Low, Vol 2: Before the Dawn Burns US

Low, Vol 2: Before the Dawn Burns Us
By Rick Remender (Writer), Greg Tocchini (Artist), Dave McCaig (Colourist)
Publisher: Image Comics
ISBN13: 9781632154699
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.


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28 thoughts on “Low, Vol 2: Before the Dawn Burns US

  1. I’m wanting to get into more graphic novels and comics after reading Monstress. So I’ll have to check this one out, for sure. Starting with Vol 1 🙂

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  2. Great review, Danielle! Nicely summed up your thoughts without giving away any spoilers. Hard thing to do when you want to talk about the 2nd volume of.. pretty much anything, huh? 😀 I like how much love you have for Stel in this series. Really glad to see you enjoying this series. Might have to actually give this a shot and not hesitate on it because of the mixed reviews now! 😉

    – Lashaan

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  3. I don’t know why but it seems like graphic novels just are full of graphic nudity and violence. Even if it’s not really called for. It does bother me that even books I like such as Gaiman’s Sandman (I’ve only read Vol. 4) really sexualize the women for no apparent reason other than the artists getting some sort of gratification out of it. I mean, Gaiman is popular enough that we don’t need nude women to sell Sandman, right?

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    1. I agree that there are plenty of times when it is shamelessly used as a marketing ploy. It sadly falls into play with the “typical” audience I believe. I also watch anime and read manga, so I have encountered more than my share of it.


      1. I admit I haven’t been able to get into manga precisely because it seems so difficult to find series with women who have normal body proportions. :/ I know that there are good ones out there, but when I go to the library and glance at the covers I get a little offended. I just want to see a woman whose body obeys the laws of nature and physics. 😉

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