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Book: Clockwork Assasin (Lady Mechanika 4) by Joe Benitez
Release Date: June 26th 2018
Tags: Graphic Novel / Adult / Steampunk / Sci-Fi / Murder Mystery
When a series of brutal murders linked to Mr. Lewis’ past leads Detective Inspector Singh to Lady Mechanika’s doorstep, the Inspector is finally forced to consider: is Lady Mechanika a crime-fighting hero or a cold blooded killer?
One graphic novel I have heard a bit about would be Lady Mechanika. While searching through what kind of comics and graphic novels I could read through the library I found a few volumes of this graphic novel. Shortly after that I found this volume on Netgalley and decided to give it a try.
When I first looked into Lady Mechanika I had to really search what was what. Most of these big volumes are first published in six different issues. Adding on to that confusion is that this volume is marked as 4 on the cover and the inside page, but the file is called volume 5. I do think that you can easily settle into this without having read any of the previous installments.
The art is great. Very consistent. The whole tone of the colors fit very well with the steampunk elements and Lady Mechanika’s personality. The full spread bust and pictures of Lady Mechanika in the back are also gorgeous. However the adult females, lady mechanika included, are all drawn the same. Fanservice for males. Skimpy clothes. Very busty, very thin waist. I mean, I’ve seen skimpier clothes but even so…be aware of that when you go into these.
Lady Mechanika is a very tough lady but it is also clear to see that she has her attachments to people. Like Lewis. I wish there had been more of an emphasis on their relationship. This is not a very long volume and could have easily been lengthened with a few pages.
As for the main mystery, I thought it was a bit boring. It was quite honestly a rather standard murder mystery. The twist at the end was easy to guess. Again, I feel like this whole volume could have used a few extra pages to deepen things out here and there. The question proposed in the synopsis about Lady Mechanika was to my eyes not touched upon at all.
As it stands now, this is a very standard volume. Nothing special. Nothing that seems to hint towards a bigger story line. Just a simple murder mystery. A nice in between read, but that is all it is.