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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 76-77

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Ka-thoom!

(This page is a double page spread. You can find a high-res version here.)

This weekend (Sept. 30-Oct 2) I’m exhibiting at GaymerX Year Four in Santa Clara, CA! This is my fourth year attending GaymerX, and if you’re an LGBT geek, it’s heaven. But one thing is different this year: I’m not in the Expo Hall booth area this year. Instead, I have an artist’s table in the “Indie Space” part of the Expo Hall — Table 24, in fact. (here’s the map) It’s a bit hidden in the corner, up against the wall of row 3. But if you’re able to come, please stop by! 😀

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So! That’s what the Gate looks like when it’s activated. Cool! What’s next?

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

  • I guess it was their pain and not their souls he was after. Mission Accomplished Team Silver

  • Oooh hell.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Ha ha, you beat me to it!

  • davefragments

    This isn’t the entrance of Miss Goodbody from My Favorite Musical by Gilbert and Sullivan. This is a grand blowout of the walls between dimension.

  • In other words… ARRRGG!!

  • All that work to make it all nice and pretty and then it all gets ruined before the guests even get to see it….

  • Well, we got the answer to where the key has been hiding, and whether or not Duncan’s hell seal was a part of the door opener.

  • LauraMoyer

    It’s like StarGate… but ya know… with hell flames, and probably some wicked rug burns…

  • So are we going to see Duncan grow younger now?

    • Let’s see if he gets burried and/or burned before Laampros mqy get that far. Maybe if the deal self-activate. Wonder if that would restore his powers too, if he grow yoinger again.

      Grow younger sounds so wrong to say, but it’s what would happen.

      • I guess I should have added: if he survives the blast. 🙂

        Probably get a whole make-over from top to bottom. 😛

    • Chris Dangerfield

      3 years old and in perfect health forever… lol.

  • davefragments

    I’m wondering if Duncan knew that gateway was going to open that violently. I wonder if SIrcea was going to let him stand on the platform and get caught in that blast?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I can see her doing that.

      • davefragments

        How were the two of them (Duncan and Sircea) going to push Laampros back through that gateway?

        • stickfigurefairytales

          *shrugs* I ‘unno.

          • davefragments

            I have to sleep on this.
            Pumpkin Time isn’t too far off tonight.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          I sort of had the impression that they weren’t going to get rid of him until after some time had passed (Duncan did mention that lots of people would die, after all). So I don’t think immediately pushing him back through was the plan.

          • davefragments

            A few pages ago when Duncan was still conscious, he said was what they lied about and that they were going to push Duncan back through the gateway somehow rather quickly. (I think)

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’ll have to go back and refresh my memory on that.

          • davefragments

            So do I but I think I got it right.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Found the page! Looks like you were right: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch4-page-60/

          • davefragments

            Half right. I’m not sure certain that is what he and Sircea planned. His statement is ambiguous.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Agreed.

          • timemonkey

            PP needed the demons on Earth to empower her so immediately undoing the summoning wouldn’t help.

          • davefragments

            I’m not sure how much of what she said was truth or a lie. That’s what is making the situation ambiguous.

          • timemonkey

            I’d assume the power thing was true, she didn’t need to make a deal for immortality since she only lost her’s due to the event she was trying to fix.

          • davefragments

            Alex writes too many unanticipated twists for me… and too many unreliable narrators. I’m going to wait this out and see what happens.

          • Adam Black

            Hes evil.

        • Well, Duncan did have the power dampner set up if TYP hadn’t shown up.

  • Dangit. I’m out. Getting tired and down to 2% power. At least I got to see the page. Will be back in a few hours, after a nap.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Sleep well!

  • Stephen Hutchison

    I have the feeling this may have been a Backup Plan on the part of one Laaaampros the sheepish demon.

  • Jeldenil

    Knock knock, who’s there?

    • camelotcrusade

      Kyle! Kyle who? Kyle be good if you let me in!

  • D. G.

    Awesome page layout. Its gonna be really difficult for the team to push laampros back with all that fire blasting through the gate.

  • Sapfo

    *out of the gates steps sunburn strawberry*
    Hello ^o^/
    ….why are you all looking at me like that? …oh you were expecting someone else?

    • Nobody expects the Strawberry!!

      • Sapfo

        They never do ;D

    • Adam Black

      Do you have comfy pillow?

      • Sapfo

        Do you have a comfy pillow shortage? Sorry all my 25 comfy pillows are currently used <.<

  • Sapfo

    TYP team, you done a wonderful page. All that fire and movement ❤️

  • Adam Black

    If they listened to Duncan they would have been fried.

