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It’s a New Dark Chapter in Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika: The Monster of the Ministry

Joe Benitez explores the mysterious origins of his eponymous steampunk adventuress in the forthcoming Lady Mechanika: The Monster of the Ministry of Hell. This upcoming, four-issue tale will launch from Image Comics in December.

A deluxe version with additional behind-the-scenes content on the making of this book and featuring homage variant covers by Benitez in tribute to the Image founders will also be available in a Kickstarter campaign launching later this month.

Set in an asylum full of grotesque inmates, sadistic guards, and a fanatical doctor, Lady Mechanika: The Monster of the Ministry of Hell introduces readers to a young lady who wakes to find her arms and legs have been replaced with mechanical limbs. But who among this gruesome menagerie is the true monster of the Ministry of Hell? The origins of the notorious Lady Mechanika!

Lady Mechanika can best be described as the character-driven storytelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress wrapped in a dark Victorian atmosphere similar to Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy.

Lady Mechanika: The Monster of the Ministry of Hell #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 8:

  • Cover A by Benitez – Diamond Code OCT210009
    Cover B by Olivier Vatine – Diamond Code OCT210010
    Cover C by Benitez 1:10 copy incentive – Diamond Code OCT210011
Lady Mechanika: The Monster of the Ministry of Hell

Lady Mechanika Finds a New Home at Image Starting in August

Image Comics has announced that the long-running, fan-favorite Steampunk adventure series—Lady Mechanika by Joe Benitez—has found a new home at the publisher. The adventure begins with an Image Comics FCBD 2021 edition of the first appearance of the character available at participating comic shops on Saturday, August 14 and then a new Lady Mechanika story launching this September from Image.

The entire backlist of Lady Mechanika will be made available from Image Comics too, beginning this August with the long-anticipated reprints of the volume one trade paperback and hardcover editions. These reprints will join a total of seven trade paperbacks and five hardcover editions of the beloved series.

In Lady Mechanika, readers follow a young woman during the Victorian Era who is desperately in search of the secrets to her past—a past that left her with extraordinary, but unnatural, mechanical limbs.

The FCBD 2021 edition of Lady Mechanika will include the stand-alone short story “The Demon of Satan’s Alley,” which first introduced Lady Mechanika and her steampunk world (Lady Mechanika #0)—plus a preview of “The Monster of the Ministry of Hell-th,” the newest story by series creator Joe Benitez which will debut this year at Image Comics.

Lady Mechanika

Image Comics’ Free Comic Book Day 2021 Titles Include Lady Mechanika and Stray Dogs

Image Comics will participate in Free Comic Book Day 2021Saturday, August 14—again this year with two special offerings—Lady Mechanika by Joe Benitez and Stray Dogs by Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner.

New readers interested in testing out the long-running, bestselling steampunk action of Lady Mechanika won’t be disappointed by this action-packed freebie issue. In it, readers follow a young woman during the Victorian Era who is desperately in search of the secrets to her past—a past that left her with extraordinary, but unnatural, mechanical limbs.

The FCBD 2021 edition of Lady Mechanika will include the stand-alone short story “The Demon of Satan’s Alley,” which first introduced Lady Mechanika and her steampunk world (Lady Mechanika #0)—plus a preview of “The Monster of the Ministry of Hell-th,” the newest story by series creator Joe Benitez which will debut this year at Image Comics.

New readers who haven’t yet discovered the Silence of the Lambs meets Lady and the Tramp murder mystery romp that is Stray Dogs will enjoy entering this Don Bluth animation inspired world. 

Here readers meet Sophie, a dog who can’t remember what happened. She doesn’t know how she ended up in this house. She doesn’t recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened, but she just…can’t…recall…WAIT! Where’s her lady? This FCBD edition will feature a brand new prologue, “That Doggie in the Window”—the unnerving story of the very first dog to ever come to the Master’s house.

Contact your local FCBD participating comic shop to learn more about these exciting freebies and more and don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in FCBD 2021!

