Low, Vol 2: Before the Dawn Burns Us
By Rick Remender , Greg Tocchini , Dave McCaig Pages: 104
Genre: Graphic Novel/Sci Fi
Will Stel Caine rise from the depths to become first human in millennia to set foot on the surface of the Earth? Who is the relentless Minister of Thought on a quest to put an end to Stel’s attempt to restore the light to a dying world?
Low, Volume 2 starts off in unfamiliar territory but we soon realize it is actually picking up exactly where volume 1 previously left off. So in order to avoid divulging too many details and spoiling the fun, this will be a brief review of my encounter with Before the Dawn Burns Us and not a recap.
I jumped into this latest addition with deserving high expectations. After having been introduced to Stel and the beautifully optimistic heroine that she is, I found myself in urgent need to know how she would fare as her position became increasingly dire and dismal. I originally connected with her on such a level that the immediate need to know, was most warranted.
The aquatic setting continued to deliver with the unique and lush illustrations that I found myself admiring in volume 1. I found the art to be absolutely stunning and inviting! (Please forgive my shoddy attempt to capture images.)
The story arc proceeded in direction that further heightened Stel as a protagonist, attacking her from all angles. We are offered a full glimpse of her in the barest form as she confronts her weaknesses and anger, all to see her unrelenting determination and strength resurface. Her tenacity and refusal to surrender make her a force to be reckoned with.
“We teach best what we most need to learn. Light brings light. Why imagine a future that is anything less than what you want. See the future you deserve.”
As Stel’s journey continues there are new discoveries to be made and the addition of some spectacular characters that only work to further justify and thoroughly explore her motivation. I am anxiously awaiting the next volume to see how the characters I chose not to name (spoilers) will play out in the continuing story line.
I am not big on Superheroes, but if I had to choose a favorite at this point it would undeniably be Stel Caine. You might argue that she possesses no super human powers, but I would beg to differ strongly. Her profound faith provides her with a strength that can rival the greatest. Her sheer will alone is almost provocative, luring the reader in further with each encounter.
There was no shortage of action with this volume. This is a fun, dystopian ride! I will state that the graphic scenes of violence and some nudity still continue so this will not be for all readers. My only complaint would be that Before the Dawn Burns Us was a fast read that seemed to end too soon.