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Discover a beautifully illustrated steampunk world of airships, monsters, and one courageous but haunted heroine... The tabloids dubbed her "Lady Mechanika," the sole survivor of a mad scientist's horrific experiments which left her with mechanical limbs. Having no memory of her captivity or her former life, Lady Mechanika eventually built a new life for herself as an adven Discover a beautifully illustrated steampunk world of airships, monsters, and one courageous but haunted heroine... The tabloids dubbed her "Lady Mechanika," the sole survivor of a mad scientist's horrific experiments which left her with mechanical limbs. Having no memory of her captivity or her former life, Lady Mechanika eventually built a new life for herself as an adventurer and private investigator, using her unique abilities to solve cases the proper authorities couldn't or wouldn't handle. But she never stopped searching for the answers to her own past. Set in a fictionalized steampunk Victorian England, a time when magic and superstition clashed with new scientific discoveries and inventions, Lady Mechanika chronicles a young woman's obsessive search for her identity as she investigates other mysteries involving science and the supernatural. This volume collects the entire first Lady Mechanika mini-series The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse, including its prequel chapter The Demon of Satan's Alley, plus a complete cover art gallery.


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Discover a beautifully illustrated steampunk world of airships, monsters, and one courageous but haunted heroine... The tabloids dubbed her "Lady Mechanika," the sole survivor of a mad scientist's horrific experiments which left her with mechanical limbs. Having no memory of her captivity or her former life, Lady Mechanika eventually built a new life for herself as an adven Discover a beautifully illustrated steampunk world of airships, monsters, and one courageous but haunted heroine... The tabloids dubbed her "Lady Mechanika," the sole survivor of a mad scientist's horrific experiments which left her with mechanical limbs. Having no memory of her captivity or her former life, Lady Mechanika eventually built a new life for herself as an adventurer and private investigator, using her unique abilities to solve cases the proper authorities couldn't or wouldn't handle. But she never stopped searching for the answers to her own past. Set in a fictionalized steampunk Victorian England, a time when magic and superstition clashed with new scientific discoveries and inventions, Lady Mechanika chronicles a young woman's obsessive search for her identity as she investigates other mysteries involving science and the supernatural. This volume collects the entire first Lady Mechanika mini-series The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse, including its prequel chapter The Demon of Satan's Alley, plus a complete cover art gallery.

30 review for Lady Mechanika Vol. 1: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I freaking loved this graphic novel. The art work is amaze balls! I loved the story line. Lady Mechanika is trying to find out what happened to make her what she is today. She's also fights the good fight for any evil out there. This is steampunk awesomeness =) I will leave a few pictures so you can see what I'm talking about. Two of them I took myself from my book and you can tell. Lol, enjoy! Fin I freaking loved this graphic novel. The art work is amaze balls! I loved the story line. Lady Mechanika is trying to find out what happened to make her what she is today. She's also fights the good fight for any evil out there. This is steampunk awesomeness =) I will leave a few pictures so you can see what I'm talking about. Two of them I took myself from my book and you can tell. Lol, enjoy! Fin

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒

    Super Cool Comics!!!! Never read steampunk before and never thought I would like it. When I saw the cover of this comic on NetGalley I said to myself why not give it a try as the cover looks promising. The artist who could draw so good must have an interesting story to tell. And I wasn't disappointed a bit. Oh my God the artwork! I can look at the artwork for hours and hours. The illustration, the detailing, the colors are all just so so amazing. And the story! Too good! The story is Super Cool Comics!!!! Never read steampunk before and never thought I would like it. When I saw the cover of this comic on NetGalley I said to myself why not give it a try as the cover looks promising. The artist who could draw so good must have an interesting story to tell. And I wasn't disappointed a bit. Oh my God the artwork! I can look at the artwork for hours and hours. The illustration, the detailing, the colors are all just so so amazing. And the story! Too good! The story is full of action - a lot of action. There is element of suspense, thrill and mystery. A lot of twists and turns kept me on the edge. Lady Mechanika - A lady who has mechanical limbs but no memory of her past. She is smart, fearless and determined to find out who did this to her. She thought she was the only one like that - part machine, part human being. To her surprise she found out she wasn't anymore. There was a mechanical corpse of a young girl. While investigating for the death of the poor girl, she unraveled mystery of some unique people and uncovered horrendous experiments of a science maniac. Although I have read this volume but I still want to add this beautiful comic to my collection so I can read and admire the artwork anytime. I can't wait to read the next volume. An ARC of this book was provided by Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    This was beyond boring. Very little action. Mostly just people talking in steampunk outfits. So. Much. dialogue. I actually nodded off a few times. I liked the character designs. Benitez is a talented artist. However, he needs to study real female anatomy some more. I'm guessing Lady Mechanika became a cyborg to help hold those comicly large breasts up. Received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mel (Epic Reading)

