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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 22

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So! The team is waking back up! Or at least, Fluke and Tsunami are now awake. But they’re all still restrained. Have the villains won this day? Is there anything they can do?

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


  • Meep!

    • Sapfo

      Oh no you did not Meep this pages V!

      • Apparently I did!

        My Disqus was being slow, did I actually get it?

        • Sapfo

          Dont know, disqus is being it usally confusing self.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Looks like it at the moment

          • YAY FOR ME. Another member of my kilted pirate crew

          • Sapfo

            But my chocolate fild harem need new blood!

          • Sorry (not sorry). 😀

  • Sapfo

    Good mornings to you all, time to wake up sleepy heads ^^

  • So Spooks can use magic despite the dampner! Cool.


    • Sapfo

      I know!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Poor precious bby! We must crush Sircea for this. (Sorry, syllibub)

      • Just as long as we have something to take care of the magic issues…

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Um…a half a brick in a sock?

      • syllibub

        (Hey, I love the lady but I understand)

  • Taddy

    Mitch! :O

  • stickfigurefairytales

    MITCH!!!! D:

    • *hands sticky the Miles and Phoenix sleeping bag*

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Thank you! <3

    • Klaus


      • bronakopdin


  • Saxon_Brenton

    Well, at least two of the others caught some of Red Hot’s argument with Annihilator. Getting the bad guy to stomp off like that will gain Red Hot so much cred in the righteous hero exposition stakes.

    • Though Paul is now even less impressed by Kyle’s choices in dating 😉

  • Toli Bera

    well best batten down the hatches for another Temper Tornado.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      “Temper Tornado” omg!

      • Toli Bera

        *Gestures back at the last interstitial* Well….

        • Potentially Fatal Fugue?

          • Toli Bera

            I’m talking the whole Toccata.

  • Pietro7

    Minor nit – Kyle’s word-balloon in panel 3 would work better if it were shifted to be at the bottom of the panel, so that it gets read _after_ Amanda’s words. I had to read the panel twice to figure out where my eye should be going, and that’s not a good thing. But I’m chaining the critic in the basement now and saying “Augh! Mitch! Are you okay?”

    • T Dibbler

      I did the same thing, but I am choosing to believe that if we could hear them, they would have been speaking at the same time, so the speech-bubbles being in confusing order kind of reflects that. Like, we’re not sure which one to read first, but if we could hear them their words would be overlaid over each-other’s anyway, and our brains would still need to choose which line to process first.

      And I agree entirely on the ‘Augh! Mitch!’ front. I hope he’s not too badly injured, poor baby.

  • syllibub

    I was thinking earlier that, if Sircea has just been pretending to be tapped out from the fight, now would be a good time to have a miraculous “recovery” and zap the team to one of Duncan’s prisons. It’s more sensible than keeping them around the ritual site, especially now that they’re waking up.

    But it’s so good to see Fluke and Tsunamu awake! Although Fluke, you worry me – why do you know what getting hit by a truck feels like? Smh.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      He does have a lot of bad luck…

    • It’s a welcome party. The more the merrier. Can’t leave the son out now that he showed up 😉

  • syllibub

    Also, Kyle is so cute and smart – totally playing to Duncan’s mild-but-still-unfortunate chauvinism by calling Amanda a “girl.” He really does pay attention.

  • davefragments

    This is going to be interesting in the next several panels.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      If by interesting you mean heartwrenchingly terrifying, then yes. Yes, it will be.

      • davefragments

        These guys are going find a way to break out of those force fields and when that happens, I suspect the ring of bone will be firing up with Lammpros and his demons.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Ah, since you said next several *panels*, I assumed you were referring to finding out how badly Mitch seems to be hurt.

          • davefragments

            Mitch landed with a thud from a rather decent height and that is never good.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I know…I’m very worried about him.

          • He also got winged by a bullet in the arm the night before…so he still has the gunshot wound in/on his arm. He also fought a debris tornado, so he is fairly banged up.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Okay, bed now. Goodnight, all!

  • timemonkey

    I have a feeling the unpredictability of Fluke’s powers may prove key here. Luck manipulation really sounds like magic, which the dampener doesn’t block, but he’s probably not considered magic by most people because of the nature and random nature of his powers.

    • Tyler Griffin

      or his powers put some sort of events into motion before the dampener went off and we just haven’t seen the avalanche coming yet?

  • Mir

    Mitch took some damage there, even with Spooky’s little magic mattress.

  • Paul is really not a Shipper On Board. 🙂

    Mitch… does not look good. The others are banged up, but basically okay if they can get out of the immobilising field. Mitch is going to need that healing magic of Spooky’s, which isn’t going to happen until they do get out of the immobilising Field.

  • Ahh, such a needed page… although it still has me fretting about Mitch.

