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EMPOWERED v.8's back-cover Mindf**k illo, inked by AdamWarren EMPOWERED v.8's back-cover Mindf**k illo, inked by AdamWarren
As an Xmas gift for readers of Empowered, my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics, here's an way-in-advance peek at the B&W line art for the back-cover illo from Empowered vol.8, the as-yet-unscheduled next book in the epic saga. This is a somewhat provocative illo of the ill-fated telepath "Mindf**k"; not "sexy" provocative, I hasten to clarify, but provocative because of certain differences keen-eyed readers might detect. Alas, I'm afraid that these differences which will have to remain unexplained for the time being... Sorry, keen-eyed readers.

In the meantime, I must hasten to the latest installment in the series, the 32pp one-shot comic Empowered: Hellbent or Heaven Sent, which is now on sale at your friendly Local Comics Retailer; why, even my normally Emp-abstaining Local Store deigned to stock a pair of copies!



Alternatively, you can order the one-shot online from Dark Horse's retail website here: [link] Or, you can snag the issue in digital form from Dark Horse's digital store: [link]

Here's Empowered: Hellbent 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"?




P.S.: In the interests of further floggery, I might as well mention other current Emp product on the shelves:

Here's the latest and arguably greatest installment in the series, the ninjatastic Empowered vol.7:



Below is Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 2, which collects volumes 4 through 6 of the series in a big, bold, brawny, 656-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper (and including a fair chunk of bonus material): [link]



This weighty new tome's already on the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer, and should be be available in conventional bookstores shortly. Alternatively, you can order it from Dark Horse's online retail site here (for 20% off): [link]

Note that Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, which collects volumes 1-3, as seen below:



...is also on sale at your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore, in theory at least, or can be ordered online from Dark Horse: [link] or Amazon: [link]

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] Note, however, that these Empowered Deluxe Editions will remain a "print-only" proposition, alas.
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:iconkaelstra:
kaelstra Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I may have asked, but what color are Mindf__k's eyes?
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JonnyTwoDelta Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is Mind**** getting the eternity she deserves. Her reward for choosing to be kind, empathetic and courageous after having so much taken from her. As much as I found it hard to like Spooky, I hope she gets to spend forever with Mind**** in their own private paradise.
Adam, what you've created here is far more than just a comic.
I used to think that you were the only artist/writer alive that could compare to Kenichi Sonoda, but now I sincerely believe you are in a league of your own.
Promise me you won't die or allow the universe to end without having completed Empowered! PROMISE ME!!
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:iconcicisaur:
cicisaur Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Emp she is lookalike al Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen from Game of thrones)
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:iconkaelstra:
kaelstra Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really dying to know what color her eyes are.
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Scrounge Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
So, is this a flashback, a clone, or a statement on the joys of the revolving-door afterlife comic books tend to have? I'm gonna say one of the first two, because if Mindf**k gets rezzed without complications, the Superdead are gonna be PISSED. :)
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dawnknight Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
She... tongue.. eyes!

WHAT IS THIS MADNESS
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:icongentlemanmummy:
GentlemanMummy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Ahhh flashback. I see.
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:iconravenwings08:
Ravenwings08 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Waaaaaaaaaaaait a second... Mindf**k doesn't have a tongue!
Since this is the back cover of volume 8, am I seeing something happening with Mindf**k?
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DaveoOzWizard Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Nice to see her this way. You gave her a messed up past.
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:iconrickxeros:
RickXeros Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Mindf**k.... *sniffles* I still cry everytime I read that volume T~T
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:iconrickxeros:
RickXeros Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Also I totally notice the differences and I feel bittersweet and highly intrigued o.o
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:iconbig-papa-orc:
Big-Papa-Orc Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh god, the memories...I thought I was past this T-T
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:iconwhat-the-gaff:
What-the-Gaff Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see what you did there.

