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The Young Protectors: Legendary Chapter Two—Page 2

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So! Spooky wants to talk more than he wants to eat. That’s unusual. What do you think he has on his mind?

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

 

  • And the other shoe dropped.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Last panel: shock or dread?

    • Toli Bera

      Yes.

  • Geekinator27

    Omg yes. I am so ready for Spooky to say his side of things.

    • Remawolf

      That’s what I’m hoping for as well

  • davefragments

    That knife-work is just offending everything I’ve ever done in a kitchen for the past 50 years.

    But I just noticed – Kyle’s a lefty

    • Stephen Hutchison

      The Devil Hand. Just ask a stereotypical Catholic Nun Teaching School.

      And yes, you don’t chop veggies as if you were cutting a limb off a tree.

      • davefragments

        It’s the knife waving that caught my eye. It’s not necessary.
        And the “lefty” comes from the fact that no one uses a knife in their non-dominant hand in the USA.
        Americans typically transfer the knife and fork from hand to hand as they eat. Some of my friends from overseas don’t and keep the fork in their left hand as they spear food and put it in their mouths.

        • Stephen Hutchison

          Given how shaky my hands have gotten over the years, I’d probably stab myself in the left eye if I did that.

        • Ansel

          I thought I was the only person that switched my knife and fork as I eat! I always assumed I had bad dexterity and looked kind of dumb.

          I mean I’m Canadian but wrt table manners close enough

          • davefragments

            If I remember correctly, it was two couples from Australia that pointed out to me that I kept shifting the knife and fork after I cut food. They would cut food keep the fork in their left hand as they moved the food to their mouths. Thus, no passing back and forth. I switch the knife and fork incessantly unless I’m sitting next to the computer and typing while eating (which is wrong, wrong, wrong).

          • Stephen Hutchison

            Yes, keyboards get disgusting fast enough without food (he says knocking the crumbs out of his keyboard again disgustedly…)

            In Miss Manners’ Guide To Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, she mentions in discussions of manners that Americans, in an attempt to be as elegant as their European cousins, actually went further, importing the rule (possibly from Arab or Islamic culture) that one never brings food to mouth with the left hand, only the right hand. Of course, sometimes personal circumstances override this and one is never so crass as to chide a guest or a friend over manners.
            So, Americans are actually more mannered than Europeans.

            Which is to say we encumber our eating with unnecessary frippery.

          • davefragments

            I’ll drink to that!

  • This might be *the* talk it seems. Happened a little before I expected, but looking at Kyle here, and what we know from last page (that Kyle doesn’t) this is probably a good time for it.

    Unexpectedly, I guess until now mostly for Spooky, their night (a week’s time prior to this) did *not* go as expected. For Kyle it was a great night. Paul strongly objected to that night, but I don’t think any of them counted on the one comingbaway from that night feeling emotionaln hurt would be Spooky.

    In many ways Spooky is not the one to beat around the bush, when a talk is needed, but I’m very interested to see how he will approach this. This is different than any prior situation they have been in.

    • Stephen Hutchison

      We may be about to see WHY Paul objected to that night. He does have a “luck sense” of some sort, right?

      • Bei Dawei

        Spooky wants a relationship, but just found out about that other guy Kyle’s dating? (from the end of the last arc)

  • Brad Majors

    That look of terror! I hope Kyle still has his appetite after this conversation because that “chocolate avocado pie thing” sounds delicious.

    • Ansel

      Yeah if this is a breakup type conversation, I’d have waited until after dessert, were I Spooky.

    • It is indeed very tasty.

  • Michael

    I have a feeling Spooky wants a different kind of ‘bam bam bam’ to be happening.

    • Klaus

      I don’t, unfortunately. He looks more like he is going to say this isn’t going to work. Our expectations are too different.

      • RaionSan

        Yes, he doesn’t have a “I’m going to confess I love you” facial expression. That’s so sad. I really like him for Kyle.

  • Jeldenil

    I have high hopes for them. Kyle putting so much effort into cooking what Spooky likes tells me he does have at least some feelings for him.

  • Blue fuzzy slippers and a cute dog shirt?

    • Klaus

      Blue fuzzy slippers and a cute dog shirt.

  • Klaus

    Meatballs with spaghetti? Who eats meatballs with spaghetti? That is something that always puzzled me every time I saw the Disney christmass show. I have an Italian friend who was so puzzled by this that he researched it. He found that there is a small area in inland Sicilly where they do that.

    • japanesehamantashen

      It’s fairly common in the US.

    • Ansel

      Italian American food is way different than Italian food, and uses a lot more meat, cheese and fat, usually. (because Italians who moved to the states could suddenly afford to buy those things that were luxuries back in Italy).

