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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 43

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Ow, ow, ow.

First off, let me wish a very Happy Birthday to long-time reader Christopher D.! I hope you had a totally awesome day, my friend!

Secondly, I have some exciting news! The e-book version of Artifice has been included in this week’s Humble Bundle promotion, along with over $320 worth of other LGBT comics, ebooks, and audiobooks in support of the It Gets Better Project.

Other books include Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale, Wandering Son Vol. 1, Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Wuvable Oaf, No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Heart of Thomas, Smut Peddler 2014, The Mirror of Love, MASSIVE: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, and many more! These are full versions, just like what you’d get buying directly from the publishers or Amazon.

How does the Humble Bundle work? Basically, you just pay whatever you want, whether that’s $1 or $100. You also get to decide what percentage of your money should go to the books’ creators (like me), how much should go to charity (the It Gets Better Project), and how much should go to the Humble Bundle folks for setting this all up. It’s all up to you! If you wind up paying more than the average, you get more books. And if you pay $15 or more, you get ALL the books.

It’s just that easy to become the proud owner of over $320 worth of really great LGBT comics and ebooks (including super-sexy comics, like that MASSIVE book, which I’ve had my eye on for a while now…)

And you’ll also be helping a really important charity in the process! Through videos where adults share their real-life stories, the It Gets Better Project strives to communicate to LGBTQ youth that it does indeed gets better – and inspire the changes necessary to make life better for them. As a video editor, I’ve done work for the It Gets Better folks before, and I really believe in what they are doing. Seeing these videos would have made a huge difference in my own life growing up, and it’s making a big difference is kids’ lives right now. (But if you want to support a different charity, no problem – you can actually choose your favorite from Humble Bundle’s database of over 30,000 charities – again, you have total control!)

Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has raised more than $74 million through the support of its community for a wide range of charities, providing aid for people across the world. So we can be sure the money is going to get into the right hands.

The Humble Book Bundle: LGBTQ supporting Pride Month runs from now until Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. And then it’s done forever!

These are good people. And it’s a great deal. If you like LGBT comics and stories (and want to help some LGBT kids), you should definitely check it out. 🙂

So! The Annihilator takes the full blast from the Dampener explosion! Will our Silver Fox survive or is this finally how he meets his end?

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

  • BIG BADABOOM!!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      nor should you!

  • Kaboom

  • Um say goodbye to Anni’s villain costume.

    • Toli Bera

      Wonka voice: No, Stop, Come back.

    • Without villain outfit nor powers (?) Anni won’t be much of a threat now, will he?

      • Well I don’t think it would take away his ability to monologue. He’s a champ at that.

        • Tyler Griffin

          Admiral! Our efforts are in vain! The assault has failed. The enemy just keeps deflecting our bullets and blasters with his Impenetrable Wall of Text!

          • With great monologuing… comes great yawns

          • Tyler Griffin
          • I LOVE OotS!!!!!

          • Tyler Griffin

            Definitely one of my favs

          • I need to catch up on it, but Belkar is my fave, he has some of the best lines. And has anyone managed to cast a successful Detect Evil/Alignment on him? He always seems prepared when people try to cast it on him…

          • Tyler Griffin

            Not Yet! But lately he’s begun to actually be genuinely helpful to the party in an effort to play up he chaotic bit and confuse people

          • That’s my Belkar! ^_^ Though at times I think his alignment should just be chaos.. No good, evil, or neutral, just chaos…

          • Tyler Griffin

            But, but, but… chaotic evil is just so much FUN!

          • Next campaign I am in, I am going to ask the DM/GM if my character can just be Chaos, Pure Chaos.

          • Tyler Griffin

            *I* think a Chaotic Neutral character could be a TON of fun, but so many players and DMs I’ve talked to seem set that a purely chaotic character should be blitheringly insane, to the point of unplayable. But I disagree. I feel like Hexadecimal from Reboot is an EXCELLENT example of Chaotic Neutral. She’s incredibly dangerous because she doesn’t mind hurting people. But even though she’s is treated as a villain, she is rarely malicious o anyone who hasn’t provoked her.

