Tank Girl Movie Adaptation

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I’ll be operating under the assumption those who read this have seen the movie, which makes it safe to give a review of the aesthetic. The artist style isn’t quite the same as the comic series, which isn’t bad, only something to get used to. (It looks like an Archie comic a bit, and it doesn’t start like the movie, I’m happy to report, but falls back into the same dialogue and storyline-up after the introduction.) Stays faithful to the movie script except for a few minor jokes being changed, so in that case, the movie is better, but if the reader is looking for the animated-style: Read On. Also the ending is fleshed out to how it should’ve been done in the movie, which makes it a bit more satisfying. Definitely makes a good companion comic to the film. To read my review of, Tank Girl: The Gifting.

Tank Girl: Dark Nuggets

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This begins with Tank Girl in trouble and everyone being indisposed due to a band no one told Tank Girl about. She’s able to get a hold of Jet Girl, who lets her know why no one is running to her aide and leaves to help Tank Girl with her literally bloody problem. After Jet Girl helps her out, they learn Tank Girl’s old school is going to be torn down and Tank Girl begins to feel nostalgic and decides to see if she can stop the demolition. It, of course doesn’t go down smoothly for the crew doing the work.

Then there’s an after-story set up like a novelette. It starts with a game of Tank War. Craziness goes down, and then Booga pulls some psychological torture on Tank Girl which had to do with food. I found pleasure in thinking of it in cartoon form, since the comic is in black and white, which for me is a bit annoying, but the characters are still drawn “the right way” so I can let it slide. It ends ominously, but it’s funny throughout so definitely worth it, especially for some of the full spread portraits. On to, Tank Girl: Skidmarks!

Tank Girl: Visions of Booga

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This Tank Girl issue is much better than it’s predecessor in story-line and artwork. Tank Girl and Booga are captured after their escapade and are on the way to being taken to prison when another criminal is helped to escape from the bus they are riding, when his crew blows up the back-end and he jumps onto a ladder attached to a helicopter. Tank Girl and Booga tag along and are dropped from the sky when said criminal liberates himself from his pants and they are falling to certain death when they fall in the tube of a water slide and steal some wonderfully entertaining clothes (Booga’s outfit in particular). Booga then discovers a letter addressed to him by his long lost younger brother whom he didn’t know about, offering him a paradisaical vacation/living situation in Sunny Bay which Tank Girl is willing to run to, due to their murder-crazed enemies.

The third issue brings more fun and even an unplanned wedding whom a hippie on a cliff administers. It’s a sweet moment and the issue ends with a chief of police’s death and that of the hippie. The gang’s enemy not far behind them, and still swearing revenge. Tank Girl, Booga, and the crew reach Sunny Bay. They get acquainted with Booga’s brother, then finally have their final fight with the last brother whom has been after them from the beginning. It ends sweetly and now, I’ll continue on to Tank Girl: Dark Nuggets.

Timeline

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This may not be the tightest story-line ever written, but it’s certainly as easy to read as the other Crichton novels have been. With this novel in particular it’s becoming as simple to read as Stephen King novels tend to be. This story starts with a couple who happen upon an old man in the desert talking gibberish and gets stranger from there.

Once I gave it 135 pages, it became a bit more interesting and quicker paced. The characters, unfortunately adopt dumb behavior and get themselves into trouble which may have been avoided, but one has to allow this in order for the plot to thicken, so if that seems enjoyable, sally forth into this decent read.

But, if the reader sticks through it, one does get more of a thriller spike periodically throughout, especially near the end, what with the race against time. It was fascinating following these people through ancient France on a treasure hunt for a secret passage in order to survive long enough to try and make it back to their own time.

It gets so crazy with tension by the almost-end to closely annoy me. Also, I realize how much Marek is important to the plot, but still am not phased by his presence other than noticing offhandedly he’s quite chivalrous for his time. It’s so thrilling I almost can’t go on, because I’m apprehensive where it will lead, but as I continue to read, the story sucks me in, fighting the moment of learning what possible horrible end they face. This is probably the downside to reading it along with other books, one should read some Crichton novels singularly otherwise one may become too chicken to continue. At least, I’ve been hesitant for some reason. One thing’s certain: Crichton succeeded where Dan Brown fails.

