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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Interlude 2—Page 6

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Well, if you promise

Over on the Patreon Page, Patrons are getting to vote on which new artists I’m going to be adding to our team!

I’ve commissioned 8 new artists to create pin-ups of your favorite The Young Protectors characters, and Patrons get to vote on which pin-ups they like best.

This month, we have a lovely painting by Ren Tu of Flyboy. Here’s a preview of that:

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And we also have a painting by David Lopez, a NSFW, fully nude painting of Kyle. Here’s a preview of that one:

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Do you have a favorite? Do you like both? Neither? Then become a Patron and let your vote be heard! (You’ll also get to immediately download full versions of each of these pin-ups as digital wallpapers.)

There are lots of great benefits to being a Patron (you can see them all here along with an explanation of what the heck Patreon is), 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! It’s the last page of Interlude 2! I hope you enjoyed catching up with Cory. But now it’s time to return to our heroes!

Is everything truly well in hand?

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

  • Yes

  • Um….

  • Nate

    Yeah, right. 🙂

  • davefragments

    And I will bet that when we go back to the scene at the portal and Laampros, nothing is under control.

  • Stephen Hutchison

    Wow. That was certainly filler. A bit disappointing. Like finding that 2/3 of your parmesan cheese is actually cellulose. Still, it could’ve been worse. It could’ve been bad fanart done by other webcomics.

    • bronakopdin

      well that might be your perspective, I for one am reassured now to know how Diego is doing mostly fine and enjoyed to see Mitch and how it’s going with him, also it helped my nerves t know that he is actually NOT doing stupid things and trying to follow x’D
      and I guess I’m not the only one who is delighted by the pieces of info ^^
      especially if the alternative would have been nothing for 3 weeks straight
      I wonder why why people even think that artists are still SUPPOSED to actually POST sth on their hiatus?
      Instead of just being happy that they even DO so instead of doing nothing people complain and it just won’t get into my head somehow x’D

      no offense there though ofc there are people who probably find this boring and you guys have all right to think so 🙂

    • Juliette Leroux

      Well, not much action for sure, but Alex said it would be as close to a filler as he might allow, and he didn’t HAVE to do anything during the artists’ break anyway. It also gets us to see a new very fine artist. Plus, I am happy to have news of Cory and Diego. So I, for one, am pretty satisfied, even if I’m happy to now see what is happening to our heroes!

    • Stephen Hutchison

      To reiterate – I know it was “as close to filler as Alex might allow” but to be honest, he DID have to do something during the break, because basic marketing (and possibly the terms of the Patreon subscriptions so that money can still come in during the brief hiatus) says something should be posted. Yeah, it was additional information, and gave us more of a great alternate artist’s work, but unlike the other interim story bits, it doesn’t advance any plot nor really give us (much) new information. So, it’s filler. Any minor disappointment I feel is more that there isn’t time to really DO the added plot/new information. Back when radio drama was what people did, the Gunsmoke western would have action scenes, and sometimes it would cut back to the ‘home base’ — the Long Branch Saloon — with the phrase, “Meanwhile, back at the Long Branch…” and we would get a scene that might be dramatic in its own right, but a lot of the time, was just Miss Kitty or Festus worrying about what was happening to Marshall Matt Dillon. It was there to guarantee the actors got paid. If this were a movie, it would be on the cutting room floor for that reason.

      Note, I said it could have been worse, and cited the two most common hiatus-fillers used elsewhere: Fanart, and other webcomics doing fill-ins. While those are OK, Alex has been giving us a much more professional and very high-grade product here. This is too short to give us much more information. Now if there were another page showing Diego waking up, it would advance plot and no longer feel like padded filler. Or, y’know, anything showing that the Black Cracks are more than just visual terror.

  • The underlying dark humor on this page. I like it xD

  • *Doki Squee* Ren Tu made an amazing Mitch!!!

  • Is the Interlude over already? It seems to have passed really quickly? Or maybe that is just because I have been sick and the days blurred together?

