THINK TANK #1
Written by Matt Hawkins
Art by Rahsan Ekedal
Release Date: August 1, 2012
The tag-line of this book reads “Danger: Reading this book will make you smarter.” I’m not sure if that is true, but choosing to read this book is a smart choice. Think Tank is a comic about a slacker genius that designs weapons for a think tank, and eventually has a change of heart and decides to stop inventing killing machines.
Matt Hawkins (writing his first comic in a while) explores his love of science and tries to bring it to the comic book masses. Think Tank is well written, and manages to tread the line between engaging and factual. This is almost a Tom Clancy novel in comic book form, but thankfully Hawkins manages to keep the science brief and interesting. The Dr. David Loren character is quite relatable despite his attitude and high iq.
Rahsan Ekedal does a good job with the art on this book, helping to keep the flow of the action going, despite some pages with plenty of scientific description. His technology drawing is excellent, which certainly helps on a title like this, and his facial expressions give the characters added depth. I do feel that the people have a certain anime-style look to them, which is not really my thing, but it isn’t overly distracting. The main thing that I question is why this book is done black and white instead of color? It would seem a natural fit for a book of this sort to be in color, and I feel that it would make an excellent book even better.
Think Tank is a very good story with engaging characters. Hawkins has gone out of his way to make the characters real, and not cartoony, and it makes for a quality book. I appreciate that at the end of the book, Hawkins explains some of his thoughts, and the process of putting the book together. If you like interesting stories, and intelligent use of science-fact, then I highly recommend this book.