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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy—Page 3

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Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to introduce “the most dangerous supervillain in the world”—The Annihilator.

And yay! It might be 2 in the morning, but finally got these pages up! We’re off to a little bit of a bumpy start technically—I’m sure there will be things that I will be polishing over the next few days. But I couldn’t wait to share this with you and at least you can get a taste for how this comic begins!

I’m working with two new, fantastic artists on this: DC/Marvel penciler Adam DeKraker and 2011 Harvey Award Nominee, colorist Veronica Gandini! Let’s please give them a hearty Yaoi 911 Webcomics welcome! 😀

Page 4 will be up on Monday, March 19th! Hope to see you there!

And please let me know what you think! 😀

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  • Hey, hey. When’d you come in, giant shiny man?

    ETA: Only noticed just now that the phrase “giant shiny man” is attractive sounding to most people here. It’s just as funny to me as “giant shiny hamster”. XD

  • I wish more giant shiny men would randomly appear in my life. 

  • His suit. That man. Good Lord. Is it weird I love him already?

  • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

    …oh my god… he is a good lookin’ man!

  • Epic. I already know this is gonna be epic. 😀

  • Oh. You said “villain.”  Am I not supposed to love him? Because you made him shiny…and well, I am very attracted to the shiny.

    • The Annihilator is absolutely OK with you finding him attractive, Tina. 😉

  • Is that hair or a helmet o.o

    Every part of him is so shiny and smooth (except his arms, woof)Villains aren’t usually so shiny with bright blue eyes, glad to see an original character design, you aren’t using a stereotypical villain look 😛

  • Yukiness

    This Annihilator sounds like my kind of guy. He’s covered in silver and I just love silver.

    Happy to have another Woolfson and pals creation in my favorites bar.

    *gives welcome hugs to the new artists in town*

    • Thank you, Yukiness! Glad to hear that The Annihilator hits the right, silvery note with you. 😉

  • Coming over from the Artifice page, and I must say I’m quite pleased with this new story!  😀  Let’s see where this goes, oh man with the awesome throwing stars on his arms!

  • Super-villain who looks like a hero.  Me likey.  Also, I don’t even LIKE super-heroes, but now I have to follow this one, because I’m DYING to know what happens next!

  • ScreamingFurby

    I think its because of the armor on his chest, but this guy totally reminds me of Death Stroke.. and that automatically makes him more awesome <3

  • oooooh I love my superhero comics will def be watching to see how this goes

  • Sofie Pettersson

    Very nicely done. Looking forward to more!

  • thisboybroken

    every thing you do is awesome Alex!!! and I wanna see Artifice 2

  • SigmundReimann

    I have a not so secret love of superhero stories, especially ones with gay romance. I am very pleased you decided on this genre. Also, this is looking very neat and uniform so far with atmospheric colours and lighting and consistent characters. You choose your artists well.

    • Thank you! I’m very lucky to have the chance to work with Adam and Veronica—both professionals in the mainstream comics biz. They’ve been blowing me away with the pages they’ve been sending. I’m really glad you like their work!

  • OMG I think I’m gonna like this one as well…although I have to admit I still like winona’s style more than this one…sorry :s

  • mikakitten

    COO!!! Excuse the pun…but this guy is hot…and he’s the baddie!? I already love the ginger boy (need to know his name! >_< so I can love him more!) but this man…well he looks in good shape for being a silver fox! I LOVE super hero stories! <3 Looking forwards to this!

    • The “ginger boy” would be Kyle. And yes, The Annihilator does a pretty good job keeping fit. Lots of great cardio being a supervillain. 😉

      Glad to hear you love superhero stories—and that you’re looking forward to more! 😀

      • mikakitten

        Oh! Kyle! <3 I think he's my new fav…. Annihilators hot…but just got a soft spot for orange hair…tis my favourite colour and I find them so unique and always makes me smile! I have a ginger cat for the very reason!

  • JLJones

    Waaaait wait.. DC/Marvel employee? O.O

    I think I just had a joygasm.
    Oh.. oh, this is going to be SO good.

  • Dex X.

    I’M SO EXCITED. 😀 oh goodness oh goodness oh goodness

  • QuestionableSanity

    Well isn’t he just Mr.Suave-And-Charming-Smile.
    Can’t wait to see where you take this!! XD

  • leorising

    Wow! Off to a good start, there. Love the pencils, and the coloring is top-notch. Looking forward to seeing where you’ll take this!

    • Thank you, leorising! As I said below, I feel really lucky to be able to work with Adam and Veronica. Total pros. Glad to have you onboard!

  • Super villains are not supposed to be that hot lol!

  • YAY muscle men in tights! always a nice thing to see in the morning!!!

