Empowered: Soldier Of Love #1 Review

I’m not going to mince words. I really like Empowered. It takes the sexist tropes of the super-hero genre and points them out in a way that’s entertaining. Occasionally, it may miss the mark a little, but it’s a hit more often than not. Whenever Adam Warren draws his own stories, they are usually at their best, but he has been known to use other artists that mesh well with his sensibilities, that’s the case with Karla Diaz on Empowered: Soldier of Love.

EMPOWERED AND THE SOLDIER OF LOVE #1

Writer: Adam Warren
Artist: Karla Diaz
Cover Artist: Karla Diaz

FC / 36 pages / $3.99
On Sale February 08, 2017

Love is tearing apart costumed crimefighter Empowered’s city, as the unearthly powers of an embittered “International Magical Girl of Mystery” covertly inflame the superheroic community’s burning passions. But even if a befuddled Emp can puzzle out her shadowy foe’s schemes, can she hope to prevail against the Soldier of Love?

Review:

The story is that lighter type of fare you’d expect in Empowered. The villain’s motivation is straight-forward and simple in that she is just disgusted at the display of super-heroes in love, and her first target is Night Giant whom we see in the airport ad that she encounters upon her arrival. In reading it, I would recommend that you have google translate open to get more of the story if you don’t already speak Spanish. The best scene hearkens to fan-fiction, which makes it much more fun, and as always Adam Warren rides the fine line between parody and pandering, probably more successfully than most of his other work.

Karla Diaz is one of the best guest artists I’ve seen on Empowered, and I really like how her style compliments Adam Warren’s characters. I’m usually distracted by Emp’s costume when it’s colored, but between the story and the way the rest of the art is colored, it doesn’t bother me after the first page that she shows up in costume. The best compliment that I can possibly pay her is that I went immediately to her webcomic, Non-Non. It’s a decidedly different genre than Empowered, so don’t expect to find the same type of storytelling over there. Nevertheless, it’s good artwork and worth a look.

My only nit to pick is how complicated Soldier of Love’s costume is. The rest of the costumes in Empowered, have an innate simplicity to them, and hers makes her stand out as being designed by someone else. That can be logically explained with her being from a different country and culture, but that feels like “No-Prize thinking.”

Am I coming back for the rest of the series? Of course I am. There’s a little cliffhanger at the end of this issue that locks me into at least one more, if I hadn’t already planned to finish this story.

Rating: 8.5 (out of 10)