Review: Lady Mechanika issues #0 – #3

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Lady Mechanika: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse is one of the best written comic books I’ve read. (But honestly, I haven’t read that many).

The production history is a source of confusion. From what I gather Issue #0 was published in 2010 by Aspen. Issues 1 & 2 were published in 2011. Issue 3 was published in 2013, same month when it was announced that Aspen and the creator Joe Benitez parted ways.

I started reading the story in 2013. It appeared as a recommendation in my Kindle app. I was drawn to it because it seemed like a nice break from the typical Marvel & DC characters. In general, I’m a fan of independent artists. Oh, and issue #0 was free.

But it was only available through issue 2 on Kindle. Last month issue 3 became available on Comixology, and I noticed that now there are no kindle versions available.

An Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) for issue 4 can now be ordered off the official website for $15. I’m not sure when it will be available in stores or in Comixology.

Enough of the real world drama and confusion

Lady Mechanika is a comic that can be enjoyed by boys and girls’, men and women. It is a steampunk [ wikipedia article ] mystery. The artwork can feel extremely dark. But it is also set in a (fictional) time when light bulbs were not apart of everyone’s daily life.

To date: it is beautifully and consistently drawn. The creator seems seems extremely focused on quality, which I speculate is a contributing factor for the delay in production. But I’d rather have consistent quality and lament the loss of a great story that was never completed, than have a complete story that has gaps in quality.

What I really like about this is that Lady M finds enough value in society to adopt its virtues, even though she is practically an outcast. This makes her an compelling virtuous hero.

Lady M’s virtues and moral code isn’t a clear part of the story… Just something I found myself thinking about after I reading issue #2.

Much to the dismay of several comic book puritans the series is heavy on dialogue. Honestly, I prefer large amount of dialogues. Comic books are serving as somewhat of a substitute for novels right now, and I’ve found the more dialogue a title offers the more closely it resembles a novel.

I’m looking forward to reading the remaining 5 issues in the Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse… whenever they become available.

Will I read it to my children?

At ages 6 and 3, steampunk isn’t something that they seem interested in. Or much less able to comprehend. But if I thought they might be interested I’d read it to them.

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Comic Books and Bitcoins

There is no sugarcoating how strange the pairing of comic books and bitcoins sounds to me. Regardless, my growing interest in comic books lead me to take a more serious look at bitcoin and other digital currencies.

I didn’t read a comic book about bitcoins (although I would if one existed) and I didn’t use bitcoin to buy a comic book.

I was contemplating using Fiverr to hire an artist for a recent script I completed for a 5 page comic book. I noticed that one of Fiverr’s payment options is bitcoin.

And this is where using bitcoin seemed attractive because I wouldn’t have to deal with the paypal transaction fees.

Although that would mean having to deal with whatever obstacles bitcoin has. So I started my research and needless to say I’m not done yet. Through the process I discovered Dogecoins seemed far less intense than bitcoin. Mainly because they currently trade at about 1/50 of a cent and they’re also easier to obtain than bitcoins since the Dogecoin community encourages tipping.

If you have some Dogecoins and are feeling generous, you can feed the issue47 tip jar:

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Thanks!