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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 69

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So! No last second rescue for the sacrifices. And Spooky looks like he’s taking it really hard. What will the team do now? What will Spooky do now?

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


  • Saxon_Brenton

    Spooky. Move.

  • Oh no!

  • *hands over eyes* I’m gonna be over there *points left, eyes tightly shut* rocking and *sniff* just over there.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hands AJ a box of tissues.

  • davefragments

    That’s just cruel.

  • Next page: Spooky cries vengeance. (pleasepleasepleaseplease)

    • davefragments

      I think he’s going to lash out at whatever appears through that gateway

      • I hope so.

        • Saxon_Brenton

          You’re wanting him to use the Don’t-point-that-thing-at-my-planet weapon, aren’t you?

          • I just want some asses kicked and stomped and thrashed and crushed and manhandled and big badda boomed and annihilated (no pun intended cause he needs the same treatment all over again) and pummeled. So whatever can do that, I’m all for.

            (sorry a little traumatized here and feeling a bit blood thirsty)

          • TwilightDreamer

            it’s ok, we all feel the same :'(

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Yayyyyyyyy . Bood thirsty Admiral yayyyyyyy.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            I say go with what works. Although I think Laampros has his own personal, “Don’t point that thing at me.” weapon. 🙂

        • Chris Dangerfield

          me too!

  • Adam Black

    In death, the volunteers of Platinum Nation get a name .

    Dont they ?

    Let name them. its the least we can do

    • Nate

      The Price.

      Because they paid it, with their lives.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        That’s good. They can be sacrifices or start their own band. But that IS good.

  • jreed3842

    I am having a hard time getting through these past few pages.
    This part of the comic is hitting my feels hard than anything so far.

  • Nate


    Just… damn.

    *hugs Spooky from afar.*

    • jreed3842

      *Spooky group hug*

  • It looks as bad as feared ;_;

    Having stared at that horror for a minute or two now, and I had the thought that I’m ..glad that Amanda got the rest of the team to focus on the bone-door. They will know what’s happening, but not get an up’n-close view like Spooky has. If Amanda can keep them focused on the door.

    In this horrible (yet expected page) my mind can’t help seaching for the smallest, if tiniest, possitive things.

    • TwilightDreamer

      Here’s hoping for one heck of a plot twist to appear!

      • Nate

        I can’t resist:

        “A wild Woolfson appears! It uses Plot Twist! It’s super effective!”

        • TwilightDreamer

          Haha! XD

  • AseretZone

    Welp, someone’s gotta say it.
    Daddy’s coming.

    Now, about the page. The panel with the people being electrocuted to death is very feelsy, much heartbreak. Poor Spooky is gonna need so much therapy hugs after this. Actually, I think everyone is gonna need some.

    I’m just worried about how Spooky will react to meeting Big Daddy…or if they have already met. He WAS trapped in Hell for years, after all. If Laampros is some big wig there, I imagine he’s seen “the prettiest toy” once or twice.

    Hope Kyle is ready for the family reunion. And what does the gates of Hell opening do for his powers?

  • Just looked at Patreon. I don’t know what’s the worst; seeing Spooky’s face on the thumbnail page or the finished page. It hurts.

    It’s going to hurt even worse when we get to see the faces of the rest of the group, and possibly more people in the box D:

    Can we just do a vitual group hug? I need to feel like getting/giving a big hug.

    • Pietro7

      Hugs and tears, Danish. Crying is no bad thing. 🙁

    • jreed3842

      *super mega ultra group hug*
      I needed one too.

    • bronakopdin


    • Nate


    • purplefoxglove

      *joins the group hug*

  • fujoshifanatic

    I refuse to accept this page is happening. That is all. *patiently waits for next page to undo the horror unfolding*

    • TwilightDreamer

      scoot over *sits and waits as well*

    • Sadly I think next page will be worse, but I will join the denial of that for a couple of days.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      No THAT is how denial is done kids. [standing ovation] 🙂

  • TwilightDreamer

    …..I think I just felt AND heard Spookys heart break….
    ……or was that mine?? I can’t tell!! T_T

    • jreed3842

      Spooky’s heart as well as the entire TYP fandom’s hearts just broke.
      Thats why the sound was so loud and clear. 🙁

      • TwilightDreamer


  • Saxon_Brenton

    I’m going to be heretical here, and probably upset a lot of people. Spooky is being incredibly self-indulgent by just standing there.