    • davefragments

      Italians in Italy and American-descent Italians have different styles of what is commonly called “Italian Cuisine.”
      My family always had pasta with red sauce at the big gatherings although the “special” dishes were not spaghetti but Rigatoni or handmade gnocchi or a ribbon like Fettuccine or tagliatelle. That’s an economic decision.
      I remember about 10 or 15 years ago, the culinary world went crazy for Polenta. When my Mother was confronted with it in a restaurant, she (rather quietly) said to me that her generation considered polenta as a poverty dish from the hard times of WW2.

      • davefragments

        I make a simple red sauce for my “spaghetti” dinners but my pasta is either Casarecce, penne, or fusilli, and at the stringiest Linguini.
        When I cooked Linguini for my Mother once, she told me that she remember her father choking down the leftover linguini the day after big dinners because that was all they had.
        It is the circumstances of life that create the cuisine we know as kids and repeat as adults. Every so often (just to warm my heart) I make my Mother’s worst dishes because it comforts me. (except the overcooked liver and onions which is forever relegated to Rubber Hell and Hockey Pucks.
        I still have more to say

        • davefragments

          My “class” of Italians never made the “Seven Fishes” for Christmas Eve. Eel and dried Cod are not in my memories. Our fishes were fried smelts, breaded whitefish, shrimp cocktail {?!}, and Stuffed Calamari in red sauce with Capellini.
          I helped cooking all that even though I’m allergic to fish.
          A good friend of the family taught us all how to make Linguini with clam and mushroom sauce. I made friends in college when I’d cook that during exams.
          Sadly, I got allergic. No more fish.

          • NoiseShaper

            Such an allergy is sad indeed. But still plenty of delicious italian (or even just italian-inspired) dishes even so.

          • davefragments

            I wave “hello” to the fish counter.

            {wink, wink}

      • Klaus

        My aforementioned Italian friend, who is Bolognese himself, also said that spaghetti is entirely unsuited for ragu Bolognese. You should use e.g. fettuccine.

        • davefragments

          I agree. Ragu Bolognese is a thick sauce and dresses a thick pasta.

    • Wayne Lunkwitz

      I agree, Klaus, I prefer spaghetti with a thick meat sauce…..only because I am 100% carnivore….and the meat protein off sets the pasta carb.

    • Kate G

      It’s very much an Italian-American thing. I am not Italian and I don’t like meatballs (or thick meat or tomato sauce, to be honest); I prefer fettuccine alfredo…because, you know, I like clogging my arteries with all that cheese and cream. (There is this little third generation Italian restaurant about 10 minutes from the hotel I stay for the Special Olympics. Every year I get a cannoli and fettuccine. They always know to put extra alfredo sauce on top because I’m crazy for the sauce.)

  • Klaus

    The way I read their expressions, Kyle just realised that Spooky only wants to talk. No food. No hanky panky.

    • Brad Majors

      My wistful hope is that this talk will clear the air and get them on the same page without derailing their evening plans. Fingers crossed.

    • NoiseShaper

      I think Spooky just feels the talk is more urgent than anything else.

  • fujoshifanatic

    Aww, something tells me that food is going to go to waste; I don’t think they will have much of an appetite after this talk. 🙁

  • Stephen Hutchison

    It’s not you it’s me. OK, it’s actually you.

    • NoiseShaper

      Or it’s “I know you think I’m detached and totally independent, but I think I want to talk about how I really feel.”

  • Nate

    You know, you may all be misreading this page, because you”re missing a critical fact:

    Spooky took off The Coat™.

    Spooky almost NEVER takes off The Coat™ (unless he’s getting ready for bed or something like that). In every other casual situation we’ve seen him in, he’s still wearing it. It’s like his costume (along with The Hat®).

    If he was about to say something potentially damaging, emotionally, he’d want to keep it on, as a sort of armor. And if he wasn’t planning on staying (because he believes things aren’t working out) he’d almost certainly keep it on, not make himself at home.

    My guess is, rather than telling Kyle he wants to break up, Spooky has done some deep thinking, and he’s going to tell Kyle that he loves him, and wants to be more than “friends with benefits” (or f*ck-buddies, if you prefer 😉 )

    At least, that’s what I’m hoping.

    (If the worst happens, does Spooky like older Italian guys with touch hunger?)

    • Klaus

      Hope springs eternal.

  • bronakopdin

    oh dear, now what’s there to come?!
    and I am amazed by Kyle cooking x’D I… am so bad at it… I admire everyone who is able to cook >////< and Kyle is still so young, I feel ashamed myself x'D

    • Madock345

      As someone who does cook a lot, I think maybe skillet spaghetti and frozen chocolate avocado pie (wtf) are poking fun at how Kyle probably *can’t* cook. XD

      • NoiseShaper

        He makes an effort, and that’s the most important step to start with it. Everything else is mostly training and gaining experience.

