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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Flyboy Bonus Comic—Page 5

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Mister, I’m sure you know your own body better than I do, but I think you might have been misinformed about what exactly you’re holding…

So! Over at the Patreon Page, I’m about to send out something very special — a cross-over painting that pairs Deacon from Artifice with Kyle from The Young Protectors in the most NSFW image I’ve ever commissioned! Painted by Marccus, this not only shows two of my characters together and uncovered weenie, it also is a very cool sci-fi image in its own right. Here’s a sneak peek:

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Because of how explicit this is, I’m not going to include the link to the full image on the Patreon site. Instead, I will send out the link to the full wallpaper to Patrons directly once I receive notice that their payments have been processed (which I should get by the 7th of August.) $10+ Patrons will get sent links to the high-res version of this art with over twice the resolution!

There are lots of great benefits to being a Patron (you can see them all here), and you’d really be helping me out if you became one too. If you’re enjoying our work here and would like to see it continue (and would like to get access to all kinds of special benefits!),

please take a moment to watch the video on my Patreon page and consider becoming a Patron.

So! Mitch knows one of these guys — I wonder who it is? What are they up to? And what will Mitch be able to do about it?

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

  • davefragments

    these friends are in trouble, lousy trouble, unfortunate trouble

    • Tyler Griffin

      congrats Dave, lol

      • davefragments

        Thanks.

        • Tyler Griffin

          Even more so that you managed a coherent thought, and all I could manage after reading Mitch off to save a friend was “ooh”

          • davefragments

            I’m not sure what else is going on other than it is trouble.

  • Tyler Griffin

    ooh

  • Good grief! Hurry Flyboy! Hurry!

  • Quick, police/security guard person, his attention is diverted. Then again, that could be a very bad decision, ignore me. Hurry Flyboy! And be careful!

  • Michael

    Is it me, or is the policewoman (security guard?) a familiar face?

    • Madock345

      She looks a little bit like Amanda, but I don’t think that’s who Flyboy heard. The highlighted dialogue box last page most matches the cute (hispanic?) kid’s speech.

  • -_- Tsu-Tsu really thinks Paul’s powers are that pervasive? I am thinking that we are seeing where some of the bad blood between them lies. Does Tsu-Tsu blame Paul for everything that goes wrong in his life?

    • Probably. I mean that’s some weird notion right there. Why would Paul’s powers affect(effect?) them when he’s not around?

      • Tyler Griffin

        I could see it. I mean if Fluke essentially “borrows” luck for lack of a better way t put it, all those little oddities that happen throughout the day are bound to end up affecting the people around and close to him as well. Little things, of little or no consequence, but it would open the door for someone with a suspicious nature and black and white world view to wonder

        • And we know how suspicious Tsu is

          • Tyler Griffin

            Although I giggle at the though of Gordon going about his business throughout the day randomly stopping, clenching his fists and screaming impotent rage to the heavens “Damn, you PAUL!!!!!!” over every small thing, like Phyre Storm described above.

          • Yeah. That’s actually really funny.

          • Michael

            In the style Kirk in Wrath of Khan.

            PAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUL!!!!!

          • davefragments

            That would kind of disturb an entire supermarket. He’d get really strange looks as the lobster tank blew water to the ceiling or something.

          • Phyre Storm

            I’m sure he doesn’t get any weird looks anyway as a giant with facial tattoos. And now I want to see him rescue the poor lobsters. <_<

          • davefragments

            lobster = food of the gods.
            I might sell my soul to the devil for a lobster I wasn’t allergic too. It’s been years I’ve eaten those lovely crustaceans.

          • Michael

            lobster is nice. I prefer king prawns, personally, especially when they’ve been cooked and then chilled, served on ice.

          • Phyre Storm

            Being boiled alive is not “nice.” >_<

          • Michael

            I don’t know about most people, but the lobsters I’ve cooked with were dead before I got them. Definitely dead before they went into the pan.

            Besides, lobster nervous systems process pain differently (certainly far more primitively) than we do, and it’s inconclusive whether they experience pain at all.

          • Phyre Storm

            If something has a nervous system, it can feel pain. That’s pretty much the first thing nerves evolved to do. Damage to the body feels bad so the organism wants to make it stop and prevent further damage. Of course a lobster can’t experience pain on the same emotional level as a human, but they’re not just moving rocks made of flesh and crusty stuff.

          • Michael

            Actually, the primary evolved purpose of the nervous system is to transmit movement signals from the brain to the muscles. Pain is a subjective emotional response to nociceptory input from the somatosensory system; simpler organisms including crustaceans don’t have well-developed sensory feedback systems. While some crustaceans such as crayfish have been been demonstrated to have well-developed haptic memory of their local environment, input methods for this is apparently limited only to their antennae. While all modern multicellular organisms display varying levels of nociceptory response correlating with complexity of the sensory feedback system, it has not been demonstrated that the reflex response to damaging stimuli is coupled with conscious perception of suffering.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pain_in_crustaceans#Prawns.2C_crayfish_and_lobsters

            Like I said before, there is a lot of debate regarding whether or not lobsters etc. actually feel pain, or merely react in reflex, and the evidence is not conclusive in either direction.u

            Regardless, recent trends have been surging recently towards new humane methods of painlessly killing lobsters before the cooking process, just as we do with cows and chickens and pigs and every other living thing that we eat (except for certain leafy vegetables, which may sometimes still be alive even as we are eating them, but that’s a different kettle of fish, to use a somewhat inappropriate yet entirely apropos turn of phrase).

          • Phyre Storm

            “Actually, the primary evolved purpose of the nervous system is to transmit movement signals from the brain to the muscles.”

            You’re right, of course. I meant sensation, not nerves themselves. That’ll teach me to post when I’m half asleep. xP

            I’m glad to hear lobsters are being killed more humanely now, at least in some places. A grocery store near me still sells live ones, which is why I don’t shop there unless I need something only they sell. Personally, I hope I live to see the day when most people who can afford to choose don’t eat anything with a central nervous system at all unless a health condition requires them to, but reducing the suffering of the animals we eat is certainly a step in the right direction.

          • Michael

            So are you a vegan? Or are milk and eggs etc. okay if harvested humanely?

          • Phyre Storm

            I’m mostly vegetarian. I do eat eggs and dairy products, but try to stick to organic, free-range, and local. I admit I’m not as strict about that as I could be. I also eat certain bivalves sometimes, since they don’t have central nervous systems.
            After being vegetarian for many years, my fiance unfortunately developed a digestive condition that makes it impossible for him to digest many vegetables, including beans, so he has to eat meat now for protein. So, ironically, we’re looking into hunting. If sentient creatures have to die to keep him healthy, we agree that it’s better if they at least had a decent life until getting shot.

          • Michael

            He’s a water bender, not Aquaman.

      • Phyre Storm

        That actually makes sense to me. Something really lucky or unlucky happening to someone Paul cares about would count as good or bad luck for Paul even if he’s not right there.

        As for Tsusie, we already know he tends to assume the worst about people and suspect some really stupid shit from his teammates, so I can totally see him being like, “Waah, I dropped my ice cream! GODDAMMIT FLUKE!!! D:”

        • Ha!

