— Banner ad for The Young Protectors, featuring Kyle and the Annihilator
A multi-chapter superhero webcomic by author Alex Woolfson and artists Adam DeKraker [line artist] and Veronica Gandini [colorist]. It can be found here. As of now, the prologue and first two chapters are complete.Woolfson is also the author of the now finished webcomic Artifice.
This Work contains examples of the following tropes:
Ambiguously Evil: Annihilator. One one hand, he is a known supervillain (whose alias doesn't exactly inspire confidence in his benevolence) and doesn't seem to have a problem with manipulation. On the other, his evilness is (so far) an Informed Attribute; at worst, he's played some mind games.
Also, the Platinum Priestess. So far the only strikes against her is that she is on good terms with Annihilator and that Spooky Jones hasn't said anything good about her.
Depending on your point of view, Fluke's power is either this or Cursed with Awesome. His power is "balancing luck", so if he wants to grant good luck to the people he saves, bad stuff must happen to him on a regular basis. But then again, he loves to save people, so he's willing and eager to go with it.
Buffy Speak: Kyle refers to the Crisis of Collided Trans-World Identities as "Calamity of Infinite Super-whatsit Thing".
Bury Your Gays: Will be deliberately averted, according to Word of God. You can read Alex's (somewhat spoilery) comments regarding the subject on this page.
Celibate Hero: Kyle up until recently. His fire powers are augmented by his emotions, which includes orgasm. After burning down his foster parents' home after his first date with Rosie Palms as a kid, he swore never to experience that pleasure, even with himself, again.
Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: A temporary swerve into Type 2, when Kyle reveals the first time he discovered he could play with fire was during A Date with Rosie Palms that caused him to accidentally burn down his foster parents' house, Annihilator laughs. Quickly averted, however, when Annihilator realizes Kyle isn't exaggerating, and in fact gravely hurt his foster sister and was abandoned by his foster parents after the incident.
Flat "What.": The Annihilator's response to being hurled across a room into a wall hard enough to leave a small crater is just a genuinely perplexed "What?"
Fore Shadowing: Kyle's very first line (before we know anything about him or even his name) is, "Oh, to hell with it". Then chapter two rolls around, and the statement has become literal.
Gay Bar: Annihilator spots Kyle in one and threatens to out him if he doesn't do what he says.
Knight Templar: Two rather violent heroes attacked the Anihilator and used brutal force on Kyle (who they thought was the Invisible Man).
Love at First Sight: Kyle and Duncan's romance is very abrupt, one encounter in a shady alley and a date in Hong Kong and the Annihilator is already telling Kyle being with him makes him want to try and be a better person, and Kyle, a previously Celibate Hero, is asking Duncan to be his first the night of his eighteenth birthday.
Invoked and Subverted. Whatever Anihilator's feelings Kyle, his primary interest is in Kyle's unique power.
Secret Identity: Everybody's quite liberal with them, with Kyle calling Fluke "Paul" in public and the Anihilator calling the Platinum Priestess "Sircea" infront of a hero. The Anihilator also has no problem at all revealing his name to Kyle.
According to the Anihilator, the names of Kyle's teammates are an Open Secret to both the other heroes and villains alike.
Scarpia Ultimatum: A very mild one; the Annihilator only demands a kiss in exchange for keeping Kyle's secret. Then we find out that he would have kept Kyle's secret anyway.
Scenery Censor: During his battle in the market place Kyle has somehow gotten completely naked while being invisible and fighting his enemy... all without showing his cash'n'prizes.
Healing Factor: When he does take damage he can regenerate from his wounds in around ten minutes time.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The Annihilator seems to have no trouble with money, seeing as he can spend over $200 a plate on his Red-Headed Hero dinner date. It's implied that at least some of this money came from robbing Fort Knox.
That Came Out Wrong: Kyle's consent to going out on a date with Annihilator is under the pretense that Annihilator doesn't just plan to 'screw with him all night'. The Platinum Priestess is quick to jump on this, in that if that's Kyle's limitation, it sort of defeats the purpose of a date.
Visual Pun: Kyle is ginger with flame powers making him literally a "fiery redhead". He doesn't count as a true Fiery Redhead because we haven't seen him lose his temper yet.
Confirmed and Justified during the date in Hong kong; Pummeling an anti-hero while yelling at him not to be a dick.
The 'activities' on Kyle's 18th birthday were apparently so good that it literally blew his socks off.