Tank Girl 3

Author: Alan Martin
Artist: Jamie Hewlett
Titan Books
RRP 10.99, US $16.99
ISBN 1 84023 493 8
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Tank Girl and Booga go hunting for bounty hunters, search for culinary enlightenment, meet a Swiss yeti, attempt to cure a deadly genital condition, and rob a popular tourist attraction...

As with the previous volume, several of the comic strips here don't actually feature Tank Girl at all. The Immortalist is a one-page spoof of Grange Hill, while Sub Girl features in a flimsy excuse to explore another idol from the writer's youth, Whatever Happened to the Smiths? Tank Girl's other pal, the booze- and drug-addled Jet Girl, also stars in her own strip. Hewlett and Martin's Deadline magazine buddies Philip Bond and Glyn Dillon step in for the artwork chores on the Sub Girl and Jet Girl strips respectively, and they also collaborate on Booga's Messiah, which focuses on Tank Girl's kangaroo boyfriend.

My personal favourite strip in this collection is Morning Glory, which includes some Quentin Tarantino elements and culminates in a very funny resolution. This is closely followed by the explosive heist caper, The Mount Mushroom Massacre, which features an inventive use for a bouncy castle.

I'm not sure there are any Swiss yeti myths, as it is suggested in Ball Hanger, but who cares?

As we approach the end of Tank Girl's run of adventures from Deadline, this compilation is slightly slimmer than the previous two. There is still plenty of the violence and lunacy that we have come to know and love, though not quite as much of it as before.

Richard McGinlay

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