      • bronakopdin

        now imagine me when I deem that cooking x’D
        no really I didn’t even think about that lol… when Spooky said it’s is favourite I was like “nice, he can make his favourite” but never wasted a thought about the actual dish x’DDD
        I can do only very little… I am not in the slightest original and flat out idealess… and I seriously suck at spicing…

  • Toli Bera

    SPOOKY’S GREGNANT?!

    • NoiseShaper

      …with some serious thoughts, very clearly, and he’s carried them to term!

      • Bei Dawei

        I was thinking more along the lines of “AIDS test.”

        • Toli Bera

          Spooky’s magical, and kyle’s really only had 2 partners (one of whom touted his invulnerability) so, doubtful?

  • Justin

    I hate this so much. The food is going to get cold or over cooked. If spooky needed to get something off his chest he should’ve waited or came earlier =(

    • Toli Bera

      Oh he definitely came earlier.

      *Lowers his sunglasses, revs his motorcycle, and ramps it over 20 school buses*

  • Jim Philbrick

    I love how the characters are being drawn!

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying Tana’s work, Jim. 🙂

  • JesBelle

    I feel like a marvelous opportunity to watch Kyle torch a crème brûlée has been missed here.

  • Madock345

    I thought the chocolate avocado pie was a joke, because it sounds horrific, but there are people in the comments implying it sounds good and now I have no idea what’s going on.

    • Vegans use avokado in chokolate cake/pie instead of butter (and possible milk), mixed with dark cocoa powder. From what I heard, you can’t tell/taste there’s avokado in it.

      • Keneu

        So one of them is vegetarian / vegan? Interesting

        • davefragments

          non-vegetarians eat avocados too

          {not me, that’s fer-shur}

          • fujoshifanatic

            Very true; avocado is my favorite veggie-butter, and I’m about at carnivorous as you can get! *typed while munching on an avocado BLT sandwich*

          • Keneu

            Yeah, but avocados and chocolate? That’s an odd combination unless it’s to avoid the use of animal fat as danish said.

            (But i agree with you. I don’t know who came with the “millenial eating avocado toast” stereotype, but they can keep it & eat it. Yuck.)

          • davefragments

            Not my taste buds, not my stomach, I don’t care.

            I used to arrange a technical luncheon for scientists and I cannot begin to explain the diets and dietary restrictions they had — from Kosher to vegan to insects and sweetmeats“I don’t care, I’ve heard it all” … Nothing in the likes and dislike of food bothers me.

        • Kyle said he bought it on a sale, so may just be because of that and that it’s good (as Kyle say). Not only vegans eat vegan food, and judging by the meatballs and cheese in the main dish, I would say neither is vegan or even just vegitarian.

      • fujoshifanatic

        Especially if you use an avocado like the Florida avocado instead of something like a Haas. The Florida avocado has a much milder flavor that blends well with chocolate.

        • Good to know. If I even try it, I will try to see if I can find a Californian avocado in stores here. I think most come from Spain or something.

          • NoiseShaper

            Spain is to Europe more or less what Florida and California seem to be to the US…

    • Klaus

      One good thing about chocolate avocado pie is that it is easy to improve on. Just leave out the avocado.

  • Klaus

    Starfighter has updated.

    • That guy in the last panel is hot…

      • NoiseShaper

        Almost as if seduction was part of his recruitment efforts, too…!

    • D. G.

      Thanks Klaus.

  • Wayne Lunkwitz

    I just got here……and already……two of my favorite foods have been destroyed….and if I’m reading this right…..so has the mood?….Is Spooky pregnant? Or has he found someone new?

    • Mashed avocado is often used instead of butter in vegan cakes. Done ‘right’ you won’t even know there’s avocado in the cake.

  • Seth Edwards

    I love the artwork, but Kyle appears to be chopping chives, not parsley. He is using the wrong type of knife, but if he hurts himself Spooky can always fix it 🙂
    -Culinary Student

    • Fay onyx

      It depend on how much he knows about proper knife use. Many people use knives improperly or in ways that are less effective than someone with training.

    • davefragments

      It’s a legendary chop — The cutting board will always remember this chopping.
      Across the world Parsley everywhere will use this chopping to scare their children into behaving — “Behave or Kyle will chop you into teeny tiny bits in a most violent fashion.”
      Kyle only chops “misbehaving” parsley convicted of crimes against nature.
      If you listen closely in the supermarket, you will hear parsley crying out in fear when Kyle passes — “don’t pick me, pick another bunch!”

