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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 [link] .

All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: [link]

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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.
psionicninja2000 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
This looks like a scene out of the old spice man's stories... awesome
kaze26 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
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
Cosaco Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
mpz28 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
nicely done :)
Hentaikid Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
The intact suit is freaking me out :)
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:
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.
elsevilla Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nice work, almost look 3d
BlenderFan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
elsevilla Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nice looks great, looks like painted
DPRagan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Looks like a mix of 3 and 2d.
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