    I can't tell you how awesome it is to finally read a full Lady Mechanika series!! Started in 2010 this series never got a fair publishing shot as it was infrequent and never completed. Kudos to Joe Benitez for never letting this series and character fall into oblivion. To read this review and more please visit my blog at Epic Reading For those who are not big comic fans let me assure you while these are comics there is a lot of story here. This set of 6 comics probably has more writing than a ful I can't tell you how awesome it is to finally read a full Lady Mechanika series!! Started in 2010 this series never got a fair publishing shot as it was infrequent and never completed. Kudos to Joe Benitez for never letting this series and character fall into oblivion. To read this review and more please visit my blog at Epic Reading For those who are not big comic fans let me assure you while these are comics there is a lot of story here. This set of 6 comics probably has more writing than a full 50 comic run of any other superhero comic you can think of. The art is rich and beautiful, the mystery is intricate and who doesn't love steampunk!! If you love The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, book 1) then I believe you will love this story (and hey sometimes pretty pictures are a great break from dense reading). For those who already love comics, Lady Mechanika deserves to stand next to other leading ladies series like Dawn, Vampirella, Witchblade and more! I highly recommend this series if you love fantasy, science fiction or steampunk , even if it's your first foray into comics, it's a solid choice. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review. actually own the individual comics in this series as they are gorgeous and a variant features one of my fave artists Franchesco!

  5. 5 out of 5

    ~The Bookish Redhead~

    Lady Mechanika was for the most part, a dollop of lighthearted fun. I think if I'd read this say, fifteen years ago, I might have enjoyed it more. This wasn't terrible, but I feel like I've read better. The artwork is pretty, and I'm a huge fan of steampunk. I liked the fact that this is about a lady cyborg that strives to fight crime, leaving a trail of badassery behind her. Lady Mechanika herself, has some amazing outfits, some I'd love to wear myself, and, at the end of this comic, we get a sh Lady Mechanika was for the most part, a dollop of lighthearted fun. I think if I'd read this say, fifteen years ago, I might have enjoyed it more. This wasn't terrible, but I feel like I've read better. The artwork is pretty, and I'm a huge fan of steampunk. I liked the fact that this is about a lady cyborg that strives to fight crime, leaving a trail of badassery behind her. Lady Mechanika herself, has some amazing outfits, some I'd love to wear myself, and, at the end of this comic, we get a showcase of all of Lady Mechanika's outfits. What a treat! One of the main issues that I had with this, is the huge, blow up cartoon boobs that Lady Mechanika has. I'm no prude, and large boobs do not offend me in the slightest, but, this was ridiculous. I think maybe society should move on from the farcical boobs, the size zero waist thus leaving absolutely no room to store internal organs, and realise that Ladies fighting crime, saving the world and running about, are put at an impractical disadvantage here. Obviously, I can definitely sniff out the sexism here from a mile off. Apart from that, the writing was fairly average, nothing that made me sit up in my seat to attention, but it was enjoyable, and I mainly liked it for the steampunk theme.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    This comic has so much stuff that I love in it: steampunk machines, awesome Victorian outfits, a freaking circus! The Lady Mechanika is a famous huntress, who was once the subject of a gruesome experiment that resulted in her arms and legs being replaced by mechanical limbs and that changed her eyes to creepy black and red peepers. In this story, she investigates the death of a young girl with similar mechanical apparatus for arms, in the hopes of also figuring out who grafted her artificial limb This comic has so much stuff that I love in it: steampunk machines, awesome Victorian outfits, a freaking circus! The Lady Mechanika is a famous huntress, who was once the subject of a gruesome experiment that resulted in her arms and legs being replaced by mechanical limbs and that changed her eyes to creepy black and red peepers. In this story, she investigates the death of a young girl with similar mechanical apparatus for arms, in the hopes of also figuring out who grafted her artificial limbs on and what her life was before this transformation, as she has no memory of who she was before. The story is fun and action packed and the artwork is absolutely stunning, with all the awesome steampunk hallmarks like goggles, automatons and weird air-crafts gorgeously drawn up. That being said, the emphasis on the main character's boobs ended up annoying me. Seriously, I know this is a graphic novel, but it was a bit much. The point of strong female character is that they kick ass without an exploitation of their sexual features... or maybe that's just my personal hopes and dreams... Anyhoo, besides that grating aspect, the graphic novel was very enjoyable! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Malum

