Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Think Tank Volume 1 Review

Writer: Matt Hawkins
Artist: Rahsan Ekedal

What will happen when scientist David Loren tries to escape from a government facility? Read on to find out.

The official description from Top Cow:

Dr. David Loren is many things: child prodigy, inventor, genius, slacker... mass murderer. When a military think tank's smartest scientist decides he can no longer stomach creating weapons of destruction, will he be able to think his way out of his dilemma or find himself subject to the machinations of smaller men? Collecting the original series in its entirety, this trade paperback also is jam packed with a complete cover gallery, bonus articles, behind-the-scenes sketches, and more!

Think Tank is a series that I've always wanted to give a try, as despite it having a talented writer like Matt Hawkins at it’s helm, the great reception and intriguing solicitations grabbed my attention. Now that I've finally read it, I can now say that it was in no way a waste of time, proving once more why Top Cow is one of the best comic book companies at the present.

Matt Hawkins' goal with this series has been to make science fun, and he has definitely achieved that. Hawkins utilises science in a subtle yet genius way, as he focuses on the main plot and character development the most, whilst adding some cool science facts and inventions in a way that improves the plot. Hawkins also gives a realistic and energetic tone to this story, having David showing an emotional side whilst also finding the time to be mischievous. On top of this the side cast also adds a lot to the story, with Colonel Harrison proving to be a brilliant bad guy, whilst David's best friend Manish adds some stability.

The artwork in this volume was also superb, with Rahsan Ekedal doing some outstanding work. The sheer detail of Ekedal's art, along with the unique layouts adds a very gritty and dramatic tone to the series, with the lack of colour also adding yet another level of uniqueness. Talking of the lack of colour, this was naturally the thing that I noticed the most, and despite having to get adjust to it, it actually made the series feel more natural, giving more depth to the overall tone of the series. Putting that aside however Ekedal also did a fantastic job of showing the characters emotions, giving yet more drama and realism to the series.

This opening volume of Think Tank has proven to be a exciting tale, as whether you like science or not, the fun and energetic nature of the series, along with it's eccentric main character makes it a must read. Highly recommended.

Rating: 9/10