Review: 21st Century Tank Girl #1

Tank Girl become something of a phenomenon in the early 1990s. Eventually, she got the full movie treatment, which was panned by critics who really didn’t get the essence of Tank Girl. She was born in the punk rock culture of late 1980s and the rise of anti-Thatcherism, especially as Britain’s ultra-conservative government sought to legislate against homosexuality. Somewhere along the line, this mindset that had spread across the pond lulled and Tank Girl went with it, and her American adventures became more plot and continuity driven as her creators went on to bigger things.

Well, they’re back. Alan Martin has been back since 2007, but Jamie Hewlett has stayed away for the most part, but has finally returned to draw some Tank Girl. What other publisher could put this out but the British publisher in America, Titan Comics?

21st_Century_Tank_Girl_1_cover_A21st Century Tank Girl #1

WRITER: Alan Martin
ARTISTS: Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Philip Bond, Jonathan Edwards, Brett Parson, Jim Mahfood, Craig Knowles
COVER: Jamie Hewlett
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics


After a break of 20 years, artist extraordinaire Jamie Hewlett (GORILLAZ) is leaping back on the Tank Girl wagon, re-teaming with series co-creator Alan Martin to bring you a whole new take on the foul-mouthed, gun toting, swill-swigging hellion!

21st Century Tank Girl #1 comes with 2 covers to collect


Despite it’s humor relying on visual gags that border on the offensive, the first story by Martin and Hewlette was by far the most enjoyable, both in terms of writing and art. Brett Parson’s The Runny Man is also very well done, but I didn’t care for Easy, by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, maybe because with the dialogue, Tank Girl just comes across as another bad-ass action heroine. Jonathan Edwards’ Sundrenched Martian Superholiday is all right, but is primarily an illustrated text piece, albeit with illustrations that are pretty sweet.

Overall, in the right hands, both artistically and writing, Tank Girl is just as fun as she was a quarter century ago, the key is to find that balance.

Recommended Reading:

The Cream of Tank Girl
Tank Girl 1
Tank Girl 2
Tank Girl 3

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