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Yes, indeedy, after an unfortunate series of home-repair-related delays, the fourth volume of EMPOWERED (my "sexy superhero comedy" published by Dark Horse Comics) has finally hit the shelves! Oh, happy day! (Though it might not be available at certain bookstore chains for another week or so...)

EMPOWERED 4 front + back cover by AdamWarren

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.

EMPOWERED 4 title page by AdamWarren

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!

EMPOWERED 4's Mo' Symbolism by AdamWarren

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:

EMPOWERED 5 cover rough by AdamWarren

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...

EMPOWERED 4's Symbolism by AdamWarren    

Also: Just thought I'd link to intercept-789's photo montage of some damn fine EMPOWERED cosplay:  

Empowered Montage by intercept-789

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...

EMPOWERED 4's Hospitality by AdamWarren

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 community’s 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:… or at…

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!

EMPOWERED 4's binge-y Spooky by AdamWarren

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…

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.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: T&R on WBCN
  • Reading: SOLANIN, MONSTER vol. 17
  • Eating: Wasabi chips
  • Drinking: Long Trail Belgian White Ale
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Scorpio3002 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
I actually hadn't realized that Sistah Spooky was black before I saw this volume's cover. Frankly, other than the name, I'm not sure how I was supposed to know.

Amazing book, tho. The love that I feel towards Ms. Powers is unlike any other fictional character I have ever encountered.
jessasketch Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Do you have any plans to sell some of the pages from your Empowered novels? Your pencil work is just incredible to look at published, I'd love the chance to own an original piece by you.
Miladymorigane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm reading Empowered at the moment, i'm totally fan of the characters ! So sexy and funny !
Very great pencils and dynamic panels, i'm in love ! :D
brollyMMXDC Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
Out of curiosity, what do you do with your "extra/scrapped" pages? Do you have a Uncut edition planned or Omnibus you're building towards? Or does it share the same fate as the cut tape from Mickey Rourkes Wild Orchid, being passed around at parties for entertainment?
newphx Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Hey Adam, just discovered Empowered and looking forward to learning more about your series! Looks fun!
FrankieJetson Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Finally got 4 through the post today and devoured it in one reading so I just had to leave a note. Oh my, one of the best yet I daresay, thank you for the continually awesome work you do and good luck with #5, I look forward to it. Also, uh, more of Mr. Maidman I hope ... must...fanart... :-D~
MiniGendo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008

I had the chance to read volume 4 today, and I wanted to say that I really enjoyed it. The captive demon's dialogue was great. The reveal at the end was telegraphed a bit, but that's my only complaint. Please keep up the good work, good sir.
DamionS Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I wanna get #4 but I'm having money problems. Then again who isn't?
Priceman Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Student General Artist
Just got my copy from Amazon today! Can't wait to dig in! Keep up the excellent work!
Catgoyle Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Tomorrow I can pick my copy of Emp #4 up after work...! I'm so excited, I can't wait! (grins)
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