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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 32

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Um, WTF? What is that???

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So! Fluke has thrown a Spooky Bottle at The Annihilator — and he missed! But it looks like The Platinum Priestess sure hit something. But what exactly?

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

  • Double yikes! Blaaaarg cliffhangers!!

  • Uh oh!

  • Sapfo

    Fork? o.O

    • Mean looking fork 🙂

      • Chris Dangerfield

        A fork good for spearing GIANT STRAWBERRIES! Yayyyyyy….

  • But what spell was in the bottle? Can it grow into something? And please tell me while Duncan wasn’t looking that he ran into Sircea’s blaster beam!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Okay.. I’ll tell you… that’s what Duncan did. (is the Admiral buying it?) Not so much.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I was really hoping that he’d slip on the contents of the bottle and fall into her beam.

      • Me too! A magical banana peel.

        • Klaus

          It has the right color.

    • Nate

      Bottle has a stylized S, for Shield, perhaps? Since Duncan dodged it, perhaps a shield will pop up just in time to protect Amanda….

      • Nate

        Actually, if the script means what I think it does, S may stand for Sirius.

  • davefragments

    Suspense! What did what?
    Did the bottle’s magic help?
    Did Sircea’s blast kill (or simply injure?)

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Or tickle? It might have tickled? NO…… you’re not buying my theory. Oh dear. I’m confuzled.

      • davefragments

        She’s got that look on her face — the look that says “I”m a psychopath, I enjoy killing!”

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Yeah, but who of us hasn’t had that LOOK occasionally. 😀

  • Stubbylegs

    So that *wasn’t* whiskey?

  • Did anyone just create a demon or dragon?

    Those two hits could have done that, though chances are better with Fluke than PP. What.. or probably rather WHO did she just hit!? Must knooow.

    I’m kinda clinging to the fact that Fluke is still running, and that he has a vial left, all while fretting about just anyone but PP.

    • davefragments

      I think Sircea just blasted something big, furry black and hairy …

      • That’s my first thought too, if you refer to Anni as I believe. Fluke made him change direction but, knowing Alex, just about anyone is up for grabs until we get that knowledge on next page. Good thing there’s only three days until next page.

        • davefragments

          I think that it is another demon thingie like the snakes.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            More minion therapy needed?

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Sircea blasting one of my old boyfriends makes no sense at all Dave. 🙂

  • David Welbourn

    hm. This page is a whole lotta ‘what just happened?’ Which I’m sure will be explained in due time. I suppose the S on the bottle stands for something, but for all I know, S is for Spooky and it’s on all his bottles. (This is a Spooky Bottle™! Don’t Touch!)

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Maybe the “S” is for spare-lube (you can never have enough) and it causes Duncan.to slip and chaos happens. Okay, I don’t buy it either, but I like the sassy sound of it. Heeeeeee……

      • davefragments

        You mean this lube:

        http://www.amazon.com/Jorvet-J0109-J-Lube-Obstetrics-10-Ounce/dp/B006G2S17A

        After all, she does wear a tiara with a Bull on it…

        • Chris Dangerfield

          I never argue with tiaras and bulls… Heh…

          • davefragments

            I would.
            Simply because Die Koenige Der Nacht wears a mantle of stars and the moon as a headpiece. That’s much more impressive.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            HA! Okay you can tell Sircea that. I’m out……. 🙂

    • Serious Shit.

    • Jeldenil

      Sequoia?

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Okay that is some confusing and crazy blasty spell-bottle shite! I’m going need to examine this page for a bit before I can act like I have a clue about what I’m writing about… 😀

    Still, thank you team TYP, for making my Tuesday night wayyyy BETTER. You guys are the best!

  • Zephyr10101

    im so confused lol

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I suspect you are not alone and everyone BUT Amanda is confused. 🙂

  • syllibub

    Uhhh what the Christ is that?

    • syllibub

      It doesn’t look scaly…but it looks like it could be hairy? Did Spooky bottle a yak? One can only wonder what’s in the red bottle — if breaking the red bottle is anything like pushing the red button, Fluke might want to wait until he’s feeling sufficiently lucky.

