Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising

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5.0 Overall Score
Story: 4/10
Art: 6/10

interesting art

Never a big fan of Tank Girl, character seems dated

Comic Info

Comic Name: Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising

Publisher: Titan Books

Writer: Alan Martin

Artist: Rufus Dayglo

# of Issues: 4

Release Date:  2012

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Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising #2

Reprints Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising #1-4 (January 2011-June 2011). Tank Girl and Booga have had problems in the past, but now their fights have boiled over. Tank Girl has broken up with Booga and run off with Jet Girl to Green Nigel’s home while Booga is finding trouble of his own when his past comes back to haunt him. Tank Girl also is dealing with her own troubles when a tracking device is found in her…could it have something to do with the big break-up?

Written by Alan Martin, Tank Girl:  Bad Wind Rising collects the four-issue Titan mini-series.  The series features illustrations by Rufus Dayglo and follows the one-shot Tank Girl:  Hairy Heroes.

I’ve never been a very big Tank Girl fan. At the height of her popularity in the early ’90s before and just after the release of the big screen film, her edginess was something different. In 2011, the girls on Sex in the City or Girls practically talk as dirty (but not as poetically vulgar as Tank Girl). The character just doesn’t seem to evolve, devolve, or change with the times and it feels like with the punk style of the comic, she should. A character like Spider-Man makes more sense to remain the same because he has a set of basic principles (with great power comes great responsibility is practically crammed down readers’ throats every issue). Tank Girl on the other hand has few principles and really could be more hip and timely since she holds on to very little except her friends, her tank, and Booga.

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Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising #3

The art for Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising by Rufus Dayglo is fun. He does a nice job using the page and the muted color pallet of the series works well with the illustrations. Sometimes it gets a little bit carried away and it becomes difficult for the casual Tank Girl reader to understand what is going on (many of the characters look similar), but it doesn’t hinder things often because the story is all over the place anyway.

Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising has an overly complex ending when the story leading up to the ending feels pretty fluffy. Some of the time travel stuff got too intense (for a page or two) and it started to lose me (and I actually am a fan of smart time travel stories). The whole alignment of time and everything around it was a bit confusing.

Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising like many Tank Girl books are an acquired taste…a taste I really don’t have. I’ve tried Tank Girl in the past and still find I want more substance with the wackiness and intentional tastelessness. It often feels like Alan Martin is trying too hard with the character and running out of things to try to shock readers with. Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising is followed by Tank Girl: Carioca.

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