Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tank Girl: Gold #4 Review



One for me, one for you. Two for me, one for you. Three for me, one for you. Written by: Alan Martin
Drawn by: Brett Parson
Colors by: Ned Ivory
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: February 22, 2017

Check out Ryan's podcast, Columbus Comics Corner here. This miniseries has been one of my favorite comics being released in the last few months. The off the wall storytelling and pop art are great together. We had to wait for a couple scheduling hiccups. So my anticipation continued to grow for the finale to this series. It’s here now, so let’s dive into this funky world.


The teams planned attacked on the army doesn’t go so well with Jet Girl and Sub Girl disappearing off the radar Amelia Earnhart style. Tank Girl follows Jet Girl’s orders and contacts Zulu Dobson for help. They meet up at Jet’s childhood home to find the test tube with the organic psychedelic matter.


After the results come in from Zulu’s carbon dating device, he decides to interview and create profiles on the other characters. This way he can attempt to figure out where Jet and Sub Girl are in time.
It’s Booga who’s able to break the case wide open. Showing us the reveal of where our missing characters are displaced.



I think Zulu might have put aside some of these psychedelics for himself as he prepares for the teams next exploration. Zulu breaks into wizard mode and gets to work.  Using all the data, random parts and organic material he's gathered up. Zulu whips up an old devices to teleport the team to Jet and Sub Girl’s location.


The issue ends with the experiment working and placing our main cast displaced in time. Ending the mini-series to set up the next story for the team to tell. If this is your jumping on point, you would have no idea what’s happening. Going back to read the prior issues would do you justice.




The art speaks volumes and jumps off the page. Brett Parson uses Jamie Hewlett’s original style, but with a new flare on it. While Jamie Hewlett’s style comes off dirtier, Brett puts a pop art style spin on things. The colors also help bring the story to life.


You can always count on hilarious comedic moments entwined with a backdoor approach to storytelling. The story is everywhere at times, going off the tracks only to wrap it back around perfectly. That sorta style could dive bomb quickly. But Alan Martin seems to know how to juggle such off the wall ideas to tell a dynamic story. Reading this series gives you the feeling you’re on this gonzo vacation with the cast. Next month the team will pick up where we leave off with its new series.


Bits and Pieces:

I can’t recommend this series enough! Both art and storytelling is a unique approach you don’t see often done this well. Although the miniseries has ended, Alan Martin has left it open to explore again. That’s once we get back from their next adventure. Can't wait to dive into the new series next month.

9.5/10
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