As revealed in the 2021 Free Comic Book Day offerings announcement, Joe Benitez’s steampunk comic Lady Mechanika is moving to Image Comics. The entire backlist of the comic will be reprinted by Image, with plans for a new series coming later this year.
“I’m very excited that Lady Mechanika is moving to Image!” said Benitez. “We hope this move will provide an opportunity to share the series with a new, wider audience, and also give us more time to focus on our creative strengths while letting the experts at Image handle publishing and marketing. We have so many stories to tell, hopefully this will help us get more of them out faster. The next story arc we’re calling ‘The Monster of the Ministry of Hell-th’ will deal with a piece of Lady Mechanika’s haunted past. Check out a preview of the new book in our FCBD issue!”
Lady Mechanika started in 2010 at Aspen, but Benitez began self-publishing it in 2015. The story follows a young woman during the Victorian Era who searches for the secrets to her past—a past that left her with extraordinary, but unnatural, mechanical limbs.
“We’re pleased to welcome Joe back to Image,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher & Chief Creative Officer at Image Comics. Joe got his start at Image, as part of Marc Silvestri’s Top Cow Productions, and he has grown into a phenomenal talent over the years. What he has built for himself with Lady Mechanika is truly impressive, and it’s exciting to be part of what comes next for this incredible series.”
The Free Comic Book Day issue will include the very first short story featuring the character, as well as the preview of the new series. It comes out Aug. 14.