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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 39

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So! Fluke and the Beanstalk have survived The Annihilator’s Mega-Punch. And now Fluke is just a few short yards from his prize. Will he make it to the Dampener before all is lost? Or will The Annihilator stop him first?

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

 

  • O.o

    • Tyler Griffin

      Congrats

      • Thank you. What a wake-up that was. Hadn’t been awake for more than about 1 minute 🙂

    • D. G.

      Congrats.

  • Cydney Sabin

    Umm… the beanstalk looks angry…

    • Yes, I don’t think it liked being punched.

      • Cydney Sabin

        Unfortunately, Grass is only normally effective against Fighting types.

        • Unfortunately for whom? 😛

          • Cydney Sabin

            Yes.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            HA.

        • Tyler Griffin

          But the new Fairy type is strong against Fighting, and I think a Magic Beanstalk might qualify for a double typing.

          • Cydney Sabin

            It did come from a magic bottle. So Ghost or Fairy would be applicable, I think.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            It’s true the LGBTQIA Beanstalk is a special entity. It may not have laser eyes, but I don’t judge.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          You Grass that is not grass (that is totally grass)?

      • Chris Dangerfield

        IKR? So few of us do.

  • Now the Duncanator beats upon poor beanstalks, does he know no shame?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Now. NOW. You realize this? 😀

  • And! Oh yes he does!!

  • Jaq

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a beanstalk look pissed off like that before

  • davefragments

    It has eyes and it has teeth…
    And it doesn’t look happy at being hit!

  • syllibub

    Why do our villains have to keep inadvertently antagonizing things much, much bigger than they are?

    • Klaus

      Luck.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Oh, good, someone seems to remember Paul’s special skill set.

        However, we should also credit “smarts,” because I think Amanda gets some credit here for kicking things off when all hope was lost.

  • *lol* I can’t even see clearly out of my eyes yet. This is the closest I’ve been to waking up to check for update, and it’s JUST there, that I’ve been for a while 🙂

  • syllibub

    LOL at Fluffy and Amanda being badass destroyers in the background.

    • Brian Hopkins

      Love panel 3! So much happening, yet all so clearly presented.

  • Tyler Griffin

    Ok, who called, “The Beanstalk unwinds and turns out to be a tentacle monster”? I think we can go ahead and credit that much of it.

    • Well I did mention a vine wrapping about Duncan and taking him from his feet. I also mentioned: Feed me, Seymour, feed me now!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        I think I predicted the last couple of pages back when Deacon was rescuing Jeff during Artifice… but that’s not really important now. 😀

    • I did ask/hope for a tentacle plant more than once, on page 36, before there was a sprout going *pop* 🙂
      Getting that hope, it looks like.

  • Fluke has clearly practiced/trained with Amanda. That cool gymnastics jump seems so much her kind of battle technique.

    • Tyler Griffin

      Apparently, he’s our Nightwing.

      • Toli Bera

        Hmm who has the better butt? Nightwing or Fluke? I’ll have to confer with the panel of judges.

        • Tyler Griffin

          Why not both? *mariachi music starts playing*

        • Kate G

          Nightwing. Nightwing will always have the better butt. 😀

        • I’m with Kate. As a First Robin/Nightwing fan veteran (been a fan for 25 years), he will always have a special place in my heart. Long before I noticed his butt too, but daayum, dat butt!

          • Kate G

            Not only his butt, but his thighs. <3 <3 <3 You have to respect those thighs.

          • Toli Bera

            but could they crush a mans head like sparrow egg?

          • Kate G

            Clearly you’ve never seen his thighs. 🙂

  • Toli Bera

    Look out Duncan, this vine’s about to turn you in to Squash. D:

    • Tyler Griffin

      Whip him. Whip him good.

      • Toli Bera

        looks like this battle’s really… branching out. hopefully Duncan can still turn over a new leaf.

        • Tyler Griffin

          But I suspect that Duncan is saying “Oh, No you don’t!” to the vine creeping up behind him, I would say that after his encounter with spooky, he has a DEEPLY ROOTED fear of hanging around

          • Toli Bera

            well let’s hope the battle with the beanstalk doesn’t drag on too much. Vines only last 6 seconds.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Is Duncan a Botanist? Cause the beanstalk seems to lichen him.

