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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 73

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Well, that doesn’t sound good…

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So! Spooky feels like he is drowning in souls. And Commander thinks his mind is ripping apart. Will he be OK? Will those souls be OK?

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

  • Oh Spooky… 🙁

  • davefragments

    Trouble is coming.
    I don’t think that he is going to be able to keep that up or something is going to happen and he loses all the sacrificed souls.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      *worried noises*

    • Adam Black

      springs a leak?

      • davefragments

        or gets lost in them

        • Or like in that Stargate SG1 episode where Daniel gets a bunch of people’s consciousness downloaded into his brain….

          • davefragments

            I missed that episode

  • Saxon_Brenton

    I love Commander’s comments in panels 1 and 2.

    • bronakopdin

      same same x’D

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Oh no, Spooky!!

  • jreed3842

    I showed up too late to camp! Dang. :
    But man these past few pages have been an emotional roller coaster for me.
    First I was super upset when the sacrafices had to die… Then hope came back when Spooky absorbed them.
    But now Spooky is a hot mess and I want him to be okay.

    I don’t know how to handle myself over this. Haha

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Same here, jreed! (On both the camping part and the worrying part)

    • I showed up just as the Patreon had started to be updated. No camp but perfect hunting timing until my body insisted to see the washroom just as page went up xD

  • Shiny Gwilly

    commander speaking the truth “god damn it, Spooky”
    really unsure of how Spooky will be and how all those souls he absorbed will be…it seems like a simple solution, but the problem is the same from the start; the damn box won’t open

  • Snorlaxation

    Poor guy. Empathy can be a very dangerous thing.

  • My babby ;_;

    I’m agreeing with Amanda, and as upset as she on this. God damn it, Spooky. So self-sacrificing.
    I hope he’ll be able to fully recover after this, physically if not mentally. There has to be some trauma after being filled with the souls (minds) with this many people who died tragically.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m very, very worried about Spooks here.

      • I’m freaking out, but ‘comfort’ myself that Alex most likely won’t kill him off. At least that’s my hope/belief.

        What else might happen to him though…. it’s up to be seen.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          *curls up protectively around Spooky’s psyche like a dragon guarding its treasure*

    • The nightmares he could suffer would be awful.

    • Destry Soule

      honestly after what happened to him in hell I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t really effect him all that much.

      • Possibly. Hopefully.

        We all have a breaking point/line though, and a previous trauma doesn’t exactly cancel out a new one. It could even enhance the effect of a new one.

  • He has not changed position since he absorbed the souls. I don’t think he has any physical control of himself. It’s probably all tied up with keeping the souls inside him.

  • Mitch: Can I poke him? I really kind of want to poke him…

    • stickfigurefairytales

      MITCH, NO

      • Mitch: I won’t poke hard….

        • I think any poke might send Spooks flying off in a tailspin.

          • It depends on where Mitch pokes him and with what.

          • Oh hush you! *blush*

          • *Breaks out the purple and hot pink semaphore flags and dances to Gangnam Style*

          • Hahahaha! Go Donald! Go Donald!

          • Klaus

            Now would not be the time for that.

          • Forfend! Have you no hormones? There is always a time for that! Especially if one ships Mitch and/or Spooky.

          • Klaus

            But what would Cory say?

          • Probably something along the lines of “(CENSORED)”

        • LimpBiskit

          That’s what all the heroic flying teenage boys say though.

        • bronakopdin

          what if he’ll burst from that either way?

  • Zephyr10101

    spooky noo

  • If there is *any* chance that Spooky, during his time in hell, absorbed a bit of the demonic, as an addition to his powers, and that possibly could help him – now is the time for this to do so. His healing powers must be at overload, if he even can find the mental capacity to activate it.

    *grabs at smallest straws here*

    • Chris Dangerfield

      What the heck is Anaado when we need him?

  • Michael

    Evil Overlord Rule Number 22, Spooky. ” I will not consume any energy field bigger than my head.”

