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EMPOWERED's alternate costume design, 2012 by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's alternate costume design, 2012 by AdamWarren
Behold, a pencil illo of Emp, heroine of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series Empowered, published by Dark Horse Comics. As previously seen in a sketch from last year...



...this illo's based on the idea that Emp's mysterious "supersuit" has the ability to turn invisible at will; note, however, that only the suit itself can turn invisible, while Emp herself remains all too visible indeed, as far as she's concerned.* Anyhoo, this might well mean that the suit could selectively turn certain parts of itself invisible, and hence produce alternate costume designs like so. Alas, in current Empowered continuity, our heroine doesn't possess enough control over her suit's functions to actually pull off this stunt.

BTW, here's the rough for the piece:


So, the newest installment of Empowered, vol. 7, is now on sale at your Local Comics Retailer Store and/or conventional bookstore, and is also available in digital form via the Dark Horse Digital Store [link] and on Barnes & noble's Nook: [link]
More info here: [link]



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, further 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]

*While this was at first merely a whimsical joke in Empowered vol. 1, the supersuit's disappearing act wound up being a climactic plot point in a later volume.
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:iconmadpredator:
Madpredator Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
PLease, a catfight!!!
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8tol3s3 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
You used to tease me with your style back in the early 90's when your dirty pair strips were published in manga mania in the uk, your cruel cruel man adam warren. Very cruel. *)
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Dawnsknight Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love The Caged Demonwolf's dialogue.
how can you not?
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:iconfemacaro:
FeMaCaRo Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sexy !
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Filasis-Nome Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
.....A scantily clad heroine of a comic called Empowered? Who makes her clothes turn invisible?

.... :confused:
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takashid34 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
its way better then you make it sound. I was blown away by how good the story is. you should give it a try! it starts off as as mostly comedy, but it grows and develops into something really amazing!
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rfk11756 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
tongue hanging out.... wow
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CptCog Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg... with those two peaks at the top of her lower part of the suit, that makes me think... you could make batman underwear cover just the RIGHT part with the logo...
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:iconsallyfourth:
sallyfourth Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I love the way the Demon Wolf talks. It's so hunky!
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:iconadony:
adony Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Too bad she's WAY too bashful to even consider this kind of design! Looks great!
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:icontorpedo585:
Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup: :D
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:iconangelskarith:
AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I like this I like it lots <3
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:icondr-syn:
Dr-Syn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Anyone else hear the demon as Brian Blessed?
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:iconmalcolmxx:
malcolmxx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
this outfit is amazing, put it in the comic!!!!!!
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mpz28427 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
nice ;)
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:iconmoxiee:
moxiee Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I hope she never learns to control this.
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:icondaveoozwizard:
DaveoOzWizard Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Love it.
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:iconfakebny123:
fakebny123 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I would say more "Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt" - ish.
Hmm... or a "Super Saiyan" costume... ?
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:iconmightybedbug:
MightyBedbug Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
WELL-SUITED INDEED!!

The caged demonwolf constantly continues to crack me the fuck up.
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:iconaidenke:
aidenke Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Something tells me her suit might enjoy a night of transforming into this while Thugboy does what he's good at... XD
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:iconnarcos37:
narcos37 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Southern contours? Is that like hind haunches? :-)
I cast one vote for "best dressed superheroine of the year"!
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SlimeKingKtW Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic. I hope she chooses to wear this for the next full volume.
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
....that sassy bit of dialogue at the end had me in stitches.....keep up the fantastic work...X3
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:iconrousalaine:
Rousalaine Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
O Emp, how i love you!!! You're my favorite underdog!!!
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:iconerickenney:
EricKenney Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are a master at not only your art but your words as well .. just awesome .. I love these!
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:iconttnt:
ttnt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amen.
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I tell you, what you would think is a throwaway joke might just become essential to the plot or reinforce the theme. As for this piece, all Emp needs is a whip for that dominatrix look to give Thugboy another fantasy to try out. Kudos to Thugboy with the Shirow reference--I've been a huge fan of his work just as long as I've been a huge fan of yours. Trust the Demonwolf to speak the truth about Emp's new look (and thanks for bringing him back into these pieces). Excellent work.
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Now that IS useful!
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:icondjgaijin:
djgaijin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Huh, it strikes me that she could actually use that feature to make it look like the suit is damaged (and that she's powerless as a result).
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:icontommerch:
tommerch Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Actually, she HAS already used that feature once successfully. Emp is a very, very clever girl, despite her body issues and her tendency for Distress.

