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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 34

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Kickstarter rewards are almost done shipping to the original backers, but there is still time to join in the big, final shipping push and pre-order a copy of The Young Protectors Volume One and other Kickstarter rewards. At this point, since shipping of all the rewards are happening right now—including the 11″ x 14″ print packs—this isn’t really a “pre-order” situation anymore — your order will be sent out within the month, sometimes within the week! Watch this video for an overview of what you can get and information about saving money with shipping.  It will likely take me a bit of time before these items are available at my regular store site, so if you’re tempted to get a book, trading cards, or anything else, now is the time! 🙂

So! The Annihilator comes to The Platinum Priestess’s rescue — and he gets his butt handed to him! Do I now see a bit of sweat on Sircea’s perfect brow? How will she handle Fuzzy Wuzzy Not A Bear?

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

  • davefragments

    Now that must hurt!

    • Damn, I was busy replying to you on previous page xD

      Did that, refreshed here, and bam! page.

      • davefragments

        It surprise me when it popped up.

  • Ouch!

  • HA!

  • Ahhh, Fluffy just wanted a big hug!!

  • Fluke, this is his cue to go at break the dampener.

  • Mir

    Duncan deserved that. You don’t mess with the fuzz ball, no one can hardly BEAR it.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Hahahahahaha!!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Talk to the paw, Duncan!

    • Pietro7

      And the paw will talk back! 🙂

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I love that “RAHHR”

  • Duncan’s comment. Is he regretting that now the bear did just that to back-paw him instead? 😉

  • davefragments

    The hockey game is in overtime.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    It seems that when it comes to Annihilator issuing orders to his superhumanly powerful opponents, he gets no more respect from giant bears with laser eyes than he did from Spooky.

    • Like do-.. bear, like owner.

      • bronakopdin

        ha!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Oh hey, I just figured out what the not-bear is! It’s a Pokemon!

    • davefragments

      I don’t think Sircea will share the spoils of war with Team Rocket.
      Although, she is fashionable enough.

    • The most ultimate evolved Pokémon ever!

    • Adam Black

      Like more like A Nope-Bear to me.
      It might even be Un-bearable

    • bronakopdin

      http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ursaring_%28Pok%C3%A9mon%29

      and it even has the ring on it from the attack, just yellow circled afterwards 😀

  • Shiny Gwilly

    well, good attempt Anni, A for effort
    wonder if PP can handle this bear, does she know what it is? possible
    fluke! take the opportunity and keep running!

  • davefragments

    I’m thinking that we have to see those laser beams blasting something.

    • Pew pew pew

      • davefragments

        Huh?

        • Laser fire?

          • davefragments

            Consider me a little hockey dense tonight.
            I’ll blame it on the rain, too. It rained all day.

          • Rain is always at fault!

          • davefragments

            I looked at my lawn Sunday and decided to call the fellow who mows and it rained. I looked out Monday after I woke up and had the number ready and it rained. Today, I sent a text and it rained. The sun came out in the afternoon and tonight, I heard the rain beating on the house and Western PA has a flash flood warning — six inches of rain tonight.
            I’m cursed, I tell ya. I’m cursed.

          • Send the rain this way!

          • davefragments

            I have thought of that.

            I first saw the data on climate change in 1995. That far back. The models were from the Farm Bureau for several states that issue planting forecasts for the next three years. These were good forecast models because the farmers needed them to plan and make money… The result was that as the temperature rose, the wet got wetter and the dry got dryer. PA is wet. CA is dry.

          • We’ve gotten a bunch of rain compared to the last couple, but could use more. Sigh

          • Tyler Griffin

            Also, a soon to be owner of a brand new rainforest jungle!

          • davefragments

            Been there, done that.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        NO. Laser fires is ” Zzzzzzzzzzzttttttt……….”

        “Pew pew pew” is automatic gunfire. 🙂

  • davefragments

    They won! They Won! Penguins won the series. They just won. 4-3 over rate Capitals and move on. Now y’all know why I was so odd today!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Totally understandable. The SJ Sharks are making me crazy… and we won’t know more until game 7.

