Pullbox Review: 21st Century Tank Girl Volume 1 – “Party Battle Central!”

WRITER: Alan Martin
ARTISTS: Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Philip Bond, Jim Mahfood, Jonathan Edwards, Craig Knowles and Brett Parson
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics

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After a break of 20 years, artist extraordinaire Jamie Hewlett (GORILLAZ) is leaping back on the Tank Girl wagon, re-teaming with series co-creator Alan Martin to bring you a whole new take on the foul-mouthed, gun toting, swill-swigging hellion!

Featuring riotous 100% original content from Hewlett & Martin along with contributions from a host of series stalwarts and newcomers, get your head down, put your hands over your private parts, and prepare for a chaotic hard-cover collection of strips, pin-ups, and random carnage!

Let me admit that I am no expert on Tank Girl. I knew of Tank Girl. I even know there was a movie made based on the book. She’s been around for longer than many of you have been reading comics.

Now, I know Tank Girl.

Alan Martin reminds us that Tank Girl likes to hang with her friends, drink and smoke pot, ride around in a tank, and either stir up or quash trouble, depending on how she woke up that day. She’s irreverent, doesn’t value human life much, and is a bit shallow. Only one of the pieces towards the end give us any background or deepen the character any more, and that’s….OK. She’s meant to be fun, and none of this should be taken seriously. With that being said, this is quite a romp, and Tank Girl turns out to be a lot smarter than we gave her credit for in the beginning.

The changing artists and art styles throughout this volume do nothing to detract from Martin’s cheeky storytelling; each artist focusing on a different facet of Tank Girl and her team. One story might be more about the friendships and everyone is a little prettier, and the next will be about a big fight with the local mutants that isn’t so pretty. Especially fun are a couple of shorts with art by Jim Mahfood, who doubled the sass for this bit. The underlying common thread is the manic energy, as Tank Girl will be eternally young (except in “You’re Young Now, but You Won’t Be For Long” by Martin and Mahfood) and ever profane, just as we like her.

Pick this up, and have fun with it. Life is short, even if you’re Tank Girl.


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