    • davefragments

      It’s done. Next page will be back in the main story.

    • Yup, done. 6 pages and three weeks later, and back to chaos we go

  • Songbird

    “…They make good choices.”

    >_>

    <_<

    *Stares at Kyle*

    • strangeangel24601

      Oh come on, you get seduced by ONE supervillain planning to use you as an integral part in his plot to unleash literal Hell on Earth and you never hear the end of it.

  • Ethan

    Why do I get the feeling that that’s not the case… at all?

  • Nirgal

    Well, obviously this was filler. It was announced to be filler, so we wouldn’t get high expectations. No character development, no plot advance, and yet… some pretty interesting background. We learned that Mitch’s identity and powers are known to more people than his parents and teammates, and we learned (and this might be an important plot point actually) that the whole Laampros business is far from local.

  • I know this was filler, but I enjoyed this a lot. We got to see what was up with Cory and his brother. Plus we got to meet Birgit who is a complete badass. (You can’t tell me otherwise.)

    Thank you Alex and Julie for this lovely addition to the TYP experience.

    • davefragments

      I’ll second that (in the minutes before I fall asleep.)

    • Doki also greatly enjoyed the filler.

      • It’s like a little aside in a book. Or an extra epilogue.

    • camelotcrusade

      Me too, well said!

    • Juliette Leroux

      Oh yes, indeed, Birgit is a very good reason to like this!

    • You’re very welcome, AJ! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Sapfo

    Wonderful new page and the weather today. It seems to be forcasting black thunder and of pumice stone. Well maybe it will be better this coming weekend. Or what do you say Alex? Will the weather be better then?

    And the sneak peek of Mitch and Kyle, they are looking really good ^^

    • In the world of The Young Protectors, I’m afraid that storms are quite likely…

      Glad you liked the Mitch and Kyle pin-ups!

  • Cory is cute fidgeting with his tie.

    Birgit’s confidence in the team is huge, maybe just a little too much, but then again.. who expects a rescue-team to suddently face a king of hell, and likely a few demons? Hell on earth is not a common thing 😉

    • strangeangel24601

      True. If they were facing anyone BUT the king of Hell and those trying to bring him to Earth, they would have had the situation all wrapped up by now.

  • Jeldenil

    Hmm. I kindof still expect Cory to get involved at some point, somehow.

    • If Alex continues the YP saga with an arc that focuses on Mitch, I can easily see that happen.

  • Fabulous Alien

    “…they have everything well in hand.” I somehow suspect this is not the case, but I’ll let it pass. Cory needs a little peace and quiet.

  • strangeangel24601

    *Next page, back at the scene of the action* – “We are right in the middle of danger! Nothing is well in hand!”

  • Gregory In Seattle

    “You would see that they have everything well in hand.”

    I’ll take “Famous Last Words” for $1600, Alex.

  • Shiny Gwilly

    well
    i mean, you SAY that, but….
    all in all, i enjoyed this little filler! happy to get back into the action, but happy to see another side/point of view of the current chaos going on that the main team is dealing with

  • bronakopdin

    I love how she is trusting Mitch and the crew so much and how it reassures Cory BUT x’D
    nevertheless looking forward to get back the the “scene” ^^
    damn I so fear about our heroes >////<

  • Klaus

    So, are we going to return the moment after chapter 4, or will some time have passed? Will we see Kyle, one of the most powerful champions the world has ever known, sitting at his father’s right hand? Will Duncan Wells be young and healthy? Will the young Platinum Priestess have white hair?

    • Juliette Leroux

      “Tune in next Saturday for the next episode of The young Protectors – And now a word of our sponsor…”

    • Stephen Hutchison

      I think PP had white hair in all her flashbacks.

  • Juliette Leroux

    That was a nice interlude. Thanks Alex and Julie!

    • Thank you, Juliette! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Happy to say I finally got enough Patreons over on my own page (2!) to make a pledge here. So excited for all the rewards & getting the chance to vote on the artists!

