Here's the full "cover treatment" (back cover, spine, front cover) for Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1
, which collects the first three volumes of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series Empowered
in a big, bold, brawny, 712-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper and including 40-odd pages of bonus material.
The book will hit the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer Feb. 29th, and be available in conventional bookstores some time after that. Alternatively, you can order it right now (it's in stock! Really!) from Dark Horses's online retail site here, at a 10% savings: [link]
You can also preorder it from Amazon here: [link]
Note that I can't emphasize the "pretty, pretty paper" part enough; Empowered
's pages have never, ever looked this good before, as printed on higher-quality paper stock. Based on "grayscale" artwork that's reproduced from my pencils, each and every (re)printing of the individual volumes has tended to vary in contrast and brightness a little bit, thanks to the vagaries of the printing process. Gotta admit, as the artist, I'm probably the only one who can fully appreciate the better repro characteristics of Empowered Deluxe
... but believe me, the quality difference is there.
As mentioned above, in addition to 650+ pages of earlier material (printed on much nicer paper, this time), the book features a bonus section comprising 40-odd pages of extra material, as flogged by "Metatextual Emp" here: [link]
That includes early developmental versions of what would later become Empowered
, unused story pages, con sketches, story notes, logo variations, assorted work stages (roughs, pencils, color guides) for the series' front and back cover illustrations, and so on.
Here's a wee 6-page preview of said bonus section: [link]
In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp
-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered
's first six 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]
Note, however, that this Empowered Deluxe Edition
will remain a "print-only" proposition.