Volume 5 Page 107
Posted February 14, 2019 at 12:01 am

The presence of a taped-up Emp and a little-fanged Ocelotina should give readers a hint that, yes indeed, we are now approaching the “Damsel-in-Distress” portion of Empowered vol. 5. As I mentioned in vol. 4’s commentaries, the “DiD” bondage imagery that originally spawned the series (as a string of “superheroine-laid-low” commissions) was largely sidelined by this point as overarching, long-term plotlines took over the volumes. Howeva, as DiD fans still made up a possibly substantial part of the series’ readership—maybe?—I kept working with the trope, but mainly in isolated stories such as this one. Ah, but said discrete episodes tend to feature a lot of such imagery, so stand by for frowniness (as Emp might put it) if you’re not a fan of the ol' distress.

Another return of Cartoonishly Big-Headed Emp in this shot, a periodic stylistic flourish which has vanished entirely from my current-day work. Nowadays, I lean very much in the opposite direction, with present-day, softer & heavier Emp usually sporting a proportionately smaller head—to the point that I have to guard against accidentally turning her into a veritable Robert Crumb girl in some excessively stylized shots. Whoops!

-Adam Warren

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