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Preview: Think Tank #9

Think Tank #9

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUN130567
Published: August 28, 2013

“OUTBREAK,” Part OneDr. David Loren used to worry about the deadly consequences of his creations from the safety of his laboratory… but now he’s been deployed to Taiwan to oversee a field test gone awry. Will having the mysterious SEAL Team 6 as his bodyguards be enough to ensure that David returns home alive?

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SDCC 2013: Image Exclusives and Variants

The Image Comics/Skybound and Top Cow booths will be selling exclusive editions and variants of of ten titles, including four hardcover collections, at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, taking place July 17 to 21. These editions will be available in limited quantities only at the Image Comics/Skybound booth #2729, or the Top Cow booth #2629. In addition, Image Comics will be offering copies of its Image Expo variant editions for sale at their booth, as well as new T-shirts and tote bags, and a variant edition of Lazarus #2 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark will be available at the booths participating retailers who are exhibiting at the convention.

Three #1 issues are among the variants, including Ghosted #1 by Joshua Williamson and Goran Sudzuka with a cover by Matteo Scalera, a convention exclusive edition of Satellite Sam #1 by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin with black-and-white cover art by Chaykin, and Sidekick #1 by J. Michael Straczynski and Tom Mandrake with a cover by Whilce Portacio.

Giving some heft to Image’s Comic-Con offerings are four hardcover editions released by the Image imprints Skybound and Top Cow. At the Image imprint Skybound, Clone Volume One by David Schulner and Juan Jose Ryp, Invincible Compendium Volume One by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley, Thief of Thieves Volume Two by Robert Kirkman, James Asmus, and Shawn Martinbrough; and The Walking Dead Compendium Volume Two by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard will be for sale in limited quantities each day. The hardcover edition of Think Tank Volume One by Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal will be for sale at the Top Cow booth.

Other variants to be sold at the Image booth are a special foil-cover variant of Chew #35 by John Layman and Rob Guillory and Ten Grand #4 by J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith. In addition to the Think Tank hard cover, Top Cow will be selling an exclusive Aphrodite IX #3 “Cosplay” edition with a photo cover.

On the merchandise side, Image Comics will be selling their Image Comics logo tote bags and T-shirts, which made their debut at Image Expo in San Francisco on July 2. Also available will be the “Lying Cat” T-shirts featuring brand-new artwork of the fan-favorite character from the wildly popular Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

From Skybound, the four “Faction” The Walking Dead T-shirts from the upcoming story arc “All-Out War” — Survivors, Hilltop, Saviors, and Kingdom — which also went on sale first at Image Expo, will be available. Skybound will have other exclusive merchandise at their booth, including a The Walking Dead electric guitar, wristwatches for The Walking Dead and Invincible, and Todd McFarlane Toys Governor in Riot Gear action figure, and Rick, Carl, and Negan PVC figures.

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Preview: Think Tank #8

Think Tank #8

Story by: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal & Brian Reber
Price: $3.99

Accountability isn’t something Dr. David Loren worried about before. Sheltered behind the manned concrete perimeter of CED, so long as he continued to fulfill his contractual obligation to create inventions of destruction, David never had to think twice about being an arrogant jerk. But right now, David is on the wrong side of the military’s good graces. And accountability is a bitch.

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Preview: Think Tank #7

Think Tank #7

Story by: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal & Brian Reber
Price: $3.99

Dr. David Loren’s work on the 36 barrel/600 rounds per minute Metalstorm led to an epiphany that he no longer wanted to create inventions of destruction for the military. But David has lived a sheltered life behind the barricades of a government-contracted think tank and has never directly been forced to come face to face with the deadly consequences of his actions… until now.

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Preview – Think Tank #6

Think Tank #6

Story by: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal & Brian Reber
Price: $3.99

Slacker Genius Dr. David Loren can hack into the military industrial complex computer network to reclassify 3-Quinuclidinyl Benzilate from a class 2 pathogen to a class 5 pathogen. He can disassemble the micro-power device of Dr. Sejic to appropriate its extensive battery life for his surface thought reader. But can he save himself from the confines of his own mind?

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Review – All Crime Comics #1 and Dames in the Atomic Age

All Crime Comics #1

All Crime Comics 1 Bruce Timm CoverCars, murder, revenge. That’s the makings of a solid pulp comic. And through a twisted tale of those three things, and dames, we get an entertaining read that fits right into the crime comics of old.

The comic is a tale of car theft and murder bouncing back and forth throughout the years telling the story of two friends and their slide into crime. It hits all the right beats, with a pacing that’s brisk and entertaining. I particularly like how the story is laid out and set up.

What stands out to me is the art. It’s fantastic, raising the overall quality of the comic. I especially enjoy the second chapter which throwbacks to the early days of art and coloring, dots and all. It’s a great touch that adds ton to the comic.

Finally it’s kind of hard to not mention the cover with a beat look that just screams pulp. The small details peppered throughout the cover alone shows the small details that really drives the comic and makes it feel like a great pulp story from years past.

If you’re a fan of pulp or crime comics, this is a great buy.

Story: The Art of Fiction Art: Ed Laroche and Marc Sandroni

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dames in the Atomic Age

dames_of_the_atomic_age coverThe first original graphic novel from Art of Fiction, Dames in the Atomic Age is a unique pulp tale that pays homage to the B-movies, sci-fi serials, and crime magazines of the 1940s and ‘50s.

