In this fourth (third according to publication chronology, but fourth in the storyline) bundled storyline of steampunk favorite Lady Mechanika, we find our hero investigating the death of a couple of street urchins in a seedy part of town. Aided by genius engeneer Mr Lewis, his niece Fred, two recurring characters, and dashing young police inspector Singh, a new addition to the cast.
Once more, the art and storytelling are masterful. And even though this one is much thinner than Volumes 1 and 2, it does not dimish the story at all. There may be fewer pages, but the tale is spun equally masterfully this time around, delving a little into Mechanika’s past as well as into the premise of both mechanics and magic in the world of Lady Mechanika through villainy and heroics alike.
It was very nice to find out more about the lives of people in Mechanika city and catch a glimpse on what hopefully are continuing storylines that will be developped further in the next volume. And to see more of the actual setting unfold bit by bit.
I would go so far as say this is the best volume yet, as I feel that creator Joe Benitez has really outdone himself this time.
Whereas The Lost Boys of West Abbey is an open and shut volume, it does leave questions unanswered, but not in an uncomfortable cliffhanger sort of way. Rather it leaves you curious and wanting more, so hopefully Volume 5 (or 4, depending on how they will continue to number them), The Clockwork Assassin, will prove just as entertaining. Definitely something to look forward to!