    Obviously someone a Stargate fan. Fire version of the Puddle Spash.

  • Adam Black

    Duncan Played them for fools. He didnt even tip them off to the Key.

    Lets see what “perpetual Youth in perfect health” looks like ?

    • timemonkey

      Kyle already knew there was a key, he was there for the deal, remember. The spell was already cast, they tried to stop the sacrifices to stop the portal from triggering.

  • TwilightDreamer

    AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!
    XP
    I had a feeling that symbol on his arm was going to come into effect soon! 😀 and whoopsie….forgot about that key XP

  • Skudplastr

    All this drama and chaos, and I’m just glad my li’l Spooky didn’t get ‘sploded.

    • Klaus

      Yet.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Oh stop you! If Marvin gets to live then Spooky CERTAINLY does. 🙂

      • Juliette Leroux

        I refuse to see Spooky exploded. YOU HEAR ME? … Pretty please?

        • Klaus

          i second that motion.

  • Klaus

    He may not have known the details.

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Thank you guys for an amazing artistic page. The week has fried my brain, so I promise coherent thoughts tomorrow. Still, this is a real treat to end a long week with. MANY THANKS!

  • Shiny Gwilly

    ouch, i wonder if Anni can feel that in his current state
    he’ll certainly feel it in the morning though
    also i LOVE this page/s layout, there’s only 2 boxes and the rest of the lines to separate the panels are all cracked, it truly works well for this page and for the current situation of hell literally opening up

  • Hours Left

    Here’s Laampy!

  • Cman65

    Here comes Daddy, Big Red D

  • Kate G

    *in an announcer’s voice* And big D’s big evil red tattoo has shown up from the grave to show its evil face and the key in the sphere is glowing like a beam, oh no, what’s this? An explosion from Hell? Oh no, people, this does not look good for our heroes. I repeat, this does not look good. Everything has been blown to smithereens and big D is still out for the count.

    Wait, what about the people? Are the people Spooks still holds the souls of still there? What will Kyle’s first words to Daddy Dearest in the real world be? Are all of the Young Protectors accounted for? Find out in the next issue of THE YOUNG PROTECTORS!

    • Klaus

      Same Hell time. Same Hell channel.

  • Columbine

    I had predicted a full page spread……..this works better I think. More chaos. Also flames.

  • Juliette Leroux

    Sooooo many questions again after that (wonderful) page: was Duncan aware of the danger of staying near the gate? How in hell did they all forgot about the key? (I mean I forgot, but, ah, hem…ok) Will Ducan die from the blast and never get what he bargained for? And if he doesn’t die, will he be happy with what he gets? And now what will happen to our heroes (and in particular the uncapacited Spooky vessel)? Maaan, you guys are good to keep us hooked aren’t you?

    • Klaus

      Possibly, but I don’t think so. They had a lot on their minds, and maybe they just figured that since they didn’t know what to do about the key, they might as well ignore it. No. He might eventually. Now that is the question. Yes,

      • Juliette Leroux

        Thanks for these very clear answers 🙂

  • Juliette Leroux

    Ah, and also, is the magical protection area they set up good enough to hold demons? My guess would be no, but maybe yes?

    • Klaus

      If they set up a no demons area, would it affect Kyle?

      • Juliette Leroux

        It’s not a no demon area, I think it’s a just a wall. No way in, no way out. It’s supposed to keep the PP away, but is it good enough to keep the demons in?

        • Klaus

          I don’t think that Spooky is that poweful. We are dealing with a king of Hell and his forces, which are said to be considerable.

          • Juliette Leroux

            Yes, I agree, unfortunately…

          • Ant-Man

            not the kind of HELL but the king of a hell- or a circle of hell or a dimension of hell-

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Hmm. Interesting. Is there anyone else who reads the scripts obsessively and noticed that there seems to be redacted material? As in, the double page spread is said to have 5 panels (which it does) but only two of the panels are actually described.

    I don’t have any particular problem with that, in theory. I voiced the opinion ages ago that some material in the scripts would have to be concealed, simply to prevent spoilers for future plot points. But I’m at a loss in this case as to what secrets might be preserved in this instance. The appearance of the other half of the key to cross dimensions is no surprise to long term readers, and everything else seems pretty action or reaction shots.

