When I flipped open Tank Girl: Carioca I did not immediately get the Tank Girl vibe.
The art is by Mike McMahon – of plenty of 2000AD and some Doctor Who Classics Omnibus editions. Perhaps I got a mixed signal from the 2000AD style, perhaps it just took me a while to get into the mood but I did actually wonder; “Is that Tank Girl?”
As it happens, Tank Girl: Carioca quickly re-establishes itself as a proper Tank Girl adventure. It’s written by co-creator Alan Martin after all.
The action kicks off with Tank Girl and Booga in the audience of a popular quiz show. As you might expect they quickly end up part of the show but get cheated. Result? Revenge!
Tank Girl is often a series about consequences. The consequence of TG’s revenge in this adventure leads to even more revenge and a gang of assassins.
As for Carioca? It may have been a night club from Alan Martin’s youth but in this story it is also Tank Girl’s martial arts philosophy.
The book started out by worrying me, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting but through my loyalty to Tank Girl I kept on reading and slowly, page by page, it won me around. Was the story any good? Hell yeah. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
My copy was provided for review. Published by Titan Books, £14.99.
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