  • Juliette Leroux

    Arg. There’s no way he’s going to make it without being hurt. And now I can’t completely rejoice that these people are not dead/dead anymore.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Uhm. [waves hand urgently to attract attention] Is anybody watching the gate to make sure Laampros doesn’t sneak through anyway while the heroes are distracted?

    Of course, the only person not accounted for is Fluke, and considering how charged he is with bad luck at the moment, it might not be a good idea to have him focusing his attention on anything.

    • Klaus

      I had the same thought. But I expect Laampros’ entry to be difficult to miss.

    • Samurai Jack

      With Spooky containing the energy of the “departed” souls, has the ritual actually even been completed?

      • bronakopdin

        my thoughts exactly

      • Saxon_Brenton

        No idea. I wondered aloud on the previous comments page about whether the gate is opened by (1) the act of murder, (2) being empowered by the release of life energy, or (3) being empowered by the release of souls, or a combination thereof. And assuming there’s a functional difference between 2 and 3.

  • Kate G

    I mentioned this in a comment in the previous page, but I mentioned the Wabanaki tale of Skadegamutc, or the Ghost-witch. To recap, it’s one of the most terrifying stories you find in Native American oral traditions. A Skadegamutc occurs when a shaman (a “medicine person” or even more loosely, “magic person” like Spooky) uses too much magic, especially dark magic, dies but refuses to stay dead. Instead, each night the shaman comes to life, hunting, killing and/or throwing curses at those who dare to come in his way. Skadegamutc is the equivalent of our zombies, only a bit creepier, as they are immune to everything but fire and especially love to prey on mourners.

    Consider Spooky, the way he looks, how he is feeling and the way his brain is a mess, one could argue he’s turning into a Skadegamutc. There’s the obvious zombie who shares the relation with the Skadegamutc in terms of being undead, as well as the Aswang (the Filipino zombie/succubus/vampire myth. Depends on the myth you read.) In books, the closest relation is Eragon‘s shade Durza and you can argue Harry Potter‘s dementor’s get close, but the Inferi definitely.

    There’s a lot of old myth going on in this page. Everything has a good and bad consequence. It reminds me of a few lines that Chief Seattle of the Suquamish tribe (a tribe in the Puget Sound) orated to the President of the United States in 1854. While not historically accurate (it was a speech never documented, so dates and words are heavily argued), the version most people know best are these words in his oration: “Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

  • Trying to focus on something else, but the scary of the page, and I love how Mitch is added to panel 1 by looking in from ‘around’ the top corner.

  • In panel three is that a tear black tear coming from Spooky’s eye?

    • Takehai

      That would be cool, but I think it’s just a shadow to indicate the curve of his cheek.

    • kuku

      Actually it also looks like his whole eye is black, like he’s lost the whites of his eyes and it’s all emptiness or darkness in there. Not good!

    • Klaus

      If so, it is not running downwards as a normal tear would. But this is obviously no normal tear. Maybe “down” means “footwards” to a magical tear.

    • Keneu

      It could be a crack instead of a tear to indicate this is ripping him apart both mentally and physically.

      • Oooooh! That’s an interesting thought for sure.

  • Jeldenil

    They better find a huge emergency hammer for the sacrifice box…

    • Chris Dangerfield

      “In case of emergency break the glass and push the button?”

      • Jeldenil

        Something like that. I do wonder, however, whether Kyle and Gordon will be able to break in now the timer has ended. As in: does PP’s protective spell still work?

  • David Welbourn

    It seems they’re got three options. One, they could leave Spooky alone to deal with the souls as best he can and they can get back to the bone circle where a demonic lord is due to arrive any moment now. Two, they could try to open the glass box again. Perhaps it’s no longer impregnable with everyone inside technically dead, and with the box open, Spooky could start putting the souls back where they belong. Three, one or more of the other Young Protectors could try to share the soul burden. For all we know, Kyle, being part demon himself, might be able to carry extra souls without any especial discomfort or effort. Of course, it’s a huge risk and the interaction might not be beneficial at all but we won’t know unless he tries.

