Greg Tocchini ~Artist
Simpy put…it’s difficult to categorize this new series. On paper, one could say it belongs to the scifi genre (As most people probably would with one glance at the cover image above.) And with just one issue down, it’s still a difficult thing to do because I think we may just pigeonhole this comic.
From what I gather from reading this first issue, the human race is fighting to survive, to escape a fate where the sun will one day overpower the planet Earth and destroy it. Humans have moved their homes under the sea to massive cities, while sending up probes, looking for hope, looking for answers—for a new home, an new planet. Years have passed, the populations have grown in the cities that have survived and more immediately dangers face them in the form of creatures under the sea than the sun that will one day their lives eventually.
The start of this journey follows Shel and Johl, the parents of three children who live raising their children and going about their work according to the beat of their own drums. The mother Shel is ever optimistic and works more as a researcher/scientist type. She speaks of the probes that will bring good news while the father Johl is a hunter of sorts. He’s the last of his blood line to be able to operate an mecha like suit that he wants at least one of his children to inherit the ability to be able to do. He is realistic and is seemingly always mindful of being able to survive and getting his family to be able to do so too. Even he if he has to put in more work to make that a reality one day.
The artwork here is is lofty, dreamlike and constantly revealing strange objects.
I’m not sure if it all works together smoothly because some of the earlier action scenes seem to blend into the rest of the page.
We are left with at the end of this issue is a clear mission ahead that there’s conflict on several different levels. Collateral damage on inside and out. I’m curious to see which parent, Shel or Johl that will be the leader on moving forward and working on achieving the impossible. Low #1 is a bold start to a new series that will likely drag us deep into the story of a family that is doing it’s best to stay afloat and not be dragged down into the abyss of the true dangers that are yet to come. Looking forward to this story developing and finding out more about the major players here.