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Comic Review: ’21st Century Tank Girl’ #3

21st_Century_Tank_Girl#321st Century Tank Girl is back in issue #3. Like issue 1 and issue 2, #3 is a cornucopia of stories, posters, and quotes, each overflowing with an abundance of adventure and chaos for our favorite Australian renegade and her pals.

The issue begins when hungover party-goers go on a heist for God’s tighty whities (seriously). The story ran a bit long for my liking, but random drawings in the margins (including charicature cameos by Andy Warhol, a setient hamburger, and Cheech Marin) kept my interest when the somewhat predictable story could not. With a character as wacky as Tank Girl, I was surprised and somewhat disappointed that this story had so many “spy movie” tropes. I hope they were just paying homage and poking fun at the hokey genre, because otherwise there is no excuse for being cliche.

Other stories included a local Ma and Pa shop has been taken over by BALL-MART, a “cereal-ously” ridiculous problem when Booga trades in the group’s life savings to invest in Super-Krunchy Booga Flakes, and an Evel Knievel-esque stunt beautifully crafted to look like something straight out of the Sunday funnies.

While 21st Century Tank Girl #3 had some hits and misses, I still had fun reading the issue. I do recommend that you pick up a copy of the comic in stores, as it comes with a poster. Also, there were a few stand-alone pages with gorgeous art and inspiring quotes that were so empowering they deserve to be framed and hung!

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21st Century Tank Girl #3
WRITER: Alan Martin
ARTIST: Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Caldwell, Phillip Bond, Jonathan Edwards, Brett Parson
COVER: Brett Parson
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: August 12

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Comic Review: 21st Century Tank Girl #2

21st_TG_2_preview1Last month we celebrated the return of rough and tough Tank Girl in the first issue of her new series, 21st Century Tank Girl. This month she’s back in a new set of wild and crazy adventures, including a Mad Max-esque classic car delivery scheme gone bad (with more than one Roger Moore reference), a silly and overly literal military “how to” guide, a “journey to the centre of the tank” filled with 1970s starlets and explosive surprises, and a piece that is summed up perfectly by its title: “You’re young now, but you won’t be for long.”

21st_TG_2_preview3What I love about Tank Girl is that while Alan Martin consistently guides the stories, each vignette is illustrated by various different artists (including Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Caldwell, Phillip Bond, Jonathan Edwards, and Brett Parson). This constant shift in art style keeps the stories fresh, fun and interesting –  just like Tank Girl.

While I enjoyed all of the art in the issue, I especially loved Edwards’ work in “Journey to the Centre of the Tank,” which was filled with thick, angular lines and interesting point-of-view shots that perfectly complimented the strange twists in the story.

I feel like every time I’ve read and reviewed a 21st Century Tank Girl issue, I have to make some sort of disclaimer: Tank Girl is not for everyone. It’s just not. However, it doesn’t try to be.

The cover (which is brazenly illustrated by Parson) features a pin-up style shower scene of three punk rocker chicks in a shower. It doesn’t hold back, it doesn’t sugar coat anything, it doesn’t pretend. It’s not fake.

But even though it’s not for everyone, maybe it should be. I believe that everyone can learn a thing or two from Martin and Tank Girl about how to be honest and authentic.

Want to see what Tank Girl is up to next? Stay tuned for issue #3, on sale August 2015 through Titan Comics!

21st Century Tank Girl #2
STORY BY: Alan Martin
ART BY: Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Caldwell, Phillip Bond, Jonathan Edwards, Brett Parson
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGE COUNT: 32
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: July 8

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COMIC REVIEW: 21st Century Tank Girl #1

Things you need to know: Tank Girl is rude. She’s crude. She cusses. She smokes. She jokes about erections. She makes Star Trek references. She’s the most wanted outlaw in Australia and wears brown underwear. Basically, I want her to my best friend. However, her story is probably not appropriate for children, bores, or prudes. You have been warned, though if Tank Girl were real, she would never apologize for her behavior.

802f0d2d-4dc4-402e-a35f-b82e93a2bc3b21st Century Tank Girl is quite literally Tank Girl today. But let’s travel back in time to when it all started: last century, writer Alan Martin and artist Jamie Hewlett (co-producer of our favorite virtual band, Gorillaz) introduced the world to Tank Girl. Her story originated as a comic in the late 1980s and was even turned into a movie in 1995! Flash forward to June 10, 2015: she’s back with a new series of anarchic adventures brought to us by Titan Comics, Martin, Hewlett, and a slew of other artists and collaborators.

Issue #1 was a smorgasbord of her escapades, including a space exploit with a fun twist about the lengths Tank Girl will go to in order to achieve personal greatness; a bloody war story told primarily through onomatopoeias; a game show for death row inmates, where the winner gets a reduced sentence of life in prison… if she can avoid Zombie Hitler; and character spotlights highlighting adventures with friends.
166ae34b-aed4-4cf3-b4e2-940588e5cd7dThe art, like the stories, is also varied. With each new artist and collaborator comes a unique visual take on Tank Girl. In some stories, the panels are colored more vibrantly in deep, rich hues, like the fun and whimsy of a punk-rocker’s mohawk. Others are splashes of orange and red, making the reader feel she’s under a heat lamp during a dire situation. All of the styles are eye-catching, captivating, and fun. Still, amidst all the changes, Tank Girl continues to be very much herself: strong, tough, and a survivor.

As someone who was unfamiliar with Tank Girl prior, I thought 21st Century Tank Girl was a great introduction to a spunky and exciting character, and I can’t wait to see what kind of mischief she gets into next. Be sure to pick up a copy of 21st Century Tank Girl at your local comic book story, and keep an eye out for issue 2, which will be released by Titan Comics on July 8, 2015.

21st Century Tank Girl #1
Story By​: Alan Martin
Art By: ​Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Philip Bond, Jonathan Edwards, Brett Parson, Jim Mahfood, Craig Knowles
32​pp​ / FC / $3.99 / on sale: June 10

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Tank Girl Co-Creator, Alan Martin Teams Up With Debut Artist On New Series

Solid State Tank Girl Cover

Tank Girl is back with the launch of Solid State Tank Girl, a brand-new four-part series by creator Alan Martin, and new artist Warwick Johnson Cadwell to be released on the Titan Comics imprint.

Solid State Tank Girl #1 is expected to be in stores May 15, 2013 and will feature Tank Girl versus arch-nemesis Anti-Tank Girl with favorites like Jet Girl, Booga, and Barney also making a return as they each go up against their evil counterparts. The series will also be available to read day and date on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and comiXology.com

“The new Titan Comics imprint is all about taking a chance on new creators and new talent, and pairing Warwick’s street-art energy to Alan’s potty-mouthed imagination has refreshed Tank Girl once again. The results are blindingly good!” – Steve White, Senior Comics Editor

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