Low Volume 1: The Delirium of Hope
Rick Remender (Author), Greg Tocchini (Illustrator)
Graphic Novel, Futuristic
Print (144 pages, IDW)
Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth's surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun's scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope. Dive into an aquatic fantasy like none you've ever seen before, as writer Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny Avengers) and artist Greg Tocchini (Last Days of American Crime) bring you a tale mankind's final hour in the cold, deathly dark of the sea. Collects Low #1-6.
Painfully dark in good ways. (4 stars)
It took me a couple of issues to get into LOW. It's so brutal and uncomfortable and yet intensely hopeful. If you enjoy the violence and intrigue of Game of Thrones you'll really dig this book.
LOW isn't something I would have picked up without having heard that it had a kick butt mother as the central protagonist. I'm so glad I was lured on that point because I think every mom can find a piece of themselves in Stel. She's the kind of character who refuses to be told no, won't be convinced there isn't a chance even when everything—really, every dang thing!—says it's impossible. If Stel doesn't wind up saving humanity I will be shocked.
Stel's awesomeness aside I did find the storytelling a bit slow and pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone. The art is perfectly on point through the storytelling, it's visually painful and gripping. When the art moves me as much as the story I can't complain.
If you enjoyed Pretty Deadly's blend of dirty/sexy and off-beat storytelling I'd recommend giving LOW a shot.
Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.