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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 36

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So! Fluke directly attacked The Annihilator with a Spooky Bottle! But instead of getting another LazerBear, he got a whole lotta nothing. I wonder what The Annihilator will do to him?

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

  • syllibub

    Okay, I laughed really hard.

    • Kate G

      I know. So did I. Poor Fluke and his little test tube that just went smoke hiiiiiiiiss.

      • syllibub

        The best thing would be if it made that sad trombone noise when it did. *WHOMP WHOMP*

        • Kate G

          That would work but somehow I heard a whoopee cushion in my head. The scene went, “Bam!” “Smoke!” “Hisssssssss” *deflated whoopee cushion as Fluke looks down at it like, “WHAAAAAAAAA! Why?” then up at Duncan thinking, “Oh shit, I’m in trouble.”*

    • Got ya self a new V.

      • syllibub

        I’ll clear a space on the shelf, haha!

        • I think this puts you at 10? *Doki hasn’t been keeping up with list due to rl things*

  • eek!

    • syllibub

      You know that high-pitched sound a balloon makes when it deflates? I feel like that was the sound effect in panel five.

  • Cman65

    Or has it ??????????????????????????

  • davefragments

    Really? Perhaps it depends if someone is running behind Duncan’s back…

    • syllibub

      Right, let’s not get too hasty — the effect might be delayed, too. Something might happen once the contents of the vial soak into the ground.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        That would be very Alex!

      • davefragments

        It could be a portable hole that only activates when Duncan steps in it…

        • syllibub

          Could be a small black hole that sucks in the laser bear, because that’s the only way I see them getting rid of that thing unless Spooky regains consciousness, has a spare unbroken bottle on hand, and has the necessary time and energy to work whatever spell will confine the beardemon in a bottle again.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Anybody have a spare pokeball with them?

      • I’m still hoping for that tentacle plant.

        That will grab Anni and maybe crush his bracelet in the process.

  • It’s Schrodinger’s vial. Will it/won’t it?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      OMG… we won’t know until we open the next page. Until then it’s actually both good AND bad luck. Well, here’s to the next page day!!!! 😀

      • Can we skip to Friday/Saturday?

        • Chris Dangerfield

          I second this motion!

      • Luckily this page only has the three days wait. Not sure my nerves could handle an extra day without me going all kinds of *Gaaah!*

  • o_o …was I right? That bottles had the demon zoo, and vials ‘just’ had various potions that may or may not go boom or create something not demon beastly?

    ..can we get a delayed boom or tentacle plant now, and hope this wasn’t a wasted healing potion?

    While this situation isn’t funny at all, omg, panel 5 had me laughing. They’re just staring at it.

    • Kate G

      Or maybe some cute ass little monster pops out and says, “What? I was sleeping?”

    • Malusz

      I vote for a ginormous man-eating plant that can sing. What? It’s always a winner.

  • joshsusser

    Fortune, she is fickle. But also known for keeping a trick up her sleeve…

    It looks on these pages like Annihilator’s anti-power-dampening aura extends more than a few inches from his body. I wonder if Kyle hugged him really tight, would that get him in the aura enough to let him use his powers?

  • syllibub

    The thing I don’t get about Fluke’s powers — and maybe I’m not just not thinking about it logically — is that it seems like his good luck supply should be more or less inexhaustible depending on how he thinks about it. Once his luck takes a turn for the worse, i.e. a dud vial, it seems like he could immediately seize that “bad” luck and flip it back in his favor. What are the limitations?

    • I’d say that is what he needs to find out, now that he got a new view on how to maybe work with his powers more, rather than having it be more random. Learning curve.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    What will Annihilator do? First he’ll radiate vast amounts of smug at Fluke (as you can see him doing in panel 6 of this page). Then, he’ll do bodily damage to the hero. The tough question is which will be more dangerous…

    • Chris Dangerfield

      It’s true, his Super Smugness has not been dampened due to that darn arm band. HA!

  • Chris Dangerfield

    I must admit that until the next page I’m going with how tired I am of “SMUG DUNCAN” and I’ll imagine that the vial causes him to slip, trip and sit his big smug butt down on the dampener… crushing that sucker flat.

    Yes… that’s my temporary head-canon and I’m sticking with it until the next page day. Yeah!!!!! 🙂 Thanks Alex, Adam and Vero!

  • amusingmurff

    Ugh, Duncan, stop making me want to punch you in your perfect teeth.

