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The Young Protectors: Legendary Chapter One—Page 29

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Do you, Kyle?

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So! Is it me or does Kyle look mad in Panel 2? Why would Kyle be mad at Paul here? Shouldn’t Kyle be happy that his friend took an interest? I’m so confused! And what did Paul say anyway?

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

And for U.S. readers: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Being able to share my stories with such wonderful people (and the fact that your support makes that possible) is what I’m most grateful for this year. I hope y’all have a really wonderful holiday this week!

  • That panel 5 xD

  • Madock345

    Well i’ve Got a new favorite panel ever XD

  • Klaus

    OK, raise your hands: who thinks Kyle will say no?

    • Madock345

      My money is on Kyle *thinking* he already knows.

  • davefragments

    Panel 4 is cute, adorable and absolutely wonderful…
    But Panel 5 is so naughty that it makes me laugh …
    Naughty boy! Naughty boy!

  • Michael

    I LOVE the faces in this page. Panel 2, the intensity and annoyance in Kyle’s eyes is just amazing

    Ad then when Kyle accidentally brings up a sore point, the haunted stare in panel 5 is just perfect.

    And Spooky’s mischievous grin in the final panel. I just, ugh.

    If this doesn’t make you appreciate Julie and Adam’s combined skills as drawer and colourer, nothing will.

    <3

    • davefragments

      Point well made.
      However, Julie Wright and Adam DeKraker do the pencil drawings and Vero Gandini does the coloring.
      All three are very good artists

      • Michael

        D’oh! Sorry, Vero! In my defence I’m both sick and highly distracted right now.

    • NoiseShaper

      Yeah, Adam and Julie each have their own particular strengths, and the flow of emotionally varied and nuanced expressions through a scene is certainly one of Julie’s biggest ones.

  • Panel 5. In my head Spooky has a silent inner monologue, about “nope…Amanda not wanting any more secrets from me either”.

    I can only imagine the ‘chewing’ he got, once Amanda had time to comment on Spooky’s little zoo of demon.. pets that he should *not* have had. Those faces could be two versions of someone recalling when they did something naughty, and got a serious talk with (from) Amanda about it xD

    Demon pets. Now I miss fluffy.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Yes, I was thinking the same thing. Every time I read panel 4 I find myself mentally adding a final comment from Spooky – something along the lines of a rueful “Not from either of us.”

  • Michael

    Is it strange that the ‘latest page’ links all go to page 28 still, and not the new one?

    • Sometimes cache needs to catch up. Try clearing cache if it doesn’t happen within a couple hours.

    • davefragments

      Apparently, it takes the scripts on the website some time to update that “last” on the bottom of each page. maybe just refresh your page a couple times.

  • Sapfo

    I think Paul gave the sibbling talk to Spooky

    • NoiseShaper

      Yeah, likely a variation of “are you sure this won’t do more harm than good?”

    • Michael

      “Hurt my brother and you’ll find yourself with a whole bunch of bad luck”

  • bronakopdin

    OMG Somehow I really love several panels of this page!
    Kyle’s serious, slightly annoyed face when talking about Paul

    but even more the silent second to last panel, their expressions x’D

  • Mersharr

    I think Paul’s jealous

  • Aw, whatever it is that Paul said I’m sure it’s not something terrible because I doubt Spooky would want to start trouble between Paul and Kyle, and I doubt he wants to make Kyle feel bad (especially right now). Anyway, Paul’s a sweetheart and a good friend so whatever he said, it was probably with Kyle’s best interests and feelings at heart.

  • Spooky looks so adorable in the last panel. :p

  • EyeDontNo

    I think Spooky is still testing Kyle’s fire control. Kyle didn’t light the world on fire while blissing out, but will he control the smoke when it is figuratively coming out of his ears?

  • If Paul doesn’t stop treating Kyle this way, I could see it negatively impacting their relationship. Kyle isn’t the same as he was when Engaging the Enemy started and Paul needs to accept and respect that and trust in him.

  • Jason Moon

    Is Spooky “the one that got away” in Paul’s eyes?

    • Klaus

      No.

    • bandanajack

      maybe, i think he might have wanted to put a bookmark in that possibility, although i will abide by what the story says. kyle is mighty hot in his tights…

      also, paul has always seen himself in a big brother/parental role.

  • davefragments

    Panel 6 reveals what teenage and college guys never say they do — they gossip and they enjoy gossiping in that uniquely “guy way.”
    Men “dish” on other men in very different and “Not-catty” ways.

    • bandanajack

      oh really, gay men college or not, not catty we don’t know the same men.