      • davefragments

        A big black devil-bear with four arms, six-inch claws and several fangs?

        • syllibub

          That actually sounds pretty badass.

          • davefragments

            I’m thinking if it isn’t dead, it’s going to be rather angry about being hit like that.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Sure! Especially if it tickles!

        • Chris Dangerfield

          That would be an awesome pet!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Scaly or hairy… I don’t shame or judge. Go creature, I say!

      • bronakopdin

        Bigfoot… now we know they exist!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I’m sorry… I don’t know… OOOOOOPS.

      You said Christ not Chris. It gets so confusing having a brother with a “t” in his name. I blame my parents for being dicks for giving us such similar names.

      (he was so always the favorite…)

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    Judging from the positions of last page….

    Fluke threw the flask at Annie… missed.
    Flask broke on the ground, instant tree
    Sircea’s bolt at Amanda blocked by sudden tree…

    “Damn Fluke… that’s quite the luck buildup, there, man!”

    Why do I think tree? Color & patterns of the object being hit looks a LOT like bark…. of course… It could also be something furry, but If so it’d have to be BIG…..

    • stickfigurefairytales

      The tree idea sounds good to me.

    • Klaus

      Or it could be smoke.

  • syllibub

    Anyway, very glad that…something…took the hit for Amanda! But if it’s sentient, then it’s bound to be pissed off at the person who just blasted it. Well, good thing you’ve already broken in your battle suit, Sircea.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Has her cape spontaneously regenerated or is it still singed?

      THESE are things inquiring minds want to know. I mean, our sorceress is so ‘blast happy’ lately. I think her patience may be wearing thin.

  • Cydney Sabin

    Ummm… is that a tree?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      You think deciduous or something that bears fruit? I mean there are gay characters. I’m just checking subtext. LOL.

      • A fir! It’s a douglass fir tree.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Oh very good. “Douglass” is a cutie… 🙂

          • and it’s firry

          • Jeldenil

            Maybe it’s an ent?

      • Cydney Sabin

        Whichever it is, it’s a fast-growing wood thing. I think that’s enough innuendo on its own. 😉

        • Chris Dangerfield

          so true… well it is morning… wood.

          • davefragments

            mourning

      • Cydney Sabin

        Now, in retrospect, that comment could be considered a prophetic pun.

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Paul’s expression in P#1 is so great. It say so much about unsure hope and confusion and willingness to do whatever is necessary… it’s one of those expressions that speaks to Adam and Vero’s artistic abilities because when you really ponder it…… it has layers to it.

    Lovely work.

  • Steel_Man

    How do these bottles survive being jostled around inside someone’s coat but break at just the right time when they hit the ground? Hmmmm?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      The inside of Spooky’s pockets are lined with some form of kinetic energy dampener?

    • Cydney Sabin

      Magic.

      • davefragments

        “We’ve got magic to do…….. Just for you
        We’ve got miracle plays to play
        We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
        Kings and things to take by storm
        As we go along our way”

        • Chris Dangerfield

          If you are dancing in your underpants as you sing this… then I’ll applaud!

          • davefragments

            I’ve been caught out. I go commando.

      • Steel_Man

        Uh…right.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Dunno what sort of big hairy wossname just got release/conjured forth – but I’m wondering if this may be an example of what Mr Jones euphemisticaly refers to ‘just a small demon’.

    And while I’m feeling silly, I’m put in mind of the Monster In The Darkness from the Order Of The Stick webcomic. Obviously we’re not meant to be able to see it properly until the Big Dramatic Reveal(tm).

    • You know, MITD never gets to have any fun and when it does, Mr Lich always ruins it…sometimes Redcloak

      I really need to re-read and catch up on that. I miss my favorite CE Halfling Ranger. *giggles* I have to admit I love it every time he pulls out that lead shield when someone tries to cast Detect Alignment/Evil/whatever

  • Chris Dangerfield

    There is something about Sircea’s magic blasting that reminds me of about a million gay porno’s I’ve seen (so so sorry Sillibub), but the blast and splatter would make her some serious porn money… you know… in hard (oh darn) times, when a sorceress is hard up (oh darn) for cash.

