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1st Look: Think Tank Vol 5 #1


Press Release:

ANIMAL’s first issue arrives March 1st

Image Comics and Top Cow Productions are pleased to present an exclusive sneak peek from the upcoming fifth story arc of THINK TANK, the ongoing tech-minded sci-fi series from Top Cow COO Matt Hawkins and artist Rahsan Ekedal.

THINK TANK VOL 5 #1 Cover A (Diamond code: JAN170669) and Cover B (Diamond code: JAN170670), both featuring cover art by series artist Rahsan Ekedal, will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, March 1st. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers isMonday, February 6th.

Select praise for THINK TANK:

“THINK TANK grabs you from the very beginning and has you begging for more by the end. A must-have for anyone who wants something cool…and who doesn’t want that?”—Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA)

“A potent metaphor for our country’s entanglement with the military-industrial complex.”—NPR.org

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Think Tank: Fun With PTSD #1 Review


Release Date: May 14th, 2014

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Publisher: Top Cow Productions

Written By: Matt Hawkins

Art By: Rahsan Ekedal

Price: 4.99


I’ve been a big fan of Think Tank since it came out and this One-Shot continues in the same vein as the series. If you’re unfamiliar with the book, you should go check out the trade or buy the issue because there is a ton of depth and storyline to Think Tank that I can’t recap easily. In a nutshell though, Dr. David Loren is a young engineering genius who makes weapons for the military and decides that he no longer wants to kill people. It’s only missing a star for the title. Given the severity of the subject and the content of the issue…not fun.

In this book, David takes himself and his roomate’s pet down a zero gravity chamber for shits and giggles I guess. I assume it was for the cancer patients he gives a preview of the video to on the following pages. He shows these kids the video of him and his dog and then proceeds to tell them about his new weaponized Space Puppy. Sarcastically of course. This issue is full of emotional stuff like this and explores the inherent kindness in the heart of this kid prodigy who ended up making weapons instead of helping people. He gets his chance in this story as one of his only friends in the world show up in handcuffs. One of the Navy SEALS who saved Dr. Loren once in the series had an episode of PTSD due to an actual physical brain injury. He violently killed his wife during a night terror while she tried to wake him up. David identifies the injury and cures the hell out of it like he always does. Using a genetic targeting system he designed to kill, David intends to cure PTSD before Petty Officer Morgan is sent to military prison for life. Specifically targeting people would indeed help with curing all forms of brain injury since everyone’s brain is different in every conceivable and inconceivable way. The ending is an emotional shocker I won’t give away just in case someone hasn’t read it and may in the future. It’s a good one.

The art in this book is beyond unique. It’s like nothing in my collection, past, present, or future. Even though it’s black and white, the fact that it doesn’t have any color never takes away from the series. In fact, it adds. Especially in military complexes and labs and the like. The stark, emptiness of the backgrounds help illustrate the major differences between Dr. Loren and the military industrial complex. There are also a ton of details and emotions on the characters’ faces. The scene where the Navy SEAL strangles his wife in bed is especially hard to view given the anger and pure rage on his face, juxtaposed with the sheer terror on his wife’s face is chilling. The art style is different from anything on the shelves and I could see this guy drawing cartoons for Nickelodean.

The tagline at the top of the cover says “Danger: Reading this book will make you smarter.” While I may not have learned a lot of new stuff, I did pick up some info I didn’t know before. Especially in the Science Class section in the back. Catch up on Think Tank. It’s an awesome read.