      • amusingmurff

        I have complicated feelings about the way the playoffs have shaken out. Mostly because the Hawks couldn’t get their shit together against fucking ST LOUIS

  • syllibub

    Aw, well, it was a very chivalrous gesture, Duncan. I approve completely. No one touches her, I don’t give a shit who you are — human, alien, demonic laser-eyed skyscraper bear, just step all the way back. Meanwhile, Sircea looks pleased to handle this herself, which makes sense if this thing is a demon, since she apparently hates them so much.

    • But do you think that Sircea will give Duncan shit for his attempt at chivalry? And for actually getting hit

      • Chris Dangerfield

        I wouldn’t think she actually cared… that much.

        • That’s why she would give him shit. She doesn’t need help and he bloody well knows it. And considering how she felt about Duncan calling Amanda a “girl” as if that doesn’t make her dangerous.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Hates them? She’s inviting Laampros for tea? 🙂

      • Malusz

        You don’t have to like a demon to make a deal with them.

  • syllibub

    Very amusing that Duncan decided to take the bear theme and run with it, too.

  • Adam Black
    • Chris Dangerfield

      Yup, the lack of laser eyes was a total failure of imagination on Walt’s part….

      • Adam Black

        Next remake.

  • Kinda ironic, isn’t it? The team was sent tumbling by a big ‘bear’ earlier. Now the bear is sent tumbling by a bigger bear 😉

    • Sanbai

      Oh Danish, you clever fiend you!

  • Kate G

    Duncan, the not-a-build-a-bear was very hurt by your insult. Apologize immediately!

  • Fuzzy Wuzzy Not A Bear *giggles*

    1) It is definitely smarter than your average giant laser eyes Not a Bear. It knew exactly who was to blame for getting hit in the bum.

    2) It definitely isn’t going to let someone stop him from taking his revenge. Sorry Anni, you just don’t seem up to par with our Not a Bear friend.

    3) That almost looks like what you did to Spooky Anni…. Don’t Mess with Spooky’s Not A Bear!!!

    • Kate G

      You said “Fuzzy Wuzzy” and I started singing the jumping rope song. WHY MUST YOU TORTURE ME SO?!

      • Doki mentioned Fuzzy Wuzzy on the last page first. ^_^

  • Dunno. But it is kinda a go to sound effect for things firing

  • Nice hit, Not-A-Bear! I mean really nice hit.

  • Jeldenil

    I don’t think it appreciated that cute nickname, Duncan. When it starts to speak, I fully expect it to say “Don’t call me fuzzball!!”

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Thank you so much Alex, Adam and Vero!

    There is, without a doubt, a piece of my grumpy inner soul that is soothed at seeing Duncan casually back-slapped into next week… and rolling for a bit. Not unlike Spooky did. Karma is a cranky biyatch and she doth enjoy her irony.

    I will say more upon color forsooth, but Sircea’s expression (as usual) doesn’t look too concerned. Yikes.

    So as usual, I will await the next page with great antic………i………pation.

    p.s. Thank you and your shipping elf. My Kickstarter box came this week and it’s glorious. I truly feel like a kid at Christmas. It’s a beautiful box. I’m still digging the fact that the packages of “cards” look like big condoms in bright colors… is that wrong of me? LOL. Honestly, It all couldn’t be a sexier box of fun in any way. Thank you so much!

    • You’re very welcome, Chris, for both the page and the box of goodies! So glad you like them! (And Duncan getting a little love tap… 😉 )

  • So, exactly how fast does Duncan heal? Guess we’re about to find out.

    Heh! In panel 2, Fluke looks like he’s saying ‘I’ll just go this way, waaay out of reach’.

  • Klaus

    Does Duncan’s invulnerability protect what he is wearing? If that gadget on his arm breaks right now, he is in real trouble. The flames in the prologue did not singe his clothes, so he is most likely safe.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    “That ain’t no lady.”

