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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 48

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This time, it’s personal…

Last week, over on my Patreon page, $5+ Patrons were sent TWO brand new Young Protectors pin-ups with art that has never been seen before. One is a Safe-for-Work image by Silverjow featuring Tsunami, and the other is a very NSFW image with linework by Stephen Sadowski featuring Spooky and Kyle getting it on in a steam room (and it’s more NSFW than anything I’ve ever done before.)

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So! Looks like the youngest member of the team decided to use a little strategy, which meant The Platinum Priestess got a belly-full of fire blast. Will this be enough to take her out? Or will it just make her more angry?

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


  • WOMP!!

    • Klaus

      WOMP indeed.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    That one looked like it hurt!

  • What they shoulda been letting Mitch do from the beginning!!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      As I recall, he offered to throw rocks at the Annihilator at supersonic speeds, but they didn’t listen to him. And then look what happened…

      • Exactly!!! Shoulda given him the thumbs up things mighta been a little different.

    • timemonkey

      Well, to be fair, the situation is very different right now. Duncan is down, most of the minions are down, Sircea is running out of steam.
      Not to say the initial attack plan wasn’t flawed, I’ve said that several times.

      • This true, but! Could you imagine when they first started if he had been dropping rocks and not floating up in the sky like a sitting duck?

        • timemonkey

          Yeah, it would have meant the Copmmander didn’t have an overview of the battlefield an wouldn’t be able to adjust tactics as needed. Also Sircea would have just shot him faster.

          • She was listening to Amanda the whole time. And he could have been keeping an eye while he moved too.

          • timemonkey

            But his perspective would have been constantly changing and he would have been an actual threat instead of a last ditch move to break their strategy.

          • timemonkey

            Granted, that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have been effective, just that he’d have made himself a target faster.

  • Mitch

    Mitch is just


    • timemonkey

      Love him and protect him and give him hugs!

  • davefragments

    YAY, I’m cheering for the rock…
    Remember, no matter if the rock hits the pitcher or the pitcher hits the rock, it’s going to be bad for the pitcher!

  • Of course, I don’t think Sylibub will be happy Mitch is attempting to flatten her wife.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Nah. The Priestess’ grasp of pop culture means that she’ll just reference ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, allow herself to be literally flattened, then stand up and reinflate herself into 3D, just like Judge Doom, in an attempt to intimidate the heroes with her unstoppability.
      (Of course, Doom was done in with his personal kryptonite very shortly thereafter. So that might not be a good precedent to invoke.)

  • jreed3842

    YES! Great Job, Fly Boy! Awesome shot, Kyle!
    God. I am so into this right now!!! I am on the edge of my seat!

  • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

    Toh ho ho! Insects, are they? With dialog like that, she was just asking for that fireball to the face!

  • Jac

    The panels on this page are just fantastic. There’s so much energy and movement!

  • And we would have gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you meddling kids.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Priestess, did you not notice how well Annihilator’s attempts to monolog the heroes into submission failed to work?

  • Nate

    It’s official: Mitch rocks. 😀

    • Brian Hopkins

      ba dum tss

  • syllibub

    *grits teeth so hard they make a squeaking noise* I guess it’s a testament to her ability that, even after being tired out from the skyscraper bear, it still takes four on one to for them to get a solid hit in.

    • timemonkey

      Look on the bright side, she’s still smoking hot! 🙂

  • timemonkey

    Insects can be deadly, Sircea. Especially when they swarm you.

  • Suhndog

    Remember the TV show ‘The Munsters’?

    I can see a cut scene where Herman jumps up and down, rattling the entire house, and yelling: ‘Darn, Darn, DARN!!’

    Can we call this a ‘warm-fuzzy’ fight scene? – It is for me..
    [warm-fuzzy after drinking a few Espresso’s LOL]

  • Sapfo

    So Flyboy and Platinum Priestess are playing a game of donkey kong 🙂

  • timemonkey

    Also, I notice Sircea has stopped using the argument that this is for the greater good and is now stating that it’s all about her benefit.