          • Toli Bera

            I think we’ve gotten to the root of things, I just hope your assumption bears fruit.

          • Tyler Griffin

            I wonder if that vine is in the Lily family, it seems like a real pistil.

          • Toli Bera

            I wasn’t expecting such a well laid pun, but you certainly rose to the occasion.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Awe thanks, but let’s not get distracted, that beanstalk looks to be one son of a birch,

          • Toli Bera

            that might come from their deep seeded issues. you know their father was a bit of a sod.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Well, either way, with fronds like those, Duncan doesn’t need any more anemones

          • Toli Bera

            Considering the way he’s bean acting, I think he’s bringing it upon himself.

          • Tyler Griffin

            You’re right, bracken the day, folks just couldn’t get away with stuff like that.

          • Toli Bera

            it’s something he’ll have to Grapple with until he’s finally come to terms with the core of his being. really peel back the layers and study who he is and what he wants.

          • Tyler Griffin

            That’s true, I just Arbor seeing such potential wasted

          • Toli Bera

            he’s only soiling his own name, I wish he could in this moment take a photo, synthesize what answers he really needs from it, and grow as a person. Kyle saw the light after what he did, and it’s strangely helped him bloom.

          • Tyler Griffin

            So, getting Bog to the beanstalk, with teeth like those, are we just assuming that it’s Coniferous?

          • Toli Bera

            Maybe bud. Maybe.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Ok, I think I’m out, but THAT was fun.

          • Toli Bera

            I’m just about tapped out myself. I was going to try and stretch for a “Mitochondria, is the powerhouse of the cell” mention but I can’t build the bridge that far.

          • davefragments

            oooh puns!

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Hahahaha!

    • Samurai Jack

      That’s no vine. It’s… a shrubbery!

      • Klaus

        Ni! Ni! Ni!

      • Toli Bera

        it might become a Top-iary.

  • Brian Hopkins

    How about Twiggy for our new character? Or, following Adm. Jane, Seymour would be a good allusion. Whatever the name, I hope it’s faster than an Ent.

    • Toli Bera

      Sprouts McKenzie

    • Tyler Griffin

      Now Master Brian. Let’s don’t be hasty.

    • Klaus

      Woody.

  • Tyler Griffin

    Sir Gropes A’Lot?

  • “OH, YES, HE DOES!!!”

  • Oh I can just see Laampros’s face if he were to arrive right then. So much WTF! A Laser-Not!Bear and a giant man eating bean stalk. Hahaha!

    • Toli Bera

      … Jack and the bean stalk, goldie locks and the 3 bears.

      Spooky’s a fan of Fairy tales.

      • Twisted fairytales anyway

        • syllibub

          Yeah, he’s into the OG Grimm versions.

      • David Welbourn

        Yes, I was thinking the same thing, although I couldn’t think of a good fit for the snakes.

        • Toli Bera

          uh… that guy driving the snakes out of ireland?

          • davefragments

            St Patrick

          • Toli Bera

            thank you, that’s who I meant. or st.George because they are technically dragons.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Next page Goldie Locks with Laser eyes and 60′ tall… go Spooky.

    • David Welbourn

      I can easily see Laampros arriving, surveying the whole scene, popping up some popcorn on the spot and telling his followers, “Wait. I want to watch this.”

      • Yes! Someone get him a lawn chair!

        • Tyler Griffin

          And Bud-weiser

          • I think he would prefer something more artisanal. 😀

          • Chris Dangerfield

            That’s a hellish beer. Works.

          • davefragments

            Rancid yeast piddle, really.
            Get a good dark beer, preferable not Old Frothingslosh, the pals stale ale with the foam on the bottom.

      • davefragments

        This ain’t yer average haunted segway tour!

        • Tyler Griffin

          oooo, haunted segway…..that has potential for D20 Modern campaign. You’ve heard of a Demonic Auto, get ready for, the Haunted Segway

          • Toli Bera

            It’s as terrifying as it is fuel efficient!

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Think of how much farther you could go…

      • bronakopdin
    • “Aww, you decorated and made a show for me. Now I feel much more at home. Even made a family re-union by having my son present”.

      • Tyler Griffin

        Then Cuddles blasts Laampros in the butt (gotta pass it on after all)

        • davefragments

          I like Fluffy (Cuddles) blasting Laampros in the butt.