    Okay I better stop now…. heeeeeeeeeeee….

  • Cman65

    A splash and a flash when making a dash could somebody be in for a nasty crash?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Dr. Seuss! You’re back. Yayyyy…

  • Such a graceful throw by Paul…

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Looks like a nice sidearm.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    So right next to the portal, we have a magic potion made by a demon-fighting sorcerer being struck by the magic blast of an evil witch. What are the odds that Laampros will step through the portal just as everything blows up?

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Magic blasts and mystery bottles – two great tastes that taste great together! (hopefully)

    • Get your magic blasts out of my mystery bottle. No. Get your mystery bottle out of my magic blast.

      (I’m suddenly craving a reese’s peanut butter cup)

      • Pietro7

        Maybe one of the mystery bottles is filled with Reese’s Pieces. 🙂

  • I’m reading panel 1 as Fluke going for the dampener, but Anni on the move makes him throw the bottle at him.

    Instead of just a ‘small demon’, did PP’s blast create a big pissed off one? Who knows what two magic spells come up with when accidently combined.

  • Mir

    This is just one of those pages where I can’t really tell what just happened unless I get the next page. T_T

  • Jeldenil

    I read it as the bottle throw causing Sircea’s blast to bend off course?

  • TwilightDreamer

    dang…nearly…though, considering it was Fluke who threw it, should I assume more will happen with the broken bottle?
    Also, couldn’t tell what Sircea hit, but it looked cool anyway 🙂

  • Snorlaxation

    I’m guessing that bottle caused a strong tree to sprout up, with the hopes of stopping or tripping up AN, but instead, due to luck, blocked PP’s attack?

    • Klaus

      I don’t think Paul had any idea what would happen. He just hoped that it would be something that would stop Duncan.

      • Snorlaxation

        True, but that doesn’t mean his ability didn’t take the matter out of his hands.

  • So, Spooky was keeping Big Foot in a Spooky Bottle ™?

    • bronakopdin

      LOL I just wrote the same below x’D great minds think alike ^^

  • Kate G

    IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A TREE! IT’S A WOLF! It’s a..it’s a…it’s a birwoltree!

    WHAT?! I’m just putting all of my eggs in one basket. XD

    • Tyler Griffin

      It’s Mitch! Again. (runs and hides)

  • bronakopdin

    the suspense… just what exactly happened here!?
    Paul missed… or did he?
    just what is that brown thing in the last panel x’D
    I like the tree theory I’ve read about in the other comments ^^
    but a big furry monster sounds nice, too!
    Either way whatever it is if it stopped Sircea’s attack on Amanda I love it already 😀

    • Klaus

      As we saw in the prologue, Duncan is fast enough to dodge Kyle’s fire blast at close range. Of course he easily dodges a thrown bottle.

      • bronakopdin

        lol I never questioned it… I meant it like maybe Paul missed on purpose as he didn’t even aim for Duncan? Or well he actually knew he’d dodge anyway so it fell where it was supposed to fall ^^

  • Aitsuki

    What is she shooting? For a moment, I thought Fluke’s power made her shot go 90 degrees straight into the ground…. What the hell is that grass-looking thing?

    • Sterling Ericsson

      Looks like a newly grown tree that is being blackened by Sircea’s blast. Look at the texture on the very right of the last panel. Definitely appears wood-like.

  • Sterling Ericsson

    Why do I have the feeling that Duncan purposefully moved in the direction he did (and dodged as he did) so that Fluke’s bottle throw would go between him and Sircea’s blast?

    Of course, Fluke’s luck power could also have something to do with it, but I also feel like Duncan is still trying to not let any of them get killed.

  • D. G.

    Where is the help cuz typ sure need it.!

