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Think Tank # 1 - Matt Hawkins Rahsan Ekedal

Written by Arion on Saturday, September 29 2012 and posted in Blog

Have you ever wondered what the US Military could be inventing right now? We all know that technology keeps evolving, and that guns are not the same now as they used to be half a century ago. In “Think Tank”, writer Matt Hawkins delves into the fascinating world of the weapons of tomorrow… or rather, into a military facility in which a group of scientists work 24/7 to create the most technologically advanced devises to be used in the battlefield by American Soldiers.

New energy sources, war drones, miniaturized weapons, remote control bullets with facial recognition softwares, etc. Want to know what the scariest part is? This isn’t fiction. It’s real. Matt has visited DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and RAND (Research and Development) and although most military projects are secret there are a few that are out there for the public to see. Matt has “seen only the declassified stuff, but even that is fascinating. Just walking into one of these you feel like you’re stepping into the future”. You are all free to Google DARPA to see what you come up with; you’ll be surprised I assure you.

In this first chapter of Think Tank we get to know David Loren PhD, a brilliant inventor who is on the verge of a major scientific breakthrough. The only problem, though, is that he’s starting to feel guilty. After all, his inventions can and will be used for military purposes. Indirectly, he will be responsible for the death of thousands of people. I think Matt does a great job in his first issue, introducing the protagonist and the main cast, as well as giving us a glimpse into this scary world of the weapons of tomorrow.

The artist, Rahsan Ekedal, gained my admiration in Echoes, another Top Cow / Minotaur miniseries. So it’s great to see him once again, in glorious black and white. With a style slightly different from Echoes, Rahsan shows all his talent with vibrant action scenes and imaginative characters design. I’m thankful to Rich Johnston for recommending Think Tank over four months ago in his site Bleeding Cool, otherwise I probably would have missed it. In my opinion, Think Tank is August’s best new series. Check it out and see for yourself!

¿Te has preguntado qué es lo que podría estar inventando el ejército de Estados Unidos ahora mismo? Todos sabemos que la tecnología sigue evolucionando, y que las armas de ahora no son las mismas de hace medio siglo. En “Think Tank”, el escritor Matt Hawkins indaga en el fascinante mundo de las armas del mañana... o más bien, en una base militar en la que un grupo de científicos trabaja las 24 horas del día para crear los artefactos más tecnológicamente avanzados para ser usados por soldados norteamericanos en el campo de batalla.

Nuevas fuentes de energía, robots de guerra, armas miniaturizadas, balas por control remoto con software de reconocimiento facial, etc. ¿Quieren saber lo más peliagudo de todo? Esto no es ficción. Es real. Matt ha visitado DARPA (Agencia de proyectos de investigación avanzada en defensa) y RAND (investigación y desarrollo) y aunque la mayoría de los proyectos militares son secretos hay algunos que están a disposición del público. Matt ha "visto solamente cosas desclasificadas, pero incluso eso es fascinante. Solamente toparse con una de estas te hace sentir como si estuvieras adentrándote en el futuro". Están invitados a buscar en Google DARPA para ver qué encuentran; les aseguro que se sorprenderán. 
Think Tank # 1 - Matt Hawkins Rahsan Ekedal
my drawing / mi dibujo

En este primer capítulo conocemos a David Loren PhD, un brillante inventor que está a punto de concretar un gran avance científico. Aunque el único problema es que está empezando a sentirse culpable. Después de todo, sus inventos pueden y serán usados para propósitos militares. De manera indirecta, será responsable de la muerte de miles de personas. Creo que Matt hace un gran trabajo en este primer número, presentando al protagonista y al elenco principal, así como dando un vistazo al temible mundo de las armas del mañana.

El artista, Rahsan Ekedal, se ganó mi admiración en “Echoes”, otra miniserie de Top Cow / Minotaur. Así que es grandioso verlo nuevamente, en glorioso blanco y negro. Con un estilo ligeramente diferente al de Echoes, Rahsan muestra todo su talento con vibrantes escenas de acción e imaginativos diseños de personajes. Agradezco a Rich Johnston por recomendar Think Tank hace más de cuatro meses en su página Bleeding Cool, de otro modo probablemente me lo hubiese perdido. En mi opinión, Think Tank es la mejor nueva serie de agosto. Léanlo y compruébenlo.

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