Thwip!’s Retro Tuesday – Empowered

Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about Adam Warren’s Empowered.

So of the many things that I love in comics is parody and superhero commentary…and sexy art and awesome fight scenes.

All of which is what Empowered has.

Seriously, the comic (written and drawn by Adam Warren) is fantastic in so many different ways, making me a bit surprised that I haven’t talked about it before.

The thing about this comic is that it has so many elements to it that make it worth a read that it’s better if you just dive into it.

The first couple of volumes are nice and easy, being more of a collection of short comics that help to establish the titular character (Emp), her cast and crew, and the world she resides in. But, even with each short story/comic, you get deeper and deeper into the superhero filled world of Empowered (too bad all the heroes are douches).

The stories alternate between affectionate parody, comedy, and just straight up badass action.

That’s the other thing about this comic, it is full of action, and it is beyond the usual punch and flying through the air, instead looking at how superpowers would change a person’s way of fighting and taking a very manga-esque approach to how these fights should be depicted – that fight scene in volume 6 (maybe? I forget, but it is one of the more recent volumes at least) is so friggin fantastic that you realize reading up to that point has been worth it (the payoffs in volume 8 is also so worth it…and makes me salivatory over the new volume coming out this summer).

Warren’s art style is nothing to ignore either, bringing a lot of manga/Japanese style art over to the Western world in a great way (Warren is also the artist and writer for the manga Dirty Pair, so he is a practiced hand).

A fantastic series that is severely underrated, definitely one to pick up and enjoy


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