      {Sigh!}

    • Kate G

      Yes, those do look like chives don’t they. I happen to love parsley and the parsley I know and love has leaves that are sort of broad and fluffy with three points (but I happen to love the REALLY broad Italian parsley, not regular parsley which is smaller.) Chives have straight shoots from what I remember (and taste slightly oniony.)

      • William Clapie

        Uhm, I wouldn’t know the difference really. Not that much into the dinner detail. Just the people. The rest is nice back-drop

  • Earl Patterson

    Let’s talk, we’re not boyfriend!

  • Kate G

    Everyone’s least favorite words in a relationship: “We need to talk” or a derivative of that.

    Kyle looks so scared about talking with Spooky, but you have to admit, he looks adorable in a teddy bear t-shirt.

    I love how Tana draws Kyle’s hair! I love how the spikes look like flames more than ever before. Each artist definitely gives Kyle new…flare. (Hee hee hee hee hee.)

  • John

    That usually means something really good or really bad.

  • Rara Avis

    I like the new artwork/artist, but I have one observation/criticism. Spooky has been drawn in the past as chubby/pudgy (see the recent love scenes), and I have commented that I think it is GREAT to have some comic characters and even superheroes who are not gym bunnies with perfect physiques. It makes for good contrast and balance…and it is more realistic…..which is ironically more erotic in the love scenes. Real bodies vs. magazine bodies. Spooky seemed more real and lovable with a little extra weight. This new artist seems to be drawing Spooky as trim and that is not consistent with the Spooky we know and love, which is disappointing. Admittedly, he is wearing baggy clothes which could hide a belly, but his legs and overall physique look thin.

    • fujoshifanatic

      I think we should give Tana a little time to adjust to drawing the characters for TYP; she’s still new, so her renderings of Spooky and Kyle may be a little “off-model” as of yet, but I’m sure that it will smooth itself out by the time we get to see more of these two (although depending on how this conversation goes, it may not be for a while :-0) I’m sure Alex is giving her notes as they work on each successive page, and you will see a gradual art shift just like Adam had from the beginning of TYP to his last chapter. Ales knows how much we all love our panda bear cub mage too much in all his cuddliness to have him lean out in this chapter. ;-P

      • Rara Avis

        Fair enough, fujoshifanatic. Tana is just getting started and I did compliment her artwork, in general. It is more true to the original artist, imo. I understand we have to allow for different styles, to a point, but when you are drawing a comic, too many artists with different styles is not good for the comic, as it means a lack of continuity in style and quality, and that affects the experience. It would be like changing actors for a character in the middle of a tv series or film. It might work or it might be a disaster. Changing the actor three times would be……very risky. So, I would like to see this comic settle into one artist OR temporary replacements that are able to keep the same look for the characters and strip. The first artist’s work is the best, for this reader, and I am not sure my fondness for the comic is enough to survive just any replacement. It is a pleasure to meet you.

  • Mike Mayak

    Oh! (Seriously, you folks are so good at conveying the emotions of young love, (which I think it is, no matter what Spooky is about to say!)

  • TL

    Love the new artwork!

    • Very glad to hear you’re enjoying Tana’s work, TL! 🙂

  • D. G.

    I don’t know if I would try chocolate avocado pie.

    • It’s strangely delicious.

      • D. G.

        Well, since u said that, I would definitely try it.

  • William Clapie

    “but I’m not invulnerable” maybe?

  • William Clapie

    Saw many comments. So, scrolled back up. I am now lost and confused. I thought Spooky was gonna talk to Kyle about the closing blurb on their sport fest. You folks stuck in ideas not even in my universe. Eeek. Uh, they just started a “date thing” recently? Right? Would love to see the idea roll forward a lot. Spooky needs soul and Kyle needs education. I think they make a great set!

  • William Clapie

    Oh, and chocolate avocado? Is that one of those lazy quark things?

  • Hello to the campers.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Hi there. I’m only here for a little bit before heading off for gaming.
      How are things today/tonight?

      • Hiya. Have a great game time. Maybe you will be lucky anbd page is up before you leave.

    • davefragments

      Hi Danish,

  • davefragments

    Hello Campers

  • *yawns* It’s weird when your body responds to you being tired by keeping you awake – and do it until you crash on stupid times. I’m getting closer on such a time. Will see if that or the page comes first, after a night (2nd night in rtow) where I have slept only a few hours in total.

  • Sapfo

    Love Kyles T-shirt! It have to be said! ^^

    • Glad to hear it, Sapfo. He picked it out special. 🙂

  • Page should be up shortly.

  • davefragments
  • Michael

    Patreon rumbles! 😀

  • T Dibbler

    Okay, serious!face talking that needs to happen separate to (and before) food eating sounds like something not good.