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on 10 April 2003
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. Still, you simply cannot go without experiencing it: it's a taste of the brillantly disorganised, going against the grain of controlled, precise, structured narratives and characterisation, and altough very, very funny, tough stuff with it.
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on 15 December 2002
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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on 27 June 1999
Every comic lover on the planet needs a copy of this book. Each page is lovingly hand crafted by the comic-book worlds funkiest due, the immortal Hewlett and Martin. I like it a lo'.
Oh yeah, it has now been reprinted in lush colour, so sell your grandmother and buy it now!
Snoogans!
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on 30 August 2003
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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on 16 July 2002
...Jamie Hewlett's drawings are again magnificent, with details that you only notice after looking at the pictures many times, and the preposterous, profane, prolific plots cooked up by Alan Martin make this another great collection of tank girl stories and adventures, not to be missed, get it if you can!
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on 20 March 2013
If you love Tank Girl, you'll love this. Funny from start to finish, as always. I wouldn't rate this as highly as the gifting, but way better than Oddysey and Apocalypse. Rufus Dayglo does the artwork in this one (not Jamie Hewlett as the other two reviewers state) and he certainly does a great job, with obvious influences from Hewlett's original TG. I'm currently working my through the whole back catalogue and buying two a week on payday (Thursday) Can't wait for the next one to arrive!
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on 20 August 2015
Completely happy with this! Perfect condition
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on 8 October 2015
really good read great art work
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on 8 October 2015
great book love the art work
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