  • Ryn

    hello… older hairy muscle man ahoy.  please tell me he’s got a full chest of hair. like, Blair from “The Sentinel” furry.

  • Brian Findlay

    Wow, really looking forward to the rest of this comic!  Alex you really know how it’s done, makes me wanna find some more comics all over again ^^

    • Thank you, Brian. That’s totally sweet of you! 🙂 (And if you’re looking for more comics, I LOVE me some Ed Brubaker. His “Sleeper” seasons one and two is stunningly excellent.

  • SigmundReimann

    Oh, and you also got the superhero genre humour down perfectly. Puns and catch phrases everywhere!! Please don’t tell me they’re going to regress to anything worse than this or I’ll be pulling my hair out. Haha! (At least you didn’t put ‘if you play with fire you’re gonna get burned’. I can’t stand that one!)

    Edit: Oh, and I’m not criticising your scripting, it’s all part of the genre, but I’m referring to children’s TV puns that have me cringing. Teen Titans is a shining example. This is fine, quite condescending, which I like because he’s older and likely to be a little arrogant.

    • I didn’t take any offense, SigmundReimann, and I know exactly what you’re talking about. 🙂

      And yes, The Annihilator definitely has a certain… confidence in dealing with others. 😉

  • I SAY

  • Nullnuit

    hawt and sweet evil guy!!!
    If he just had long hair, he was going to get kidnapped by this freak of long haired males that is me…..
    hair can grow again….
    *kidnaps sexy evil guy*


  • Kat Wright

    Uh oh! Rob Liefield pouches! They’re a highly invasive species. Make sure you keep those well pruned or they will start taking over.

  • Syanana

    looks neat C:

  • fujoshifanatic

    Hm. Cute little ginger fire-boy, hot snarky super villain, Marvel comic style art? As Mr. Moviefone would say, I’m in! Speaking of movies, love the marquee on page 2! Hopefully it will come to pass. *crosses fingers* At any rate, looking forward to this comic!

    • Thank you, fujoshifanatic! Love your Moviefone reference. Glad to have you onboard!

  • Awesome start! I can’t wait for the next page!

    Alex you’re going to get me addicted comics! I never read them before Artifice…

    And I love how page two has ‘Artifice 2’ as the film showing!

    • Really? You never read comics before Artifice? Well, that’s really flattering that I helped you get into them. There’s lots to love there. (I’d recommend you take a look at the first several volumes of Fables by Bill Willingham—one of the best yarns in all of comics and great for people who haven’t gotten much into them before. 🙂 )

  • Oooo fire! And Shiny! Okay… already keen to see what’s going on; you’re spinning your magic again, Alex!

    • You, my friend, are a total sweetheart. Thank you. 🙂

  • I’m curious, is there a link that will take you to the most recent updated page? 

    • Alas no. One of the few limitations of this awesome webcomic app I use. What I recommend is that you bookmark the Archives page. (And you can always go to the newest page in a comic by hitting Shift-Right-Arrow on your keyboard.)

      Hope that helps!

  • Oh, yey! So we have super heroes now? Lemme say: since I discovered Wiccan e Hulking (Young Avengers/Marvel) I’ve been CRAVING for this kind of story. You have a veeeery happy fan right now <3

  • So exciting! The pages look great.

  • 🙂 I like it! I have never been a huge fan of superhero comics (I can’t help but laugh a bit about the body proportions and the outfits), but I’m willing to give this one a try, because I LOVED Tough and Artifice.

    The art and colouring is wonderful.

    • Thank you, Christina! And I appreciate you giving The Young Protectors a shot. Maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised…

  • melinda stumpf

    I’m loving this Alex can’t wait to see the next page of both comics

    • Jenny Blue

      ditto! gah why is it only Wednesday!!!!!

      • melinda stumpf

        I know right Must go work on cross over fan art jeff and deacon with them *runs to get her art book*

        • Jenny Blue

          oooh sounds cool! O.O  I wanna see… *sigh* if only I could draw..

          • melinda stumpf

             its on hold right now studying for my midtrems

          • Jenny Blue

            ah, Ok! I hope you do super well!

    • Thank you, melinda! That makes me very happy to hear!

      • melinda stumpf

         your welcome Alex

  • Jenny Blue

    Ooooh! A Supervillain with Sharp objects in a Shiny, Sexy, Silvery, Skintight costume!  *puppy dog eyes* O.O can I borrow him Alex? Pwetty Pwease? no? awww….. :'( *is jealous of Kyle*  well, anyways I love it Alex!  @Adam and Veronica, Welcome!  veeeerry well done ;D and, I love you all! (Alex too!) keep up the good work! 

    • Thank you, Jenny! I really appreciate the props!

