It took a while for Bad Wind Rising to draw me in. We like Tank Girl for the childish violence and adult naughtiness – but what else is there for TG to do other than chill with Jet and mess with Booga. In fact, the book starts off like some sort of surreal soap opera as Booga, the mutant kangaroo, and Tank Girl falling out.
Sure; there’s a bank heist and all sorts of action during this falling out – but it’s just a falling out. I wanted more.
Thankfully there’s a mad scientist playing games with our characters. There’s also a world destroying time machine that we might need to worry about in between the drugs, random violence and casual sex.
Introduce some knicker stealing surf punks and Jet dressing up as Tank girl and, finally, Bad Wind Rising manages to rise and deliver some of its potential.
Normally the risk with Tank Girl is that you either love her or hate her. Bad Wind Rising is an exception; I found it to sit firmly in the middle. It’s certainly one for Dayglo fans and it may well be one for Martin and TG fans. If you’re a bit luke warm on the whole Tank Girl thing then, well, this isn’t the strongest comic to pick up.
Disclaimer: My copy of Bad Wind Rising was provided by the publisher.