Andrew Newton reviews Think Tank: Creative Destruction #1…
An unknown enemy destroys the technological infrastructure of the United States. Panic and conspiracy theories spread as David Loren and his misfit science team continue work on the TALOS project, trying to make “Iron Man” suits a reality in California.
It’s been a while since the last series of Think Tank was out but thanks to Image Comics we now get issue one of the brand new series, Think Tank: Creative Destruction. If you are not familiar with the series the stories center on Dr. David Loren (the chap on the cover) who is a genius but also a bit wild which is unfortunate considering he works for the US Government. Although often having a bit of knowledge of a series’ back story does help the reader, thanks to the clever writing of Matt Hawkins, newcomers to the series are brought quickly and seamlessly up to speed. Rahsen Ekedal’s excellent greyscale art work helps to differentiate between back story and current story.
This issue sets the scene for what is to come with lots of incidents involving hacked systems causing some chaos in some major cities around the US which is something that films and books have touched upon. There is also a lot of information on the Talos project which Dr Loren and his team are working on but at this point in the story there is no real insight into who the antagonist is.
Matt Hawkins does write a very compelling story and has created characters that you will find likeable. While this issue contains a lot of tech speak, which some people will find off-putting, Hawkins has included some subtle humour to create a very entertaining read.
This story may not appeal to everyone but it certainly is the type of material that would make a great television series. Give it a read, you will find yourself pleasantly surprised.