Advance Review: ‘Think Tank’ #1

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To date every release Top Cow’s Minotaur Press imprint has been great. Last year the imprint released the criminally underrated horror series “Echoes” by writer Joshua Hale Fialkov & artist Rahsan Ekedal, which made many of Bloody-Disgusting’s writers year end lists. Now Ekedal has returned with Top Cow head honcho Matt Hawkins for the release of their new series “Think Tank”.

WRITTEN BY: Matt Hawkins
ART BY: Rahsan Ekedal
PUBLISHER: Top Cow/Minotaur Press
RELEASE: August 1st

“Think Tank’s” concept is simple; slacker scientist Dr. David Loren works for the military and makes a conscious decision to stop creating weapons of destruction. In effort to force Loren’s hand, the Military threatens to deport his best friend and make his life miserable. Loren succeeds in developing a device that gives users the ability to read minds, but refuses to hand it over. Fed up with his antics, the Military sets out to take down Loren and the device by any means necessary.

Writer Matt Hawkins does a good job of creating a compelling cast of characters that each play a important role in the overall story. As a lead protagonist Dr. David Loren plays likeable slacker perfectly and it’s easy for readers to identify with his plight. Hawkins dialogue is spot on, his pacing keeps the story moving and there is never a dull moment in the entire issue.

Ekedal’s artwork is simply stunning and he turns out some astonishing pages. The stark contrast of black and white mixed with Ekedal’s washes make the art pop off the page. His strong grasp on storytelling allow him to suck the reader in for the more intimate moments and also make the action sequences look epic in scope. Ekedal makes “Think Tank” look like a blockbuster movie on the printed page and he remains one of the hidden gems of the comic book industry.

“Think Tank” #1 has everything a good first issue needs and sets up the series with a nice cliffhanger ending. It’s impossible to read this issue and not be anxiously awaiting the next.

You can check out a preview for the book right here.

Rating: 3.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed By: Big J