Friday, 7 February 2014

Think Tank Volume 2 Review

Writer: Matt Hawkins
Artist: Rahsan Ekedal

How will David react to being manipulated and lied to? Read on to find out.

The official description from Top Cow:

"GENETICS" Two months after the flashy and brilliant escape from the DARPA funded military think he used to call his home, slacker/genius Dr. David Loren has willingly returned to his lab to continue his work that he not long ago wished to be no part of. When a weapons designer loses his moral compass, who are the true victims of his creations?

Think Tank Volume 1 was simply magnificent, proving that science can be fun. This volume however takes things a little more seriously, as despite finding time to add fun events, whilst also continuing to show science in an exciting way it does take a very serious step with the overall plot development.

Matt Hawkins continues from where Volume 1 left off brilliantly (actually re-printing the last issue of it as well) showing David's reaction to Mirra's betrayal brilliantly. What I loved most was how Hawkins showed the psychological affect that this had on David, showing that despite his denial he's very heartbroken over the recent events. Hawkins also develops an very interesting new plan for David, moving from pure escape to something much more dramatic. The volume was however not quite as good as the first, as it had a lack of definitive ending to the volume, feeling too much like an interlude. It is still nonetheless a fantastic read.

Rahsan Ekedal also continues to do a tremendous job of the artwork on this series, with the black and white tone giving gritty and deep tone to the story. Ekedal's layouts were also once again extremely impressive, being very dynamic and impactful, as well as helping keep the story at the right pace. Ekedal also handled to the characters expressions brilliantly, with it giving a very emotional and realistic tone to the story (especially with David's expressions). Added to this the fantastic scenery along with his amazing inks and grey tones and it's hard to think of this series without Ekedal's art.

Think Tank takes a very dramatic and serious turn of events, continuing from the first volume perfectly, whilst also setting up the next one brilliantly. It also keeps science fun with the plots being very thrilling and gripping. Highly recommended.

Rating: 8/10