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Tank Girl
World War Tank Girl #1


Writer: Alan Martin
Artist: Brett Parson
Publisher: Titan Comics
RRP: UK £2.65, US $3.99, Cdn $4.99
Age: Mature readers
32 pages
Publication Date: 05 April 2017

With just a few bars of gold left, and Sub Girl’s uneasy feeling that she left something behind, Tank Girl has hired her scientist friend Zulu Dobson to reinvent time travel. The Third Reich have no idea what is coming their way…!

This issue marks the beginning of a new mini-series, which is itself the culmination of a trilogy of mini-series.

A more plot-driven story than the last one, World War Tank Girl picks up where Tank Girl Gold left off, with Tank Girl, Barney and Booga having journeyed back through time to 1945. As in The Terminator franchise, our heroes arrive naked and so need to steal or improvise some clothing – though I don’t recall Arnie ever saying, “Please, try not to bleed on your trousers.” Though the friends are in the same time, they are spatially separated from one another, with Tank Girl materialising in a Nazi-occupied village, Barney finding herself aboard an American plane alongside a squad of paratroopers, and Booga setting down in the secret kitchen of the Third Reich’s secret headquarters in the Bavarian Alps. There is no sign of the missing Jet Girl or Sub Girl yet.

Tank Girl may be out of her usual time and place, but she’s still a tank girl at heart. As luck would have it, World War Two is quite a good place to find tanks, and our heroine ends up capturing a German King Tiger.

With plenty of extreme violence (lots of Nazis getting blown up), bad language (“You f*cking Nazi c*nts!”) nudity (boobs and bums, nothing more explicit) and puerile humour (“My buttocks!” cries an American soldier as he is shot and drops a couple of live grenades, “Ah… buttocks fingers!”), this comic is not for children, but it should appeal to childish adults – like me!


Richard McGinlay

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