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Lady Mechanika, Volume 2: Tablet of Destinies

(Lady Mechanika Volumes #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  141 reviews
After a young friend shows up unexpectedly on her doorstep, Lady Mechanika immediately drops everything to come to her aid. They embark on a globe-spanning trek filled with ancient artifacts, secret societies, and scientific curiosities, but Lady Mechanika is eventually confronted with an impossible decision: the life of her friend, or the fate of all humankind.

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Published May 10th 2016 by Benitez Productions (first published May 1st 2015)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
The only reason it wasn't a 5 star for me is for something I didn't like in the beginning of the book.

Lady Mechanika ends up with a visit from little Winifred. She thinks something has happened to her grandfather. He's in Africa trying to find a treasure. Made me think of Indiana Jones for some reason. Then some evil people come on the scene and you know how that goes.

Mechanika and Winifred set out to find her grandfather and these evil people keep kidnapping Winifred and Mechanika keeps
Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒

Cool, Awesome and Unique!

Lady Mechanika Vol. 2 is super cool. They should make a movie based on this comic.

Secret weapon, ancient language, codes, riddles, rituals of the elites, amazing and dark creatures in the wilderness of Africa. This comic is full of twists and turns. The story is totally unexpected but nonetheless wonderful.

The artwork is incredible. I am a fan of Joe Benitez. He is just amazing. The illustration and the detailing is just out of this world.

I loved reading this comic on
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
I dub thee Lady Mechanika vol. 2: Geheimpolizei

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I thought we'd know more about Lady Mechanika's origins, her intriguing past and more about Lewis. Well, looking for her trusty, awesomely sarcastic sidekick was a little like this:

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Still haven't found him. Alright, so nothing about her past, but we do get an extremely entertaining volume where Indiana Jones and Harry Potter had a baby just before meeting Black Panther after tea with Nazis and a few Arabs. Oh, And Ed from
Mel (Epic Reading)
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I adore Lady Mechanika’s personality, stories and interactions. She’s a genuine female character that is strong, capable and not afraid (although having robotic arms might help, lol).
And yet this mini series of 6 comics was not near as good as some of the others.

Normally Mechanika books have some of the best story and dialogue found in comics. However this time around the story felt a bit forced and the dialogue in the last book was painful. I’m not sure what happened as it didn’t start
Jeannette Nikolova
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Not as good as the first one.

My general problem with Lady Mechanika, after two volumes, is that it doesn't follow through. In the first volume she was decided on finding her maker. In this volume that story is completely forgotten and something completely different is happening on a different continent.

Not to mention that this is Lady Mechanika and the tablet of destinies, except that Lady Mechanika is not even in the story line with the tablet. So to
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This second volume was even better than the first! The artwork, as I'd come to expect after the first volume, was still great. It is amazing and really one of the best things about this comic. I liked this story better than the first, even though it is not that original (typical ancient treasure kind of thing). Still it was a pleasure to read. There is still a lot of text on some pages, but I had the feeling it was slightly less this
I loved the first "Lady Mechanika" story, so as soon as I was done, I dove right into the second installment. And now I don't know how to feel.

All the cool stuff I loved from the first book was still here: the glorious outfits, the weird and extravagant machines, the amazing artwork. But there was a weird similarity to the plots of both books: both story-lines feature an evil mastermind with a cruel lady enforcer. The origins of Lady Mechanika's unusual body mods are no longer a concern, which
Montzalee Wittmann
Lady Mechanika Vol. 2: The Tablet of Destinies by M.M. Chen and Joe Benitez is a terrific graphic novel that should not be missed. It is like reading about a female Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider with a spin all its own. I loved the first volume and this volume is just as good. Love steam punk and this is top of the line there also. Fonts are easy to read, not like some graphic novels. Gorgeous illustrations. wonderful plot, and great characters that shine with personalities of their own. Love this ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love all the steampunk detailed art work!
Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Mechanika is approached by a little girl who "contracts" her to go after her daddy which has disappeared. While doing so, someone kidnaps the little girl, and Lady Mechanika decides to go after the girl. In doing so, she gets to meet new allies and we get to meet alchemists and new adventures and astonishing visual art.

In this volume, the bad guys (gasp! germans! how original! not...) has the good guys working for them in order to obtain something called the "tablet of destinies". Manwhile,
Superb graphics with carefully rendered details, great and interesting story - I liked it even better than the first Mechanika storyline.
Florin Pitea
Exquisite graphics, gripping story and a few nice twists in the plot. Overall, a top-notch steampunk graphic novel. Highly recommended.
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

More of the same as volume 1: steampunk, evil bad guys, and twists. While the plot wasn't anything overly original, it was fairly well done, and beautifully drawn. As long as Benitez is involved in this series, I'll keep reading.
Christy Bailleul
After finishing Lady Mechanika Vol 1, I quickly moved on to Vol 2. I was hoping it would be a continuation of her search for her maker, the madman who amputated her limbs and replaced them with metal ones. Sadly, that’s not what we get.

However, it’s a good story on its own. Mechanika gets a visit from a little girl from her past whose grandfather is missing in Africa. Unfortunately, the little girl is kidnapped as a way to keep her grandfather in line. You see, he’s an archeologist, looking for
I'm giving this issue a 3.5*s as it was really enjoyable still but I didn't feel like we made quite as much progress with the story as a whole and so I am hoping that the next few issues we shall get more into the overall adventure!
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The artist does a marvelous job on the steampunk feel of this comic. I admire complexity in artwork as much as I enjoy an entertaining story and here the two complement each other well.