        • Madock345

          Hmmm…. But if Fluke is unhappy with Tsu, does Tsu having good luck be Fluke’s bad luck? I wish we knew how much control he has over his targets…

        • That’s what I was thinking, you pretty much read my mind. GAWDDAMMIT AMANDA! 😉

          • Phyre Storm

            Pfft. Are you saying all tall brunettes look alike? I’m Amanda’s father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s uncle’s former roommate. 😛

          • Haha. No, I’m saying you have Amanda’s mind-reading powers 😛

          • Phyre Storm

            Heh, I was just kidding. Of course I know what you meant because I read your mind. 😛

          • Hahaha touché!!

  • DC

    This guy is trouble, don’t like him at all. Has he already hit the security guard, or is the black eye from someone else?

  • jreed3842

    I have no idea what’s happening, but I’m totally invested in this story!!

    • davefragments

      I feel the same. I can’t tell who they are or what they are trying to do other than burgle the place. That makes me insecure.

      • Tyler Griffin

        That and the fact someone has a serious masculinity complex that he associates a lethal weapon with his manly bits

        • davefragments

          I know too many hunters that don’t think of their guns in the same way they think of their manly bits. However, these are bad guys and they might just do that.

      • Michael

        I think the fact that the security guard is at gunpoint makes me feel the least secure.

        • davefragments

          That’s a big problem.

  • Is Mitch punching the air as he is flying? First he has his left fist extended and right close to his chest, in the next panel it is reversed.

    • Tyler Griffin

      “I shall beat this atmosphere into submission. That is my secret. That is how I fly, years ago I asserted my dominance over the the very AIR I BREATH, and proved my superiority.”

      Sorry, for some reason that is what I thought when I read your comment doki and it made me giggle fiendishly

    • Michael

      … you don’t punch the air when you run, Rocky-style?

      • Tyler Griffin

        I only punch the air while swinging from the chandelier

        • DC

          Are you hanging by your legs or just one hand? Because when I swing from the chandelier I hold on tight with both hands.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Slightly customized Baby bouncy seat

          • Michael

            By the tail, duh.

            What, you don’t have a prehensile tail? What are you, some kind of tail-less Manx-person?

        • Michael

          Sia and Rocky would both be proud.

      • I don’t run.

        ……

        I usually don’t run.

        • Tyler Griffin

          *points in the direction of the horizon*
          Doki Quick! Mitch is lying on the ground just beyond that hill, he’s under a sleeping spell and can only be awoken with a big hug and cuddle!

          • *Doki spins on the spot and apparates to Mitch to hug and cuddle him*

        • Running can kill you.

          • Michael

            To be fair, so can living.

          • So basically that could double your chances of being killed if you run.

          • Michael

            Only if you run while alive.

            Running Zombies doubles your chances of being given a wedgie and stuffed into a locker.

          • That’s the trouble with life: no one can get out alive…

          • True, but you have a better chance of surviving it longer without running. 🙂

          • Michael

            Unless you’re being chased by running zombies, or lions, or secret service attack-drones, or something.

          • Unless you’re good and avoiding such things. Why people search that stuff out I’ll never know.

          • Michael

            There is no avoiding running zombies. You can outrun them, but you cannot hide from them.

          • Tyler Griffin

            three legged owl-bears?

          • Michael

            hahahaha, you can’t run from three-legged owlbears.

        • Soirbleu

          Me either.

    • He could be changing his angle of approach.

    • Phyre Storm

      My guess is that he’s preparing to punch and keeps unconsciously changing his mind about exactly how to do it.

  • Phyre Storm

    He’s holding his GUN, Alex. Obviously. 😛

    • Wait, what?

      • Phyre Storm

        Oh dear, I’ve confused the poor boy. Whatever shall I do? xP

      • Phyre Storm

        Alex, honey, when a man and a man love each other very much…

    • Madock345

      You must be seriously confused, dude. Guns are between the legs.

      (If you’re a dude, of course. Ladies have grenade launchers.)

      • Michael

        I thought guns were on the upper arms just below the shoulders.

        (Also I think you might be talking about swords and sheaths)

      • roflmao, I have never heard it called that. that is hilarious….

      • Phyre Storm

        I’m a woman, but I went through a phase where I called everyone “dude” too, so it’s OK.

        I have a grenade launcher and a pair of acid squirty balloons, thankyouverymuch.

        • Madock345

          Ladies can also be dudes, dude. 😉

          • Phyre Storm

            Preach it, sister. 😉

          • Michael

            Wrong, lady dudes are dudettes.

          • Phyre Storm

            No, that’s stupid. A female dude is a chick.

          • Michael

            No, chicks and dudettes are completely different classes of ladies.

            to complicate it further, a lady-dudette is a dudetrix.

          • Phyre Storm

            Neither one of those are ‘ladies,’ little boy. That’s a whole different thing. Anyway, I’m a BABE, thank you. 😉

          • Michael

            You? You’re a babette at most. 😛

          • Phyre Storm

            Fine, then you’re a chip (mini-hunk.) 😛

          • Michael

            Best compliment I’ve received all year, so I accept with thanks 🙂

          • Phyre Storm

            HAHA! I can’t actually see your profile pic well at all, but hey, it could easily be true. Especially if you’re short. 😛

            Being a mini-hunk has worked out pretty well for Tom Cruise, after all.

          • Michael

            I like to think I’m average height, but I keep getting pulled to the front row in group photos… 🙁

            I don’t have photos of me on the net. I prefer an air of mystery, hence the equality-cake in my little avatar-picture-box thing..

          • Phyre Storm

            Then who’s the dude in the blue plaid shirt taking a selfie?

          • Michael

            … not me? I think you’re looking at someone else’s profile.

          • Phyre Storm

            …You’re right. I was looking at this guy: https://disqus.com/by/michael/

            I have no idea how that happened, and I obviously didn’t bother to look at any of the comments to make sure it was you. Derp…

            As for me, my profile pic is totally accurate. I can create black and red fire from my fist and my hair blows sideways even if there’s no wind. 😛

          • Michael

            I don’t even own any plaid shirts, come to think of it.

            I thought your hair was the result of a super-high-pressure hair spray explosion.

          • Phyre Storm

            Ugh, do you have to say that in front of everyone? I was just learning to use my powers and my black and red fist fire exploded, OK?! >_<

            Also, too bad, because I could have honestly told Michael Chang or whatever his name was that he looks cute. 😛

          • Michael

            In a hairspray factory, got it. Totally an accident, and not at all the product of bad fashion sense in the 90s.

          • Phyre Storm

            I’ve never used hairspray in my life. So there. I’ll probably allow someone to use it on me for my wedding, but that’s about it. Shit’s gross.

          • Phyre Storm

            My mom would have pitched a fit if I’d been spraying that shit around anyway. She’s allergic to everything.

          • Michael

            Good call, I don’t use any products either. And I only use shampoo (hiss, hiss) when I’m about to get it cut, as a courtesy to the hairdresser.

          • Phyre Storm

            I don’t know how long your hair is, but if it’s very short, it doesn’t really need shampooing. I just soaped the sides of my mohawk until I grew it out…which is probably where all those split ends came from…huh. 😛 Anyway, I have pretty oily skin and my hair is long at the moment, so I need to wash it or it gets icky. But then it gets all fucking dry, so I have to condition it too, and the fact that I used to dye it a lot doesn’t help, and this is definitely the most prissy comment I’ve made in a long time. 😛

          • Michael

            I keep mine within a particular range of length. Short by female standards, long by military standards, average by male standards. And yes, it doesn’t need shampoo.

          • Phyre Storm

            Uh, that doesn’t really tell me much. So like a bowl cut?