    2.5 stars. Breathtaking artwork marred by a plodding story. This book is further hindered by long infodumps and monologues that only serve to slow the story down even more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Lady Mechanika The Complete Volume 1: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse created, written and drawn by Joe Benitez is super creative! The story is amazing, the plot is great, characters are well developed, and the graphics are stunning! This is a graphic novel and it goes above and beyond most graphic novels. The graphics are large and gorgeous! Wonderful colors, clear, and fonts match the steampunk theme. Text is easy to read also. This is a novel in every sense of the word- long, great plot, Lady Mechanika The Complete Volume 1: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse created, written and drawn by Joe Benitez is super creative! The story is amazing, the plot is great, characters are well developed, and the graphics are stunning! This is a graphic novel and it goes above and beyond most graphic novels. The graphics are large and gorgeous! Wonderful colors, clear, and fonts match the steampunk theme. Text is easy to read also. This is a novel in every sense of the word- long, great plot, twists and turns, great characters, and suspense/action/adventure. For this author to write and draw all this is really awesome, that is real talent! Thanks NetGalley for a chance to read this amazing book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review If I were about 15, I think I'd have enjoyed Lady Mechanika a lot more. It's pretty, and steampunk, and has a badass lady cyborg whole fights crime. But I've read too many amazing graphic novels (just in the past year alone!) to be able to overlook its underwhelmingness. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible! It's kind of fun, if slight. But. * can we move past Badass ladies with cartoonishly swollen balloon tits? I refuse to use the words br Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review If I were about 15, I think I'd have enjoyed Lady Mechanika a lot more. It's pretty, and steampunk, and has a badass lady cyborg whole fights crime. But I've read too many amazing graphic novels (just in the past year alone!) to be able to overlook its underwhelmingness. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible! It's kind of fun, if slight. But. * can we move past Badass ladies with cartoonishly swollen balloon tits? I refuse to use the words breasts, they're not breasts. They're clearly tits, in the "you ridiculous tit" sense. These boobs are idiotic. LADY FIGHTERS WOULD STRAP THAT SHIT DOWN OR HAVE A REDUCTION. large boobs HURT when you run or jump or bounce and get punched in them. They are IMPRACTICAL. And LM is corseted to within an inch of her life - she has great outfits, except for those TITS which are just HANGING OUT THERE in lacy, unsupportive bits of fabric. My back ached just looking at that. *see also LM's porn lips. Don't think they had lip injections in those days gentlemen. * There's a certain kind of writer that can't tell the difference between "adorable, precocious child" and "rampaging, never-disclipined brat that would be punched in the snoot if they said these things as an adult" (you see this a lot in TV dramas where the teenage son decides that the apocalyse / invasion / other crisis is a good time to start lashing out at mommy / daddy because I dunno youth is harrrrrd). Lady Mechanika contains such a child. I really hope in a future storyline she gets kidnapped by bird monsters and dropped into the sea. She's awful. * fake "cockernee" written by Americans, and "Victorian" English peppered with anachronistic phrases. Argh Argh Argh. * lady-badass fights nemesis-lady-badass and their antagonism is fuelled by a long-ago falling out over... A MAN. Kill me. The story was okay if slight, and I'll read volume 2 because I have it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    In the first pages we learn of lady Mechanika, a half human half mechanical woman who remembers nothing of how she came to be this amalgamation of human and machine. She is unique on the world, but soon "replicas" begin to appear, but they don't seem to last very long. She begans to follow their trail, but it runs cold as the last girl appears to be dead from gunshots injuries, and recovering her body only leads to encounters with people from Mechanika's past. Her travels following more informati In the first pages we learn of lady Mechanika, a half human half mechanical woman who remembers nothing of how she came to be this amalgamation of human and machine. She is unique on the world, but soon "replicas" begin to appear, but they don't seem to last very long. She begans to follow their trail, but it runs cold as the last girl appears to be dead from gunshots injuries, and recovering her body only leads to encounters with people from Mechanika's past. Her travels following more information on the mechanical girl puts her on contact with the Circus Romani, made up of a bunch of people who are distrusted because they are different (but who share the same distrust towards others), but who are gonna end to be crucial in helping her in her forthcoming adventures, as she ends up striking some kind of friendship with Sr. Gitano, who turns out to be the father of the deceased mechanical girl, called Seraphina. I love the steampunk flare of this graphic novel, the little girl who wears pants and openly defies Lady Mechanika thinking she is an "imposter", the consistency of all the characters, how bad the bad characters are (even if some of them are come forward quite as "nazies"), and I think overall this is a very entertaining lecture.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melania 🍒

