Think Tank #2
David Loren’s morality battle continues as Image Comics’ Think Tank series progresses. Unlike the first issue we get more information on David’s past where he is painted as more of a sympathetic character than before. Think Tank #2 starts out with a rather profound quote by Albert Einstein, “An intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” I love the way the series takes on a rather high opinion of its own material while still being able to laugh at some its own circumstances.
After the profound quote from Einstein, no pressure there, we get right into the inner monologue of David. There is a rather gruesome breakdown of what David sees as his so called accomplishments while working for the military. We are treated to the real life implications of weapons building and why its not an abstract thought, even for the inventors.This part of the book is highly political. Writer, Matt Hawkins, doesn’t shy away from the fairly sensitive topic. He does however make David somewhere in the middle as to clearly not alienate any readers. What is the truth behind building these weapons? Who uses them and are those people the good guys? Those questions are not simple to answer and Hawkins doesn’t even try to do so. What does happen is David Loren’s character is used as vessel for you to think about the answers.
As the adventure continues we get more interaction between David and his assistant Mannish. We see what life was like when they first began to work the U.S. government and how they were treated as 14 year old boys. Mannish is an interesting character that is slowly being revealed. As another boy genius he is treated poorly and basically becomes David’s babysitter. In this issue we get to see more of what his true thoughts of David are, and how he sees the world. Lastly, Mirra’s character is still in play and she will most likely be a much larger part of what happens with David in this next few issues. As you may remember both Mirra and David have been captured by the military once it was revealed that David had stolen another scientist equipment.
All and all, the series is progressing nicely and we are receiving just enough information to keep our interest, but not enough to give away all of the plot or surprises that are clearly coming up. This series is more of a slow burn than most. Stay tuned.