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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Flyboy Bonus Comic—Page 2

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Go get ’em, Mitch!

So, I’m now back from Rainbow Con 2015 where I got a chance to meet (and have dinner with!) a bunch of very special readers. Even though I’m sick now (for the third time in a month!), it was totally worth it because of the people I got to see. Some flew in from other countries just to see Adam and me! And getting a chance to table with Adam was awesome—whether we’re talking strategy for The Young Protectors or just bantering about superhero TV shows, he really is like a brother from another mother. (And I also got to meet his husband for the first time, and not surprisingly, he’s also very cool. ) The Con staff were awesome and made Adam and I feel most welcome. And it wasn’t a comics convention at all, far from it actually, so it was really exciting to get to meet so many M/M authors. I’ve got some fun reading ahead of me!

But now, I’m home, at long last, and for the moment, I’m looking forward to taking a breather and very much looking forward to finally getting back to my life. And to this new Flyboy story! 😀 I’ve been wanting to share this with you for a very long time and I’m so glad you are liking what you’re seeing. Danger and romance is ahead for our young hero—and much fun for y’all. This bonus comic is a chance for me to tell a complete superhero story in one go, with all the themes that are important to me, while also getting a chance to go deeper with a character we’ve only really seen on the sidelines. I really hope you enjoy the ride.

And it looks like Flyboy has spotted some trouble below! I wonder what he’s going to do about it? And what more will we learn about him as he swings into action?

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

  • davefragments

    This is better than a HUGE bag of popcorn with lots of butter!
    And I have movies on my mind.

    • You’re on AJ’s heels in the V-gathering 🙂

      • davefragments

        I think so.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          I see no downside to any of that!

      • Michael

        “The V Gathering” sounds like it should be a cult B-grade 80s horror movie. Starring the two Coreys, of course, and Keifer Sutherland.

    • 🙂

  • Oooh!!

  • jreed3842

    Oh my!! I missed camping by A LOT!

    And Mitch is certainly looking very studly in this bonus comic! I’m really digging his outfit! And Panel 1 gives us a really good look at it!

  • syllibub

    Mitch has such an interesting range of abilities! I’m excited to see more of how he uses them in action.

  • DC

    I love how he seems so proud of his super powers and the way he uses them. Love how he shows pride also in being part of his team TYP. Love it all Thanks 😀

  • Yep, Mitch. You are “through the roof” in many, many ways.

    Mitch is gorgeous here. Can’t wait to see how this story arc plays out.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Yes Flyboy. Take the opportunity to grab the fleeing car, when it’s being chased by police, who will certainly be using dashboard cameras to collect evidence on the perps and who will inevitably get an identifying picture of you as well.

  • Nahuel Méndez Diodati

    Question! I know this is just a superheroes comic, so maybe I’m getting way too “realistic”. But I was wondering, what’s the limit to this power of his? I mean, he couldn’t, you know, just move the whole planet, right?

    • Nahuel Méndez Diodati

      Oh and a follow up question, I guess if he touches something, that something must keep “internal coherence” by itself, right? Meaning, the thing has to keep whole by itself. For instance, if he were to touch “water” in a lake, the whole lake wouldn’t rise with his hands altogether, right? Same with, let’s say, some sand, right?

      • I think he has to be able to grab it, to hold it, otherwise it won’t work. So sand and water wouldn’t work unless for what he could hold in his palm or carry in something.
        How much weight his ability can work around, not that’s a whole different question, and it seems like the answer is ‘a lot’ 🙂

        • davefragments

          Remember, momentum is conserved.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            ……. well, unless the gods are feeling profligate that day……

