Lady Mechanika is a steampunk comic book series created by Joe Benitez. Issues #0-3 of the first Lady Mechanika mini-series were published by Aspen MLT in 2010-12. Issues #4-5 were self-published in 2015, followed by issues #1-6 of the second mini-series series Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies.
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.
Girls, guns or zombies? Girls, guns and steampunk adventure!
Volume 1: The Mysteries of the Mechanical Corpse (2015). This volume collects the entire first Lady Mechanika mini-series The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse (originally published as Lady Mechanika #1-5), including its prequel chapter The Demon of Satan’s Alley (originally published as Lady Mechanika #0), plus a complete cover art gallery.
When the corpse of another young woman with mechanical limbs is discovered in the city where Lady Mechanika herself was originally found, Lady Mechanika drops everything to investigate. Could the mystery of the mechanical corpse help her unlock the secrets to her own past?
Created, written and drawn by Joe Benitez. Colors by Peter Steigerwald. Letters by Josh Reed.
Volume 2: The Tablet of Destinies (2016). This volume collects the entire second Lady Mechanika mini-series The Tablet of Destinies (originally published as Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies #1-6), plus a complete cover art gallery.
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.
Lady Mechanika created by Joe Benitez. Story by M.M. Chen. Pencils by Joe Benitez and Martin Montiel. Colors by Mike Garcia. Letters by Michael Heisler.
My thoughts… Lady Mechanika, the comic, is quintessential steampunk. The story is exciting and filled with a sense of adventure (like a Jules Verne novel), while the artwork is wonderfully dark with a strong industrial influence. Lady Mechanika, the character, is like James West [of The Wild, Wild West – the ‘6os TV series not the dumb 1999 movie] meets Lara Croft. Like most Victorian women, Lady Mechanika has poise and grace but, unlike most Victorian women, she is skilled with various weaponry and the art of ass-kicking! As of issue #6 of The Tablet of Destinies, Joe Benitez is putting Lady Mechanika on a brief hiatus – but, she’ll be back on comic book shelves in Spring 2016!