Monstro Mechanica #1
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Monstro Mechanica #1

Writer: Paul Allor Artist: Chris Evenhuis Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: December 13, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 2
8.0Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

A new series starring Leonardo da Vinci, his female apprentice and their wooden robot!

At the height of the Renaissance, warring factions vie for control of Leonardo da Vinci's destructive arsenal. The only thing standing in their way is Leonardo's young apprentice and her nine-foot tall mechanical bodyguard. Together, they navigate a world of wicked men and war machines, determined to save Leonardo from the world-and the world from Leonardo.
      From creators Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Chris Evenhuis (Wynonna Earp) comes this swashbuckling adventure story about war, identity and the birth of the modern w more

  • 10
    Pop Culture HQ - Joshua Winchester Oct 25, 2017

    Leonardo da Vinci was one of historys greatest minds. Artist, inventor, man of science and much more. Take a dive into history with this series exploring his early days during the Renaissance, with his loyal apprentice by his side through the chaos and strife of the politics and wars of the time. Not to mention their giant robot, a wondrous being ripped from the pages of a sci-fi film and at the command of one of the Masters himself. History lovers will get a kick out of it, and fans of Paul and Chriss works will delight to see these two working together. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 20, 2017

    AfterShock has another great book on its hands with this mixing of technology and politics surrounding da Vinci. The story is fun historical fiction and the visuals are classical and futuristic. Eccezionale! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 12, 2017

    It's likely that this is the kind of book that might fall under readers' radars, but if you're interested in dipping your toe in the Aftershock pool, there's few places that are better to start than with Monstro Mechanica. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Dec 13, 2017

    Monstro Mechanica is a marvelous medieval romp that has all the action and intrigue of a modern techno-thriller. A rogue-ish Leonardo Da Vinci just makes it all the more fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Dec 26, 2017

    I have always loved the tales of Da Vinci, and with Monstro Mechanica, we get a book worthy of the inventors name. AfterShock does it again, creating a book that offers a break from the mainstream crossovers, and does so with a fantastic story. Pick up this book, it is well worth the read. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Chiu-Tabet Dec 15, 2017

    A promising start bound to excite both readers fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci, and those looking for a suspenseful adventure yarn with a genderfluid protagonist. It remains to be seen how the suspense is maintained over an ongoing series given we know Leonardo's historical fate, but for now this is an intelligent slice of historical fantasy. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Myles Garbarini Nov 25, 2017

    MONSTRO MECHANICA #1 boasts strong characterization, developing complex identities for apprentice Isabel and the inventor Leonardo da Vinci. While moments of plot fall short, these characters' relationship, the depictions of Renaissance architecture, and the uncertain future of a mutant wooden machine will keep readers hooked. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Dec 12, 2017

    'Monstro Mechanica' is an enthralling historical mash-up featuring the larger-than-life figure of Leonardo da Vinci with a dash of science fiction mixed with suspense and political intrigue. The titular character plays an important role that is still evolving but it's the mentor/apprentice relationship that elevates this new series to new heights. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more entertaining debut this year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 25, 2017

    It's a bit of a rough read at first but a second reading helps to smooth things out a bit and I think with a touch more distinctive elements for some of the supporting characters it'll be very fun visually. I like what Evenhuis does here with the smoothness of the designs a Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Nov 3, 2017

    Monstro Mechanica #1 is a great start to a series that has bounds of potential and presents an inventive take on a historical icon. A compelling last page hook should keep readers invested, and as long as the three leads are front and center, Monstro Mechanica has a bright future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Dec 17, 2017

    I have to say, I wasn't looking forward to this book, but it really did make me happy. The Medici, the Pope's men, Machiavelli, girls dressed as male apprentices, and one side character that is so obviously based on Prince Adam (aka He-Man) in his pink waistcoat and trademark hair style. Somehow when this is all thrown together it works brilliantly! A great debut outing with vibrant art and color rich in blues, grays, pinks and purples. Wonderful to read, wonderful to look at. Great book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Jan 1, 2018

    The art by Chris Evenhuishas a lot of forced perspective. It helps create numerous superb views of Florence from the streets to the roofs. There's also a vibrant color palette to match and creates the necessary shift from day to night. There's also some great detail like period accurate clothing to make everything almost believable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Nov 10, 2017

    Look, like I said before: the premise alone should tell you whether you'll like this or not. And if you don't think you will, I'm sorry. Because, Monstro Mechanica #1 is perhaps the best first issue I've personally read from AfterShock (granted, there are a couple bigger names I haven't checked out yet). I definitely recommend picking this one up for yourself once it releases in December. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Word Of The Nerd - Dr .Chris McAuley Nov 22, 2017

    This is a compelling initial issue which brings forward a multi-layered series of background narratives which no doubt will be expanded upon in subsequent issues. The main draw for me is the relationship between mentor and student, and the depth of the characterization of both. There's a unique and fresh approach to a now-popularly-depicted series of historical events. If you fancy a good, imaginative and fascinating story, this is well worth picking up! Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 15, 2017

    Monstro Mechanica is a promising debut for AfterShock's latest series. The Assassin's Creed similarities may help bring in a few more readers, but the real beating heart of this book is the compelling relationship between Leonardo da Vinci and his assistant, Isabel. Not every aspect of this book is as strong. The political backdrop is a little played out, and the art sometimes lacks a dynamic energy. But regardless, this looks to be the start of a fascinating story. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Dec 13, 2017

    An interesting character and a smooth art style makes for a fantastic new series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Black Nerd Problems - L.E.H. Light Nov 22, 2017

    The colors are muted, with the people boldly outlined. Faces are well drawn and distinctive. Also, there is more than one Black character! What? Black people in the renaissance? Love it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Dec 12, 2017

    If you enjoy classic scheming and political intrigue sprinkled with liberal doses of historical conspiracy, fantastical pseudo-science and metaphysics this may well be right up your strada. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Dec 30, 2017

    Monstro Mechanica #1 overall is a historical comic crossing into the sci-fi genre with some of the larger recycled themes other works of literature have used. The first issue does leave a lot of room for improvement, with a story that feels anchored in historical accuracy following Leonardo Da Vinci around as he rubs elbows with political figures and member of the church. There is something intriguing about this time period that could make a good comic. However, when the book started to go down the sci-fi rabbit hole, involving robots with sentience, it has to be done right or it will discredit the entire book and lose its readers. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Dec 13, 2017

    There are some sparks of potential in this comic, but the first issue is heavily flawed. From an insufferable protagonist to a tone that could use with some lightening up, Monstro Mechanica was a disappointment. While the character of Isabela and the solid artwork give some hope to the future of the series, I cannot recommend this first issue. Perhaps check back in a few issues. Perhaps da Vinci will be jettisoned by then. He could also become the antagonist; that would be quite interesting, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fearless0610 Dec 14, 2017

    This was a very fun first issue. I've always been a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci he was such a fascinating figure in history and soooo ahead of his time. I really liked this alternate take on him. The dynamic between Da Vinci and his apprentice Isabel is pretty compelling so far, the artwork is wonderful and vibrant, the mixture of medieval and steampunk works really well in the story along with tons of mystery and political intrigue to keep you entertained and oh a giant robot as well. What more can you ask for? Curious to see where this series goes

  • 8.0
    Kakashi506 Dec 15, 2017

    Solid start to a series that was fun right of the get go. Clean artwork and good character development.

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