          • My last cleric, Athora….she was….more rogue than our rogue, had the utmost fun almost sliding off an icy mountain path twice, took an instant liking to questionable characters, and fell in love with the most atrociously wonderful hat to ever exist. Picture a halfling cleric wearing a clashing multi-colored sequined top hat with a purple octibear(?) bearapus(?) on top with random different feathers sticking out all over the place and eyes all over it in random spots. The hat was almost as tall as she was with the feathers and all. Really….the DM really should not have given my carte blanche to create Athora’s “Perfect Hat”. Considering how off the wall she had been…She adored that hat and didn’t understand why no one loved the hat as much as she did…

          • Tyler Griffin

            Also Roy has just stopped even pretending to be in doubt and refers to Belkar as evil, lmao.

          • Well, that is progress on Roy’s part….how long did it take again? I mean, Belkar isn’t exactly subtle….

          • HA!

      • davefragments

        Could he be helpless and in Kyle’s arms?

        • Who could protect him from his Daddy Dearest…

          (̂▾̄‿▾̄)̂Ψ

          • davefragments

            PDA

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Well, now his outfit matches Sircea’s singed cape. That’s only fair.

      • davefragments

        bare midriff? Side boob? metal enhanced buttocks?

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Okay I don’t think we should put DF in charge of costume design…. all in agreement raise their hands. 🙂

          • davefragments

            IT might be interesting to see a half-dressed Duncan fighting with Laampros…

          • Tyler Griffin

            I dunno. Anni might look cute in a metal bikini, complete with boob cups

          • Empowerment!!

          • Nonono! Our dear Dave is indeed in charge of costuming. The empowerment Duncan would have!!

          • davefragments

            🙂

          • purplefoxglove

            *too traumatised by mental images to raise hand* O.o

        • Actually, I think we need fan art of this, STAT!!

          • davefragments

            If I could draw, I’d do it.

          • Me too!

          • Tyler Griffin

            Maybe a new commission for patreon? lol. Duncan does Drag? (Bad drag of course)

          • 😛

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Oh god… now that’s in my brain. Arggggggggg…

          • Tyler Griffin

            Oh, come on, You *KNOW* that Duncan is one of those self hating masc4masc; no fats, no fems, no ethnics; slut shaming gays who secretly puts on lipstick and a wig when no one is around.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            YOU! Stop watching that RuPaul stuff… it’s gonna hurt your brain. LOL!!!!

          • Tyler Griffin

            It’s not RuPaul that’s ruining me, lmao, Tumblr SJW’s that have converted me.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            HA!

      • Close. He will indeed be singed

  • davefragments

    Blammo ! ! !
    and ARGH! ! !

  • Tyler Griffin

    My… that was a MUCH shorter fuse than the last one

    • davefragments

      I think it had something to do with that pole being shoved into it.

      • Tyler Griffin

        A good shafting can usually result in a large explosion, that is true.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          ooooooh beat me to that one!!!!! 🙂

  • Toli Bera

    hmm, he’s looking pretty vulnerable right now.

    how’s the Tupperware of Doom doing? this has been a long ~5 minutes.

  • Do you suppose The Duncanator may lose his powers because of this? I mean getting hit so square on with the dampner explosion? Maybe he’s absorb the dampner particles and cancel out what makes him the Annihilator.

    • That would be pretty interesting and quite the twist to what this could mean. Whether temporary or not.

      • I mean after all the shit he went through to get to this point and he’s just basically screwed because of that very greed.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Do I detect I hint of joyful irony?

          • Irony at least.

          • amusingmurff

            I would say it would be pretty joyful.

      • davefragments

        I think he really was sincere about saving the TYP and stopping Laampros. The question is, what does Sircea have in mind?

    • davefragments

      Looks like it

    • Klaus

      I don’t think he would survive that.

  • Nate

    BIG Ba-da-boom!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      And that makes me happy… I love loud boom booms…

  • I wonder if Anni brought a back up outfit? PP didn’t seem to bring an extra cape….

    Also looks like Anni’s wrist device isn’t going to make it…

    • Toli Bera

      Bibbity-bobbity-boo.

      • Is it midnight already?

        • bronakopdin

          whatever, I’ve got a pumpkin ready

          • Toli Bera

            Kinda want to see Duncan in a Cinderella gown now.