  • bronakopdin

    good lord this page is just so EPIC!!!!
    it reminds me of my astonished excitement I had with Cory’s outburst in Mitch’s story! I guess I love action filled pages with loads of details more than I even thought I do 😀

    but apart from the page looking stunning… I totally dislike the content x’D
    gosh, not only does Lampros approach, also everyone there nearly buried alive! And those flashes in the BG… how many miles of nature are destroyed “in a flash”?! Litterally… >//////<

  • Michael

    I wonder, did Dunc’s ‘eternal youth’ include or exclude his superhuman strength? Maybe Laampros will force him to live out his eternity of youthfulness as a mere man, not as a super.

    • AeryonSun

      Oh! I hadn’t thought of that!

    • Juliette Leroux

      Good point!

    • ChibE

      Ooooh, that would be nasty. Great thought!

    • EyeDontNo

      I was thinking more along the lines of Eternal Youth mixed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Or even Eternal Youth at age 7, before his powers fully developed.

      • Klaus

        “Youth and perfect health unending” would rule out Alzheimer’s. But not infancy.

        • David Welbourn

          For all I know, Laampros might be amused at the idea of returning Duncan to age 19 or 20.

          • Ant-Man

            that would be a convenient way to make him more suitable 4 kyle- and a chance 2 start over as a hero with kyle

          • Adam Black

            or 15

  • Will Parkinson

    Whoa.

  • Nate

    I guess it’s time to Make Room For Daddy… 😀

  • Pikinanou

    So… they didn’t even need the sacrifices to open it, is that it?
    Did someone lie to us?! PP only wanted people to die to make it more authentic?!

    • Klaus

      They did die.

      • ChibE

        They died, but Spooky saved their souls, is that it? How can he “put them back” if their bodies are dead?

        • Klaus

          Magic.

        • Vaira

          Like resuscitation and clinical death. He has 4 minutes untill their brains will be damaged beyond repair.

  • Earl Patterson

    Daddy is coming!!! I’m so happy for you Kyle!!!

    It kinda remind me of stargate

    • Klaus

      I hope Kyle has practised “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”

      • davefragments

        Kyle as Marilyn Monroe?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEJKZAApbf0
        (children shouldn’t watch this video)

        • Marilyn always makes me jealous – she’s in perfect control of all the guys in the room….

        • Klaus

          Origin of the pole dance?

    • Lilly Amadu

      My first thought was “It’s an evil Stargate…”

  • Ethan

    Should’ve made a salt line around the bone portal

  • David Welbourn

    “From what I’ve tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.”

    • Pietro7

      “But ice is also nice, and would suffice.” 🙂 Right now a couple glaciers of it might come in real handy for the YP, too.

      • Klaus

        “Great”, actually. It needs to rhyme with “hate”,

        I think I know enough of hate
        to say that for destruction ice
        is also great
        and would suffice

  • Zephyr10101

    uh-oh

  • Pietro7

    Even without Amanda’s earlier signal, I’d bet that THIS event attracts the attention of the US Military forces – big-time.

  • I whish we could see if the “tattoo” on duncan’s arm is gone now that the gate is open – keeping Duncan from melting was the one reason why i did want laampros to step through..

  • Jason Moon

    If I were new to the comic and I started on this page, I would think:

    That the Ghostbusters tech had failed.
    The corpse of the man who was probably a member of the Ninja Clan Arashikage was dead.
    And the Stargate had opened onto the surface of the sun.

    Things ARE just about that bad, yes?

  • purplefoxglove

    O_O *runs to Spooky and gets ready to defend him with a frying pan*

    • *grabs cast iron pan from under the cabinet and joins Foxy!*

      • defending against magic, a nonstick pan might be the better weapon of choice

        • But it’s cast iron. Isn’t iron best against magic?

          • hmm – if Iron is good against magic, that theory isn’t used in any games I know – and those are my personal source on how to fight magic. Then again, there are definitely no ancient texts about how Magic reacts to Teflon….

          • Klaus

            Take for example Magitech. You can get enchanted bullets for your gun, or you can use iron bullets which can not be enchanted, but which are unaffected by your target’s magic defenses.

            Historically iron was considered a defense against elves, goblins and such.An iron knife in the cradle, a piece of iron under the treshold, or a horse shoe above the door keeps them away.

          • El Chupacabre

            Yup, cold iron was good against anything fae in origin. Christianity mixed a lot of those things together, so who knows against the devil. Silver was supposed to purify things, it was good against poison or magic. So honestly the fancy tableware isn’t a bad plan either, while we’re in the kitchen.
            *reposted at the bottom where I intended it to go in the first place*

          • El Chupacabre

            Oh, salt. Someone should get some salt.