    • Cman65

      Its always been about her

      • timemonkey

        But now she’s openly admitting it.

    • Klaus

      She used that argument only tp Duncan. She never explained herself to the YP.

      • timemonkey

        And if Duncan is awake and heard her she just made a powerful enemy.

  • Shiny Gwilly

    PP will be singing a different tune after that hit
    though she is ISH already, since Anni went on about how this is all for the greater good and all that, it does give some thoughts to how PP sees this whole situation and what the outcome was supposed to be according to her plan
    think the whole team is going to see how Anni is more of the “lap dog” Kyle said he was

  • Klaus

    “Sticks and stones”. That is a good one.

  • camelotcrusade

    So I looked up the melting point of platinum and it’s 3,215°F. If that’s a platinum bra the jugs are safe. As for the midriff well you get what you dressed for.

    • EyeDontNo

      But what about Hot Metal on skin? Does platinum conduct heat as well as other metals? inquiring minds want to know!

      • camelotcrusade

        We’re gonna hafta take it off and look. ⚈᷀᷁ᴗ⚈᷀᷁

        • Klaus

          Silver, on the other hand …

  • camelotcrusade

    I can’t help but wonder how Mitch would react if he really had flattened her, and the invincible evil witch turned to have something in common with him: she bleeds, and she might even die. Would he feel so heroic then?

    Meanwhile Sircea could totally work the broken wing routine and use the heroes’ compassion to manipulate them into a bad position.

    • timemonkey

      Is this a world where heroes never kill? Sircea’s one of the top villains of the world, a reputation she had to earn, has been screwing over the world for thousands of years and is trying to flood the world with demons. While he probably wouldn’t be happy he killed someone he doubt anyone would be too upset about it.

    • Librarican

      He would then be obligated to steal her shoes, while the captives in the box paraded around singing “Ding dong the villain’s dead.”

  • Jeldenil

    Sticks and stones? Now I expect him to drop not-a-beanstalk on her next.

    • That ring ismade out of a whole bunch of bone sticks 😉

      • Jeldenil

        Good idea. Can you inform Mitch?

  • bronakopdin

    “insolent, insignificant insects”
    that’s the alliteration of the year xD

    Interesting how the oh so calm and superior Sircea is suddenly getting panicked and offending ^^
    and kinda admitting it’s sth to be “taken from her” so it was “for her” is it? :p

    Spooky, Paul, Duncan when? x’D

    • Brian Hopkins

      Prompted me to research whether alliteration could be used for initial vowels; you’re good and I learned something.

      • bronakopdin

        I have actually no clue what else alliterations can look like if not with initials?

        edit: OH you mean whether it’s vowels, too, not only consonants? x’D took me a moment, sorry ^^

        • Brian Hopkins

          I had thought alliteration required initial consonants, like Duncan’s delicious dilemma or Kyle’s killer karaoke, but it seems lots of people accept initial vowels as well.

        • Three thestrals thoroughly
          angels always arise
          six sick sisters ate cereal
          open outwards oven
          wind winds warily
          elephants elect elegantly

          baby basket busts brilliantly
          illiterate illegals illicitly

    • Vaira

      I also wondered if all her insults have to start with “i”? 🙂

      • Klaus

        The initial is invariably, inevitably i.

        • Vaira


  • Snorlaxation

    I love Silverjow’s artwork. Such great incentive.

    Also, you go, Flyboy!!

  • Air strike! Mitch is like a human bomb plane 🙂

    Now THAT has to mess up her hair! That wasn’t only a flambeed cape.

  • Jeldenil

    Also, the annoyed antagonist alliteration award goes to Sircea.

  • Sanbai

    I’m going with “more angry” for 500 Bob.

  • Mitch just invented his own version of bowling.