      • davefragments

        I easily admit to having a very odd growing up and college

        • bandanajack

          we just don’t label the behavior catty when it is men. we call it being a dick.

          • davefragments

            I had one of those “friends.” Nothing was right by his estimation and he always had reason to put down and bad-talk others. I quit speaking or dealing with him.
            I have a married friend now who thinks being “rude and nasty” is fun. It’s not. It’s destructive.
            Paul, Kyle, Spooky and the Team are growing up and having growing pains. I’d like to have had them around me when I was that age. One of the good things about Alex’s characters — they are young and they are good-hearted and they make lots of mistakes (like normal people).

  • Earl Patterson

    Yes, tell me

  • Inon Luna

    Now I want Paul x Kyle ship.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Why does it look like Spooky is about to spill some piping hot tea? As sexy as the rest of the page is, I like that panel by far. 🙂

    • Madock345

      I’ve never heard that expression before, but I’m definitely going to try to use it as much as possible now.

      • bandanajack

        spill some tea? really ?

  • TO BLACKS

    FAGGY FAGGOTS

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I’m confused……wasn’t Spooky the one who spilled to Paul about this? Leading up to this page that was my understanding.

  • fujoshifanatic

    As far as Paul is concerned, what on earth does a 17-year-old virgin have to say to a 20-year-old with a tad more experience about sexual ethics? With all due respect to his concern for Kyle, methinks Paul needs to have a few seats and let Kyle and Spooks figure out the terms of their relationship going forward.

  • Aitsuki

    Paul no doubt didn’t want this to happen because of what Kyle’s been through… he’s worried. He doesn’t want Kyle to get hurt again.

  • Klaus

    I do not doubt that Paul wants only what is genuinely best for Kyle. And I do not doubt that he is wrong in this case.

  • bandanajack

    i do, and i wonder if he might not have been marking his own territory.

    • Paul is 100% straight, so I believe it’s more a friendship thing. It can be hard to suddently have to back off from the protective way he and Spooky used to be about Kyle.

      • bandanajack

        Based on my MANY years of experience NO ONE is 100% straight. mostly maybe, but the right person at the right time under the right circumstances can take a friendship up a few notches.

        • I know, and you’re right. Badly formulated in my comment, when I meant to say that Paul is the only team mate standing as 0 on Kinsey Scale, but that still doesn’t mean a 100%. I should be one to know.
          Kyle could be Paul’s one exception. It would be an interesting plot twist. I still think it’s something else.

          • bandanajack

            as it well may be. i just wanted to keep a bookmark in the prospect. love comes in many flavors. it seems clear that paul is exhibiting one or more of them .
            going back to my personal experience, i have had no fewer than 3 men who fell in love with WHO i am, HOW i am and a couple of other men who may not have been IN love with me, who loved me nonetheless. this is either a gift or a curse, depending on your point of view. i am neither making this up or confabulating. i am drawing on over 50 years of being on an uncompromisingly out gay man. two of these men became the loves of my life, but could not leave behind everything their families (and they themselves) expected their lives, and loves, to be. one was a former harley riding biker turned marine from flint (i kid you not) michigan, the other was a police officer in albany, new york, a singularly brutal and corrupt force back in the 60s. that story got quite complicated as a coed, later to become my wife moved into our shared apartment. SO much more to THAT story.

            as i said, love comes in many flavors…

  • Happy Thanksgiving everyone in the US!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    For your camping entertainment: Random plot seeds that would have gone towards hellsnake fanfic, if I was still writing hellsnake fanfic

    Purely as a discussion in how story ideas can develop (or if you prefer, how plot bunnies breed out of control), I’d like to retell the development of a story idea I had that would have fitted as a story arc for the Shane And The Hellsnakes series. This is an entirely self-indulgent post, and has nothing to do with the current story arc of Young Protectors.

    Several weeks ago I was listening to a podcast discussing literature, and which touched on a few classical Greek myths, including the story of Tiresias. Quick summary: he was a prophet of Apollo who one day saw some snakes fornicating and hit them with a stick to make them stop, prompting Hera to turn him into a woman. He stayed that way for a number of years, getting married and having children, until he saw some more snakes having sex, at which point (in some versions of the myth) he took the opportunity to get himself changed back.

    Now I’ll point out that one of the most useful habits of writers is to look at a situation or factoid and think things like, ‘Okay, that’s interesting. But what would happen if we changed things? How would this particular character react in that situation? What would be the ramifications is such-and-such happened in real life, or in a particular fictional stetting?’

