Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope
By Rick Remender , Greg Tocchini , Dave McCaig
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.
Low was a happy accident for me. I stumbled upon this unique and somewhat gritty graphic novel while casually flipping through selections in B&N and knew that it was a must have. Instantly captivated by the brilliant cover art, Rick Remender’s opening letter finalized the deal. I highly recommend taking time to read his introduction if you decide to pick up Low. And you should.
Low chronicles the story of Stel, a woman living well below the surface into the deep depths of the ocean because Earth is no longer habitable. The sun continues to move closer to the world, promising a slow eradication of humankind as radiation and loss of oxygen reserves increase. But then there is Stel and her family. Stel is a believer. She feels confident that probes released into the galaxy will deliver hope in the form of a new habitation. However, an unpredicted clash with a nasty excuse of life is about to tear her family apart and put her faith to the ultimate test.
This lushly illustrated series is much more than what we initially see at first glance. We have to immerse ourselves into this futuristic world to fully understand what we are being served. This is a tale of sadness and despair, but deep within there is also a message of hope and perseverance tucked away in the form of Stel.
Stel Caine is a magnificent heroine that is as easy to love as she is to mourn for. Her losses are great, yet her unyielding hope and determination carry her through each event with dignity and strength.
“I spent my life believing that by changing the inner attitudes of my mind I could change the outer aspects of my life.”
The plot is engaging and packed full of science fiction and dystopian elements that are sure to please a variety of readers. I will mention that this is certainly geared towards an adult audience, as there is sexual and crude content with mild (depending on your definition of mild) amounts of violence. The setting offers a unique environment that beckons the reader to explore. The effects of impending doom on humanity and life are ever apparent through a diverse range of characters and beings.
Perhaps the artwork that has been paired with this exquisite tale is what really heightened my experience with Low.
The aquatic color scheme and illustration was not always smooth, but added a sense of nostalgia. Something within the pages felt true to old science fiction tales that worked really well with the story being presented. This was an entirely new trip down memory lane.
The end result was a moving experience that could easily be viewed as depressing and discouraging, yet Stel is forever there, full of aspiration and faith. The journey that is Low is incredibly unique and rich with depth. This will not be the last you see of the series here on the blog.
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