          • What Klaus said. 🙂

    • Juliette Leroux

      Man, should I take a kitchen knive or the lead vase?

  • SchalaRenee

    Yes! Laampros! Can’t wait to see him again.

    • Klaus

      I don’t think Kyle shares your feelings. But of course for him it has only been a day since he saw him.

      • SchalaRenee

        And it’s been foooorevverrr and a day since I saw my second favorite demon king!

  • Jeff Baker

    Oops! Should have destroyed that gate!

  • fujoshifanatic

    I knew Daddy Laampros would not be denied a visit with his lil’ Firestarter! I figured that demon spell would stick to the letter of the bargain law (technically, those sacrifices did die, if not to completion thanks to Spooky) and come through the portal. It’s just a shame TYP is down their most valuable demon fighter at the moment. I hope Kyle discovers some new-found demon-ass-kicking abilities heretofore unknown to him, as the crew will need it right quick!

    Also, these pages were gorgeously laid out; I can’t wait to see them in book format! Well done Adam and V! And I agree with the posters below; restoring Duncan to youth without his powers sounds like a perfectly demonesque interpretation of a standard Faustian deal. Better get ready for the consequences of your actions, Duncan!

  • Pietro7

    Looking-on-the-bright-side-Department: At least they weren’t standing in front of the Gate like they planned. That could have been bad. Like, Ghostbusters bad.

    • Shadizar Silvermask

      Or Stargate SG1 bad.

      • That actually looks like “Ori” bad, because I could so see the Ori doing that to make an impression.

        • Shadizar Silvermask

          Well I was thinking more along the lines of ‘stand in front of a gate when the wormhole forms and be immediately erased from existence’ perspective, can’t get any worse than that since you’re dead and no longer able to affect events at all.

          • Eh, if the Ori had built the Gates, you could bet that they would look like fire death traps. They had a thing for burning people to death. Actually, they seemed to like fire in general, even their Ascended forms were fire-y instead of glow-y.

  • Keneu

    “I have waited so long for this.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvg5C7antFM

    The layout of the page it’s really original and chaotic. This will look amazing as a double spread.

    I totally forgot about the key, with all the hassle about the Duncanator and then the sacrifices – I thought Sircea had taken it with her, don’t know why. I feel kind of sorry for the minions – the ones still standing, that is. At least the team wasn’t near the gate when the walls collapsed.

    • Juliette Leroux

      Yes, nobody ever thinks about the minions…

      • Keneu

        It’s a good thing they appear every now and then in the pannels, because I’d totally forget about them otherwise like it happened with the key orb. xD

    • Shaaaaaane!

      • Klaus

        Where did those snakes go?

        • Saxon_Brenton

          In my headcanon the snakes could sense that something Bad was going to happen and were smart enough to either go to ground or fully Get The Hell Out Of Dodge.

          • Klaus

            But those snakes like bad.

  • Been wondering since the first read of the page. That electric blue line, behind the trees, that is Spooky’s security spell going crazy/being shattered…or?

    If there’s anything to activate it like that, it’s an opening to hell showing up within the bound of the protective spell.

  • Derkins

    FFFFfffuuuuuuu…. man, i just have no words, lately. I feel like I’m at a theatre watching a thriller on the big screen, and all i can do is white-knuckle the seat and hold my breath. :C

  • davefragments

    Hi, y’all, I might not stay late tonight. The housepainter came today and arrived an hour and a half late but got things ready. Parts of my body hates me and ache.
    My air conditioner was installed poorly and leaked down a pipe into the guest bathroom. That’s extra repairs. Tomorrow they arrive at 8:30am and I have this tiny alarm clock that might die flying across the room tomorrow morning because I’m surly when I don’t get my beauty sleep.

    • davefragments

      and I’ve got the munchies

      • davefragments

        pretzel sticks

  • Connor

    Man, you take a few months’ comic-reading hiatus and come back to find the whole world’s going to hell. Literally.

  • *biting nails*

  • Cman65

    not up yet and its 1-07 my time

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Hi everybody!

    • Hi Sticky!!

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Hi!! How’s your evening going, Admiral?

        • Not too badly! You arrived just in time for he new page! 😀

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Yay!!

  • Adam Black

    Vera, adam,
    This page looks even better on the second viewing

  • Adam Black

    Ive only been saying that for 3 years!