It ended with the nervousness of one who is being tugged along until the last second for relief, which there is and I’m pleased with the outcome. I also like the idea of Timeline being a more serious version of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure which filmbuff-36 from IMDB likened this to. Lively read! To read my review of, Sphere.

Tank Girl: The Gifting

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It starts off a bit dry, but once getting to the end of the second issue, I at least ran into the best quote I’ve ever come across which totally relates to my personal life. “I’m a whole different kind of cunt from what you’re used to dealing with.. I’m from The League of Extraordinary Cuntywomen.” (This phrase resonates with me at the moment.)

Despite the little fun factoid though, it does get more fascinating after realizing I hadn’t missed an issue and I was reading through a special prologue-like story, before getting back to Booga’s bit of trouble.

It livens up much more after. (I started to get back into the voices of the characters since the art was a bit of a jolt from what I’m used to seeing. In that sense I’m not sure if it’s worth reading UNLESS you’re a dork of a fan like me. For my review of, Tank Girl: Visions of Booga.)

Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White

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This is freakin’ adorable from the beginning! A fascinating story about orphaned boys Black and White; they are possibly brothers, who live on the streets and own it in Treasure Town. They kick the crap out of adult hooligans or anyone with a few bucks so they can buy necessities and steal valuables; White has an obsession with watches.

I heard about this and found the movie first, but have started the series instead; I am not disappointed. It’s got so much heart. Seemingly more violent than Tank Girl, it ties with Kick AssHit Girl, and Transmetropolitan, respectively.

Then of course, events start to take a turn towards fantasy when “evil” splits the boys up and they both degrade into a kind of fantasy world where mythology wields its merry wand!

Satisfying ending, totally worth it, but after seeing the movie, I realize the comic is much more engrossing.

Transmetropolitan V.1-10

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This series seems to parallel another character and future dystopian time: Tank Girl in attitude, but also brought to mind Steppenwolf, the lone wolf mentality, (which I was reading at the same time) Jerusalem inhabiting this persona so well. In any case, this future Earth is interesting with it’s strange new fad fashions, including: human half-alien people who need their own diets due to the voluntary operation which becomes the hype in the city. The new America is getting more garbage-ridden (human and otherwise) and it’s highly focused on the political aspect, which is fine, since we get to see Spider go off, usually violently at everyone involved, including some who befriend and help him in some ways, but normally they’re on the left side of the law already, themselves.

Then, Spider finally pisses off more people who would rather take revenge than grin and bear his blatant face-slapping writing. He and his assistants become more armed than with just a bowel-disruptor gun. On top of this, it shows heart, as well. It suits those looking for righteous justice by any means possible. The plot only continues to thicken with more violence and wild rides of story-telling, which breeze by due to Ellis’ uncanny talent of weaving his idea of politico-vigilante journalism into something worthy and easily consumable for the layman (I don’t follow politics and this was easy even for me to grasp). Ellis succeeded where Total Recall fell short when it comes to naked alien chicks, as well.

There are also sharp turns down the dark road of child prostitution and other dirty areas of society, fictional and real alike which all cycle back to the President whom was elected, and Spider’s mission to get him out of office. After, the President sets up an opportunity for a natural disaster to ruin the city and endanger people’s lives by having the paper district (where everything news-related is churned out) quarantined and no one can be helped.

Then we learn Spider is going through a hidden severe physical ailment and we’re plunged into mysteriousness again. So now his goal of getting the President out of office must be done before Spider’s possible expiration! I can only hope this finally is made into a movie. It gets more and more wild and sickly violent as I go, which I love to hate sometimes and it’s safe to say Ellis is going to be hard to stop reading. Lucky for me I haven’t read his novels yet. Those who prefer graphic novels should check FreakAngels out, here.