The delay in EMP 4 shipping (from its original release date in September) might've thrown off some people... Throughout the "comics blogosphere", I've noticed considerably fewer mentions of its release than with previous volumes, even from sites that positively reviewed said earlier volumes. Not sure if that's indicative of any wider trends within the comics market, but still... Feel free to put the "word on the street," figurative Huggy Bears, if'n you know of any EMPOWERED readers unaware of the current book's release.
Anyhoo, Vol. 4's a slight change of pace for EMPOWERED, in that the individual stories are rather more tightly interwoven than previous volumes, with most of the narrative threads getting resolved (or readdressed, at least) in the 50-page epic that finishes off the book... Wheee!
Well, I'm now stumbling on to EMPOWERED vol. 5, which is slated for a June 2009 release. That's a longer gap than with previous volumes, but given how I wound up blowing past EMP 4's deadline (due to Augean Stables-like home repair issues, I hasten to add), not entirely surprising. A slender possibility exists that I might try to bridge this yawning gap with an EMPOWERED one-shot in traditional comics format, but that'll depend on the status of some other jobs I'm angling to land. (In fact, a writing-only pitch of mine is due to go before an Big Company EiC tomorrow... Fingers: crossed, needless to say.) In the meantime, you can see the cover rough for EMPOWERED vol. 5 here:
Anyhoo, just thought I'd post a journal as a place wherein you could comment on EMPOWERED vol. 4, if'n you felt like doing so. Please try to avoid waxing TOO spoiler-iffic on certain (later) plot elements, given that many folks here won't be picking up the book for a while yet...
Also: Just thought I'd link to intercept-789's photo montage of some damn fine EMPOWERED cosplay:
In fact, I might well rip off one element from this excellent bit of cosplay for the comic itself: As Emp has a part-time job effectively cosplaying as herself (last referenced back in vol. 1, alas), I like the idea of her "faux Emp suit" including high heels, much to our heroine's chagrin...
And now, my usual attempts at sales floggery... Here's the solicitation copy for EMPOWERED vol. 4, now with an extra paragraph:
Costumed crimefighter Empowered is briefly overjoyed to find herself in the running for one of the superhero communitys annual Caped Justice Awards (or Capeys )only to discover that her nomination was merely a cruel joke by her obnoxious superpeers. But when the masked masses face a cataclysmic reckoning on the night of the awards presentation, can our perpetually struggling heroine overcome her resentment and save the day? And can she cope with the further problems posed by crossdressing vigilantes, dying wishes from preteen wannabe supervillains, telepathic booty calls, a deeply depressed ninja, bedroom conflicts with her boyfriend, and even... Hummer® fu?
You can order EMP 4 online at Dark Horse's retail website at: www.tfaw.com/Graphic-Novels/Pr… or at Amazon.com: www.amazon.com/Empowered-4-Ada…
Note that both sites have links for ordering previous EMPOWERED volumes, as well; or, you can quite possibly find these volumes on the shelves of of your friendly neighborhood comics retailer or bookstore, though not at MY local Barnes & Noble, annoyingly enough... And if they don't carry the books, just ask said retailer to order 'em for you; believe me, they'd be happy to take your money. I'm happy to report that all three of the previous volumes should be in stock and available, as I just received a copy of the fourth(!) printing of the temporarily out-of-stock EMPOWERED vol. 1... Wheee!
UPDATE #1: Whilst patrolling for reviews, I stumbled upon the following bit of awesomeness on YouTube: A ROCK BAND 2 custom-character video featuring characters from EMPOWERED, as expertly pieced together by DA's own ARNie00! And lo, the song choice is especially appropriate...
Take a look fer yerself at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSn7Rv…
UPDATE #2: Big Company pitch: rejected! Not a huge surprise, really (said pitch didn't star a Major Character, alas), but still a bit disappointing.