Behold, the cover art for Empowered: Hell Bent or Heaven Sent
, the upcoming one-shot installment of my "sexy superhero comedy" series! Huzzah!
Featuring artwork by Talented Guest Artist
and a full 30 pages of bold and brassy story, this "floppy"-format comic is due out Dec. 19th from Dark Horse Comics. More info here: [link]
Here's the solicitation copy:This time around, the "sexy superhero comedy" ensues when costumed crimefighter Empowered makes an ill-fated visit to a top-secret dumping ground for ultra-tech "superdebris" and wrecked "villainware" left over from cape-on-cape battle. Can our heroine and her hapless teammate, cyborg-with-a-secret Mechanismo, possibly hope to survive when the junkyard begins nano-spawning an apocalyptic cheesecake plague of flirty but lethal "cyber-angels" and sensual but savage "devil mecha"?
Anyhoo, this December one-shot's available for pre-ordering at your Local Comics Store right now; I'll see if I can dig up its Diamond ordering info, if that would help out. Note that Empowered: Hell Bent or Heaven Sent
will not be available in collected trade-paperback form for quite some time, if ever. If all goes well, and these Guest Artist one-shots sell decently enough, this issue will be included in a special collection of one-shots... but that won't be happening for several years at best, I'm afraid. So, yeah, pre-ordering this one-shot is a Big Frickin' Deal, as most comics stores aren't likely to stock very many copies (or any at all, in some cases) unless you specifically ask 'em to.
Admittedly, all I drew on this cover was Emp herself, with Ryan handling everything else. This was a riff of sorts on the cover art from the previous one-shot, Empowered: Ten Questions for the Maidman
, in which I merely drew Emp and Emily Warren likewise did all the rest of the artistic heavy-lifting:
I did lay out the cover, though. Here are two of the cover roughs I worked up, the first of which was a bit of a flop:
In the interests of floggery, I might as well mention the current Emp
product on the shelves:
This is Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 2
, which collects volumes 4 through 6 of the series in a big, bold, brawny, 656-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper (and including a fair chunk of bonus material): [link]
This weighty new tome's already on the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer, and should be be available in conventional bookstores shortly. Alternatively, you can order it from Dark Horse's online retail site here (for 20% off): [link]
Note that Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1
, which collects volumes 1-3, as seen below:
...is already on sale at your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore, in theory at least, or can be ordered online from Dark Horse: [link]
or Amazon: [link]
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]
Note, however, that these Empowered Deluxe Editions
will remain a "print-only" proposition, alas.