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EMPOWERED vol.11 (out now!) title spread

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Behold, the frankly ominous opening title spread from the long-awaited Empowered vol.11, which was just released in North American comics stores this week. (Conventional bookstores and Amazon get the book on Oct.1; Comixology on Oct.2, for some reason.)

Did a few years worth of life drawing before I sketched this shot of Emp; as you might be able to guess, the illo's at least partially based on photoreference. (Always like to work in a li'l life drawing where I can, folks.) The image, of course, hints pretty strongly that Emp has a pretty hard time of things during vol.11's grueling, tearjerking, volume-long action scene. 

The book's solicitation copy:

Costumed crime fighter Empowered finds herself the desperate prey of a maniacal supervillain whose godlike powers have turned an entire city of suprahumans against her. Outnumbered and under siege, aided only by a hero's ghost, can Emp survive the relentless onslaught long enough to free her enslaved teammates and loved ones?
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I think ~~~~~~~~~~ was one of the best superhero deaths of all time

This book was one of the most epic things I've ever read.

tommerch's avatar
Finances got real rough last year, so this ended up as a Christmas present. And I put off reading it because I had an irrational fear that it was going in a direction I wasn't going to like.

Well, as Emp would probably put it, I was being a doofus.

Terrific action, serious feels with Capitan Rivet and Thugboy & Ninjette - and even Brainbow at the end. Superb details like Havoc fighting his puppetting. 

And, by the way, Neurospear - Emp DID make the "hard decision". And she made it better than you.

Thos. Merchant
claycorn's avatar
i met you at cdcc 1990 i was in the navy :)
Drsusredfish's avatar
Bought my copy. read it. loved it. now to patiently wait 2 more years for volume 12.
Impious-Imp's avatar
Started reading this comic, it's great, and has it's own little charm. 
LB-Lee's avatar

Been a devoted buyer for over ten years, and volume 11 inspired me to make fanart. Thank you for all the years of memories, art with heart, and helping me deal with my own trauma by seeing Emp deal with hers!

Empowered Aftercare
CD-B2's avatar

Holy frak! I just read Vol. 11 for the fourth time! Oh! My! God! It’s incredibly good! I can’t believe all the character and plot elements you layered into this wild action epic! I am beyond blown away by the story you’re telling! It’s simply amazing! 😮👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

The book did show you have a mastery of anatomy that I've seen in few other places, you and Faile35 here on DA excel in your own personal styles that.  You're style lends itself more to the breakneck battle pacing though.  The storyline was a full on rollercoaster, revealing a lot of what's been building.  I felt kind of sorry for Havoc, yes he is a jerk, but at the same time he was fighting with everything he had not to do what he was doing to Emp.  After this you know the Superhomey's may have to disband, they've lost a lot of members.  Really heart rending with the super dead and the last few pages with Thug and Ninjette.  I wish we could see more of the super dead from before they were dead.
Highwayhoss's avatar
I really enjoyed reading this story. Emp's trial by fire is one of the most harrowing sequences I have ever read. For a "sexy superhero comedy", this series has some really terrifying villains. One of the highlights was Captain Rivet's sequence; his support for Emp, his confession, his fight with Willy Pete and subsequent death was just so moving. The ending in particular seems to come full circle from the story of Mindf*ck's death; I hope #12 acts as a sort of epilogue to this issue.
whiterabbit75's avatar
I got mine! Have you? :P
CD-B2's avatar

Pre-ordered my copy and can't wait to read it! You've really crafted an amazing story! Thank you!

StressedJenny's avatar
Thank you so much for another incredible volume. My heart. There were tears, and I appreciated the major catharsis. Whew! What a ride! I can't tell you how happy I was when I went to order it only to find they had a copy right there! Good feelings!
sentinel28a's avatar
Vol. 11 was an emotional roller-coaster ride.  I loved it (especially Capitan Rivet!), but I hope we'll get back to the more silly stuff soon.  
Read it, liked it, almost wall to wall action (been a lot more of that lately). I was interested to see the aftermath her outburst to the council was going to bring but this volume sort of just put that on hiatus. Interested to see how EMP will ever even be a DiD from now on as she is clearly one of the most powerful known beings in the canon, after the X tiers like Willy Pete or Spooky. Pretty cool how she got to almost immediately follow up on her bluff brag that she could beat everyone on the council at once... then pretty much does. 
Rallyguy33's avatar
Wonderfully powerful image. Great job Adam!
kyrtuck's avatar
Oh noes, Emp!  I'm  scared!
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Zapan99's avatar
Preordered as soon as I saw this, as usual.
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