          • davefragments

            Sorry Chris but matter and energy are always conserved and thus, momentum is too. So that puts some limit on Mitch’s power to move objects. What is happening here is like a refrigerator — heat is removed from inside the refrigerator and the contents get cold. However, the room that the refrigerator is in gets slightly warmer.
            Likewise, When Mitch moves something.
            So, can Mitch move the earth? Possibly, but something else has to happen like the heat inside the refrigerator. That momentum has to go somewhere.
            It is unclear what exactly the limit is but I think that to keep from the rather ancient Grecian extravagance of “Deus Ex Machina” that the team’s powers have limits.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Dave, Dave, Dave… oh wonderful smart Dave. Why oh why is it so hard to get you super-smart folk to understand? Let me try an example…

            EXAMPLE: The gods look down and read Dave’s sensible, but multiverse limiting, post. The gods (in a standard fit of pique) turn Dave into something a bit like a newt and transport him seven universes to the left, where none of those physical laws apply. Dave being sensible, gets the message and expands his theory of universal physics. Dave waits for gods to get over it and send him home in his old form.

            So, of course you are correct. But only under certain circumstances. Gods are nothing if not randomly profligate. That’s all I’m suggesting.

            (note: you were a very handsome newt.) ^_^

          • davefragments

            I see you had beer and wheaties for breakfast.
            LOL

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Food of the Profligate gods, friend… food of the gods! Ha!

        • bobbyjoeguy

          I wonder if it’s really a mental power that manifests in a physical way. For instance he believes that if he touches something he can carry it, so he can. The reason I wonder this is because he wears gloves, so his power must not rely on physical touch alone. If this is true, his powers are only limited by his self confidence. He could possibly train himself to carry objects without actually touching them or carry multiple objects of the same nature, like sand or water, simultaneously. It’s very interesting to think about…

          • Klaus

            Maybe he could get a few tips from the Great and Powerful Turtle.

          • Very interesting speculation, bobby. 🙂

  • Did we ever get established whether or not he’d be able to lift a small mountain?

    He may be someone to question in case the Statue of Liberty went missing some day *lol* Who knows, all that time standing there and she’s never gotten to go on a tour to see new places 😉

    • Klaus
      • Yes, that’s what I was hinting at, but did he know for sure? Maybe this comic will give us an idea of why he thinks he can lift that much.

    • Why do I get the feeling there’s going to be fanfic soon about that?

      • ‘Flyboy and his date with Liberty’ 😉

        (Edit: I just realized there could be a double meaning here)

  • Well, it’s specified. Mitch is currently already a part of the team, a team he’s clearly feeling part of, and out doing naughty things. That part fo the ToD comic with this revelation had a perfect timing. I hope we’ll get a little more knowledge about being an underage meta-human vs. the rules too – as we’ve debated the significance of this a couple times.

    I really love how many angles and views we get of him in just a single page. That panel 1 + eeh, 1.5, is so gorgeous 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    I notice he’s wearing a black leather jacket instead of his usual brown one.
    what a bad boy, ammirite?

    • Yeah, his undercover suit is all dark and bad boy 🙂

    • Saxon_Brenton

      He is using a cunning disguise.

      • Elizabeth

        The world will never know

      • Michael

        So cunning you could glue a tail to him and call him a weasel.

        … Actually, I kinda want to see that. Mitch in a weasel costume would be super cute.

        • davefragments

          Calm down furry boy

        • What about a flying squirrel? They have bushy tails…

          • Michael

            OMG <3

  • Super hearing and eagle sight. Cool now, but must have been hard as hell before he got it under control. He has to have learned to switch it ‘off’ now, or he’d be raving mad from all the noise and colors.

    I wonder how long his powers has been ‘active’, and he must have had some great support and teaching. Now I really want to see his parents too!

  • LOL .. the things I start wondering about.

    His suit, who made that? This isn’t his normal uniform, so who ever made his ‘legal’ suit either didn’t make this, or must have unasked questions, if they’re not keeping quiet about the moonlighting work. Who ever made this must be in on the secret, or Mitch got it made for another circumstance, right?

    Is this danger of discovery even something Mitch has wondered about?
    I think, I’m thinking far too much into this. My thoughts go weird ways some times.

    • Fabulous Alien

      You mean who was his Edna Mode?

      • Michael

        That would explain the lack of a cape.

