Lady Mechanika has been getting a lot of buzz lately. So, I decided to check it out. I don’t get it.
It’s not that Lady Mechanika is bad. Benitez relates a competent steampunk science fantasy story. Lady Mechanika tries to decipher her own identity by hunting down the cyborg demons that plague the realm. She is like her name and she hopes that one of these creatures may lead her to her origins.
I can see two main selling points to Lady Mechanika.
However, it can’t just be Lady Mechanika’s jutting assets that merited this book’s second printing. While a quantity of comic book purchasers do seek the common denominator of cachongas, some readers aim higher. Even when factoring in the consistent Boob Door, there must be some other spark in Lady Mechanika that’s igniting the positive word of mouth.
Perhaps, it’s Lady Mechanika, her own bad self. I can’t really see that. She cuts a striking figure with her Boob Door, but there’s not whole lot of personality there when compared to say Velocity, Anne Steelyard, Lady Robotika, or the Palmiotti/Gray/Conner Power Girl. Lady Mechanika’s accomplishments which include kneecapping the Big Bad aren’t really that rousing or special, and the steampunk elements are rather slight in terms of storytelling. Really, with a little editing, this could have been a straightforward period drama.
I have a hypothesis. Anime/manga fans tend to overlap with comic book fans. I am not an anime/manga fan, but I can see how this book would appeal to such people. Benitez’s optic incorporates numerous anime tropes: the stocky thug with long black hair, the walrusy, whiskery dude with round glasses and the evil thin guy with sideburn issues. As a kid, I’ve seen these archetypes in Speed Racer, Starblazers, Robotech and G-Force. So, maybe these are the touchstones making so many people gaga over Lady Mechanika. Of course, I could be wrong. Maybe it’s just the Boob Door.