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Empowered Volume 7 Paperback – 12 Jun 2012
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and with heart.
The titular Empowered has come a long, long way from being mere fetish fodder, to someone the readers will care about.
The supporting cast, both heroic, villainous and oddly inbetween also win our hearts, or our vehemence depending on their
motives and assholitude... Yes, Warren's way with words also adds a layer of fun to the proceedings, especially when he
puts verbose verbiage into the mouth (despite him having none) of the devielish despot of the stars, the demon goat of grievous growlings etc. etc.
The tone does keep semi-darkish, which is a thing Warren tends to do with his stories, start light, then gradually add grit and heartbreak.
Mind, this time around, he seems to keep it at a constant - and this is a spoiler...
None of his characters die this time around. Thank Odin!
Worth a read, and a re-read, both for the deliciousness of the art, but certainly also for the well wrought verbiage.
The other thing you notice is that all sorts of fancy tricks are being played with the timeline. We have premonitions, flashbacks, foreshadowing and blatant out-of-sequence narrative. Whilst this certainly keeps you awake and active, as you are forced to keep reshuffling what you have read into some sort of chronology, it is distracting. The key to the Empowered mythos is "heart." It's about letting us know it is ok to be vulnerable. We don't need gimmicks to grab our attention. If we are still here after seven volumes then we are here to stay.
The art is still as good as ever but the paper has changed to gloss instead of matt and this makes a big difference. Initially it is jarring change, particularly if you have just read the last book, but you get used to it. There is much more contrast as the whites are much shinier and so the page becomes crisper and less grungy.
As always there is a whole mix of cute, sexy, thinky, funny, naughty, fighty stuff all mixed into one massive gumbo that seems to work against all odds. Another Thumbs Up for the fans.