The Tablet of Destinies No. 4
Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies No. 4
Writer: M.M. Chen
Artist: Joe Benitez and Martin Montiel
Colorist: Mike Garcia
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artists: Joe Benitez, Martin Monteil and Mike Garcia (Cover A shown above)
Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies No. 4 brings a bit of action and a deepening of the plot. Most of the issue focuses on Lady Mechanika and Winifred as they travel across the desert in search of civilization after surviving their dirigible crash. This leaves them to slavers and desert wraiths. Elsewhere the expedition in Africa finally uncovers the fabled Tablet of Destinies.
The adventure in the desert is fun, but the most striking part of it is how the story carries itself. Winifred, though just a child, is a remarkable capable character. She soldiers on next to Lady M without complaint. They even show enough common sense to sleep during the day and travel at night. Yet what really caught me is when they’re confronted by slavers, Lady Mechanika doesn’t miraculously gun them down. She isn’t completely caught off guard either. Instead, she’s able to use her wits to broker a deal which might provide safety and at the very least buys them time. I liked how the story played out because it seemed realistic and complementary to the characters.
When the desert wraiths show up, it’s almost a Tusken Raider attack. The artwork has some fun showing them in action with their billowing cloaks and deadly blades. Throughout the issue, the artwork is top notch. There’s some great shots of Mechanika and Winifred as they make their way across the Sahara. Even the final panel is rich with detail and attention while emphasizing mystery. It would seem the german commander of the other dirigible is not dead yet.
With outstanding artwork and storytelling, I give The Tablet of Destinies No. 4 another five out five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.