        • Fabulous Alien

          Would this talk of capes somehow foreshadow the fate of the Platinum Priestess? She’s the only cape wearer we’ve seen so far, and now I kind of want to see her get sucked into a turbine.

          • davefragments

            I think a burst of Kyle’s flames made it a very short cape. He came rather close to frying her in that battle in Chapter three.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            It’s no a smart and fashionable silver stole…

          • Michael

            I don’t know if that would be too quick a death for her, or if a quick and ignoble death that leaves no remains to bury is the most appropriate punishment. I think just the realisation that the world would forget her if she does die would be a punishment by itself.

          • Fabulous Alien

            People forgetting her? Now that’s cruel and unusual punishment!

          • Michael

            But deserved, I think.

    • Those responsible for the suit are in on Mitch’s secret activities.

      • Awesome to know. The naughtiness and secrecy is shared xD

        (Now I do wonder if the maker of that suit is one of his parents, and/or who made the suits for all of them)

      • Fabulous Alien

        He has an Edna Mode, like I said! Cool!

      • …..will we ever know/find out who they are in comic?

  • Michael

    To non-sarcastically quote NdGT: We got a badass over here.

  • Sapfo

    Sweet, sweet Mitch. Being a bad boy, saving people o.O

    Wrap hero blanket around Alex. Hope you feel better soon. Being sick sucks!

    • Thank you, Sapfo. It’s been almost a couple years since I’ve been sick. Suppose I was due.

      • That is the one thing I ‘fear’ about going to YaoiCon. Cathing the con-plague. I don’t have the best immune system. I’ll bring a bottle of hand sanitizer and hope for the best.

        • The only time I have gotten sick from a convention type thing was in 8th grade and we brought the plague barer with us. ….Funnily enough it was a religious youth convention…called Resurrection…

          http://www.resurrectionyouth.com/

          Don’t forget to wash your hands every so often as well, otherwise the sanitizer loses effectiveness, and if you have to pull the door to leave the restroom after washing your hands use a paper towel to touch the handle. Not everyone washes their hands after….

        • Michael

          Wear a costume, and cunningly insert a mouth guard/breathing filter in the helmet.

  • Michael

    Why do all those people have custard coming out of their heads?

    I suppose it would explain a hell of a lot about civilians in superhero movies (any superhero movie you care to name), actually.

    • Michael

      The bigger question would be, is “Big Time Flavor” an ad for Bobby’s Diner, or in competition with it?

      • bobbyjoeguy

        It’s from my competition. MY diner would never use such a cliche tagline. 😉

        • Michael

          Maybe it’s a pun, and they like to flavour their burgers with lots of thyme?

          Or they are secretly time-travellers, and they’ve bought burgers with them from the future? I’ve heard that the passage of centuries leaves a distinct aftertaste not unlike worcestershire sauce.

  • davefragments

    I have thoughts about Mitch.
    First, He is short. Not that I saw that here but that you can’t see it in these frames. However, if you think back to the interlude where the big “WOAH-HO” picture on the pattern ad comes from, that set of pages presents Smith in proportion to the others. He can’t be anywhere near 6 foot and still growing. Not at his age. If he was six foot now, then at 21 he’d be a BB player and he’s not supporting that big a skeletal frame.
    Second, I’ve known teens built like Mitch. Short, broad shouldered, thick thighs and waist. The Robotics program I was a chaperone with had a gang of teen wrestlers and most were scrawny tall kids but one was about 5’2″ and all muscles. That’s about where I see Mitch.
    Third, that suit he wears in interesting — form fitting like Kyle’s and with gloves but those huge boots. The flight jacket and goggles make him unique among TYP… I’ve always thought the X-Men were weird when they all wore the same outfits in their comics. Damn, this kid has big feet.
    Third. “Eyesight and hearing through the roof” Apropos of the discussion on the last page about eye-witnesses not seeing what is obviously infant of them, I wonder how much Mitch sees and hears that he never mentions. I’ve known a few heazring-impared people who could read lips and one used to let me get away with mouthing words to him across the room. I know, I know. That’s so impolite but we only used it for good. To get back to Mitch, he’s seen more than we have if he is attentive. Lots more.