Joe Benitez Offers 50% of Online Purchases to Comic Shops. Get Your Lady Mechanika Now!

Publishers and creators are stepping up to help comic shops who are hurting during these times.

Comic creator and publisher Joe Benitez is doing that offering to “give 50% of online purchases to the customer’s designated comic shop.”

This is your chance to check out Lady Mechanika which is a fantastic series. For those who don’t know, Lady Mechanika is a “Victorian steampunk adventure” featuring amazing art and numerous volumes.

Get your order in today!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis? is Out May 15 with 12 Different Comic Shop Variants

Weeks after making international headlines for announcing its plans to create an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez superhero comic, Devil’s Due Comics has a confirmed release date. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis? will hit online and physical retail outlets on Wednesday, May 15. And to mark the occasion, the Chicago-based comic book publisher has teamed up with a number of comic shops to provide 12 different collectible covers, available as limited-edition purchases at each retailer’s location or website.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force features contributions from several acclaimed and award-winning writers/artists, including Jill ThompsonDean Haspiel, Jose Garibaldi, and more, including a cover by Tim Seeley.

Check out the retail variants below!

Galaxy Of Comics alternate cover by Joe Benitez available exclusively at http://www.galaxyofcomics.com
Midtown Comics alternate cover by Tiffany Groves available exclusively at http://www.midtowncomics.com
Newbury Comics alternate cover by Hoyt Silva available exclusively at http://www.newburycomics.com
Ssalefish alternate cover by Olivia Palaez available exclusively at http://www.ssalefish.net
Sanctum Sanctorum alternate cover by Joel Herrera available exclusively at http://www.sanctumsanctorumcomics.com
Beyond Comics alternate cover by Gene Ha available exclusively at http://www.beyondcomics.com
Collector Cave alternate cover by Carla Cohen available exclusively at http://www.nycollectorcave.com
WonderWorld alternate cover by Olivia Palaez available exclusively at http://www.wonderworldcomics.com
First Legacy Comics alternate cover by Cat Skaggs available exclusively at http://www.firstlegacycomics.com
Devil’s Due Washington Warriror cover by Tim Seeley and Josh Blaylock. Available exclusively at http://www.ocasiocomic.com
Original Devil’s Due cover by Tim Seeley and Josh Blaylock. Available exclusively at http://www.ocasiocomic.com

Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja: A Steampunk Adventure Vol. 2

Legenderry Red Sonja: A Steampunk Adventure Vol. 2

writer: Marc Andreyko
artists: Igor Lima, Rodney Buchemi
cover: Joe Benitez
FC | 120 pages | $19.99 | Teen+

The last we saw of Red Sonja of the Legenderry world, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed. As she tries to rebuild her life once again, she must save the Big City from two houses divided and the star-crossed love bringing them to the brink of war!

Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #5

Legenderry Red Sonja #5

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Rodney Buchemi
covers: Joe Benitez (A)
Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Gath’s explosive plan to bring about hell on earth is well on its way to completion and Red Sonja is the only one with any chance of stopping it! It all leads up to this! And after the (possibly radioactive) dust settles, where will Sonja be?

Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #4

Legenderry Red Sonja #4

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Rodney Buscemi
cover: Joe Benitez (A)
Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-VIrgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

If Red can survive becoming a snack for aquatic based terrors, all she and Nemo have to do is infiltrate their enemy’s impenetrable stronghold and defeat the unnatural beasts that live within before being torn limb from limb. Should be fun!

Preview: Legenderry: Red Sonja #3

Legenderry: Red Sonja #3

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Rodney Buchemi
covers: Joe Benitez (A), Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Red Sonja and the crew of the Nautilus attempt to bury a deadly element that could be used as the most shocking weapon they have ever seen when an old nemesis arrives to exact revenge!

Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #2

Legenderry Red Sonja #2

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Igor Lima
covers: Joe Benitez (A)
Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Red’s return to the life of a pirate-for-hire puts her square in the middle of a High Seas gang war, which spells trouble for someone, but maybe not who you would expect!

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