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Graphic Novel Review: Lady Mechanika, Vol.1: Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benítez

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Lady Mechanika, Vol.1: Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse

Graphic Novel Review: Lady Mechanika, Vol.1: Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benítez
by Joe Benítez
Series: Lady Mechanika #1
Also in this series: Lady Mechanika Vol 3.: The Lost Boys of West Abbey, Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte, Lady Mechanika Vol.4: The Clockwork Assassin
Published by Benitez Productions
on December 1st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Steampunk, Victorian
Pages: 160
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon |B&N
Rating: 5 Stars



In a Victorian world filled with flying dirigibles, clockwork automatons, and elegantly fashionable attire, a young woman with mechanical limbs and no memory of how she got them searches desperately for the secrets to her past.

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I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book received via NetGalley.



One word: Awesomeness. Lady Mechanika pushed all the right buttons for me. Victorian: check. Steampunk: check. Kick ass heroine: check, check, checkedy check check! This is the first graphic novel that I read and I literally want more of it! I’m hooked, addicted, a newly formed junkie that already needs a fix!


So, a graphic novel has, well…graphics!

The art work is just amazing. Literal eye candy for those that appreciate that sort of thing. And no, it does not detract from the reading enjoyment. I just could not get enough. The author/artist definitely captured the Victorian Steampunk category well, and the added effect of the mechanical aspects were nice. She is called Lady Mechanika after all….



And why is that you ask?

Well, she is part machine (Her forearms, actually. She doesn’t quite like to show it, so hence, the gloves she always wears). Part of a mad experiment done to her and others for reasons that she is still trying to figure out. She’s a sort of Steampunk sleuth slash 007. She even has her humorous sidekick who fixes her up and creates gizmos for her.

As for the storyline itself, well, it’s not cerebral. Very easy to follow. There are the quintessential bad guys: Lord Blackpool and his cronies who give our Lady Mechanika a hard time. Her exploits in this volume consist of trying to solve the mysterious death of a mechanical girl, not unlike Lady Mechanika herself. Which in turn, causes her to investigate that and also makes her delve deeper into her own past. One that she does not know/remember.


(A glimpse of the types characters she encounters on her journey.)

I could not put this book down. Really, at only 160 pages (most of which are beautiful images of Lady Mechanika) it makes for a short and fast read. This is Vol. 1 which consists of chapters 0-5. So, if you do pick up this comic individually, I suggest starting from the very beginning.

Have you ever read a graphic novel, if so which one?

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Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

Thanks for sharing! I LOVE graphic novels. I’m glad you finally ventured into checking one out and that it was a big success for you. I recommend the Locke and Key graphic novels by Joe Hill. Some of my favorites!


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I don’t read as many graphic novels nowadays, but I do enjoy them. And this one sounds really good, the pictures you shared look so pretty and it sounds like the artwork is really well done in this book! I like the sound of the bit of mystery and the story. Glad to hear this was a great read!

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I love that cover and the graphics. Nope, have never read one, but boy do you have me wanting this. *grabby hands*

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This looks pretty great, I’ll have to add it to my list. I’ve been slacking on the graphic novels lately, haven’t been finding many I like, but this looks worth a try.

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Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

That does look like some gorgeous artwork! The cover alone tempted me to try it, but I’m just not sure it’d be quite my kind of story. But it does sound unique and interesting, and that’s one hell of an outfit she’s got in that picture!

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Nadene Reynolds

I am glad you enjoyed it. As for me never read a graphic novel before.

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