I know Wednesdays are usually the days that I do some sort of Otaku geared review but you all know me by this point. It’s not uncommon for me to just kind of roll with things. I mean that’s the best part of writing for my own blog! The schedule I have is really more of a guideline and when something else sparks my interest that guideline goes right out of the window.
So what sparked my interest?
The graphic novel Low written Rick Remender with cover art by Greg Tocchini is what sparked my interest I tell you. Recently my friend Tony gave me the first volume because they thought I would enjoy it.
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So Tony gave me Low Vol 1: The Delirium of Hope and from the moment I saw the cover art I was pretty sure I had a winner on my hands. I know they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but damn. Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Can we just take a moment to give Greg Tocchini I resounding round of applause for this artwork?
After I was done eyeing up the cover I flipped it around to read the description. Once again I was intrigued!
“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 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 (BLACK SCIENCE, Captain America) and artist GREG TOCCHINI (Last Days of American Crime) bring you a tale of mankind’s final hour in the cold, deathly dark of the sea…” –Image Comics
How are you all not immediately searching for a copy of this after hearing this plot?
I was more than a little pumped to finally get some time to sit down and read the first volume.
I need to finish this series!
The artwork throughout Low is flawless and the storytelling is no joke. I personally like a bit of a darker side to the stories a read and Rick completely delivers on that end. If you like stories filled with sunshine and unicorns this is not the story for you. This story is dark. Things happen and the line between right and wrong isn’t always clear. The characters are complex, flawed, and most importantly human. They’re paths are not going to be cut and dry because humanity isn’t cut and dry.
I am a sucker for a strong female lead and Low certainly brings that with their character Stel. I don’t want to give anything away but as far as first impressions go she is a total badass. She is described as an optimist but I wouldn’t classify her as some dowey eyed character that just hopes for the best. Her optimism is her source of strength. Even when everyone has fallen to despair she is able to draw on her optimism to move forward. Even after facing things that would break anybody down she is able to stand. If that isn’t strong I don’t know what is.
Rick’s style of writing and storytelling reminds me of Neil Gaiman and his Sandman series. I say this a very high form of complement. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and The Sandman series is one of my favorite stories. The reason I find them similar is that Neil has away of telling a story and unseating you. Making you feel slightly uncomfortable while still pushing you forward. You want to see what happens next but the reactions of the characters are so raw that you can’t help but feel slightly apprehensive.
What is going to happen next?
Its stories like this that really stick with you and I have to give Rick credit for being able to write so convincingly. I find myself disgusted by the society that has been created through humanity’s lack of strength but at the same time I’m rooting for them. I want humanity to be saved even if they seem beyond saving. Even though it seems hopeless I want there to be hope.
This story has me hooked.
I will be collecting the rest of this series ASAP. I need to see how Rick completes the tale and I simply cannot get enough of Greg’s artwork. I am also considering doing a volume-by-volume review of this series.
What do you all think about that? Any interest?
Finally if you would like to check out this series for yourself click on the link below.
See you later Grimms and don’t forget to comment below with your thoughts!