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EMPOWERED vol. 7 cover, inked by AdamWarren EMPOWERED vol. 7 cover, inked by AdamWarren
Behold, the finished inks for the cover illustration from Empowered vol. 7, the latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics. The book's slated to hit the shelves of your Local Comics Store on May 3, and arrive in conventional bookstores some time after that. More info here: [link]

You can compare and contrast these inks with the rough-sketch version of the illo here: [link]

One problem that cropped up, thanks to me having to do the cover illo long before the book was anywhere near completion: I drew the wrong g-d Ayakami-clan ninja in the upper left corner. The genin with the long hair wound up being, arguably, one of the least important Ayakami in the actual book... Oh, well. At least the other genin pictured (codenamed "Mr. Eko as Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception, but with a kama" when I was working on the cover) has a much more crucial role in the story, I'm happy to report. Still, I'm quite pleased with the piece; this is probably my favorite Empowered cover so far.

Here's the solicitation copy for the book:

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 [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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TheCrazyLost Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow i really love it *-*
Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those background ninjas are wonderfully done to form the background with the trees. It adds a wonderful contrast with the highly detailed foreground. Speaking of the foreground, it seems cluttered, but you're trying to summarize a good portion of the volume, which I understand. So far, this is your best cover for Emp yet.
SPECTRUM-the-dauber Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're really great.
I'm impressed by your lines and inking...
The amount of details and sexy curves are such a good sight... =)
psychocouac Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
I can't wait!
DaveoOzWizard Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I am so looking forward to this....counting the days.
Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My fav parts are the ninja silhouettes in the Background and the hot ninja chick on the far right side (with the lip piercing) .. who is she ?
adony Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
For what it's worth, the upper-left-corner Genin looks BADASS! Great work, waiting with Zen-like patience for vol.7!
phoenvix Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Why is still february and not May already? JEEZ..!!

JadineR Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
This is amazing. /sobs of joy ♥
orabich Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great work!

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