    So good to see that Paul and Gordon wasn’t hit that much worse than the others in Duncan Gonzales speedy power run. Clever enough to lay low, and Gordon’s groan probably couldn’t be heard in all the talking.

    Spooky is semi-concious enough to have started healing himself. SO happy for that. Also knowing for sure some/all of his powers aren’t restricted by the dampener. Yay for having magical and healing powers. I wish he could get to touch Mitch somehow, help to heal him too as soon as he’s healed enough to be good himself. Maybe there’s a tiny chance that he could use the power circuit to connect to him.

    Hmm, it seems there should be a good chance that Paul will be fully ‘good luck’ charged again after this. Ouch for knowing the ‘hit by a car’ feeling already, from when he totalled his car earlier, but that gave Paul quite a power umpf.
    Sircea not being able to open a portal because she’s weakened (or playing it) could be HER bad luck, for underestimating the team.

    I hope so.

    • Klaus

      Will the dampener prvent Paul from charging up? Or will the charge come rushing as soon as the dampener is off?

      • Good question. Magic seems to work on another level than the dampener that a physical/mental ability. The question is how Paul’s powers work. If it’s more in the meta human powers way or or more akin to the magic abilities.
        What ever it is, Paul’s ability is a bit of a wild card though experience seems to often have Paul know when he’s more on the good luck side.

        Another version of your question, if he’s recharging as time goes, whether his good luck will help them get loose, or if he has to be free before it kicks in.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        The dampener is clearly ‘negative’ so that would power up his ‘positive’ in a big way… right?

  • Michael

    DON’T YOU DARE, ALEX. Don’t you dare hurt our Mitchy-poo any further.

    Now that we know just how much he’s gone through right before this fight, I just wanna take him away and put him and Cory on a couch with a trio of hot chocolates and a snuggly blanket.

    • Vaira

      Mitchy-poo? As in poop? Interesting term of endearment…. XD

      • Michael

        It’s a common infantilising suffix given to objects of affection in Australia, especially cute and/or young ones.

        It might make more sense in the context that in Australia “cunt” and “bastard” are also used as terms of endearment.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          And I, personally, am chuffed that this is so!

        • Kate G

          We use -poo as a form of endearment here in the US too. We also do this weird rhyming thing. Like, my name is Katie so someone will go Katie-watie and that drives me NUTS.

          • Vaira

            Oh, so this is popular! I watched Hotel Transylvania, heard Mavy-Wavy and was like dafuq? That clears it.

          • Kate G

            Yep, it is indeed a thing. I call my brother Alex-Walex to drive him up a tree. I think it’s meant to be endearing but it drives most people crazy.

            I will take Katie Sue-Who (a pet name in my family because my middle name is Suzanne) over Katie-Watie ANY DAY. I have banned Katie-Watie.

        • Vaira

          Do you use it only as a term of endearment, or are those both nice and insulting words, depending on a context?

          • Michael

            Everything depends on context. “mate” could mean “bastard”, and “bastard” can mean “mate”.

  • Klaus

    The answer to the last question is certainly yes. There is lots of tuff the villains can do.

  • bronakopdin

    Finally our Heroes come back to life __>’ good thing he has such luck to survive it!!!!

    • Klaus

      Spooky needs direct physical contact to heal.

      For some reason Amanda never told him that his healing feels very erotic. I wonder if Mitch will.

      • IamM

        And the fire snakes are from one of his jars, so not dependent on him.

        • bronakopdin

          I wonder about that… I guess if you could prepare magic and sell it inn “jars” then there’d be a black market for it for anyone to use, I bet you still have to be a magic user to actually use them, so in the end it must depend on someone’s magic one way or another

      • bronakopdin

        Ah I forgot about that! Thanks for the reminder 🙂
        We should look forward to that indeed though xD

  • Aitsuki

    Mitch? OnO Baby?

  • kamishiro

    omgggg mitch my bae

    please be okay please please

  • Amanda

    Oh no poor Mitch. :,(

  • Fabulous Alien

    Oh, so many wonderful phrases and so little time…
    – “I’ll live.” I didin’t think I could love Amanda more. I stand corrected.
    – “You can do so much better.” That’s the way to be a supportive bro.
    – “Sadly, not an unfamiliar feeling.” Ouch, baby!
    And then we get to the puch to the gut with the doubts about Mitch’s wellbeing? So not fair!

  • T Dibbler

    Hooray, more people are awake!

    I’m seriously worried about Mitch though, he fell out of the sky didn’t he? That is orders of magnitude worse than being punched out at high speed.

    • Plus he was shot and flew through a debris tornado the night before…

      • T Dibbler

        He’s just not having a good week.

  • Columbine

    Can we please take a moment out of our busy worrying-about-the-plot-time to appreciate what that pose does to Tsunami’s chest? (thank you :P)

  • D. G.