  • TwilightDreamer

    OOOWWW!!!
    Well, not sure what’s going to happen next…but ow!
    btw, love the earlier update XD lol

  • Is this only explosion one, given that the small ball did a 2nd bigger blow last time, or is this it? What will it do to Anni – not to mention Fluke. He’s still standing right next to that, despite of the majority blowing the other way.

  • Tyler Griffin

    Why do I just feel like TsuTsu, Kyle, and Random Minion #69 were just about to make a Kyle Sandwich group hug there in the background. Can we still do that? Has the moment passed?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Let’s think RUGBY hugs and NO it is NEVER too late for sexy hugs.

  • D. G.

    I hops anni will b OK. I want him subdued. Not dead.

  • That has to hurt extra considering he was running directly toward it really fast.

    • Yeah! It /has/ to‼ *insane smile*

    • Tyler Griffin

      long as there’s no low hanging shrapnel

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Says he of the one-track mind. 😀

        • Tyler Griffin

          Hey, what can I say. You tell me to stand right beside a ground level explosion and thats what I”m gonna worry about 😛

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Of course… smart fella!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hollywood physics says that you can avoid the effects of an explosion if you’re running away from it. Which suggests that you do indeed take extra damage from running into it.

      • Klaus

        Are you saying that Hollywood physics is logical?

        • Saxon_Brenton

          This question worried me, because at first glance it seemed like I was saying just that. Then I realised that, no, actually I’m accusing Hollywood physics of being easily understandable. Which means it will be logical when it convenient to do so, otherwise it will fall back on other forms of comprehension, such as false analogies or even merely “That looks cool”.

      • So… Ow?

  • Oops meant to say this on the previous page, got my TyP: EtE V1 KS package yesterday: https://plus.google.com/114661535605160092496/posts/ay5qXX6hMUT
    On tumblr: http://b3nc0.tumblr.com/post/145724445531/yeah-i-nearly-kissed-the-postman-yesterday

    • The package is so worth the toll fee! Gorgeous stuff.

      (Even though the fee made me cringe right when I got package.)

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Thank you very much for the birthday wishes AW. It’s why I’m so very mature. 😛 (ha)

    More important, thanks for a HUGE badda-boom owie for my arch-nemesis, Duncan.

    I love these giant panels of dramatic action. It leaves us all with a gorgeous ton of questions about WHAT? HOW? IS HE? Just great. Although I have total faith that our impervious one will live to monologue again. Some beings are just verbally unstoppable. LOL. Also love that Paul for being so darn ballsy. He’s just like, “Oh FECK that nonsense (stabbity stab)!”

    This is crazy, fun, unexpected, exciting stuff. I love the way you three continue to always give us pages that have something plot-wise, emotional and artistic we weren’t expecting. NEXT PAGE PLEASE!!!! Thanks again! 🙂

    • Happy Birthday again, sir!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thank you!

    • Happy merriness, birthday boy!

      ( づ◠‿◠)づ ❀♡

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thanks!

    • Tyler Griffin

      Happy Annual Escape Day!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Yeah… it was a nice lazy day. Just perfect. Thanks.

      • Adam Black

        You put that in my head,
        Now take it out

      • Adam Black

        You put that in my head,
        Now take it out

      • Adam Black

        You put that in my head,
        Now take it out

      • Adam Black

        You put that in my head,
        Now take it out

    • Psst, check today’s comments on previous page 🙂

    • syllibub

      Happy birthday, Chris! ♥︎

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thank you most kindly… and never worry. I’m sure the wife will banish Cuddles soon and restore her cape. All will be well or evil or… 😀

    • Klaus

      Happy birthday!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thank you kind sir!

    • Adam Black

      happy Birthday Mofo!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thanks DUDE BRO!

    • Adam Black

      happy Birthday Mofo!

    • Sapfo

      Only the carefully selected congratulations for you dear Chris!
      Have a good day, good birthday, and I guess this is the page for you. Some Duncan hurt 😀

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thanks Saph! Just a tiny Duncan owie, I’m sure. 🙂

    • Sapfo

      Only the carefully selected congratulations for you dear Chris!
      Have a good day, good birthday, and I guess this is the page for you. Some Duncan hurt 😀

    • Jeldenil

      Congratulations, Chris!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thank you kindly!

