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EMPOWERED: ANIMAL STYLE one-shot cover illo by AdamWarren EMPOWERED: ANIMAL STYLE one-shot cover illo by AdamWarren
Behold, the cover artwork for EMPOWERED: ANIMAL STYLE, the latest one-shot installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics. This 32pp "floppy" comic is due out on June 5, and can be pre-ordered from your Local Comics Retailer RIGHT NOW, FOLKS, which I strongly recommend; otherwise, your Local Comics Retailer might not bother to stock a copy of the book. Alternatively, the comic can be pre-ordered online from Dark Horse's retail website here: [link]

The main story in EMPOWERED: ANIMAL STYLE features tech-intensive line art by mecha maestro John Staton, aka deviantART's own :icondukkeofdeath:, who drew all the heavy metal supervillains on this cover illo. Yours truly all provided the line art for the cover's images of our often-struggling heroine Empowered (at left and right), and Rob Porter, aka dA's own :iconrobaato: painted all the pretty, pretty color work.

Here's the solicitation copy for the one-shot:

TERRORPIN! POWERPACHYDERM! BRASS MONKEY! CYBERIAN TIGER! SUPERCOBRA! MAUL BUNNY! Can struggling superheroine Empowered foil a mass carjacking by these animal-armored criminal mecha at the 21st annual Alternate Timeline Superhero Auto Show? Can one exceedingly flimsy "supersuit" overcome 14 hostile tons of heavy metal? This action-packed new Empowered one-shot says: "MAYBE!"

For the record, I'm also drawing 6pp of B&W art to accompany the main story; plus, the issue is slated to feature a 2-page preview of the next Empowered one-shot (a Ninjette-focused story), about which I'm pretty darn excited as well. I should further note that Guest Artist John Staton went way, way above and beyond the call of duty in his design work for the story, which I wrote specifically for his tech-savvy skill set. He cranked out a quite frankly insane total of 40-odd pages of designs for the one-shot's mecha and superhero vehicles, which I'll be straggling out over the weeks to come.

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first seven volumes (and a pair of one-shots in comics format) can be found on the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore, or online at Dark Horse's retail website [link] or on Amazon.com [link] .

All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: [link]
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:iconhumming-so-silent:
Humming-so-silent Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Will there ever be an uncensored version of empowered? *Suggestive eyebrow raise*
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GuinAsleep Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Awesome art ! When is Emp vol. 8 coming out ? *waiting in anticipation*
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:iconmantic:
mantic Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
The collaborative combination in this book reminds me a lot of your old Bubblegum Crisis collab. Even Guru's colors conspire to bring that to mind. Intentional?

This one turned out much much nicer, I would say. Hope to see more of this kind of stuff from you and John.

Oh! And great color on this cover, too.
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:iconssjpabs:
SSJPabs Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Excited over this issue. Big fan of Robaato's work. I haven't picked it up yet, but I will. In the last one shot, some of the color shots of Emp seemed to be drawn in a slightly modified style which I thought was an interesting change of pace. Wonder if I'll see that again.
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:iconrfk11756:
rfk11756 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Great issue! Found it at Midtown comics today!
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:iconvalencrow:
valencrow Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
well its a good thing I have a subscription for all things empowered with my local shop. I am looking forward to this so much.
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:iconemeraldryusenshi:
EmeraldRyuSenshi Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Cool! Will definately get it once Comics ink gets it in. Hope go see a.small.sippet oc the caged demon wolf. He is my favorite.
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:iconzenitramartist:
ZenitramArtist Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful as usual.
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:iconstrumwulf:
Strumwulf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Woot, Looking forward to the new story
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:iconbrollymmxdc:
brollyMMXDC Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Two oneshots? I knew it would happen but to have them confirmed at once just made my day.
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:iconacksed:
AckSed Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
More one-shots? With mecha? No bad thing.

(Will Emp's latest trick get some use? Don't answer that, I want to find out for myself.)
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:iconfireforgegrafx:
fireforgegrafx Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
NICE! I need to catch up on these issues.
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:iconkaelstra:
kaelstra Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, I love love LOVE the coloring on Emp's suit. So pretty!