    2.75/5 I couldn’t believe how poorly written this is. Those boring words on such beautiful illustrations, such a pity. For the record, I read all of the 4 volumes only because the art is stunning.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette Nikolova

    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. *** 3.5, but not enough for 4 *** I enjoyed Lady Mechanika a lot more than I did Wraithborn. Considering my immense disappointment with the latter, I was almost scared to start Lady Mechanika. But as I received both of these, and the 2nd volume of Lady Mechanika, from NetGalley, I had to finish it. I am glad I had this incentive, because ultimately, Lady Mechanika is by far better than Wraithborn. Lady Mechanika is the epitome of steampunk. Everything ab Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. *** 3.5, but not enough for 4 *** I enjoyed Lady Mechanika a lot more than I did Wraithborn. Considering my immense disappointment with the latter, I was almost scared to start Lady Mechanika. But as I received both of these, and the 2nd volume of Lady Mechanika, from NetGalley, I had to finish it. I am glad I had this incentive, because ultimately, Lady Mechanika is by far better than Wraithborn. Lady Mechanika is the epitome of steampunk. Everything about it is highly detailed and intricate. If you look at the illustrations, you would notice that there are layers upon layers of art and attention to detail and I can't not admit how impressive that is. The art, in general, was much better here than in Wraithborn. If you remember my review, I was aghast at the depiction of women. They are still very sexual in Lady Mechanika, but it's done a lot more tastefully, to a point where I can agree that this is the wet dream of a classy high school boy. I also found the story more intriguing. I enjoyed the main story arc about the mechanical people a lot. The part that didn't impress me as much were the sub-plots and hints at other relations between the character that just add fluff to a story that could go without. Almost all characters are related in pairs and have common past. These two are siblings, those two worked together, the two men know each other, etc. etc. As far as the story about the Frankenstein-esque doctor who creates the mechanical people goes, there's already enough suspense that everything else is just micromanagement of pages that need to be filled. And speaking of, my major issue with Lady Mechanika: the writing. Literally. The author really wanted to write a book, didn't have enough material for that, but he obviously had too much for a comic book. There is just SO MUCH DIALOGUE. It doesn't go harmoniously with graphic novels. A book rat such as myself can tell you as much: when you are reading a book, you can take as many pages of text as there are; but if you are reading a comic book, you are not prepared for the insane amount of dialogue that is just out of place and both disjoints the story, and distracts the reader. Looking at this, I remember what I thought when I was initially reading it: This is honestly outrageous.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Steampunk, people with mechanical parts, airships... Set in the British Empire, presumably in the Victorian Era. Plot: I found the plot pretty confusing at first. Also it felt as if I was missing part of the story from an epilogue or previous volume. I did not find the dialogues interesting and lost interest in the story fairly quickly. But that's on me, it wasn't really my thing. Nice little cliffhanger at the end. Artwork: Nice page-sized panels at the beginning of every chapter. The colour scheme Steampunk, people with mechanical parts, airships... Set in the British Empire, presumably in the Victorian Era. Plot: I found the plot pretty confusing at first. Also it felt as if I was missing part of the story from an epilogue or previous volume. I did not find the dialogues interesting and lost interest in the story fairly quickly. But that's on me, it wasn't really my thing. Nice little cliffhanger at the end. Artwork: Nice page-sized panels at the beginning of every chapter. The colour scheme is pretty dark, to the point that I sometimes could not make out enough details for my liking. But generally nice. The larger tableaus were a little fuzzy. I liked the costumes of the female characters. Proportions / anatomy was well done, despite some oversized boobs. Especially the cover art reminded me of pinups. Bottomline, it was ok, but did not grab me. Nice artwork. 3 mechanized stars. I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The art work was absolutely beautiful in this graphic novel. I enjoyed the mystery elements and the steampunk world this story was set in. Am definitely interested in seeing where this story takes us in volume 2. I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Corrie