An old archeologist named Henry Thomsen and his German assistant Strassman travel to Africa in search of a powerful artefact called the Tablet of Destinies. Thomsen's granddaughter Winifred is worried when she stops receving his letters, so she asks her friend Lady Mechanika for help. Winifred is kidnapped by men
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Mechanika Vol 2: The Tablet of Destinies by Joe Benitez is another tour de force of strong storytelling and beautiful artwork that is sure to bring even more fans to this steampunk, adventurous and mystery solving title.

When an unexpected visitor shows up on her door, Lady Mechanika embarks on an adventure that spans the globe. Secret societies and mad scientists stand in her path and soon Lady Mechanika must decide between the life of her young friend and saving the world.

This second
Jessica Strider
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pros: gorgeous artwork, fast paced story, lots of women


Lady Mechanika returns to London in time to witness the kidnapping of Lewis’ niece. Seems the girl’s grandfather is part of an African expedition uncovering a long lost underground city. And within that city is the tablet of destinies, rumoured to be a powerful weapon.

Once again the artwork is incredible. It’s lush and detailed.

The story’s fast paced, going from one crisis or revelation to another. I enjoyed that this book had several
I'm turning into a fan of Lady Mechanika....
This was at least as good as the first volume.
The storyline has been done before (numerous times), but it didn't feel stale at all. I liked the little winks to Indiana Jones and The Rocketeer.
I also like the fact that the 'damsel in distress' isn't a helpless creature in these stories, illustrated by Fred in this volume, who does the very best she can to escape her captors...

I received a copy trhough NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Even better than the first one. Fantastic artwork and great characters.

The plot is a fun trek across the desert, children in harm’s way, Indiana Jones archeology, ancient cultures, and the aliens from V! Fun.

Mechanika is so bad ass. The fight scenes were great. The secret societies stuff is fun; it felt like reading the DaVinci code a little bit.
Timothy Boyd
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a steampunk fan then you need to check out this comic series. Beautiful visual medium for steampunk. The above average writing also help to make these a joy to read. Very recommended
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really wonderful and lovely series that I wish I could've read the first one for. The story has a great adventurer thrill feel to it that I enjoyed, and it being in a Victorian steampunk setting brought to life endless possibilities and ideas that could be used throughout the story. It was nice having a female lead for once and follow her on her epic adventures. The art style was unique, and the visuals even gave me some ideas for my own stories. I can't wait to try and get my hands ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I got this through Edelweiss for review. I had previously read the first TP graphic novel of Lady Mechanika series and really loved it. This second installment is beautifully drawn and full of fast-paced adventure and action. I found it thoroughly entertaining to read and loved the amazingly detailed illustrations throughout.

In this book our favorite heroine ends up journeying to Africa to help out the Professor and his granddaughter. I loved the tomb-raiding elements to this story; there was so
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous, looooved the story in this one. Fred was so damn cute and such a great addition--would love to see her again.

I need more!
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

A slightly different take than in the first arc (which I read last month): this time, the story follows Mechanika from London to mysterious ruins on the African continent, following the trail of an old researcher who’s being forced to decrypt strange tablets under the threat of seeing his granddaughter killed. It’s not exactly the same kind of theme, and although some aspects were a bit cliché (of course the bad guys had to be German), I still
Adam Fisher
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second Volume of Lady Mechanika continues the story set forth in the first Volume, but adds a motherly aspect to the character through Winifred, grand-daughter of famous explorer, Professor Thomson. Thomson is on an expedition in Africa to find "The Tablet of Destinies", an ancient artifact that will grant the finder access to great secrets and (more than likely) a great weapon. Obviously, what kind of story would it be if we didn't have a villain show up, so you can add kidnapping of 'Fred ...more
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Volume 2 gives us a more interesting story at the expense of all originality and even worse milieu issues. With a plot nearly wholesale 'inspired' by Indiana Jones, I couldn't help but feel the level of simplicity and silliness reached a climax here. I do get what Benitez is doing but I just wish he'd take a break, really research the subject, and come up with a story that matches the beautiful illustration work.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love this book as much as I loved the first volume! The art is fantastic as always, and the story line is interesting, this time less focused on the magical aspects and more on the political search for alchemy with a cool mechanical bird and steampunk twist. I love the little "quotes" at the beginning of each chapter especially and I think they always add something to the story
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Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than the previous volume. The addition of Maria Chen to the writing team really helped tone down the amount of exposition and pepped up the dialogue. I didn't notice the American version of "cockneyed" talk nearly as much as the first volume. The story was also much more straight forward and moved ahead at a faster pace.

Received an advance copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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Joe Benítez is an American comic book artist who has worked on such titles as "JLA", "Superman/Batman", "Detective Comics", "Supergirl", and "Titans" for DC Comics and "The Darkness" for Image Comics. He also co-created and penciled the sci-fi series "Weapon Zero" and the dark fantasy mini-series "Magdalena: Blood Divine" for Image. In 2005, Joe published his first creator-owned mini-series ...more

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