    • bronakopdin

      Happy Happy Birthday, Chris!! 😀

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thank you (a friend said, “Congratulations” and I thought, yes that’s it exactly! Survived another year!).

        • bronakopdin

          oh my x’D
          I always wondered why people kinda celebrate “to get older”, it’s not “getting older day” it’s “birthday” we celebrate to be born 🙂
          It’s that you’re born 😀

          • Klaus

            I don’t mind getting old, considering the alternative.

          • bronakopdin

            that’s not what I meant and you actually know that x’D

          • Chris Dangerfield

            And… after a certain age… it’s “survival!” HA! You made it.

            I mean I was jumping out if trees at the age of seven with a towel (cape) safety pinned around my neck trying to be Superman. I only broke my arm once. So all was well.

            My poor parents (snort).

          • bronakopdin

            lol I also broke my arm once, sadly not in such an epic way x’D

    • purplefoxglove

      Happy Birthday – I see you like Alex’ present for you 😉 Hope you have a wonderful day!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Indeed, perfect page for a perfect day. It was, indeed, synchronicity as only Alex can dish it up. (*bows in gratitude*)

    • Keneu

      Congratulations! Hope you had an awesome day.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        I did. Thanks for the kind wishes!

  • The more I think of it, the more I believe this must have some influence on Anni (and Fluke?). This HAVE to influence his hair, removing some bodyhair 😉

    Nah, joke aside. Anni may find himself in a new reality after this, at least for a while til he might heal. He’s very hard to hurt, but not immortal, and getting power-neutrality right in your face like this. Ouch!

  • Wildroses

    Part of me hopes this kills him, and not only because Kyle can’t end up with Duncan if he’s dead. What would Duncan dying do to the deal he made with Laampros? Would the world be saved from demons because he died before managing to open the portal? Does Laampros get his soul anyway? And what is the Priestess going to do now her chance of power and immortality is slipping through her fingers? And they’d still have to come up with another way of fixing those shoddy walls.

    I probably won’t be that lucky though, I bet he survives somehow 🙁 Unconsciousness would have the same impact on opening the portal as dying, wouldn’t it? Isn’t there a specific time limit on that thing?

  • ‘If you wanted me out of my clothes there’s better ways to express it’

    • Tyler Griffin

      Meh, explosions were faster.

      • And he had his long staff in hand already! What should he have told more?

  • davefragments

    IUPAC named four new elements in the atomic table.
    Boring, scientifically significant names…

    Personally, I would have named them Portnoy, Mahlerium, Kissmyassium, and O,O,Orgasmiummmmm — but they didn’t ask me.

    • Tyler Griffin

      That reminds me, I haven’t watched Orgazmo in a LOOOOOOOONG time…. I need to pull that out, maybe now

      • davefragments

        Not to pat myself on the back but I think to name and element “Portnoy” would have been an inspired choice of elements that have a half-life of 50 or 100 nanoseconds. The alternate name would be liver&onions.

        • Quickdeathium?

          • davefragments

            You should read Portnoy’s Complaint.
            There’s an inside joke I can’t explain without going to a heavy “R” rating.

          • Ah!

  • Congrats on the Humble Book Bundle, Alex and thanks for sharing!

  • camelotcrusade

    Well, at least it’s mostly pink. If you’re going to go, go out with pride. ✌(◕‿-)✌

  • syllibub

    Damn. Rest in f**king pieces, Duncanator.

  • Hours Left

    Can I just say that I’m definitely here for Duncan in his ripped up spandex? I hope that blast hit him in all the right places. (I’m sure he’ll be fine, I just wanna see his outfit in tatters.)

  • Maus Merryjest

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

  • Shiny Gwilly

    oh dear, that’s a very painful looking “AHHH”
    it’s not just the full page of the blast and showing him taking the hit, but that little speech bubble in that really makes me wince and go “oh no, that’s gotta be hurting”
    but overall great page and i can’t wait to see everyone’s reactions and what happens next

  • Klaus

    With the dampener gone and Sircea occupied, it should be easy for Kyle to cut a hole in the diamond box. But how much time is left?