    Lady Mechanika, The Complete Volume 1: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse is like a Steampunk wet dream. Our heroine Lady Mechanika, a complex and kick-ass character with a troubled and mysterious past, is pure eye candy in both looks and outfits as she poses her attributes all over the page. Of course she is unrealistically blessed in the boob and leg department but that’s part of the appeal. Joe Benítez did an amazing job. The artwork is simply stunning and gorgeously detailed. The storyline Lady Mechanika, The Complete Volume 1: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse is like a Steampunk wet dream. Our heroine Lady Mechanika, a complex and kick-ass character with a troubled and mysterious past, is pure eye candy in both looks and outfits as she poses her attributes all over the page. Of course she is unrealistically blessed in the boob and leg department but that’s part of the appeal. Joe Benítez did an amazing job. The artwork is simply stunning and gorgeously detailed. The storyline has plenty of action, humor and suspence with a nice dollop of dark foreboding to keep this series interesting. Themes: Victorian Steampunk on steroids, awesome artwork, bad girl Lady Katharine de Winter (or The Commander) looks like Ilsa She Wolf of the SS in her jodhpurs, some of these characters have hella crazy mechanical enhancements, there are dirigibles and there’s a circus too, I would hate to have to go to the bathroom wearing one of those outfits though… all those buckles! 5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Graham Bradley

    BREATHTAKING!!! The artwork! The characters! The mood! The humor! This one came out of nowhere and propelled itself into my top 5 graphic novel series of all-time. It's right up there with Skullkickers, Bone, and Atomic Robo in terms of how much I loved it. Sign me up for round two!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Florin Pitea

    Excellent graphic works. Witty dialogue. Fast-paced plot. "Lady Mechanica vol. 1" belongs on the top shelf of steampunk graphic novels. I'm looking forward to reading volume 2.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Albert

    Lady Mechanika, Vol. 1: the Mystery of Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benitez brings back the unique and incredibly well written tale of everyone's favorite Victorian England Steampunk hero. Beautifully illustrated, this collection is sure to create another generation of fans to join the cult following Lady Mechanika already enjoys. She is Lady Mechanika, the lone survivor of a mad scientist's experiments, which left her with mechanical limbs. She has no memory of her former life and finds that she mus Lady Mechanika, Vol. 1: the Mystery of Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benitez brings back the unique and incredibly well written tale of everyone's favorite Victorian England Steampunk hero. Beautifully illustrated, this collection is sure to create another generation of fans to join the cult following Lady Mechanika already enjoys. She is Lady Mechanika, the lone survivor of a mad scientist's experiments, which left her with mechanical limbs. She has no memory of her former life and finds that she must rebuild a new one for herself. She becomes an adventurer and private investigator, using her strange and new abilities to solve crimes the police are not able to. When the corpse of a young woman with mechanical limbs is found in the very city where she was found, Lady Mechanika may finally have a lead to her very own origin and moves all she can to investigate. Set in an alternative Steampunk Victorian England where magic and inventions clash for their hold on reality. Where beautiful women with mechanical appendages and corsets and steam powered dirigibles fill the skies. this new Lady Mechanika tale tells the story of a young woman's search for her past. Joe Benitez continues the story of Lady Mechanika and with terrific artwork backing up some of the best storytelling going around he has created an independent comic line not to be missed. This one is far superior to so many of the comic books on the market that it would be criminal to miss this one. Lady Mechanika is a book that will be hard to find in its current print run so be one of the few in the know and get your copies now!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Morrell

