Alex Frith: I think I’ve worked out the problem with Tank Girl. It’s nothing to do with Tank Girl itself, its writing or its art, or even its place within the Megazine. It’s to do with the concept of a review. Reviewing new comics is fun to do, and occasionally useful for casual readers. But some strips suit reviews better than others, and cheeky comedy strips don’t suit reviews. Can you imagine reading a weekly review of the Beano, which broke down each strip in the comic? It’d be hell to write, and probably hell to read after the first go around. Tank Girl isn’t remotely serious, has no relation to continuity, and should be treated as idle fun with zany art thrown in. Read it if you like it, and don’t begrudge those who do. A bit like the Megazine articles.
One can review Tank Girl as a whole, but episode by episode, it’s review-proof. The art as always is sumptuously detailed, the writing is funny if you like that sort of thing (and I generally don’t). The end.
Robert Cornell: So, the story that broke my “you bought it, you read it” policy comes to an end. Now I’m confused as well as bored.
Dated and cliquey, TG started as a novelty but rapidly outstayed her welcome with a mind-boggling 21 month run.
That last page could be read as a final goodbye, and not a very polite one. “I never want to come back to this arsehole place again.” Is that a promise?