    I mean, yes, he did his best to save lives and stop the demon invasion, and yes, it’s horrifying to see people die in front of you. But those deaths are the trigger for a full scale demon invasion that will involve many more deaths from a literal hell on earth. In fact, that was exactly the argument that Commander put to Tsunami in order to justify the inclusion of the underage Fluke and Flyboy in this mission. I’m hoping that Admiral Jane is right and he now vows disproportionate revenge on the arriving Laampros, but…

    Maybe it’s just me, but I was kind of expecting Spooky – who has seen horrors lots of time before – to have a different reaction. Probably scowling and snarling a curse under his breath before turning to deal with Laampros. Still a reaction of grief, of course, but one that keeps the emotional momentum. Take your anger and use it as a tool.

    • That may be what he does next. I think ultimately with all Spooky has seen he is a big marshmallow. He doesn’t want to leave anyone behind.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        That fits. Certainly he’s one of the most empathetic and caring people. His instinctive knowledge of how to help Kyle start to recover from his hurt back at the warehouse, and the description in the text stories of him rescuing people from mad cultists are just two examples I can think of off the top of my head.

        • I don’t think he could have left the people in the box. Even if he hadn’t been trying to break through, he would have stayed.

    • jreed3842

      Perhaps to Spooky seeing gross demonic creatures is in an entirely different neighboor hood of “horrors” than seeing several people die at once?

      I have been putting myself in Spooky’s shoes as of lately. I would probably be doing the same thing that Spooky is doing. I don’t know how I’d react if I saw a group of people die after I tried so hard to prevent it.

      I would probably just shut down for at least a moment or two.

      But Spooky has probably been trained on how to handle situations like this.
      And standing there absorbing it all is not the smartest idea when there are more pressing matters…
      But I can’t blame him for not making smart choices. This would be so hard to deal with.

    • Kate G

      I think you’re being a little hard on Spooky. After all, when he came out of Hell, he couldn’t talk. He was a mute. That speaks to the level of trauma he had seen.

      I can’t blame Spooky here. I’ve been put there in a way. To me, the most horrifying thought in the world was losing my grams or gramps to something other than old age. I lost my grams to the worst stroke a person could ever be dealt and it took her six months to die. The worst part about it is that people who have strokes can sometimes get better and look like they’ll succeed in recovery then they rapidly deteriorate and die. That’s what happened in my grams’ case; we thought we would be able to take her home, and we had hope and then over two months she just deteriorate and died.

      I went nearly mute in real life for a month. I couldn’t handle it. My great-aunt then died two months later from cancer which was like dealing with my grams all over again.

      Traumatic events are terrible. Until you’re facing it, you have no idea how you will react. Compare that to when, four years ago, my neighbor’s dog went under the fence, attacked my dog and dragged my dog under the fence into her territory and tried to kill my dog. When that happened, every part of me lit up and I jumped over the fence, screamed at the top of my lungs to 1. alert my dad and 2. hurt the dogs’ ears (I needed one second, just ONE, to pick up my dog), picked up my dog and I turned around, taking every single blow the pitbull gave and handed Zena (my dog) to my dad before I had a panic attack. My dog was fine, in the end, after we did $300 in testing and put her on pain pills because she got subcutaneous emphysema. I took the brunt of it because I got a broken knuckle and huge scratches down my stomach and side. I am still super protective of her. I step in front of her to protect her. The pitbull was put down because her owner was an ass and couldn’t follow simple orders.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        I think you’re being a little hard on Spooky. Well, yes. There are different ways that different people react to these matters. My conception of how Spooky would react is clearly different to how Alex thinks he reacts. Alex is the writer, so his version of canon takes precedence over mine.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Ouch. So you are suggesting I should get started on the fanfic whereupon Kyle and Spooky (my OTP) end up together living happily ever after? LOL.