            I’ve done all kinds of things with my hair. It’s pretty much how it is in my avatar right now, except frizzier, and I’m getting pretty bored with it, but I’ve promised my fiance I won’t cut it until after the wedding. ~_~ I HAVEN’T promised I won’t DYE it, but the last color I dyed it was back to my natural black, and you can’t really dye over that. The roots are several inches long now, though, so I may think of something interesting…

          • Phyre Storm

            Hello, mods. No, I’m not causing trouble this time. Yes, I really am just boring everyone to death with my hair. You can go to bed. 😉

          • Michael

            A bit shorter than Hugh Jackman’s Boy From Oz look, but swept back.

            I’ve never died my hair, the most courageous thing I’ve ever done was switch from a traditional side part to a swept-back look.

            I used gel once, purely as part of a costume for a school production, and swore never to use it again. (a) it takes a LOT of gel to get my hair to stay in place, and (b) I don’t like being stabbed in the back of the neck with my own dead body parts.

          • I would offer a suggestion of getting a shampoo bar from Etsy. There are some great organic and all natural soaps. A lot of them you don’t really even need conditioner, or use an all natural one.

          • Phyre Storm

            Thanks for your suggestion. I actually mean that, even though I’m about to tell you a whole bunch of reasons why I won’t take it. xP
            Etsy’s money-grubbing, artist-censoring, blatantly hypocritical, and generally horrendous actions piss me off too much for me to buy from them. I’m also not sold on the whole “all natural” thing. There are plenty of natural substances that humans shouldn’t put on or in their bodies. And my hair has been repeatedly abused, including being bleached from black to blonde with something I got at Dollar Tree, and it was frizzy even BEFORE that.
            #lostcause

          • Interesting. Most of what I use is made with coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil. I make certain I know what the ingredients are.

            Some of the places I buy from have their own website, like these:
            http://www.unearthmalee.com/
            http://littleseedfarm.com/
            https://goatmilkstuff.com/

          • Phyre Storm

            OK. Thanks again. I can’t really afford fancy boutique stuff on a regular basis, but those are some things to try.
            I forgot to mention that I’ve had seborrheic dermatitis or something a lot like it on various parts of my scalp and neck since I was 12, and stuff that helps with that (tea tree) tends to be bad for my hair (first ever stylist broke a nail in my hair! I should get a prize for that!)

          • No yeah, it’s a little pricey, and I completely understand. Sometimes its a little hard on my budget, but my hair has been so much healthier for it. Plus most of it lasts around 2 months.

            I also tend to get these awful seasonal rashes, and using the various soaps have helped. Helped with the itch and helped with the healing.

            And as someone who is self-employed, I feel like I’m helping others who are trying to make a go of it outside of the box.

            But again I understand. Just wanted to share!

          • Miri

            I use hair spray as chalk pastel fixative, when I use chalk pastels. Not something I’d want to direct at my head. I used the power of going somewhere hot and dry, plus Redken curly hair stuff to get perfect soft ringlets for my wedding, without inhaling nasty things. Too expensive for every day use (plus I now have a 9 month old daughter whose hobbies include pulling out my hair) but it worked well at the time.

          • Soirbleu

            Lucky…

  • Dangit, did it again! I’ve hit the snooze button every 5mins for the last 35 mins *lol*
    Heee.. I spot a cute boy (besides Mitch himself. Good friend, neighbourhood crush.. both? Can’t wait to see where this is going.

    • Michael

      … reason Mitch knows that he likes guys? O.O

      • DANG IT guys! You are NOT YET supposed to get me excited for what could be addressed in this bonus comic!! 😛

        • Michael

          Why not? I’ve been excited for a Mitch bonus comic back when I saw the Spooky bonus comic and realised that Alex had opened up the possibility for interludes/side-arcs focusing on the other characters aside from Kyle.

          • Well, being excited for the bonus comic is okay, just don’t yet get my hopes up for Mitch having ~the romance~ in this comic… not yet… 😛 I need to see where Alex is going to go with this plot first…
            Then again, it might already be too late… Alex, I have faith in you and your eagerness to provide fan service!! 😛

    • Good Morning Danish sweet, how are you feeling?

      • Better today. Almost back to normal – or rather normal for me 😉

  • I’m REALLY loving that second panel Mitch a lot… but… I also have a huge glasses/goggle fetish lately so…. *shrugs* (and Doki would kill me if I got too close…) XD

    • No, it would depend on your approach.

      • Madock345

        From the rear? 😀

        • Michael

          You’ll have to take one of the sides, Doki and I came to a gentleman’s agreement pages ago that he could have the front half, and I get the back.

          For back-pats and friendly massages, of course. Nothing more until he’s of age.

          • *giggles* Doki is a she, but isn’t offended at being called he. ^_^

          • Michael

            easily fixed with judicious application of an s.

          • Phyre Storm

            Whatever. I’ll refrain from groping Mitch and provide intelligent companionship instead. Then we’ll see who he goes for in three years. 😛

          • Michael

            In three years he might be of age, but he’ll still be a teenager, and shoulder massages historically have won out over conversation for every 18-year-old I’ve known.

          • Madock345

            Yeah, I favored groping over conversation until I was…. wait.

            I still like groping.

          • Michael

            My point.

            Or rather, Madock’s point. 😛

          • Madock345

            Hey, you keep your mouth off my point!

          • Michael

            I though most guys liked that sort of thing.

            I mean, it’s been demonstrated that when people agree with you and restate your argument it makes you feel good.

            … what did you think I was talking about?

          • Soirbleu

            Intelligent men have always done it for me. Shoulder rub? Yeah, that feels awesome, thanks, well, see ya later I guess. Intelligent, witty, pithy insights? Dear god, take me now! Oh I’m sorry, was I drooling? I didn’t mean to drool…er…

            This was true for me even as a teenager…

          • Michael

            Intelligent conversation at the same time as a shoulder rub, then. There’s plenty of Mitch to go around.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            CANADIAN LIP MASSAGE… just sayin’.

          • Michael

            … now I have an image of an 80s aerobics video tape, all neon spandex and leg warmers and head bands. But, like, with a knitted sweater covered in moose and maple leaf designs. Canada’s greatest fitness trend, it’s jazzercise for your mouth!

            work those lips, eh! And “sorry!”, and “sorry!”, and “sorry!”, and sorry!” Feel the burn! And “pardon”, and “pardon”, and “pardon”, and “pardon!”…

          • Mary Klemzak

            Bleah that’s no fun!

          • Phyre Storm

            Intelligent conversation can be a lot of fun, actually. You should try it sometime.

          • Mary Klemzak

            Yeah but its no fun. You’re no fun. I’m kinda glad we’re not friends anymore.

          • Phyre Storm

            Sorry for being a nerd and not “fun” every goddam second.

            Oh wait. No I’m not.

            If my standing up to some REALLY offensive racist crap you said was all it took for you to decide nothing else I’ve ever done matters, we were never friends in the first place. I’m fucking autistic and I know friendship means a lot more than being perfectly polite no matter what.

            This conversation is over. If you want to talk to me again, do it in private.

          • Mary Klemzak

            No.

            And I did apologize, but it didn’t matter. Oh well. Your loss. Have a nice, self important life. And I’m going to down vote every negative thing you write, and report you every chance I get.

          • Michael

            I know it’s not really my place to step in here, but I wanted to make the point that, regardless of whatever else is going on, maliciously abusing the Disqus system to get back at someone is not OK, and probably violates their ToS somewhere.