        • David Welbourn

          New on Amazon: “Blasted in the Butt by my Gay Son’s Teammate’s Giant Laser-Eyed Not-Bear” by Chuck Tingle.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Kind of long name for a porno flick, but I have a feeling this would be beyond the “D” list ranking, lol. More like “G” or “H” list, so it works

          • davefragments

            I’m not sure that many people know who Chuck Tingle is but that’s a good comment!

          • Tyler Griffin

            I had to go google it after I made my comment, but I will stand by my comment after doing some reading, lol.

          • davefragments

            If I said “Pound it into your butt” would you be offended?
            wink, wink

          • Adam Black

            Its not gay if its a dinosaur.

          • davefragments

            I haven’t red that one yet.

          • Adam Black

            “Its not gay if its a dinosaur with abs, or maybe a jet plane, and thats OK too, everybody kisses sometimes”
            http://disinfo.com/2015/09/chuck-tingle-pounds-disinformation-ass/

          • davefragments

            That book trailer at the bottom of the page is phenomenally breathtaking and stunning…
            I am definitely stunned and speechless.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Wrong. The animal kingdom is filled with gays. Dino’s included. Yay.

          • Adam Black

            I don’t believe *you* are a dinosaur. Sure, your arms are kind of stubby

            ( do you even even lift, T-rex bro? Do you lift? ) . But you aint no dinosaur.

            I know what you are thinking. BUT Tyler Durden explains…

            https://youtu.be/TpDLqxL5_tM

            so please Chris , back away from the Feather Boa.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Heeeeeeeee…

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Just like old home week… 😀

    • bronakopdin

      and be like “wtf I was supposed to arrive here first”

  • Kate G

    And Fluke’s streak of good luck continues! Go, Flukie, go! GO FORTH AND DESTROY THE DETONATOR!

    By the way, after 6 days in the hospital, my mama is HOME! YAAAAAAAY! She also brought home a new friend named Bob. Bob is an oxygen tank that makes its own oxygen because we still don’t know her oxygen levels are low. BUT, my mom was busted out of the hospital!

    • syllibub

      That’s great! I’m glad she’s home — it’s so uncomfortable to be in the hospital on top of not feeling well.

      • Kate G

        Well, she’s not very happy about Bob (or his portable friends, which we’ve yet to name), but she’s very happy to be home. Zena, on the other hand, is quite perturbed by Bob and won’t go near my mom. Normally, after this long, she would be all over my mom and not let my mom move. Well, she’s decided that she would be better off upstairs. Bob makes what I like to call “Darth Vader” sounds (it makes its own oxygen so to replenish it makes this sort of gasping sound. It’s really annoying actually.) and Zena hates it.

        I have to train her to like Bob now.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hooray for back home!!

      • Kate G

        Yep! Now to teach Zena to like Bob so my mom can get doggy cuddles. XD

        • stickfigurefairytales

          A very important part of treatment!

          • Kate G

            I have started a little bit, but poor little Zena had to have Xanax and her Thundershirt for her first interaction with treats. She was quite scared of Bob. Lots of positivity and short bursts is the key to making friends.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Aww, poor puppy!

          • Kate G

            You would think for a terrier, she would just go for it with gusto.

            Nope, not mine. Mine gets terrified. U.U My poor puppy.

        • Klaus

          Many years ago, researchers had people leaving hospital after being treated for a major problem fill out a large questionary, where they asked basicly anything they could think of. Five years later they checked who was still alive, and looked for correlations with the answers. The strongest correlation was this: people who have pets are more likely to survive.

          • Kate G

            Yep, that’s we we brought Zena over to my grams whenever we could when she had her hip replacement and then her stroke. When we knew she was going to pass away, I brought Zena by to say good-bye because I didn’t want her to not know what was going on. She brought a lot of joy to my grams and other residents there as she is literally at the height wheelchairs sit so people can pet her from a wheelchair without straining.

            I wanted to train her to be a therapy dog but she was 10 and therapy training can take up to 2 years and cost $2,000! O.O Nope. She’s just a very well-loved, well-behaved house dog.