        • Kate G

          I think we all expect a character we love that we think we know to act a certain way and when they don’t, we get a little peeved. “Why the hell did they act that way in that situation?” you yell at the computer or book, but being in those shoes helps me understand those characters. It’s horrible I went through many of those situations, but I’m a lot more understanding now.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Oh the endless frozen tundra this is the Saxon Brenton heart. I’ll bet you justify terrible horrible acts to keep Cthulhu deep in his abominable sleep in the dreaming City of Ryleh.

      Someone remind me not to have dinner at Saxon’s when there is a full moon or planetary alignment. I just might end up the main sacrificial course… all to save the world.

      Never trust a practical man my mom always told me.

      (*chris shakes head in dismay*)


      • Saxon_Brenton

        Well, I did say I’d probably upset people.
        *sigh* I’m just gonna have to write lots of heartwarming hellsnake fanfic to beat this rep, won’t I?

        • Pietro7

          Yep. Waiting for the next one. 🙂

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Oh YES please. LOL!

          • Saxon_Brenton

            [freezes in stage fright]
            Wait, what? You mean you guys actually like this stuff, and you’re not just being polite and indulging me? Whoa.
            [starts thinking very carefully about the points where more narrative strength can be strategically inserted…]

    • Klaus

      There are different kinds of horror. Being used to getting assaulted by demons does not necessarily prepare you for having people killed before your eyes.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Oh, definitely. However the text stories suggest he’s faced both. Or at least, rescued people for certain death situations caused by human depravity.

        • Wildroses

          I suspect the problem is he’s incredibly confident in himself and his power, so I don’t think it occurred to him he might fail until he had to watch it happen. It’s not like the confidence was unjustified, he is powerful. In fact, I think this is the first time in his life he might have experienced failure, and what an unusually devastating failure this is. He has had terrible things happen to him and witnessed terrible things, but not as a direct result of something he tried and failed to do.

          I agree about the self indulgence. I was pretty annoyed he was ignoring Amanda, whose tactical judgement I trust more than Spooky (her giving up on the hostages was one of the things which made me decide they were doomed), and who had been completely correct when she told Spooky not to save Mitch and keep Duncan contained. Look how well Spooky ignoring her orders worked out for everyone who wasn’t Mitch there!

          • Stephen Hutchison

            Not likely that this is the first time he’s experienced failure. He was in a dungeon in Hell with cute demon boy and didn’t seem to want to be there, for instance.

          • Wildroses

            I did occur to me before making the comment, but I decided it was trauma rather than failure. My definition of failure as: “trying to do something but not succeeding”. I don’t think he failed to stay out of hell under this definition as him falling into hell seems to have happened so fast and suddenly he didn’t have a chance to try and stop it until it was too late. And while he was in hell he spent his time trying to survive and escape, which wasn’t a failure because he managed both. But the hostages dying is I suspect the first time Spooky has desperately wanted to achieve something, thrown all his power and intellect at it, but didn’t ultimately succeed.

          • Stephen Hutchison

            That’s an interesting speculation. I am not sure it’s right, but it could be.

          • Stephen Hutchison

            I didn’t think his arrival in hell was in any way a failure on his part. I think that the ‘being imprisoned in a dungeon’ part MAY have been. Not sure whether it was but it’s possibly a minor loss… everyone has minor or major losses at times.

  • camelotcrusade

    Bad guys suck. (///.-)

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Oh well well said!

  • Shiny Gwilly

    those are going to be burned into his brain for a long time
    but still Spooky, there’s a literal hell gate behind you, i hope you have a good arm in order to throw some magic bottle/s towards whatever will be coming out next

  • Jeff Baker


  • Cman65

    Sorry but you can’t save everybody every time. I know it sucks !

  • Jeldenil

    *swears*… get pissed off, Spook. The only way I see this trauma to have a somewhat positive effect, is for you to get super angry and use that to stop the demons. You’re still my hero.

  • T Dibbler

    OMG, so awful. D:

  • D. G.

    Its just so terrible! I knew it was coming but Damn. So sorry Spooky.

  • Spooky is going to need some downtime after this. 🙁

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I know a good Spa………

  • I am. crying.