  • Pikinanou

    Sounds effects included with this page: Wooh… Fuawp… Kreesh! Pew pew! POW!!
    also, look how graceful Fluke is 🙂

  • Dennis Grace

    Wow, Princess. That’s quite a load.

    • Priestess, you mean?

      • Klaus

        The Platitude Princess.

    • Klaus

      Thar she blows, as Spooky put it.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Dang Paul, I hope that wasn’t a waste of a good dragon or something! I’m almost afraid to know what Sircea hit with her scepter/staff of doom. We’ll find out soon enough.

    Oh, and I got my TYP merch today! To say that I am pleased and impressed would be the understatement of the year. The quality of everything is beyond on point. I have to see if I can find an album for my trading cards, and I will definitely have to get an album-style portfolio to house and enjoy my prints! And I had such a good time enjoying the comic from the beginning the way it was meant to be enjoyed–in the pages of a top-quality book. And I LOVE my Spooky cap! Was afraid it wouldn’t fit my big ol’ head (and it’s bigger bush!), but with a little bit of braiding, me and the melon are loving the new cover.

    Thanks so much Alex; everything I received was totally worth the wait. Can’t wait until the next Kickstarter!

    • YAY! So glad you like you rewards! I love hearing your plans for them. You’re very, very welcome! 🙂

    • Tyler Griffin

      But is it EVER a waste of good dragon? I mean, even if he didn’t hit Duncan, it’s still a dragon

  • Vaira

    So. Fluke; going to a fight, where he may be thrown, tackled and hit with various objects; carries glass bottles on him. Apart from “really?!” I have to ask: where? Oh, the inapropriate ideas! 😀
    [his belt soesn’t seem big enough]

    • Steph H

      Those vials and bottles belong to Spooky. Fluke just picked them up off the ground.

      • Vaira

        I liked my storage idea 🙁 But thanks 🙂
        But still – glass on him in a fight?

  • Klaus

    I know that this is entirely off topic, but I have to tell you anyway. I just put lit candles in my window. I think that it is a very beautiful custom, and I am very sorry that it is all but dead. I do what I can to keep it alive.

    Tonight it is 71 years ago the message came: “As of o’clock tomorrow morning, all Gerrman troops in Holland, northern Germany and Denmark have surrendered. For us who did not experience it, it is impossible to know what people felt. Just seeing lighted windows again, after years of blackout.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzlFaY0s_QI

    For those who understand the Scandinavian languages:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrZ-73ada2Y

    • I wanted to light a candle, but couldn’t find the damn matchbox >.<

      Today feels kinda extra special, because this night/post-WWII tradition collided with sirens day (for anyone not Danish, the sirens system that have been in Denmark since WWII is tested every year. It always happen on the first wednesday in May).

      • Klaus

        Until 24. november 1993 it was every Wednesday. Actually they are still tested weekly, but the modern, electronic sirens can be tested without making a sound. Once a year it is tested that they actually do make a sound.

        • Kate G

          Our tornado sirens are tested every Thursday at 9 sharp. I have the script memorized now as the siren is across the street. Oh, how I wish to have a silent siren like you guys.

          • Librarican

            Our tornado sirens are tested at noon on the first Saturday of the month at 1pm (except winter months). They are audible, but they only last about a minute, and they sound similar to air raid sirens that I’ve heard on television shows and movies.

    • First video is not possible to watch.

      • Klaus

        Strange. It works for me. Anyway, it is When the Lights Go On Again with Very Lynn.

    • Calahara

      We celebrate our freedom on the 5th of May every year in the Netherlands. On the 4th we honour the fallen (soldiers and those who died of hunger) and have 1 minute of silence nationwide.

      • Yes, tomorrow is also our freedom day. Same as you.

      • Klaus

        The Netherlands had it much, much worse than Denmark. There were shortages of many things and rationing, but nobody starved, What people who came to Denmark in the days just before or after the liberation mostly remembered is: there was food everywere. So much food. That goes for both the German and the English. Meat was never reationed, though various schemes with a similar purpose were implemented. Rationing would have meant publishing a ration. Making it public knowledge that the Danes got twice as much meat as the Germans was a political iompossibility.

