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Sunday, August 7, 2016
Tank Girl: Carioca #1 - Comics From The Basement
Dwellers and Welcome To COMICS From The Basement…
in 1988, writer Alan Martin along with Artist Jamie Hewlett released
upon the world a post-apocalyptic future… which was basically the
typical Mad-Max future for Australia as dreamed about by Brits in
the 1980s… where a girl lives in and drives a tank… her name
‘Tank Girl’ a somewhat foul-mouthed, bounty hunter who dates a
mutant kangaroo named Booga… from 88 to 95, The Tank Girl series
ran as a strip in Deadline magazine, becoming a cult favorite and
gaining enough popularity for Hollywood to try and cash in on it with
a film in 1995… but there was a problem: Tank Girl’s base
audience was in the UK… not the United States… and the film
flopped… big time.
the adventures of Tank Girl has continued on… and one of the more
recent stories, a three issue mini series published by Titan Comics…
is Tank Girl: Carioca… but I’m only going to talk about the first
issue this time around, I’ll get to issues two and three at a later
one sees Tank girl and Booga as contestants on a game show called
Quiz-Bingo… and opportunity they get because they are rather LOUD
members of the audience… and Booga gets on a hot streak of
correctly answering every question the host Charlie Happy asks…
until he gets to one he can’t… leading Tank Girl to correctly
answer it… however Charlie says it’s wrong… too make maters
more interesting, she later finds out that a) Charlie intentionally
lied, and b) that he was talking trash about her under his breath.
Tank Girl takes this about as well as you’d expect for someone that
has access to a freaking tank. Rounding up her crew… she plots her
revenge… a rather spectacular sorta of vengeance… that ends up
leaving her feeling empty inside…
this is part 1 of a 3 part story, it does an excellent job of setting
up the plot and driving forward towards the meat of the tale, which
is Tank Girl having an epiphany about her life and everything she’s
done up to this point, and this gets explored in second issue.
artwork is certainly different, with the artwork being done by Mike
McMahon who is best known for his work on Judge Dredd in that series
early years. He used a bit of a stylized approach that has some sharp
angles and varying proportions… but somehow it all works, giving
this comic a bit of a ‘cartoony’ feel to it… which is helpful
considering how Tank Girl gets her revenge…
yeah, the verdict for Tank Girl: Carioca #1 from me is pretty
positive… and of course sometime in the future I’ll talk about
issues 2 and 3
leads to my favorite part of this series… where can you get it?
Well mycomicshop.com certainly has it, you can get it by itself or as
part of the trade collection. I have the issues individually… you
can get it digitally over at comixology.com where it’s broken down
to a six issue mini-series instead of three… and of course you can
try re-sellers like eBay and Amazon.com.
week… we’re going back to Marvel… with a whole lot of Trouble…
then my friends, and you are my friends… have a good one!