    And I thought: Huh, so what if the gender swap wasn’t the punishment of a god, but instead was a magical consequence of hitting fornicating snakes with a stick? Obviously it couldn’t be with any old snakes, because otherwise people would have been doing this for millennia. It would have to be done with magic snakes. But Shane the snake guy is friends with some magic snakes…

    And then I started thinking about how Shane would react. At first I thought that, considering that I’d established in the hellsnake fanfics that Shane has grown totally blase about all the weirdness that had been turning up in his life since the hellsnakes had started living with him, that he would probably just shrug and get on with things. And because of how weird his life had become, there would occasionally be some reason to temporarily change back and forth. The superhero elements in the hellsnake fanfic series would suggest an occasional need to do undercover work disguised as a woman, while the sitcom elements would suggest more frivolous situations such as doing a favour by providing a date for the friend of a friend, or somesuch.

    But it soon occurred to me that I’d also established as part of the backstory that Shane had had a radiation accident a while back, and instead of turning green and getting superpowers, he’d had his hair turn green and contract really serious cancer. I figured that on a visceral level, Shane is kind of wary of any sort of transformation, whether medical, magical or miraculous. Now *this* is red meat for a writer, because it provides a character with tension and conflict about how the character will react in a particular situation. So Shane understands all of the above on a conscious level, and he’ll do a gender swap if there’s a good reason for it – but he doesn’t like it and you’d better have a damn good reason. The example I thought of was the way that in the Wonder Woman comics up until at least the 1980s, it had been a condition that men couldn’t set foot on Paradise Island without the Amazons loosing their immortality.

    All well and good, and then I put that thought aside for several weeks. Then I went and saw the new Justice League movie (which I quite liked). But during the scene where Aquaman was sitting on Wonder Woman’s lasso and making all sorts of totally honest and occasionally quite embarassing admissions, I had an alternate scene pop into my mind’s eye where it was Shane Strezlekci doing the talking.

    It went like this: For whatever contrived reason most of the heroes were busy, and they needed a woman to run an errand to Paradise Island (which is this particular setting was operating under the old ‘man can’t set foot here or the Amazon’s loose their immortality’). Shane volunteers to go as his femme-self, which gets a dubious response.
    Shane goes: ‘Fine, Wonder Woman, please use your lasso on me, we can get the truth confirmed right now’ – and she wraps the lasso around his forearm, and Shane gives away a bit more of the truth than he’d planned.
    “I can change my sex the same way that Tiresias could, with the help of some friends of mine who are magic talking snakes. So even thought I don’t particularly like the idea, I’m you’re best option in the immediate term.”
    And some other character snarks: What, you a big butch guys and you don’t like the idea of being turned into a girl?
    This causes Shane to get irritated and snap: “No, cause a while back I had a radiation accident, and instead of turning green and getting powers I turned green and got cancer. I only just survived that, and on a gut level any sort of transformation freaks me out. But my qualms are important if lives are in danger, so let’s just get this over and done with.”
    And in the meantime the hellsnakes had been in the group listening to this, and they already knew how much of a good influence he’d been on them, so their eyes go big and soft and have honest-to-goodness bishie sparkle in them. And Wonder Woman simples smiles and says: “Thank you. In this line of work it’s always a pleasure to be proven dead wrong by people turning out to be better that I had thought.” And then as she unwraps the lasso she adds, “And I know Superman feels the same way.”

    A final observation on all this. The version of Shane Strezlecki in my head keeps getting more morally upright and therefore wandering further from the stabby supervillan minion we saw back in YP:Engaging The Enemy. Trying to reconcile the morality between the two versions would be difficult. I’ve already established that he was a bit desperate for a job, but I keep wondering if that would be enough of an explanation, an whether the Platinum Priestess might have put some sort of mind whammy on her recruits.

    • Squishy

      Wow, Greek mythology has always interested me but I never heard this story before.

    • davefragments

      I like this. I like your stories and ideas.

    • Stephen Hutchison

      Of COURSE she mind-whammied her recruits. I’m pretty sure she used the ol’ Succubust Trick to get the big butch guy types hypnotized.

      Turning female might even have fixed it.

  • Kate G

    Hi guys, I am back. I had to take a week off because Zena wasn’t doing well and we actually had to send her to Heaven on Monday. We found out from an ultrasound her cancer came back and it was completely inoperable and it was causing her a tremendous amount of pain. We knew she might not have made the year as she was just showing all of those old doggy signs, but we didn’t think right then, you know? Guh, ripped my heart out.