  • amusingmurff

    Also, I LOVE the effect of the vial breaking through the 4th wall and going from one panel to the next

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I do too. Thanks for mentioning it. It made me go look again! 🙂

  • Well, if the dampner itself can’t be reached and destroyed or turned off, maybe Fluke (luck) now has a chance to turn Anni’s nullifier on his bracelet off, or destroying that instead, leaving Anni (shortly) as powerless as the others.

    If Anni’s bracelet nullifier is gone, he either has to turn the dampner off, or risk that getting the next ‘mean eye look’ from Fluffy bear will do more than scorch his suit.

    Flambeed Anni or giving them their powers back is an option. I can hope for now 🙂

    • Marie

      I kind of wish that the vial had bounced off the nullifier (either breaking on the ground, as now, or not breaking at all, which would still be bad luck), and then the next panel after “looks like your luck has run out,’ would be an ominous crack as a line appears up his nullifier, then next panel, shing, it falls to the ground. As with the vial in this page, they both just kind of stare at it during the second (falling apart) or a third panel for a moment.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Sorry I missed camping – sport team is working hard at Winning Sports and I had to watch.

    • Go Sports Team! Sport Sport Sport!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Get the ball! Do the thing!

        • Get the points for Sporting good!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Get more points than the other guys! Unless the sport is golf!

          • Ha! And do it in the time of allotted sporting

  • Tyler Griffin

    Quick, Fluke, as him about his master plan and get him monologuing

  • I am sorry, but that is just funny. Let me laugh for just a minute before going back to being worried for Paul.

    Another graceful throw by Paul!

    • Pietro7

      And he’s apparently ambidextrous, since he threw it with his left hand this time and his right hand last time.

      • Kate G

        I can throw with both hands, but how far is a different story. He’s probably right-handed but will throw with his left if it’s a short distance like here (which is what I do as I’m weaker in my left hand.)

        You should, as a person, be able to catch and throw things with both your left and right hands; your dominant hand will have better accuracy and greater distance due to more strength. We will without thinking use our dominant side. I did occupational therapy for the first eight years of my life; I didn’t use my left side much so they used to tie my right arm to my torso to make me USE my left side so it didn’t atrophy. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. (No, no it wasn’t.)

  • Every time, Alex.
    Every time I look at panel 5 I smile or do a *pfff* giggle. They’re just standing there in a hilarious anti-climax.

    Time for Fluke’s luck to be a little recharged? The bottle didn’t have something that immediately went boom, so that was bad luck. How fast can this turn into good luck?

  • SchalaRenee

    I’m still hoping Kyle is immune to the dampener (due to his powers likely being demonic in nature) and he just hasn’t found out yet. How could a dampener for what are probably pure-human mutants affect a Prince of Hell’s power? If it does..Laampros won’t be pleased if it’s still on when he arrives. Unless that’s part of their plan, to somehow ‘dampen’ the demon king’s power when he comes through the portal. I just want to see Kyle use some powerful demon fire, really.

    • Maybe there’s a difference between full demon and only partial. The dampner coulf affect the human powered side, but not the magic powers. Snce Fluffy bear can shoot lasers still, a demon clearly isn’t affected, so while the dampner works on meta powers it has clear limits.

      • Adam Black

        I once had a theory that Kyle would save everyone by sexxing it up. Release the full demon-fire load.

        • Columbine

          I’m not sure whether I’m wishing or dreading that.

          • Adam Black

            Its a Yaoi comic. You are wishing it.
            If you are dreading it, its because you know you are wishing it, and cant stand the wait.

          • Columbine

            I don’t actually read this for porn though. I have porn for that.

    • Klaus

      He was affected in Hong Kong. And he was in full flame when this one turned on. The flames died instantly.

  • Sapfo

    At the worst possible moment for the luck to run out. Paul, power up! Please!

    • Maybe the vial (initially?) not working = new luck boost.

  • Earl Patterson

    Ha! Gotcha!

  • Jeldenil

    Congratulations, Paul, you just healed the grass.

    • That patch is forevermore more sturdy and greener than the grass around it.

  • Rick T

    *The Annihilator speeds at Fluke and slips on the puddle, falling and shattering his hip.*

  • Klaus

    I think Duncan is going to regret wasting time on that remark. Time he could have used to mop up the YP before whater was in the vial takes effect.

    • Yes, well, he is rather arrogant.

      • Derkins

        and I’m betting Paul’s luck hasn’t fully run out yet. Notice he hasn’t been pummeled yet? timing is everything. 🙂

  • Fabulous Alien

    The anticlimatic air of the fifth panel is a thing of beauty…

  • bronakopdin

    Oh my, I totally had to laugh at panel 5 x’D
    both of them staring at the vile ^^ I can imagine what was running in their heads 😀
    So Paul’s luck ran out >_>’ We all knew it must happen soon… worst moment ever… And his victory smile get countered with Duncan’s villain smug smile :/
    He can be yo annoying when he does that…
    So how will this continue now?!

