I’m so happy I’m finally writing about my favorite webcomic – The Young Protectors: Engaging the Enemy is a webcomic I have loved for a couple of years now and is a series that really needs more attention than what it gets. If you are a lover of classic superhero comics from both Marvel and DC and you are a yaoi fan believe me this is a match made in heaven for you.
The Young Protectors follows a Teen Titans like a ragtag group of young heroes under the supervision of an Adult Hero as a sort of Hero training ground, but it is the characters and their interactions that make this series. This is a story that through simple on the surface and could have easily been a simple good guy vs bad guy, black and white perspective it instead has more shades of grey than a certain novel series.
The line between good guy and bad guy are both dangerous boundaries but also blurred lines on the playing field, bad guys are capable of kindness and heroes capable of great evil. At its heart, the story begins with a coming out story for a young superhero and deals with this kind of story with the respect it deserves with enough slice of life comedy as well as social commentary on the issue.
Characters throughout the story share there own stories of growth and perspectives of societies very beliefs on such matter and these range from acceptance to outright disgust.
This is a web series that does not sugar coat the story it is trying to tell and is the kind of story that I think might actually help those going through these issues themselves, plus it’s also a really cool kick-butt superhero story!!!