On this week’s Drill Down podcast, Siri & “OK Google“ get new AI company from Samsung, Uber management crumbles, the U.S. bans electronics from incoming flights, Resistbot, genetic discrimination, Amazon‘s Mecha-CEO, a dartboard you’ll never miss… and much much more.
Think Tank: Creative Destruction #1 lives up to its name: heavy on smarts, and slow moving. Like any well-crafted, complex but believable sci-fi book or movie, this comic doesn’t stop to explain itself. The reader is expected to keep up with overflowing technical dialogue, while the plot slowly lumbers forward.
This first issue establishes a cast of characters and threads the web of motivations that connects them, but there’s no real action until the final frames, when a mysterious event establishes a mystery that needs solving. Did we need an entire issue of set-up? The Think Tank context deserves explanation, but we get that in the two-page black and white introduction. The next twenty-five pages would have benefited from a few more plot points.
Yesterday evening Matt Hawkins, President and Chief Operating Officer at Top Cow Productions, posted some great news for comic fans on his Facebook page about possible upcoming TV series based on some of their work. Nothing is officially announced as of yet but a not-so-subtle hint tells us we should definitely be excited.
The 12-issue series Think Tank concludes with the aptly-named 12th issue “Conclusion” from writer Matt Hawkins and artist Rahsan Ekedal. In this issue, we’ll find out just what the war will take from Dr. David Loren.
Think Tank #12 will be released from Top Cow on February 4, 2014, but you can check out the cover and the first 7 pages of comic now after the jump.
Volume 3 of Think Tank, which will collect the final issues of the series, will be available on March 4, 2014. Catch up on the entire story with Volume 1 and Volume 2, which are currently available.
The last issue of Think Tank concluded Matt Hawkins’ original story plan for the miniseries. Everything wrapped up nice and neat. Dr. David Loren got the girl, escaped his personal prison, and played the military for a bunch of fools. Or did he? The last panel of the previous issue revealed a huge swerve: Mirra Sway, David’s first real girlfriend, works for the CIA. It looks like David was the one being played.
Think Tank #5 is a dark issue. The idealistic, free-spirited Dr. David Loren is nowhere to be found. The story jumps forward two months after Mirra betrayed David and turned him over to the military. Now David’s a jaded and dejected workaholic who single-mindedly and unquestioningly pursues project objectives. Allegedly.