    We had been looking at other places just in case and we called up a breeder in Ohio and we knew we had to rescue this poor dog named Reagan from there. The lady just did not seem to care about her and it just sounded fishy, so the next day we drove to Ohio, which is like 8 hours away. I swear with the route we took Indiana just never seemed to end. We stayed in a hotel Tuesday night (nope, didn’t sleep well here) and Wednesday we picked Reagan up and all of our fears were realized. See, we have good guts; good breeders let you in their house, see where the dog has been living, give you a bill of sale and their pedigree and ask you – the new family – five hundred questions. Nope, not this lady. We never saw Reagan’s home (we met her OUTSIDE her home), we fought for a copy of her pedigree (we simply wanted her birthday which her owner couldn’t remember), no questions, no bill of sale and she only came with a little bit of dog food. My poor sweet doggo.

    However, she’s with us, she’s got a new name (Bree) as she was reacting poorly to the old one and we’re going to give her all the time she needs to adjust to us. She’s with us for good. Vet agrees she probably wasn’t treated well and it’s going to take time for her to come out of her shell; she currently has taken up my bathroom for a nest. It’s very awkward to take a shower when you have an animal watching you and my bathroom is not exactly big enough for a canine and a human. LOL.

    SO, THAT’S BEEN MY WEEK. How has your week been?

    • davefragments

      You had a busy week. Sorry about the dog. I hope Bree settles into the household.

      • Kate G

        I did. I still haven’t recovered from 16 hours in a car. That’s too long to be in a car if you ask me.

        • davefragments

          That is long and hard on the body.

          • Kate G

            It is. We thankfully stayed at a hotel overnight, but the mattress at the hotel was like a rock. (I admit, I tend to prefer softer mattresses. I have a Sleep Number just so I can fiddle with the numbers whenever I need to. I tend to go between 30-45, the low end – midrange.) My neck is still crying.

    • Sorry for your loss. *hugs*

      Doki had to clean half the house, cook almost all the food, do laundry… Doki’s back has finally stopped giving her pain and her feet stopped hurting but are still a little swollen.

      • Kate G

        Aw, thanks. I still cry some nights, but I think Zena really gave us a head start.

        Aw, I’m sorry you are in pain. HAve you tried Tiger Balm?

        • No?

          • Kate G

            – gasps – Giiiiiiiiiirl, you gots to go to Walgreens or CVS or Target or Walmart and get yourself some Tiger Balm. That stuff is the bees knees for inflammation. (It does not, despite the name, contain any Tiger’s balm. It’s cassia oil, camphor and menthol. SERIOUS STUFF OF POWER! Get some.)

          • …if it smells anything like flexall, I will have to keep the cats from trying to eat me. They have a THING for minty smells. Like, possibly worse than catnip.

          • Kate G

            Were your cats horses in a previous life? Those are the only animals that I know that go gaga for mints. But no, Tiger Balm is not minty. If you want minty, buy BioFreeze, which also is also practically lethal in the its minty smell that even I (the peppermint lover) can’t tolerate its scent.

            Cassia oil is cinnamon oil, so it smells more like cinnamon over camphor (a more earthy smell) or menthol (mint).

            It also depends on which version you get as well: there’s Tiger Balm Ultra (which is what I use) and Tiger Balm Extra. Tiger Balm Extra Strength smells exactly like Big Red chewing gum to me and Extra does have a tendency to stain clothes. Tiger Balm Ultra (which is clear and won’t stain) contains more camphor and menthol and thus just smells like cinnamon with a hint of mint (which is yes, odd.) Your cats are more likely to run from you than climb all over you. LOL.

          • I am not sure about being horses in previous lives, but our cats seem to have an addiction to mint. Not sure why, it is just something that is.

    • Madock345

      I’m so sorry you lost your puppy

      🙁

      Simultaneously, I really want pictures of the new one, Bree sounds adorable.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I’m so sorry to hear about Zena, and that your new dog was being mistreated by the breeder. Would your parents be willing to contact the Ohio S.P.C.A. to report this woman?

      • Kate G

        We’ve been looking into options, but we don’t have any physical evidence aside from what amounts to our gut instincts which makes it tricky. Aside from some nasty tartar and some dandruff (which is quite common), she is otherwise quite healthy (good weight, clean ears, paws are fine, clean and clear eyes, etc), just mistreated. Apparently she spent most of her time in a kennel which isn’t a crime, but not ideal.

        We have been softly dropping her in new parts of the home and letting her sniff around. Sometimes she runs right back to my bathroom and hides; sometimes, like earlier, she crouches scared for a minute or two, then opens up and explores the area for a good five minutes before she decides the world is just a little too big and wanders back to her safe spot. We always make sure to give her a treat for her troubles, no matter what. She has a great amount of curiosity and we can see it; it’s just going to take her time to open up.