  • …..Alex….how is my Mitch doing? Are we going to see him soon?

    • Tyler Griffin

      Just in time fly everyone that deserves it away from the blast/hell portal 😉

  • Adam Black

    Uh-oh!
    What if this opens the portal for Laampros?!

    and the sacrifices? We were just assuming they were necessary to open it.
    BUt what if the Volunteers were actually to close the portal behind Laampros?

  • Adam Black

    Uh-oh!
    What if this opens the portal for Laampros?!

    and the sacrifices? We were just assuming they were necessary to open it.
    BUt what if the Volunteers were actually to close the portal behind Laampros?

  • Adam Black

    Uh-oh!
    What if this opens the portal for Laampros?!

    and the sacrifices? We were just assuming they were necessary to open it.
    BUt what if the Volunteers were actually to close the portal behind Laampros?

  • Adam Black

    Uh-oh!
    What if this opens the portal for Laampros?!

    and the sacrifices? We were just assuming they were necessary to open it.
    BUt what if the Volunteers were actually to close the portal behind Laampros?

  • Sapfo

    The ball is dropped… I mean the ball been smacked!
    Let the big demon sing!

  • Sapfo

    The ball is dropped… I mean the ball been smacked!
    Let the big demon sing!

  • Sapfo

    The ball is dropped… I mean the ball been smacked!
    Let the big demon sing!

  • Sapfo

    The ball is dropped… I mean the ball been smacked!
    Let the big demon sing!

  • Klaus

    Ouch!

  • David Welbourn

    Almost missed Aquatat and Flame Lad watching the pyrotechnics in the background. I suppose as they power up, things will start to escalate even more.

  • Jeldenil

    Dun dun dun… can?

    • bronakopdin

      this made me laugh way more than it should have x’D

      • Jeldenil

        Glad someone likes my weird/lame humor 😉

  • Maybe thius will take Fluffy’s attention away from Sircea – something that will make Sylibub happy. Can’t have a near chasing her wifey’s tail 😉

  • bronakopdin

    Oh my >_>
    I mean I guess he won’t be injured a lot… if even… he does have that thing to keep his powers even though the dampener was active, so in case that got destroyed now I bet it still helped to keep the worst of that explosion off him, even if he screams like that ^^’
    I mean… without indicating anything… often men are the bigger crybabies and for a man who probably didn’t feel any real physical pain in most of his life… x’D

    No, joking aside, I bet this hurts like hell… Still I’m sure he won’t be taking too much here 🙂

    Now my bigger question is: IF he really loses his powers for a while now, will we finally see Sircea’s true face towards him? As in: she might deem him useless now and don’t give a f*ck about him in his condition?
    IF he loses his powers I wonder whether she’s “really” a friend to him…

    • Saxon_Brenton

      The old “You can tell a lot about a person’s morality by the way they treat someone who’s of no use to them” line? A good point. And we know from the way she left Shane tied up in the hellsnakes that she isn’t casually helpful.

  • Aitsuki

    Woah; he’s actually screaming… possibly in pain?

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Maybe. Or maybe he’s just yelling in frustration because the heroes just wont do what he asks.
      (The Young Protectors Drinking game says: Annihilator acting arrogantly. Take a drink.)

      • But isn’t that his default mode off operation?

        • Saxon_Brenton

          [smirk] Yes. Which means that any players will get very drunk. But drinking games are usually just excuses to do that anyway.

          • Tyler Griffin

            But we typically try to avoid alcohol poisoning scenerios. Like a HP drinking game where every time Draco says “Potter” you have to chug your drink would be not good, lmao.

  • Mir

    Duncan will use his abs of steel to shield the explosion!

  • We did indeed get a Duncan-shattering kaboom.

    Thanks for the reminder about the Humble Bundle, Alex, I’ve been meaning to get that, and I keep seeing the email on the bus home, and forgetting by the time I’m in front of a Real Computer.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Yes… thanks for the Bundle heads up AW. For $15 I got a supreme bundle. 😀

      • Happy birthday, Chris, and that is a most excellent birthday present to yourself. 🙂

        • Chris Dangerfield

          No kidding. Best deal in town. The hardest part is that you get to apportion how much goes to the publishers and how much to the charity… I want BOTH!!! LOL.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Hmm. I think I’m going to have to go back and carefully read the negotiation scene between Annihilator and Laampros for when the benefits and drawbacks of their bargain start to take effect. It might be that under normal circumstances that the exploding dampener would be enough to kill Annihilator, but if the contract has come into play then it can’t. Hold up for a minute while I go read the fine print…

    • Klaus

      He does not look any younger.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        An excellent point.