I've got some catching up to do.
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:iconkyrtuck:
kyrtuck Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait!!!
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:icongebirgsjager6thss:
gebirgsjager6thss Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Kill sista spooky....bring back mindf**k!!!!!!
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:iconscrounge:
Scrounge Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
I think id Mindf**k came back and found out Sistah Spooky was dead, she'd have a breakdown.
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bound-nicole-babe78 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Hmm, well..we have had Emp, Ninjette and Sista Spooky done in cosplay. I think this would make a great starting point for a new costume :)
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, but I draw your attention to the exceedingly fine Spooky /Mindf**k cosplay seen here: [link]
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:iconbound-nicole-babe78:
bound-nicole-babe78 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
In the words of the great one....Zounds! That did turn out cute. You have to figure the visor would be hard to create and make comfy but she did a nice job.
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FeMaCaRo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this beautiful Xmas gift
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:iconadony:
adony Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Just, for-the-lovva-Gawd, DON'T kill off Sista Spooky, PLEASE!!!!
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eastphoto99 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hi Adam,
Huge Fan, love Empowered so much, any chance I could have a crack at coloring this, please, please, please?
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure, go right ahead; just include a link back to the original piece.
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:iconeastphoto99:
eastphoto99 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much, I can't wait to see how it comes out.
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:iconragathol:
Ragathol Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a mindfuck of Mindfuck ;_;
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:iconstigmartyr762:
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
What :icondeverefro: said. Mindf@#k was/is one of the coolest characters in the Empowered series and to see her go out like that was both touching and heartbreaking.

You are truly a master of your craft sir. I salute you. :ahoy:
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:icondeverefro:
Deverefro Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional
YAY! I loved MindFuck! Issue 5 made me cry!
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:icontwinsnake-coatl:
Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
She was one of the best characters in the story, no doubt. :)
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Bolillo318 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Does this drawing imply that spooky saves Mindf*ck from hell and she gets her eyes and tongue back. I sure hope so, cant wait until we get a release date for vol 8.
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:iconarkanrium:
Arkanrium Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Yay Mindf**k, characters that manage to be awesome after they die are always cool.
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww I'd snuggle her to death :heart:
This is a lovely 'present', so nice to see her 'restored'. Thank you Mr. Warren :)
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andehpinkard Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh my! Provocative, indeed! now im all antsy lol
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SlimeKingKtW Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lotta people are bringing up her eyes, but her freaking tongue is there! Obviously this is either a flashback version, or Spooky's been doing something very very naughty indeed.
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mysticx1 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...or the whole picture dealie is (Dare i say it?) a mindf**k to make us all go speculation-crazy about why mindf**k has her tongue and eyes in this picture. o_O

Could be a flashback-sequence in the works, the return of mindf**k (Ask Jean Grey how hard it is to keep superheroes dead :P ), or just an out-of-story pinup, one thing is certain: I can't wait to find out which it is! >_<
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:iconavps:
avps Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Cool but she was not blind?
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:iconmpz28:
mpz28 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
nice lines ;)
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
very cool and Merry Christmas
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:iconchaos-lord:
ChAoS-LoRd Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
sexy time?
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InfiernoWorks Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Thank you very much for the gift! , and merry xmas!
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:iconmatiassoto:
MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I loved Mindf*** too, she does look a bit younger on this pic :)
Could that mean there's a prequel to her?
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:iconkaelstra:
kaelstra Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, I really like Mindf**k, she's one of my favorite characters. I love her effectively uncensored running thought dialogue.

I can't wait for Volume 8! I wonder why she has her eyes and tongue here? I wonder what color her eyes are!
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chokichi07 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
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Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
okay, i am uber curious here. not only a, but b and c and so on............. waits eagerly.
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chaostic2k1 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
My christmas has been made. I didn't know Adam Warren came in Saint Nicholas outfit.
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lastres0rt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
So... jaggy...
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gx-9901 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I love Empowered and all the characters, but Mindf**k is my favorite.
The tears... why won't they stop?
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart:WOW!:heart::heart::heart:

I really need to play "catch up" with this series! I'm still at Volume 5 ...
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nicely done, as always. What did you use to ink this with? I'm surprised to see the aliasing so clearly, but at print res it should look just fine. I'd think you had done it in Manga Studio, but I also thought you were tied forever to physical media. Did you join the ranks of us filthy pixel-pushers?
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If I had to guess, I'd say he scanned in a traditionally-inked drawing using a black and white setting on the scanner. Makes it quite easy to flat digitally. My manual inks tend to look jaggy like this when I do the same thing...not that I come anywhere near this level of quality.
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