Over on blogcritics.org, Cameron Archer has posted a detailed review of the new Tank Girl from US publisher IDW.
Those who remember Jamie “Gorillaz” Hewlett’s full on 1980s Deadline version of the character (Titan Books republished those strips some time ago) should know that he’s been replaced by artist Ashley Wood (various artists worked on later TG see below), but the Tank Girl: The Gifting series is still written by Tank Girl co-creator/writer Alan Martin, who is apparently going back to the basics with a scaled down cast. The stories mostly centre around Tank Girl, “mutated” kangaroo/former toy designer Booga and escaped mental patient Barney at this point, although Jet Girl cameos.
Archer says “The colourful and vibrant look that defined the comic when it went all-colour in the early 1990s has been replaced by a more stylized, muted colour scheme. The art style is still visually dense, but in a different way… ” and is pleased with the enjotabel, if inconsequential stories. “I’d like to know if Alan Martin can keep this pace up for all four issues of Tank Girl: The Gifting,” he signs off, “but the initial outing gives me hope that he can. Frankly, Tank Girl was MIA for too long and it’s good to see her back.”
I’ll second that emotion. At one point I know Titan Books was so pleased by sales of its TG collections they considered commissioning new stories, so there’s definitely a market for the gal. I’ll be looking out for this in Bristol.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.