Published on December 22nd, 2015 | by Richard Boom
Review: 21st Century Tank Girl HC
According to the publisher’s premise it was… “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!”
Having said that, the truly brilliance of Tank Girl is described through enigmatic, yet erratic, intense yet sometimes incomprehensible stories in this Oversized HC celebrating Tank Girl in all her glory.
You are witness to several styles of storytelling as well as art-forms, from the clean comic-vibe to the abstract artsy-fartsy, from a one-pager to a novel-paged entry to a full multiple-page story. Tank Girl even goes into space, which makes the whole Tank Girl even more odd yet spicey.
With the out-of-style and out of her mind Jet Girl and the crazy chill-out Booga, whose romance with Tank Girl is as odd as his appearance, this book really digs deep!
There are minor flaws however.. or even major flaws if you look at it from a different perspective then lil ole me.
It misses a story with a real background, in which Jet Girl and Booga and Tank Girl make a real connection with a non-regular reader. It would have made the exposition of these 3 odd characters more bonding-able and thus the experience more total. At this point real Tank Girl fans will have a fieldday yet odd readers will feel left out.
There is this little intense story in which Booga has to deliver a unique one-of-a-kind vintage car to a customer and takes Jet Girl and Tank Girl on this roadtrip, to be met up with thugs and all things go crap soon thereafter. The art is vibrant and brilliant, bringing such amazing energy to the writing and making the entire scene intense. The comedic yet character-reflecting storyline sees the car being systematically destroyed until there is nothing more than the chassis and tires upon delivery. This is the only story that felt like a connection could be made and truly is the masterpiece of the collection.
Yet it was too ‘thin’ to make it the backbone of this collection.
O sod it!! Just read it, enjoy it and get the rest of the books wherever and whenever you can and let the nagging not distract you!
21st Century Tank Girl HC
Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Philip Bond, Jim Mahfood , Jonathan Edwards , Craig Knowles , Brett Parson
Dec 1st, 2015