Tank Girl: Armadillo! And A Bushel Of Other Stories Paperback – 21 Mar 2008
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"I think what I appreciated most about "Tank Girl: Armadillo!" is Alan C. Martin's writing. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book when it came to how the story was going to be told, but not only can he write some mean chaotic prose, he also give us pauses in the action which are not only poetic, but actual poetry. It might sound corny, but these poetic interludes show us the Tank Girl who would exist if she didn't have to be concerned about wearing armour to protect herself from the havoc of everyday existence.
"Tank Girl: Armadillo!" is the natural heir to the British comedy shows of the 1960's and 1970's like "Monty Python's Flying Circus" in that it also takes an illogical situation to its most logical conclusion. The only difference is that "Tank Girl: Armadillo!" has far more basis in reality than those other shows did. On the surface this is a hoot and a holler, but underneath it all is a call to arms.
We could all use a little more Tank Girl in our lives and "Tank Girl: Armadillo!" is just the answer. "
"Richard Marcus, Blog Critics Magazine"
"Alan Martin is an amazing writer...Tank Girl Armadillo is one of the best things I've read. Alan Martin goes up there with Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, William Gibson, and the other madmen novelists who've changed my life forever." "Comics2Film"
About the Author
Alan Martin is the co-creator of Tank Girl (along with artist Jamie Hewlett), and writer of the first three Tank Girl graphic novels.
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I would advise you to stay clear if you don't know who Tank Girl is because you may not get it all, also be careful if reading this in a public place because you will laugh out loud in some places. I first came to Tank Girl through the brilliant film, Tank Girl . So for me even reading the graphic novels Tank Girl will always look like the excellent and so sexy Lori Petty. If you are into quirky humour and like something a bit different and raw you will like this.
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I love Tank Girl. She came into my life at about age twelve and has always been there, even in her long absence from comics. I'll admit that though I highly enjoyed the latest series 'The Gifting' it did feel like something was missing with the absence of Jamie Hewlett's art. When I picked up Armadillo I assumed I would find the same hole Mr. Hewlett left. I couldn't have been more mistaken.
In this medium the world of Tank Girl is able to sprawl out before us in a vast new way. Gone are the constrictive bounds of the comic book panel, gone are the small clipped narratives and lack of inner monologue; all set free apart from the limits of our own imaginations.
I would recommend...no...I would insist that any long time Tank Girl fan pick this up and devour it as I did. The 156 page story, Armadillo! is comedic magnificence. The 2nd half called The Bushel is a nice collection of shorts, comic scripts and odd bits that are sure to burst or necessitate some stitches. Newer fans might want to familiarize themselves with some of the Tank Girl classics before delving into this world so they can completely appreciate the elevation of the characters, setting and general storytelling.
I always new Martin was a comedic genius, but he really shines brightest here all on his own. Until he gives us another volume like this one, I'll be rabidly craving more.
Martin brings her to life in a way that the comics could not, giving her depth and dimensions far beyond snogging and explosions; there is plenty of that too.
If you don't know who Tank Girl is,,,well, there really isn't anything I can say. Go buy the original collections and when you cant find anything else, read this book..