Empowered by Adam Warren is one of the greatest have-you-cheesecake-and-eat-it comic book projects, a book that is woke as hell but manages to use that to show characters in some of the most sexploitative poses imaginable. A superhero, Emp, trying to get respect, win the day and save the world, even though her very powers only encourage her foes to bind and gag her on a repeated basis, yet not only finds a way through but wins self respect and the respect of others. Until the next time. I confess to it being on my guilty pleasure pile
Adam Warren has been writing and drawing the comic as a series of digest-sized graphic novels for some time, with single issue colour spinoffs with other artists.
In December, however, he will be collaborating with Finder/No Mercy artist Carla Speed McNeil (and a personal favourite – much less guilty) on a new series with Empowered and her superheroic rival Sistah Spooky as they go back somewhere that Emp only has dread for. And for the first time for Empowered, an actual monthly series.
Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell #1 is published by Dark Horse Comics on December. I think that’s great news. In a recent interview with Pop Culture News, McNeil told them.
Well, Adam Warren and I have been talking about how I need to draw something for him for years now. I’m finally going to do that next year. I’m going to do an Empowered short series. And he gave me the character I wanted. I get to do Sister Spooky! She’s going to be great.
She certainly is. Here’s the solicit…
EMPOWERED & SISTAH SPOOKY`S HIGH SCHOOL HELL #1
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Adam Warren (A/CA) Carla Speed McNeil
Empowered’s “frenemy” Sistah Spooky was once a schoolgirl who sold her soul for hotness, but was granted even more magic than beauty. Now, both superheroines find themselves trapped in a high-school hellscape by Spooky’s Infernal Service Provider-with her blonde ex-classmates plotting ritual murder to claim her magic for themselves!
o First Empowered comic-book series in standard comics format.
o Over 250,000 Empowered volumes in print.
o Artist Carla Speed McNeil is the acclaimed creator of Finder and artist of No Mercy, Queen and Country, and many more. Finder won an Eisner Award, Two Ignatz Awards, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
Here’s a look at an earlier Adam Warren scene from those days…