Lady Mechanika, Vol.1: the Mystery of Mechanical Corpse By M. M. Chen. Pencils by Joe Benitez & Martin Montiel. Colors by Mike Garcia.
Goodreads’ Synopsis: 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.
Lady Mechanika Vol. 2: The Tablet of Destinies By M.M. Chen. Pencils by Joe Benitez & Martin Montiel
Goodreads’ Synopsis: After a young friend shows up unexpectedly on her doorstep, Lady Mechanika immediately drops everything to come to her aid. They embark on a globe-spanning trek filled with ancient artifacts, secret societies, and scientific curiosities, but Lady Mechanika is eventually confronted with an impossible decision: the life of her friend, or the fate of all humankind.
My Review: So I had heard about these comics from my boyfriend and he told me that he really enjoyed them. So when I saw that they were on Netgalley under the Read Now section I jumped on the opportunity. I absolutely loved these comics.
First off let me talk about the artwork. It is so stunning. Everything was so pleasing to the eye. The way the characters looked and their outfits were so beautiful. I really wish I could own every outfit Lady Mechanika wore. I even told my boyfriend if I was ever given the chance I would love to buy prints from the artist. I highly recommend checking this comic out for the artwork alone.
The next thing I really enjoyed was the story. Lady Mechanika is filled with so much action and adventure. The first volume did a great job setting up the story about how Lady Mechanika is on the search for more information about where she came from. The second one had a lot more adventure to it and I really enjoyed it. It ventures off a bit from the main story but I found it very enjoyable and didn’t want the story to end.
The last thing are the characters. There are so many unique characters in this world. Lady Mechanika alone is an awesome main character. She is badass and on a mission. She won’t let anyone stand it her way and sticks to her word. I can’t wait to read more about her to see where the story takes her. There was a character in the second book that I highly enjoyed but I believe was only for the second book. It was such a shame because I loved the little time Lady Mechanika spent with this character. I think they could have made a great duo. I will just have to continue to series to see if old characters show up again.
Overall I really enjoyed this comic a lot. I would highly recommend it you check it out because you will not be disappointed. I am extremely sad it isn’t more popular. I can see people really liking it a lot. Plus the third volume comes out soon so thankfully there isn’t too much of a wait for it. It just sucks having to wait for the 4th one. I don’t know how I’m going to deal with that.
I give both volumes a 5/5.
Lady Mechanika Vol. 3: The Lost Boys of West Abbey comes out May 16 2017.
*I just want to thank Netgalley for letting me review this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
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