    • Tharsonius

      Big feet are always considered a good omen. Well, when they’re attached to guys, that is. For women it only means those pretty shoes they want might not fit.

      • davefragments

        Fats Waller had a word or two about that:
        “Your feets too big!”

        • Chris Dangerfield

          You do realize that quoting the great Fats Waller makes you better than the ordinary man………. just sayin’ 😀

      • Adam Black

        I always have to go an extra 2 plus sizes larger for a better fit.
        Imagine what you will, its not wrong

        • Tharsonius

          you’re playing the market, hahaha

  • Fabulous Alien

    Why, oh why, am I being distracted from work by thinking of the legs of a fictional 15-year-old? So not fair…

  • Just saw the Patreon email. According to the page script, Mitch was to hoover in a ‘heroic pose’ for panel 1.5.

    LOVE THAT.. and Adam did a great job conveying it to the page.

  • bobbyjoeguy

    I know some people have mentioned that they didn’t realize it was supposed to be dark in the comic while Mitch is doing his illicit rescuing. Maybe it’s because we are getting a look at the city the way Mitch sees it. If he has excellent eyesight he might be better at seeing in the dark than regular people.

    • Great suggestion. I also think some of it is due to city lights. The air over a big city is always lighter, even at night.

  • Love the way he’s excited about being a member of a team. 🙂

    Beautiful composition on this page – it really gives you a feel for the superpowers he’s talking about and what that means in practical terms.

    And I can’t help thinking – Mitch, you’re fifteen. Fifteen year old boys need lots of sleep, and I’ll bet not needing to sleep isn’t one of your superpowers. I hope you’re not doing too much of this stuff after midnight.

    • Yukiness

      It is my head cannon that Mitch sleep floats. After many scares the team secured padding on the cieling and a cord to his ankle.

      • My headcanon is that Mitch actually has to concentrate on NOT flying/hovering.

  • ChibE

    This page is so beautiful! The composition, the details of Mitch’s expression, the feeling of movement, and the emotion in the simple words “MY team.”

  • TwilightDreamer

    awww 🙂
    great page.

  • Dennis Grace

    Beautiful. I don’t remember any 15-year-olds looking quite that Adonis-like when I was a teen. The boys all seemed a lot clumsier–oversized feet, hands, knees, and elbows. Still, Mitch is a beautiful piece of work.

    • Madock345

      There were some… I was lucky enough to be on the swim team in high school. Some boys develop fast. There was one who started when I was a junior who looked almost just like Mitch. just brown hair instead of black…

  • Bookworm51485

    I will admit, I kind of wish we could get back to the main story. I want to know what’s going to happen with all the good guys knocked out and one of the bad guys seeming to be having second thoughts, even if he won’t fully admit to them. With it only updating 1 page every 4-5 days or so, side stories aren’t my friend.

    • Klaus

      3-4 days, but I agree. I am getting a bit impatient for the main story.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Sircea: (observes bodies) “Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead,” (shakes head) … (to Duncan) … “Muffin?”

        • Wayne Lunkwitz

          Made me laugh!

        • Klaus

          The story about how Kyle became one of most powerful champions ever. By becoming a ghost, perhaps?

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Well I could honestly say to Alex that I didn’t see THAT one coming. One would think I’d be used to it by now. LOL.

          • Samurai Jack

            What are you saying? If you strike him down he shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine?

    • bandanajack

      i am enjoying this story, but i would be enjoying a lot more if we didn’t have a dire situation sitting on pause on the main story line. the enjoyment of this story, and the one preceding it, is severely hampered by the pregnant pause in the main story line. ps: i just mentally cast dylan sprayberry as flyboy…

    • I get that it’s felt like a long time, and I’m eager to get to the main story too, but I’m happy Alex gave us the ToD comic, rather than no updates at all during the needed hiatus. At least, with getting 2 updates a week, it won’t take THAT long to get back to the main story – and I think the interludes are a great addition to the comic 🙂

      • Plus in this one every page should have Mitch. Who can honestly object to more Mitch???

