Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope

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Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope
By Rick Remender (Writer), Greg Tocchini (Artist), Dave McCaig (Colourist)
Publisher: Image Comics
ISBN13: 9781632151940
Pages: 144
Genre: Graphic Novel/Sci Fi

Blurb:

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.


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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.

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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.

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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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53 thoughts on “Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope

  1. Yes! I was waiting on your review hoping it was a winner since I’ve also flipped through this GN & contemplated buying just off the strength of the artwork. Great review! “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.” I can def see that, I thought the same & I love any reading material that can give me a sense of nostalgia. SOLD!!!! picking up on my next visit (*whispers* don’t tell Gretchen i’m still buying more books & GN’s LMAO) 😉

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  2. OMG Danielle!! I want this one now! Thanks for providing artwork because this one if a beauty!

    “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”

    what you wrote alone makes this automatically up my ally and with the science and futuristic take on it…yes please! thanks for this wonderful review. I have two Barnes and Noble coupon, so I might put one of them to use for this one. Eeeeeeek!!!

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  3. I’ve seen this one and the underwater premise along with the lush artwork has had me really curious, but I hadn’t seen any reviews yet. I like the sound of the nostalgia and the scifi elements- will definitely give this a try!

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    1. This one brought a bit more to the plate in terms of GNs than some of my other recent reads. I am excited to see where it goes 😉 The “comics” and manga are perfect for when my brain acts up and allows little more haha. Plus I am a huge fan of animation and are. I may have been heavily involved in art when I was younger 😉

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        1. Fun is a huge bonus haha! No one can complain about that. My daughter loves Batman. I have been struggling with the whol super hero scene.. although it might not be fair to include Batman in that label 😉 This was pretty rich and in depth. I felt like I had read a small novel when it was over.

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  4. “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.” Please, keep writing beautifully forever.
    I have no experience with graphic novels, there’s one waiting on my NG shelf so we’ll see how it goes, but those illustrations are magnificent and I am sure they serve the scifi-dystopian story perfectly! It sounds as if this novel has a lot to offer, even more than a book could, it’s like the format creates the perfect story.. I don’t make sense, hahaha but I loved this review to pieces!

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    1. Thank you ❤ I am not sure I would classify my writing as beautiful, but if you are approving then that it all I need!

      I am curious as to how you experience will go with an EGalley GN. I tried manga on Kindle and it was ok, but I much prefer the books. I am super excited to see which on you have selected! Are you going to tell me?! 🤗
      XOXO

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  5. Wow… I’ve been searching through the comics sections in my local bookstores but they definitely didn’t have this one… It sounds like something rather unique in terms of content in a GN world?
    I love the premise of this one and the graphics are just wonderful.

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    1. The experience was definitely a more original one. I am not sure how hard this is to find? I found it at Barnes & Noble. I have seen a few volumes on Amazon. Not sure if that is an option you want to look into? The graphics certainly enhanced what was a very well executed story 😊

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  6. I really need to start reading graphic novels again. I’ve been thinking about needing some shorter reads and really that’s my solution but instead I keep rereading other books 🙈. This one sounds exactly like my cup of tea. I’m pretty sure I’ve never come across any dystopia where they live underwater. It almost reminds me of The 100 in the whole sun and radiation sense except underwater and not in space 😂. I am definitely adding this to my TBR! Great review, Danielle!! 😊💕

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  7. I like how you make Stel contrast with the world she lives in. I’m quit glad to hear that the artwork helped convey the story even better! This sounds like something that should be given a shot! Image Comics is one publisher that has a bunch of series with really fascinating story ideas worth checking out. Excellent review, Danielle! 🙂

    – Lashaan

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