          • Phyre Storm

            Thank you for that reminder, Michael. We could all use encouragement to act like intelligent, reasonable people.

          • Mary, Phyre, this isn’t the place for this and I’m going to ask that you bow to each other and refrain from continuing this conversation.

            The comment section for TYP is really not the place for personal grudges or to insult each other. http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/comment-policy/

          • Phyre Storm

            *bow*

            *battle stance*

            Bring it. Or don’t. But not here. Like I fucking said half an hour ago.

          • Mary Klemzak

            Right. Sorry guys. Certain people just push my buttons. We used to be friends, but the crap she says just stings. Some people need to let go. I’m the oldest, so I will ignore her and down vote her when I don’t agree with her. It’s the beauty of the system.

            Sorry if it go out of hand. Its hard to ignore toxic people who always think they’re better and smarter and use things as an excuse to get out of being sorry for things.

          • Mary Klemzak

            Fine. Whatever.

          • Phyre Storm

            *it’s

            😉

          • Mary Klemzak

            Nazi

          • Michael

            Stop. Now. Both of you.

            I’m not a mod, but a mod has already spoken about this issue. I just want peace in the comments section.

          • Phyre Storm

            I stopped around 40 minutes ago, buddy. What were we talking about again?

          • Mary Klemzak

            Fine whatever.

          • Mary Klemzak

            Too little, too late, little Missy.

    • jreed3842

      I totally feel ya when it comes to the glasses thing.
      I got excited when my boyfriend came back from the eye doctor and said he may need glasses soon. Haha.

      • Michael

        Bonus, now you’ll have an advantage over him.

        “Wash the dishes, and I’ll tell you where I hid your glasses” XD

        • jreed3842

          Bahaha. Then he could do the same to me.
          And I have TERRIBLE TERRIBLE eye sight (and his is only just getting bad) I’m gonna have to avoid doing stuff like that. Haha. Because payback would be pretty bad for me!

          • Michael

            Poo, that’s no good.

            My eyes are weird, the left is quite short sighted, and the right is a tiny bit long sighted. People have referred to my regular glasses as beer goggles, because normal people wearing them experience the visual effects of severe drunkenness.

          • Tyler Griffin

            That sounds kind of epic, tho?

          • Michael

            I’d prefer to have good eyes, to counterbalance the bad ears, instead of bad eyes AND bad ears.

          • Tyler Griffin

            True, I didn’t mean to imply that it was epic you needed glasses, just that if you are GOING to need glasses, then need glasses that allow you to troll people.

          • jreed3842

            My glasses have been known to cause headaches.
            Sounds like your glasses are little bit more fun than mine! Ha!
            I’m mostly near-sighted, and I think one of my eyes (I don’t remember which) has developed astigmatism. *shrug* At least that’s what my eye doctor said at my last appointment.

  • DC

    I’m interested to see how he can open the door especially since he is concerned about not fully controlling it and possibly hurting others. Makes it sound quite powerful to me.

    • Maybe he can turn certain thing into explosives with a touch.

      • Tyler Griffin

        No State Alchemists allowed here, that poor girl and her dog will never be the same

      • Well that’s original! But… now I’m just imagining that Skittles ad, but everything you touch turns into something volatile instead… YIKES! That would be awful! D:

        • It’s a terrible power to have. At least I would think. He’d probably always have to wear gloves, kinda like Rogue.

          • But wouldn’t any gloves just turn into explosives too?? They’d have to be super special hi-tech power-pacifying gloves, kinda like Cyclops’ visor in X-Men!

          • Or something made of a more organic material like leather.

          • Rock < Paper < Scissors < Explosives < Leather ? 😛

          • Well you know if a lizard can defeat Spock… 🙂

          • 😉

          • I just realised you mentioned Rogue. I don’t know much about her/her powers, but it was probably redundant of me to specify Cyclops as being from X-Men 😛

          • Hehe. Yeah I have a basic understanding of the more famous X-men. At least from the cartoons.

      • A little like Gambit?

        • Yes, exactly. But he may not have the control with how much power he enfuses something with yet.

          • Gambit is one of my faves, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, and Gambit.

          • From the cartoon, he’s one of mine too

  • It sounds like the kid has powers, so if he has powers, why isn’t he on a team? Why isn’t he on the YP team if the others won’t have him? Or is this one of his “friends” pressuring him to do something off the clock and of extremely questionable legality?

    • Maybe some are considered non-fit for a team at all and/or they said no. Could be that he’s still so new at finding out he has powers that he hasn’t been offered/discovered yet, also since he’s not sure he can control it enough to be safe with others around.

      • Which is why he needs to be in an environment where he can get control over his powers. I swear, leaving youth running around untrained in their abilities for ANY reason is a bad idea.

  • Madock345

    The police officer in panel four looks pretty uppity for someone with a gun in their face. Like she’s critiquing his shooting stance XD

    • davefragments

      The way he’s moving around and waving that gun – – he is unsafe.

    • Terri Sutton

      I like my cops uppity and/or mouthy in the situation where there is a gun in their face.

  • Sapfo

    Good morning!
    Any guesses to who the women is?

    Lovely page Team TYP! Back at rocking us of our feets 😀

    • Michael

      I’m seeing a faint family resemblance to Amanda, maybe a distant cousin?

      Or maybe I’m just wearing racist glasses today, can’t tell.

      • Tyler Griffin

        That is a hilarious vine, btw.

        • Michael

          A what?

          • Tyler Griffin

            Oh dear. Vine, as in the social media site? 6 second videos?

          • Michael

            I really don’t do videos or social media, but I know what you mean now. I haven’t seen the video you were referring to.

          • Tyler Griffin
          • Michael

            I concur, that is hilarious.

          • Phyre Storm
          • Tyler Griffin

            When did you take a picture of my back yard! D:

          • Tyler Griffin

            No, seriously, I think I know where that spot is. At least I drive past a half dozen like it on a daily basis.

          • Phyre Storm
          • Tyler Griffin

            Kudzu, the vine that ate the South

          • Phyre Storm

            AND IT’S STILL HUNGRY.

            On the plus side, since the drug dealer next door moved out in Spring, the kudzu has made it too much of a pain for everyone and their brother to keep using the yard of the house my fiance and are are fixing up as a footpath.

            Some asshat actually COMPLAINED to me that he “can’t get troo duh bushes!” a few days ago. After walking through the yard. While I was right fucking there watching.

          • Tyler Griffin

            you know, in lab setting kudzu has been observed to grow as much as 6-8 INCHES A DAY in a climate similar to the Southeastern US…

            Plant it in your fields, they said. It’ll control erosion, they said. It’ll eat you pets and children and absorb your hopes and dreams while you sleep, they said.

          • Phyre Storm

            I just want to know what addle-pated nitwit was sold the idea of bringing kudzu here and what sociopathic dipshit sold it to them so I can tie them both up in a field of the stuff for a week and let nature take its course.

          • Michael

            Ditto for cane toads, cats, rats, ivy, camels, foxes, rabbits, pigs, indian mynahs, rock pigeons, european wasps, blackberries, and prickly pears (among many other species) in Australia.

          • Tyler Griffin

            The cats were very beneficial additions to most places they were brought, Australia and New Zealand being really blatant exceptions to that rule.