    • Vaira

      I think the biggest problem was how to destroy the box without leveling it. Team can try going all-out on it, but it may destroy the bodies as well.

  • Madock345

    Wondering if Spooky taking the souls has already fucked the ritual up. I mean, aren’t the souls of the sacrifices what traditionally power this kind of thing?

    • Juliette Leroux

      Excatly my main question these last 3 days. But now my main question is: is spooky going to make it ok?

    • Shadizar Silvermask

      Often it’s just the death that fuels these kinds of rituals, from what we saw I don’t remember anything that would suggest the ritual specifically required the souls of the deceased only that they die at the proper time to have their life energy fuel the ritual. The question though is does his grabbing up their souls so that he can try and restore them to life mean that he also absorbed the life energy that the ritual required as well, or are they not considered truly to have died because of what he did and therefor be another reason the ritual was fubared.

  • Mir

    My heart can not handle it. First Flyboy, then Duncan,, then Spooky. Can y’all chill for a bit? Lol

  • bronakopdin

    good lord >//////<
    I hope Spooky can even handle all these souls long enough without going nuts or sth T____T

  • Uhh this doesn’t sound good at all. Like, at all.

  • Nate

    I can’t decide if I want to smack Spooky or hug him…

    (Probably both…)

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Hug now… and smack later when we’re sure he’s okay.

      That always worked for my mother when I did something whacky and dangerous (ahem) like, just for a random example, jumping off the of the garage roof into a bunch of bushes with a towel (read: CAPE) safety-pinned to my neck. Hey, what was the fuss, I only broke one little bone in my arm.

      Well, to the point there was a lot of hugging, crying and then much later smacking. Heh… mothers… totally irrational when we’re trying to fly. 😀

  • Keneu

    This reminds me of the second season of Agent Carter where the scientist who’s a stand in for Hedy Lamarr gets more and more unstable after absorbing antidark matter/life force.

    Love Amanda here.

    • Skudplastr

      Nice reference!

      • Keneu

        Thanks ^^

        I’ve never discovered if the other scientist was also based on a real person. But the blonde one was very clearly based on her.

  • Mary Klemzak

    Hang in there Spooks! And keep trying, Commander! *prayer hands*

  • Saikkusukka

    This is going to sound awful, but the souls in that box aren’t worth Spooky’s death. He has the potential to save countless more.
    Although if he didn’t at least try to save them his character might’ve been affected by the experience.

    • Klaus

      While this true, it is not how a hero thinks.

      • Juliette Leroux

        Actually I don’t think a lot of people would actually pounder a handful of lives of people you are seing dying against more future lives to protect, except for trained soldiers. Watching people die when you know you can save them is not an easy thing to do.

    • S+

      I suspect Spooks himself would think something like this: Any person who believed his life was worth more than all those others is, just by virtue of believing that, probably wrong.

  • Laampros cant come through without the souls to power the whatchamaportal.
    (for those asking about why they’re turning their backs to it)

    I wonder if there isnt some kind of device amongst all of spooky’s objects.
    Like a box to put souls in… It sounds awful, but… poor spooky… that looks like that hurts so much.
    but again, knowing him and knowing me… I’d totally do the same.

    *heart trying to escape ribcage…tries shoving it back in*

    Come on commander! There’s gotta be somethin!

  • you made me snortgiggle!! oh…that’s so awful, but funny… 😛

  • Jason Moon


  • D. G.

    Maybe Amanda can help stabilize Spookys mind somehow until he releases the souls?

  • IamM

    just because their souls are safe for the moment, doesn’t stop the thing in the box from killing their bodies.

    • Jeff Baker

      My guess is the thing needs the souls.

  • Jonni

    Is anyone else reminded of The Evil Dead?

  • Jeff Baker

    “I’m pretty sure HE doesn’t know if he can do that!” Perfect line!