    Nice to hear from fluke and tsu.

  • Dawnie Louise Fackrell

    Rarely post here due to work and life problems but thought I would let ya know that my book and goodies came in the post today! Thought it was my magic the gathering cards until I opened it up haha. Love the whole thing! ♡

    • stickfigurefairytales


  • Alex

    I’d like to say thanks for the book, too – arrived a while ago now (sorry about delayed response) and it’s a fabulous production! great to be able to read it in one go and appreciate the colours as wll as the set-up. Thanks again for the opportunity to get hold of it.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Yay for book!

  • Diviana

    If Mitch is badly hurt I will drive up the coast just to fight Alex!

    Onto other things, is PP too engrossed in messing with Anni to notice her captives woke up?

    • Mitch as had a rough past 16-24 hours.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Cory, where ARE you?

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Probably quite a ways away, considering the team had to fly their jet to get to wherever Duncan and Sircea were holding their ritual.

  • Vaira

    As I see absolutely every story must involve bad guys letting the good guys live, and having them around while the evil plot happens, so the later can defend the former? I absolutely team The Gay Protectors*, but seriously Sircea, if you don’t zap them away on the first sign of them waking up, I will lose all respect for you.

    *I know. Too late. Sorry 😀

  • Shiny Gwilly

    whoops, totally forgot what day it is
    but yay for the rest of the team waking up, or at least most of them
    thank you Paul, glad to see you’re alright enough for support/semi jokes

    this page is great and awesome, except for the last bit of course in terms of situation, i hope Mitch is gunna be ok )8

  • Derkins

    the boys are all so pretty on this page. love the closeups of paul the most. so worried bout mitch though. :C

  • Dave Nguyen

    Ding dong the Mitch is dead

    • Dave Nguyen

      I made myself sad

      • Morgan

        Good. You should feel terrible.

    • Morgan

      How dare you.

  • Kate G

    Mitchy! WAKE UP MITCHY!!! WE NEED YOU!!! *pokes incessantly* Come on Mitchy; please don’t die. *tears well up*

  • fujoshifanatic

    Poor Mitch! I hope he’s all right! I love the little exchange between Kyle and Amanda; so very TYP! And Paul looks so cute on this page; is he smiling because he knows his bad luck powers should start kicking in soon? Let’s hope so. Glad to see Gordon is awake as well, and Spooky is getting there. Now if they can just break free of the containment field…*grabs popcorn*

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Lovely page. The thing that’s particularly sticking with me upon re-reading is Fluke’s comment about being familiar with how it feels to be hit by a truck. And like a few other readers I’m wondering about how his powers work. Is it purely reactive, such that bad things happen and his good luck grows as a natural counterbalance?
    Or is it more like a thermostat, where there’s something like a pre-programmed optimal level/turnover of bad luck and good luck, in which case some of the spectacularly bad examples of luck (being hit by a truck, having his car written off after making the final payment in chap.1) may have been *instigated*.
    Or – if I’m going to completely overthink things – is it more like the magical talent of the character of Bink in the first Xanth novel, _A Spell For Chameleon_. Where the talent was quasi-self aware, and protected its owner in a strategic and subtle manner. If Fluke’s luck powers are in any way analogous to that, then I predict that it is chafing under the influence of the dampener, will be out for payback, and the very best outcome that the Priestess and Annihilator can hope for is a painful and humiliating defeat.

  • Jason Moon

    “Did anybody get the license plate of the truck that hit us?”

  • Niggle

    Poor Mitch, poor Spooky.

    Alex, I just got my package today! Packaging was awesome, everything came perfectly intact, no dings or bends. The book is SO nice, going to have to reread it as soon as possible. The stickers are adorable and I got Kyle as my bookmark. The trading cards are so nicely packaged, I almost don’t want to open them. XD

    • That’s great news, Niggle! So glad you like the rewards! 😀

  • Cheryl Esther Lynn Cote

    The suspense of waiting for the pages kills me so much. I hope they are both okay, because if they aren’t, I am sure that Kyle is going to be more than a little upset with Duncan.

  • Justin White

    Do be dead
    Oh I would if Amanda can see his thoughts as well as hear them

  • Aninha

    I just need to say how amazing it is that a)Kyle apologizes to Commander for calling her “girl” and b)How casual Fluke is about Kyle x Duncan.

  • davefragments

    What a day. I’m anxious to see the next page.

  • davefragments


    • I’m okay with that. We’re thinking of downloading the new starwars.

      • davefragments

        Me too.

      • Wow. I showed up just in time to see that Dave had posted the ‘early’ comment 1-2mins ago, so I went on to hunting. Didn’t even noticed that camping had barely started 🙂

        • I think my reply cost me the win. 😛

          • Blarg, done that a few times. In this case, good for me xD

  • davefragments