Updated on 16 October, 2021
Empowered is an original Japanese-English manga style graphic novel written and drawn by Adam Warren. Described by Warren as an "empowered superhero comedy" and "romantic comedy", Empowered has become one of Japan's top selling comic books. The main character, the eponymous " superheroes "are", themselves, very much ordinary people with unique abilities that allow them to control others and use their super powers for good. But when the unthinkable happens, when a disaster strikes that traps these heroes inside the base of a huge skyscraper, their unusual abilities become their only defense against the supernatural forces that want to devour them.
Empowered Comic Book is the story of a young girl named Rika Haruna, who while flying her bicycle, gets herself caught in a bizarre, life-threatening situation where she has to fight a dangerous and vicious creature known as the Hungry Horde. Having just been rescued from a similar predicament, Rika's traumatic past comes to light in this special graphic novel and she must rely on her unique superpowers to save herself and to protect others from her enemies. This brave, female protagonist utilizes her unique abilities to jumpstart an intricate plot involving a mega corporation's plan to poison the world's food supply, and a mysterious and powerful artifact called the Mother Box that will do just that. In the process of battling the horde, Rika must work not only to survive but to also save the Earth itself from the brink of annihilation.
Empowered Comic Book's leading character Rika Haruna is a freelance journalist who wears a blue suit that glows in the dark, and operates out of a small, gated community calledhersden. There, she works as an investigator and crime reporter, investigating mysterious disappearances, haunted houses, and criminal activity. The night before she leaves for a mission, she receives a call from her friend Miki Suzuki, who wants her to track down a badly injured mugger who has committed suicide. Rika agrees and finds herself in the center of a fierce gun battle with the hooded figure of a thugboy called Bulkhead, who wants Rika to extract information from Bulkhead's partner, Miki.
Bulkhead has several weapons to choose from, including an energy blast gun and a venomous sting. When the pair threatens to use the energy blast on Rika unless she gives up her treasure, she gets creative and creates a chemical reaction that attracts the attention of the aforementioned giant spider, Triton. Triton, who is actually a human woman called Amy Pond, assumes the forms of a male and female version of Rika's late father. Rika finally convinces Triton that she needs his help to combat against the hordes of zombies, muggers, and criminals that have invaded her city. Together, they form a superhero team, the Bulkheads, and go on numerous adventures to protect humanity from danger.
Empowered is written as a romance between two main characters. It takes place in a fictional city called Metropolis where superheros,robots, and other strange beings live. The comic book begins when Rika's boyfriend Bulkhead goes missing while taking her to an event. He tells her he is going to a secret construction site where he works, but instead gets lost in the city. In her hurry to find her loved one, Rika purchases the classic Empowered suit and helmet and heads to the site.
Rika quickly finds out that not only is Bulkhead missing, but also all of the other Empowered heroes she thought were still around. Thinking fast, she sets about trying to help them find their way back to the fortress where the other heroes are being kept. During the search, she meets Superman, who is working on a secret mission at the time. Superman saves her from a mugger who tries to kill her and uses his powers to jump-start her recovery. The two return to the base of the fortress where Superman protects the other heroes from any harm and they begin their ultimate battle against Mega Man.
The story of Empowered is part of a larger ongoing series called the New Normal. The book has so far featured the likes of Supergirl, Batman, Bat Girl, Robin, and many others. This newest team of heroes is fighting to save the world while battling evil corporations and against each other. The writers for the comic book series are keeping up to date with the latest developments and this is evident with the many changes that have been made to some of the characters in the latest issues.
The Empowered Comic book series has a following among both children and adults who enjoy the comic books. The graphic novel is sure to be a big hit among children who like adventure. The Empowered comics are worth a read and you can pick up the first issue for only forty dollars.