‘Think Tank Volume 5:’ Trade Paperback Review

Think Tank is the smartest comic book to exist, from everything I've seen. The research completed for the series alone is worth several dozen articles on the immense amount of care that Matt Hawkins puts into this series, and all of it pays off as this volume, entitled “Animal,” plays out. While judging by what has been said and the rumors that have been swirling around the book and its status, this might be the last part of Think Tank as a comic book series. If true, it's a fitting run to one of my favorite titles is the last few years.

After the events of the last series, our snarky protagonist, David Loren, is in a pretty bad way. He's lost his girlfriend, hates his job (as what has basically become a weapons czar for the U.S. Government), and also tried to take his own life. While that last one didn't pan out, it's put him in an odd headspace as he tries to come back to work and move on with his life. Oh, and someone is using a modified version of one of his inventions to take trained animals and make them kill powerful dignitaries, all in an attempt to create geopolitical chaos.

Loren, now with a purpose (kind of) and a few reasons not to make an attempt on his own life again, does what he needs to do to protect the few people he cares about and maybe not allow one of his inventions to cause a global conflict. There's also a nice capper on this trade, as if the creators knew that this might be the last ride of the series, something that really helps to tie everything together nicely, though if more was made, it wouldn't seem out of sorts.

Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal are an incredible team, and it's been amazing to see them work so seamlessly together on this book. They sync well, and this book is a well-oiled machine of real science, engaging fiction, brilliant artwork, and enough research to back everything up.

The backmatter alone is glorious, with links and explanations of the many, many things Hawkins looked into when planning this arc. So many of the things that come up in this title are based on real fact, and how its weaved into this series just shows an incredible love for everything in his book.

Read this book, enjoy this volume, and the four previous. They're all glorious.

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