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Product Details

  • Series: Empowered (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159307994X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593079949
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Make sure to examine the backgrounds at the Capeys...every little figure is wonderful and full of character.
T. Smith
Here Warren managed to make even the most uninteresting secondary characters, Burnout and Rainmaker interesting, and in the latter case, even compelling.
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This is the fourth volume of Adam Warren's Empowered, which is absolutely one of the best satires on the comic book super-hero genre ever done.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W.Kim on October 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
One of the first of the American manga-imitators, Warren's work stands out from the pack because of his writing, his own, personal knack for simultaneously celebrating, parodying and exploiting multiple elements of pop culture (superhero genre tropes, cyberpunk sci-fi techno-babble, good girl art, hong kong action films, etc.) often on the same page, and even in the same panel. (In this his work recalls' Harvey Kurthzman and Will Elder's gag-filled work for the early Mad Magazine and their "Little Annie Fanny" strip for Playboy Magazine). So long as you can tolerate (or better, enjoy) good-natured cheesecake and copious amounts of fan service without getting enraged, you're almost guaranteed a rollicking good time reading one of his books (Recommended titles include "Titans: Rock Paper Scissors," for DC Comics and "Grunge: the Movie" for Wildstorm Entertainment).

However skilled Adam Warren is as a comic writer, he rarely gets the accolades he deserves for his talent for creating endearing characters, and writing engaging adult-orientated romantic comedy. The first time I noticed these strengths was when I (belatedly) read his tragically truncated run scripting Wildstorm's "Gen13" (with Rick Mays providing pencils). Here Warren managed to make even the most uninteresting secondary characters, Burnout and Rainmaker interesting, and in the latter case, even compelling. It's true that the careful reader can find hints of these talents in his early work (even the utterly mindless delirium of his "Dirty Pair" adaptations) however the sheer amount of fan service, techno-babble and high-speed action he crams into his layouts usually obscures those strengths.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on November 22, 2008
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Warren does not disappoint as Volume 4 of Empowered is the best one yet. The pieces of the story are pulling together, making the wait for Volume 5 almost too much to bear. His main characters are deep and complex, and it's always a delight when a particularly clever bit of foreshadowing in previous volumes pays off. His courage in mixing comedy and serious themes is admirable, and he handles this very difficult task well (the villain Willy Pete, a psychotic sociopath, is as utterly terrifying as the overwrought Caged Demonwolf is hilarious).
The incredibly clever names he gives the heroes and villains never stop, with double and even triple entendres. In fact, the sheer explosion of ideas in the book is matched only, in my opinion, by Masamune Shirow, creator of Ghost in the Shell. Make sure to examine the backgrounds at the Capeys...every little figure is wonderful and full of character.
Warren might not appreciate this, but I think Empowered is also a great soap opera...or at least an engaging love triangle.
I suppose one should mention the sex. Yes, despite what the major comic book companies have told you for 50 years, it is indeed possible for comics to have sex in them. (What would you expect when buffed and toned young folks are in close proximity to each other?) And very enjoyable sex at that--past titillating, but less than graphic. Warren's women...and men...are a delight to look at (well, my wife likes the men, anyway). The story "Elephants, Cups, and Canoes" show how a story can be funny, sexy, and and yet inexplicably tasteful at the same time.
Warren's freedom in going to a "straight to complete volume" format pays off in the storytelling, as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whitt Patrick Pond TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 8, 2010
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This is the fourth volume of Adam Warren's Empowered, which is absolutely one of the best satires on the comic book super-hero genre ever done. It continues the adventures of the main characters introduced in the first volume: the title character Empowered, the "hotness incarnate" yet insecure-about-body-issues super-heroine with the unreliable supersuit that leaves her vulnerable (and nigh naked) at the worst moments possible; Thugboy, her sweetly loyal and supportive former-badboy boyfriend; Ninjette, her fun-loving and totally kick-ass ninja girlfriend, and last but never least, the Caged Demonwolf, a cosmic demonic overlord imprisoned inside an alien bondage belt who offers priceless on-going commentary on the lives and doings of the other three (always referring to himself in the third person and never by the same name twice, and sounding like a cross between Skeletor and the anime-style version of Teen Titan's Starfire).

This fourth volume continues to build on the plot-lines set up in the first three, and we learn more about Thugboy's past, which it seems is a whole lot darker than he lets on. The satire continues strong, beginning with a special treat, a full-color story called "Who da Ubermensch?" where our heroine shows readers the more practical way to take out a supervillain with a vehicle. "General Hospitality" is a completely over-the-top spoof on TV-drama hospitals and on what a hospital for superheroes might be like, not to mention some hilarious sex-laced speculations on the part of the Caged Demonwolf when Ninjette moves in with Empowered and Thugboy to recuperate from injuries suffered in the previous volume.
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