    • Me too.

      • Chris Dangerfield


        • bronakopdin

          whimpering but trying to be strong… three and a half?

          • Pietro7


  • Chris Dangerfield

    Holy crap! Alex, you went for it.

    Honestly you are fearless in your writing and directing. I didn’t doubt it, but it’s sill extremely powerful. It’s also stunningly (and I use the word advisedly) visualized by Adam and Vero. Thank you so much all three. Hard page to read — in a great way and I’m sure it was also challenging to get just right. [standing ovation]

    Finally, congratulation on the acting. The victims are completely believably harrowing for me, but you walk the perfect line for this comic. It’s not too much. It’s just hard in an emotionally challenging way. I said on the last page that I hadn’t been so emotionally effect (as in these last 3 pages) since the hell-date and warehouse. As hard as that was… and anyone around back then certainly saw me go off the rails due to how affecting it was… it was a beautiful powerful piece of work and set this comic head and shoulders above it’s brethren in the genre.

    This page has similar amazing pathos. The sacrifices are a shock, but the instant contrast to a frozen Spooky, perfectly still and locked in a heart-breaking moment of horror is stunning and perfect and harrowing and hard and I wouldn’t change a thing… all though I WANT to turn the page. Oh yes I really do.

    Now Spook has one of those giant anime ‘FEELS’ swords and is chopping my heart to bits. Crying? Yeah it’s dusty at my house also. 😐

    Huge thanks to all three of you. It’s so wonderful after an action packed meat-life week to come home to this level of work and amazing feels that just help me put my challenges into perspective in the best and most fun way. Wow, I need a ‘next page’ as fast as possible. This is great great work. Thanks again. And…… I’llllllll be baaaaack! 🙂

  • Klaus

    So Alex does not always adhere to the established superhero tropes.

    • bronakopdin

      what a relief right? I’d never expect Alex to be boring and just stick to tropes all the time x’D
      joking aside, I love how he does things so even if it’s really stinging, I love the ooutcome ^^

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Thank you, Powers-That-Be!!!!!

    • Shadizar Silvermask

      This would be the ‘I let Gwen Stacy die’ trope. Hero finally is faced with a situation where he can’t save everyone despite his greatest efforts and must deal with the tragic truth that no matter what you do, no matter how powerful, you can’t save everyone.

    • Stephen Hutchison

      But he does tend to follow the scriptwriter’s rules on how story arcs work. There must always be a defeat before a win, to build depth and to sharpen the victory. Or, a defeat then hope before a crushing defeat in the case of a tragic ending.

  • bronakopdin

    I feared it was coming but it was kind of expected at the same time >/////<
    I wish I could hug Spooky but then he needs to focus now… Hell spawn coming D:
    Wondering in which directing his emotions will stray next! I really hope he'll kick ass with a passion!!

    • Klaus

      I got this hunch that you may not be alone in wanting to hug Spooky.

  • joshsusser

    Oh crap. What if the the sacrifice wasn’t meant to be lives or souls or even pain? What if the sacrifice was meant to be despair all along? In this moment, Spooky’s despair. Isn’t despair the overwhelming theme of Hell, even more than suffering? What if Spooky’s soul-crushing despair is the catalyst needed to open the portal? I can’t imagine a crueler trick to play on him. But I’m thinking, why else go to so much trouble to make a prison that is impenetrable but allows completely unobscured view of the suffering within? Godsdammit, I’ve got chills now.

    • joshsusser

      Now that I think on it, that couldn’t have been the Priestess’ plan. She was just itching to exterminate all the brats, instead of keeping them around to witness the sacrifice. Still gave me chills anyway.

      • Klaus

        The victims themselves would feel despair. Even more than Spooky, I would expect.

        • Samurai Jack

          Despair? Or terror?

          Imagine you’re on an airplane. You hear a loud bang, and then the nose of the plane drops. And it begins to pick up speed. You know it’s going to crash. You know you’re going to die. You just don’t know exactly when. The folks in the cage can see the clock. Counting down…

    • Stephen Hutchison

      Once again … evil mastermindey Xanatos Gambit looks pretty on paper but there is no way that they would be able to guarantee that our heroes could get there, not disrupt the hell out of things, and not prevent the sacrifice somehow. Sircea is brutal and not stupid. She went for the most simple, guaranteed method. Any misery on the part of the heroes is just frosting, not the cake.

