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Tank Girl
World War Tank Girl #4


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: 09 August 2017

Listen, Sub Girl. You’ve got to leave this place… I know you love your friends in Hollywood – who wouldn’t – but they’re not your real friends… We are.” Will Tank Girl and her chums be able to persuade Sub Girl to return home? More importantly, how will they get there…?

The previous issue ended with Tank Girl and her buddies preparing to head back to their own time and place… so is there any World War left for this concluding instalment of World War Tank Girl? Well, yes, actually there is, because even as our heroes disappear from 1940s Germany (three pages in), there is still the matter of what delayed Booga and Barney at the end of the last issue, and what became of Generals Martin and Landau. These questions are answered in a two-page sepia-toned flashback recounted by Booga as the gang tumble through time.

This issue also pays off on numerous other plot elements from this miniseries and the previous two, including the Hollywood actress Gloria Swanage, the Furry Road and Tank Girl’s present-day arch nemesis General Fletcher. These require a fair few explanatory text boxes along the lines of “Note – see issue…” until eventually Tank Girl loses patience and tells us, in a little box-out of her own: “Note – see issue… oh, for f***’s sake. This is the final episode of the final book of a trilogy. Just go and read the other comics first, why don’tcha?” Well, you heard the girl! The culmination of the whole saga leads to a surprisingly satisfying tying up of loose ends – which I won’t spoil for you.

Another reason to be cheerful (if you’re an old perv like me) is that Tank Girl’s return trip through time results in considerably more nakedness than the previous journey did, involving eight pages’ worth of prolonged outdoor nudity. It’s a bit more explicit this time, too, offering glimpses of Jet Girl’s and Sub Girl’s pubic hair (though it appears that Tank Girl has gone for a full Brazilian) and Booga’s ball sac (if that’s what floats your boat)!

Yes, there’s plenty to enjoy as Tank Girl and her pals return to the bush – I mean the Australian bush, of course!


Richard McGinlay

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