          • Michael
          • Phyre Storm

            I love cats, but they can certainly be a problem in the wrong place. SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR FUCKING PETS, PEOPLE. And if you let your cat go outside, put a collar with a bell on it.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Yes, beneficial. Cat voluntarily domesticated themselves to live with humans according to the most recent evidence, they did this because wherever humans settle we end up over run with rodents which are serious health concerns and carriers of some of the most devastating to human life diseases. You can look throughout human history and track definite trends in the health of populations based on their relationship with domestic cats. The cats followed us wherever we went because we provided a reliable food source. Cultures with a negative view of cats, consequently had more problems with rodents, and by extension were more prone to disease outbreaks; additionally, human population centers without a healthy population of cats could breed such large populations of rodents, that those rodent then spread out through the surrounding areas reeking massive ecological damage. Most rodents are some degree of omnivorous, so they will eat or at lest chew to destruction literally everything in an area. Cats, while providing a genuine threat to certain native species, cause less damage than the alternative, making their introduction beneficial, MOST of the time; but with very significant exceptions to the rule.

          • Michael

            Only where rodents have also been introduced. If humans weren’t so stupid and/or careless as to accidentally or purposefully introduce a foreign species (rats, rabbits, cane toads, etc) to an area, there wouldn’t be any need for cats to control them.

            There has never, in the history of the world, been a case where an introduced foreign species has had a beneficial effect on the indigenous environment.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Point A: Rodents are almost universal. Yes we tend to bring a certain species with us, but usually there is no shortage of them where we go. Again, this is what makes Australia and New Zealand such clear exceptions to that rule. Both were mostly inhabited by bird species, being islands with enough distance between them and a continental landmass that they never really got colonized by mammals until we showed up, but all 4 of the major continental land masses have populations of native rodents that are more than capable of population explosions and disease carrying in the presence of human settlement.
            Point B: The European Honeybee.

            I’m not engaging in this discussion with you any longer.

          • Michael

            Are you claiming that European Honey Bees have only had a beneficial impact on the native environment of non-european/african countries? So, they haven’t ever displaced native species either from suitable nesting sites or from foraging sites, contributed to the proliferation of invasive introduced flora, introduced new insect pathogens, parasites etc. to the country, or interrupting/altering pollination and seed-set diversity?

            The only reason introduced bees in America appear beneficial is because they were introduced an d established at a time (1600s) before such things were thought to be monitored/studied, and because they are effective at pollination the many introduced, non-native crops upon which humans depend. (which themselves have a deleterious effect upon native flora)

            https://www.sussex.ac.uk/webteam/gateway/file.php?name=goulson-ann-rev-ecol-syst-2003.pdf&site=411

            By the way, I use “benefit” to mean to the native environment, not to the humans who have settled there.

          • And now that you have both had a chance to make your points on this topic, I’m now closing this thread. Let’s move on, please. Thank you. 🙂

          • Michael

            okeydoke.

            As an Australian I’m quite sensitive to the issue of introduced/invasive species, so it tends to be a bit of a hot-button trigger for me.

            Dropping it now.

          • Tyler Griffin

            lol! The Kudzu must have absorbed the joke

          • Phyre Storm

            Or someone rolled it up and smoked it.

            It’s not that I’m some kind of anti-drug zealot. People can do what they want with their own bodies. I never even had a problem with the dealer himself. It was his goddamn fucking rude entitled asshole customers treating my property like a fucking public footpath, peeking in the windows, and sometimes even yelling in at me that I had a problem with. ON WHAT PLANET IS THAT OK?!

            Whoops. This comment isn’t funny either. Hang on a sec…

          • Phyre Storm
      • jreed3842

        I saw a little bit of Amanda as well. So you’re not alone!

      • Phyre Storm

        I thought it could be her sister, and that’s not racist at all.

        • Michael

          The script listed this new character, Kanya, as a Cambodian-American, so she could well be Spooky’s long-lost older cousin, or something.

          • Phyre Storm

            Is there an actual script that says that or is that a joke?

          • Michael

            Patreon supporters get to see it shortly before the page is posted.

          • Phyre Storm

            And wait, I thought Spooky was Chinese. Or have I been dreaming plot points again?

            Seriously, one time I went to bed right after reading a book for school, then talked about it in class the next day and it turned out I’d actually dreamed half of what I thought I’d read. My classmates were like “…WAT. O_o”

          • Michael

            even if that’s the case, there’s a lot of intermingling between people of the south east asian countries, and China and Cambodia have strong economic ties. It is entirely possible for a Chinese family to live in Cambodia for business or otherwise (3-5% of Cambodia’s population are ethnically Chinese) or vice versa.

          • Phyre Storm

            True enough, but wouldn’t a Chinese family living in Cambodia still consider themselves Chinese at least for a generation or two? My fiance is moving countries to be with me, but I doubt he’ll stop thinking of himself as British.

          • Michael

            The script didn’t indicate that “cambodian-american” was a self-title regarding heritage, or a legal title regarding citizenship, so it could go either way.

        • Amanda is Native American.

    • Morning Ms Strawberry!

    • Good Morning Sapfo sweet!

    • Glad you’re liking it, Sapfo. 🙂

  • …..You know, they could probably disarm gun-boy while he is talking to the others.

    • Tyler Griffin

      Mitch’ll probably drop him in a swimming pool or fountain, lol.

      • Soirbleu

        Does seem to be his preferred MO, at least as we’ve seen so far. 🙂

        • Tyler Griffin

          Ooooh, wait! in the Truth or Dare story he admitted to dropping a group of guys in a lake one time and alerting the Coast Guard to expand their jurisdiction to cover inland bodies of water 😛

          Do we have a suitably sized body of water near by?!?!?!?! 😀 lol

  • Tyler Griffin

    Although, that COULD explain why Fluke is considered a liability by
    other teams. Based on what we’ve seen, my theory is that Fluke’s “power”
    is that he acts like an accelerator engine for the balancing of
    universal forces.

    In physics we understand that (in an adsurdly over simplified explination) everything in the universe is the result of reality attempting to solve the chemical and energy equation caused by the big bang so that all things are equally distributed. a Zero Balance of energy and matter. In his case a zero balance on good or bad luck represents a vacuum, which nature abhors, so SOMETHING will happen to trigger his
    power cycle, if he gets too far into the negative (bad luck) good things will start happening to him, and vice vers. But rather than looking at it as generating luck, it may be more of a redistribution forces already there. If that’s the case, then Fluke’s powers would most definitely impact the people around him.

    I don’t think Fluke’s liability status comes from his performance on the field; we’ve seen that while he doesn’t have a fine control of his power, he can direct it to a degree, and even if he couldn’t direct it he is self aware enough to know whether he is currently in positive or negative setting. He can handle himself in the field, but rather the “cost” comes in later. Say his team has a really BRILLIANT battle and saves the day, now his powers switch into the badluck setting to balance the positive energy and find neutral. He then becomes a problem for the team as bad things happen to him and those things cause inconvenience to those around him as well.
    Likewise, Fluke has a really, REALLY bad week, and his powers switch into positive mode, he begins getting lucky, but if he isn’t generating that luck himself, where is it coming from? The people around him. So, his friends become less lucky.

    TL;DR version: If Gordon’s theory is correct then Fluke COULD be a liability to a team, not in the field, but through the slow attrition of everyday happenstance as his powers try to “balance” the universe regarding misfortune.

    • Michael

      That is a really well explained hypothesis. I like it, it makes a lot of sense.

      • Tyler Griffin

        I could be totally off base, mind you. There are so many things we don’t know yet about how Fluke’s powers work that it’s all wild hypothesis. But, it’s my current working theory. Thank you. I gotta give Alex props for coming up with a hero whose power set is unique and not well understood or predictable by the audience.

