LOW #1

6.33 Overall Score
Art: 6/10
Dialogue: 6/10
Story: 7/10

Fans of Rick Remender should pick up this title, a good read indeed.

The art is hard and choppy. I'm not so much a fan of the art in this title.

LOW #1
(W)Rick Remender, (A)Greg Tocchini
Image Comics
2014

Positive Information, everyone! It’s another “Both Barrels Comic Book Review,” specially made with loving care, and started with a non-Futurama-Trademark-infringing line.

This review will cover Image Comic’s LOW #1, a new book by Rick Remender, an experienced scribe and artist who has worked on numerous books for Marvel and Image.

His newest story, LOW, is about an undersea society fighting to survive the coming apocalypse of Earth due to our expanding sun, meaning it takes place about 1,000,000 years in the future. Part science, part supernatural, the story follows a family where the dad is a Helmsman, whose unique DNA allows him to pilot the last of the large battle mechs in the undersea world, the mom, who is some kind of spiritual adviser and psychic, and their 3 children, including 2 daughters who want to be Helmsmen, and a son who is a mechanic expert.

The art, provided by Greg Tocchini, is hard and choppy, a swirling world of pastels and smudges, mostly placed just over the mother’s naked naughty bits.

Though expertly done, I’ve never been a fan of this artistic style, mostly because too much definition is lost, making things harder to follow. There are a number of panels where, due to the lack of actual drawing, you can’t tell the two daughters apart other than by the color of their hair (one’s blond, the other has black hair, presumably just for that reason).

It makes things a whole lot worse when you’re trying to make out what’s going on in a gritty undersea world, though to be fair, due to the lack of light at the bottom of the ocean, it would be hard to see down there.

As for the book itself, it’s not bad, but seriously; maybe a little less with the background and info. I’m as big of a fan of a large, complex, expansive comic story universe as anyone, but slamming thousands of years worth of expositional dialogue and references and phrasing that the reader isn’t familiar with into what amounts to about 1,000 words is way, way too much.

Combine that with the non-descriptive artwork, and it grows even harder to follow. I’m a guy who reads comics both recreationally AND professionally, and after going back and re-reading the whole issue 4 times, there are still things that either I’m not getting, or they’re just poorly explained (hint: I get it, it’s just poorly explained).

All in all, not the worst thing I’ve had to review recently, and I’m sure that future issues will hash out some of these issues. I’d say pick it up if you’re a fan of Mr. Remender; otherwise, if this is what to expect I don’t think many others will stick with it to a second or third issue.

 

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