    • Sanbai

      *struggles against her inner English Teacher* ……. *fails*

      I’m pretty sure you meant “vial” or “phial”, a small stoppered container – “vile” means something disgusting or horrible!

      Sorry, had to get that out! *runs away*

      • bronakopdin

        lol I meant vial… yeah, it happens when you’re not a native and mostly only “hear” things x’D
        I actually know the difference but sometimes this happens while just typing >_>’
        I also mixed up “allowed” and “aloud” before, even though they are so totally different x’D in my head I obviously know the differences *dies*
        I mostly blame it on concentration… I just got up when I wrote this ^^
        Sadly if you do it wrong once, you kind of remember wrong, too…
        And that is exactly why it’s important to be corrected 🙂 I changed my comment above ^^

        • Columbine

          I’ve started looking at Yoruba more seriously and the uh ‘hearing’ things is a problem when you’re not used to tonal languages. I have no idea how anyone managed to wrestle that language into the latin alphabet…..

  • Shiny Gwilly

    welp, that’s what you get for getting too cocky, Paul, you don’t know what those bottles did at all and even though you had no choice, maybe you shouldn’t have counted on them so much…..maybe

    but same for you Anni, this is not the time to get cocky, it might cost you

  • Aitsuki


  • Mersharr

    nah, this one is just a late bloomer to catch Anni off guard

  • Klaus

    Can we get a wallpaper of panel 5?

  • timemonkey

    What Duncan doesn’t realise is he just got depowered.

  • Dennis Grace

    Wait for it…

    • Sanbai

      Waaaaaaiitt for iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitt….!

  • D. G.

    Damn. Oh well. I guess I knew it was coming.

  • Pikinanou

    Nah… I’m pretty sure Spooky wouldn’t have a vial full of nothing in his pockets 😛
    It’s coming…

    • Klaus

      But it could be somethi9ng that needs to be ingested to have an effect. Or it could require any number of other conditions. Then again, it might not.

  • Klaus

    Regarding Alex’ comment: is Fluke now going to sing “I Got Plenty of Nuttin'”?

  • Earl Patterson

    What happen to colors?

    • They will be added when Alex is up and can add the finished page he got from Vero.

  • TwilightDreamer

    As one of my favourite movie quotes goes….
    “cautiously excited….!!”
    Haha…that would be how I feel right now…I’m not gonna say Flukes luck has run out, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see….

  • David Welbourn

    My guess is the Spooky Bottle contained Tree Root Potion, and the Annihilator will now have to do all his future annihilating without being able to lift his feet from where he’s standing.

  • KiannaLeigh

    Wow! The pencils look really good. Having a few pages in pencil as a treat would be nice.

    • Klaus

      That is one of the Patreon rewards.

      • KiannaLeigh

        AHHHHHH! I need money right now immediately! T_T

        • Hope you manage. Each page is uploaded to Patreon along with its thumbnail and pencils page and script for page.

          • KiannaLeigh

            Fuck!!!!!!!! *makes random noises indicating internal conflict*

    • Thanks, Kianna! 🙂

      • KiannaLeigh

        welcome, it’s much deserved, kudos

  • katya_monkseal

    Invisible Demon Bear?

    • I think it followed PP out of view.

      • katya_monkseal

        I was just trying to suggest what could be in this last vial 😀

  • Justin White

    OR HAS it (waiting)!

  • Klaus

    Duncan’s expression looks so much more evil in color.

    • I wonder if he practiced the sarcastic raised eyebrow.

  • Mir

    That was just the energy drink juice Spooky likes to drink before battle :/ darn it.

    • Cman65

      that would be very bad luck

  • P.T. Wyant

    Is it just me or does that bottle look like a red and gold sex toy?

  • davefragments

    Perhaps it is Essence de Pepe LePew and takes a few seconds to bloom.

    • Tyler Griffin

      Le Pew!

      • davefragments

        no parle vouz Français…

  • I think I’m going to be still giggling over panel five by the time the next page goes up. 🙂

  • Toli Bera

    OR IS IT?! *Dramatic head turn and whips off glasses*

  • Mary Klemzak

    Where is Laser Bear?! They seemed to be on the right track. Was it eliminated?