    • davefragments

      People don’t understand just how “dark” the night was 71 years ago. They don’t know that when V2’s and buzzbombs launched from the northern coast of German and from across the English Channel that the rocket flare could be seen across the seas.

  • Shiny Gwilly

    FLUKE HAS MISSED…..OR DID HE
    DUNDUNDUN
    ok but really though, i am curious on the contents of that bottle and what PP hit exactly (and how, though i’m sure the ‘what’ will cover that)
    Anni’s face also seems to say “….really? did you really just throw a bottle at me?”

  • Dallas

    ok, it’s been over a month since this was posted. Are you ok Alex?

    • Klaus

      This was posted yesterday morning (in my time zone, UTC -2)

      • Dallas

        I misread the date. comment deleted.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    I had a thought on the way back from Saturday morning shopping. It’s a bit premature considering that we don’t know what has been conjured up in the last panel, and also a bit silly. But I’ve been in this fandom long enough to remember the way a hell moon got anthropomorphized, so I’d like to think that I’m anticipating the obvious. That being the case…
    What are we going to name it?

  • davefragments

    Before I make it into camping mode, I need to ask a question:
    My supermarket just started selling heads of “living lettuce.” It is (of course) at a premium price. Now I buy these small heads of Bib or Boston lettuce for sandwiches because it has a crunch. Sometimes Romaine is nice. I also toast my bread because I like crusty bread toasted. It’s a “mouth feel” thing… Sorry, I digress… TMI, TMI…
    Why is that lettuce “living.” Have I been eating dead or zombie lettuce all these years? Was that “piece of cardboard head lettuce” my Mother loved with lots of goopy dressing on it, “dead”… I mean when do vegetables dies? If I buy carrots with the greens on, does that count as live? IF I by onion sets for the garden are they living or dead?
    I’m a little lost here.

    • D. G.

      I think living just means fresh or young. Or freshly picked.

      • davefragments

        That’s what I think, too.
        I’m hoping that there isn’t a sudden reprieve from the governor or some hymnic ritual to the Lord of Lettuce I have to chant.

        (gallows humor)

        • Pietro7

          Ahem. I quote: “You who feed on nothing but plants, don’t hold your pride too high; for plants are living and just might feel – and they take so long to die.”
          Bonus points for anyone who recognizes both the song and the author. 🙂

          • davefragments

            I never heard of her before.

            BTW — I do eat meat.

          • Pietro7

            Didn’t doubt it, Dave – I’ve read your comments for years. I just thought the song was a good segue. 🙂

          • davefragments

            It was.
            I had a coworker who went Vegan and he took his rather large family with him on that adventure. He said proteins were a challenge to replace. I have some allergies that prevent me from even considering going Vegan.
            I was having fun mocking the supermarket.

    • It might be like those herb packages that have their roots in small clumps of dirt. Something about keeping fresher longer. Did the lettuce have roots? I’ve seen heads of lettuce still with roots in the store

      • davefragments

        I don’t usually inspect my vegetables for roots.

    • Haha. I’m sorry to be so late to this conversation. The question was too funny not to answer.

      Living lettuce, if you don’t know yet, mostly means what Admiral Jane said. It’s in a container that has a little well to hold water, and the lettuce still has its roots so it can drink said water and go on living.

      So when you take it home, add some water to the well, while keeping it in the fridge and it will not die on you as quickly as the other kinds of lettuce you once had.

      It won’t just keep growing because it doesn’t have all the nutrients in the water you gave it, but I guess, you could plant it in soil and it could keep growing. I never tried.

      And all plants, vegetables, start to die the moment we separate them from what was helping them to grow.

      But everything eventually dies. Life cycle.

  • D. G.

    Hey everybody.

  • Morning from Denmark 🙂

  • davefragments

    New Page is Up
    http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch4-page-33/

    it’s BIG, really BIG

  • Justin White

    what did she do?