The Power of Tankgirl

Tank Girl’s back with a bang in this Booga’s-pouched-sized collection of three epically insane, depleted-plutonium adventures: The Gifting, Visions of Booga and The Royal Escape.

Alan Martin
Ashley Wood
Rufus Dayglo
Titan Comics

I love Tank Girl. I love the art, the stories, and if I am completely honest, I even love the Lori Petty film. She takes no shit and is punk as fuck- what’s not to love? So what if some people may think she could be a bad role model- who would class anyone with a Tank as a role model anyway?

Anyway, out in September, is the latest collection from Titan Books with The Power of Tank Girl which incorporates The Gifting, Visions of Booga, and The Royal Escape. Written by Alan Martin, with art by Rufus Dayglo and Ashley Wood this is nearly 300 pages of beautifully drawn and scripted elegance.

“Bang bang, you’re dead, fifty bullets in your head, one’s red, one’s blue, one’s full of chicken poo!”

The Royal Escape is the first story and to be quite honest I think you need to be a bit of a Tank Girl addict to enjoy this- it wouldn’t have been my choice to start a collection with. It is fantastic for me as I have a grounding in the insanity, the language, the characters and the violence, but a potential newcomer to Tank Girl may well struggle to find some enjoyment in the story.

Dotted throughout the book are old classic Tank Girl strips, posters and info pages on Booga and the gang and just seeing the tank in full racing livery got my pulse racing. The second main collection in the novel is Visions of Booga. The storyline of Visions is crazy and irrelevant to its core. A prison escape followed by falling from a plane, Booga gets a long lost brother, and so and on. Visions of Booga is a lot more understated than The Royal Escape, leaving unwarranted gory violence for more of a soft story, but fantastic none the less.

Then we come to The Gifting

“I’m a whole different kind of cunt from what you’re used to dealing with.. I’m from The League of Extraordinary Cuntywomen.”

The Gifting is more of what an outsider might imagine a Tank Girl comic to be like, however the art is a complete change from what you may be used to. The older classic strips like The Dogshit in Barney’s Handbag, and X2-38 make this more than just a few comics in a hardback book, it makes it an essential read for a Tank Girl collector.

A solid collection, a great buy for avid fans and those who like something different (mainly bad language and extreme violence) in their comic collection.

The Power of Tankgirl is available from Titan Comics or your local retailer.

Cover image courtesy of Titan Comics

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this comic for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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