        • Michael

          True, Alex has done well creating a unique, subtle power that has a lot of scope for interpretation, but he hasn’t either overused it (like godmodding) or underutilised it.

    • Very interesting analysis, Tyler. 🙂

      • Tyler Griffin

        Thank you! I usually try to avoid posting my own personal theories because it’s so easy to take personally when someone refutes them, (My conspiracy theory offers are always stated to be just a possibility I thought of, not my personal theory) But, as I pointed out, Fluke’s powers are so undefined at this stage that it would be silly for me to get overly attached to a pet theory.

        • I’ve had, and still have, several theories. Some I’ve shared, some not and some still brewing to see where they’re going. Many times I’ve been more or less wrong, but almost as many have seemed more or less right. A few spot on. Theories are fun 🙂

        • Chris Dangerfield

          You go boy! I post theories like potato chips… and THEY ARE ALWAYS WRONG!!! LOL.

          Still, as Desmond Tutu said, “I am a prisoner of hope.”

          Yeah, I have a lofty set of goals in life… out guessing Alex Woolfson (*chris shakes fist at the sky*).

          “ONE DAY WOOLFSON! ONE DAY! AS LAAMPROS IS MY WITNESS I WILL GUESS CORRECTLY!”

          ……… but clearly it’s not today. -_- (lol)

  • Mary Klemzak

    OK I need a friend whose patreon who can send me this stuff, cause I’m really strapped for cash!

  • Phyre Storm

    Is there a way to PM with a mod on this thing? <_<

    • There is a button on the top where you can email Alex with your concerns.

      • Phyre Storm

        Yeah, I did that, but I’d really like a real-time conversation.

        If you have a few minutes, could you just add me on Facebook? It’s the same name and avatar I have here.

        • You can find me on Twitter as Admiral Jane.

          • Phyre Storm

            I don’t have a Twitter account. Just say no if you’re afraid I’ll start stalking you or something and I’ll go away.

  • That kid needs rescuing in more ways than one. He’s young enough to be naive and believe what he’s told about nobody getting hurt. 🙁

    The cop obviously knows exactly what’s going to happen to witnesses once the guy with the gun isn’t worried about attracting still more attention, this is getting to get complicated very fast as soon as guy with gun gets distracted.

  • Sapfo

    Happy birthday @admiraljane:disqus
    You Rock!

    • Thank you so much, Ms Strawberry! 😀 I’m having strawberries and waffles for breakfast tomorrow…er today (later, much later).

      • Sapfo

        That´s the only way to have a birthday breakfast: something, something, something, lot´s of strawberries! 😉

        • And whipped cream!

          • Sapfo

            you can add almost anything, I still only eat the strawberries XD
            Have a good birthday Admiral, and let the ship have wind in your sails.

          • But waffles!! lol

            Thanks again!

          • Michael

            I don’t know if I don’t like waffles, or I’ve just never had good waffles. 🙁 Pancakes, though, I’ll have any day.

      • Happy birthday Admiral! Hope you had a fun day 🙂

    • Phyre Storm

      Yeah, happy birthday!

  • Michael

    I said it earlier, but Happy Birthday Admiral Jane!

    Also Happy Birthday to Saxon!

    Hope you both have great days… after a good night’s sleep! 😛

    • Thank you again, Michael!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Thank you, Michael.

      • purplefoxglove

        Happy birthday ^_^

  • Jeldenil

    The cute boy with the hard-to-control powers is pretty clearly the one whose voice Mitch recognised. And Diego is his older brother? That would explain why cuty-pie got mixed with Dick in the first place. And is that woman a cop or a guard? TBH, with the news lately I don’t necessarily empathize much with (American) cops, but this woman does remind me of a few members of the team indeed.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      FWIW the script emailed out to Patreon supporters describes her as a security guard.

  • Our Flyboy looks so determined. A real superhero there. You go Flyboy!

  • Sapfo

    Happy birthday Saxon
    Have a rocking day!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Thank you, Sapfo.

  • I also wanted to say that the art is just getting better and better. And uh that uh Flyboy uh has a um real pert tushie (runs away)

    • Michael

      Why do you think I agreed to let Doki have the front half?

    • bronakopdin

      Just read about your birthday through Alex in patreon so also a HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me 😀
      hope you have a nice day 🙂

    • Chris Dangerfield

      “Pert”? Wasn’t that the name of a shampoo once? Whatever could you mean Admiral?

    • LOL!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    So I just got back from RPGing. Had a lovely time. And thank you to all birthday well-wishers.

    I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the Kyle Deacon sneak preview, and was searching around for the link for this must-see until I re-read the text and realised it will be released in another week.

    About the page itself, the first thing that strikes me that Flyboy is referring to Tsunami as “My pal, Gordon” even in the privacy of his head. I think that says good things about Mitch, considering Tsunami’s uptight and occasionally hectoring attitude.

    As for the rest of the page, well, of course I’m interested in seeing how it all works out. However it also occurs me that for someone as physically powerful as Flyboy, the best way to challenge him in a story-telling sense is to throw a problem at him that he can’t automatically fix with his powers. Hence the prospect of inter-personal conflict involving people that he knows. If I recall correctly that was the tack that Neil Gaiman took when writing _Sandman_: Dream is virtually omnipotent but tends to have seriously messed up relationships. Now, Flyboy has been shown to be surprisingly level-headed and mature at times, but he’s also very young and that runs the risks of mistakes made through inexperience or naivety. So I’m actually quite impressed with the story structure that Alex had used so far: show Flyboy casually and gleefully fixing problems with his powers, then confront him with a relationship problem that actually has him worried.

    • bronakopdin

      Just read it’s your birthday so…

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

      and have a great day 😀

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Oh, well said.
      Edit: And a very happy birthday.

    • Tyler Griffin

      Happy Birthday “Saxon” have some “Cake”
      http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2008/10/18/if-thats-your-real-name.html

    • Glad you’re looking forward to the Patreon pin-up, Saxon. And thank you for this thoughtful reaction, both noticing the little things (like how Flyboy thinks of a teammate in his head) but also overall story-structure. I agree with your analysis of Sandman and had similar thoughts when I read it back in the day. You’ve got me smiling over here.

      I hope you have an amazingly fun birthday! Thank you so much for being such an awesome part of our community here! 😀

  • >.< My tv-/internet connection went poof completely this morning, only about 10mins after I'd logged on, and when it hadn't returned 50 mins later I went back to bed. At least I got to see the new page + the new Starfighter page before it went, but no commenting *flails* … which I wanted to so bad.

    In better news, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADMIRAL AND SAXON!
    I'm back now and can say that. I hope you both will have a great day 🙂

    • Thank you, Danish! It was a pretty good day and the waffles were excellent!

  • John

    So close to being able to be a Patreon! Got a new job, now just need my first paycheck to come through…

    • Michael

      It’s definitely worth it.

      Congrats on the new job! What are you doing?

      • John

        I’m the accounts department for a small(ish) company. 🙂

        • Michael

          Nice! Good, stable work with long-term potential and room for promotion.

          • John

            I think so too, and thanks for the congratulations Michael

    • bronakopdin

      congrats on the new job 😀

      • John

        Thanks brona

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Congratulations. That’s great news John. Good luck!

      • John

        Thanks Chris

    • Tyler Griffin

      Congrats man!

