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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Later Printing edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159307672X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593076726
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The main characters are quite likable and funny.
I love Adam Warren's style, and the character of Empowered is very relatable.
I finished the first book and immediately pre ordered the second.
A. J. McKee

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Tom Knapp VINE VOICE on April 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
She's not a typical superheroine by any stretch. Her powers come from her tight-fitting supersuit, which gives her various abilities and, apparently, works only for her. As she takes hits in battles, the suit absorbs the damage but tears and shreds provocatively, leaving her overexposed (and weakened) until it regenerates. She learned the hard way not to wear underwear beneath tight spandex. She's pretty sure her butt's too big. She gets captured a lot, and she's usually tied up until someone thinks to rescue her. She (deservedly so) lacks self-confidence, and even her super-powered teammates don't like her much. One describes her as a "chubby, half-naked white girl who spends most of her alleged superhero career bound and gagged." That sounds about right.

But there's something simply endearing about Empowered, the oddly named heroine written and drawn by Adam Warren, best known in the U.S. for his work on Gen-13 and the American manga feature Dirty Pair.

As Warren noted in an interview about the new series, "I've created a superhero book contaminated with manga influence, a book that could very well appeal to neither audience." Actually, I think it will appeal to portions of both, at least sufficiently to warrant a second and third book in the series. The art is roughly textured, giving Warren's mangaesque lines an unfinished look that, surprisingly, works well for these short vignettes. There is also a lot of implied nudity, with key body parts blocked by draped hair, costume fragments and well-situated props, as well as suggested sexual activity that makes the book inappropriate for younger readers.

OK, so you probably can tell what audience Warren is aiming for, and since the book is cute and funny and sexy, he'll probably get it. Or at least he should. Why not?
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Russell on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Empowered" is the name which a fledgling superheroine has chosen for herself. Her real name is not specifically given, although it may be a variant of "Ashley", as suggested on one episode. She is a twenty-something, beautiful, blonde, and very insecure about how others perceive her.
She has superpowers, not inborn and not inherent, but only as a result of her costume, a high-tech hypermembrane which can stop bullets, give her super-strength, and the ability to cast energy blasts, but which also deteriorates as it provides protection, somewhat like the "shields" on the starship Enterprise.
In almost every battle which lasts more than a few moments, the suit eventually deteriorates to the point where the suit itself is in tatters and her powers are gone, The suit will spontaneously regenerate itself, in 8 to 12 hours, but in the meantime, Empowered is rather a liability than an asset to the team.
To "Emp's" chagrin, the suit provides no more support or concealment than a layer of body paint, so she is acutely aware of people staring at various jiggling body parts when, for example, she runs. She cannot wear any article of clothing either under or over the suit, or it simply doesn't work at all. If she fails to shave her bikini area (or presumeably, her legs or under her arms), the growth is visible through the suit, described as "latex over steel wool", leading to further embarrassment.
She works with a group of heroes who call themselves the "Superhomeys", and they hang out at the "Homeycrib" (if this sounds satirical, it is intended to be).
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Asnip on April 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
First off, it really is for the mature reader. Having said that, there is no frontal nudity. There are however, plenty of adult situations.

Secondly, Empowered is damn funny. Adam Warren has a great take on the whole 'superheroine in distress' schtick that's been a prominent, if unsavoury, part of comic books from their inception. The art suits the material perfectly, helping to maintain a generally light atmosphere. The characters develop, which is always nice. No one, especially the heroine, is perfect.

This is not about Superman. Or even Batman. This is a book about a heroine with the heart and soul of Wonder Woman and the powers of Speedy.

And it's absolutely lovely. Easily the best graphic novel I've read this year.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kid Kyoto VINE VOICE on March 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Adam Warren built his reputation on books like Dirty Pair and Gen 13 for funny, well develioped characters and very cool technology. This book expands on his skills creating a superhero-sex comedy where every supporting character has a hysterical back story (one says "I got my powers from an alien venerial disease", another "sold her soul for hotness").

The main character 'Empowered' is a wanna-be superhero with a malfunctioning supersuit and a host of body-image issues. She cries after being rejected for an alien harem because her butt is too 'generous'. Over the course of the book she gets a boyfriend (a former witless minion) and an alcholic ninja friend, oh and a caged demon prince who sits on her coffeetable watching DVDs.

Fans of superheroes, anime and pop culture should definitely check this out.
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