Think Tank, written by Matt Hawkins with art by Rahsan Ekedal & Brian Reber is a smart read that overcomes potential problems with television twists, turns, tenacity, and cliffhangers. Having a brilliant smart-ass as a protagonist is a difficult mountain to climb but as it was proven with House M.D., it’s not impossible. And while Hawkins’ writing is dense at times, Ekedal and Reber do an incredible job of keeping up with him, making beautiful black and white images that keep the story moving and portray wonderful character details in action and expression.
Hawkins starts with a tough nut to crack, his main character, Dr. David Loren. The guy is kind of a jerk. He’s smug and not at all ashamed about showing off his super-smarts. He builds death machines for the United State government who have been his bread and butter and his jailers for more than a decade. But, through a movie-watching experience, his own apocalyptic imagination and a one-night fling, his heart warms and he decides to set himself free.
Hawkins handles the growth of his character in Think Tank very nicely through a series of flashbacks that generally start each chapter. And Loren also wins hearts and minds by acting all Macgyver and stuff – he sets up his own jailbreak by using a series of his own inventions that have been portrayed throughout this first trade. Hawkins also does a great job of setting up one of those end of season TV cliffhangers that while maybe pushing things just a little will definitely bring readers back for more.
Think Tank is madcap and the protagonist, Dr. Loren is kind of an ass but it’s these traits with great art that make the book a worthy read. Add Think Tank to your pull list or at the very least, make sure and check out the first trade.