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EMPOWERED vol. 7's cover, in luxurious color by AdamWarren EMPOWERED vol. 7's cover, in luxurious color by AdamWarren
Behold, the finished 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 30th (not May 3rd, as erroneously reported), and arrive in conventional bookstores some time after that. More info here: [link]

Inked line art by me*, truly badass and exquisite color art by :iconguru-efx:. (Seriously, dig that foliage work in the background.)

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 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]


*You can see the B&W inked version here:


...and hey, here's the rough-sketch version:
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:iconlordgendoh:
LordGendoh Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
Yeah! Ninjette!!!!
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:iconmohawkrex:
MohawkRex Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Dat foliage!
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:iconchildersart:
childersart Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome!! Just saw the review from comic girl 19. Empowered is on the shopping list! great job!
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:iconmpz28:
mpz28 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
very nice ;)
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:icongargu:
Gargu Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Did you see this? :D [link]
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
No, I hadn't seen that particular photo of the Artoo/ Ninjette cosplay before... Thanks!
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:icongargu:
Gargu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Also this :P [link]
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:icondream-chylde:
dream-chylde Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Just bought this volume this week, read it and loved it! Great work as always man.
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:iconmadpredator:
Madpredator Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
GOOD!
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:iconmadstarter:
MADstarter Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Uhhhh, not that I haven't noticed the rest of the awesome and beautiful drawing you've done here, Mr. Warren, but... who's the SEXY redhead lady with the kunai sticking out of her cleavage?! :blush: :wow: :heart: :love: :jawdrop:

Me like her VERY mucho already, sir!!!!!! :D ;) :XD: :rofl: :)
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:iconstigmartyr762:
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I look forward to this being released. :)
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:iconaliciaevan:
AliciaEvan Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks amazing, as always! That treeline background is pretty sweet =D
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:iconsirspamdalot:
Sirspamdalot Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Lovely rendering, as always...but it looks like Ninjette's left foot turned into a right foot at the ink stage. (:-o
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:iconatobe333:
Atobe333 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are ninjette's feet bound? OAO She has the tiniest weirdest looking feet.
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:iconjmk1999:
jmk1999 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
'jette rocks my socks! :D
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:icongillyperkygoth:
GillyPerkyGoth Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Artist
LIES! The guy at the comic book store told me it had already come out weeks ago. I just want my Empowered! :dizzy:
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:iconcoxy-the-redbeard:
Coxy-the-RedBeard Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait for this

:ninjabattle:
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:iconohnhai:
Ohnhai Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
when is it likely to hit the DH digital store?
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:iconsyarlson:
SYarlson Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
At last ! I have been waiting for #7 for what seems like ages. Congtatulations on finishing this .
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:icongodeye-galatea:
GodEye-Galatea Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your pictures, you are so awesome!!! Greetings from Germany
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:iconadony:
adony Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
NICE. Too bad the title will cover up those lil' ninjas in the background.
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:iconsheik-ah:
sheik-ah Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I first came across your artwork in AP's "how to draw manga" issue one. My sister and I got into a fight on who would keep the comic and who would end up with printer scans (sharing was out of the question). I won and still have that issue to this day. Your artwork is an inspiration to the both of us. Thanks.
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:iconneokoi:
Neokoi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   General Artist
Incredible composition... Wonderful colors! :thumbsup:
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:iconelektrosmurf:
Elektrosmurf Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
I do love your artwork, Adam! :la:
The colouring is awesome, too! Kudos :iconguru-efx:!

I must say this though, even being as awesome as Empowered is, I still miss The Dirty Pair. :blushes:
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:icontruedge:
Truedge Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been waiting for this.
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:iconlilahna1:
Lilahna1 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Oooooooh my goooooood! My crappy week has been made so much less crappy seeing this! Yes!!!!
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:iconberetta249:
Beretta249 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
In a word: Awesome.
Also: about time!
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:icontsuki222:
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Great cover!
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:iconsolomon-russell:
solomon-russell Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice cover. Ish very buzy o.o
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:iconzefram:
Zefram Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm... I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that this is going to feature a lot of ninja.
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:iconmaskedmarmoset:
maskedmarmoset Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
The Night of a Billion Zillion Ninjas Returns!
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:iconsuncatstudio:
SuncatStudio Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love how shiny and sparkly Emp's costume looks. Really looking forward to reading this next volume.
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:iconchronicd:
chronicd Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
I think this is good enough to use the overused word, Epic.
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:icondamondasaru:
DamonDaSaru Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Wow..DemonWolf is that colorful? Fabulous.
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:iconcharly5750:
charly5750 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work I love your work! I'll have to pick up copie up!
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:icontwinsnake-coatl:
Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Nothing says badass like having a dozen knives stuck on you and walking around like it was nothing. And without being a cape!
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:iconnoahwhite:
NoahWhite Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012   Digital Artist
you made a genin after JGL form Inception- DUDE!!
you just gave me another reason to love and worship you and your wonderful nerdy mind XDD
sooo looking forward to vol.7 since you started working on it and now it's soon out- fuck yeah!
hopefully i don't have to cry too much all over the pages again
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:iconsnedvig:
Snedvig Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Quite agree, the best cover so far, and that's saying something!
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:iconericmor:
EricMor Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Nice foliage work in the background.
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:iconericmor:
EricMor Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
BTW... i didnīt remember seeing the caged demonwolf upclose in colors, his front side looks like the neons from a neat arcade machine
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:iconangelvengeance:
angelvengeance Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
poor Emp, guess there will be a lot of death in this volume as well
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:iconlauragibson:
lauragibson Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay for Volume 7! Just pre-ordered it, keep up the great work! :boogie:
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:iconwoerlan:
Woerlan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Looking forward to this. Got it on my pull list.
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:iconbrainrowdash:
BrainRowDash Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats not a very practical place to carry a knife, she would cut her boobs pulling it out...
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:iconpwartenberg:
PWartenberg Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Need to hire more PIRates to trap those ninjas...
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:icondaveoozwizard:
DaveoOzWizard Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait can't wait
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:iconmarvelninja:
Marvelninja Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I can't wait :excited:!!!
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:iconhrhtomas:
hrhtomas Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I don't think it's possible to make this or any other picture look more awesome.
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:icongir633:
gir633 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Ahh... Ninjette is shockingly DFC adorable as always. I love how she is holding the blades with her toes.
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:iconwemayberry:
wemayberry Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Looking forward to more Empowered! Guess it's time to reread the first six volumes again. :)
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