When we last left Tank Girl, Barney, and Booga, they were travelling back in time (circa World War II) to save Jet Girl, who had gone back in time to save Sub Girl. Booga was taken prisoner, and must now escape from Colditz Castle! Meanwhile, Tank Girl and Barney are off fighting Nazis. Booga manages to escape, and in the heat of battle, both Jet Girl and Sub Girl turn up! Just as the team is about to head home to the right time period, something stops them: Sub Girl doesn’t want to go back home to the future.
Tank Girl is a British comic book, created by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett. It follows Tank Girl, who drives a tank that doubles as her home. She takes on missions for an organization before becoming an outlaw because of her sexual inclinations and substance abuse. The series then followed her as she went on various misadventures with her kangaroo boyfriend, Booga.
I’m happy to say that Tank Girl has stuck to its roots in many aspects of this issue. My favorite has to be Brett Parson’s artwork. Tank Girl has always been heavily influenced by punk artwork, resulting in choppy looking panels with anarchic, psychedelic, and surreal techniques therein. This issue doesn’t stray from the Tank Girl we know and love. The punk aesthetic is still very apparent, in the form of expressive characters, emotive facial expressions, and big movements/actions of the characters. The colors are dulled down to give the book an older look (after all, we are in 1945). The line work is clean but the coloring doesn’t perfectly match up with the inking, which actually looks really appealing. Tank Girl has never looked so good.
Alan Martin, the man who started it all, does a fantastic job of scripting this issue. Two things I love about Tank Girl are the historic accuracy and blunt humor. Take, for instance, the inclusion of Colditz Castle. Colditz was actually a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II for allied officers who had repeatedly escaped from other camps. It was known for being nearly impossible to escape, which makes Booga’s escape attempt even funnier—he barely has to do anything at all to get out.
The humor in Tank Girl is something I can never get enough of. In this issue, we get a lot of puns. For example, when Tank Girl sets a Nazi tank on fire, one of the men exclaims, “HELP ME, I’M ARSE-PHYXIATING!” Tank Girl started out with no real regard for linear continuity or narration, but this issue shows how much the series has changed for the benefit of the stories it tells. Booga opens up this issue with first person narration in caption boxes. The story itself is very linear, and the issue is all really easy to understand.
For fans of Tank Girl, you’re going to love this issue. The whole team is back together, but of course things don’t go according to plan. For new fans, you’re going to be amazed by the sheer amount of ridiculousness that is Tank Girl!
Written by: Alan Martin
Illustrated by: Brett Parson