If you are a fan of Steampunk, please read the self-published comic book series created, written, and drawn by Joe Benitez known as Lady Mechanika. It’s a brilliant blend of action, mystery, supernatural, and of course Steampunk.
Lady Mechanika Volume 1 is a collection of issues #0-5, and is a good way to introduce comic book readers to the title character.
The main story in Lady Mechanika Volume 1 (issues #1-5) takes place in Victorian England in which Steampunk has become the dominant source of technology. A young girl from a gypsy family called Cirque Du Romani has been found dead and with mechanical experiments performed on her. Private Investigator Lady Mechanika decides to take on the case in the hopes of finding out who took and experimented on the gypsy girl as she believes the answer will help her discover who made her part machine as well.
Lady Mechanika #0 (The Demon of Satan’s Alley) is a stand-alone story that focuses on Lady Mechanika hunting down a small demon-like creator in Victorian England.
What makes Lady Mechanika a fun series is how much work and passion Joe Benitez put into both the writing and art of it as Lady Mechanika herself is an interesting and awesome character.
The main story of Lady Mechanika Volume 1 (The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse) is a good beginning story arc as it perfectly introduces readers to the character and world Joe Benitez created (the same can also be said about The Demon of Satan’s Alley).
Joe Benitez has managed to write and draw the series very well as his storytelling brilliantly combines multiple genres into one whole series, and his artwork is phenomenal to look at as he draws the characters, and anything Steampunk-related fabulously.
The coloring by Peter Steigerwald is some of the best comic book coloring I’ve ever seen for it’s very bright and colorful, and matches well with Joe Benitez’s artwork.
The only thing that I wasn’t too fond of is that this story can sometimes become too wordy (meaning that the speech bubbles will have too much text in them). Don’t get me wrong. Josh Reed’s lettering in this is really good, and I understood that Joe Benitez wanted the characters to have lots of dialogue in order to develop them. It’s just that I’m not used to reading comics in which the speech bubbles have loads and loads of text in them.
So in conclusion, if your a huge fan of the Steampunk genre that want’s to read a good comic with good art in that genre, Lady Mechanika Volume 1 (and the whole series in general) is what I recommend to you.
I give Lady Mechanika Volume 1 4/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.