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Tank Girl: v. 1 Paperback – 26 Apr 2002

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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840234350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840234350
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hewlett and Martin's Tank Girl is one of the most righteous graphic novels of all time." -- Enigma Magazine, Issue 12 anarchic British comic that took a blowtorch to Batman and kicked seven shades out of Superman. -- Maxim 1 Sept 2002

Finally! The original comics of the anarchic firebrand that was Tank Girl gets colleced up into one big-ish book -- HotDog Issue 25 June 2002, reviewer Tom Hawker


"Loaded with comical sexuality, violence and post-modern winks at the reader... If you've never had the chance to enjoy these early adventures, or if you fancy a blast from the past, then take the girl home with you now." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 2003
Format: Paperback
We love heroines in comic books - there's something special about them. That's cos there's precious few of them. Sure, many an author has introduced important female characters into a story, but they're often the love interest, the driver, the sidekick, of the lass holding the gauze for when the male hero gets a gash.
Tank Girl turns this rule on its head, presenting us with a tough, no-nonsense, hard-drinking, chain-smoking, kangaroo-shagging, tank-driving take-no-s**t b**ch. She's shaven-headed and doesn't wear that many clothes either. All in all, not your average female hero. That's what makes her so charming.
However, the comic strip itself is a tougher proposition than you might imagine. This first volume is definitely essential for any British comic fan, but having read it (and you must) you may be left thinking: 'do I want to get them all?'
While the stories are bright, brash and gleefully stick two fingers up at the establishment, they can become a mite tiresome. While the stories are inter-connected, the narravtive of them collected together meanders more than Tank Girl when she's drunk as a skunk. The artwork, too, is often brilliant but feels overstuffed, like the writing.
This is why Tank Girl is so great in some respects: it's dynamic, off-the-cuff, brash and entertaining. But only in sporadic bursts. Taken in small doses, it's out of this world but Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett have freely admitted they made it up as they went along and in a couple of hours. What we are left with is a pretty odd beast, not just in terms of story and character, but in form also. It's all over the place.
In the end, it's a wonderful mess, that doesn't know what it wants to be and is glad about it. But it's all style in the end and not for kiddies either.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the first collection of tank girl stories published in this snazy new full colour edition. This collects all of jamie hewletts and alan martins first tank girl works from the days of atomtan threw the days of deadline included in this edition that was not included in the penguin edition is a guide by who else but Alan Martin himself fantastic first but remember this isnt just for xmas its for the rest of your life............. on whole this is one of my favorites - peace out - Simon
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 2003
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I'm not the biggest fan of comic books in the world but you have to admit Tank Girl is totally brilliant! She has no shame! The graphics are brilliant, totally off the wall and the stories don't even take themselves seriously, it's just a bit of completely f**cked up fun!
I would recommend this to anyone who likes that kind of stuff, non conformist and all that, or into graphics. I first read tank girl when I was twelve and it didn't do me too much harm, although kangaroo lovers(no not in that way, you've been reading too much tank girl!) or comic book purists might want to give this a miss, it seems to break most conventions which i guess is interesting or something.......go tanks!
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great book love the art work
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Symbol for the British Counterculture of the 90's 8 July 2005
By JrSlims - Published on
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Tank Girl was more than some British indie comic book creation. She was a proverbial slap in the face to virtually everything mainstream. That is, of course, until she herself became a sellout (ahh Hollywood). This book represents the beginning of her golden age with Martin and Hewlett (now of Gorillaz fame) at the helm. She's raunchy, she's violent, she's strangely sexy and she gives new meaning to "girl power." While you may need to find out the meaning of all the British slang the authors use, and some gags relate to events of the early 90's - and are thus outdated, Tank Girl still holds up incredibly well after nearly fifteen years. This is a must read for anyone who loves indie comics and/or period peices with an insight into a particularly rebellious subculture of the last decade.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Tank Girl is my hero 28 May 2003
By Eleanor - Published on
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This book is the best... Tank Girl is my hero. The characters are fabulous, and the dialouge is terrific. There are a thousand little one liners that had me in stitches. There isn't any well developed plot to speak of, but I think a having a plot would totally kill the joy of Tank Girl. It's really low brow humor at it's finest. Everything from the opening story to the Tank Girl monolouges -- it's wonderful.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
AWESOME ART, very original, hilarious themes 11 Oct. 2003
By C. Kelley - Published on
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... Tank Girl rules!!! I can imagine that some people would not be into it, but nonetheless, the drawings are so awesome, the layout of the comic itself is totally original, and the stories are beyond insane. Maybe it's not a good comic for the very straight-forward narrow minded individual... But if you enjoy Bloody senseless death to random people, hot chicks(with huge guns), bizarre sex jokes, and well, possibly drugs, you will love the Tank Girl series. I recommend books 1-3, after that, Alan Martin is no longer the writer, and I feel that him and Jamie Hewlett (The artist) are a great combo. Tank Girl rules, I got the first book, now I am obsessed and I own them all. Long live Tank Girl! (But not long live the movie!)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
comic anarchy 21 Feb. 2007
By Christoph - Published on
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tank girl is the chronicles of a post apocalyptic beer-swilling punk-chic tank commander and the crew of misfits shes friends with. the motley crew includes, jet girl and sub girl, booga (tank girl's mutant kangaroo boyfriend), and stevie the surfer aborigonee. the art is really wild and imaginative but somewhat uneven, sometimes its really good and sometimes the characters look extremely crudely drawn. the plot is nonexistant and the comic relies heavily on slapstick, swearing, booze and extreme violence coupled with silliness, but it works. its a genre piece aimed at hipsters and punk kids but i like it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable 3 Oct. 2009
By M - Published on
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The only real issue I had with this book was that some of the font in the text bubbles were hard to read, a better script could have been used here and there, but overall Tank Girl is a solid and entertaining graphic novel with quirky humor - it's not for everyone - and a worthy part of any graphic novel fan's collection.
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