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Lady Mechanika Vol. 5: La Belle Dame Sans Merci by Joe Benitez

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Lady Mechanika is back and is investigating a mystery that hits close to home. Her friend Mr. Lewis is exhibiting strange behavior and Lady Mechanika must be a friend first and put her search for her master on the back burner. Steam punk, and mystery still abound in this volume.


Lady Mechanika Vol. 5: La Belle Dame Sans Merci

lady mechanika vol 5

I always giggle like a rabid fan girl when it comes to Lady Mechanika. Is it her kick assness? Her wit (sometimes sarcastic), her heartbreaking backstory, her totally cool outfits, of just the steampunk in general?

First off let me just squee in delight over Inspector Singh making an appearance. I really do wish he played more of a role in the series in general. But I get it, Lady Mechanika is sort of a lone wolf-slash-half human-slash-half machine…thing.

The mystery in this volume focuses on Mr. Lewis. Usually I love him. He’s such a goof that his somewhat drunken stupor is sort of endearing. He was quite defeatist and gullible this time and I wanted to slap him out of it. How he could have easily fallen for the gorgeous fairy is understandable given the skeletons in his closet.

Although, the “villain” in this volume strayed from the usual baddies Lady Mechanika encounters. Was she really evil? Maybe. But I could almost feel sorry for her towards the end. And poor Mr. Lewis. It really left it all up in the air as to his relationship with Lady Mechanika. Hope it’s not irreparable.

lady mechanika vol. 5 excerpt 1

More Inspector Singh please!


We got a taste of the Reapers in this volume, but it was short lived. Pretty cool looking villains though. Right?

lady mechanika vol. 5 reapers

the Reapers.


Any wonder why I have a girl crush on Lady Mechanika? She’s just so darn sexy!

lady mechanika vol. 5 chapter 3

lady mechanika vol. 5 variant cover

I really want an art print of this.












Overall, I really can’t fault this series. It’s just so fun to read. The artwork is amazing and the characters memorable.

If you like graphic novels, kick ass heroines, and steampunk, well…what are you waiting for!? Read these from the beginning to get the scope of the world (and backstory) to Lady Mechanika.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Lady Mechanika Vol. 5: La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Lady Mechanika Vol. 5: La Belle Dame Sans Merci by Joe Benitez
by Joe Benítez, M. M. Chen
Series: Lady Mechanika #5
Also in this series: Lady Mechanika, Vol.1: Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse, Lady Mechanika Vol 3.: The Lost Boys of West Abbey, Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte
Published by Benitez Productions
on May 14th, 2019
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 104
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Stars



Lady Mechanika's investigation into her forgotten past is overshadowed by concern for her associate Mr. Lewis when he becomes enamored of a beautiful and enigmatic young widow, whose own past seems disturbingly linked to the untimely deaths of several creative geniuses. Will Mr. Lewis be next?

ARC Historical Series

Past Reviews

Lady Mechanika Vol.1-Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse

Lady Mechanika Vol.2-Tablet of Destinies

Lady Mechanika Vol.3-The Lost Boys of West Abbey

Lady Mechanika: La Dama De La Muerte

Inspector Singh is Back! Lady Mechanika Vol. 4

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Lady mechanika series cover graphic 2 edit


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Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

I love the artwork and a good mystery. Plus, I’ve read and loved the poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” so it’ll be cool to see how it factors into this volume. Adding this graphic novel series to my TBR list!

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Glad to hear this series is still going strong and that you’re enjoying it so much! The characters sound interesting. I can see why you want more Inspector Singh lol.


I’m glad you enjoyed the latest volume. I do love graphic novels, and this is one I hope to try!



the artwork in this looks reallly good

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I’ve never really gotten into this format, but damn girl.. you make an appeal case for the characters and storyline!

Mary Kirkland

I love the artwork, it is amazing.

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