Lenni Reviews: “Lady Mechanika” vol 1-3 by Joe Benitez, M. M. Chen

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From the back alleys of Mechanika City to the Sahara Desert, these collected volumes follow Lady Mechanika on her adventures to right wrongs and attempt to discover the secrets of her past.

After reading the Day of the Dead special, I went back to read the first three collections of this series. Other than the art; which has the sad tendency to forget human women have internal organs, these are some pretty cool adventures. So far, the core cast is Lady Mechanika herself, her drunken friend Mr. Lewis, and a genius kid, Winifred. They all do hold their own weight without dragging the story down or getting annoying. The side characters are bad-ass and cool as well.

These are just fun reads and (aside for missing waists) beautiful to look at. Everything is vibrant and detailed and details are important in a steampunk setting because the art needs to show how all the gears and machinery work and that they can believably function within their universe.

Colelctively, this series kept me reading and wanting more. I look forward to the next one. 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte” by Joe Benitez and M. M. Chen

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated Mature for violence.

In this steampunk world, Lady Mechanika travels to a village called Santa Catrina and happens to arrive just in time for the Dia de Los Muertos festival. But when the Demon Riders come to the village demanding their tithe, Mechnika mounds up to stop them.

This story is my first experience with Lady Mechanika and despite it being super dark (there’s a high body count) Mechanika is an awesome character. The cynic in me says this entire side story is just an excuse to put the character in Day of the Dead makeup, however, I am totally ok with it because the art is fucking amazing! Spectacular line and color work, dynamic layouts; dear gods half the panels could be posters!

The story itself is pretty standard: a small village with robbers and such but it is so damn gorgeous, you don’t mind seeing it all again. A near perfect read, I give this a 4 out of 5 because there are some plot points dropped here that require reading the main series.

The release date for this book is currently September 26th, 2017.

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