      (And who knows? Maybe we could loan The Annihilator out to you on a timeshare basis… 😉 )

      • Jenny Blue

        You’re very welcome! I appreciate being able to read your comic’s! ^_^ Ooh! Really? That sounds… yummy ;D , you have the very best ideas Alex!!! XD

  • Guest

    oh helllllll naw….. <3

  • Can’t WAIT to see more of this! 🙂

  • Fabiana Nonato

    Wow, I just love the supervillain!

  • Erica


  • Needs more story before I can decide if I like it or not, but the movie ad for Artifice II gives it bonus points already. Keep it up Alex. You are AWESOME!

    • Thank you, Cassandra! (And more on Monday! 😀 )

  • Lorescien

    Oh, HELLO, sir. Aren’t you the attractive one in full-body spandex? 😉

    • Jenny Blue


  • Ditzite

    Silver Fox anyone?! Ah Alex you make me happy! Plus now I can worship two more people besides you and Winona! Adam and Veronica loving the work so far and am greatly looking forward to seeing more! X3

  • Gabriel Grey

    Nice tights, man.

    BTW, is that a kind of helmet or his natural hair? Looks metallic…

    • That would be hair. 🙂

      • Gabriel Grey

        Than he’s got one hell of a hairstylist. But I’d like to tell you that this comic looks very promising, can’t wait to see more of it.

  • Wow! So many comments!  What a great bunch of readers we have already.  Hi everybody! Hope you all enjoy the ride– can’t wait till you see the stuff we’re working on now!

  • mannadisannicola

    Didn’t your mother teach you not to leave the house dressed like that? Girl, you look like a disco ball in boots.

    • Andr913

      Everyone place bets on what his superpower is. I’m betting he can play any song he chooses by plugging his nose and jumping up and down.

  • Super excited for this one! I’m a huge super hero fan. Like, seriously. I stacks and stacks of comics. 🙂

  • ithilloke

    You’re off to an awesome start, Alex!

  • Really now, Alex…A new comic that starts with a flamer (literally) going into a gay bar, then a villain named Annihilator?  We know what he’s out to annihilate.  Heh.  Could you have a more perfect start to a comic?   I have a crazy feeling you’ll have some members going “Arti-who?” in no time.  Which could be a mixed bag.  Either way, I got me two GREAT stories to read!  WIN!  On a small side-note, I so wish I could help with donations, sadly, ATM, I’m unemployed.
    Keep this coming, and dang, some great art as usual!  You pick the best!  🙂

    • Thank you! I’m delighted to hear you like how we’re starting here—and the art! I feel very lucky to get to work with Adam and Veronica. Total pros. And fun too! 😀

      (And I hear you about not being able to donate right now. That’s been me at lots of points in my life, so I know how it is. Please no worries!)

  • KBatty

    I suspect this will be awesome. Will continue to read.

  • Didak

    I’m looking forward to this already!!
    Coming from you Alex I’m sure it will be awesome.
    And also, Adam and Veronica, props for the awesome art! ;D

    • Thanks! 🙂

    • Thank you for the vote of confidence, didramos! Glad to hear you’re looking forward to more. Welcome aboard! 😀

  • Dex X.

    Why is Monday so far away? 🙁

    • Jenny Blue

      I know…. :'(

  • The art screams super hero! I’m so excited! Loved Artiface and while it’s not over yet, I’m already itching for a new story! 

  • I love Superheros, I love Artifice,  I love you Alex and I loooove yoai so I know i’m going to love The Young Protectors

  • Hellllo! Who do we have here?

    • Jenny Blue

      I know right!?!?!

  • Hahah, he’s so sparkly. Sir, do you want to be mistaken for a horrible excuse of a vampire? 

  • Superjenny

    Huge fan of Artifice, and I expect I shall become a huge fan of this, as well.  Keep up the great work, guys!

    • Jenny Blue

      Oh! another jenny!

      • Superjenny

        We’re everywhere!  =3

        • Jenny Blue

          😀 How would the world survive without us?

          • Superjenny

            Everyone would be incredibly Jenny-less…  Poor, poor people…

          • Jenny Blue

            They’d just lose their will to live!

    • Thank you, Superjenny! We’ll try our best! 😀

      • Superjenny

        I shall await the results with baited breath!  =3

  • AnyOtaku

    So when will this comic be updated? For now every Monday no? Are you thinking about making like artifice? To have another page in the week?
    You know, Heroes hve never made me like “jump from excitement” but i hope that this one does =D

    • Yep, for now on Mondays until Artifice finishes and then on Saturdays. I am thinking about offering bonus pages, because it’s a lot of fun to post twice a week, but I’m paying two artists so things are more expensive for me. It’s something I’m going to have to think about more…. Right now I’m just focusing on keeping up with the 3 pages a week that’s already on my plate! That’s plenty! LOL

      And I hope you’ll like this too. It’s got a different tone than Artifice but there’s still just as much me in it, for better or for worse. 😀

      • Becky

        Thanks for working so hard to put out awesome content, Alex.  Thoroughly enjoying this comic so far, as well as the epic awesomeness of Artifice! (and hoping that it doesn’t end TOO soon…. )

        • It really is my pleasure, Becky. Glad you’re liking the comics! 😀

  • singerblooming


  • Chaucer59

    Great start. Why isn’t it advertized on your home page?

