Low

Low

Volume 1, The Delirium of Hope

Paperback - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., 2015.
ISBN: 9781632151940
1632151944
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Tocchini, Greg - Artist
Alternative Title: Delirium of hope

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Carroch_0
Oct 19, 2018

Low has an interesting world and generally sound writing, combined with expressive, unique, and very beautiful art. As other reviews and the summary mention, it's primarily an examination of hope and hopelessness in a profoundly dystopian and "doomed" world, and nearly everything that happens, big and small, ties into this theme. It's very neat writing that, combined with the art, would usually make this at least a four-star piece.
However, I can't in good conscious mark it that high because the art (and, in some places, the writing) was so sexist it was genuinely distracting. It's beautiful at the beginning, but the consistent bikini-level-woman-next-to-man-in-bulky-armor eventually became grating. The only female character not related to Stel (our protagonist) is a sex worker that (SPOILERS) her son accidentally-ish shoots dead after refusing to pay her. The fact that he feels bad about it is framed as grounds for his redemption, but it's still the main depiction of women in this world. Stel's daughters are kidnapped early, as children, and when we next see one, she's an adult-ish, dressed in lingerie, and in an abusive stolkholm-y relationship with her kidnapper. Okay, I thought, at least Stel's sexuality appears on her own terms - oh there she is in the same style lingerie as her daughter and there's one of the few sympathetic characters making comments about her for a gag. Fun. (END SPOILERS). I understand that this violent, objectifying attitude toward women can be used to make a statement about the setting, but the fact that the art style into it so strongly makes it feel less like a commentary and more like a commission.
On the whole, it was still enjoyable, and I think there's a lot of potential here. One might say that I'm on the whole hopeful. However, this recommendation comes with stipulations.

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coop_zero
Apr 09, 2017

Good story that takes you to a wonderfully depressing dystopian future. The art is simultaneously amazing and extremely hard to follow. The characters can be hard to differentiate and there are some moments that are supposed to carry impact but you cannot figure out what is going on. I don't understand why this happens because Greg Tocchini is clearly talented yet doesn't put that last touch of detail to really bring his art to the next level and give it the clarity that it needs. That said, I would still recommend this graphic novel.

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joshua7279
Sep 22, 2016

The art in this one is brilliant and at times mesmerizing! The story is wonderfully written and carries a great underlying message that I'm a big fan of. Humanity has been driven underwater as the sun expands and radiates the surface, most of humanity has given up on finding a new world to live on, but the main character holds on to the possibility the it can be found before its to late. It reminds me of The Wake in some ways (which is totally fine with me). Highly recommended to any fan of fantasy/sci-fi or dystopian. Some adult content (sexual) so recommend accordingly.

ArapahoeSam Aug 03, 2016

Great Sci-Fi world, the art is beautiful and very expressive. Adult content, so not appropriate for younger audience. Overall great read.

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Jon9836
Nov 08, 2015

There's adult content, so it's not appropriate for children. That said, this is a fantastic collection. It's one of the best things I've read in a while. Great writing, stays on theme while supplying a fun story in a unique apocalyptic setting. Dreamy, fluid art that fits perfectly and is unlike anything else out there. Definitely worth your time!

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Quetzlzacatenango
Oct 26, 2015

An interesting albeit depressing story I had to read twice mostly because the art, while expressive, is so messy (except for the nude figures) it's hard to distinguish characters. However, once you become accustomed to it you can begin to appreciate the creativity of the world and the depth of the story.

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dmiron45
Oct 16, 2015

It hammers it's message a little hard, but it's a truely fantastic story with top-notch art. Easy to lose yourself into this amazing science fiction world

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StarLord21
Sep 26, 2015

I really enjoyed everything about this book. The story, the character's and most of all the different settings. I can't wait for the next issue.

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Krtjms
Jun 12, 2015

With complex world-building and emotional character development, Remender has done an excellent job exploring life and its trials in a post-apocalyptic underwater world.

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kitsumekat
Jun 12, 2015

Low is a book about a woman's quest to reshape her and her family's happiness. Ever optimistic through the pain and suffering she went through, she hopes to find an answer of a habitable world on the doomed surface.

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Jon9836
Nov 08, 2015

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Jun 12, 2015

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Krtjms
Jun 12, 2015

[The series is set billions of years in the future of the Earth after the start of the sun's expansion into a red giant has made the surface uninhabitable. It follows the lives of the two million survivors in the underwater city of Salus; its helmsmen, the Caine family; and its pirate enemies. The protagonists of the first issues are Stel Caine, who searches for life-supporting planets with robotic probes, her husband Johl, and their children. Remender summarized the story as being about "one woman's optimism in the face of inevitable and true doom"]

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