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Review: Think Tank #12 scores a perfect 5/5

Think Tank 12Think Tank #12

Outbreak Part 4

Co-Creator and Writer: Matt Hawkins
Co-Creator and Artist: Rahsan Ekedal
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Editor: Betsy Gonia
Publisher: Minotaur Press, a Top Cow Productions Company

On Sale: February 12, 2014
Price: $3.99
Format: B&W
Pages: 32

Dr. David Loren’s time working for the military has brought him love, loss, and more than a few opportunities to showcase his talent for sarcasm, but is all of that about to come to an end? With World War III a very real possibility, a deadly virus spreading faster than wildfire, and the lovely Mirra Sway still missing, David is at a serious crossroads, and a step down the wrong path could leave him – and the rest of the world – at death’s door.

In the words of Top Cow:

This is the issue you’ve been waiting for – the stunning conclusion to Season One of Matt Hawkins’ and Rahsan Ekedal’s Think Tank!

David Loren faces the consequences of his assumptions and his ego. Will he grow from this or will the consequences crush him and his soul?

Matt Hawkins continues to excel at setting up a conspiracy and leading the reader through the tangled web that develops, while simultaneously ensuring that he has a surprise or two that will catch the reader off guard. The twists and political turns continue into issue 12. Consequences of the plotting and maneuvering are coming to a head. Who will survive and who will fall by the wayside?

There isn’t anything I can tell you about Ekedal’s art that I haven’t said time and time again so let me just repeat myself… Rahsan Ekedal continues to amaze me with his ability to render hi-tech, human expressions, the fun and the horrendous. He has a tendency to put little details in that when you get engrossed in the story you might miss if you don’t either pause to appreciate the art or go back through a 2nd, 3rd or more times. This is fantastic as it means that the books can be enjoyed multiple times as you wait for the next issue.

In addition to the story between the pages, we also have the story of bidding farewell to season 1 of Think Tank and along with that a farewell to black and white interiors. If you had asked me before the first issue how I would feel if the book was in color I would have adamantly stated… BRING IT! Now after twelve issues plus a Military Dossier I will be sad to say farewell to the black and white interiors. However, I recall a passing conversation with Rahsan Ekedal a few months ago in which he made a comment about looking forward to not needing to reserve so much time to do the wash and being able to spend more time on the details in the art. Considering how impressed I have been by the details in many of his panels it is hard to imagine where he will take the art when season two begins.

Since the team of Hawkins and Ekedal has been a magical formula for one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading in many years, it will be interesting to see how this formula mutates with the addition of the a new element, color. Will it transform as though through alchemy into something better or will it go poof? My bet is that it will transform into something even better (which considering this book is already an outstanding one will be amazing to see.)

If you aren’t reading this series yet, you should be. Not only is Think Tank an entertaining book, it is one that will make you look at things and events in the world around you with new eyes.

Think Tank continues to top my Must Read list and and is also at the top of my list of books to recommend to others. Think Tank has had a perfect run and has scored yet another perfect score of 5/5.

Reprinted with permission from MetalLifeEva.com

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