      • John

        Thanks Ty

    • jreed3842

      Awesome!!!! *throws confetti* 😀

      • John

        THanks Jreed

    • Congrats on the job!!

      • John

        Thanks Doki

  • bronakopdin

    I can’t help myself but somehow the youngest dude (which is probably the one Mitch knows) seems soooooo familiar!!!!
    Does anyone have an idea why he could seem so familiar to me?!
    I’m dying of curiosity though I might just be imagining things xD

    He sure is cute! And the age seems to fit, maybe Mitch knows him from school or sth?

    Can’t believe they just totally gave that female officer a black eye… was it even neccessary?…
    And is that HER weapon the cap guy is wielding btw? (and mistaking for his own “shooter” … I’m sorry x’D…)
    Because she doesn’t seem to have one (anymore)?
    Also I wonder why he says “bad dudeS” to Diego? Is there still another one we didn’t see yet?

    questions upon questions….

    • DarkJokerOfAmuro

      could it be that tthe youngest guy looks a LOT like spooky?

      • bronakopdin

        I thought on that, too, (not that it could be Spooky anyway) but then this dude looks less Chinese/Central Asian, rather like more from the south? Like the Phillippines or Malaysia/Indonesia? Or even not Asian at all but rather South American?
        I’m not that sure if those are even Asian eyes, at least until now ^^

        • DarkJokerOfAmuro

          Mike from TOUGH? which Alex still needs to do because it been on Hiatus for too many years now? XD

          • bronakopdin

            I though about this, too!!!! It totally fits my “Southeast Asian” theory but then I remember his hair to be totally different…
            but he was actually my first guess 😀 I just didn’t want to mention as I thought I might already lead people’s minds in the wrong direction if I did!

    • All good questions. bronakopdin. 🙂

  • purplefoxglove

    Oh, my. My guess is that Mitch recognised Cory’s voice – he seems to be the only one who has doubts about their plans here, and he was the one who wanted to call it off on the previous page. Seeing his face, my first thought was “Wow, he almost looks like a younger Mitch! Only with more tan. Is he his baby brother?” Then I realised that this would make Diego related to Mitch, and the two of them do not look very much alike. Half-brother? Cousin?

  • purplefoxglove

    Scrolling down, it looks like the team on the patreon banner is reacting to what they see on the cross-over sneak preview ^_^

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Okay, wow you guys. Another absolutely stunning page. Mitch’s narration is really well done – verbally natural and artistically well executed. It’s certainly just beautiful. A true cliff hanger of excitement that fills me with ANTIC… I… PATION!

    Panel #1: I really love the whole shebang on these two panels. Just beautiful artwork. The framing and composition, Mitch’s perfectly aero-dynamic stream-lined body position (and ‘pert tush’ – happy birthday AJ) and determination. And then the color. Holy cow, Veronica, the color here is so beautiful that again these pages may have to be framed to create some sort of series. They are just gallery gorgeous. I also really liked the speed lines, all varied and blended so we feel all the speed and motion, but there is only barest nod to the classic comic book convention that we’ve come to know all too well. This really takes all those things to a higher level.

    Panel #2: (Please repeat #1) and add that I love the smooth sense that camera has just gently moved in on Mitch for this CU. The facial expression is excellent. At first I thought you’d changed his hands by mistake, but there’s a fine sense of motion and time passage here and having him draw back that left fist to be near his face actually works as a great accent to his look of determination.

    I would like to note that if he was driving a convertible this fast, his hair would be a total mess. (If you’ve owned a convertible and have hair you know this). So, this is absolute proof that, like Kyle, he’s a super hero. They. Don’t. Do. Bad. Hair. (lol) Seriously. Hell-Date? Perfect hair. Nuf said.

    Panel #3: Love the down and establishing shot in the long vertical left panel. Clearly shows us where everyone is. Defines the crisis. We clearly see who is who, even if we don’t know them personally yet. We are clear, as of NOW, about what’s physically happening here.

    Panel #4-6: I like all three. Clearly defining personalities and typically the guy with the gun is the instigating problem. I like your portrayal of the security guard. The fact of her ethnicity is clear, if not instantly definable, much like life. Her injury creates simple clear stakes (this man is that serious).

    I saw mention below, questioning the necessity of her black-eye. Personally, I actually felt it was “just enough” to feel real and honest. It’s not a melodramatic device to create sympathy, just to explain stakes. I like that she looks unafraid, uncowed and fierce regardless. Nor is she dressed in anything but an entirely believable fashion. Yet, her design is strong and appealing. The same for the criminals. It’s not that evil is ugly. We know that’s not true for Duncan or Sircea (rather the opposite), here it’s only ‘ugly’ due to the actions being taken. I also like that we see all three criminals have a different sense of what they can tolerate. Great believable set up.

    Now our huge open question is… how does Mitch connect to them and what will he do. All we KNOW is that it’s Manito’s comment that causes that connection and look of alarm on Mitch’s face in the last panel of the previous page. So, how does he connect with Manito and what will he do.

    And let me add my own personal ggpn (gratuitous gay personal note). I’m interested to know if it’s as simple as a friendship, or if there is a bit of male attraction to a cute baby-faced boy who clearly has power of some sort. Does Mitch know him as a power-user at risk of being used and fear for his future? Many possible paths.

    So many great questions and, as usual, Alex has left himself lots of great avenues to explore with this. Tricksy.

    So, super thanks for this treat of a bonus-interlude-backstory (ha) comic. I’m loving it. Can’t wait for Wednesday… and when can a body say THAT? 🙂

    • Thank you for another awesomely fun play-by-play, Chris. Very gratifying to read. And very glad you’re enjoying this. 🙂

  • davefragments

    I think that these guys are Mitch’s friends. At least his older friends who he wants to hang with because that’s what the young guy does when he’s trying too hard to be “just one of the guys.” I don’t think they know the other Young Protectors but they know about magic abilities. One of them has some power but can’t control it as much as we’ve seen TYP’s and even Mitch.
    I’ve had this thought process when I’ve written characters. How does a character learn about their superpower or magical ability? Harry Potter needed Hogwarts. There has to be some learning curve. Think about a concert pianist and the old joke of asking directions when lost in NYC – “How do I get to Carnegie Hall? and the comedy answer is “Practice, practice.” No one just shoots fire and destroys demons or licks up a car and floats it into a swimming pool.
    One of these wannabe rich guys has gotten himself in trouble and needs to burgle a store to get out of the trouble. Money, of course. The most common problem. SO the guy leans on his friend who can do something like open all doors by some magical means. However, the guy who has the powers isn’t sure of exactly what he can do with them.
    But Mitch can hear them.

    • Very interesting analysis, Dave. 🙂

      • davefragments

        JK Rowling proposed that it took 4 to 7 years to be a good magician. A Hogwarts education.

        • …..I wonder how good the Japanese magic schools are. The competition in those has to be fierce.

          • davefragments

            I don’t know. I haven’t found any fiction about Japanese magic schools. Perhaps I haven’t looked hard enough.

          • hmmmm, or they might have just “one” magic school but have it split into divisions…like elementary (6 yrs), junior high (3), high (3). Elementary and Junior High is compulsory, where High is optional. Or they might let them complete muggle Elementary and then they get sent to Magical Junior High and High. Or if they are rich enough, private tutors for their magical education while attending muggle school. I would also suspect that the Japanese magicals have also found a way to integrate magic with technology and have just as many magical technical gadgets as their muggle counterparts.

