Graphic Novel Review: Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte #1 by Joe Benítez & M.M. Chen

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte #1 by Joe Benítez & M.M. Chen
(Started & Finished: August 06, 2017)

After suffering a tragic loss, Lady Mechanika takes a trip to a small Mexican village just in time for their Día de los Muertos celebration. But the festivities turn truly deadly after the arrival of the Jinetes del Infierno, the mythical Hell Riders. A very special Day of the Dead Lady Mechanika three-part story! (From Goodreads)
Review: 4 stars
Publication Date: September 28, 2016
Publisher: Benitez Productions
Source: Diamond Book Distributors via Netgalley
Shelf: Goodreads
Buy it from: Book Depository

My late night reading streak commenced and I chose to continue with this comic. The cover art captured my eye. It was dark but really beautifully done. The content did not disappoint. Every page I turned was stunning. The art on its own stood out. The colors were vibrant and I have a thing for the La Muerte makeup.

Story-wise, I thought it would be the horror or thriller type of plot with ghosts or a killer and all but to my surprise, it actually portrayed the evil in the society. How greed can lead to gruesome acts and how corruption can really put an end to one's life. We can all relate to it and I can't shake the feeling that it's rampant in our society. With the conflict already presented, it is expected that a hero will come along. Usually one with a bright and positive personality. But in this graphic novel, the protagonist, Lady Mechanika was also enveloped by darkness which made it interesting and at the same time perfectly imperfect.

You can see that Lady Mechanika is a strong-willed and independent woman. But like any other human being, she is flawed, she has weaknesses, and she has her own dark secrets. But what I liked about her is that behind all these, she still has something good in her that will eventually make her a hero. I have to commend her boldness on how she was willing to fight big guys by outsmarting them with her wit and swift moves. There's a hint of feminism here and I like it. I find it inspiring when female characters stand up to men or those who oppress others.

Overall, I love the moral of the story especially on how you can redeem yourself by always choosing to do good. If you're asking if children can read this, no. It's not appropriate as the comic might contain too graphic visuals and violence. But I'm sure adults, men or women, can enjoy this.

Happy reading everyone and don't forget to share the books you've recently read!

Love lots, xx

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