Not a page I’m terribly fond of, in part because Emp's figure drawing doesn’t work well at all for me. To my present-day eye, her upper torso’s definitely wonky—the dreaded Mysteriously Intermittent Post-Millennial Torso Glitch looms e’er closer, perhaps?—and her lower legs are waaaaay too long, a form of cartoony stylization I occasionally indulged in when drawing women wearing high heels. Then again, given that I’m fairly certain that I didn’t rule out any figure proportions for her ahead of time, I should probably be glad that poor Emp’s drawing isn’t far more flawed than this.
Unlike the fairly infamous page that kicked off the story, this full-page shot—or “splash page,” as some call it—doesn’t feature much in the way of either humor nor sexiness, though of course Your Mileage May Vary on this point. In retrospect, I'm not 100% sure why I spent an entire page on this shot, though I should note that, due to the open-ended Empowered format, wasting pagecount isn’t generally a critical issue. In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if this somewhat pointlessly large image wasn’t fulfilling a specific “damsel-in-distress” sketch request, something which was still happening on occasion during this time. (Believe me, if you do enough sketches for folks, sooner or later you will be asked to draw a cute girl wearing eyeglasses, quite possibly in "distressing" situations.)
Gotta appreciate the exclusivity inherent to Idea Man using the term “henchpersons” rather than “henchmen,” despite the notable lack of much gender diversity in said contingent of brawny males. (It’s the thought that counts, perhaps?)