Think Tank #4
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Matt Hawkins
Art, Colours, Cover: Rahsan Ekedal
Lettering: Troy Peteri
In the third issue of Think Tank, genius Dr. David Loren is dumped by his girlfriend, CIA field agent Mirra Sway, because he has shown to be insensitive and misogynist. Also, he asked her to leave the job she loves to be with him – and she was and is not ready to do so.
While this happened in his private life, Loren also carries on a couple of missions for the US Government: he hacks into certain programs in order to kill a Chinese hacker, pinning the electronic intrusion on the Russians. Thus he manages to maintain a certain tension between the two superpowers. But he starts to have doubts: how acceptable are his actions? Is he really working to maintain world peace?
He takes some days off in which he dedicates himself to booze and drugs, but to interrupt his debauchery comes a call from a fascinating woman who seems to fancy him. We find out, though, that piloting her actions is some mysterious man.
This fourth issue opens with scenes from a Russian attack on a Chinese base, caused by Loren’s actions. Meanwhile, the same Loren is talking with the woman who – as we saw – had orders to find out some secrets from him “with any means necessary”. It is obvious that they have just had sex.
At the end of the issue, Think Tank gives us an appointment to February 2017. As writer Matt Hawkins explains, this is not really the end of a story arc (also because it would be a huge cliffhanger): Think Tank will now be published directly in trade paperback form, including full stories, without monthly releases. It is a shame because we will need to wait for over six months before we find out what happens next – but if this is the way Hawkins chose to keep delivering such high quality stories, we will be waiting.
Think Tank is quite scary. It shows how we all, up to the highest level, can be easily manipulated. And every apparently outlandish event in the series is, tragically, fully possible. This is explained in detail at the end of the issue, with a wealth of sources.
Matt Hawkins is great at making accessible several concepts that… well, that people should be aware of. And he does so by inserting them in a story that is interesting and compelling. Of course, he gets help from the art of Rahsan Ekedal!
So, in conclusion: Think Tank is not exactly the easiest and most relaxing of reads, not due to its complexity but because the topics it touches on are incredibly sensitive. But it is a great series.