April 19, 2024

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Comic Review: Tank Girl Book One

Tank Girl has some adventures in Australia.

A couple of years ago, I was in New York City browsing a comic book store’s rather impressive graphic novel and trade paperback collection.  And there I saw it:  Book One of Tank Girl.  I knew Tank Girl got adapted into an (apparently awful) movie in the 90s with Lori Petty in the lead role.  I figured the character must have had some recognition to get a movie made, even a bad one.  Anyway, I picked up the book, figuring if I liked it, I could get more.

I don’t think I will be getting more.

So, let me start off with a basic statement:  I didn’t think this was a bad comic.  It’s more like this is a humor comic with a punk aesthetic, and I don’t get many of the pop culture references that pop up all over the place.  This is a British comic, for one thing, and my general knowledge of popular music in England in the 80s is pretty low if not outright nonexistent.  So, what few jokes I got, and the book got better as it went along, I didn’t have a whole lot to say about.

Here’s the lowdown for this book:  essentially, Tank Girl started off as a back-up feature or something to an anthology book.  She lives in Australia inside a tank that is bigger on the inside, often with her mutant kangaroo boyfriend Booga.  Why Australia and kangaroos?  Creators Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin just thought that was funny.  Regardless, Tank Girl’s adventures don’t have much in the way of continuity unless there’s the rare multi-part story in this first year of Tank Girl stories.

Tank Girl, as a character, dresses in skimpy outfits, blows stuff up, has living stuffed animals, and even has some similar friends in the form of Jet Girl and Sub Girl.  She swears heavily, loves beer, and blows stuff up.  She’s maybe not very bright, but no one else in her world is either.  She will give away God’s bathrobe to the devil for more beer.  And…yeah, I just didn’t get the jokes.  Not really my thing.  And given the nature of the trade, I don’t have a whole lot to say about it here.

7.5 out of 10 epic beer thefts.