    • timemonkey

      IN such pacts you generally don’t get the benefits until you’ve completed your side of the bargain.

  • T Dibbler

    Well, that looks painful.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Yayyyyyyyyyyy!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Happy birthday Chris! I got you a random bizarre thought.
    Dunno if this idea has been posted before, but are we sure Laampros’ power will be like the formal spell casting magic of the Priestess and Spooky (and not be affected by the dampener) or the innate supernatural power of Red Hot (and will be affected by the dampener)? Is this how the Priestess plans to remove Laampros and his demon horde after they are no longer useful to her? Do a deal that gain power and immortality, let the demons through into Earth in the presence of a power dampener that leaves them weak, then slaughter them all? Ooohhh, clever Priestess, very sneaky. A pity Fluke’s just ruined it.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Now THAT is a complex plot twist worthy of only Saxon! Bravo… and thanks for Bday wishes.

    • purplefoxglove

      On the other hand, the PP (supposedly) wants the demons on earth to use their power. They won’t be much use to her if they don’t have said power…unless she can access the power that the dampener blocks. In that case, perfect solution if she manages to keep them in dampener range until she’s done with them.

  • I hope it hurts as much as a pitchfork up the ass. But sadly I doubt it.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Exactly! It’s not the size of the pitchfork, but what you do with it… 🙂

  • timemonkey

    Guys, what if this kills him? We’d be down one big villain but there’d be nobody to reign PP in. And it might break the pact since it was made with Duncan and not her.

    • Klaus

      Not-a-bear is doing a good job so far, reigning in PP.

      • timemonkey

        If Spooky was able to bottle it do you really think PP won’t be able to take it out?

        • Klaus

          There is a difference between a carefully planned summoning and being attacked by surprise when you are already weary.

          • timemonkey

            Considering she’s about to flood the world with demons, including a king of Hell, I don’t think Giant Laser Bear is beyond her abilities.
            Though you are technically correct, the best kind of correct.

          • Klaus

            Demons all controlled by said king of Hell, with whom she has had lengthy negotiations in preperation for this event.

          • timemonkey

            But if you recall part 3 of the plan she’s also planning on forcing them all out again.

          • Klaus

            I wonder if she has a plan for that. The precense of all those demons on earth is going to make her more powerful. This will allow her to rebuild or repair the Walls of Blood and Pain. And then what? Maybe she is going to think of something to get rid of the demons then. Or maybe she was not entirely honest with Duncan. If she would be less powwerful after ousting the demons, why should she do it? They are bound to stay out the Americas. Maybe the Americas are enough, even for Sircea.

            But we know so little about how demons work in this world. Is there some law of nature that prevents them from breaking contracts? If not, I am quite certain that she does have a plan for ousting them. Do onto others before they do onto you.

          • timemonkey

            I wonder if she’s been sneaky there as well? Like if the reason she sent Duncan to finalise the contract was not only so he’d suffer the consequences if things went wrong but also to make him a sort of linchpin for the demonic contract. Kill him, contract is broken and the demons are all banished.

    • Derkins

      He was kinda doomed anyway (given that TYP win somehow), considering that the demon king made some pretty nasty promises if he didn’t deliver.

      • timemonkey

        It’s win-win all around! XD

      • Wildroses

        I’ve been wondering if that pact he made means Laampros gets his soul if Duncan dies before managing to let his legions into the world.

  • Klaus

    Is his cell phone broken now?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      HA! That IS today’s question… “Excuse me, is this model dampener explody proof?”

  • Derkins

    Aaaaand down goes Duncan

  • Jason Moon
    • Tyler Griffin

      Well, not entirely, we have a specific reference from the previous device that the dampeners are rigged to explode if destroyed. But it’s still funny and I LOVE the 8bit Theater reference on that page

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Don’t you love science?