    One star: The dialogue (clunky) Two stars: The plot (vague) Three stars: Lady Mechanika, Vol 1 (a good start) Four stars: The art (gorgeous) Five stars: Steampunk outfits of gloriousness (WANT) Lady Mechanika lives in the city of Mechanika, conveniently enough. Riding her notoriety as an adventuress (and don't forget, cyborg), she is a feminist icon in a male dominated world, trying to track down her origins and regain her missing memory, all while kicking much ass. The art can be a bit too dark to d One star: The dialogue (clunky) Two stars: The plot (vague) Three stars: Lady Mechanika, Vol 1 (a good start) Four stars: The art (gorgeous) Five stars: Steampunk outfits of gloriousness (WANT) Lady Mechanika lives in the city of Mechanika, conveniently enough. Riding her notoriety as an adventuress (and don't forget, cyborg), she is a feminist icon in a male dominated world, trying to track down her origins and regain her missing memory, all while kicking much ass. The art can be a bit too dark to decipher what's happening, but it's still pretty striking. I'll read on. I also started using mods in XCom 2 solely because I could upload her character and all her steampunk clothes into the game. Don't judge.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bambi Hyde

    I picked this up at my local comic shop after seeing a video comistorian did on it. It's a steampunk mystery and I really enjoyed the story and will continue with it. It's very well written and the art is amazing. In fact the story is 3.5 stars and the art is 5 stars. The line work and the details in every panel are breath taking. The neutrals and dark colors really lend to the atmosphere of the book, and give it a sooty and gloomy feel. I would definitely recommend this, if only for the art.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natália

    oh my...the vol. 0 is a 5 star rating, I loved it so much, but the rest of it...just didn't get me. The artwork is the strongest point, there are so many details and they are all so gorgeous.

  22. 4 out of 5

    C.T. Phipps

    LADY MECHANIKA is a steampunk comic book set in an alternate universe version of London and starring an amnesiac cyborg Lara Croft EXPY. If this in any way intrigues you then you are probably like me since it is an absolutely fabulous series. I'm a huge fan of steampunk and love the industrial revolution setting where science fiction, superstition, and craziness abound. Lady Mechanika is a wonderful character and one that is likely to appeal to male as well as female readers. While still beautif LADY MECHANIKA is a steampunk comic book set in an alternate universe version of London and starring an amnesiac cyborg Lara Croft EXPY. If this in any way intrigues you then you are probably like me since it is an absolutely fabulous series. I'm a huge fan of steampunk and love the industrial revolution setting where science fiction, superstition, and craziness abound. Lady Mechanika is a wonderful character and one that is likely to appeal to male as well as female readers. While still beautiful and pleasing to look at, she also dresses in actual clothes unlike quite a few comic protagonists (LOL). I was reminded of Eva Green in Penny Dreadful and Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider at various times. The first story arc deals with her tracking down a missing circus girl that may have been turned into a cyborg against her will. I love all the fascinating characters she associates with along the way including a grieving father and a non-terrifying clown. If you're looking for an off-beat independent series then I think this will work wonders for you. 9/10

