Lady Mechanika is a creator-owned comic book series by Joe Benitez, inspired by the steampunk genre. “Steampunk” is all about re-imagining history, usually combining the elegance of the Victorian Era with more advanced science fiction technology.
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, Mechanika eventually built a new life for herself as a private detective, using her unique abilities to solve cases the police couldn’t or wouldn’t handle. But she never stopped searching for the answers to her own past.
Set in turn of the century England, a time when magic and superstition clashed with new scientific discoveries and inventions, Lady Mechanika is about a young woman’s search for her own identity as she solves other mysteries involving science and the supernatural.
Book List (in order of publication)
Lady Mechanika: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse
In a steampunk world filled with flying dirigibles, clockwork automatons, and elegantly fashionable attire, a young woman with mechanical limbs and no memory of how she got them searches desperately for the secrets to her past.
Available as a complete graphic novel Lady Mechanika Volume 1, which also includes The Demon of Satan’s Alley, the prelude chapter to The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse. The Demon of Satan’s Alley was first published in Lady Mechanika #0 and reprinted in Lady Mechanika FCBD Edition. The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse was first published in Lady Mechanika #1-5. Issues #0 and #1 were also reprinted in the Lady Mechanika #0-1 Collected Edition, and Issues #2 and #3 were reprinted in Lady Mechanika #2-3 Collected Edition.
Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies
After a young friend shows up unexpectedly on her doorstep, Lady Mechanika finds herself on a globe-spanning trek filled with alchemy mysteries, secret societies, and scientific curiosities, while opposing forces race in search of the Tablet of Destinies, an ancient Sumerian artifact reputed to hold the knowledge of the Gods and the secrets of the Universe.
Lady Mechanika: The Lost Boys of West Abbey
Lady Mechanika’s investigation into the deaths of “undesirable” children in Mechanika City triggers an unexpected reaction from her subconscious self. But are they truly lost memories finally surfacing after so many years, or just simple nightmares?
First published in Lady Mechanika: The Lost Boys of West Abbey #1-2.
Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte
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 Demon Riders from Hell.
First published in the Day of the Dead special, Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte #1-3.