Lady Mechanika Vol 5
May 20th, 2019 by diane92345

Absolutely beautiful artwork and an intriguing plot enliven Lady Mechanika Vol 5.

Lady Mechanika is again trying to discover who mechanized her when she is interrupted by a new issue. Mr. Lewis, her sidekick, is pulled out of his depression by a new lady love. But is her love for him true? In the meantime, Lady Mechanika runs into a professional hit woman, Mistress Grimm.

I love the new villainess. Her metal mask is truly scary. It will be nice if Mr. Lewis pulls out of his funk and man’s up as Robin to Lady Mechanika’s Batman.

Seriously, the awesome steampunk art here will, I’m sure, inspire amateur seamstresses/metalworkers out there to create some fine clothing. I also like the overt and subtle female empowerment within the plot. Lady Mechanika is obviously an independent woman as well as a take-no prisoners kick-a$$. However, it’s not just the Lady, both young girls in the story are shown in pants and not intimidated by anyone.

Lady Mechanika Vol 5 is a fantastic merging of steampunk and fantasy with a mystery. This series just keeps getting better. 5 stars!

Thanks to Benitez Productions and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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The Family Trade Vol 1
April 16th, 2018 by diane92345

The Float is a city floating on the sea of an alternate version of Earth. It originated with a rebel armada from an England-like land. The Float is ruled by the Clans, who are descendants of the original ships’ officers.  The Family, descendants of the original crews, keeps the Clans in line. To attain that goal, they steal, lie and kill.  Jessa Wynn is a member of the Family. When her parents die doing Family business, she is left only with her Uncle Christian. Working by day as a language teacher for the Clans, at night Jessa does missions for the Family. When she learns a secret, the Bookkeeper who is the leader of the Family doesn’t believe her so Jessa decides to find the evidence herself. Oh, and the Bookkeeper speaks to a group of Tom Cats, who also work for the Family.

The Family Trade Vol 1 has beautifully different pen, ink and watercolor artwork. It has a steampunky look of the late 1800s but no date is given.  The plot moves quickly and offers a few surprising twists. Notably, Jessa is an innovative character for comics.  Rarely are female superheroes/adventurers set in a relatively realistic setting, if they exist at all. Jessa is beautiful with her curly dark hair.  She is witty, strong and capable but doesn’t always use the most common sense so I assume she is a teenager or young adult. I also love the Toms. They add a different vibe to the series. They act like real cats: self-possessed to the point of superiority (at least in their own minds) but follow orders. Note that I have two cats so I know how unlikely it is that cats would voluntarily follow orders. 4 stars!

The Family Trade Vol 1 has just begun the story and it is scheduled to be a series. Vol 1 collects issues 1-5. I am looking forward to the future adventures of Jessa and the Toms.

Thanks to the publisher, Image Comics, and Edelweiss+ for an advanced copy.

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Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte
September 26th, 2017 by diane92345

Hauntingly beautiful art with a radically different story.

Set in a small town near Mexico City in 1869, Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte has a steampunk style that also incorporates the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration in an innovative manner. It is exceptionally gorgeous using both customary steampunk hues (black, gray, bronzes) with pops of bright color evoking Mexican culture. The plot contains several twists and red herrings.

This a standalone graphic novel. It appears to be a prequel to the regular Lady Mechanika series, which is set in the 1870s London.

I would recommend Lady Mechanika: La Dama del la Muerte to readers looking for something different in a comic, fabulous artwork or those that like a steampunk plot with a twist. 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Benitez Productions, and netgalley for an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Published on September 26, 2017.

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July 15th, 2017 by diane92345

If the films Metropolis and The Big Sleep had a baby, it would look just like this book’s plot.

Ray Electromatic, the last robot in a world that used to be full of them, was programmed to be a private investigator…but killing pays better. His handler, a computer named Ada, gives him his work orders. She also wipes his memory each night. His most recent job was saving a mafia Don from a restaurant bloodbath a la The Godfather. Once done, he is offered another job by the Don. Ray is then involved in a mysterious scheme involving car chases, fake identities and plenty of murder.

Originally, I thought this was a parody of 1940’s hard-boiled detectives utilizing a kitschy robot. However, it is much more than that. There is real science fiction world building in this novel. It is as if steampunk continued growing until the mid-1960’s. The setting and atmosphere are equally gritty and consistent. The plot has the same exuberance for the future as steampunk stories do. The mystery was good though the resolution was a bit obvious (at least to someone who has read as many mysteries as I have). I loved that, though the main plot line was solved, there was a subplot left to be resolved in the next book in the series. I can’t wait!

I would recommend this book to hard-boiled detective fans but especially to those who enjoy steampunk thrillers like Leviathan and Kraken.

Thanks to the publisher, Tor Books, and netgalley for an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

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