    • davefragments

      Good News. My Mom used to sleep with an oxygen concentrator. She had a the hose made long so she cold get out of bed and piddle at night, then she discovered that an extra long hose let her go to the window and neb at the neighbors. There’s still good times in all this.

      • Kate G

        She has a super long hose for Bob and a smaller hose for his portable friends. It’s a very long long hose.

        • davefragments

          The chemists I worked with forbid me from even entering their laboratory. Let alone touching anything if I did. Breakage, yanno… (It’s an engineer thing)
          But they make oxygen concentrators and liquid oxygen systems safe for 80 year olds with dexterity problems and no scientific education.
          Daiyum!

          • Kate G

            My mom’s dexterity is not the best at the moment so my dad and I are sort of in control of everything. We refuse to let her touch something lest she break it (you have no idea. Don’t even ask. She’s broken the dumbest things.) My dad just sighed as he realized he will have to bring Bob up and down the stairs every morning and night and it weighs about 30 pounds. XD

          • davefragments

            My Brother’s wife, my Nieces and I forcibly removed the step stool my Mom used to get to the high cabinet because her balance was gone. Then we rearranged all her cabinets so nothing useful was left up there.
            Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

          • Kate G

            My brother actually called while we were on the road and said, “Hey, can I come over with T-Rex?” And I was so thankful when my mom said no. Like, “SERIOUSLY? Mom just got out of the hospital, where she was woken up every single hour, she’s connected to an oxygen thingy, we are going to spend 4 hours on the road to see our neurologist and you want to come over after with a 15 month old? Do. You. Have. Any. Sort. Of. Compassion?”

            I sometimes wonder how we’re related.

          • davefragments

            Parents never see the faults of their babies and toddlers. Don’t let it phase you.

    • Tyler Griffin

      My mom should be home tomorrow evening, but I suspect she will like her new “friend” even less than yours likes Bob

      • stickfigurefairytales

        I’m glad that your mom is coming home too!

        • Tyler Griffin

          Yeah, her problem was a lot less severe, knee replacement, so instead of an asthmatic oxygen tank, she get a lovely little machine that will periodically BEND HER KNEE FOR HER to start working on flexibility

          • Tyler Griffin

            I’m sure she’s ubber excited for THAT action.

          • davefragments

            Tell her cursing at the machine is permitted.
            wink, wink

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Ahhh, my mom got her knee replaced last year. It was definitely a tough recovery process, but she’s doing great now.

          • My Granny has had two hips and a knee, after the last on she got an infection at the rehab place. I was not amused. I didn’t like the place to begin with and then find out she picked up an infection from there.

      • Kate G

        Oh, she does not like Bob one bit. She wants Bob to go away, but she is stuck with Bob until she gets more testing and they see if her oxygen levels will stay up on their own.

        I’m glad your mama will be getting her break out of jail card tomorrow, albeit she gets a new medical friend too. New friends aren’t always welcome, but they are sometimes needed.

  • I’m happy that I’m not Fluke on this page. That sling transportation by Woody Stalk …I don’t even like rollercoasters!

    It also took me several minutes (and a clear look) to notice that demon plant got eyes.. and tentacles happening. It’s not happy with Anni.

    Spooky does keep himself some interesting pets, and they clearly need a Union For Otherworldlies (UFO) as much as minions need a union.
    Fluffy gets shot in the butt by a blast the moment it appears, Woody Stalk is getting knocked in the .. uuh.. face, the moment it sprouts. And the snakes; just look at them being trown around on previous page.
    Poor demonies. They didn’t choose this xD

    • Tyler Griffin

      I didn’t notice the eyes and teeth until I read David’s comment pointing them out. Then I couldn’t unsee them so it’s all good.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Spooky is the best. Even unconscious.

      • Tyler Griffin

        Amanda was totally under utilizing him to merely suspend Duncan in the air in round 1, granted I’m sure she didn’t know about Cuddles or Woody McStalkerson, but still.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Ooh, Duncan made it maaaaaad!

    • He won’t like it when it’s mad!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Don’t give him a Latte when he’s expecting hellspresso…

        • And do’t punch him while he’s minding his own business growing.

        • A “Latte” on Laampros should be quite impressive – at least if he speaks German…. Though that would give the page more of an 18 000 + than an 18+ rating….

