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EMPOWERED: HELL BENT OR HEAVEN SENT one-shot cover by AdamWarren EMPOWERED: HELL BENT OR HEAVEN SENT one-shot cover by AdamWarren
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 :iconryankinnaird: 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.
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:iconmadstarter:
MADstarter Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
You and Mr. Kinnaird are two of the most TALENTED and GREATEST Anime artists I've come to respect and admire, Mr. Warren. :D Honestly, this artwork is just proof of what you two gentlemen can do about... well... ANY character you draw! :)

Looks to me like Empowered isn't very comfortable with being surrounded by cyber-angels and... devil-mecha? :? :O By the way, the cyber-angels look SOOOOO. DAAAAAAAARN. S-S-S-SEXYYYYY!!!!! ;)

Perhaps she sees them (the cyber-angels) as competition in the looks department and thinks they want to get rid of her? :XD: You know, as in cut her life's expectancy. :rofl: Personally... ME LOVE THE CYBER-ANGELS!!! :love: :blush: :heart: :love: :blush: :heart:
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:iconfluidadapter:
fluidadapter Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
your work has inspired me to draw for quite a while, thanks
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:iconromaneblack:
ROMANEBLACK Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
love it
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:iconstealthpreve:
StealthPreve Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Is Hell Bent or Heaven Sent going to be in digital form?
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:iconadony:
adony Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Love it! Insta-fave!
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:icongatztdamax:
GatzTdaMax Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
I don't know... if you just *have* to have an apocalyptic nano plague, having plenty of cheesecake at the end doesn't seem like a bad idea. XD
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nathanscomicart Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Beautiful work. Great lines and wonderful color.:icongrin--plz:
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:iconbillmausart:
billmausart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You guys make a great team! --cant wait for the book to come out:)
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:iconchaosticket:
Chaosticket Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I think I remember you and Ryan did swimsuit pinups for PSM magazine years back.
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:iconarkanrium:
Arkanrium Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
More Emp is always a good thing!
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:iconbro-harl:
Bro-Harl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
:iconryankinnaird: + :iconadamwarren: = :iconawesomeplz:
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:iconsnedvig:
Snedvig Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Ryan Kinnaird, I can get behind that! It'll be a three month wait but - three months, pif!
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:iconkirbuu:
kirbuu Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
I think I've figured out your creative process. You get blitzed, and when you sober up whatever insane plot summary/point/character you have come up with you just go "Wow that sounds nuts and kinda hot,yeah I could throw that in there".
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:iconacksed:
AckSed Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
It worked for Gainax, it can work for him. :D
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:iconthe-kid36:
the-kid36 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist
friggin awesome :D
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:iconshidyk:
Shidyk Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice. :D
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:iconainokitsune:
ainokitsune Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
The thing about being on DA is that where once I would've looked at this and gone, 'pfft, softcore pandering!' these days it doesn't even phase me. I scrolled right past some check flashing the full monty to arrive at the thumbnail for this. I suppose that just goes to show something or other. Makes me wonder how the sales are on stuff like this. Anyway I have no opinion no the art one way or another.
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:icontwinsnake-coatl:
Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
I knew Barbie dolls would be the downfall of civilization!
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:iconpookawitch:
PookaWitch Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just in time for the Holidays! I know what I want this year. <3

And both of your art styles flow together so beautifully! Like they were made for each other.
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:iconizra:
IZRA Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
but will it answer the most important question of all....how does she avoid the camel toe?
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:iconohthehumanityplz:
Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I get a job or Christmas comes around, gonna ask my parents for this. :)
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ah! Mr Warren, I was finally able to afford my own copy of your glorious comicbook recently. I actually finished reading it the same day I opened it and have read it twice, Vol 7 was a great way to tie all the ends started in the previous volume (and with 90% LESS bondage, hooray!) ... though honestly all the flashbacks became confusing and I have yet to pick up on all the subplots.

Still! One of the best Emp so far.
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:iconwildpegasus13:
wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Hooray for Ryan! He is the only guy I know who can do your characters justice and keep the Adam Warren feel while having his own unique style! Looks great!
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Scythewielder13 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
well I certainly hope it would have its own print rather then being bundled with other one shots.
(mainly since itd be cheaper for me to get it.)
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SlimeKingKtW Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I predict boners a-plenty!
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:iconmpz28:
mpz28 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
awesome :)
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:iconthechamba:
theCHAMBA Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
oo nice a new One-shot!
Looking forward to this one.
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:iconkatekathrine:
katekathrine Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
You do know that waiting is going to be absolute torture, don't you? :)
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:iconsilvertiger3:
silvertiger3 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
From Ryan i'm wait the part 2 of next gen warz. "imagen" not sale yet the issue 2...
But i ready for the next empowered comic.
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:iconcamichicamagica:
Camichicamagica Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
i loved is so ingeniusss
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:iconsubarashiproductions:
Mechanismo, eh? Is he named after the art book?
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:iconmisterfish:
misterFISH Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Boobies, boobies everywhere great pic though love emp's expression .
Nei really compliment's your works, also what are the odds or possibly seeing a tutorial from you i'd really like to see your process ?
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet! So, interiors by Kinnaird as well, or are the interiors Warren?
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:iconmichaelcrichlow:
MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Looks awesome! Looking forward to getting this one. :D
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:iconvanillagui:
vanillaGui Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The "non-line" sections look fantastic!
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:iconllyzabeth:
Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yay for one-shots!! So excited!!
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:iconsleepy-comics:
sleepy-comics Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great art. You are such an inspiration Adam, keep it up!
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:iconnorthwarden:
Northwarden Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Looking forward to it!! :mwahaha:

And thanks again for the awesome Emp sketch commission at FanExpo! :D

Regards,

BVV
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:iconmahkir:
Mahkir Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Is Maidman Willy-Pete?
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:icondamnyourskills:
damnyourskills Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
can't wait to buy the second deluxe edition!
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:iconrudeboy308:
rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Consider it pre-ordered from me. Love the cover, very Sim Hell (Dirty Pair).
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:iconiletgo:
iletgo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I miss SSX3, and you know why? It was inspired by the art. You know who did the art? Yeah.
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:icontaigan:
Taigan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Wait... is there going to be a digital version? :confused:
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:iconlaurielle-maven:
Laurielle-Maven Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Wanting. Right now ^^
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:iconshanejayell:
shanejayell Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh YES! :D
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:iconturbov21:
turbov21 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Empowered, super-tech scrapyard salvage, and computer girls. How did you know?! :-D
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:iconjdmagee:
JDMagee Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ermagherd!!!! my terr ferverit errtersts... :faint:
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:iconkaelstra:
kaelstra Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! I love how your styles play well together!
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I thought I recognized his style! :)

Looks kinda like a co-lab as well :) Emp looks like yours.
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:iconq99:
Q99 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Yay, more oneshottage!
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