    • Tyler Griffin

      that’s a goddess, lol

  • Tyler Griffin

    Such disrespect for The Annihilator… guess he’ll just have to grin and *BEAR* it

  • Duncan’s been convinced that they need to do the ritual to save the world, so he’s genuinely being a hero here by trying to keep the not-a-bear off Sircea, not just being chivalrous. And he’s partly successful, since he’s distracted the not-a-bear just enough to buy Sircea a couple of extra seconds. He may come to regret this…

  • bronakopdin

    Duncan’S gentleman side is showing again ^^
    Though his actions failed x’D
    I love Paul’s surprise in the background of panel 2 😀

    seeing those paws of fuzzball, I have the urge to file his nails somehow, it’s never good if they’re too long >_>’
    in many ways…
    … no I do not have a suicide wish x’D

    Sircea’s expression is awesome! You see that she’s a little challenged but still enjoying it somehow 🙂

  • Earl Patterson

    Ok it’s not Bear it’s called fuzzball

  • David Welbourn

    I think I know why Sircea is smiling. She’s thinking about getting the world’s largest bearskin rug out of this. She’s probably already picked out which room of her temple it’s going in and imagining Worship The Priestess Hour on top of it. So, of course she’s happy.

    This bear’s name is Bloomingdale and she’s gonna CHARRRRRRGE it.

    • Tyler Griffin

      plus, she’s got to replace that cape.

  • Aitsuki

    Lady, you about to get fly-swatted by a big-ass bear with glowing eyes. He ain’t scared of your stick.

  • T Dibbler

    Sircea’s like “Finally, an actual challenge”.

  • Will Parkinson

    Lady? BAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  • Michael

    So, Anni CAN be hurt.By more than just hellfire, I mean.

    I have to say, this page is immensely satisfying. Not only do we see that, as much of a sick bastard as he is, Anni still have some chivalry in him; but also, we get to see him get smacked as he so richly deserves.

    • Tyler Griffin

      Well, I don’t know how much he is “hurt” as in injured, but I’ll bet that landing at the very least knocked his sinuses clear.

      • Derkins

        He at least doesn’t look *happy* has he’s flying through the air, directly after the bitch slap :3

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Bear.
    Fuzzy Wuzzy stole Sircea’s Hair!

    • Michael

      Fuzzy Wuzzy felt an itch
      Fuzzy Wuzzy smacked a bitch

      • Tyler Griffin

        I don’t think Anni will appreciate your rhyming…. but I sure do.

      • Adam Black
      • Sunseahl Silverfall

        Fuzzy Wuzzy’s laser gaze
        Fuzzy Wuzzy innocent’s praise….

  • John

    O Canada! 😛

    I’m beggining to wonder if the demons spooky summons are his friends from when he was trapped in there. It’s pretty clear (though not conclusively demonstrated) that demons aren’t all evil beings dedicated to the domination of this plane of existance.

  • fujoshifanatic

    As moist as her brow may be getting, it’s nice to see Sircea doesn’t lose her evil smirk for anything! And what royal, karmic pleasure to see Duncan get bitch-slapped by Fuzzy Wuzzy! I bet that roar translates to, “Wuzz uuup, byaatch!”

    Awesome page as always, TYP crew! And what I like about Wednesday updates is that it doesn’t feel like so long a wait until the next one, so we’ll see soon enough if PP blasts the Fuzz with some honey or some anti-laser goggles. 😛

    • Tyler Griffin

      I would, personally, suggest a shrinking spell, just for a nice starter. I mean, the magical energy blasts are cool as crap, but a little genuine sorcery wouldn’t be amiss here, I think.

      • David Welbourn

        Yeah. That’s something I’ve seen leveled at the Harry Potter series sometimes. Here’s all these witches and wizards who can supposedly do all sorts of magic, but in a battle, it’s just :zap: attacks? Like, honestly.

  • Tyler Griffin

    You know, Sircea can rant all she wants later about it being such an amateur move to have left the heroes alive so that they could pull this stunt, but I’m gonna have to cal her out for having allowed those magic potions to be left just laying on the ground. Who the heck could have known what they did besides spooky and any one of her minions could have accidentally unleashed Cuddles at any moment prior to now. That’s excessively shoddy Over Ladying on her part since she, of ALL people must understand the importance of managing magical items at all times.

    • davefragments

      She also dismissed Spooky as a child and not important or powerful enough to matter in her quest to save the walls between dimensions.

