Fangirls, as you may know, I read my first Tank Girl book the other day and fell in love. She’s a punk ass bitch who worries about no man (or kangaroo), and she’s living life her way. When I made my most recent trip to the comic shop, I found the first issue of what looks to be a very exciting romp with Tank Girl of the 21st century. I was expecting issue one to be the start of an exciting new storyline, and was surprised, but not disappointed, when I found out I was wrong.
21st Century Tank Girl, issue one, is a collaboration of four short Tank Girl pieces. Similar to Batman Black & White, each story is a one off that’s unrelated to the others, with different writers and artists. It’s a neat idea, and I think it’s a great way to introduce new fans to Tank Girl; she’s just as lewd and crude as she was in Apocalypse, but we get more variation with her character, which is so much fun.
The first story feature TG in space, flying a penis shaped rocket to a planet where she has to excavate a butthole-esqué cave to find an extremely rare gem to power her tank. She finds the gem, but also a colony of weird little dudes who say the world will explode if she doesn’t tell the truth. She ends up fighting her way out & having her dick-ship driven into the ass-cave before making it home in time to kick some nerd’s ass in a driving contest.
The second story only has onomatopoeia for wording, but is about a war zone where TG gets shot. But don’t worry, she makes it out.
The third short is my favorite; Tank Girl has been caught and her only chance of getting out of the death sentence is to survive a games how called Runny Man. She has to compete against other death row criminals to make it through a maze (very reminiscent of the Triwizard Tournament maze in Goblet of Fire), while being chased by a hungry Adolf Hitler zombie. TG tricks and uses the other contestants to make it through to the “Safe Zone,” then releases Adolf onto the live studio audience. It was delightful the whole story through.
The final piece is just a trip through the best times of Tank Girl. It’s a neat read, but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the others.
Overall, this is one of my favorite purchases from the pile of comics I bought. I think Tank Girl is a force to be reckoned with, and every one of these stories proved that in different ways. It was a neat way to experience the art as well; though there were four different artists, each of their styles was explicitly Tank Girl, and had a different version of her feel to them.
If you’re intrigued by Tank Girl, but aren’t sure if she’s for you, I highly suggest picking up an issue of 21st Century Tank Girl. It’s a less expensive way to get a fee for who she is (and see if you can tolerate her use of language), without committing to a full trade paperback or graphic novel of hers. It’s a fun read, and perfect for the perv in all of us.
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