Kirsty Capes reviews Tank Girl: Gold #1…
Picking up where the critically acclaimed hit series Two Girls One Tank left off – Tank Girl has lost one of her dearest friends, but inadvertently gained billions of dollars worth of Nazi Gold. What is she going to spend all that money on? Before we find out, her kangaroo boyfriend Booga must pay a penance by going right up THE FURRY ROAD. It’s been swell, and the swelling isn’t going down.
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The Tank Girl universe continues its revitalisation process with the beginning of the next series in the Alan Martin/Brett Parson collaboration era, Tank Girl: Gold. Following on directly from their last miniseries, Two Girls One Tank, published in four parts earlier this year and following the resurrection of the much-beloved Sub Girl, Tank Girl: Gold begins with the usual gang, Sub Girl’s dead corpse, a malfunctioning submarine and a metric fuck ton of Nazi gold bullions.
Tank Girl: Gold eases us nicely back in to the series, and is helpfully an immediate follow-on from the final issue of Two Girls One Tank. Packed with all of the wit and snark typical of Tank Girl and her conglomerate, issue 1 is everything we expect and more in terms of dirty jokes and crude puns, but is far more forgiving to the more faint-hearted among its readership. Even so, we are still treated do filth by way of Booga’s STD, which makes his junk look like a Christmas pudding, so there’s no grounds to say Tank Girl: Gold is totally devoid of toilet humour. Stylistically, Parson employs a stunning rose-dusted colour palette for the sun-drenched outback, and this among other minor changes makes this issue deliberately singular in both tone and visuals. It’s slightly more sombre than the beginning of Two Girls One Tank, due to the recent death of Sub Girl, and I feel that this mourning period could have been prolonged more than it was to really allow for the tragedy of Sub Girl’s death to sink in. Despite this, the humour is intelligently and self-deprecatingly ridiculous, and each character is vibrant and wonderful. There are some lovely moments of introspection in Tank Girl: Gold #1, and I hope that this is a trend that continues throughout this series.