I’m a fan of pulp. Give me a cheesy B-movie and I’m happy to sit back and zone out. This comic covers it all. Everything is thrown in there with giant ants, cloning, crazy stuff and it’s a lot of fun. What adds to it all is it’s wrapped in a crime comic, so there’s a hint of noir in there as well.

When I think of these types of movies or comics, I want something that just screams fun. I don’t want to have to think or dissect the story. I want to relax and be entertained. It’s goofy fun! That’s what this comic does. It entertains just like those same movies.

It feels like everything including the kitchen sink is thrown in here, but that’s part of the fun. While we might have scene each of the things that pop up in other movies or stories, it’s still entertaining here and most importantly fun.

There’s also some great breaks of art with different artists throwing in a short strip or pin-up that adds to the overall feel of the comic. It’s a great package, well thought out from story to production.

Story: Christopher Ryder Art: Marc Sandroni, Mike Vosburg, Paul Little, Tony Fleecs, Andy Suriano, Chris Moreno, Tone Rodriguez, Mark Dos Santos, Brad Rader and Rahsan Ekedal

Story: 8 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Review – Son of Merlin #1 and Think Tank #5

Son of Merlin #1

sonofmerlin01_coveraSimon Ambrose is a brilliant young professor at MIT. Always somewhat out of sync with the rest of the world, Simon is a man of science and does not put much stock in faith. When he discovers that he is the bastard son of the world’s greatest wizard Merlin, he is forced to put his skepticism aside and embrace a world of magic and the mayhem it embodies. Science and magic collide in this introductory priced first issue!

I enjoyed the first issue of this series. There’s some cool action, some nice art, but can’t say it’s anything that feels really new or different. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s entertaining and for $1 there’s no excuse to not pick up this first issue.

There’s some nice twists in the first issue, at least one thing I haven’t seen before. But, the idea of taking Merlin and placing him in modern days or having him have some descendent in modern times that has to learn magic seems like something I’ve seen before.

But this issue is all about the set up. And it does that well. It’s a fun read, again $1, there’s no excuse to not get it. I think the series will have to be judge as a whole and when that’s done, this first issue will rise up a bit in it’s standing.

Story: Robert Napton Art: Zid

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Think Tank #5

thinktank05_coverGenius slacker Dr. David Loren outsmart the government, the military, and the all of the brightest minds in science to escape the think tank he used to call his home and his job. But his tropical retreat isn’t as secluded as he would hope!

I loved the first volume of this series and the fact it went from a mini-series to an ongoing makes me so happy. How much did I like it? I bought two pages of original art. So yeah, I’m coming to this from a fan perspective. This first issue of the second arc though blew me away. I thought the first four issues were good? Yeah, just wait until you read this one.

David is back working for “the man” and how he wound up doing that is teased in flashbacks, but even then we don’t get the full story. In the present though, he presents a new weapon idea that had me saying “holy shit.” It’s something I didn’t think of.

And that leads to the theme of this second story arc, race and genetics. It’s prevalent in this first issue with a lot of discussion as to what makes us, us. Some pretty heady stuff for a comic book. Plus a weapon, which is possible, is discussed that will make you cringe.

The first story arc really focused on David Loren the person and his being a slacker. It had some mentions about the ethics of what he was doing, but that wasn’t the focus. Here though, it’s thrust to us and a hell of a topic for a comic to take on.

Writer Matt Hawkins has a great chance to really put forth an excellent discussion about war, weapons, technology, invention, ethics and more. Here’s hoping he goes where I think he does and discusses it all, while still giving us an entertaining read, just like he has with this issue.

Story: Matt Hawkins Art: Rahsan Ekedal

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview – Think Tank #5

Think Tank #5

Story by: Matt Hawkins Art By: Rahsan Ekedal Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal & Brian Reber
Price: $3.99

Genius slacker Dr. David Loren outsmart the government, the military, and the all of the brightest minds in science to escape the think tank he used to call his home and his job. But his tropical retreat isn’t as secluded as he would hope!

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Preview – Think Tank Military Dossier #1

Think Tank Military Dossier #1

Story by: Matt Hawkins Art By: Rahsan Ekedal Cover By: Rahsan Ekedal & Brian Reber
Price: $3.99

Get an exclusive behind the scenes look into the process of the hottest new title form Minotaur Press! Hack into the classified personnel files of slacker genius Dr. David Loren and all the other characters you know and love from behind the concrete barricades of a DARPA contracted Think Tank! School yourself on the extended “Science Class” that further explores the real world science behind the Reaper drones, guided bullets, and much, much more never-before-seen tech! Cheaper than tuition to Cal Tech, it’s like breaking into a black box, but more fun.

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Preview – Think Tank #4

Think Tank #4

Story by: Matt Hawkins Art By: Rahsan Ekedal & Brian Reber
Price: $3.99

The conclusion to the first arc of THINK TANK! Dr. David Loren, slacker genius, must escape the most secure facility in the world and then escape from Fort Meade in the heart of the Washington DC power corridor. The ultimate story of brains versus brawn and a commentary on America’s so-called exceptionalism and military industrial complex.

“THINK TANK grabs you from the very beginning and has you begging for more by the end. A great introduction to a new character and a new world. A must-have for anyone who wants something cool… and who doesn’t want that?” – ROBERT KIRKMAN (THE WALKING DEAD, THIEF OF THIEVES, INVINCIBLE)

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