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Low #1

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Greg Tocchini Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 30, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 20
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

In the far distant future, the sun's premature expansion has irradiated Earth, sending humanity to the lowest depths of the seas, hidden within radiation-shielded cities, while probes scour the universe for inhabitable worlds to relocate to. After tens of thousands of years, a single probe returns, crashing on Earth's surface, a now-alien place no human has seen for many millennia.

Frequent collaborators RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, Uncanny Avengers) and GREG TOCCHINI (Last Days of American Crime, Uncanny X-Force) dive into an aquatic sci-fi/fantasy tale following two teams from the last remaining cities undersea as they race to the more

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Jul 30, 2014

    It’s all very warm feeling, which is incredible and kind of ironic, for a story about people who are living under the waters to escape from the destruction by the sun, these characters add a burst of sunlight into a story, catching readers and already gaining sympathy because everything about LOW so far is incredibly charismatic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Aug 6, 2014

    Low #1 is an awesome issue. Its beautiful and stands out as one of the best independent comic series to have launched in recent days. It would behoove you to read it, especially if dystopian science fiction is your bag. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jul 31, 2014

    Hope is the reigning theme of this book and the team of Remender and Tocchini have submerged us into a book that makes us believe that the Caines and humanity, as promised earlier, will "rise again". This two-man team has gained the reader's trust with just one issue and one can only hope Remender continues his winning streak with Tocchini continuing to conjure stunning visuals right by his side. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    We The Nerdy - Kristina Poffenroth Aug 1, 2014

    This comic doesnt look like a lot of other comics on the market. Greg Tocchinis art is entirely unique, and his bold color choices (mostly green, orange, and red) really jump off the page. The whole issue is gorgeous, but the first few pages really stand out they are intimate, and the holographic galaxy that Stel is looking at creates a really cool effect in the way its drawn over their bodies. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Tres Dean Jul 30, 2014

    Low is going places. Its first issue takes a multitude of exposition and character building and organically fits it into a tight, efficient single issue. It's too soon to tell, but Low could end up being Remender's best Image work yet. And considering the roll he's been on lately, that's no small statement. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Aug 3, 2014

    Low is, simply put, a great book. Remender is telling what appears to be a great story that is heading plcaes and Tocchini's art on this title is simply amazing. Remender wins again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 12, 2014

    Low showcases a glimmer of hope in a desperate world.  With humanity sitting on a ticking clock, some have found the means to enjoy life while they can.  Johl and Stel are about to lose those means.  Now we'll see the lengths they'll go to get them back. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Aug 1, 2014

    Low is very different from other stories Remender has told (as he describes in his “must read” text page at the end of the issue). The combination of Remender's world-building and story are combined with Tocchini's art and made this issue thoroughly entertaining to me with the story standing out from every other comic that I'm reading. That's a really good thing, especially when you read as many comics as I do. It's visually and thematically unique and well worth checking out. Getting to experience a series like this is why I read comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Samantha Cross Jul 30, 2014

    As a pessimist myself, I have great hope and optimism for this book. An impressive and ambitious start! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Aug 3, 2014

    This first issue is definitely an interesting read that gives a truly new concept. It is aimed at the mature reader as it has some graphic violence and some nudity for a vast array of pages. But this all contributes to the opening of a story that is filled with potential. One where kids may be the center of it all but it is definitely not one for kids to read. It will be interesting to see where this family goes to from here as they are so closely knit even in the face of adversity. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jul 29, 2014

    Despite being a sci-fi story that promises a lot of action, it's the characters that get you invested in Low. With the sun's radiation swallowing up civilization being a thing that could legitimately happen, and in the near future, Low is an unsettling depiction of what life would be like, yet you can't help wanting to read on. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jul 30, 2014

    Remender has yet again pulled it out the bag proving to be the creator owned writer to watch. Despite it's slow paceLow‘s underwater extravaganza kicks off in a sensational way with the character depth and action being truly captivating. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Erik Radvon Jul 29, 2014

    Low #1 packs a lot of world building and character into one issue. Rick Remender tackles some similar family-in-crisis territory as his other recent work, but his focus on mother Stel Caine and her unyielding vision of hope against all odds (and the odds are daunting) is a fresh spin for the writer. Tocchini's line and color art is some of his best work to date, cleaner and more refined than his Uncanny X-Force issues yet still maintaining his uniquely sketchy, swirling style. Dense in written and visual drama, the world of Low is worth taking a plunge into. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Jul 31, 2014

    Yet again, Remender launches a title that is rather impressive. With so much teased and a great cliffhanger ending it is going to be a long 30 days. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Jul 29, 2014

    Low is a truly enthralling comic though. It captures its tone perfectly, juxtaposing light and darkness against one another in a surreal future. It is as much about the battling ideas of its characters as it is about surviving an inevitable apocalyptic scenario. Remender's world building and Tocchino's vision combine to deliver those ideas and the story in which they exist in a truly entertaining fashion. Low #1 is a beautiful, ambitious debut that sets high expectations for future installments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jul 30, 2014

    The first issue contains a significant amount of exposition and dialogue but its Tocchinis artwork that really stuns you. You can see his homage to the fantasy forefathers such as Frank Franzetta in the character designs and the colouring pulls you down into the depths of Low. I found myself returning to specific panels frequently to ensure I didnt miss anything but also because theyre so goddam beautiful. You can get lost in this one, trust me. Willfully lost. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Jul 29, 2014

