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Review: Lady Mechanika, Vol. 1

Lady Mechanika Vol. 1: the Mystery of Mechanical Corpse (Issues 0-5) by Joe Benitez

Genres/Themes: Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Comic, Female Protagonist, Body transformations/cyborgs

★★★★★

*I received this through netgalley, but all thoughts and opinions below are my own*

YES!!! I am in L.O.V.E with this series. There is no way around it, I will have to read more!

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


Criticism first just to get it out of the way. Sometimes clothing would be torn in one frame then not in the next. Literally only noticed because adobe digital editions is so so so soso slow. I really have to stop requesting books that only do it in this format, but I don’t know how to tell beforehand…. I digress. I also thought it could get a little wordy and the text was small — again this might have only been an issue because I was reading on my laptop.

Okay, good stuff. I absolutely LOVE~ steampunk and this comic does it so well. The illustrations are beautiful and I literally wish I could own all of Lady Mechanika’s outfits. All of them. I feel like the plot is moving along at a good pace and even with this current arc being over, there are still many more mysteries to be solved. This is a comic so beautiful I really wish I could hold it in my hands and just stare at the drawings…

Do I recommend this? HECK YES! If you like steampunk, you HAVE to give this a try. If you like sci-fi and/or comics I think this might be worth checking out. So far, I think this might be okay for young adults and up.

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