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EMPOWERED DELUXE's front + back covers by AdamWarren EMPOWERED DELUXE's front + back covers by AdamWarren
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.
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Writer72 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got this book and am on page 240 and I've got to say I LOVE this comic. It's funny AND adult-like! X3
Gotta say though, the demon guy in the belt or whatever really cracks me up.
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karenbloodcrest Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bought it..and i love it XD
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Bolillo318 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
best 60 bucks i have ever spent, cant wait for volume 2
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SacredSouls22 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I already own all the volumes to date, and yet I'm STILL horribly tempted to get this deluxe edition too! *total geek here*
I love this series too much. :ashamed:
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MattDark Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Got my copy from a forbidden planet that seemed to get some early stock, and it does look wonderful. I just hope we get to see similar treatment for rest of the series at some point, as it was definately worth the money.

Quite enjoy the new cover too, really reminds me of an poster for Street Fighter 2 back in the day
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Lewdster Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great, think I'll order this soon! I've read the first five volumes but don't own any yet, this'll make a good start.
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart:Awesome!:heart::heart:

One of the few comics I have been trying to keep up with!
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Artist
Just got my copy in the mail today, and it is GORGEOUS. And hefty! You really undersell how well this thing could work as a bludgeon - stick it in a purse and club a mugger! Keep it under your pillow and take out a burglar! :D

But what I really appreciate is the detailed backmatter you've written out going into the process of Emp's development. This is what I want to see in my Deluxe Editions, and this volume easily stands alongside the best.
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ARTdEVIL-91 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I've just ordered mine today, glad to hear it is of such high quality :) I only own volumes 4,5, and 6, so this was really the perfect thing for me.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Artist
Not just high quality content - it's stitched binding as well, so no fear of pages falling out, and it will lay flat on any surface. Trust me, when you see it you'll understand why I was initially worried about page loss. It's HUGE. But nope, super-high quality binding.
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