          • Chris Dangerfield

            As long as he had a permission slip from his mother… AW would be okay!

    • Tyler Griffin

      Team Silver is not having much luck in the making friends with extraplanar entities department today. If they aren’t careful, they won’t even be paying enough attention to offer Laampros coffee after his trip.

  • Shiny Gwilly

    aaand Paul sticks the landing
    aaand Anni angered something that was more than just a plant….should’ve expected it since Spooky did have a giant bear with laser eyes, of COURSE this plant bean stalk is also alive
    ALMOST THERE PAUL, SPRINT DIVE FOR IT

  • Shiny Gwilly

    also shouldn’t Anni have the red glow in the first panel? just wondering

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Guess what else, guys – SPORTS TEAM IS GOING TO THE BATTLE TO WIN SPORTS!

    • davefragments

      Which one — my Penguins are in the Stanley Cup (well not literally in it because the cup isn’t that big, Lemieux’s pool is that big…

      • stickfigurefairytales

        The Cavs will be going to the NBA finals! (that’s basketball, and it’ll be a best of 7 series – that is, first team to win 4 games, for anyone who doesn’t know)

        • davefragments

          Great. I hope they win. I can cheer them but I never learned BB because of those cute little wire rims over my eyes.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’ll be cheering for your Penguins as well!

          • davefragments

            I can cheer for the Cavaliers. Just not that football team.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            That’s understandable. I would not ask that of you.

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Oh bravo(a) on that Paul dismount you guys…

    I would like to thank all those who arrived at camp early tonight and thoroughly whomped every pun possible. I’m tired and don’t have a monster-vine pun anywhere in me. Here we are again and I don’t have any idea if Paul will get to that nasty little nullifier first. I am, however, hoping that Mr. Beanstalk gives Duncan a great big viney hug (and I will squeeze him, and hug him, and love him… and so on…), we all know that Duncan’s issues are all about feeling unloved. Maybe Mr. Beanstalk will provide Duncan all the hugs and kisses that he’s been longing for. HA!

    I think that the next page may again prove that Alex and his advisors were totally out of their minds on intoxicants for this section (hee hee hee). I cannot wait to see what happens next time… on… THE YOUNG PROTECTORS!

    Thank you kindly Alex, Adam and Vero. This is FUN stuff, seriously FUN stuff.

    • Tyler Griffin

      Awe, come’n Chris. I bet if you concentrated you could engorge us with ONE good, stiff pun. Trust your instincts, don’t over think it and just thrust forward.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Well only a man of Duncan’s powers can clearly handle the size and girth of a viney-friend like that.

        But I don’t want to presume. 😀

        • Tyler Griffin

          I knew you had it in you, always believe in yourself XD

          • Samurai Jack

            If he had it in him, it would have been limp long before Duncan could punch the stuffing out of it… 😉

    • Jeff Baker

      So, Chris, you have no beanschtick? 🙂

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Oi… well, I had to give up my Jackie Mason plant beanschtick… it kept repeating on me. 🙂

  • Tyler Griffin

    How many tickles does it take to make the Beanstalk laugh?

    In other news, is anyone besides me speculating on whether that “Oh no she betta don’t” is directed at Fluke or the vine sneaking up behind Anni?

  • Spooky does keep himself some interesting pets, and they clearly need a Union For Otherworldlies (UFO) as much as minions need their union.

    Fluffy gets shot in the butt by a blast the moment it appears, Woody Stalk is getting knocked in the face, the moment it sprouts. And the snakes; just look at them being trown around on previous page. All they wanted was to hug someone.

    Poor demonies. They didn’t choose this xD

  • Jeldenil

    Ok. I have a feeling that that is not a plant.

    • Tyler Griffin

      It’s not a bear either. (It’s totally a Bear)(and a Plant) lol

      • Klaus

        If this totally is a bear, then maybe Cuddles is a plant? Hmm? Hmm?

  • Tyler Griffin

    Well, that’s “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Jack and the Beanstalk,” You think maybe after the battle we can get a “Rubba-dub-dub Three Men in a Tub” spell?

    • timemonkey

      I think we already saw that in the Truth or Dare comic, though that was a shower not a tub as I recall.

  • Fabulous Alien

    Wait, wait, wait… Are those eyes on the plant-thing? Is this like the-bear-that-is-not-a-bear? Spooky gets all the awards for “most interesting pet collection”.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      fact!

