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Think Tank #9 [Top Cow Productions] Review

Posted on August 29, 2013 AT 10:13pm

The newest arc of Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal’s Think Tank has arrived, and with it comes something that the sarcastic genius David Loren has never known before: field work. Usually looking from behind a screen very far away, Loren has had his hands in countless deaths, but this time, Loren is in the field, putting his own life at risk. Recently the brilliant scientist created a military weapon that could target people on a genetic level and kill them without any nasty looking suspicions. Now, in the resulting fallout, David’s kind-of girlfriend Mirra has been kidnapped, and China, in an effort not to have the same targeting technology used on them (recently used on Taiwan) have kidnapped Mirra in an effort to get Loren motivated to do as they desire. Complications galore, and Loren’s general apathy and smart-ass attitude don’t help matters much.

This issue sees Loren in the field for the first time, and (surprise!) things don’t go well. The resulting trip devolves into some very interesting events, and leaves Loren in a precarious position with a surprise guest who has to be seen to be believed (reading prior issues helps as well, to know who this person is). The military speak is well described by Loren, who puts it into the layman just enough for readers to understand and be entertained without feeling like they’re being spoken down to. While it can get too complex at times, Loren is as fun as ever, and with his situation deteriorating, it’s only going to get more interesting from here.

Matt Hawkins spends a lot of time researching. This is very evident by the accuracy of his claims in the pages of this book (and in the “Science Class” portion of the end of the issue), and with the confidence in which he writes this very complicated and very intelligent book. This issue brings a new aspect to the plot of writing this book, as field work is something that Hawkins may not be familiar with, but he’s looking like he can handle things fine, and while complex, this is a very entertaining book and one of the few really dense, smart books on the market right now.

For a black and white book, artist Rahsan Ekedal sure manages to get a lot out of this title. There is great shadow work in this title, and despite the missing bit of vibrancy that colors would give this title, it looks really good in black and white, with outstanding character figures and detail. Though, blood looks a bit odd.

Summary: Think Tank is part of the new generation of titles that don’t look at a comic reader and assume they’re of a certain intelligence. This book gives enough explanation to get things moving but relies on the reader to be smart enough to follow along (as nearly all comic readers are), and if that’s done, this is an amazing book. While colors would certainly help the visual aesthetic, printing in black and white is not detrimental to the book in any way, and both Hawkins and Ekedal have proven that this is one of those books that really work when put together properly.

Pros: Great writing, detailed artwork.

Cons: Might be too dense for some.

Grade: A


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for 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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