    • KatKaleen

      Thank you for making me laugh! XD

  • Belle Morte
  • amusingmurff

    I feel for Anni here. That’s definitely my expression when I take an accidental blast to the face.

  • KaBoomBOX

    On the plus side, the explosion is going to leave Duncan half naked.

    • Keneu

      Ha! That’s exactly what I was thinking.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Ha ha! That is what we are all hoping… 🙂

  • KatKaleen

    O_O That looks like it hurts. Please don’t die, Duncan! You can still live long enough to become a good guy, like Darth Vader.
    Edit: I know it’s valued by many readers, but I want to say it again: The artwork here is magnificent.The amount of details, the colors, the fact that we see people in the background reacting to what’s happeing… Awesome!

    • Klaus

      Better yet, to survive as a good guy.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        But then you don’t get to come back either ghost-like and ugly, or appear in future movies as a beautiful young boy (but a terrible actor).

        The choices are always complex… well when the director is questionable they are…

        • Klaus

          This is the story of how Kyle became one of the most powerful champions the world has ever seen. He could do this by becoming a ghost.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            No, Darth Vader. Movie #1 — bald and rather unattractive and then in later films — as a beautiful young man who couldn’t act. Nothing to do with Kyle. Kyle is sexy as feck from page one. We just need to keep Kyle away from lava, the dark side and George Lucas.

          • …and Disney. I refuse to believe Kylo Ren is the son of Han when he is clearly the son of Severus Snape.

        • timemonkey

          The actor was fine. The script and the director were terrible.

  • hm?

    shall there be a Wardrobe Malfunction, dunkie-wunkie?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      We live in hope!!!! 🙂

    • Klaus

      It is a firm rule of superhero comics that damage to clothing never leads to embarrassment og impropriety.

      • (tch…)

        (don’t harsh my high, broski

        {L.o.L.})

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Yeah @disqus_8gizXhsHgE:disqus don’t mess with our (clearly temporary) joy. Our boy (Duncan) needs a little smack down. 😀

      • Saxon_Brenton

        I was about to say: that’s only in comics that conform to the Comics Code Authority (and according to the House to Astonish podcast that died a number of years ago).
        But then I remembered Alex’s policy on ‘no exposed wieners’, so it amounts to much the same thing as far genre conventions are concerned.
        So when Annihilator looses most of his clothes on the next page and generally gets objectified as beefcake, it’s safe to assume that he’ll retain a few shreds of tattered clothing.

        • Klaus

          I have this from a superhero role playing game. Silver Age Sentinels as far as I remember.

  • Dennis Grace

    That’s gonna leave a scar.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      We can only hope!

  • Tyler Griffin

    So, in my unemployment, I’ve been working on my D&D campaign world to pass the time. I’ve got a 4 kingdom alliance ruled by the decedents of a god of wisdom from a fallen pantheon, held together by the central Temple-City that houses the god’s High Seat.

    So, now I have the ruling families sorted and I’m fleshing out the kingdoms themselves, giving flavor, populating them, all that fun stuff. And I’m sifting through my stack of Monster manuals and creature sources of unofficial nature; and I think I’ve developed a new drinking game for DM’s based on monster descriptions:

    Unintelligent but a cunning fighter: 1 shot
    INT score of 2 or less but possesses language(s!): 3 shots
    Phenotype that blatantly conflicts with suggested environment: Chug a beer

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I feel like such a plebeian… I never needed such intricate rules to down shots and drink excessively. Now, that said, I applaud your imagination. Yes, I do! 🙂

  • Kate G

    Well, I guess he should have touched the big, red button after all.

  • karmakat

    yeah fluke’s luck stroke again it seems. hehe

  • AJ Jung

    Anni, you just got roasted.

  • Cid Highwind

    Yes…

  • Tyler Griffin

    What a day…

    • Chris Dangerfield

      What a day
      What a day
      My baby brother ran away
      And now my Tuba will not play…

      — Shel Silverstein

  • Kolby

    Let’s just hope Fluke’s luck doesn’t run out! If things shift, he could’ve just killed all of those innocent people in the containment unit….

    Just gotta say, as always, your comic is AMAZING! I check for updates every week! I’m hooked!