      • Fabulous Alien

        Now I’m remembering (with only a moderate amount of resentment) that time when my mom wouldn’t let me have a hamster when I was a kid…

    • davefragments

      And it’s growling

      • Fabulous Alien

        Of course it’s growling, Duncan just punched it! Poor Mr. Plantie!

    • Tyler Griffin

      He’s a riot at Show and Tell day

    • Midori Ren

      Wonder how many more pets he collected? That machine Fluke is eyeing looks like it could make a friend. Or five.

      • Kyle already blew up its twin in Hongkong, and it seems there was only made the two of them.

        • Midori Ren

          Then it’s lonely? Give it a friend Fluke! xD

          • Tyler Griffin

            lol jinx

        • Tyler Griffin

          All the more reason that it needs a nice Friend-In-A-Bottle, copyright Spooky Jones. Wouldn’t want it getting lonely

  • D. G.

    A living beanstalk. I definitely didn’t see that coming. Well done Alex.

    • Cman65

      Annie doesn’t see it comming

      • D. G.

        Very true.

      • Tyler Griffin

        I dunno, he seems to be whipping his head back to check out that vine that’s sneaking up on him

        • Klaus

          He is looking at Fluke.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Not the way I’m seeing the art. Fluke was in front of him going up the beanstalk with the dampener in front of and tot he right of him, with the beanstalk between them. Anni is standing with his back to the “camera” for panels 2 and 3 with the dampener clearly in front and to the left of him. Fluke lands in the same relative position tot he dampener as he was before, just a bit closer. Anni is swiveling around around to look over his shoulder, behind him while Fluke should be clearly in front of him, the only thing for him TO be jerking around to confront is the plant

          • Klaus

            I panel three, Duncan is facing the bean stalk, and the dampener is to his left. In panel six, he has his back to the beanstalk, which means that he has turned 180°. He is looking to his right, that is at the dampener. He is not looking behind him. Why he has turned that way I don’t know. It would have been more logical if he had turned to face Fluke and the dampener. Of course that would have made it less plausible that he does not notice the beanstalk opening its mouth and eyes. I find it quite unmistakble that he does not. He is looking at Paul, and talking to Paul.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Nope, don’t see it at all. He has his back to the beanstalk in panel 6 because he is turning to confront the sneaky vines, if he were looking at Paul, he would need to still be facing the stalk, as Paul’s ride on the vine managed to move him closer to the dampener than he was before, and the dampener appeared to be essentially the same distance from both he and Anni. It’s the only interpretation I can see that makes any sense with Anni standing back to the stalk.

          • Tyler Griffin

            (P.S. When I say “Nope, don’t see at at all” that is not a confrontational tone of voice in my head. I just plain don’t see what you’re describing in the least.)

          • I think what he did was pivvet around to get a better start instead of crossing his leg over the other to possible trip on his own feet and maybe a dirt clod and a root. At least that’s how I’m seeing it. 🙂

  • Cman65

    Is that a power damper? Can I play with? What does this butten do?

    • davefragments

      That silver thing with the red glowing top is the power damper.

  • and now the international ratings for Mr Flukes acrobatic performance:

    10.0 10.0 10.0 9.9 10.0

    Oh well, why must there always be one judge to spoil the perfect rating?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      It’s always the judge representing Hell. They’re just contrary that way.

  • Earl Patterson

    Bad Move, Mr, Duncan

  • Mary Klemzak

    Ok I was not expecting THAT! A demon beanstalk?!? Seriously?!

  • Mary Klemzak

    Run, Fluke, RUN!!!

  • Klaus

    I totally missed Amanda and Not-a-Bear the first three or four times I read the page. I wonder if PP got hit this time?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Amanda just keeps quietly kicking Minion booty doesn’t she?

  • Columbine

    Dear gods the dick jokes….that’s not gonna stop anytime soon is it? XP Oh well.

    I love this. Fluke’s acrobatic dismount that somehow (luckily) brought him closer to the dampner. A plant-monster with a black eye waking up behind Annie. The whole wild-bucking-beanstalk bit and the chaos in the background (I think it’s name is Amanda :P) It’s brilliant.

