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Tank Girl (Hewlett and Martin's Tank Girl #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  3,229 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
ABOUT THIS BOOK; 5 adventures of the rude girl with the usual punkish outlook, and the usual stalwarts of doomed guys. Includes a cut out and keep naked tank girl and clothes, some short articles (from people around Worthing!), and some Tank girl letters to MOM. All colour. Ex library with extra protective transparent cover. 2 library stamps. Softback intact and clean. Sli ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published January 5th 1995 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1990)
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Mad Tom
Jun 23, 2015 Mad Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


"Hot shot, sex pot!"

What's Tank Girl about? "In issue one I bagged off with a kangaroo. In issue two I made President Hogan sh*t his pants. In issue three I'm hunted by some of Australia's nastiest bounty hunters!"

How do I describe Tank Girl? Let's do some free association. Happy chaos. Anarchy. Anarchy in the UK. Not UK. Australia. Hot. Desert. Barren. Need cold drinks. Beer. So much beer. Pissed. Driving pissed and driving over people. Driving tanks off cliffs. Running from baddies. Bad hango
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Keith
Mar 18, 2011 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The funny thing about Tank Girl -- well, there's lots of funny things, but one odd thing about reading it in a collected format -- is that the creators themselves say in the forward to the first book that they feel that the entire series is at its peak right here. I'd tend to agree with them. These early strips are the definition of lightning in a bottle -- so jam-packed with insanity, humor and violence that the panels literally spill over with dialogue, scribbled tangents and ridiculous ideas. ...more
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS A COMIC BOOK!!!! GAH!!! I JUST DIED.

Lori Petty is my queen.
Bonnie Burton
Sep 10, 2009 Bonnie Burton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nybody who tells you a girl can't drive a tank should be run over and then drowned in cheap beer.

Tank Girl kicks butt and doesn't take whiny prisoners. She and
her other grrlfriends, Jet Girl and Subgirl, have one thing in
mind: To have fun wreaking havoc across the desert.

In the beginning....Tank Girl has a long, sorded history beginning with her two dads, Jaime Hewlett and Alan Martin.After plenty of cheap beer and not much else, they came up with our beloved doll of destruction, Tank Girl. And
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Andrea Blythe
3 1/2 stars

This "remastered" version presents the Tank Girl series in its original black and white and in chronological order of when they first appeared.

Tank Girl is the mutated child of Madonna and GI Joe, living in an apocalyptic Aussie outback with a few teenage mutant punk rock kangaroos thrown in. While the author and artist claim to have created this comic in rebellion against the pathos of MTV, the truth is Tank Girl could only have come out of that generation (late 80s, early 90s). It's
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Aamil Syed
Nov 28, 2013 Aamil Syed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 130-challenge
How would you like a ball busting, head chopping, tank driving bitchy diva who has serious fun while doing it all? Bring it on, I hear you say? Well, that and a lot, lot more than that is what Tank girl is all about.

Tank Girl is an outlaw living in the Australian Outback who hangs out with her boyfriend, a mutant Kangaroo; her best friend, a junkie Aborigine; a stuffed toy Koala bear who hasn't come to terms with his sexual orientation and a horny squeaky toy rat. And if you're not convinced tha
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Jenn
Jun 21, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, owned
Eh. I bought this for my dude, who was a big fan of the Tank Girl movie, and picked it up last night. Not my cup of tea. I found the artwork confusing and most of the in-jokes tired (although they were probably fresh when they were written.) So, wev. I probably won't read any more. But can I just digress here a minute to say that I don't get it when people go on about how Tank Girl is so feminist? Evidently violent and not prissy makes one feminist. You know, I get it. It's really enjoyable to s ...more
Erin Cataldi
Feb 20, 2015 Erin Cataldi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I was inspired to read this ridiculousness after my friend Tim showed me the movie version. It sparked my interest and I had to know more about this beer swilling, kangaroo screwing, tank loving, she devil. The comics did not disappoint. I don't know how I made it this far into my life never having heard of Tank Girl. She's ridiculous and nearly defies definition. She's the most badass chick in Australia and she kicks butt and takes names second. She lives for the moment and has no agenda beyond ...more
Stacy Fetters
Nov 26, 2014 Stacy Fetters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Suck on this, Fart Face"

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When I die and come back, Tank Girl is who I'll be reincarnated as.
Talk about a badass girl who fights just for shits and giggles. That's what we shall call.... my hero.