          • davefragments

            I don’t know how schools are structured in Japan but I would guess that a school of Magic (like Hogwarts in Great Britain is structured after British Boarding schools) would be structured the same as the rest of the Japanese education system.

          • I guess it just really depends on 1) if there is more than one magic school and 2) which grades starts and ends magical education.

          • I also know that unless it is an “elevator” system, your money and grades depend on where you can go to junior High and High school.

  • Miri

    Wait, what does Jeff have to say about that crossover?! 😮

    The bit at the end – where the guy with the gun in a security guard/police woman’s face, who he’s called nothing, and who’s coercing somebody into helping break and enter (I’m guessing by making the door explode?), refers to “bad dudes” makes me wonder what exactly is going on here – are they “simply” thieves targeting a bigger criminal, or are things not what they seem? (And the security/police lady could be unaware that her employer is up to something dodgy…)

    Also, maybe he’s got the power of transforming his dick into a gun and removing it from its usual location? Either that, or he’s *really* bad at anatomy. *inserts bad pun about shooting blanks*

    • Kate G

      I don’t think he’s talking about his actual penis. “Dick” is slang for more than just “penis.” Back in the 1930s, “dick” was slang for “detective,” especially a “P.I.” (hence, the comic Dick Tracy which started in the 30s. It means “Detective Tracy,” not well, Dick Tracy.)

      The Colt Detective Special revolver has a peculiar slang name called the “dick special.” “Dick” in the case heralding back to the 30s slang for “detective.”

      Interesting to note, the gun this crook is holding IS a Colt pistol. It is, in fact, a 45 Colt 1911 from all looks of it. It’s often just known as the Colt .45, 1911 or the .45. He could be mixing up his slang.

      He also could be referring to the officer. “I’ve got my dick” = “I’ve got my officer” (he might have a deal with this officer because she sure isn’t taking control of the situation like she should be.) Interesting use of words, nonetheless.

      • Nes

        Oooooor there’s the much, much simpler explanation. The phrase is basically referring to someone being a useless wanker (and if they’re wanking, they have their dick in their hand, hence the phrase).

    • Terri Sutton

      “Out with my dick in my hand” is slang for faffing about, wasting time etc.

    • Klaus

      Nothing is what it appears to be (or so it seems).

  • I know people are speculating about the Amanda look-alike officer, but…
    is it just me, or does the cute boy with powers [that Mitch may recognise ohoho] look A LOT LIKE SPOOKY??

  • Kate G

    Diego’s buddy looks a lot like Mitch only a tiny bit younger (maybe 14?) Same facial structure, same eyes, same sort of posture…no wonder poor Mitch is in a tizzy!

    While I’m not one to point out things (okay, I do I do I do), your officer is missing her radio and shield. The angle isn’t right to show her gun, spare cartridges and compartments for handcuffs but you should still be able to see her radio–and even her badge (unless it’s on her belt)–from these angles.

    I am curious as to why this police officer hasn’t taken over the situation yet. We seem to have come upon a rookie. Maybe that explains the missing radio. 🙂

    • Takehai

      She may not be a Police Officer, but in fact a Security guard. That’s what I assumed when I saw her.

    • Takehai is correct. She’s a security guard, not a police officer.

  • anonywolf

    Spooky and Amanda are doing a mission undercover on the side as part of Spooky’s business. Calling it.

    • afallenpromise33

      idk man but who can tell

  • Doki is not leaving bed for awhile. Doki thinks she almost lost consciousness earlier. -_- Doki blames her stupid cat. Doki is also cramping. -_- Should be back soon-ish.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      [stares with a worried look on face] Do we dare ask how the cat managed all of this? Or should it just be waved away as a noodle incident that’s best not talked about?

      • I was taking a shower and the stupid cat kept going in and out of the bathroom opening the stupid door (door is whack and only closes correctly if you are extremely lucky). Doki said is that stupid cat did it one more time, stupid cat was joining her in the shower and getting his flea bath. Stupid cat did, stupid cat got flea shower (had to wash his neck twice). Stupid cat made me stay in shower longer than I should have. -_- Though no feet scratches this time.

      • Stupid cat just happened to annoy me while I was cramping. Cramping is a little worse today, stupid cat is lucky it was yesterday. -_- Wasn’t able to get all the fleas off, but a lot did. Stupid cat has an allergy, have to bathe the other cat as soon as cramps let up. Stupid cat is my tuxedo.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Poor, poor Doki! D: I hope you’re feeling better today!

      • eh, at the point where I cannot tell if I am experiencing anything I should be concerned about or if it is just all pms induced bad feelings.

  • Klaus

    Interesting that Flyboy singles out Gordon as “my pal”:

  • Klaus

    This story is “full of danger and romance”, according to the blurp on page 1. Does this mean that Mitch is romantically involved with one or more of these characters?

    • afallenpromise33

      i hope

  • davefragments

    The next page will be a welcome relief to all the crazy news that I keep seeing on the TV.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Here’s a wild speculation to keep you entertained while we camp. Further down this comments page I speculated on the possible structure of this story: That Flyboy is so physically powerful that he’s able to handle various muggings and robberies with ease – which meant that in order to challenge him and provide story conflict Flyboy would be confronted with inter-personal problems with his friends that he can’t fix so easily. But an alternative idea just occurred to me. It’s really oddball, low probability, and kinda cynical.

    In the first idea, Flyboy is still young and doesn’t have the experience to have lots of social skills, so he makes a critical mistake and has to struggle to fix it before disaster happens.

    However, lets review Flyboy’s various appearances in the main comic so far. There have been times when he’s been overly eager and somewhat maladept. But there have been other times, such as when he came out to Red Hot, when he’s been more mature than we readers were expecting. It’s just that the rest of the team has a tendency to ignore him and underestimate him.

    So in this second scenario, let’s turn that up to eleven. Let us posit that Flyboy is perfectly capable of making sensible and mature desisions that could fix this situation. And under normal circumstances this would be enough to save the day. But the other characters dismiss his advice, and from that one point the story barrels along towards tragedy with all the inevitablity of a Shakespearean play. All because they foolishly wouldn’t listen to Mitch.

  • davefragments

    Anyone here for camping?

  • I can’t camp, but I can wave and say ‘hello!”

    • davefragments

      hi

      • Dave! Honored as always. How goes your day?

        • davefragments

          OK but a crowded supermarket frazzled my nerves. I hate crowds of browsers at the market.

          • I know what you mean. I’m not sure how I feel about strangers handling my cucumbers.

          • davefragments

            And I think they were following me from veggies, to pasta, to cereal. I have to eat DRY shredded wheat (don’t ask, you don’t want to know) and i’m struggling on my wheels and the carts wheels and this tweenie and her Mom just stood there not moving while reading a 25 cent off coupon for one box of cereal. There three carts behind me and two on her other side trying to edge between everything.
            And I’m trying not to scream “go away” or something worse.

            But no, It’s a laugh. Too little sugar. Too much caffeine.

          • People, how can we stand them!

          • davefragments

            scotch
            one shot a day

          • Thank you for the prescription, doctor.

    • Hello!

      • Ma chere Admiral! My life is complete now that I have the pleasure of your smile.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hello!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Oh wow, that wallpaper preview looks *gorgeous*!

    • davefragments

      yes it does and HI!

  • davefragments
  • Ninhursag

    I like the realism in these page, these characters look like trouble and remind me of thugs from Breaking Bad. I like that you tried and succeded in my opinion to portray the type of people they are through language.