    Thanks again Alex for making me smile and taking my mind off shittier parts of the internet

    • Klaus

      The dick jokes are going to stop when mankind goes extinct. Maybe not even then.

      • Columbine

        Truth.

      • timemonkey

        The legacy of the human race will be the infinite dick jokes echoing throughout the universe for all time.

      • strangeangel24601

        Not even when they are the cause of mankind’s extinction.

  • bronakopdin

    Oh yes, he will >:D

    or at least I hope so ^^
    To punch the beanstalk though… interesting way of doing things… especially if it was directing into the dampeners direction x’D
    Well even Anni seems to have these moments ^^

    And he’s totally looking inti the worng direction atm >//////< he deserves a little beating up, but please don't kill him, Whipping Willow JR.!

    • I think it was the backlash that went towards the dampener – always be careful with huge elastic things….

  • eldestdawn

    I see that the plant is now a monster…and is going to attack anni…this is going to be fun.

  • Aitsuki

    You’ve got more to worry about, Duncan…. you’re about to be plant food.

    • Klaus

      Fertilizer.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Adding ‘Duncilizer™’ promotes strong growth and green foliage. Good for your garden!

    • Pikinanou

      Feed me! Feed me, Seymour! XD

      • One of my characters was almost eaten by a plant….it is not a pleasant experince

        • timemonkey

          It was on Lexx.

      • Malusz

        <3

  • Jeff Baker

    Talk about luck!

  • Punching wood… Oh god… I’m so glad I’d finished my breakfast before reading that; I don’t want to buy another keyboard.

    Evil Beanstalk. That’s quite the menagerie Spooky’s keeping in his little glass cages.

  • Rick T

    Spill the beans: does the beanstalk talk?

  • This is getting incredibly silly and awesome at the same time.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    I foresee that Annihilator will soon have the opportunity to complain about being grabbed by tentacles *again*. He may even start trying to give Spooky the snarky nickname ‘Tentacle Mage’, but Spooky would probably just grin and let it wash right over him.

    • Andy Diehl

      Note to self: New idea for a super-hero that can summon tentacles and goes by the name “Hentai”

  • Anni….you just pissed off Woody…..you shouldn’t have done that….

  • Andy Diehl

    Platty and Duncan really need to stop hitting things that come out of vials.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      I’m beginning to get the impression that Annihilator is treating these conjured critters more like ‘pokemon’ rather than ‘extremely dangerous demonic entities’. That may be a function of Anni’s own natural arrogance, but nevertheless I think that may be a tactical oversight.

      • Tyler Griffin

        Cuddles! I choose YOU!

      • strangeangel24601

        I thought Pokemon WERE extremely dangerous demonic entities. At least the higher-leveled ones.

  • Mir

    Took me a minute to realize that Beanstalk was alive. You’d think he’d learn not to hurt anything that comes out of Spooky’s bottles because of Sircea pissing off Mr. Demon Bear didn’t work out too well for her.

  • Galopa WXY

    The villains are just doing ALL the wrong things xD

    • Jonni

      Well they ARE villains…

  • Nirgal

    Facey McTreeface is going to have some words with Annie.

  • Jason Moon

    When this all over, I’m sure there’s a haunted wood somewhere that employ this guy.

  • Nate

    He got stalk-blocked.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      nice!

  • Stephen Hutchison

    Annie! You punched it in the vine!

    It’s not a beanstalk. It’s a bean STALKER.

  • well, yes, actually, Anhi.

    yes, Fluke does.

    thank you.

    :: evil grin ::

  • timemonkey

    What we have here is a demonstration of Duncan’s arrogance. He doesn’t like that Fluke keeps getting the better of him and it’s causing him to focus on him and make mistakes. After the last vial spawned a giant demon bear that’s keeping Sircea busy he should have known better than to just punch the plant and assume that was the end of it. And the tactically smart thing to do would be to use his speed and strength to take out the rest of the team, that way it won’t matter if he deactivates the power dampener. His pride is definitely his blind spot and at this point everyone is exploiting it.

    • davefragments

      One might even say that Duncan’s arrogance will come back to bite him in the buttocks (literally and figuratively)

    • Tyler Griffin

      He’s going to have grapple with these issues sooner or later 😉

  • T Dibbler

    1 – Nice moves Fluke!