    PP isn’t smiling anymore. In fact she seems to have forgotten the selfless point of her and Anni doing this, in favor of the very personal reason to do so. It was pretty clear from the beginning that she certainly had own reasons. Is the fact that she’s now pressured hard JUST by a handful of youngster making her more determined to regain that power? I think so.

    A slightly different version of ‘only drunks and kids tell the truth’. Kids are making hers show.

  • amusingmurff

    Ok, now picture this scene with Dwayne Johnson in place of the rock.

    • Klaus

      Or Duncan Wells.

  • Kate G


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  • Michael

    Woo! Fireball to the chest! That ought to leave a bit of a scratch.

    But WHERE is that military/ exsec backup Amanda was talking about earlier? Now would be a great time to drop in.

  • Aitsuki

    Well, she just revealed her hand…. none of this is for humanity or the world. This is about her getting what she wants.

  • Klaus

    Several people have commented that Sircea has revealed her true motive. I don’t think she has revealed anything we did not know. She said that she needs the demons to get her power back, so that she can repair the walls. Obviously getting her power back has priority for her. It would even if she had the best intentions. There is no way the walls are going to be repaired otherwise. Or so she thinks.

    I am not saying that she actually cares about repairing the walls, just that her statement here does not necessarily mean that she doesn’t.

    • She’ll want them repaired, alright. If not for anything else (though probably) then still to send the demons back to hell so she won’t have to bother with them while she rules again. She didn’ like it the last time the walls were down.

  • Klaus

    What will it take to make her consider them significant insects?

  • Jason Moon

    Will PP suffer Strategic Clothing Damage?

    I STILL think this looks like Street Fighter. SADUKEN!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Okay, so this page is delightful. From Flyboy cheerfully throwing rocks at the Priestess, to the body language in the final panel where she dodges into a flame last.

    However, I’m thinking that just as the Young Protectors stand victorious we’ll get the “Oh sh!t” moment when Laampros arrives. I’m not sure how this will happen considering that (unless I’m mistaken) the heroes are running slightly ahead of the timer on the murder box. But I feel in my guts that this is dramatically appropriate.

    • timemonkey

      I’m not so sure the Laampros thing will go through. After all, we only have one more chapter left and everyone’ s going to be worn out, not exactly in a position to drive out a demon king and his armies.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        The continually shortening period of time that can be given over to a full scale demon invasion at is something that’s been worrying me as well. But fear not, I have handwavium.
        What if the demon invasion doesn’t get beyond ‘token appearance’?
        What if the ‘Save The Night’ artwork is – to quote the old Normalman comic – a symbolic representation of events that appear nowhere in this story?
        I’m thinking that Laampros turns up and then something clever and sleight-of-handy is done, based on Spooky’s prediction that it would be Red Hot’s status as a Prince of Hell that would the ace-up-the-sleeve for the Young Protector’s.

      • Klaus

        Much time can pass between two panels. (Just look at Elfquest). Our heroes might get to recuperate off screen.

        • timemonkey

          If the ritual goes off it won’t matter how much rest time they get since they’ll be too many for them to handle. It’s taking literally everything they’ve got, including two attempts and with a massive boost of luck helping them out, just to deal with these people.

    • timemonkey

      Although I suppose they could come through just as the military is carpet bombing the place.

  • karmakat

    even a swarm of bees can take down a bigger animal you dumb platinum blonde bitch. now be a dear and let yourself be a burned pancaked.

    • Hi Karmakat.

      While it’s perfectly oki to dislike a character in this comic (I think most of us have that feeling at least part of the time), and to cuss them out, we have noticed that you’ve become increasingly agressive with the bad name calling in some later comments. Had it been another commenter you had called these things, you would have been warned of a ban by now.
      However this is a comic character, so instead I’ll ask you to tone the name calling down a little. You can dislike someone without being quite so .. ‘eagerly verbal’ about it.

      • karmakat

        sorry for my behavior

  • Malusz

    In yo face!