  • Derkins

    damn it spooky!

  • Pietro7

    I am a little surprised that nobody in this group has commented on the beefcake poses in panel 1. Are y’all drooling too much? 🙂

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Good point. Actually the drooling rarely stops around here. You’ll have to forgive us, we’re all a bit verklempt about poor Spooky. I think it’s distracted our collective lascivious tendencies. 🙂

    • Keneu

      Well, personally I like Tsunami’s and Flyboy’s poses on panel 4, but -i was too distracted at first with a soul.inflatable Spooky.

  • Dekira

    please don’t explode my baby!!! D:

    • Chris Dangerfield

      This ^^^^

  • Pikinanou

    That means : lets hurry beating up the bad guy!

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    No souls…. no gateway… yes?

    • Klaus


  • Rashel Izro

    gaaah, help him! I’m sostressed

  • TraceLogix

    If Spooky ‘splodes the souls will fly right into the gateway! Hang on Spooky!

  • davefragments

    I’ll be here before the page updates…

  • davefragments

    Anyone camping tonight?

    • I’m here…(of course). Just finished stuffing my face with dinner.

      • davefragments

        I baked some chicken thighs tonight and roasted potatoes.

        • We were bad. Had hot dogs in buns (uncured), though with some veggies on the side. About to have ice cream. 😀 Nom nom nom!

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Yowza! If that doesn’t cause a new page, I don’t know what will!

          • Not as of yet. Maybe once I finish the ice cream?

          • davefragments


          • Oh yeah. It was such a treat.

          • davefragments

            When my Niece was visiting, I bought a vanilla gelato with raspberries in it. I stuck the spoon in and ate 1 teeny gram — heavenly … but I’m lactose intolerant and dare not do more than that.

          • That is a bummer! I have to be careful, but I seem to be able to have a small bowl of ice cream

      • Had dinner at my parents (dad’s b-day) last night. Got a good big steak (been so long), corn, patatoes/carrots, tzatziki and a great sauce 🙂

        • Nom nom nom!!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Nice! Happy birthday to your dad, too!

        • Happy belated to your dad!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Well I sorta am. I’m too worried about Spooky. So, I’m looking at the page with my eyes covered. Yes, “fearless” is my middle name.

      I actually sacrificed a piece of chocolate cake to the goddess of new pages and still nothing. So clearly my powers aren’t functioning all that well this evening… maybe the piece of cake wasn’t big enough. 🙂

      (*chris goes to check the rest of the sacrificial cake…*)

      • davefragments

        With my will power it would be the entire chocolate cake.
        Then I would like the icing from the cake box just to be sure.

        • Chris Dangerfield


    • I’m back from US/YaoiCon, and getting over jetlag. Missing the fun and friends, but also like my quiet time now 🙂

      It was really nice meeting Alex and his bf again (who was in Spooky cosplay again saturday when I asked of he was going to be Spooky. I took picture).

      • davefragments

        Someday, I’ll get my bottom in gear and get to YaoiCon.

        • It moves next year. It will be at a bigger hotel in Santa Clara Hyatt Regency, near San Jose airport. The con needs more space 🙂

      • Chris Dangerfield

        So cool.

        • As some may have seen on Twitter, we had dinner with Alex and bf before the con. Glad I got that idea. It was a nice evening, also meeting Alex outside of comic talk. Lots of other ‘geek’ talk as well 😉

    • Doki is maybe here?

      • davefragments

        How are you, tonight? I hope you are feeling better.

        • I have gotten to the point where I don’t know how I am feeling. Almost like you could spin a roulette wheel…

          • stickfigurefairytales

            *hugs Doki*


        • ??? *hugs?* *slightly confused with the all caps and enthusiasm and what a “hugey jaysomey hug” is*

          • What? Hugey jaysomey hugs are the best. Just ask Jay… 😀 (@randomlyjay on tumblr)

            But in translation, just happy to see you and offering a very large hug. 😛

          • just not used to all caps enthusiasm in regards to myself.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            ALL THE CAPS FOR DOKI!!!!

