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EMPOWERED one-shot cover art by AdamWarren EMPOWERED one-shot cover art by AdamWarren
Behold, the cover art for EMPOWERED: "The Wench With A Million Sighs", the upcoming, one-shot installment in my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series from Dark Horse Comics.
Line art by me, exceedingly sweet colors by :iconfrozenlilacs:... Yeahp, I wanted to get away from the "blank background" format of the last five EMPOWERED collections' covers, and Emily did an awesome job with breaking said format, as you can see.

Back to the floggery: "The Wench With A Million Sighs" is EMPOWERED's first appearance in conventional-comics format, as a 32-page "floppy" one-shot comic. The issue features a 30-page story, still in pencil-based B&W (as with the previous EMPOWERED trade paperbacks) but on glossy, shiny paper stock (unlike the Emp trades), which should lend itself to improved repro; brief EMPOWERED excerpts in Dark Horse's co-published STYLE SCHOOL books have looked verra nice indeed on such paper.

The one-shot hits the comics-retailer shelves on December 2, 2009; you can look for it in the October PREVIEWS catalog (for comics on sale in December), which should be in comics shops next Wednesday, September 30th. Or, it can be preordered here: [link]

I should note that, if you want to "wait for the trade" on this one, you'll be waiting for quite a while. The one-shot's story will NOT be reprinted in the next volume of EMPOWERED (vol. 6)*, but will have to wait until vol. 7 (or even later), which won't be out until well into 2011. This one-shot is rather important for future EMPOWERED material, as its sales figures will serve as a baseline for further EMP projects that might be released in a conventional-comics format. So, if this one-shot actually sells fairly well, you might see considerably more EMPOWERED material down the road, and (gasp!) on a far more frequent basis... Ooh, ah.

Here's the solicitation copy for the issue:

Even as costumed crimefighter “Empowered” fights a desperate battle against a functionally invulnerable, grave-robbing supervillain inside a secret underground mausoleum for fallen superheroes, back at her apartment, the alien demonlord imprisoned upon her coffee table spins a tempestuous tell-all tale of the often-struggling heroine’s deepest secrets... The scruple-free storyteller soon reveals how all of Empowered’s many frustrations at work, at home, and even in the bedroom can be conveyed strictly through the vocabulary of her extraordinarily expressive exhalations, thus making her... “The Wench With A Million Sighs!”

Anyhoo, the five previous collections of EMPOWERED can be found at Dark Horse's retail website: [link] or on Amazon.com: [link] Or you can ask your local bookstore or comics retailer to order 'em for you; believe me, I have to do that at my local bookstore all the time, due to their rather, ah, capricious approach to ordering manga and American comics.


*So that readers wouldn't get annoyed at having the buy the same damn story again when vol. 6 comes out, which is slated to happen at some point in the second half of 2010. Sadly, this means that my work on the one-shot over the last month or so** hasn't contributed in the slightest towards vol. 6's pagecount... Oh, well. Back to the drawing board, needless to say.

**And, yeahp, I finished and sent off all the story pages to Dark Horse last week, so the one-shot will steer well clear of the lateness issues that have plagued some of the previous volumes; I'll post some sample pages during the next few weeks.
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:iconlaikelis:
laikelis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
WowwWwww
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:iconartofjeprox:
artofJEPROX Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
*faint*
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:iconkorblborp:
korblborp Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
sparkly emp...
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:icondragoncount:
DragonCount Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had no idea you were a DA member! I recently started reading Empowered myself, and it looks... interesting to say the least.
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:iconleviadragon99:
leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Now that is quite the bizzare villain tech-suit...
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:iconjmk1999:
jmk1999 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
crap! how did i miss this?! i'll have to check and see if my local comic shop can get it (because they probably don't have it)... otherwise i'll be ordering a copy on darkhorse's site... looks like it's still in stock.
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:iconlunahlove:
lunahlove Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see Sasuke :'D
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:icontenchimyo:
tenchimyo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love
it


just picked this up at the store
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:iconperidott86:
Peridott86 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Thugboy!! *drooool* ^^
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:icondavidlafuente:
davidlafuente Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Gorgeous piece, Adam
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:iconlaurafluorocarbon:
laurafluorocarbon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
The cover reminds me how much I miss Mindf**k! :[ Amazing as always, though.
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:iconwhat-the-gaff:
What-the-Gaff Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously. We only got her for one and a half volumes, but she was a great character.
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DamonDaSaru Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Question; since this won't appear in the 6th trade, does this mean the event in this is the future(comic timeline wise)?
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:iconsp85:
SP85 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009   Digital Artist
Looks great, Adam, I can't wait! :eager:

:( Mindfuck...
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:iconhunterchan:
Hunterchan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice work as per Adam!
I'm eager to find out what's up with T.Boy's hair, all tied back.
This one shot's gonna be a perfect end to my birthday man! - how did you know? ^_^
Anyway, thanks for thinking of us between trades. It's always worth the wait.
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Silverback1 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
consider this bought upon release, by me ^_^ cant wait
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:iconzombi49:
zombi49 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
so does this one shot actualy hit the story line or is it like a side adventure, i love your work adam but im just not lookin forward to havein thick books of regular empowered then a buncha minicomics mixed inbetween them
but alas ill but them anyways i love your work, CURSE YOUR APPEALING ART STYLE AND WITTY WRITING WARREN!!!
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xBORNx Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
is that the make a wish kid in the right?
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:iconvegeancesoul:
Vegeancesoul Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Student General Artist
freakin awesome as allways
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:icontekkaman-james:
Tekkaman-James Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Absolutely stunning.

I just finished Vol. 5 and am frothing at the mouth for more EMPOWERED. This will be the first "floppy" comic I'll buy in years. :D
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:iconjoeartguy:
joeartguy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Is that green-and-silver-cyber-suited lad in the back our formerly terminal charity case? Can't wait to find out -- especially, if it is him, what his name is. Fine work with the girls, and Thugqueequeg.
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:iconstratusx:
StratusX Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Empowered is a great read. Can't wait for it.
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:iconchibimappy:
chibiMappy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
love your work...random ass question. ever going to make a "read or Die" reference? (other than the obvious one in volume 5....)
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:iconrhadan:
Rhadan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very much looking forward to this! :D
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:iconzomgmania-xo:
Zomgmania-XO Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009   Traditional Artist
Where can I buy the book!?!?!?!??!?!? WaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahHHhhhhhhh!!!!! DDDDDDDDD=
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pwned-by-twilight Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
I can't decide who I like more, Ninjette the drinker, or Mr. II in the back. Looking at this though, isn't Ninjette's head sort of oversized since she's behind our lil sigher in the front?
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gir633 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
That's Ninjette's new superpower. She can grow to stupendous size. Ans not just in the rear. Well...maybe not.

I just hope she doesn't grow in the front, I adore her Shuriken's of small proportion.

Now draw more clad most scantily Ninjett artist most talented.
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iamjuronco Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Really great.
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:iconroguelioness:
roguelioness Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i AM going to get this.. maybe even 2.. cos i love your work so much (if i can get 2, i feel as tho this will be sold out by the time i get to the shop)
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:iconmattmoylan:
MattMoylan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It will be mine. OH yes, it will be mine.

PS: Thanks again for the Oyuki-chan piece! So awesome!
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:iconrandygreen:
RandyGreen Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely as always!
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:icontozetre:
Tozetre Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Eeeeexcellent. :D
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:iconoccasionallyjazz:
OccasionallyJazz Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Mindfuck ;_;
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:iconjwyatt:
jwyatt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
I'm going to sound like a one-not, but will the floppy include the damsel in distress goodness we associate with Emp et al?
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:icondr-vertebreaker:
Dr-Vertebreaker Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I just need it!
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:iconthe-damaged:
The-Damaged Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
The Guy with his shirt off throws the whole cover off balance. But Otherwise good work.
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:iconcxmb:
cxmb Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
awesomness! :shakefist:
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:iconkrassawat-makul:
krassawat-makul Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
cool
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:icontimkai:
TimKai Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Soon as the October Previews comes out, I'll make sure to order this from my local comic shop.

Ooh, is that Manny in the background on the cover?
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:icongir633:
gir633 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Awww... Ninjette is so adorable (and sexy.

I just read all 5 volumes, (in 4 days and I had to pace myself to make it last that long) and Ninjette has defiantly become my favorite character. And now I shall impatiently wait for future volumes to come out.
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Snedvig Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
A few months without updates on my favorite Deviantart page, but this one was worth the wait. Love Ninjette's face!
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:iconoscarcelestini:
OscarCelestini Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
very nice, i want to draw that!!! :D
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:iconstressedjenny:
StressedJenny Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Gah ha!! I was so excited when I saw this on the Darkhorse website! You're gonna make my christmas come early! Can't wait. How can we not get excited with a cover like that. Did I mention I love you?
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:iconbraveblaze:
BraveBlaze Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Lot's of tombstones...
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:iconbraveblaze:
BraveBlaze Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Why the HELL did I put an apostrophe there?
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:icondamondasaru:
DamonDaSaru Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
hmm..is this is a montage shot? cos seems like ninjette looking rather..big there.
but will get this. oh yes i will.
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:iconjangmarley:
jangmarley Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
oh hey! now i know who did that cover story for Red Monika's past from Battle Chasers!!! it was you right!?!?
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:iconnahp75:
nahp75 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
excellent work! :thumbsup: :love:
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digitalkami Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Ryan didn't colour this one for you? I hope he wasn't too busy doing my commission!
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