  • Toli Bera

    ==========(Nyooom)=======(~°□°)~

  • Mary Klemzak

    Mitch! Mitch! Mitch!!

    I don’t care if its cheesy, I love stuff like this!!

  • Pikinanou

    Random thought: Playing hide and seek with Flyboy must be so unfair 😛

    • El Chupacabre

      Okay Flyboy, you can play hide and seek with us, but only if you wear a blindfold the ENTIRE time! Also, we’re playing loud music. It should be sufficiently challenging for you to pick us up by sound through all of that.

      • Klaus

        And no hiding above the clouds!

  • ……Doki might not survive this bonus comic….

    • bronakopdin

      …brona, neither….

    • Michael

      Fear not, for if you fall, I shall bravely carry on.

      In Mitch’s name, amen.

      • ….Doki died from the explosion of feels for Mitch which her body could no longer adequately contain….

    • You need to stay alive, or someone will sneak in and take your spot… it won’t be free for long 😉
      You have to see how it all ends in the main comic.

  • bronakopdin

    He’s so cool!

    Couldn’t help myself, needed to write that xD
    Wonder if he’s going to intervene there for real though? And if, how exactly? Lifting up another person who would have been run over or will he take the whole car? xD

    Nice that you had a great time, Alex 🙂 and get well, soon! It’s bad if a cold drags on >_<'

    • Vik-Thor

      Those were my thoughts as well.

    • Thank you, brona. I’m still not 100% recovered but I’m at about 80%. Hopefully tomorrow, all the way. 🙂

  • Klaus

    Even though he is called Flyboy, his outfit has no fly as far as I can see.

    • Michael

      You misread. His outfit IS fly! For a white guy, anyway. At least, that’s what all the ladies say.

  • Abyssdoor

    mmm… he’s actually pretty powerful… also that ability of superheroes to be 0% selfcouncious about their bodies (but that’s why we love them, right?)

    • Madock345

      Can mitch move the Planet!?

      Probably not.

      But it would be so cool!

      and everyone would die.

      But it would be soooo cool!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Mitch: Ooooops…

      • Tyler Griffin

        Although, if you think about it, asteroids of a pretty impressive size would probably fall under his powers of persuasion. Just gotta get the boy a space suit. Just think of THOSE battle tactics, lol.

  • kamishiro

    Flyboy is looking pretyy badass here.

  • Yukiness

    it has been way too long since I have been on here. And Mitchell is a little paper airplane of adorable right now. Go Mitch Go!

  • Happy Birthday @starrwinter:disqus

    • Yes, happt birthday, Starr 🙂

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Yes indeed. Happy birthday.

  • Happy Birthday, Starwinter!!

  • Happy birthday, Starrwinter! Thank you for being such a special part of our community here. I hope you’re having an amazing day!

  • davefragments

    happy birthday Starwinter

  • JepMZ

    I wonder if his powers has something to do with the gyrating motion of a bicycle wheel that allows him to lift things heavier than him

  • Well last year I recommended Liesmith by Alis Franklin, an urban fantasy situated in Australia dealing with Norse Mythology about two guys. It was warm and smart and funny and awesome and (for me) a wonderful read.

    So, this year, I want to recommend Stormbringer, the second book in the series, just released this past Tuesday. It’s just as warm and funny and smart and awesome as the first book. Maybe even more so.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Hear her!

  • Chris Dangerfield

    And indeed a very happy yaoi-filled, baseball playing birthday to @starrwinter:disqus

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Thanks so much Alex, Adam and Vero! It’s so great to see your work again. I hope your non-break was at least satisfying and productive, since it clearly didn’t involve swimming pools and fruity drinks.

    It is so refreshing to see your artful framing and all that motion and activity that you three make look so natural and easy.