The art is shocking to the human eye as it seems to go in every single direction, which goes for the storyline as well. But it doesn't seem to take away from any of it. TG's travels are read almost like they have been put together by Hunter S. Thompson and Tank Girl is Fear and Loathing.
Meg Powers
I had been putting off reading Tank Girl for a long time. My disinterest was probably a product of poor associations, either from watching the movie or dealing with annoying teen-punks who loved the comic. Well, I've exhausted my school library's comic collection, and the Jamie Hewlett art looked appealing, so what the hell.

The art and lettering is great-the stories and dialogue, not so much. Each page is beautiful to look at, with a lot of anarchic paneling,psychedelic new-wavey aboriginal mot
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Trina
Sep 06, 2010 Trina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So .... this was different. My reasoning for reading the series was that I am one of the few people who enjoyed Tank Girl the movie but felt it was missing something. I wanted to get the rest of the story and the graphic novel seemed to be the place to scratch that itch. After struggling through the first Tank Girl graphic novel ..... I have hives! It was a disjointed mess of ideas, musings, scary dreams, and a lot of 'what ifs'. I think the connotation of "graphic novel" feed into the difficult ...more
Claire
Nov 04, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
My 4 star rating is a reflection of two separate things: 5 stars for the art and 3 stars for the writing and storyline. In this collection we meet Tank Girl, who crashes through the post-apocalyptic Australian outback in her tank, with her hot kangaroo boyfriend and other assorted weirdos. We also meet her counterparts, Jet Girl and Sub Girl. This comic is violent, irreverent, and full of beer.

I’ve fallen in love with Hewlett’s drawing style, which you may recognize from Gorillaz album covers.
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Jeneé
This is probably one of the most wacky things I've ever read, I can understand why it has a cult following. If you are looking for a graphic novel with good art and a compelling story, this is not for you!
The drawing is messy and non-consistent, the story doesn't make any sense and follows zero order or continuity, it's crude and rude, and it is extremely hard to read. But that's what makes it so awesome. This is not a book to sit down and enjoy, it's a novelty, it's fun and light (in the heavie
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Raj
Feb 21, 2010 Raj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, graphic-novel
I came to this after very much enjoying the film adaptation of Tank Girl. This volume collects the first 15 strips of Hewlett and Martin's very, very strange comic. Unfortunately, I must confess to not particularly enjoying much of it. As I say, it's very strange, sometimes non-linear, irreverent and just a little too bonkers for my tastes.

There's little continuity between stories, and the whole thing of being on the run from the military just seems to fizzle out by the end. In saying that, ther
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Jacob
Aug 11, 2015 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tank Girl, the character, is a lot of fun. I can see a legitimate criticism of her being the sort of "Geek Ideal" strong, sexy woman, but I didn't really feel that. She seemed like a perfect inhabitant for the world in which she lived. The fact that it seems like she really chose to live in that kind of world makes it make all the more sense.
The ancillary characters haven't gotten a huge amount of page time yet, so it's a bit harder to judge them. They seem fun though. Booga's gotten the most t
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Amy
Mar 06, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
So Tank Girl loves drinking beer and screwing kangaroos and generally just blowing things up. That's fine, but overall seems mostly crass and definitely a weird perversion of male fantasy. This is just the first volume, so maybe she develops into something more over time...In addition, the artwork was a bit hard to follow. Almost every story is action-packed, so I guess that's why some images seem unclear. I preferred the larger, less images, and I am aware that overall this review makes me seem ...more
Paul Michaels
Nov 27, 2012 Paul Michaels rated it it was ok
Worth reading solely for Jamie Hewlett's early artwork. The story is an absolute mess and all of the jokes are based on 80's pop culture that (if you're British) you'll struggle to remember or (if you're American) you'll be completely lost with. "Who was Mike Smith again?" ... off to Wikipedia again.
Ghostcat
Feb 29, 2016 Ghostcat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally discovered this masterpiece in punk-art and it was exactly what I expected, crazy, funny, delirious, epic, alternative and full of details, with amazing drawings. Can't wait to read the next volumes!
Hilary Martin
Dec 21, 2016 Hilary Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tank Girl is the hero we deserve (whether we like it or not).
Shari-amor
I loved the movie. She's even more awesome in the comics. Most definitely want to read more.
robomatey
Jun 26, 2008 robomatey rated it it was amazing
best old school comic ever. ever! they have tom waits as the devil!
Lisa
Tank Girl should have been in my life probably from birth, but somehow I didn't see the movie until about a year ago, and just got around to making my way through the comics. It's a post-apocalypse tale in the style of Mad Max: lots of loosely-connected tales with an 80s punk aesthetic about zooming around the Australian wilderness in a trademark vehicle with few connections to others, giving zero fucks. They could even be in the same universe. Tank Girl, though, is spastic, spontaneous, and tho ...more
D.M.
Feb 05, 2014 D.M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was recently reading Grant Morrison's Supergods, and thinking when he was eulogising Tank Girl that I wouldn't mind rereading those stories (I'd been on the TG bandwagon in the early 90s, but don't actually own any now for reasons to be discussed later...). By complete coincidence (although if I were Grant Morrison I'd probably presume this was because my chakras had gotten wrapped around my mandala or some other bastardisation of eastern philosophy, it really was just a coincidence), a few da ...more
The_Mad_Swede
Naturally, I was aware of the existence of British cult comic Tank Girl by artist Jamie Hewlett and writer Alan Martin as a pop cultural phenomenon long before I ever picked up this volume, but I had not read any of the material (not even the much later Pete Milligan stuff that I may or may not yet track down and read – we will have to see about that).

