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Behold, a page in progress from Empowered: Hell Bent or Heaven Sent, the upcoming one-shot installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series! I wrote the story, and contributed thumbnail sketches like the one below to accompany the script:

Howeva, Talented Guest Artist :iconryankinnaird: drew and colored this actual page, which we're seeing here "in progress", with only flat colors added so far. An interesting look, really, as Ryan's so well known for his luxuriously rendered colors. (Note, by the way, my thumbnail's panel lurking in the lower right-hand corner as placeholder art.) I thought it would be interesting to show Ryan's artistic process, just for the hell of it.

Ryan's handling the bulk of Hell Bent or Heaven Sent's color artwork, which along with some B&W pages drawn by me adds up to a full 30 pages of bold and brassy story. Here's the book's cover, featuring Ryan's art:

And here's one of the issue's B&W pages, as drawn by me:

This "floppy"-format installment of Empowered is due out Dec. 19th from Dark Horse Comics: [link] Here's the book's scintillating 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"?

But wait, here's even more text that I wasn't able to fit in the solicitation copy:

Hell Bent or Heaven Sent also includes: Literally superhot genderswapping! Fire-breathing jealousy and piercing blue eyes as more than just figures of speech! Jet-propelled mecha body-boarding! Grotesque mastication by 100-foot-tall giants! Hot angel-on-ladycape action! Desperate navigation of a hellishly unhelpful help menu! Emp suffers the agony of high heels! The imminent threat of searing, fiery extinction looms nigh! All this, plus something very, very gross is none-too-subtly hinted at!

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.

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: 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 [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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Migael-Morningstar Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
That certainly seems entertaining :D Good luck on the project.
Roboworks Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I kind of like the flats on this. I miss simpler color. Although Ryan makes a great argument against it. :)
lastres0rt Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Funky. Amazing to see how much the color adds to these sorts of pages.
Hellstroem Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
This is new, style-wise I mean. Very slick, and not at all hard on the eyes.
J-Mobius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
TheRealAlpha2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
There's something really appealing about this with just flat colors!
AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
lol I like those villians would not have said no in that snobs place ;D love the coloring and artstyle ^^
mpz28 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
cool comic :)
CaptainGenius Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Wow, I really like the flats.
BlackBeWhite2k7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Stupidartpunk Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
As much as I love Ryan's art and I do, seriously I'd take you layout sketch over most artists finished work!
GalvaTRION Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012

Is it OK that I read Captain Rivet's "HEY, NOW!" in the voice of Hank Kingsley from The Larry Sanders Show?
snowking68 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very hot
blarg0192 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Yay sexy time!
psionicninja2000 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
It's sparkling? Oh dear...
Hentaikid Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
It's been a LONG time since we've seen emp with an unbroken suit... that's probably due to the early stage of the art rather than intentional, but I always wonder about it
tommerch Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fairly serious fanboy service (at least for some. The kind of fanboy *I* am gets services at a regular clip in the comic.) with the angel launching a Big Wet One on Emp. The forward echoes of the Squee-to-Be is already audible.

Thos. Merchant
IZRA Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i like where this is going....*cough* the page progress that is......
kaokatt Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I Love & Have every volume of Empowered, :heart: I save them for long trips & train Journeys that usually take several hours, they make the time pass by so quickly when reading them that I actually look forward to just sitting on the train for hours & hours so that I can settle down and just read your stories/ graphic novels from cover to cover... :D:D:D:D:D

Please forgive my lack of comic & graphic novel jargon, I just wondered if the 'Hellbent or HeavenSent' issue will actually be included in either Volume 8 or 9 of the Empowered Novels?
MattMoylan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hah! Dude, I could tell from the icon of the cover art that those are Ryan Kinaird designs.
Gingora Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   General Artist
Make this series into a movie!! Make it Rated R, and get Sara Underwood to play her.....:plotting:
Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
This reminds me of "Ah Megamisama!".
jojoman7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
You have to remember, the coloring and shading isn't done. Kinnaird's art is very good and I look forward to the finished product. Besides, it could be illustrated by a toddler and I would still buy it for Mr.Warren's writing. ( Also, I must have been and idiot and not noticed that her suit sparkles when she's in danger. Welp, time to reread all 7 and look for it!)
kaelstra Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Protect Emp from the sexy times, super suit!

I love seeing in-progress stuff, it's a great insight into how creative minds function. I'm also pretty amused by the panel where Emp is reacting to her suit sparkling, but said sparkles have yet to be added. XD
spacegoblin Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Kewl-I'm really enjoying the Empowered series. The sexy side is great, but the main character and her friends are also very likable-which makes it so much better than a simple taudry tale of titilation!(chaneling caged the demon wolf). Please keep on making those great books :)
kiahl Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
cool, I like it.
DPRagan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O The suit looked that possible? :)
MindsEyeMayhem Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm, no offence Adam but I've never been a big fan of Ryan's work, I'd sooner it just be your artwork. Again, that's just me, heh. That aside, new Empowered content is always welcome!
kiahl Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
well, he might be busy workin on the actual comic, I share your opinion tho
Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DEC. 19th? Ah all good things, this is worth the wait ;)
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