Thos. Merchant
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djgaijin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Ah, I was thrown by "in current Empowered continuity, our heroine doesn't possess enough control over her suit's functions to actually pull off this stunt."

I have to admit I haven't kept very up to date on the comic.
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chaostic2k1 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
It was a do or die situation, and what Adam meant by that is that Emp can't do selective designs like the skanky underwear.
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tommerch Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Too bad - you're missing a great STORY. But let's just say that her use of the power wasn't very nuanced and, in my f**king humble opinion, didn't require a *lot* of control. :D

Thos. Merchant
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blindeyeinsight Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I this comic really about her supersuit just showing off her body at random? I like the style, but your title is incredibly ironic. It's not really all that empowering. ^_^;

Though I'm sure you've heard that before.
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BeigePaladin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
th name is a bit ironic, though Emp is a real hero in the series (as well as the common target for fanservice but...)

though, yeah, fanservice is a big part.

and humour XD
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Rousalaine Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I hope you're not missing the part where Empowered is a parody?

While i can't say i know what Mr. Warren's idea behind the creation of Empowered, from what i can tell, a big part of it is a response to the sort of obvious double standards about what the media considers the real empowerment of females in superhero comics.

The first one to be names you always here are Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Catwoman as rolemodels for this.

Then when you read a bit more and think about it, you realize that... There's the 'all-female fantasy island' lady in a bathing suit, the blond cheerleader in a mini skirt, and the latex S&M chick with the whip...

...and then you realize that this isn't really female empowerment at all. That when DC claims these characters were created to give girls their own icons in a boys world, they really are just saying this to hide the fact that there is only one reason why Batgirl gets stuck with skintight spandex while Batman and Robin get to wear kevlar plated body armor.
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blindeyeinsight Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Well I had a feeling I'd get backlash for my comment. I do want to say that I doubt that the comic is bad. I'm sure it's very well done.

I don't see the parody, and selling out to raunch culture isn't exactly subversive, or progressive.

Are you saying that Emp is making fun of the comic book market by deliberately providing a raunchy superhero story and being successful at it?
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tommerch Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Since it sounds like you haven't read the story, it will be useless to describe the appealing characterizations, the interesting world that has been developed, and the increasing sense of foreboding that the several plot strands have created. But filthy perverts like me wouldn't know from such sophisticated concepts like that cuz we're too much lookin at teh pron.

I won't suggest you actually read it before you pass further judgement on it as it probably isn't going to be your cup of tea anyway (There goes my gig as Mr. Warren's publicist!). It seems as if you won't be able to get past some of the recurring motifs and set pieces. So be it. Everything written isn't for everyone's tastes.

Thos. Merchant
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blindeyeinsight Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I'm pretty sure I could enjoy it. But it's true that my knowledge of it is only through Mr.Warren's dA. I do like his style.

So my critique ends there.
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tommerch Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And I stand corrected.

Thos. Merchant
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dvandom Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Also, it's not like it would give the *support* of a proper bra top anyway, so not much point.
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PS3Samurais Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there a book all of these page are going in to?

and wow never knew it could do that.
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:iconturbov21:
turbov21 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Well suited indeed!
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BeigePaladin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
seems all that white queen cospaly rubbed off on Emp
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finex666 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ha lol
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