      • Tyler Griffin

        I can somewhat understand that from her. Bu seriously leaving bottles of magic whoknowswhat just laying around like that? Come’on You DESERVE a giant, Laser eyed Demon Bear for that.

        • davefragments

          She might be overconfident in her own abilities.

          • T Dibbler

            Hmmm… confident, yes, but OVERconfident remains to be seen. She’s (I think) the most magically powerful person on the planet, and has been for a very long time. Supreme confidence in her abilities would surely arise from that – she’s got a lot to be confident about after all. Whether or not she’s powerful enough to win every fight she finds herself in is yet to be seen, but her track record has to be pretty darn impressive by this point.

            I agree that leaving the bottles lying around where anyone could get them or accidentally step on and break them was careless, though. She might (or just possibly might not) be strong enough to defeat anything that comes out of those bottles, but having rampaging giant laser-bears lumbering around while you’re trying to conduct an important ritual has got to be dangerously distracting at least.

          • davefragments

            The ritual is complete and the spell has been cast. All it is waiting for is the death of those people in the glass box as sacrifice.
            And yes, they were careless about Spooky’s bottles.

          • T Dibbler

            I probably should re-read things before I comment, I keep forgetting important plot developments. Oops. Thanks for the reminder.

          • davefragments

            No problem.

  • Pikinanou

    That boss fight will be hard, it one-shoted our tank! Now, Priest, you tank it!

    • Derkins

      Do you have any anti-lazer-eyed-demon-bear spells?

  • Cman65

    If Fluke is very lucky Anni will be out for a min and he could just turn off the Power-Blocker-Blocker whlie Bloody Big Ted (or Cuddles) plays with Old PP

    • Tyler Griffin

      Personally I think i’d be highly amusing if Cuddles smashed that bone circle, like, literally, to pieces. I doubt it’ll be that easy, but it’s be hilarious to me.

  • Dennis Grace

    I realize bears are in no way related to cats, but Anni sure looks like an awesome cat toy in these frames.

    From the perma-smirk behind Sircea’s counter-attack, I take it she’s turning Fuzzy Wuzzy into another of her puppets.

    Sircea irritates me for no end of reasons. Surprisingly, one aspect of the woman I find particularly grating is the way she dresses (or, more precisely, “the way she doesn’t dress”). Sure, she’s approximately immortal and has the body (despite what the white hair suggests) of a nineteen-year-old. Still, knowing her age, and knowing that parading around all the goddamn time in metal underwear has to chafe like a motherfucker, she has become—for me—the epitome of mutton dressed as lamb.

    • davefragments

      I don’t watch Game of Thrones but I read all the gossip about it. As a result, it is possible that all we are seeing is a glamor (or in British English, Glamour) sheathing Sircea from mere mortal eyes.

    • Tyler Griffin

      A girl can wear whatever she wants. Age, maturity, slut-shaming, ect. have nothing to do with it. She likes it, she’s entitled.

    • Abyssdoor

      don’t forget that tinfoil crown…

    • syllibub

      Her costume is the aspect of her character I personally critique the most. Alex has said that he believes this is the kind of outfit she would choose for herself, and I understand that. My own interpretation is that she wears it because a) it’s distracting; b) a sexualized costume likely leads opponents to underestimate her; and c) she’s been around long enough to find the whole “supervillain” thing a laugh, so she wears something outlandish to poke fun at it.

      Still, for me, the scantily-dressed villainess trope is played out, and even if the skimpy “armor” on an older character is intended to be subversive, the fact is she doesn’t look older, at least as far as her body is concerned. Her true age aside, as readers, we’re still looking at a conventionally attractive, half-naked woman, and that’s a common enough sight in comics. While I don’t mind that she uses her looks to her advantage, I also think there are ways to accomplish that without resorting to…well, a metal bikini.

      • davefragments

        What if her appearance is a glamour to hide her real looks?

        • syllibub

          At least there’s always her winning personality.

  • Get rekt, Anni.

  • amusingmurff

    Bear fight!

  • amusingmurff

    Also, Fluke has at least one more bottle – What mayhem will be unleash next?

