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Friday, April 4, 2014

Comic Review: Empowered Special: Internal Medicine (One-shot)

Writer: Adam Warren
Artist: Adam Warren
Cover Artist: Adam Warren
Dark Horse
Genre: Superhero, Humor, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: March 26, 2014

32 pages; One-shot

At the Purple Paladin Memorial Hospital’s terrifying Suprahuman Treatment Wing, Dr. Big McLarge Huge recruits costumed crimefighter Empowered and her best friend Ninjette to save a five-mile-wide alien mothership’s parasite-infested babyship—if, that is, our heroines can even survive the elevator ride up to the operating room!
* Story (and bonus art) by Adam Warren, illustrated by rising star Brandon Graham (Prophet, King City, Multiple Warheads)
* 30 story pages!
* Over 100,000 Empowered graphic novels in print.
“Empowered stands as one of the great modern superhero comics.”—View From The Gutters

The Empowered series follows a laughable comic book heroine who has too large breasts, lips that can only be bought, and wears clothing that never stays on her ridiculously proportioned body. Her character is sexist and offensive to women everywhere...unless you're someone like me who can easily see that she isn't meant to be taken seriously. She has self-esteem issues, is a bit ditsy, and other superheroes think she's a joke. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I started Empowered two years ago, but it turned out to be a funny series that I could both laugh and roll my eyes at.

In Internal Medicine, Empowered and Ninjette are asked to assist in a surgery that will remove a xenoparasitic infection from an infant bioshop. If they are unsuccessful, the mothership has threatened to destroy the city. So they reach the Suprahuman Treatment Wing and following Dr. Big McLarge Huge's (yes, you read that right) instructions, they crawl inside the babyship and fight the infection hiding there. It's a quick, fun read with plenty of humor.

The only problem I had with Internal Medicine was the artwork. I very much prefer the black and white art by Adam Warren that is seen at the beginning and end of the story. The parts in between that were drawn by artist Brandon Graham were not at all visually appealing. I didn't like his style and couldn't even make out what he was trying to do with the alien mothership that was shown floating in the sky. In my opinion, this would have been a much more enjoyable read if Warren were the sole artist on the project.

If you have a crazy sense of humor, like I do, and can laugh at the absurdity of Empowered's character and the ridiculous situations that she gets herself into, then I would recommend giving this series a try.

3 Sheep

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  1. Oh man, this one sounds like it's in guilty pleasure territory. Nice review, Cat.

  2. Yes, definitely a guilty pleasure read =) Thank you!