Comic Review: Low #1
Low #1, from creators Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, sets the stage for an undersea, epic fantasy adventure. With an excellent script and stunning visuals, Low is sure to win readers hearts and minds.
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Greg Tocchini
Letter: Russ Wooten
Publisher: Image Comics
Release date: July 30, 2014
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Stel’s world view is one of hopeful optimism in the face of a daunting future. Her husband does not share it. But, it’s Stel’s perspective that will save her family. At least, that is what I hope for this series.
Low takes place after catastrophic events on the Earth forced survivors to adapt to living below the ocean’s surface. The external environment created by Remender and Tocchini is so foreign to how we live now. Yet, the opening exchange between Stel and Johl are typical of a family-oriented adult couple in our terrestrial world—what’s on today’s agenda, what’s the best for the kids, what does the future hold? It’s all extremely mundane. Like many fantasy and science fiction set-ups, the story is in a world foreign to us yet an allegory to our current one. From the script and his comments in the back matter, it appears Remender believes we need a bit more optimism, and much less pessimism, in our world. We probably do.
When Stel and Johl take the family out to teach their daughters to pilot the helm (a family rite passed down through the generations), the ensuing events upset their lives and set an exciting tale of survival, rescue, and conflict in motion. Tocchini’s seascapes add to the atmosphere and tension of the events happening on the page. His contrasting warm and cool colors create engaging visuals you’ll want to take your time digesting all the details. Just like his work in Last Days of American Crime, published by Radical and also written by Remender, the facial expressions and body language are both top notch. I really like Tocchini’s style and it works well for this fantastic tale.
I’ve been loving Remender’s other title the frenetic, angst-driven tale of high school assassins Deadly Class—it’s one of my favorite titles of the year. Deadly Class is a tale of revenge. With Low, Remender pens a tale of hope and courage in the face of future destruction. It’s a different approach. One that I believe I’ll love as much as Deadly Class.