Dr. David Loren is many things: child prodigy, inventor, genius, slacker… mass murderer. When a military think tank’s smartest scientist decides he can no longer stomach creating weapons of destruction, will he be able to think his way out of his dilemma or find himself subject to the machinations of smaller men?
Think Tank #1 is written by Matt Hawkins with Rashan Ekedal on art. The story is about a slacker/jokester/genius named Dr. David Loren. He works for DARPA as a member of a think tank to come up with new weapons and ways to kill for the military. He never follows orders well, but he is starting to struggle morally with what his work is used for.
Dr. Loren narrates the story of how he starts to have a moral cage match with what he has spent his life on. He is a genius who went to Cal Tech when he was only 16. He describes himself as a walking oxymoron. He is a smart idiot and a lazy overachiever. Dr. Loren is in trouble with Colonel Harrison for not turning out finished projects like he is supposed to. With his recent change of heart and Colonel Harrison breathing down his neck, Dr. Loren sets out to make something completely different. As you can imagine, things don’t go well and a lot of trouble is coming his way.
The story is excellently crafted by Hawkins. There is the right mix of actual science and theoretical possibilities that verge on science fiction to make the subject matter interesting. In the notes at the back of the book, Hawkins goes in-depth about how he mixes his actual experiences with that of the book. There are also great character notes. Hawkins has crafted a new, but familiar character with Dr. David Loren. When reading, you can definitely get a Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock vibe mixed with a little Tony Stark. Dr. Loren is one of only a few relatable geniuses in recent comics.
The art by Rashan Ekedal has a very manga vibe. The way he draws some of the technology is superb. It took a few pages for it to really grow on me because it seems a little rough but it works for the story. If there is one thing you can fault the book for, it’s that it is in black and white. Black and white comics can use the lack of color to its advantage, but if there was ever a book begging for bright colors it is this one. The regular and variant covers show off the Technicolor potential the book could have.
Bottom Line: Think Tank is a great introduction story that really plays up the main character. We meet the entire cast and get some backstory while advancing the current narrative. There aren’t a lot of twists and turns, but the ride is thrilling nonetheless. Think Tank is definitely one to check out. The series has a massive amount of potential energy, to put it science-y. I give Think Tank #1 a 4/5.