Empowered Special #7: Pew! Pew! Pew! Review
Adam Warren’s Empowered is one of those series that remains a unique dichotomy. Adam Warren’s style lends itself to the hyper-sexualized artwork we’ve come to expect from super hero comics. Empowered as a character is defined by her propensity to get captured, bound and gagged by super villains. Along the way, Adam Warren has shown Emp to grow into a very confident heroine capable of defending her image and the perception of female super heroes everywhere. The latest special is entirely by Adam Warren, making it unique among the specials that have come out.
Writer: Adam Warren
Artist: Adam Warren
Cover Artist: Adam Warren, Rob Porter
Genre: Superhero, Humor, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: November 25, 2015
b&w / 32 pages / $3.99
The laser blasts fly as costumed crime fighter Empowered battles a series of puzzlingly rage-fueled supervillains, each one armed with a bigger and more destructive “supergun” than the last. Ah, but might our long-suffering heroine’s own buried resentments and repressed bitterness prove to be her deadliest foes? (SPOILER: Yes, pretty much.)
* All story and art by series creator Adam Warren!
* Over 150,000 Empowered graphic novels sold!
Like I said in the introduction, Empowered is one of those characters that has evolved past her fetish roots. The most recent volumes by Adam Warren has shown a lot of growth in the character. It also parallels the struggles many male comic fans have in balancing the comics art that they love with the growing acknowledgment of the way women have been traditionally been portrayed. Emp has taken new ways with each story of showing how capable she is, and how much she has grown past the eye candy villains use for knot practice.
The artowrk here shows its pencil nature very clearly, almost as if a different type of pencil is being used. Adam Warren makes the visual clues hard to miss, almost sticking out like a sore thumb. As with most of these specials, not much new is explored, and the action seems almost disposable, as if a regular reader of the thicker Empowered volumes won’t miss anything by not picking this up.
Pick it up, though. It’s very fun, and challenges a reader to analyse how they perceive female fictional characters, and if that’s your thing, it’s really fun meta ride with lots of action.