I will pre-order this Tout de suite!
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:iconwhetsit-tuya:
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
:icontoolongdidntreadplz:
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:iconpsionicninja2000:
psionicninja2000 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
So does this mean they do a cheesy dance while dressed in tuxedos?
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:iconadony:
adony Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome mecha designs. I'll be sure to grab a copy to hold me over til Empowered #8!
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:iconevil-urd:
Evil-Urd Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
ohh badass pastels, interesting :D
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:iconel-douglas:
el-douglas Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
ass kicking :peace::D
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:iconsteamfist:
SteamFist Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you so much @_@
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:iconnozica:
nozica Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
in the new episode when translated into French: (
because I love it!!!!!! :)
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:iconcritical-potential:
Critical-Potential Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still need to pick up your 6 and 7 volume I love this series so much
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:iconberetta249:
Beretta249 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I don't wanna take yo' animal style!
XD
You and 80's lyrics, man.
I think I've seen Faith No More's "Epic" and LL Cool J's "Mama Said Know You Out" at least once.
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
very awesome
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:iconbolillo318:
Bolillo318 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Cool nice to see more emp comics. i loved the last stand alone too hopefully vol 8 will come out soon
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:iconmysticx1:
mysticx1 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, that's a definite buy right there! ^_^

One question: How do you come up with all those awesome names for the heroes and villains?
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Whenever I get the chance, I just open up my dogeared Roget's Thesaurus and/or Webster's Dictionary and page idly through, searching for any word or phrase that could possibly yield yet another goofy-ass "supranym." Time-consuming but fun, in a mildly obsessive way.
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:iconstupidartpunk:
Stupidartpunk Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
Totes gunna pre-order!
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:iconsexual-yeti:
Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So awesome, it has given me a nosebleed! Once again, you, Rob Porter and John show why I love you guys!
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:iconsinjaaussiaangels:
SinjaAussiaAngels Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like the colors and the design of the animal-squad.
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:iconbound-nicole-babe78:
bound-nicole-babe78 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Hmmm..Emp never struck me as a car gal. Except when she throws them at bad guys or occasionally drives into them.
Looks like a lot of fun though :)
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:iconmpz28:
mpz28 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
i've enjoyed reading your other 3, was wondering when you was going to release a new one :)
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:iconhrhtomas:
hrhtomas Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Mother of God...

Robo-furries...
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:iconthundarr21:
thundarr21 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Just mezmorized at the moment words cannot explain.
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:iconhotpopcorn:
hotpopcorn Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
oh the colors I have stars in my eyes
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:iconjohnchrist:
johnchrist Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Already pre-ordered. Illusive Comics in Santa Clara has been conditioned to purchase all things Empowerd!
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks much for the patronage, sir!
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:iconjohnchrist:
johnchrist Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Always!
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:icongodzilla713:
Godzilla713 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Love Emp's face on the lleft. You do that worried face so well
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:iconcaptaingenius:
CaptainGenius Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
When you use the word 'floppy' it's like a knife in my heart.
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Subtleinstrument Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Something I just noticed: if you take the Spider-Woman costume and remove all of the yellow parts, except for the triangles on her chest and forehead, and turn the red parts black, you get Empowered's costume. They've even got the same white blank eyes and mask line.

This isn't a criticism, I'm just wondering if that was intentional.
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:iconskytower:
Skytower Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Nice to see her again. Though I will miss the "Sexy Time" sprites of the last one shot.
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:iconstardust00:
Stardust00 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Looks Totally awesome :squee:
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:iconwolfprime:
wolfprime Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Jon is a BEAST! Thank you for FINALLY allowing him some time to shine Mr. Warren, Sir!
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:iconaxl-zerberus:
Axl-Zerberus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
WOOO!!! Empowered are a Maverick Hunter? Because, this robots look like Mavericks from Megaman X! xD
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:iconbuddha-cat:
Buddha-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Empowered vs the Megman X Mavericks.

This should be good.
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:iconskorpychan:
Skorpychan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Animal-style? Does this include a catgirl Emp?
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sadly, no.
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:iconskorpychan:
Skorpychan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Alas. I'm sure thugboy would have jumped at the chance to put ears and a tail on her.
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:iconhope1090:
hope1090 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
so. Many. Mechas!
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:iconneroangelus:
NeroAngelus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So looking forward to this.
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