STEAMPUNK CORNER: LADY MECHANIKA!
PER COMICS FORGE . . .
Beneath this lengthy title lies a fantastic example of the slow seepage of the steampunk subgenre from genre lit into comics. Creator/ writer/ artist Joe Benitez has come a long way from his work on The Darkness and The Magdalena, both for Top Cow and both nicely illustrated. But Lady Mechanika is a quantum leap forward, art and design wise from those titles. The elegantly designed pages and linework are captivating from cover to cover.
Set in an alternate history England in 1878, the book’s main character was attacked and ravaged by a serial killer. Her lost limbs and other body parts were replaced by mechanical parts, how and by whom she cannot recall. Most of her memory has been expunged, even that of her own real name. Now equipped with the requisite steampunk goggles atop her head, and fortified by mythical Victorian tech to be the proverbial “better faster stronger”, she is Lady Mechanika, a private detective to be reckoned with.
Her outfit has the de riqeur corset, but flesh and cleavage is hidden beneath her costume to drive home the fact her body has been mangled. The shapely curves are still there as in all of Benitez’s women, though. Mechanika’s clothing, indeed, is skin tight with snug trousers (no dress for this adventuring lass)…
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