      Yes, the trap-box is impenetrable – but part of that might just be to keep Duncan, who was showing signs of an unfortunate conscience, from messing things up.

  • Will Parkinson

    Sometimes even the good guys lose.

  • Lyleen

    Uaaaah x_x

  • Aitsuki

    Well that was gruesome……

  • Samurai Jack

    Once again, where is Mitch?

    We’d better not see him hit Laampros at supersonic speed and drive him back through the gate–and end up trapped in Hell. That would be more tragic than watching these poor victims.

    • Klaus

      I don’t think he would do that. He would hurt himself. What he would do is find a large rock to throw at supersonic speed. Provided one is available.

  • Minyassa

    Ugh. Just like real life.

  • Wildroses

    Well, I was sure this was going to happen, and wanted it to for the sake of a more interesting story, but I’m still sad.

  • Rin


  • KatKaleen

    Well… that was a horryfying first sight for a saturday morning.
    Still, it’s amazing how the art manages to convey the emotional impact…

    One quick question on the side (I wanted to ask this for a while, but was distracted by what’s going on in the comic): Why did none of the poor people rip the tape off their mouth? That’s the first thing I’d do after coming around.

    • Gregory In Seattle

      It looks like their hands and feet are tied up.

    • Vaira

      Exactly. It’s very easy to just chew it out. Try taping your own mouth and take it out without hands. All it takes is opening/closing mouth and sticking tongue out. Duct tape glus + saliva = not working glue.

  • Ideris StarWolf

    And here I was, up until the last page, really hoping for an “Everybody lives, Rose! EVERYBODY LIVES!” moment.


    Get your butt to that gate, Spooky. Take out that rage and pain on the hell beast benefiting from all of this.

    • timemonkey

      If everyone lived there’d be no climactic final battle for Earth.

  • timemonkey

    Well, that’s going to smell unpleasant.

    • davefragments

      A charnel house memorial to Laampros and Sircea

      • Chris Dangerfield

        That sounds familiar? A hall mark car perhaps? 😀 (nice)

        • davefragments

          I was looking for Christmas Cards on Amazon and discovered several lines of the “new” Christmas Cards…
          There was an “F” bomb series of Christmas cards.
          There was an “x-rated sex jokes” series…
          Then the cards got worse, more shocking, and quite amazingly vulgar.
          Those weren’t Hallmark cards.
          My thoughts weren’t anywhere near Hallmark sympathies.

          What all these self-absorbed, would be saviors, and egotistical maniacs like Sircea forget is that human sacrifice, specifically the sacrifice of other people, is never justified to create “peace and tranquility.” Or whatever paradise they want to create.

          There was a reason man and woman were driven from the paradise of Eden.

          • Shadizar Silvermask

            I doubt the sorceress ever intended to provide ‘peace and tranquility’ for anyone but herself, and when you’re a self-absorbed evil person like her human sacrifice is perfectly acceptable. Unlike her partner who apparently had some standards and only went along with the sacrifice because she presented it as the only way to ensure humanity’s survival as a species while tempting him with the apple of immortality and restored youth.

          • davefragments

            I agree about Sircea.
            Duncan, however, doesn’t regret crime and I don’t think he would regret killing if he had to defend himself or his enterprises. His “ethical” limit was the killing of innocents as human sacrifice. His second regret was loosing the demons on the world for several years just to throw them out. I think he realized that the sacrifice of thousands of millions merely for his immortality or eternal youth (whichever) was too high a price to pay.

  • Pikinanou


  • Maus Merryjest

    Can we kill Sircea? Pretty please? Send her to a hell where she has to share her living quarters with the characters from the Golden Girls for all eternity and constantly be made fun of by Blanche and Sofia for looking old and unattractive?