    • Klaus

      Last we saw them, PP was standing on the left end (stage left, that is) of the podium with the bone ring. That would be just off the right hand edge of panel 1, with the lazer bear a bit further to the right,

  • I wonder if it’s just a delayed reaction or something. :p

    • Derkins

      yeah i have a hard time believing spooky’s thing was a dud, regardless of paul’s luck 🙂

      • It might have been something that needed to be ingested.

        • Derkins

          yeah. or applied topically. :/

  • somebody

    if somebody like me had like… a ton of textile colour and a white shirt and some free time….
    just hypothetical, would it be okay for you guys if I would use the image of the Lazer-Not-A-Bear from page 33 and the image of the bottle where the Lazer-Not-A-Bear came from and maybe the lettering “the young protectors” for a fan shirt?
    just for me of course….

    • If you click ‘About’ above the page there’s a way to email Alex and ask directly.

      I don’t think there’ll be any problems in, but to be sure you can ask there, or let me know and I’ll forward the question for you.

      • somebody

        thanks! Just sent the mail 🙂

    • Klaus

      That t-shirt is looking great.

  • Frenchie

    Did anyone else hear the background racing music during the three first panels then it goes dead silent with nothing but the sound of the sizzling red vile between them? I even heard a cricket…

    Then that smooth creamy voice of his being all smooth and…. Smooth…

    Love this page!

  • James Wade

    Paul does not game. Everyone knows it’s red for healing and blue for mana.

  • Jason Moon

    This was the first thing that came to mind when I saw that: “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take
    the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe
    whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in
    Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all
    I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”

    THEN I thought of those tubes of red dust from the original(SUPERIOR!) “V” miniseries from the 1980’s because I am old.

    Fingers crossed for a delayed activation time!

  • Chris Dangerfield

    How in the world is this not page day? What insane, disagreeable world have woken up to? Humpph, I am now going BACK to bed!

    “Good day sir… I SAID… Good Day!”

    • Yeah, we’re only a little past half the way to next page. Let’s cancel the next 24 hours.

      • Klaus

        Tomorrow has been canceled due to lack of interest.

        • Partypooper.

          • Klaus

            But you wanted to skip the next 24 hours.

          • /Facepalm. I read that wrong. For some reason I read it as meaning no page coming, because in US tomorrow IS update day, hence saying 24 hours and not ‘tomorrow’.
            Why I shouldn’t read comments with a migraine.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Did you know that Google translates “/Facepalm.” in English into “/Facepalm.” in Danish… this really is one world… or the people at Google have been in the Vodka Jello Shooters again.

          • Klaus

            If Google gives up, it will just leave the word untranslated. In this case there is no word in Danish. You could say something like “Jeg tager mig til hovedet.”

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Which I secretly suspect translates into, “Chris’ face would look infinitely better with the forceful application of the palm of my hand…” Right? 😀

          • Klaus

            That is not the cheeks I like to slap I would never do such a thing.

        • davefragments

          I have to wash pants otherwise I will have to be naked all day. Believe me, you don’t want that to happen!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Let it be written.
        Let it be done.

        Page. Day. It. Is.

    • Sapfo

      I think you mean Good night? I want it to be night… so sleepy…. pillow please bring me the sandman…. for reasons <.<

  • Jack Mason

    Anni looks so disappointed, you can almost hear him thinking “the fuck is this?”

  • purplefoxglove

    Suddenly, I have a belated reaction to the appearance of Fluffy (or Cuddles? What did we decide on?) the LazerBear:

    LazerBear plushies. Complete with battery-powered laser eyes.


  • D. G.

    Hey. I’m early for camp. Hey everybody.

    • davefragments

      I’m having a “bacon-wrapped” pork chop dinner hour.

      • D. G.

        Bacon makes everything better. Enjoy. I tasted a donut with bacon on it the other day and it was delicious.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hi. I just finished a breakfast of pancakes. (Well… pikelets. I have never mastered making the batter thin enough to produce ligh’n’fluffy pancakes.)

      • D. G.

        Sounds like it was good. I do like pancakes.

      • It’s a balance between how much milk and the baking powder. I still don’t have it down either. The batter is either too thick or too thin. Sigh. Still tasty though

  • Kate G

    Hey everyone! I just got back from my horse show!

    • How’d you do?

      • Kate G

        I got second. Scooby got fenced in by Captain and he kicked out (everyone knows Scooby kicks and to give him space but I guess the rider riding Captain forgot and Scooby was on the rail.) After that, Scoobs was a little feisty. He trotted and reversed fine, but he would NOT WHOA. I mean, I’d get him to whoa, but he wouldn’t stay. Captain got first (which is a little surprising) but at least I got Scooby to calm down.