  • Starfighter updated. Pages coming pretty fast at the moment 🙂

  • Earl Patterson

    Maybe it’s simple this device burn cloth off nothing more

    • Klaus

      This is not that kind of comic.

  • Columbine

    I know it’s early but I was feeling sad so I thought I’d check for a new page.

    Edit: Spoilers- there isn’t one. Updates Wednesdays not Tuesday night 🙁

    • Mir

      I do this all the time too.

    • You were a few hours early. It will update tuesday evening/night in US.

  • EMR has updated!!!! http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/ch29pg1/

    For anyone who hasn’t read this amazing comic yet, you may begin reading here: http://elanmeetsrafa.com/the-comic/

    • davefragments

      If you search AMAZON, you can find a book of drawings of the soles of two pair of feet titled “sam, the ceiling needs painting.”
      I discovered it a long time ago.

    • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

      I’m always excited to discover new comics! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Woo!! Setting up for camping. And I could use the fun!

    • davefragments

      My two favorite phrases this week (and maybe next week) are “shit-spackled muppet pharte” and “wheezing sack of cock tips” …
      And where else do you put out cigarettes?

      • That’s about it!!

        • davefragments

          Good Deadpool.

          • Superhero landing! She’s gonna do a superhero landing

          • davefragments

            Believe it or not I had to look up how one made a “blowjob cocktail” … That’s the most disgusting thing I ever thought people drank (after American beer) …

          • I knew it from a bartending course. Ideally you drink it without using your hands.

          • davefragments

            I like Black Russians and dislike Coffee.
            So that kinda ends any idea of drinking one of those things.

          • davefragments

            BTW — I think Deadpool is a screaming fun comedy.

          • Bartending course. That must have been fun.

          • Actually if you drink it by lifting it up by hand it’s called a hand job. If you drink it w/o hands then it’s a blow job. I wish I didn’t know that.

          • davefragments

            Oh what can I say but the real thing is better.

            My Dad used to drink Cutty Sark and I tried that once – gag me.

            I like soft brandy and cognac. Red wine too.

          • Ha!

  • davefragments

    The cicada that are making lots of noise around my house are slowly dying off.

  • Morning. Waking up from the weirdest dreams. Camping feels much better than those 🙂

    • davefragments

      Hi there!

      • Hi Dave 🙂

        • davefragments

          How’s things. It’s in the 80’s here, and my grass is growing too fast.

          • Temps have dropped this week, it’s more windy/cloudy at times and we got some rain (how much very much depends on where you are), but lucky should get more sunny in the weekend. Good because my city has the yearly regatta.

            As for myselt today, I have an official meeting with a person whom’s name I don’t know how to pronounce. Good thing name presentations happens when saying hi 😉

          • davefragments

            I’ve had a few of those introductions in my life.
            This is the week of the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh. I didn’t go. No good reason.
            The cicada are dying and leaving their rather large bodies all over the patio and the yard. I’ve seen a few landing on windows and looking ugly.

          • Eeew! I can’t with such things today. Last night I found out I had had a hunting spider in a web on my shirt sleeve for hours before I noticed. Big shirt and right out of view – until I managed to squish it and wondered what that feeling was. Was so grossed ou D:

          • davefragments

            It’s like an unwanted boyfriend.
            I had a cicada land on my arm and I just brushed it away. It wasn’t special. But yes, I know about those icky hateful gross spiders.
            😉

  • syllibub

    Heyo. I’ve been getting antsy for this page — whatever the dampener does to Duncan is going to be weird.

  • davefragments

    Penguins won the Stanley Cup and the parade in downtown Pittsburgh happens tomorrow. Now that is going to be a large and screaming crowd that I will be happy to avoid.

    • syllibub

      Word. I like hockey just fine, but I’ll pass on loud, rambunctious hockey fans.

      • davefragments

        My Niece’s son has played hockey from a young age and he’s got the playoff beard and now has t-shirts and is headed there. They were at the winning game for the Prince of Wales Trophy.
        I watched the hockey game in the commercials of the TONY AWARDS.

  • davefragments

    rumbles of the new page

  • stickfigurefairytales

    He got ‘sploded.