The GeeksverseLady Mechanika #0

Lady Mechanika #0
Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 by

Joe Benitez writes & draws this steampunk story. How does he do and is the zero issue worth picking up?

Published by: Aspen MLT

Created, written & drawn by: Joe Benitez
Colored by: Peter Steigerwald
Lettered by: Josh Reed
Editor: Vince Hernandez & Frank Mastromauro

If you’ve seen Benitez’s work before you know how he draws his women. Lady Mechanika is busty, but thats where it stops for the cheesecake “bad girl” stuff. Her facial features remind me of the female character from Benitez’s first monthly work, Weapon Zero for Top Cow.

I’m a fan of his art, always have been, and this issue doesn’t disappoint. Highly detailed with the world and the weapons, as well as the mechanical aspects of Lady Mechanika herself. The shot of her hand with the web pieces is great. The demon, Ucky, is well drawn as well. The same with the mercenaries.

The opening page is well laid out, using both the first page and the inside cover to set the establishing shot.

Lady Mechanika is a monster hunter, half machine, and doesn’t know who she is or where she came from. The demon she encountered gives her clues before it is killed by the man that will become, most likely, the main antagonist. Benitez does a good job of setting up Blackpool. We’re given motivation for him to want to hunt her down, and it fits seamlessly into the world they inhabit.

And what an interesting world it is. 1858 with some technologies. It’s a steampunk tale and fans of that genre will, no doubt, enjoy this well crafted and well drawn tale.

This zero issue does what it needs to. It introduces the main character, giving us a hint of the personality as well as motivations, but leaving plenty of mystery. It gives us an antagonist, and sets up the relationship and reasons for their conflict right off the bat. It gives us a tease of the world, leaving us wanting more. The zero issue is wrapped up nice and neat, leaving enough hooks to want to go and grab #1 when it’s out in December.

Benitez work is highly detailed and he captures the feel of a steampunk 1850s London perfectly. He even gets some of the language down with the characters, including Lady Mechanika herself, sounding distinctly British.

The script could use a bit of help. It is the first time Benitez has written something, as far as I know, and it shows. It’s still a strong issue, but a co-writer with some more experience would only help improve this already impressive debut (as a writer) work.

Lady Mechanika #0 receives
4 out of 5

Excellant set up for the coming ongoing and well crafted book.

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