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 (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. (source)
If I had to sum up the essence of the story of Low in one word, it would be ‘hope’. As far as we know so far, the story follows the Caine family, which goes through some crazy adventures in this dystopian world.
Stel is the mother of three children: two daughters, Della and Tajo, and one son, Marik. She is (very) optimistic, despite the most crucial situations in which the Caines find themselves. Johl is Stel’s husband and the father of the three kids, and he is aware, as everyone else, that their fate is doomed. They have a small chance of surviving in the hostile environment, but he feels that the only way to do so is by practical approach. His daughters need to know how to act and react in order to survive. Stel, in her hopeful way of thinking, believes that a sign will come from outside their world, and they will find a new habitable land. She constantly tries to reach out for an opportunity.
The truth is that in their world, both the approaches are useful, as Stel and Marik demonstrate. Through the mother’s research, she is able to find her daughter, while Marik’s physical strength and cleverness succeed in turning an entire system upside down. I don’t wish to go into more detail, so I wouldn’t spoil the fun of reading Low for anyone, but those who read it, know what I am talking about. All I want to add is that Stel’s strength is unbelievable, and her determination to reunite her family and fight off any obstacles that stand in her way is inspirational.
I am no graphic novel expert, in fact, I’m a noob when it comes to comics, but I started reading more and more, with the intention of exploring this part of literature too. There’s also the fact that one of my greatest disappointments is that I’m not talented at all at drawing. At all. I am,however, studying and working into a visual field (cinematography and photography), and I am passionate about art history, so taking all this into consideration, I try to keep an open mind and look around at all kinds of visual art. In this case, I think the choice of colors is on point, and the drawing style is perfect for this kind of story. Powerful, unconventional, beautiful. Some say that the style resembles that of Manara’s, but I’ll have to think more about that. There is an obvious influence, but to an extent.
For me, it was a captivating story, both hopeful(don’t let the title fool you) and sad — but the fact that there are elements inspired by our present reality, makes it easier to empathize with the characters and live their lives through them. The human kind might have changed, but the core of the human soul is the same. Of course, the first volume was more of an introduction into the imagined world and the characters that populate it, but there isn’t a lack of action-packed moments. The story keeps you interested from start to finish.
I recommend it to anyone!