    • Klaus

      May-or-may-not-hem. This is Fluke.

  • Klaus

    Don’t stand there gawking, Fluke. Now is your chance to switch that thing off.

  • Simon Lawson

    I’m on #TeamLaserBear all the way.

    • T Dibbler

      Now I want the laser bear to have it’s own spin-off comic or something. Pages of it just lumbering around stepping on people without noticing, and blasting things with its laser-eyes. XD

  • KiannaLeigh

    I swear Platinum better be okay after this. Fuck, I’m so nervous.

  • Jason Moon

    “Come on, bitch. Call me ‘Paddington’. I F&^KING DARE YOU!”

    Would Duncan’s movement in panel 4 be called a “Teddy RuxSPIN”? 🙂

    • amusingmurff

      Forever unclean!

  • TheManBehindTheCurtain

    Considering Spooky dealt with this creature before, PP should be able to as well. The real question is how long will it take her to do it?

    As for Duncan sliding around in the mud and water, that power nullifier blocker armband better be water tight or it will short out.

    PS. In the last page the bear shoot what looked like lasers from it eyes but we never saw what, if anything, they connected with. Maybe blasted a section out of the bone ring or something??

    • Klaus

      We don’t know how Spooky bottled it. It may have been a carefully prepared summoning. Spontaneous combat is a different matter entirely.

    • Jonni

      I don’t see brute force doing much to this thing – maybe what you need to deal with it is a friendly telepath?

  • Tessa

    I love how fluke is just like “the f*** did I just do??”

  • D. G.

    Anni and sircea have their hands full now.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    A quick Kickstarter shipping report for Alex: Internal mail at work has just delivered my box of Young Protectors vol.1 swag. I am currently wearing my Spooky Jones cap at the Loans Desk for my 1-3 pm shift.

    • Klaus

      Can your loaners lend The Young Protectors?

      • Saxon_Brenton

        I will cheerfully admit that I have been considering donating one of the multiple copies in my kickstarter back into the library collection.

    • Yay! That’s awesome! I wish I could see a picture!

  • Suhndog

    Does anyone remember the ‘Monster’ in the original movie ‘Forbidden Planet’?
    The bear in panel 1 reminds me so much of it…

    Excuse me while I PAWS to reflect on our hero’s present situation…
    That Bear packs a wallop!

    Anni, get your ‘gun’ …. heh

    • “Monster from the ID.” Yeah, I remember “Forbidden Planet” fondly.

  • Derkins

    They’re doing a great job of directing it’s anger at themselves, and not much else. It batted Duncan away like a cat toy, and on a couple pages ago Sircea’s zap to the bottom just seemed to give him a little singe. Honestly she’s still looking far too confident right now, for everything that’s going wrong for her. Show’s how far gone she is, I guess, lol
    In the meantime it seems TYP’s have some time to regroup? XD

  • Mary Kelleher

    DO NOT ‘what what in the butt’ him to death! that’s just cruel.

  • Justin White

    EVEN IF HE FALLS YOU REMEMBER HIM

    • davefragments

      I can provide written guarantees that if that demon bear falls on Duncan or Sircea they will remember it for a very long time.

      • Tyler Griffin

        and BE remembered. What we have been led to believe is THE premiere top super-villain in the YP universe, as well as the boogeyman that haunts ExSecs nightmares, PP, brought down by a tripped up bear? Just imagine the headlines. That kind of smirch takes DECADES to get taken seriously again.

        • davefragments

          I think that she has a way to defeat the bear but how long will it take. Time is precious.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Meh. Platinum Priestess and Super-Mob boss Annihilator brought down by collapsing Ursa.

          • davefragments

            More like significantly delayed than brought down.

  • TwilightDreamer

    “Paws off the lady, fuzzball”????……
    …..Duncan, I think you’ve been hanging around teenagers too much… ;P
    lol, sounds cruel of me to say, but I’m not entirely sorry to see him get swatted away like that 😛

    • Tyler Griffin

      Swat him. Swat him AGAIN. Swat him HARDER! (there might be a few of us out here who are a little TOO happy to see Anni get put down hard. lol)

      • TwilightDreamer

        lol, I definitely am ^_^ besides, he’s the “annihilator”, time to live up to that name…..though please Anni, struggle to do so for a bit longer…you don’t half deserve it pal! XP
        …Yep, definitely cruel of me, but totally worth it.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    How long before she actually gets one shot off?…..and where did that bear come
    from anyways? I don’t think their eyes are supposed to glow like that!

