I’ve never been a huge fan of Tank Girl. That’s not a knock against the series at all, but I don’t think I quite got it when I first read it in middle school. I just didn’t get it. Nothing about the plot, setting or characters seemed to make any sense and neither did all the praise I heard about it. Now that I’ve given Tank Girl another chance, especially after I found my love of surreal humor, I think I may have fallen in love. Sure, Tank Girl may not make a lick of sense, but it is funny in ways that I haven’t read in a comic in quite some time. Now Tank Girl is back in Everybody Loves Tank Girl, featuring the original writer, so what could go wrong?
Tank Girl works best as an anthology and that is exactly what Everybody Loves Tank Girl is. What happens when someone has a huge lapse in judgement and trusts Tank Girl to babysit their one and only child? Ever wonder what it would be like to drop acid and assault a heavily fortified base? Every story had some fantastic part, be it a single joke or overarching theme that let every story hold its own. Even when reading trades, I tend to find myself reading an issue at a time and taking a break in between, but I couldn’t put Everybody Loves Tank Girl down until I read it cover to cover.
When presented in these small chunks, Alan Martin is free to write the absurdity to his heart’s content and you can really feel the love he has for the character poured out onto the page. There has been very few times where text has made me laugh and I’m happy to include Everybody Loves Tank Girl amongst them. One of the stories has Tank Girl and company buying back the film rights so they can make their own movie that will be far superior to the awful 90’s live-action version and the outcome was exactly what I would have wanted.
There are even jokes about the differences between indie and mainstream comics that are told through background dialog and signs. It’s such detail to the insane world that make Tank Girl what it is and give it that weight that was carried the series this long. Between each story are little song lyrics and poems that take a strange tonal shift, but one that only accentuates the overall package. The book opens with several pages of text that set the stage brilliantly and gave the nice cynically philosophical view that the series abides by.
Everybody Loves Tank Girl continues to keep the series alive and fantastic. Jim Mahfood’s art suits the style perfectly and Martin’s writing continues to be strong. We may never get another Tank Girl movie, but with fantastic comics continuing to release, we don’t really need one. Tank Girl is alive and well on the page and Everybody Loves Tank Girl is yet another fantastic entry to the series. Go out, pick it up and have a laugh.