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Lady Mechanika is a creator-owned comic book series by Joe Benitez, inspired by the Steam Punk genre.

The tabloids dubbed her "Lady Mechanika", the sole survivor of a serial killer's three-year rampage through England. Authorities found her locked in an abandoned laboratory amidst an undeterminable number of corpses and body parts, her own limbs having been amputated and replaced with mechanical components.

With no memory of her captivity or her former life, Mechanika eventually built a new life for herself as a private detective, using her unique abilities to solve cases the police couldn't or wouldn't handle. But she never stopped searching for the answers to her own past.

Set in late Victorian Britain, a time when magic and superstition clashed with new scientific discoveries and inventions, Lady Mechanika is about a young woman's search for her own identity as she solves other mysteries involving science and the supernatural.

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Lady Mechanika contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Lady Mechanika.
  • The Alcoholic: Archibald Lewis, which is sometimes Played for Laughs but La Belle Dame sans Merci shows just how tragic his condition really is.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Desert Wraiths, a sect of warrior women.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Lady Mechanika.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Lord Blackpool. And Commander Winter's full title is 'Lady Katherine de Winter, Countess of the St. Germaines, Bearer of the Seventh Key of the Inner Collective'.
  • Arms Dealer: Lord Blackpool
  • Bedouin Rescue Service: In The Tablet of Destinies #4, Mechanika and Winifred are rescued from a gang of slavers by a group of Desert Wraiths.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: In The Tablet of Destinies #1, Mechanika is hired as a hunting guide by a bother and sister pair of Egomaniac Hunters to help them bag a Bigfoot in the Alps. Mechanika is less than thrilled with the assignment.
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  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Mechanika does this to Commander Winter in issue #2. Winter loses a couple of fingers as a result.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Leanna Shi, one of The Fair Folk, acts as a muse for creative mortals. They are all doomed to die young as she feeds on their mortality, but she sees nothing wrong with this because, from her perspective, they become immortal through their works.
  • Brain Uploading: In The Lost Boys of West Abbey, this is the goal of the Arc Villain, an elderly industrialist who wants to cheat death by combining science with heretical mysticism to transfer his mind into an immortal mechanical golem.
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Cool Airship: Lord Blackpool's The Helio Arx.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Lord Blackpool
  • Cowboy Episode: La Dama de la Muerte takes Lady Mechanika on a gunslinging adventure in rural Mexico.
  • Crossing the Desert: Mechanika and Winifred have to trek across the Sahara Desrt after being stranded by a zeppelin crash in The Tablet of Destinies.
  • Cyborg: Lady Mechanika
  • Dangerous Deserter: In The Tablet of Destinies #4, Mechanika and Winifred are captured by a deserter from the British army who now leads a gang of slavers.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: The Colonel in #0.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Allie Littleton's persistent belief that Lady Mechanika is an impostor, especially with Mechanika herself simply taking it in stride.
  • Evil Redhead: Commander Winter, Mistress Grimm, and Lady Mechanika's Evil Counterpart. Joe Benitez seems to be very fond of the trope.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Commander Winter
  • The Fair Folk: Leanna Shi
  • Fantastic Nuke: Played with in The Tablet of Destinies in that the goal of the villains is to create actual nukes based on real science, albeit using steampunk technology to replicate designs left by a society of Advanced Ancient Humans that were wiped out thousands of years prior.
  • Friend on the Force: Detective Inspector Singh.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Lewis
  • The Gunslinger: Mechanika is Types A and C.
  • Lizard Folk: The villains of The Tablet of Destinies belong to a race of reptilians with the ability to camouflage themselves as humans, and secretly plot to destroy humanity.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: Gitano of the Cirque du Romani.
  • Mugged for Disguise:
    • In #4, Mechanika knocks out a party-goer and steals her masquerade costume.
    • In The Tablet of Destinies #2, Mechanika steals a robe and mask from a Rosicrucian to infiltrate their London headquarters.
  • Of Corsets Sexy
  • Percussive Pickpocket: A Street Urchin attempts this on Mechanika in The Tablet of Destinies #2. It doesn't work.
  • Photographic Memory: Winifred has the ability to perfectly recall everything she's ever read.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted with Lady Mechanika herself. Her red eyes are a bit unnerving and she is certainly dangerous to anyone on her bad side, but she has a good heart.
    • Likewise subverted with Monty, a mechanical teddy bear that had been used as a golem to temporarily house a child's spirit as an experiment. After removing the parchment that rendered it inert, the bear came to life again with menacing glowing eyes, but soon proved itself to be nothing but a friendly companion for Winifred.
  • Robot Maid: Lord Blackpool has a robot butler.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: In La Dama de la Muerta a gang of outlaws disguise themselves as demons to demand tithes from a group of isolated villages in rural Mexico.
  • Steam Punk
  • Steampunk Gadgeteers
  • Thirsty Desert: Lady Mechanika and Winifred find themselves tranded in the middle of the Sahara Desert after their zepplin crashes in The Tablet of Destinies.
  • Those Magnificent Flying Machines: 'The Lewis Flyer', which appears to be a steampowered vintage car with ornithopter wings and a helicopter rotor that somehow still manages to fly.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Commander Winter's full title is 'Lady Katherine de Winter, Countess of the St. Germaines, Bearer of the Seventh Key of the Inner Collective'.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Lady Mechanika's transformation into a cyborg.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In issue #3 we learn that Lewis is afraid of clowns.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Lady Mechanika gets this from young Allie Littleton who insists that the real Lady Mechanika wouldn't wear something as "frumpy" as the dress she has on when they first meet.
  • Zeppelins from Another World

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