          • (like Sticki said:) ALL THE CAPS FOR DOKI!!!

          • *HUUUGS*

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I just made it!

      • Hey Sitck!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hello, Doki love! It’s great to see you.

      • davefragments


        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hi Dave! How’s it going?

          • davefragments

            OK. yesterday was a screaming fit at the cable box.
            Today, UPS delivered the new box with the voice remote and XFininty …
            Can you tell me why anyone puts raised black letters on a black plastic? My poor eyes hate me tonight.

      • Hi Sticki!

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Hi Admiral! Great to see you! How are things?

          • Things aren’t too bad. Trying to decide between two male body esthetics (I hope that’s the right word) for a new character.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Good luck deciding!

          • Such tough decisions right? lol

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Souls should really come with a warning label: “Do not ingest.”

    • Wonder if they need a flammable label too.

      • stickfigurefairytales

        “Contents under pressure”

        • No smoking around souls. Keep from open flames. Do not immerse in water if on fire. Take towel and run.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Do not attempt to manipulate souls while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. If unusual rash or mind-ripping occurs, discontinue use and consult a doctor immediately.

          • Do not offer souls food after midnight. Keep from water at all times. Do not bathe. I’m serious do not bathe.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            If they advertised souls as a new drug on TV, then there would be a lovely young couple walking in a perfectly manicured park on a lovely day while a voice-over announcer talks really fast in a low golf-voice, “…. do not take souls with alcohol, side effects may include heart attack, impotence, blindness, loss of various limbs, forgetfulness……… etc, etc… infinity!”

  • …..HIS HAIR…..Tripping Over You updated…..


    • Oh right, mention of updates. Made me go look at the new Wish & Will page. Reeshan is sooo… *mmmmh*

  • davefragments

    This was in the news today:
    a study performed by the late Cairo University Professor Ahmed Shafik, HE dressed rats in pants to see if the different materials would affect their sex drive. He found, to no modern fashionista’s surprise, that rats with polyester in their pants (as opposed to cotton or wool) got less hot rat action. He blamed the electrostatic charges created by the material.

    • davefragments

      added: This received the highest “IG NOBEL AWARD” of 2016

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I wonder whether he made the rat pants himself or if he contracted that out somehow…

      • davefragments

        apparently, he sews, I think

        • stickfigurefairytales

          That makes me strangely happy to think about.

          • davefragments

            I know, I know.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Me too. HA. I actually think I remember a rather extensive commentary about steampunk mice with tiny vibranium umbrellas… it was ages and pages ago.

            I’m sure our fine Admiral remembers it better than I do. They may have been shipping mice… 🙂

          • davefragments

            Fitting the inseam of a pair of mouse trousers is not a task that I would find appealing.

          • Chris Dangerfield


    • TraceLogix

      Clearly, these rats have style and taste. Polyester is so vulgar! *dramatic swoon*

      • davefragments

        And as we all know — guys in polyester don’t get the girl…
        It’s like Douglas Adam’s mice come to life in the world of haute couture…

  • TraceLogix

    I am new to Camp Gotta-See-My-TYP, but I am enthusiastic!

    • davefragments


    • Welcome to camp Trace

    • Hello there. Welcome to the comments. Camping is fun 🙂

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Welcome! Pull up a seat and help yourself to the beverage of your choice!

    • Welcome!!

  • davefragments

    Spooky has been doing very unexpected things.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Patreon alerts going up!

  • I need to something else than eat to keep my fiddling hands busy while waiting. Have eaten too much for breakfast now.

    • stickfigurefairytales


      • … Commenting soon.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          True, good point.

  • davefragments

    Patreon is rumbling…

  • Nate

    I was going to try for my third V-card, but I’m just too tired. 🙂

    • Nate

      Dammit… I must have missed it by mere minutes.

  • Skudplastr

    Panel 2 is pretty much a summary of this whole comic.