  • Toli Bera

    well here’s Fluke’s bad luck paying out. 🙁

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Surrrrre… UNLESS! One of these people were set free and all unknowingly in a year (say?) was to get sh*t-faced and drive their aging Ford Fairlane into Spooky at high speed. Smush!

      That would be “second-hand” baaaad luck. Right? Go my Flukie of the kissy lips. 😀

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Does it make me a shallow gay man (Shaddddup) that I now want to comfort Spooky, give him healing cuddles. I’ll Hug him and squeeze the sorrow out of him and love him until he loses that horrible hopeless look?

    Come on… I’ll bet there are lots of fans here who want to kiss Spooky’s emo-boo-boo and make it better. Amirite?

    ??? What? Just me??? 🙂

    • Klaus

      And call him George?

    • amusingmurff

      At least cuddles is better than the trope-y magical healing cock?

  • Jason Moon

    If this continues as I expect it will and these people die, that will haunt Spooky for the rest of his life(if he lives long).

  • Juliette Leroux

    No human casualties are acceptable, never. Not a good way to think for a soldier, but a good way to think for a good man. Spooky, you are my favorite now…

  • I have a feeling that spooky’s going to go ape.
    i know i would.

    so sorry spooks *hugs* so very sorry.

  • That’s just great. So good. Clicking the update. Finding this. Just the best. Everything is fine. I’m fine. Spooky’s fine. It’s just WONDERFUL.

  • Airboy Obsessed

    You could say he’s been…spooked.

  • RIP.

  • Emotional Burst incoming, I almost feel bad for Lampros…. almost.

  • Sapfo

    It taken me some days to comment on this page. This is painful!

  • Thunder Chicken

    I’m hoping the sadness in Spooky will cause him to unleash something powerful enough to stop this

  • purplefoxglove

    The past few pages have been so intense that I only now realised that Spooky’s eyes have not been glowing. Don’t they usually glow white when he uses magic?

    Yes, I’m totally trying to take my mind off the massacre happening here and Spooky’s despair.

    • They glowed white when he’s used healing powers/checked injuries from afar. A differnt kind of magic/powers.

  • Ireyon

    Then the Priestesses’ spell turned them all into cabbages the end.

    • Keneu

      Bibbity babbity boo!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Early last year there was a kickstarter for Brian Andersen’s Stripling Warrior, a comic mini-series starring a gay mormon superhero.
    That fund raiser was successful, and there’s now a second kickstarter to collect the three issues, with some extra content, into a TPB. For anyone who might be interested:

    • Red

      Thank you, been waiting for this…

    • Snorlaxation

      I’m soooooo behind on that comic.

    • D. G.

      Thx again doki.

  • Madock345

    This is really, really not the page I wanted to come back to after dropping off the webcomics for a few months. Fucking fuck fuckers. fuck.

    Spooky :'(

    • Juliette Leroux

      Well, welcome back anyway?

  • Red

    OMG This is so sad!

  • Klaus

    Tune in tomorrow, whwere you will hear Laampros say: “Where’s my red carpet?”

    • Keneu

      And purple-prose old-fashioned insults. Those filthy little maggots don’t know how to properly greet a king of hell.

  • Keneu

    I felt a bit bad reading this page after saying on the previous one I didn’t want the hostages to survive. :/

    “That responsibilty to save the world you feel – it’s great when you win… but when you screw up… it’s like an emptiness inside you can’t never fill”.
    I guess Spooky will have to take his own advice from the truth or dare bonus after all of this ends.

  • Quinn Wendland

    Well, if Duncan is still alive, at least he is immortal now.

  • davefragments

    Instead of “an-ti-cipation” I am waiting for the next page with “dread in red painted over the lip line”…

  • Mir

    Look away Spooky. 🙁

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers…
    Today’s music lesson comes from PDQ Bach’s great Baroque Cantata “Iphigenia in Brooklyn.” Scholars are uncertain where Bach got his text because there is no historical record of Iphigenia ever having been in Brooklyn. No rent receipts or taxes at least…
    It is sung by a Bargain Countertenor John Ferrante, scored for double reeds (but not oboes or bassoons), bottle, trombone mouthpiece, and chamber orchestra with continuo…

  • Justin White