    Panel #1+: The long vertical on the left that gives us such a great feeling of his driving speed and then that sexy feeling of effortless weightlessness in his floating pause. It’s the two images together in the same panel and how they contrast that make them so appealing and informative.

    Panel #2-4: I love the next three slices of panel. They do a perfect job of giving us that sense of him “SPOTTING” trouble. With no effort on our part, we connect the dots and…

    Panel #5-6: Our eyes easily join him already in motion as he speeds to a rescue. That post in 5 and that facial expression in 6 tell us everything we need to know about our true-blue hero’s intentions.

    Applause on creating a page that stays just ahead of us as a reader. That’s not easy to do, but it really shows how you three know how to create a flow that delivers information as fast as we can take it in. Great stuff.

    Thank you again guys. Now I’m anxious to know that he’s going to be alright. Exciting. I’m so glad I’m so behind and IT’S FRIDAY already!

    • And thank you, Chris, for such a thoughtful reaction! I’m excited to share the next page with you! 🙂

  • Hello Everybody!!

    • Michael

      Hi!

      What’s news? I’m currently watching the extended edition of LOTR:Fellowship.

      • Hi! Not much going on, about to bbq a steak. Recommended a book down below.

        • Michael

          Cool, I like steak and don’t get nearly enough of it. I am about to have tuna pasta bake for lunch.

          • It was on sale this week! Your lunch sound yum!

          • Michael

            Have you see Rise of the Guardians, by the way? I finally got the opportunity a few days ago. I can totally see why people were raving about it when it came out.

          • The one about Jack Frost? I recall that one. It was pretty good, had to leave when it got to a certain part with the easter eggs.

          • Michael

            That’s the one. It’s really quite brilliant, you have to see it all the way through. Shameless emotional manipulation, but used in a really effective way.

          • Yeah, no. I don’t do well with scenes like that. I hate angst.

          • Michael

            There’s not very much angst. Mostly it’s goodness and pure-of-heart and I-believe-in-you and other such happy kinds of emotional scenes.

          • Sure, but that one scene was one I couldn’t handle.

          • Michael

            If you don’t face it, you’ll never defeat it.

            Which was kind of the larger metaphorical message of the movie, come to think of it.

          • Nope, not going to happen. Nope nope nope. I don’t see why I should deal with that when I use movies and fiction to escape? So yeah, no.

          • Michael

            Fair enough, it’s your choice. There are some movies and scenes I can’t sit through, typically ones involving large amounts of social awkwardness, smarmy arrogance, or gratuitous sex (not necessarily all at once). The first two because I just really have to fight the urge to punch someone, and the last because I’m asexual and gratuitous sex that isn’t relevant or necessary to the story is just icky.

  • davefragments

    I’m not here yet. I need some time to arrive.

    • Take your time. Wouldn’t want you unready

      • davefragments

        The LA Philharmonic played John Williams music.

        • I bet that was pretty fantastic.

          • davefragments

            They played from Schindler’s List with Itzhak Perlman first and then finished with the fun stuff from Star Wars and Jaws.

          • Cool!

    • Michael

      Is that what they call it these days? Will you be, ahem, “arriving” with the aid of the full-monty Patreon wallpapers?

      • davefragments

        The LA Philharmonic was playing on PBS and I had to finish watching. Two good things in one night is a rare night.

  • I have to finish cleaning my room before I crash completely. 🙁 Good night and happy hunting everyone.

    • Sleep well Doki! And may the cleaning be quick.

      • I think all I have to do is vacuum again, hang up some clothes, and match up my socks….I think that is all I have left

        • You think that’s all? 😀

          • All that’s left. …..hadn’t even put away the put away the Christmas movies I pulled after Thanksgiving. -_-

          • -_- indeed.

    • Michael

      Sleep well! May the sandman bring you good dreams of being rescued from perilous situations by Mitch, Kyle, and Spooky.

    • davefragments

      sleep well

  • davefragments

    soon

  • Camping.

  • davefragments