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Think Tank Volume One [Top Cow Productions] Review

Posted on December 11, 2012 AT 06:57pm

Matt Hawkins is a science nerd. This is meant with the utmost respect. Many people who know him personally have agreed that his book, Think Tank, is the kind of series only he could make. This nearly futuristic world of weapons that seem like they were created out of thin air (and the people who create them) seems nearly unbelievable, until Hawkins reminds everyone that what isn’t already real isn’t too far off.

Hawkins and artist Rashan Ekedal center their story around the contradiction known as Doctor David Loren, a absolute genius who creates military weapons for the government. It’s a pretty good job for his skills, until he realizes what his skills are: creating unworldly devices that kill people. Fed up with that life, Loren makes a break for it in a way that only a smart-ass super genius could. Loren leads the way in an array of well-written characters, none of which unfortunately live up to the charm of Loren, or the amount of entertainment he provides. They are great supporting cast members, but without Loren, this book would read like a military document.

Thus is the genius of Matt Hawkins. Taking his love of science to another level, Hawkins has created a world that is impossible to believe but potentially real and mixes it with the kind of characters that can’t help but be entertaining. The writing is this book is the epitome of the word “smart”, with intelligent dialog, great plot flow, and a fictional world full of the smartest people on the planet. Each issue is full of devices that seem like science fiction (only some of them are), characters that were pulled from broken molds the world over, and a break-out plan that has to be read to be accepted as something that happened. Each page has been researched, written, re-written and researched again to make it as realistic as possible, and Hawkins has only seemed to hit the tip of the iceberg. His writing is spectacular.

The same can be said about Rahsan Ekedal’s artwork. It’s clean, crisp and well-displayed, with nothing left to chance as far as the layout of the artwork itself.  The pairing of these two is nothing short of perfect, with one small exception (that is completely understandable): it’s in black and white. While this is an obvious cost-cutting measure on a book that wasn’t sure to be a hit, the book was aching for color throughout the series. It looks great in grey, but some vibrant colors would have really added to the magic of the series. Now that the book is a success, hopefully the shift into color is made in the near future.

Summary: This is a terrific series. It’s full of (kind of) real military tech, great characters, and engaging story. It also has wonderful artwork and a sense of humor along with being a book about science. It’s a near-perfect mesh of science and entertainment, lead by Hawkins and his creation, David Loren. There are few protagonists out there this engaging, and with a great partner on the book in Rahsan Ekedal, Hawkins and the entire team should feel great about their contribution. Think Tank should not be missed.

The Good: Smart, Funny And Entertaining, Great Artwork

The Bad: Could Have Used Some Color

The Ugly: N/A

Score: 9.5


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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