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers,
    How was your week. Mine involved lots of food.
    I no longer venture out shopping on Black Friday.

    • Doki is going to pass out. Have fun and good hunting!

      • davefragments

        Aha, a week of holiday can sneak up like that

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Sleep well, Doki love!

    • Jeff Baker

      I used to work in a Mall! I avoid the Black Friday rush!!

      • davefragments

        I agree

  • davefragments

    added: I put my Christmas Tree up today, lights and all …
    it’s a pencil tree in white, red ornaments and tinsel lights that change color all by themselves.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Sounds cool, Dave!

      • davefragments

        Thanks. It’s not extravagant, simply nice.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Our family tree never has a color scheme – it’s all a hodgepodge of ornaments purchased or given over the years, plus ones that me or my siblings made as kids. I love it, though.

          • davefragments

            I treated myself to the tree that pleased me this year.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            I’m glad you got one you like!

    • Madock345

      That sounds really neat. My family’s tree is an utter monstrosity. So many ornaments that you really have to look to find the tree under them, none of which match by official policy, then strung up with garlands and bead strings and covered with tinsel. It’s very…bold. Hard to look at anything else in the living room while it’s up. But my mother was never one for fashion you might call “refined” or “subtle.”

      • davefragments

        I used to do that but now that the tree is just for me, I go with something more simple.

  • Adam Black

    hi kids

    • davefragments

      hi there

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Hi Adam!

    • Adam Black

      Just put on http://amber.streamguys.com:4860/listen.pls ( BC college )
      But its sounds exactly like what they have on every Friday night
      ( some sort of deep house dub with weird breaks and tempo, that feel oddly uninspiring.

      wait now its Moby with another track over it making it flatter , never crescendo or soar

  • Camping, and feeling misserable.
    After being in sore throat hell for a week (while being in school for a course), and it only got worse not better, I went to the doctor. The nurse there managed to see me in between two apointments, so I wouldn’t have to wait til monday. Good thing, because my now extremely swollen and sore throat is bacterial based, not virus based, and possibly tonsillitis, so started on 10 days penicillin yesterday afternoon. That mouth swap test turned possitive so fast, she didn’t need to wait the requited minutes-long waiting time before ordering meds for me.

    Now I just look forward to being able to not feel like I’m suffocating from the inside of my throat, not to mention sink, drink/eat, or even opening my mouth more than an inch without pain.
    *sits in pool of self-pity*

    • davefragments

      Sorry to hear. I can offer chicken soup.

      • I would *love* some right now. My lunch/dinner will be soup today. Of the kind where you add water and low-boil for 8-10 mins.

        • davefragments

          I hope you get healthy fast. This is the season for it.

          • Stephen Hutchison

            Tell me about it. I went to a convention last friday and forgot the little bottle of hand-sanitizer. Now I have full-blown con crud.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Poor Danish! I hope that you feel much better soon!

      • Me too. This is my third cold/sore throat in only 4-5 months, but the two previous (virus based) ones had nothing on this one. My throath hasn’t been this painful in years.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          That’s awful! D:

        • Librarican

          I hope you feel better Danish! I’ve been fighting colds all year too (one in April, one in July, and now one this month) This most recent one is still going strong after 3 weeks and I haven’t shaken it completely yet.

          • Colds suck! Had a 2-3 weeks one too back in February, that took 2 months to shake off afterward, so this has been the year of 4 colds for me. I hope you feel better soon too.

          • davefragments

            I used to catch colds and flu bugs from my brother’s kids.I think it was having to take them in my car that did it. Cars and I get sick easy. I have been warned about pneumonia by good doctors that I respected. Four colds can do bad things. Get well quick.

    • Adam Black

      I hope you get better soon.

    • Jeff Baker

      Yes! Feel better soon!

    • Get well soon Danish love!

  • stickfigurefairytales

    I think I’m gonna clock out now, so I hope the rest of you enjoy the rest of camping!

    • davefragments

      Have a good night

    • Sleep well.

    • Librarican

      I’m calling it too. Good night, and we’ll both see it tomorrow. Have fun campers!

  • To power-nap or not to power-nap? I feel the need to close my eyes for 15-20mins, but think it could become much longer than that if I give in. I may have to wait to see the new page. Keep slightly dozing off.

    • Oki, nap it is. I’m near a risk of hitting myself in the head with the tablet, nearly dropping it a time or two. Will be back soon.

  • davefragments

    Patreon Rumbles

  • davefragments