  • davefragments

    The box came. I put a picture of the good stuff inside it on my Facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/dave.fragments
    The box fit inside my mailbox. I have a large rural mailbox. I like my gas and electric bill to feel lonely and unwanted. It wasn’t a small box. 12x20x6 inches…
    I will open the large 11×17 pictures and the card packs every time it rains and I feel blueish. Recently, every time I look outside it rains again. Don’t blame me for the rain. It happens every spring. The weathermen keep saying “The sun will come out tomorrow” and (of course) we demand their castration so they can’t reproduce. But I digress…
    The spooky cap fits. The art in Volume one is great and in truer colors than my computer screen. The greens are lush and lovely, not cold and harsh. The blues are rich. The skins are (how shall I put this?) not Cheetos or Trumpish. (wink,wink)

    • Yay! Very happy the big box of rewards fit in your mail and even happier to give you some fun treats for a rainy day. So glad you like them! 🙂

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Okay… now who WOULDN’T pay good money to see DFrag’s avatar sporting a spooky cap? LOL.

      • davefragments

        When someone else takes the picture and I remember to shave. I really despise that selfie I took.

    • Oh, the poster image with Kyle. Don’t think I’ve seen that one yet. Either that or I missed a KS email or it was one of first sent so I’ve forgotten.

      • davefragments

        That’s marked “Main Print Pack” and it’s an action “shot” of Kyle saving a child from a fire. I went through my folder of patreon bonuses and I only have a B&W in pencil of that image. This is the first I’ve seen of the color version.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      It is indeed a big box full of swag. There’s no way it would have fit in my small suburban mailbox. This is why I consider myself so lucky to work in a library where delivery of packages of books is commonplace.

      • davefragments

        The way the Rural Delivery is set up in the USA is that if the envelope or package doesn’t fit, the delivery person leaves a note and you have to drive to the post office to claim it. I don’t want that hassle. My Post Office sat next to an anthracite coal seller for those who still burnt coal in their furnaces or pot-belly stoves. It might be hard coal but it was still dirty, filthy and dusty. DOn’t get me wrong, my research was in turning coal into oil and eventually to clean, white gasoline. But I didn’t want my lungs anywhere near coal. Although, several times I did buy railroad cars of coal to send to the crusher mill for experimentation. Ever seen a “coal thief”?

  • Took Olivander to the vet last Thurs to get fixed. They tested his blood to make sure he was okay to handle the procedure and certain blahblah levels were low. So they gave him some meds, and he went back today to see if he was getting better. Oli made a mess in the carrier again (I didn’t know about it until I went to get him out) and as I was cleaning it out of the carrier, I noticed that it didn’t look quite right and they ran a test on it. Giardia. *sigh* Poor kitty just cannot catch a break….I wonder if he is doing it intentionally to put off getting neutered……
    He was an absolute sweetie with the vet and assistants for the most part. There was just a small incident when they went to take his blood. But on the bright side the meds they put him on seem to be clearing up the original problem he had. Now if the labs come back clean Oli should be able to get neutered next week.

    On a sad note though, the vet found out a kitty she was going to spay/neuter had cancer. The kitty was only about one year old. T-T poor kitty.

    • davefragments

      Sometimes pets can be tough on their owners.

    • Poor kitties

  • Tyler Griffin

    Ok, no one else has done it yet, and it’s camping night, so I gotta:

    Are you ok? Are you ok? Are you ok Anni?

    • syllibub

      Oh my god. You deserve an award!

      • Tyler Griffin

        I’m smooth about once a year… tonight must be my quota

    • Omg! It’s even one of my fave MJ songs, and I never had a pinch of a thought about this. It’s perfect.

  • davefragments

    I wonder what the demon Bear will do to Sircea.

  • davefragments

    Eyes, watch out for the eyes.