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empowered

The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series. In the second episode of this bonus series, we talk about Volumes 1-7 of Adam Warren’s Empowered.

First published in 2007, Empowered is a refreshing take on the superhero genre. While at first glance it seems to be yet another cheesecake comic book, Empowered lampoons, deconstructs, and reconstructs the many genre conventions that compose superhero fiction with a level of wit and savvy that few “serious” comics manage. It features the adventures of the titular Empowered as she struggles with self-confidence, body image issues, and a universe that seems at times designed to get her down, all while trying to live up to her own ideals of what a superhero should be.

It is an incredibly human work that manages to talk about serious issues and still be a hell of a lot of fun, while telling an engaging story at the same time. Empowered stands as one of the great modern superhero comics, which ironically seems to struggle with being taken seriously in much the same way as its own protagonist.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, “Kirby” Green, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds

fafhrd

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser was originally published in the early 90s as part of Marvel’s Epic imprint. Drawn by Mike Mignola (of Hellboy fame) and adapted by Howard Chaykin from the classic sword and sorcery stories by Fritz Leiber, these stories heavily influenced an entire generation of fantasy, from novels of Terry Pratchett to Dungeons and Dragons, and are masterfully brought to life by Mignola’s artwork.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Hammer of the Gods: Mortal Enemy, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, 1602, Battlefields, and The Chronicles of Conan, Vol. 1 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is 1602.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Matt McGinnis, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

Hosts: Andred Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Cade Reynolds

Suggested Titles: Ghost Omnibus Vol. 1, Stagger Lee, Earth X, X-Men: Deadly Genesis

Selected Title: Earth X

Hosts: Matt McGinnis, Cade Reynolds, Joe Preti, Andrew Chard

Suggested Titles: Astro City, Midnight Nation, Incognito, Project X: Challengers

Selected Title: Incognito