    • Thank you! And… I’ve just been so swamped with the Kickstarter project and with prepping two comics I just haven’t had time to redesign the site to account for The Young Protectors.  So I’m doing little bits at a time. (For example, if you look up, you’ll see I’ve added a Comics drop-down menu.) But it will all get done, I promise! 😀

  • Using my super speshul psychic powers, I predict that Fire Kid will use a flame throwing effect on Silver Fox. Silver Fox will dodge it only to get a left hook to the chin. Remember I know this because of psychic powers and nobody look at the top of the page. Feel free to worship me.

    • Jenny Blue

      (huh, how come I haven’t looked up there sooner?) uh, I mean, O.O …whoa, how do you do that? *feeds grapes and chocolate and fans with a palm frond* 

      • Oh yum! And fan harder! I want a wind effect when I lord over my other subjects.

        • Jenny Blue

          *bows head*  Yes, Master. *fans fast enough to rustle His hair*

  • Holy cow Alex, it seems I’m gonna develop a tights on men fetish thanks to this comic. (which its start is so good already!)

  • YES! Finally a really good gay superhero comic…my search is over *wipes tear* this plus Artifice is beyond awesome! So much love for you Alex! 

    • Thank you, Anna! Glad you were looking for something like this too. Love back! 😀

  • Sharon Kerr-Bullian

    I’m not really a superhero person… but I think The Annihilator may change my mind.

    Time to start camping 😀

  • JacobBartsch

    Wow that is one sexy supervillan

  • With a name as terrifying as The Annihilator, he sure is…-sparkly-. -snicker- Sorry, he’s great, really, I just could resist pointing it out.

  • Jenny Blue

    I WANT IT TO BE TOMORROW SO BAD!!!!! *cries* D’: …sorry for shouting… *sniff*

  • 0nyxrose

    My ovaries just went ‘DAMN!’
    I LOVE superhero comics/stories but I’ve only ever found one story with a gay superhero, so I’m pumped for this comic!

  • You torture my soul with this… lucky for you I very much enjoy torture. 

    • Superjenny

      Don’t we all!  X3

  • …I gotta say this.  While I don’t think the Annihilator has a particularly handsome face as of yet, that body and that LINE slay me.  SLAY, I tell you.  ::fans self::

    I think I’m going to like this new story:)

  • Daaaammmmnnnnnn! Give me a piece of that! *whistle*
    Lol sooo excited for tomorrow and basically this whole comic!!!!

  • Jenny Blue

    what no campers?… -did I get the day wrong again?- >.<

    • Right place. Right time. New page up in less than 40 minutes. 🙂

      • Jenny Blue

        yay!!! thanks! sorry for distracting you -_-

  • i hear 
    Sean Connery in my head for this pic i have no clue why XD

    • Ha!

    • Subhadra Erika

      Aaand now I will too.

  • anonymouslizzy

    And in this corner! Weighing 240 pounds (in muscle)! Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiny man!!! XD

  • Sara O’Connor

    Mmmmmm Men in tights….I know he’s the suprvillan, but right now I like this guy 😀


  • What the…
    Is it just me, or does the garbage can have half a face on it?


  • SolrSurfr3

    Uh oh. Douche alert!

  • is he the supergay villain
    i mean honestly
    look at that “i’m the sassiest thing on two legs” pose
    dayum, gurl

    • Kid Chaos

      “Supergay villain” would be my first choice, as well.

  • Thanks to LMFAO, all I can think right now is “I WORK OUT.”

    LOL. And, maybe, the Avengers comes to mind. I quote: “Spangly outfit.” xD

  • StarrySkyDancer

    The real question here is: what was the Annihilator doing there?:P Was he “just hanging out there”? XD

  • Here’s a question for you: didn’t anyone tell you you’re to old to be a preteen stripper?

    • ManicThrifts

      Best comment

  • DarkFeanix21

    Loving the look of the comic so far. And very intrigued by the two characters that have been introduced so far.

  • he just screams HOMO!!!

  • Celestia’s Snout

    It just now struck me how much he looks like someone Lady Gaga would hire as a bodyguard.

  • Red Dahl

    Look at him standing there looking all billy badass and shit

  • Haha! Bear alert anyone??

  • Harry Underwood

    Wouldn’t this guy be a Clancy Brown voice?