The Young Protectors: Double-Cross Chapter One—Pages 56 and 57

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It’s my great pleasure to send out another, very special Woolfpack anniversary “thank you!” to the superheroes of this comic who have been supporting our work month after month!

First let me thank a pack member who has been supporting our work for the last 12 months as of this week (Aug 18-24):


(You totally rock, LeahLiddell!)

I’d like to send out a big thank you to members of the Woolfpack who have been supporting our work for 24 months of this week (Aug 18-24):

Adam, Shannon B., Shawn C., Buck D., Chris D., David G., Steven H., Alexandros I., Alexandra K., Mark L., Lisa M., Peter M., Brayon N., Ian R., and Meg S.

(Two years of support! Thank you so much, Adam, Shannon, Shawn, Buck, Chris, David, Steven, Alexandros, Alexandra, Mark, Lisa, Peter, Brayon, Ian, and Meg!)

And let me also send out my biggest howl to those members of the Woolfpack who have been supporting this comic and our work from the very beginning!

These are the awesome readers who have been supporting me and this comic for 48 months (4 years!) as of this week (Aug 18-24):

Arkenian, Jen H., and Kirk S.

Thank you so much, Arkenian, Jen, and Kirk! Y’all are so awesome!

Thank you all so much for your amazing, ongoing support! It’s the consistent support that is what really allows me to continue making this comic. You all truly are superheroes!

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So! It looks like cracking the artifact generated some kind of shock wave. That I expected. But what are all those things popping into existence? And what will they do to our heroes?

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

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As the old song goes: Once you pop…

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Massive heartfelt groan.

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Ha! That’s a fun image. Glad you’re looking forward to what’s next!

I suppose they could all be Pringles…

What do you think is going on, William?

Well, as usual, I failed to predict this. I have no idea what this is. Yes, it’s a sphere, so there’s a slight chance that this is the Sphere Celestiale that Spooky wants to find (first mention:, but it would be a heck of a coincidence. Those Tic Tac sprinkles don’t look like representations of stars to me.

I really don’t know. Maybe those things are portals as someone else suggested. Could be the eyes of a thousand angels about to see who’s disturbed their slumber. Maybe they’re Tholian ships about to weave a web around our heroes, trapping them inside. Maybe this is Purgatory’s idea of an IKEA catalogue and we’re all gonna get bombarded with ads for the latest fjords. Maybe this is a large astral teabagging. We just gotta wait ‘n’ see.

Also, you have to wonder how many of the kids back at the car are using cell phones to upload to Instagram, etc. pictures or videos of what they’re seeing. ExSec is gonna love this.

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It’s that punchline, “once you pop, you just can’t stop”. Great pain! Arghhhhh! As to what’s going on? The blood magic may well have opened the portal(s) for a form of “para-demons” to come to the aid of PP and friends to help open a larger door for someone like Kyle’s daddy. Really hope not!

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welp. puffs on pipe there are too many holes to plug in this here boat
aaaa but this is REALLY BAD. Instead of just one portal to who knows where, now there’s…? whatever, one was bad enough!!! what if they’re ALL space vacuums?! Or each one is a portal other worlds, or various levels of hell??? anguished flailing

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Still loving your speculation, David. My favorite is the Tholian web.

The Platinum Priestess’s plan was to take them from their beds. Of course, it’s quite possible one of them snuck a cell phone under the covers that night.

Oo. I like that speculation too. :slight_smile:

All will be revealed in the next few pages!