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Think Tank #10 [Top Cow Productions] Review

Posted on October 3, 2013 AT 06:39pm

After lots of time as a remote killer, David Loren is now in the field, an endeavor that has not gone well in the first portion of the newest “Outbreak” arc. Now facing some daunting tasks, Loren is in a worse situation than ever. With his kind-of girlfriend Mirra Sway being held in another country, Loren took his talents to Taiwan, a mission that resulted in a crashed plane and near death for the anarchic doctor.

The second part of this arc is already getting more intense than any others, with the motivations of the government in terms of Loren’s DNA targeting weapon. Loren is now injured and far away from home, and his prospects are looking a bit thin as far as getting home and out of the very complicated situation he’s in. With the White House, the military and the rest of the world looking to use Loren’s invention for their own game, David has his own plans, none of which match with the work others want him to do.

That vague description lends little to the brilliance of this book. Think Tank is a book for readers who want something a bit more than the usual spandex and superheroes that fill a lot of other titles, with lots of true science mixed with some fictional situations, snark and a bit of humor that take this book a long way. This issue sees the protagonist in a worse way than he’s ever been, facing real danger for what seems like the first time. Being in the field has not gone well for Loren thus far, and with this issue, it looks like surviving a plane crash is the least of his worries. Writer Matt Hawkins is doing a great job keeping a sense of realism in this book by doing an incredible amount of research to make sure that his claims aren’t far off from the truth.

The use of greyscale is something that doesn’t always lend well to this series, as full color would really make this series pop and would help it reach another level visually. This issue is no exception, with Rahsan Ekedal’s work showing incredible skill and beauty in the pencils and the shading, but giving a distinct lack of flair without the color. This is still a  great looking book, but this is a consistent issue that is not likely to be fixed, only accepted as the way the book is as a whole. That being said, it looks as great as it reads, and that is something that is unlike any other book on the market.

Summary: With it’s tenth issue now ready, the life of David Loren is getting incredibly complicated, incredibly quickly. As he attempts to escape his foreign captivity, his work is presenting issues on a global scale as the military decides how to use it for its own gain. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here as the intensity is ramping up at a huge pace, setting the stage for what could be an explosive end to this arc.

Pros: Smart, entertaining writing.

Cons: N/A

Grade: A

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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