Lady Mechanika #1 Comic Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Story 8.0
Art 8.5
Value 8.0
Total 8.3
Publisher: Aspen Comics
Release Date: December 2010
Reviewer: Troy Mayes

8.3


Lady Mechanika #1

After the rather awesome #0 issue Aspen Comics Lady Mechanika really starts to get going in issue #1. 

Set in a steam-punk England Lady Mechanika follows Lady Mechanika an ass kicking take no prisoners super woman with mechanical arms and a deadly arsenal. Oh, she also oozes sensuality from her divine figure.  

Issue one sees Mechanika investigating the death of a young girl not unlike herself. It seems to be the flavor of the series; Mechanika investigates cases that might lead her to a discovery about her past. Itís a pretty standard storytelling structure, but one that can be really interesting and exciting when itís done well. So far Mechanika is doing it well. There are a lot of mysterious figures who seem to have a history with Mechanika, some dazzling locations (Mechanika city) and some pretty good action, which all help to make this tried and true story structure a fun read. I say fun because thatís how the series feels. Something like Indiana Jones and the old adventure stories it was based on. The fact that the issue includes more recipes from the steam punk kitchen seems to reaffirm that fun feeling.  

I was a little confused at the start and I think that was due to reading the #0 issue as I already had some interaction with the world of Lady Mechanika and I felt it was more a story of Mechanikaís backstory and not something altogether different from that. Also the narration that seemed to accompany the introduction felt like an introduction to the world of Mechanika and therefore an introduction to Mechanika herself not a different character altogether. Aside from that the issue contained good dialogue, with a hint of British humor, and accents that felt authentic but not over the top and annoying. Itís certainly a very easy issue to read. 

The art continues the high standard set in issue one. Outfits look authentic in terms of both the period and the steam-punk flavor of the series. Like I said Mechanika herself oozes sexuality but the eyecandy isnít so overdone that the strength of her will is overshadowed. A skank Lady Mechanika certainly is not and sheís all the better for it. The action is handled well and the fact that itís violent but not gory adds to the fun adventure aspect of the series. Extreme gore would cheapen the experience but the use of a black silhouette and a spray of blood gives the desired effect to the reader. I was a little surprise by the Ďfightí at the end. Mechanika seems pushed aside by something akin to Force powers and it kind of threw me seeing as guns and knives had been the main weapons shown so far. It could turn out to be some sort of steam-punk weapon but right now it seems like the series might be heading into an even deeper fantasy element that may prove overwhelming in the long run. There was some mention of werewolves and I just wonder whether the series might start to deal with more than it can handle.  

Overall, Lady Mechanika #1 is a fun read that has plenty of action, great artwork and well written dialogue with just the right amount of humor. I do wonder about where the series will go in the future and whether itís the wrong path but Iím certainly sold enough on the series to take that journey.     






 
 



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