Title: Low #1
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Greg Tocchini
Publisher: Image Comics
Rating: 4.1 / 5
Rick Remender has been like a fiery ball of comic-writing napalm that seemingly is bereft of the effects of any (metaphorical) extinguisher. I mean this all in the best way possible. Uncanny Avengers, Captain America, Deadly Class, Black Science – all of these are doing sensationally well. But it was Low that made me think “Now this is going to be something special.”
There’s a relative upswing in the amount of Sci-Fi being produced these days, at least across the comics and film mediums that I follow, but Low stood out to me as a brilliant example of a simple idea that is still one of those ones you don’t think of yourself until you hear about it being done. The premise involves a future Earth where the sun has reached an extreme temperature, forcing humanity into the seas for refuge, creating two large-scale cities while the rest of humanity (presumably) is left to resort to piracy. Doesn’t that sound amazing? If not, please rest assured I’m not doing it justice in a single sentence.
While the main driving plot of the first issue is the classic Protagonist loses something and must get it back trope, it’s done with enough of a Sci-Fi flourish, not to mention Tocchini’s amazing visuals, that it really doesn’t matter what trope Remender would’ve went with. This world clearly has been brewing in in his mind for some time and there are just loads of visual hints and signs that there will be so much more to see.
Remender himself stated that this work stemmed from his want to create a character that embodies such a pure form of optimism that it can’t be drowned out. Of all the things issue #1 does correctly, this is one of the best. He gets us to believe this character as well as believe in this character, without really going into the realm of melodrama.
As for the faults? They are few. In fact, they are really just one: there’s a lot to take in. This comic is a debut issue, so you have to expect a lot to be crammed into it, but there’s just so much going on that it begs a second read (even given its extended length) to get a grasp of the grand scope of things. Not that I’m complaining in the least. I’m ready for more of this world and I’m ready for it now.
Review by Brent W. Gladney