    • Thank you so much for your support, Rhiannon! You rock! 🙂

  • Nate

    Actually, now that I’ve had a few hours to hink about this, I think the fact that Ms. R (who, I assume, is a competent butler/governess/bodyguard/whatever) is quite unaware of the situation is actually somewhat indicative of one of the themes of this whole story:

    Sometimes, the younger generation has to step up and solve the problems that the older generation simply doesn’t see.

  • Aaaaaaaand….then we cut to utter chaos.

  • Curt Clark

    I admire the faith she has in Flyboy and the rest. But in this case, I think it’s being sliiiiightly oversold for Cory’s sake.

    Not that I wouldn’t totally do the same thing.

  • Jason Moon

    The black lightening reminds me of the similar phenomenon of Samhain from The Real Ghostbusters(not in this clip because sometimes the YouTube search engine SUCKS): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUAN_K1-P6Y

  • Stephen Hutchison

    The Ren Tu painting is so technically awesome that it kind of overwhelms the differently awesome work by David Lopez. I think the second pic is possibly suffering from the comparison in styles. Both are excellent works. Ren Tu has a more photo-realistic style. DL’s work is more impressionistic.

    • Juliette Leroux

      My point of view exactly!

  • Jonni

    Don’t worry, they’re only fighting the king of Hell.

    • Klaus

      A king of hell, though one of the more powerful ones.

      • Jonni

        Maybe they could tickle him into submission?

        • Klaus

          You won’t know ’till you try.

  • Doki has voted! Yay for early voting! It is so nice and calm, not really a line, in and out. ^_^ http://dokidokibaka.tumblr.com/post/152342195712/voted#notes

    • Yay Doki!!!

      • Seriously, early voting is always a pleasant experience.

        • They have it here but I’d have to drive for over an hour. They used to have it in one of the places I used to live and it was awesome.

    • Yay, Doki! You rock! 🙂

  • Squishy

    The Flyboy pinup is now my lock screen image and I can’t help but smile every time I see it! Such wonderful art! (Both of the pinups are) This little story was a wonderful diversion and it’s so nice to see more of Cory but I’m chomping at the bit for the next update and getting back to the main story! (But it’s probably going to drive me nuts because I’m going to have to wait until next Wednesday to talk about the new pages with my friend I got hooked on the series.)

    • Yay! I’m delighted to hear the Flyboy wallpaper has found a good home!

      And I’m also glad you enjoyed this little diversion, but not to worry, the new page will be up in just moments! (And I think you’re going to dig it.) Please let us know what your friend thinks about it! 🙂

      • Squishy

        So my friend’s reaction was pretty much my reaction on every update “WHAT!? That’s it? I want moar!!” Also, she is very impressed by the artwork.

  • D. G.

    This was cool. Thanks Alex! Can’t wait for the next page!

    • Thank you, D.G.! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Алексей Широколава

    The typical attitude of superheroes-filled world…

    – Hm… it seems there are some cracks in the sky, and they are kinda… black?
    – Oh, nothing to worry. Probably another interdimensional ancient demon tried to conquer the world.
    – Your are right, just daily stuff. But those new taxes – they are outrageous! What are they think about, in government?!…

  • Who the heck is she talking about? Last I knew, they did not have everything under control. They look like they’re going through hell. Ahahahaha get it? Through hell? I’ll get in the corner now.

  • Of those readers in the US, how many have early voting available to you?

    • davefragments

      Pennsylvania doesn’t have early voting. However, I will go to the polls about 2:30pm on Nov 8…

    • Pietro7

      I do, I did, and I’m done. Whew!

  • davefragments

    I hate Fridays. I didn’t have anything to do and I didn’t do anything but still, on principle, I hate Fridays…
    And the news today (@#$&^%%$&*@) it’s like the Beatles song: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

    Except for tonight’s update.

    • The news today was some stinky bullcrap.

      • davefragments

        Yes. However, THE FANTASTICKS was very good yesterday. It’s always been a nice love story with a happy ending. 🙂

        • Cool! So we’ll pretend that all the hours between then and now didn’t happen!

