I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Lady Mechanicka: The Demon of Satan's Alley by Joe Benitez (Written and Drawn), Peter Steigerwald (Colors) and Josh Reed (Letters)

Today is free comic book day and I received my free comic book at my local library. I decided to try one I had never heard of the Lady Mechanika series.  For those like me who are unfamiliar with the series, Lady Mechanika was the sole survivor of a crazed scientist terrifying experiments that left her with mechanical limbs and no memory of her imprisoned life or her life before.  She started anew by opening up a private investigative business where she uses her unique abilities to solve crimes that the cops can't or won't solve.  This series is set in a steampunk turn of the century England where magic, superstition, and scientific discovery are clashing against each other. Her main goal, however, is to find out the secrets of her past and who she is.

In this comic, she goes down Devil's Alley to chase down a menace that has been terrorizing the townsfolk and finds a mechanical cat that is starving and can talk coherently with her.  Not only that, but the cat seems to know her.  Could this be a puzzle piece she has been missing?  Unfortunately, she isn't the only one looking for the cat. The townspeople and a mysterious man named Blackpool.

Also included in this free comic is an excerpt of Volume 2: The Tablet of Destinies.  The coloring is great for the period and for the situation in that it takes place in an alley in late Victorian England and the excerpt has great sepia tones.  The paneling is amazing during the fight scene in the way that it is worked out on the page.  This is a great story and I plan to look into reading more about Lady Mechanika in the future.

This story can be found in volume one of Lady Mechanika: https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Mechanika-Mystery-Mechanical-Corpse-ebook/dp/B06Y39X198/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1494099513&sr=8-2&keywords=lady+mechanika

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