Friday, June 10, 2011
Empowered: 10 Questions for the Maidman
Artist: Adam Warren
Company: Dark Horse Comics
You pretty much know a comic is good when you find yourself truly engaged by its contents. With an action book, if the explosions don't singe your eyebrows or you're not flipping the pages at a pace that would make the Flash envious, they've done something wrong. With a humor comic, which Empowered most certainly is, laughter is the bread and butter of the occasion, the one thing that it should strive to elicit from the reader. If it can succeed in that one aspect, it's done its job.
So did this issue of Empowered do it's job?
Yes, yes it did. If you're not familiar with the overall concept of Empowered, let's touch on that before we get into the specifics of this particular issue. This is a book that is many things. One aspect of it focuses on the life of a superhero who owns a super-suit, one that gives her various amounts of powers, but comes with the caveat of losing said power when it gets damaged. And that is something which happens frequently and typically puts said hero into "strange" situations, namely getting tied up. Another aspect is a relationship story between our main hero and an ex-henchman named Thugboy. The book has a very Slice of Life meets The Tick feel to it, a humorous but sweet story that doesn't shy away from the crude humor and sex jokes but also doesn't forget to have heart. I'm not talking about heart in a Captain Planet sort of way (or maybe I am). I'm talking that Warren has really built these characters up in a very real way. Or to put it a bit better, Empowered is like that beloved sitcom that you keep coming back to because you're friends with the characters and you care about what happens to them.
But yes, 10 Question for the Maidman does its job very well. I giggled like a schoolgirl, pardon the pun, countless times whether it was in regards to a villain named Tiger Shrimp (who wears a giant shrimp on his head) or to an idea that has Emp wanting Thugboy wear a maid's outfit. Warren simply understands comedy and uses it to the utmost of his ability. There are few comics that can do that with such regularity and oomph. Empowered is one of them.