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EMPOWERED cosplaying as MARY MARVEL by AdamWarren EMPOWERED cosplaying as MARY MARVEL by AdamWarren
Behold, a quick illo depicting Mary Marvel cosplay by Elissa Megan Powers, the lead character from Empowered, my "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics.

Here's the rough sketch for the (Sharpie-)inked piece, by the way:


And here's an earlier sketch, similarly depicting Emp's distaste for superheroine costumes with flouncy little skirts (featuring Supergirl's outfit, this time):


Anyhoo, the newest installment of Empowered, vol. 7, is now on sale at your Local Comics Retailer Store and/or conventional bookstore. More info here: [link]



Anyhoo, if you've read the book and care to weigh in on the experience, feel free to leave a comment here, in a SPOILER ALERT zone: [link]

And now, the floggery: Empowered vol. 7 can be found at your Local Comics Retailer (or bookstore, possibly), or online at Dark Horse's retail website [link] or on Amazon.com [link] .

Say, here's Empowered vol. 7's cover, without the logo:



And here's the book's back-cover copy:

While costumed crimefighter Empowered makes a startling discovery regarding her unfortunate status as an all-too-frequent "damsel in distress," her hard-drinking best friend Ninjette confronts her own sordid past, violent present and frighteningly uncertain future as she fights a desperate, single-handed battle against a entire clan of supernaturally durable ninja warriors. Can our two hard-luck heroines also withstand the further perils posed by supervillainous minivans, dueling sets of "daddy issues," doomed-but-still-hot boyfriends, undead karaoke party-crashers, and even "spoiler alerts from hell itself" voiced by diabolically omniscient demonspawn?

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first six 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]
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:iconcloseharlan:
closeharlan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
this is magnificent. very frank miller.
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bound-nicole-babe78 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
I hope when the world isn't so busy you go back to doing a few of these cosplay pieces. There are so many possibilities like the new Supergirl outfit (which Emp would HATE) to maybe going down the Kim Possible route. She might actually like that one.
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:iconsoluble-hermit:
soluble-hermit Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure I know what influenced that trend in costumes. Just a guess, though.
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Evil-Urd Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
The skirt doesn't even cover anything in the first place! XD THEY. JUST. DIDN'T. CARE... thank you Mr Warren for this, you made me smile :D
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:icontwinsnake-coatl:
Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
I like it better than the horndog in a bikini treatment they gave Starfire.
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:iconadony:
adony Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I remember MM doing her fair amount of DiD, too.
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:iconludhughes:
LudHughes Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Definitely feeling a Frank Miller look about this!
It's nice seeing you break out markers instead of the usual graphite... ;-)
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:iconmarvsamune:
Marvsamune Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Luv the contrast!!!!
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:iconjolyonyates:
JolyonYates Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Inked with a Sharpie? Good gravy. Very impressed, as always.
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:iconagent00soul:
Agent00Soul Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Isn't Mary's non-evil costume also equipped with a mini skirt?
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:iconben113:
Ben113 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love ^^
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:icontheurbanwerewolf:
theurbanwerewolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
me neither XD i think the only people who do are the teenage boys who just hit puberty lol
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:iconmpz28:
mpz28 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
nice :)
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:iconenigma273:
enigma273 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I absolutely love your high contrast illos.
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:iconbolillo318:
Bolillo318 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
amazing, if you do another sketchbook this should be the cover
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:icondr-syn:
Dr-Syn Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Ironic attitude considering how form fitting her normal suit is
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:iconkgtgallery:
KGTgallery Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
so many comics artists letting everyone know about their schoolgirl fetish and thinking they're fooling someone....
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:icondarkereve:
DarkerEve Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I vote for Emp put a mini skirt in her super powered alien suit.... I will die of happiness every time is get thorn in pieces :drool:
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:iconstigmartyr762:
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Bravo sir, bravo! :clap:
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:icontorpedo585:
Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most excellent cosplay! :D
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:iconkais86:
Kais86 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I can't blame ya Emp, if you have to wear bicycle shorts underneath it, you might as wear pants.
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:iconslimekingktw:
SlimeKingKtW Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do like it very much ^_^ She's got such a lovely bottom :p
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:iconamanojyaku:
amanojyaku Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like the high contrast in this one... kinda Miller-esque? ^_^
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:iconkonekoryu:
KonekoRyu Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   General Artist
oh damn... now I HAVE to try inking like that!
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:iconblackhellcat:
blackhellcat Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Then don't wear it, girl. :aww:
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YusakuJon3 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Heh.  No doubt, Emp would be very self-conscious in that get-up... :horny:
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BeigePaladin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
to be fair, that was mary Marvel in evil slut-mode costume, so she'd normally have a much longer skirt :p

though it does make a good point about flying, but hey, they seem to have the power to stop them flying up, so... XD
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Rousalaine Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I think you'd get way better sales if the payment option wasn't limited to credit card only. I wish Empowered was up for sale on a site that has IDeal or Paypal. It's not 1998 anymore where online purchase equals credit card.
I for one wanted to buy the entire Empowered series if i could just pay for it from my normal bank account.
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Classy. :D
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:iconmisterfish:
misterFISH Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love the look of this !
Also yeah the mini skirt is pretty bad bad but nothing's more absurd than the battle thong !!
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aquiresville Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderful, Adam -- Yep, the skirt doesn't work on Elissa Megan, but, Damn, do I like your high-contrast Sharpie work, especially with all that magic of her hair! Really nice graphic illo, Sir! (Please consider submitting it over at For The Love of Sharpie [link] , we'd all get a kick-and-a-half out of seeing it over there!). Cheers, Roger
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aquiresville Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sweet, Thank you!
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, at least it's not Power Girl's costume she's wearing - she might not appreciate the boob window too much.

... And now I've just realised that there's a lot of people who are thinking of Emp in a boob window costume :D

Amazing ink job, by the way!
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MetalixK Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
...Yeah I gotta agree with Emp. That outfit just doesn't look right on her.
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:iconrudeboy308:
rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
But Emp SHOULD wear the flouncy little mini-skirt for the same reason she wears her normal super suit--to show off her wonderful derriere. I like the B/W scheme. Nice work.
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finex666 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
lol both things the heroine have a common, they have been allot of did
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:iconangelskarith:
AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
She looks better in the outfit in my opion is there a colored version?
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:iconjadiner:
JadineR Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Oh geez an inked Warren piece?! My day -- nay, my week-- is complete! :love:
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Also, sorry for the double comment but... DEM INKS.
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sailor Moon mini skirts have some modicum of sensibility since they're wearing the white unitard under them. Kind of a neat costume idea really. But I agree on the whole with Emp. It's why I like the new Supergirl way more than the old one, even with the uterus shield. The mini skirts and tank tops just read as boring sex appeal to me regardless of the arguments around girls tastes yadda yadda. When it comes to Mary Marvel, I much prefer the Alex Ross thigh high tunic. I find it more tasteful and more sexy at the same time. Dunno how that works since it's functionally about the same.
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JaggarZF Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Writer
Cool.
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:iconbioyugi:
BioYuGi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Miniskirts are perfectly fine in a costume Emp, though I never understood why these characters wear them and then fly into the air so everyone can see.
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
So that you can ENJOY THE VIEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWW! :thumbsup:
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