This black and white (as originally published) volume covers the first "yearish" worth of Tank Girl material, and is the first of a series. These
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Ryan Sweeney
Apr 13, 2012 Ryan Sweeney rated it did not like it
Until recently when I read this, my only experience of 'Tank Girl' had been the funny but heavily camp movie released in the early 90's featuring a bunch of humanoid Kangaroo's and Malcom McDowell. Yet for some reason whenever I think back to my memories of high school, they're littered with images of the tank girl comic book and how prominantly it featured in my local comic book store where I squandered my youth alongside my best friend.

Tank Girl takes place in the post apocalyptic wasteland of
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Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Feb 23, 2015 Barb (Boxermommyreads) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Tank Girl is everything I like in a female role - cocky, confident, independent. She is also more than slightly vulgar and while that didn't put me off at all, it is a warning for anyone else reading this book. I recall watching the movie years and years ago and it might be worthy of trying to find a copy to watch again now that I have finished this. The book gave some back info on the writers and how Tank Girl evolved, which was extremely informative and interesting. The artwork is great, but I ...more
Jeff
Nov 12, 2014 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who can still think like a 1980s teen
Recommended to Jeff by: my memory of being a teen in the 1980s
2.5 stars: i expected to like Tank Girl but i won't be proceeding beyond this disappointing volume.

I was as much put off by the vapid "stories" and "characters" as i was tickled by Hewlett's frenzied, vivacious illustrations. Action and energy erupt breathlessly from every page, but if this were an accurate metaphor for The Ultimate Creation, our universe would be even more chaotic and random than it seems to today's most disaffected youth. This disconnectedness, which i used to assume signified
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Olli Booms
Tank Girl was the one 'big' UK comic series I hadn't read much of - well, anything at all. I knew that I liked Jamie Hewlett's art style and I had liked many of the recent collections from 2000AD and Titan, so I thought to myself 'Can't really go wrong with another Brit comic, can you now?'

So, Tank Girl Vol.1: I still like Jamie Hewlett's art, and I pretty much enjoyed the crassness/trashyness/irreverence of the book's anarcho-feminist(?) attittude - at least in small amounts. Which is probably
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Laura
Jul 14, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the Remastered version. Love Tank Girl. She's lewd, crude, and loves beer and wreaking chaos across the desert. She doesn't take crap, pushes people around to get what she wants, and does everything with a great sense of humor.

Authors put in a million references (I get about 5%), cram every page full, and have a great sense of attitude and slang.

I always thought of this as a post-apocalyptic comic (probably because of the movie) but it's not really... mostly just cruising around the open A
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Don
Sep 08, 2007 Don rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Cute and amusing, in a sophomoric way, but that gets old after about six pages. If there had been an actual story inside, I wouldn't have gotten as bored with it as I did. First Tank Girl I've read - and almost certainly the last.

I guess I'm looking for more from it than it actually has to offer.
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“I had a vision.
I lay half asleep in the dirt. The sunset
Behind the hills and burnt my skin.
And in the dream I saw a throne--my throne,
Built on the tower of my life.
When I woke all I could think of was my
Vision, etched so clearly on my mind.
I worked for three days and three nights
With no food or drink, until my vision
Had become a reality--perfect in every
Detail.
I pondered the significance of this
Edifice and shook off my trance....
I felt tired,
I felt lonely,
I felt confused,
I felt so bloody confused,
I felt like a right prat!”
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“Epitaph.

Not next year, not the next one,
Not the year after that. But ages
From here,

Clad in love stained sleeping bags,
Dying with feet wrapped in endless
Shirts and pillow cases,

Crumbling with 99 flakes clutched
Between thumb and palm, dripping
Yellow cream from twig fingers,
Basking our white haired chests on
Green grassed parks under purple
Skies. Laughing over coffee after
Bath tubs of coffee have passed
Through our guts. Huddled, lonely,
Under heaped clothes, here lay us...”
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