        • Congrats! second is nothing to sneeze at

          • Kate G

            Definitely. We all get awards (because it’s special needs), but I know where I’m messing up (and they always tell you too.) Obviously, I try very hard to keep Scooby as far away from other horses because he’s a kicker. I’m always aware of my surroundings and I saw Captain coming in from the left, but I couldn’t go right (the rail!), couldn’t go left because that’s where Captain was, and going faster could make a horse fight. Captain’s rider should have turned to avoid a situation but I think she was up in her head.

            He definitely was amped up at first but he calmed down by the end. I’m just glad I didn’t get thrown off! He’s a pretty strong horse and I am a lightweight.

          • I think a red ribbon is sometimes tied to a horses tail to let other riders know it kicks. And high five for handling a frisky horse!

          • Kate G

            Scooby has a red ribbon tied into his tail for the Special Olympics because some people just do not understand his need for personal space (and lots of it. He likes 1.5 horse widths on sides without a rail!) The horse show we have is just in house to show off all of our people. Usually everyone knows all of the horses because they’ve been to other shows, ridden them, seen them, etc.

            I feed them all apples when I bring apples so yep, I know all of the horses well, even those not seen in the shows because some are still recovering. Well, except poor Chance – the paint pony – who cannot have any treats because he has equine insulin resistance which is like Type 2 Diabetes. I always feel SO BAD skipping his stall because he will stick his head out looking for the apple too! I feel like a bad parent!

  • Maybe the vial he threw needed a magic word to work? Maybe Spooky will say it in a second?

    • “I am King of the world!”
      “Blathering blatherskite!”
      “Let’s. get…dangerous!”
      “Gummy Berry Juice!”
      “Care Bear Stare!”
      “Ooomp Loompa doompa de do!”
      “There’s a trick to it!”

      • “Maximum effort!”
        “Crisp High Five!”

        • “You are our only hope!”
          “Make it so!”
          “My precious!”

          • “I have a bad feeling about this.”
            “So say we all!”
            “Kiss my grits!”
            “The stars at night are big and bright…”

          • “Never pay full price for late pizza!”
            “It’s Hoggle!”
            “LIght up the eyes!”
            “Babylon Candle!”
            “Bloody Pirates!”

          • “Deep in the heart of Texas.”
            “Monchichi Monchichi”
            “Thunder Cats Ho!”
            “Yo ho ho and a bottle of Rum!”

          • “Herbie!”
            “Wax on, wax off!”
            “We named the dog Indiana!”
            “I hate mummies!”

          • “Imhotep Imhotep”
            “No harm ever came from reading a book”
            “Just a spoon full of sugar”
            “I need a horse!”

          • “Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!”
            “I was dead. I am better now!”
            “Mutant and proud!”
            “Always winter, but never Christmas!”

          • “You dare threaten me..Thor”
            “You won’t like me when I’m angry.”
            “Glowstick of Destiny.”
            “I should’ve taken a left at Albuquerque”

          • “Me Ole Bamboo!”
            “Let’s get together!”
            “Suck an elf!”

          • “One does not just walk in to Mordor”
            “Soul Train!”
            “I’m too old for this shit”
            “Don’t look down”

          • “The Power of Three!”
            “Save the Clocktower!”
            “Be excellent to each other!”
            “The Chubbchubbs are coming!”

          • “Let’s go fly a kite”
            “Set phasers to stun”
            “Use the force”

          • D. G.

            Abracadabra? Couldn’t resist the obvious.

          • D. G.

            I ain’t afraid of no ghost.

            Up up and away.

          • “Get her!”
            “Is she on holiday!”

          • D. G.

            *beatle juice Beatle juice Beatle juice.
            *and so it begins.

          • “Light the lamp not the rat!”
            “I had four aces!”
            “How does she do that?”
            “Handbook of the Recently Diseased!”

    • davefragments

      By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan

  • davefragments

    Hey, hey, hey, I made it…

    • Hey dave!

      • davefragments

        How are things tonight ?

        • Well, Granny is actually eating and has starting to actually talk about getting better instead of passing on, so things might be getting better? I think the bug I had might have also cleared up.

          • davefragments

            That’s good.

          • She has a lot of weight to gain back though….

          • davefragments

            Eating healthy food, even eating some junk and snack food is good to gain weight.

          • Right now, her eating anything is an improvement.

    • And dressed I see.

      • davefragments

        All the time and smelling fabric softener fresh…

  • davefragments

    To celebrate the day:
    Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

  • Greetings and salivations, mein fiends!

  • davefragments
  • Jesus, Fluke is so handsome. ♥