  • SchalaRenee

    Nooo! Don’t die/get badly hurt, Sircea! You’re so sexy-evil you just have to stick around! I know most of the Patreon rewards are of nude men, but…can we get a very NSFW pin-up of Sircea? She could just be standing there in all her glory, or she could be doing something NSFW with that fancy wand of hers…she can’t just have it around only for magic. XD

    • Klaus

      No author would kill off such a magnificient villain in her first story.

      • timemonkey

        That’s what flashbacks are for.

    • timemonkey

      A sexy villain height chart would be pretty neat.

  • Dennis Grace

    Ooh, that’s gonna leave a mark.

  • davefragments

    Apparently, Duncan and Sircea are both out of commission and their minions in robes are taking a swim in the river.

    My big question is how much time is left on that clock in the box with the human sacrifices?

  • WiseDragonQueen .

    Go team!

  • Earl Patterson

    probably she is regrets to listen duncan about not kill them

  • Columbine

    There’s something very satisfying about seeing PP hit with a fireball.

    • Klaus

      Just stand still for a moment. I am sure someone will apply water to put out the flames.

  • Pikinanou

    Cloudy with a chance of BOULDERS XD Poor PP… or not. 😛

  • *Doki squee* DOUBLE STARFIGHTER UPDATE! We get History!

    • D. G.

      Thx doki.

  • syllibub

    Mitch is cute as hell here, but it also seems like the time he’s taking to throw rocks around might have been better spent disconnecting the bomb on the glass box. (Unless Fluke is already on that? I thought the explosion might have stunned him, since even though he didn’t take the direct blast, he was certainly close enough to feel the shock waves.)

    • It is inside the glass box, so he would need to be able to get into the box in the first place, which is why the task originally went to Tsu-Tsu

  • Justin White


  • davefragments
  • Mary Klemzak

    Sticks and stones, oh my lord. That comment is all I needed!

  • T Dibbler

    Ooooh, direct hit.

    *joke about attacking old ladies goes here*

    • Klaus

      Oh, what sad times are these when passing ruffians can say Ni at will to old ladies.

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    TYP fans… I’m ashamed of you…. Where’s my Monty Python references…

    -Tell me. What do you do with Witches?
    -Burn them!
    -And what do you burn apart from Witches?
    -More Witches!

  • Hey guys,

    Remember the Meraki comic kickstarter Alex mentioned a couple pages back. Yesterday I asked the creator why she didn’t let international backers decide themself, if they wanted to pay the shipment for one copy, and she has now agreed with me.
    So for those intertnational backers who dropped it, because there wasn’t a single purchase option, it’s now there, and there’s still three days to get it.

  • John

    You watching PP? You watching my rock? Well you shoulda been watching that fireball 😛

    Reminds me of Interesting Times by the inestimable Mr Pratchett mayherestinpeace

  • Chris Dangerfield

    I’m so sorry I have not had enough time to write lots of yummy stuff about this glorious page… but it’s… GLORIOUS.

    Visual, colorful in the classiest ways and there is wonderful visceral movement and motion in every frame and THAT is a lot of work boys and girls. No skimping on TYP. Nope!

    However, my favorite thing and the credit goes (I’m pretty sure) to our Alex is that young Mitch does NOT gloat or vocally forewarn Sircea until AFTER the first rock is thrown. When I think of the number of times an OLD wrinkled highly experienced super hero or villain speaks first, giving said ‘opposition’ just enough time to dodge the missile, I could cry at the stupidity. I mean honestly. Never take the golden idol. Never stick your head in through the door of a dark abandoned house. Hotels are just out if you’re in a film. Vans are evil… don’t get in them. Need I go on? We know these things.

    So, Bravo(a) to you all for keeping it real, as the tables on this little battle keep turning and turning and turning… I love it!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Hi campers. I’ve gone and voted in today’s federal election. And for the rest of you that means… cakes. [Lays a virtual cardboard carry box of cupcakes and slices out of the trestle table near the campfire]

    Australia has compulsory voting (Well… Technically. The secret ballot means that actually it’s compulsory turn-up-and-get-your-name-marked-off-the-electoral-roll. If you want you could leave the paper blank. Or draw cat pictures. Or compose obscenities in haiku. But I digress…)

    But the one thing you can count on is to have the local Parents & Citizens or other community groups doing fund raising with sausage sizzles, cake sales, white elephant stall, etc. My local is one of the ones that also has rides for the kids.