    2- The stalk has a face! A malevolent-looking one. D:

    Edit: And 3 – I wonder if the stalk is going to be pissed at Duncan for punching it? That could go poorly for him.

  • Wyrmidon

    That bean stalk has a mean face. And a nice set of teeth, too. I have a feeling that Anni shouldn’t have turned it’s back to the thing – he is going to be seriously CHOMPED in a moment.

    • Klaus

      Nom nom.

    • Derkins

      Or punched it! He made the same mistake as Sircea, except he’s about to be tentacled instead of lazered. 🙂

      • Sanbai

        I am…okay with this… >>

    • Malusz

      I’m not worried. He can probably take it. Of course it may ruin his new suit and his impeccable hair, which IS an offense. But other than that…

  • Derkins

    Buhh Paul’s luck has clearly not run out out :3
    Guess that answers my question about whether he’s abandoned the nullifier, too!

  • amusingmurff

    What.

  • Malusz

    Oh yes he does!

  • Suhndog

    Yet another reason I’m an Omnivore.. and not Vegan .. LOL

    As a kid, my mom would yell ‘Eat your Vegetables!!! – kids are starving in Europe!!’ — heh .. they could feed a lot of kids with ‘Stalky’ here.. but I bet it would produce HUGE stomach aches!

    I think ‘Jack’ would think twice before climbing this one!

    • Tyler Griffin

      Well, Woody McStalkerson can definitely reduce the number of starving kids in the world! As long as we don’t need to get into specifics within the contract…. Please ignore the fine print, just sign the dotted line.

  • Sapfo

    Oh, a page after my own tast! A lot of greens!
    This looks just like my garden. Wild and a bit dangerous to walk through 😉

    • Klaus

      I think I will stay away from your place.

    • Tyler Griffin

      If you are implying that you have a Woody McStalkerson in your garden, I want a cutting, or… uh… “Tissue donation” or however it prefers to call it so that it understands we’re NOT attacking it, We’re helping it conquer the world.

      • Sapfo

        I like Woody! He gives me shade, and he likes to eat berries. And if he is in a bad mood, just scratch him behind the ear.
        He is easy to be around, the hard part is just finding the ear. I think Duncan is doing it all wrong….

  • davefragments

    It’s a mutant variety of Kale that had hate-sex with a rotting avocado.

    • strangeangel24601

      Not gently. Like it was hate-f*****g. There was something wrong with the relationship and that was the only catharsis they could find without violence.

      • davefragments

        giant grin

  • Vegetables need more people in their diet.

    • Sanbai

      Have an internet sir! Take it, it’s yours!

      • LOL, thank you, Sanbai! I could use my own internet.

  • Earl Patterson

    I’m sure it’s something other Spooky not supposed to keep it.

  • Jonni

    Meet Audrey Three.

  • davefragments

    I turned off politics and put on STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS for its eighteenth repeat on FX. I need a rest from politics tonight. Sunday afternoon was a graduation lunch and that was enough family politics (no politics politics because one of them is a tea partier and the rest of us refuse to engage)… Unfortunately, after the raunchiness of DEADPOOL, I’m going to miss the tiny unicorns, dick jokes, and the other funny profanities.

    • I always cry during the scene of the first Star Trek (reboot) where we see George Kirk become a captain for all of ten minutes or something like that.

      • davefragments

        That is a tough scene to start a movie but it is the beginning of the story being told in a linear fashion.

        • *Sniff* I’m not good at killing off “good” characters.

          • davefragments

            But that’s the art of telling action stories.
            The best of Star Trek didn’t have killing like the one Frank Gorshin was the guy with the half white half black face. Drama doesn’t have to involve killing.

  • Morning from humidity hell xD

    • davefragments

      hi there…

      • Hiya. I’m reminded why I like dry heat and not hot mornings right after a wet, rainy evening.

        • davefragments

          My Air conditioner has been running from about 1pm till 12 midnight. It’s been 85F here.

    • It reached around 100 today :

      • Yikes, I don’t think we ever had that here (except in direct sunlight).

        • Once it hits 115 you actually feel the burning.

    • Morning Danish sweet!

  • davefragments
  • Justin White

    spook has collected some interesting thing: lazier bear and now an evil bean stock