Lady Mechanika in the Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse (Volume 1) is a story that was created, written and drawn by Joe Benitez, the colors were done by Peter Steigerwald and the letters by Josh Reed.
The story revolves around Lady Mechanika, the sole survivor of a mad scientist’s horrific experiments which has left her with mechanical limbs. She has no memory of her captivity or her former life but has managed to build a new life for herself as an adventurer and a private investigator. Her unique abilities allow her to solve cases that the proper authorities can not or will not handle. The story chronicles Lady Mechanika’s obsessive search for her identity as she investigates other mysteries involving science and the supernatural.
I can not personally rave about this story enough. The story is well written, flows excellently and even though there is not a lot about the back story of Lady Mechanika (obviously with her missing her memory), it does not distract from the story. You love the “good” guys and you can’t help but detest the self absorbed “bad” guys while you read this story. The action in the story is believable and almost nonstop (dare I say that this is an action story?). The art is just beautifully done. The colors saturate the pages (it is not a graphic novel that leans heavily towards the darker color spectrum which can tend to be popular with the punk genres), they are so vibrant and pop off the page for your eyes to feast upon. If graphic novels aren’t really your thing, the art alone is worth you going out and dropping money on it.
I am going to give this graphic novel 5 Airships out of 5.
Now go out AND PUNK IT ALL!