Writer: Alan Martin
Artist: Brett Parson
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: May 18
Two Girls One Tank!
What a joy it is to read a comic that has the reader laughing out loud, and this is what Tank Girl has always been for me, brash, deadpan and sarcastic. Writer Alan Martin has brought back the humour and action in spades in the first issue of four in the mini-series “Two Girls, One Tank” from Titan Comics.
We begin in a typical boutique store, where they buyers have acquired Tank Girl’s tank which they intend to sell for a tidy profit. I doesn’t help that the store manager, Magnolia Mags happens to be a bit of a Tank Girl super fan and goes a bit mental after slugging a bottle of ‘Gut Rot’ and decides to take the tank for herself. While this is going down, a pretty pissed Tank Girl is planning on stealing a lot of cash with her mutated kangaroo boyfriend Booga and the somewhat insane sidekick Barney so they can buy a new Tank.
Sounds silly? Good. Because it is… and it absolutely works. It’s absolutely Tank Girl.
The artwork has managed to feel both retro and modern and compliments the witty dialogue perfectly. Brett Parson should be commended. The sarcasm and the “don’t be a fucking idiot” looks hit the mark nearly every time and as I write this I’m still chuckling at Decaf Dave and his crazy makes-no-bloody-sense addiction. The pacing of the story that moves back and forth from Magnolia and Tank Girl is great at keeping the pace of this fast moving tale and it works perfectly as with stories of this nature. As I reader, I personally don’t want any downtime and as the two stories merge, I’m left not just wanting to know how the action will play out, but also more about Magnolia and how Tank Girl is going to react to her.
The colour pallet, which is typical of Tank Girl and is wonderful and even though you’d be forgiven in thinking that this could be a post-apocalyptic world, it’s not and this only adds to the zaniness. I must also applaud the artists and writers for the detail in the backgrounds, there’s so much to see and it really is funny. The names of the products, the expressions on the faces of those not at the forefront of the panels comes together really well. Much like the unconventional nature of the characters, the panels also don’t convey convention, and the overlapping balloons guide the eye though this adventure. The lettering is clear and like the artwork is bold, loud and bursting with colour.
My only criticism is that I have to wait a month for issue #2!
Oh, and check out the awesome Jetpack “Kanji” variant cover, if you’re a collector.(I want it as a poster for my man-cave!)