Empowered, Volume 1

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Not only is costumed crimefighter "Empowered" saddled with a less-than-ideal superhero name, but she wears a skintight and cruelly revealing "supersuit" that only magnifies her body-image insecurities. Worse yet, the suit's unreliable powers are prone to failure, repeatedly leaving her in appallingly distressing situations... and giving her a shameful reputation as the lamest "cape" in the masks-and-tights business. Nonetheless, she pluckily braves the ordeals of her bottom-rung superheroic life with the help of ...

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Overview

Not only is costumed crimefighter "Empowered" saddled with a less-than-ideal superhero name, but she wears a skintight and cruelly revealing "supersuit" that only magnifies her body-image insecurities. Worse yet, the suit's unreliable powers are prone to failure, repeatedly leaving her in appallingly distressing situations... and giving her a shameful reputation as the lamest "cape" in the masks-and-tights business. Nonetheless, she pluckily braves the ordeals of her bottom-rung superheroic life with the help of her "thugalicious" boyfriend (and former Witless Minion) and her hard-drinking ninja girlfriend, not to mention the supervillainous advice from the caged alien demonlord watching DVDs from atop her coffee table . . .

From Adam Warren-writer/artist of the English-language Dirty Pair comics (the original "Original English-Language Manga" before OEL was cool), and writer of Livewires, Gen13, and Iron Man: Hypervelocity-comes Empowered, a butt-kicking, bootylicious superhero lampoon that raises the bar for long-john lust and low-brow laughs. Remove all previous notions of superhero entertainment from your puny mind... and prepare to be Empowered!


• Adam Warren's work on The Dirty Pair is well-known to U.S. comics readers.

* Warren's skill as a writer has brought him a variety of high-profile assignments in recent years from Wildstorm, DC, and Marvel.

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The latest volume of this sexy superhero satire (Vol. 1, LJ9/15/07) finds the voluptuous but insecure heroine Empowered still frequently trussed up by bad guys when her fragile, form-fitting, power-granting bodysuit shreds and leaves her helpless. In the most hilarious story here, villain vendors even start using her to promote their latest superhero capture and restraint equipment. But though there's still a measure of ribaldry, witty wordplay, and intelligent superpower spoofery, manga-influenced American cartoonist Warren (Livewires; Iron Man: Hypervelocity) ups the seriousness quotient here. Readers learn more about the potential dangers left over from Emp's live-in boyfriend's villainous past, while best friend Ninjette is attacked by agents of the New Jersey-based ninja clan she deserted in a violent, gory episode that showcases Warren's action artwork skills and reveals unexpected powers in Emp's mysterious supercostume. An unresolved tale in which Emp dons her "sexy librarian" disguise to draw out a fetish-fixated poltergeist skirts dangerously close to being mere cheesecakes, but overall Warren balances titillation and humor with genuinely affecting emotion. Multifarious sex-related content easily earns the series a "Parental Advisory" label; this is one for adults.
—Steve Raiteri

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593076726
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Series: Empowered Series, #1
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 610,514
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Great Superhero Comedy

    This series was recommended by Comicbookgirl19 and she was absolutely correct about everything in her review on YouTube. This is a very fun book that had me laughing out loud numerous times. As soon as I finished this volume I had to go and buy the second one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Original

    I really enjoyed this comic. It really made me smile and the characters seem so relatable its amazing. Thank you to the author for making this comic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Yup

    I have been following Adam since "Dirty Pair: Sim Hell." Just got vol7 of emp today. Please, Adam, do not stop this series till you are happy with ending it.
    Glad the guy who commissiomed the art didnt pay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Sexy, yet endearing

    Superhero comics don't have the best track records for their portrayal of female characters. At first glance, Empowered seems to represent the worst of these attitudes.

    After all, the main character frequentally finds herself tied up and literally loses her powers when her costume gets damaged, which is often.

    Once you get past that though, you'll find a book with a suprising well-developed main character beyound the obvious double entandre. Definitely worth reading if you're a fan of, or even just frustrated by superhero comics.

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