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EMPOWERED: HELLBENT OR HEAVENSENT page in progress by AdamWarren EMPOWERED: HELLBENT OR HEAVENSENT page in progress by AdamWarren
Behold, another incomplete, "in-progress" page by Guest Artist Ryan Kinnaird from Hellbent or Heaven Sent, the latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series Empowered. This "floppy"-format 32pp book is due out on Dec. 19th and can be pre-ordered right now from your Local Comics Retailer; its Diamond Previews ordering code is OCT120041, if that helps. Alternatively, you can pre-order the one-shot from Dark Horse's retail website here: [link]

Anyhoo, the final version of this page will feature plenty more artwork, color FX, and lettering; I found it kinda neat to show Ryan's artwork in progress, as seen "before and after" with this previous page:


As you might guess, Ryan's version of the robotic Superhomey "Mechanismo," here (the red guy) is a 3D model. Note how Ryan distorted the model's eyes in the last panel, to give an otherwise expressionless character a comically startled expression... I'm vaguely saddened to admit that I've never thought to use such an approach on mecha characters. Nice! Amusing side note, though: Ryan's 3D model of Mechanismo is much, much more complicated and detail-intensive than my original depiction of the character. For consistency's sake, when I drew a handful of B&W pages for the book, I had to base my rendition of Mechanismo off Ryan's new, modified design, as seen here:



...and lemme tell you, that was surprisingly challenging. "What is WITH all this g-d detail? Yeesh!"

So: I'm writing the entirety of Empowered: Hell Bent or Heaven Sent, plus drawing 7-odd B&W pages myself, as I just mentioned. Howeva, the majority of the one-shot's artwork—for a bold, brassy total of 30 story pages—will be drawn and rendered in luxurious full color by ~RyanKinnaird, as seen on the cover art here:



Here's Empowered: Hell Bent or Heaven Sent'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: Mysterious new powers for Emp's suit revealed! Fire-breathing jealousy and piercing blue eyes as more than just figures of speech! Adventures in cybererospace! Jet-propelled mecha body-boarding! Hot angel-on-ladycape action! The imminent threat of searing, fiery extinction looms nigh! All this, plus something very, very gross is none-too-subtly hinted at!

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



Again, this "floppy"-format installment of Empowered is due out Dec. 19th from Dark Horse Comics: [link] If you're an Emp fan, I respectfully urge you to let your Local Comics Retailer know that you want a copy, as the success or failure of this latest effort will affect whether or not other projects like this one ever see print.

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]

-AW
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dragonpsyko Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
I just picked up my copy. Look forward to reading it later. Love the art.
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psionicninja2000 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
This looks like a scene out of the old spice man's stories... awesome
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
cool
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Damn! The man can sure render and color :O
I still have to buy previous Emp TPB :B
Dammit, I gotta get those commissions flowing ! :P
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Cosaco Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Impressive.
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mpz28427 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
nicely done :)
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Hentaikid Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
The intact suit is freaking me out :)
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ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's nice to see Emp's costume NOT torn to shreds. I just really love bodysuits. :XD:
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Rafferty Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Artist
This looks awesome. I love how it's a synthesis between typical comic-book photo-realism ... traditional-style computer colored cel animation ... and the Adam Warren touches of action and expression. Super looking forward to this.
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nice work, almost look 3d
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