          • davefragments

            That would be nice.

            I do wonder if the next page returns to right after Laampros arrives or if some time has passed and the fight is underway…

          • Ack!! I WANT TO KNOW NOW!!!

          • davefragments

            I also wonder if Duncan wakes from his fainting spell (I’m being unkind to Duncan) or when SIrcea appears to do her dirty deeds.

          • I’m curious how Laampy will feel about his welcome. Surely he will be disappointed in the lack there of

          • davefragments

            Laampros wants to be in this dimension or to have control of it. Why? He had an entire dimension under his control.

            That hasn’t been explained yet.

          • Oooh, this is true. I guess humans are tasty tasty snacks? Their misery empowers him? Maybe he can’t get oreos or KFC where he is?

          • davefragments

            That sounds about right.
            I guess.

          • lol! It would be interesting to find why he wants to rule this dimension. Maybe he’s unable to have children with other demons and he wants children?

          • davefragments

            Maybe he wants extra crispy KFC?

          • davefragments

            Deep dish pizza

          • Pietro7

            Gyros. 🙂

          • An Italian sub!

          • Mmm, pizza. I almost said Taco Bell, but that’s it’s own special hell. Maybe he’s craving apple pie.

          • davefragments

            Maybe Laampros will take back all those Taco Trucks on every corner…

            mmm, tacos

          • I wouldn’t mind some decent tacos. Maybe he wants some linguini in clam sauce

          • davefragments

            I used to make Linguini with clam and mushroom sauce in college. Some button mushrooms, a can of clams, butter, sauté till cooked, dump in al dente linguini and Presto! Dinner!

          • I did one with italian seasoned canned tomatoes, garlic (lots of) and clams.

          • davefragments

            I never tried that. Doesn’t sound too hard, though.

          • It’s really not. Use some of the clam liquid though. I used a whole thing of garlic all chopped up. Maybe a bit of olive oil. I usually add some fresh parm, but it’s not needed.

          • davefragments

            I make my marinara and meatballs in a skillet.
            Although I sauté a mirepoix to give it more taste. Garlic is always optional. And I use San Marzano imported tomatoes because they are sweeter and less acidic. (a gift of Vesuvius)

          • That is a trouble often with tomatoes. If I make it again, I’ll need to remember about the tomatoes.

          • davefragments

            Mario Batali did a cooking tour of Italy with a buddy on FOOD TV a number of years ago and I watched that show to death.
            Be careful of “San Marzano Style” and “San Marzano D.O.P.” tomatoes. The “style” tomatoes are transplanted and grown here. They lack the volcanic ash in the soil.

          • Good to know!

    • I hated *this* friday. It’s still crappy time, I spent most of friday in a faul mood, but I’m trying to not let it ruin my weekend. Especially this weekend :-/

      • davefragments

        I can’t in any dignified way describe my discomfort today.
        I was happy to do nothing, travel nowhere, vegetate alone.

        wink, wink

  • Hi campers. I’m looking forward to the page, despite us returning to chaos and hell situation.

    • Morning Ms. Wolf.

    • davefragments

      Hi!
      We’re all waiting to see the world going to hell in a hand basket with demons prancing in delight. AT least one demon.

    • Adam Black

      I’m hoping this is all a fakeout, and next page the glass busts in, and George visits Corey.

      George Cares

      • davefragments

        Somehow I don’t think that the demons under Laampros have a College of Nursing. That’s not a career path I think they consider viable.

        • Adam Black

          George is above it all.

  • Page is just finishing baking. Should be up soon. In 20 minutes or so. 🙂

    • davefragments

      We’re biting our nails to the quick!

      • It’s a very pretty page. It can’t be rushed. 😉

        • davefragments

          It is gorgeous.

    • YAY!!

    • Songbird

      Lord I’m afraid for our stalwart heroes. (And FINE Duncan too.)

  • Sapfo
  • Justin White

    these sort stories sure do expand the world thanks