    So, yeah. Help your yourselves to cake. Courtesy of the local primary school just across the road.

    • davefragments

      When a pair of scientists from CSIRO visited my workplace, the Australian government sent brochures with bios and positions of all the candidates and several referendum to the three who could vote. (One scientist, his wife, and the other scientist was a bachelor)… With those, they received absentee ballots.
      Those guys were fun. They introduced me to Swan’s and Toohey’s …

  • davefragments

    Hi campers…

    • Doki might be in and out. Doki has a headache that even taking an afternoon evening nap didn’t help.

      • davefragments

        I hope the headache goes away.

        • I am going to blame it on all the freaking Spongebob on my Tumblr dash.

          • davefragments


          • I don’t like Spongebob, it is actually quite close to loathing.

          • davefragments

            Now I understand better.

    • Hi Dave! I hope your day has been a good one.

      • davefragments

        Peaceful and quiet… How was yours?

        • It was okay until I went outside. Stupid carpenter ants want to take over our back yard.

          • davefragments

            I don’t know how to ged rid of them short of spraying something.

          • With having two old dogs, I’m leery of anything poisonous. I’ve tried baby powder which helped for a little it, but they’re determined little shits. I hit them this evening with some essential oil and soapy water. I’ve also tried to drown them out. My dad wants to pour gasoline down their hole and light it on fire. I mean these things are the size of small animals and their bite hurts like a SOB. My poor boy was bit twice the other day.

          • davefragments

            I’m with your Dad.

          • Ha! I just hate the idea of pouring gasoline into the ground. But I am getting desperate. At least they disappear for the winter, but having to live the summer with them? ARG!

          • davefragments

            I wouldn’t be so kind with them.
            A couple summers ago, I can home to find a few bees in my bedroom thanks to a nest under a window. The exterminators took care of them the next day.

          • I may relent because they keep spreading around

          • davefragments

            And if they get near your house or into it, they will cause damage.

          • So far there has been enough in the yard to interest them, but yeah. That would royally suck

          • Used coffee grind. The used part is important, so you get to drink the coffe first. Save the coffee grind and let it dry. Then drizzle it down in and around the hole, and keep doing it. When it’s been used there’s something in it that the ants hate the smell off. They will walk around it.
            The plants rather like it, so you can spread/burry a little around roses and such where ants also like to come. Could help to keep them away.

          • May try that. They just like to come out as the day is waning and there I am trying to water my plants and take my dogs out.

          • They don’t like cinnamon either, but not sure what that would do to the plants around, since you have to spread a good layer (at first). When/if the ants make a path through the grind, trying to get around it, add new, and do this for a while. Eventually they will stay away completely of it works.

            A side bonus (if it is that for you) is that it will keep cats away from where you apply the coffee. The smell from one spread last days, so if strange cats like to use a flowerbed as toilet, spread coffee grind in a circle at the edge of flowerbed.

          • They seem to be leaving most of the plants, but I just want them to not be around the house at all. They baby powder worked for a few days but I ran out. But I’ll try the coffee. I may make up more spray since they don’t like strong smells maybe add some cayenne to it. Stupid ants

          • Just remember to leave the circles, if adding the cayenne, where the dogs won’t go sniff it up.

    • Hi Dave. I fell asleep to a heavy rain shower, and woke up to birds singing the sun up – though it’s hidden behind a thick layer of rain clouds.

      • davefragments

        The cicada have returned to the earth for another 17 years of slumbers (whatever those things do down there) so my outside is quiet with birds and squirrels and other less noisy things happening.

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  • Jonni

    Obelix would be proud of you, Flyboy.