JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

Psssst! Wanna read something fun? ;-)

Just discovered that Adam Warren is now republishing "Empowered" online, one page per day starting with volume one (the print series is currently nine main-series volumes, plus a volume of outside-the-main-plot short stories, with volume ten currently in production). Since some pages fall into NSFW territory I'm gonna link you to the cover image for volume one rather than the shorter homepage URL which takes you to the to the most recently posted page (and anyway, you're going to want to start at the beginning, right?)

I love "Empowered". This series is the poster child for not judging a book by its cover ... Adam Warren has been writing/drawing something amazing over the past decade. It's simultaneously a spoof and a serious criticism of the conventions of mainstream superhero comics, an often snarky commentary on how female characters are perceived and portrayed in those same comics, and a powerhouse superhero comic in itself which is like nothing you've ever read before. with some of the most amazing and multi-dimensional characters I've ever read. It got a hefty load of serious under what looks like a fluffy surface. The first few stories might have you wondering about my taste and alleged sanity in saying all this but trust me. Read every page. Don't skip. Because you gotta start with the set-up and I'll warn you now that Warren plays the long plot game and today's trivial throwaway detail can be the seed of a major plot several volumes later (kinda like "Babylon 5" where clues to what was to come were often planted in plain sight in early episodes). Stick with it and hopefully you will, like me and all the other fans, find you're suddenly hooked on these characters and their lives and relationships and are dying to know what happens next.

Bonus reading with this page-a-day freebie is Warren's own commentary on each page as he looks back on these early days; the background info he's providing is interesting.

Hope you're willing to try "Empowered". And that you like it. :-)
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