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I was hoping that I would be able to recommend this book to teens who enjoyed the Levithan series, Blood+, or even readers for steam punk chicklit. Judging only from the first volume in this series, it may miss the mark for some, but if you are interested in steam punk and manga's like blood+ I would certainly give it a shot. I wish that more had been done with the female protagonist. I was really hopeful from the opening pages with the first altercation creature in the beginning, it showed a lo I was hoping that I would be able to recommend this book to teens who enjoyed the Levithan series, Blood+, or even readers for steam punk chicklit. Judging only from the first volume in this series, it may miss the mark for some, but if you are interested in steam punk and manga's like blood+ I would certainly give it a shot. I wish that more had been done with the female protagonist. I was really hopeful from the opening pages with the first altercation creature in the beginning, it showed a lot potential and I was hoping that Lady Mechanika would be a multi dimensional character. However, after that first scene my attention drifted and the over-used amnesia action hero trope made everything a little flat. Don't get me wrong I have watched Memento and Jason Bourne a million times (then again maybe that is the problem....) but I just wanted something more. I will pick up the next two volumes when I have a chance but I wasn't desperate to grab the next installment.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Greyson | Use Your Words

    Lady Mechanika Series Ratings: Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte #1: ★★★★★ Lady Mechanika, Vol.1: ★★★★★ Lady Mechanika Vol. 2:: TBR — I loved it! — I read this book as part of my 2018 Library Love binge, where I read as many library books as possible to take advantage of my great local library network before I move interstate! ___ │Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│ Lady Mechanika Series Ratings: Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte #1: ★★★★★ Lady Mechanika, Vol.1: ★★★★★ Lady Mechanika Vol. 2:: TBR — I loved it! — I read this book as part of my 2018 Library Love binge, where I read as many library books as possible to take advantage of my great local library network before I move interstate! ___ │Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│

  25. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I picked this one up knowing basically nothing about it - dramatic cover, cool steampunk vibe, plus I heard someone say it was good. I didn't know much more going in. Turns out, it really was good. With vibrant and engaging art as well as a rich and well-developed storyline, "Lady Mechanika" offers a very strong read and (to me) seemed notably developed for a comic. It's funny. It's got adventure. It takes place on a large scale, but doesn't forget the struggles and successes of the characters on I picked this one up knowing basically nothing about it - dramatic cover, cool steampunk vibe, plus I heard someone say it was good. I didn't know much more going in. Turns out, it really was good. With vibrant and engaging art as well as a rich and well-developed storyline, "Lady Mechanika" offers a very strong read and (to me) seemed notably developed for a comic. It's funny. It's got adventure. It takes place on a large scale, but doesn't forget the struggles and successes of the characters on a more personal level. My one main complaint - as there often is one - is that (for me) the visuals for the female characters make it clear that there is a male team behind the stylized artwork. But the artwork is otherwise great to look at, and it is backed up by consistently solid writing, so it was a lingering complaint, but really the only problem I had with this volume. So, all in all, it's a well-developed world with an engaging and multi-leveled story and fun characters. Steampunk adventure really does make for an enjoyable read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Adventure in a steampunk world! What's not to like? Unfortunately, this kind of story just isn't my thing anymore. The outfits on the main character are cool, but they're all basically leotards painted onto a woman whose figure and poses are close enough to pin-up level to create a "not for me" undercurrent through the whole thing. Worth a look, I suppose, if only to confirm that I am happier sticking with shoujo manga!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sacha Valero

    I received this as a gift from a younger family member who reads a ton of graphic novels and I have to admit I really liked it. The artwork is stunning and beautiful, and the story moves along at a quick pace. I've already purchased the second volume. The story line is cool and we even get a trained circus monkey causing some chaos when needed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Very entertaining and engaging, and spectacular artwork. Some might say that this volume is very wordy, and it is, but the wordiness is vital to understanding the plot. At any rate, I'll keep reading this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Madi

    So this is a stupid reason to dock a star on a graphic novel but god damn this was wordy. The art is so beautiful but there was so much unnecessary dialogue on each page that I swear it over took the art. Ugh. Otherwise I'm loving the world and I'm super interested to see where the story goes.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    Very enjoyable plot, gorgeous art and quite often entertaining dialogue. I'm glad I finally picked up this comic and I'm ready to dig into Vol. 2.

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