Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Think Tank Volume One Review


Think Tank is published by image, created by Matt Hawkins & Rahsan Ekedal
Effing science, man. If any book will get you jacked off about science it's this one. Reading this book really does make you feel smarter. It’s a good, smart, intelligent, fun read.
Think Tank is about a super tech genius, David Loren, who was recruited by the government at the age of 14 to make weapons for them. In exchange they would give give a free ride to CALTech, a state of the art lab, and pretty much anything he wants. I don't know about you but that's a lot to take in at the ripe age of 14. I don't know what fourteen year old wouldn't take that deal. Honestly I wouldn't think you would have enough life experience to make a decision like that but this is the government we're talking about here so as long as they get what they want that's all that matters to him. After years of work the deal begins to get sour for our protagonist. He realizes that he's just being used to make weapons to kill people and more often than not innocents get caught in the crossfire, literally, not to mention that because he's such an asset to the military he's practically a prisoner, restricted to the base they have him stationed at. To conduct an experiment he decides to go off base and test his new invention. He meets a girl and has the time of his life but once the military catches wind that he flew the coop he gets hemmed up right quick. At this point he could care less but his best buddy's job is on the line and his new gal pal has been taken into custody. So what does a super tech genius do when he's backed into a corner and wants out? It's time to whip out the gadgets and show off that big brain off his. What ensues is cool, crazy, fun, intense, and exciting. I won't spoil it for anybody but I will say that the end of this book will blow your mind. I know what you're thinking. How can my mind be blown when I’m already going into it knowing it will be blow? Well, because its that damn good. 

The main character is really fun to read. He's one of those snarky, smartasses kind of like Tony Stark. He's cocky, smart, funny, charismatic, confident, full of himself, and acts like he's a ladies man but when it comes down to it he's just another nerd that struggles to find the right words. His journey is admirable, understandable, and makes you sympathetic to his cause. Nobody want to feel like a prisoner in their own home or feel forced to do something they don't want to do and feel wrong doing. He causes mischief and has fun when he can but his life is mostly just work and that's it. Confined to his lab and constantly pressured to provide successful inventions his misery is understood. The writer creates characters that you like, make you sympathetic towards and others you completely detest. The art is black and white which is the norm for most indie books. I'm not sure what it is but the art reminds me of 90s Spider-Man comics. The outlines are bold and strong. The faces are expressive and each character looks distinctly different. Despite being in black and white the people look so real that some of the characters may look like people you know for example the main character kind of looks like Kurt Cobain. This realistic modern day sci-fi has a character driven story, impressive art, and is absolutely cool as hell especially if you like or have an interest in science.
Verdict: BUY

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