Review: Think Tank #2 From Top Cow Comics
Think Tank #2 Review
“This isn’t a title you want to miss.”
Think Tank is easily one of the new books you must read. After selling out its first run and making it to second printing Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal give us issue two of Dr. David Loren’s morally grey world. Think Tank was originally plotted for four issues but is now expanding to be a much longer and in-depth story. I could easily see this book running for 24-48 issues, or longer depending the directions the creators take David in. Think Tank‘s biggest draw for readers is not only that is smart, science focused book, but also presents different moral points of view. Science and innovation aren’t inherently good or evil, it’s just how it’s used. And by the same token, nothing happens in a bubble and weapons will always be used to inflict harm and secure power.
The most compelling part of Think Tank is its protagonist Dr. David Loren. Throughout the issue Hawkins uses Loren’s conscience and imagination to show us situations that, though he wasn’t actually present for, he most certainly contributed to. If David was just another brilliant scientist and government stooge (like his former MIT instructor, Dr. Seijic) there would be no story here. Since David is coming to the realization that he is not only being used, but being paid handsomely to contribute to clandestine international warfare, he can’t help but be tortured by his own mind. He knows the destructive power of some of his creations. He’s also finally willing to admit what he’s always been smart enough to know: Violence begets violence. When you are as intelligent as David is, there are few excuses for allowing yourself to be hoodwinked. Hawkins story telling in this issue is very cinematic with flashbacks, dream sequences, and present moments all interwoven. We get to live in our protagonists mind and see the real regret and anguish on his face thanks to Ekedal’s closeups.
“Often, he is the smartest guy in the room and he’s quick to remind you of that.”
The other part of this book that makes it such a pleasure to read is David’s unrelenting sarcasm and being a smart ass to everyone who tries to talk down to him. Often, he is the smartest guy in the room and he’s quick to remind you of that. There are a lot of very funny moments to be found in this issue and with a character who truly considers no one his peer. Though he plays the cavalier rebel, David Loren is non ones fool. Especially not the US governments. In flashbacks we see just how at the age of 14 he was seduced into working for the department of defense. No teenage genius wants to build weapons for the government and yet, they had the equipment and capital for him to build whatever he could imagine. And despite a high IQ, any teenage boy could be caught up in the glitz and glamor of having everything they’ve ever dreamed handed to them. Two years ago, after realizing the capability for carnage his latest device presented, he began to plan his escape. In a move more like a magician than an engineer, he has a closet full of his best tricks waiting to aid his escape.
I’m extremely pleased to see this book has been picked up for a longer run. I believe it has great potential and any possible reservations I had in the first issue have dissolved with the advent of the second. Pick up this book and every issue from now on. This isn’t a title you want to miss. The last book I enjoyed this much in the realm of realism was Brian Wood’s DMZ.
Geek Smash Rating: 89/100 – Must read
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