Tank Girl

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Tank Girl is a bizarre British indie comic created by Alan Martin and drawn by Jamie Hewlett (of Gorillaz fame) about a cheerfully sociopathic young woman who lives in a tank, her mutant kangaroo boyfriend Booga, her various bizarre and violent buddies, and knob jokes. Set in the Australian outback, most of its stories pay no attention to reality, the laws of physics, good taste, bad taste, yucky taste or conventional storytelling.

Frequently Crosses The Line, mostly because the writers don't seem to be aware that there is a line.

Tank Girl started as a comic strip in the British magazine Deadline. It was made into a movie in 1995 starring Lori Petty (The voice of Livewire) and also featuring Naomi Watts, Malcolm McDowell, and Ice T. Unfortunately the movie flopped and was considered by the creators to suffer severe Adaptation Decay, causing Martin to quit in disgust. The financial failure also caused the collapse of Deadline.

For contractual reasons, two mini-series were produced for Vertigo Comics to tie into the film: "The Odyssey", written by Peter Milligan and with art by Hewlett, and "Apocalypse" with neither Martin or Hewlett involved.

In the early 2000s, Martin revived Tank Girl for a series of mini-series with various comic companies, usually with art by Rufus Dayglo.

Collected editions are:

Original Deadline strips

  • Tank Girl
  • Tank Girl 2
  • Tank Girl 3

Vertigo Comics "contractual obligation" titles

  • Tank Girl: The Odyssey
  • Tank Girl: Apocalypse!

2000s Alan Martin titles

  • Tank Girl: The Gifting
  • Tank Girl: Visions of Booga
  • Tank Girl: Skidmarks
  • We Hate Tank Girl
  • Tank Girl: The Royal Escape

Tropes used in Tank Girl include:

Tank Girl: What's black and white and red all over? Dismembered ninjas! Ha!