Lady Mechanika: La Belle Dame Sans Merci #1 Review – Steampunk PI Cyborg Adventure

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Lady Mechanika: La Belle Dame Sans Merci #1
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Writers: M.M. Chen and Joe Benitez, Artists: Joe Benitez and Martin Montiel, Inker: Studio J-13 Color Artist: Beth Sotelo, Letters: Michael Heisler, Cover by: Joe Benitez and Beth Sotelo, Variant Covers by: Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald; Joe Benitez; Joe Benitez and Sabine Rich; Joe Benitez and Beth Sotelo; Miguel Mercado; Jamie Tyndall, Art Director and Story Editor: Joe Benitez, Editor: Marcia Chen, Design and Production: Michael Heisler and Marcia Chen, Lady Mechanika Logo: Peter Steigerwald, Created by Joe Benitez, Publisher: Benitez Productions Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Inspector Singh visits the house of Lady Mechanika to inquire about a case. A man had his mechanical arm stolen by a thief, and he wants to know if Mechanika was involved. She was to a point, but she doesn’t know the current whereabouts of the arm. She resolves to investigate soon, and she is called away by trouble involving Mr. Lewis. He has been frequently drunk and may be unable to help Lady Mechanika investigate the missing arm. She must go it alone.

Lady Mechanika: La Belle Dame Sans Merci #1 cover by Joe Benitez and Beth Sotelo
Lady Mechanika: La Belle Dame Sans Merci #1 cover by Joe Benitez and Beth Sotelo

This is my first experience with the Lady Mechanika line of comic books. I’m not much into steampunk in general, but this book did win me over with its charms and clever dialogue.

This first issue is a little slow. The story is being set up, and we are made privy to the current state of Mechanika’s social life. Both are fun to read, so the slowness is somewhat forgivable.

Mechanika is clever and charming herself, and her dialogue is often quite entertaining to read. This is a steampunk setting, so most characters are eloquent and well spoken. However, Mechanika’s speech stands out even in this setting, and her relationships with friends and associates make for good reading.

Her backstory is interesting too, and it pops up in the main plot in interesting ways.

Lady Mechanika: La Belle Dame Sans Merci #1 art by Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel, Beth Sotello, and Studio J-13
Lady Mechanika: La Belle Dame Sans Merci #1 art by Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel, Beth Sotello, and Studio J-13

The artwork by Joe Benitez and Martin Montiel is one of the prime selling points of the comic, of course. The art is unique, using severe angles and slender figures to create a harmonious flow from panel to panel. That said, there are plenty of curves flowing figures to complement the harsher angles. I also appreciate the gears and pipes that make up the panel framing. It’s a gorgeous comic, and Beth Sotelo‘s colors add a lot to the visuals.

Lady Mechanika: La Belle Dame Sans Merci #1 is charming if slow first entry for the new volume. The character is presented well, her personality is appealing, and the art is gorgeous. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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(Last Updated July 9, 2018 3:40 pm )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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