like literally)

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ooh, thank you!

        • Timing, yes!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Nice! I’m camping here and trying to catch up a little on tumblr.

      • Haha, my friend got me addicted to tumblr some months ago. It’s like a whole world of its own.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Definitely. What fandom are you writing fic for?

          • Dragon Age. Just some sweet fluffy stuff about a married couple. 😛

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Cute!

          • Cydney Sabin

            Oh? Intriguing…

          • Do you play? I can give you a link to the story if you’re interested.

          • Cydney Sabin

            I’m currently playing Inquisition. (By currently, I mean on the weekends). I was uber-happy that I could finally play a saarebas (Qunari mage).

          • I literally just finished it last night. 🙂 I loved it so much and already started another playthrough haha. I was sooo psyched to be a qunari!

          • Cydney Sabin

            I have it on Xbox at my dad’s and on PS3 at my mom’s. I live with Mom, but I don’t play it much here. My brothers do, instead. So I sit on my ‘puter and play Skyrim. *sadface*

          • Aw! Well maybe you can get it on your computer soon and play it whenever you want!

          • Cydney Sabin

            But… moneys…. XD

          • Lol, well that’s too true!

          • Cydney Sabin

            I have Origins on my computer, but not the other two. (Though I think the second one is ten bucks on Origin?)

          • I’m not sure of the price, but if nothing else there are steam sales. And since I assume you have a PC there might be a cheap version on Amazon.

          • Cydney Sabin

            I know for sure the second one isn’t on Steam. Aaaaand it looks like it was on sale. And I missed it. Oops.

          • Lol I’m so sorry! That’s awful!

          • Cydney Sabin

            It’s $20 now. So not a huge deal of money, but I’m poor. XD Also, Inquisition is roughly $35-65, depending on new/used, regular/deluxe, etc.

          • Yeah, I guess Inquisition is gonna be pricey for a while. 🙁 Good luck in any case!

          • Biosoft has been slow to adopt the SP4 and I’m a Skyrim lover and it kills me to have to go to the other room to play it, knowing it doesn’t look as good as it could. BIOSOFT!!! A little adaptation please.

          • Cydney Sabin

            I also have Skyrim on my PS3 and Xbox. All in different places… But my PC version is modded to shizz!

          • My brother just sent me a copy of Inquisition for SP4 and it literally arrived yesterday. I’m hoping to have time tonight. Excited. (I’m such a geek).

          • Cydney Sabin

            I would never get it for PS4. Almost entirely because I got the first two on Xbox…

          • Present. Got PS4. No Xbox. Life is hard.

            (first world gamer problems, LOL)

          • Cydney Sabin

            Preach it bruthah!

    • Sapfo

      Drinking morning coffee, waiting I guess. But as GG said. page is soon to come

      • Oh, is it morning where you are? What country do you live in, if I may ask?

        • Sapfo

          Sweden

          • Oh cool! I feel like a lot of people from that area on sites like this.

          • Sapfo

            We are the children of the world on this page 😉

          • I feel a song coming on…… 🙂

          • Sapfo

            Sing, my dude of Music

    • Adam Black

      about what?

      sexy mantimes?

      • Lol, well, no, but hey, there’s a thought. *waggles eyebrows* To be honest it’s just cute coupley stuff to counteract some sad stuff going on. 🙂 Nothing all that fun haha.

        • Adam Black

          That easy to fix.

          Just focus on 2 male characters that start to notice how handsome they are, they touch each other innocently and whoops.. total porn

          • You know that’s sorta true. “Sexy mantimes” almost always cures what ails you… unless it’s being sore from too much sexy mantime… but that’s another comment. Heh.

          • Adam Black

            Or you are shunned because the sexymantimes left a so-called “powerbottom” with a power-outage er “sore from too much sexy mantime…” , but thats another comment

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Okay, I’m back from afternoon swim with dogs at back creek. It started to rain just as we got back to the car, but we got back in time to get the washing off the line.

    And we have a number of lurkers checking in! Hello, hello. Listen, my sister made scones yesterday, and although in real life we only have a few left, I have enough virtual copies for everyone.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Welcome back, Saxon! And ooh, scones.

    • Yay for scones!

    • Scones, love ’em!

  • Cydney Sabin