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Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte
by Joe Benítez (Author), M. M. Chen, Martin Montiel (Illustrator), Peter Steigerwald (Illustrator)
Genres: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk
Published: April 7th 2017 by Benitez Productions

After suffering a tragic loss, Lady Mechanika takes a trip to a small Mexican village just in time for their Día de los Muertos celebration. But the festivities turn truly deadly after the arrival of the Jinetes del Infierno, the mythical Hell Riders!

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.



Review
This book is about Lady Mechanika after suffering a tragic loss she just wants to be alone so she heads off to a small Mexican village. Turns out she's arriving just in time for their celebration of the dead. I knew a wanted to give this a read once I found out that it's a.) is set in a fictionalized steampunk Victorian England b.) it's a graphic novel based around Día de los Muertos celebration. I'm glad I did read it. This book is different than graphics I've been reading lately. I enjoyed the story where she had to solve the case and fulfill promises; even -maybe- starts to find herself.

As for characters there a few we get to know a little. But Lady Mechanika is our lead and feel that -seeing as she has no memory of her captivity or her former life - her personality fits that. We don't know her favorite color or food. We don't know anything but that she has a troubled, she now fighting for whats right and she can kick butt.

The art in the book is an amazing blend of Mexican and Steampunk. It mashes this two very different styles to make one new style that pulls this whole book together. I will be keeping my eyes out for more stories in this series.






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