    Im onboard for the next installment of the series, to say the least. The premise if promising and it will be interesting (and probably upsetting) to watch the journey unfold following the events of this issue. If I could break the book into two parts to rate, the second half is definitely superior to the first half. With slightly better pacing and a teensy bit more concrete art, this book will likely be on the pull lists of many. Its really up to the second issue to decide whether this relatively hard-sci-fi concept can survive the murky depths and surface gracefully. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 30, 2014

    Rick Remender has done it again. As if the latest issue of BLACK SCIENCE this week wasn't enough, Remender now has another new series at Image, on released on the same day. Remender takes on the sci-fi genre once again and shows us a world where the surface is uninhabitable. We're introduced to new characters and dangers that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. Greg Tocchini's art is glorious and as you read the issue, you'll find yourself eagerly looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex Gradet Aug 5, 2014

    So much world-building leaves little time once the story-proper kicks in, forcing shit to get real across only a handful of panels. Now that this world is established and the stakes painstakingly set, I'm hoping for an issue #2 that feels free to get straight to Remender's vicious, unstinting action drawn in Tocchini's graceful hand. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jul 31, 2014

    The first issue almost tries to do too much on its own, but once the first arc lays out, I'm hoping things will be clearer and expect the whole to be stronger than the individual parts. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 4, 2014

    Overall, Low is off to a good start and sets the stage for what could very well be a great series. All of the elements you need for an intriguing tale are in place because you have no idea what is going to happen next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Jul 31, 2014

    With an enthralling premise, an engaging cast of characters, some fabulous word building, and a thrilling plot, this debut issue certainly delivers the goods. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 4, 2014

    Given the sci-fi elements, love story and focus on family, one can't help but think of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's Saga, and the underwater setting, apocalyptic aspect and tech designs give rise to thoughts of Scott Snyder and Sean Gordon Murphy's The Wake. If you like those books, you'll likely have an affinity for Low, but there's also a chance you'll prefer those recent Eisner winners as well. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Mark Viola Sep 2, 2014

    All in all, not the worst thing Ive had to review recently, and Im sure that future issues will hash out some of these issues. Id say pick it up if youre a fan of Mr. Remender; otherwise, if this is what to expect I dont think many others will stick with it to a second or third issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - joecorallo Jul 31, 2014

    Towards the end of the issue we get some action, but it's heavily foreshadowed early on and already have an idea of how it's going to go. Again, sometimes that stuff works great. For me, it wasn't clicking. Perhaps some people will find it refreshing that the book takes it's time and let's itself breathe in the first issue, but it wasn't really working that way for me with this title. I can totally get into dry material, or slow paced material (and I often do. I read quite a bit of Golden Age and slice of life comics), but it has to be compelling in some way. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jul 30, 2014

    Beyond even art, the issue as a whole feels a little bit rushed into production. The things I'm describing are easy mistakes, and Tocchini and Remender should both be at the point in their careers to know better. I hold out hope for this series, because I like the concept of a nihilistic fact (the sun obliterating literally everything) being turned into a story of hope, but I also feel like the workload Remender has taken on this past year is enormous and he runs the risk of stretching too thin and letting things get through the cracks. With a little tightening, though, this could be my favorite thing Remender has ever done. I'll definitely be back for the next issue, and I'm holding my breath for next month (I wanted to make an underwater joke, and that was the best I had, cut me some slack). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Gregory Paul Silber Jul 30, 2014

    Remender's story has potential, but Tocchini's art is so hard to follow that it significantly detracts from this comic's enjoyableness. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 30, 2014

    Low has promise but it hasn't been fully realized yet. Considering the larger than average size of this issue, it's unfortunate that we don't get a little more here. Remender has talked about how this book is a shift from his normal status quo, but so far the futility and negativity that exemplifies his past work is still on display - it's just been presented differently. Whereas past works have featured pessimistic protagonists, this book's pessimism is in its world. And maybe that's why we see such a focus placed on the world in this first issue. It's Creative Writing 101: "Write what you know." It'll be interesting to see how Remender cuts through that safety net with Stel, the proclaimed eternal optimist, in Issue #2, but this debut only hints at its potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Aug 2, 2014

    Low is a comic book that gives action and adventure against the futuristic backdrop. Remender's letter in the back gives the reader an idea of how the characters came about, but it wasn't until I read the letter that I realized the wife was the chief protagonist and not the husband. There are a lot of pieces here to like but I'm not sure how everything fits just yet. This is worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Aug 1, 2014

    Certainly a single issue is not enough to say definitively whether there's something interesting, engaging or new to be found in "Low," but this first issue feels like a misstep. Remender and Tocchini are capable and experienced creators, so surely they can turn things around, but "Low" #1 is not as encouraging as one would expect from creators at this level. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Jul 29, 2014

    It's a hateful little story that takes a demented glee in its own mean spiritedness, it's glad to make you feel awful for having read it with barely contained jubilance at punishing its main characters in a manner you don't usually find outside of Hostel. It's the kind of comic that makes you question why you read comics in general when one can be made with so little skill or meaning. I'm not against bleak things in comics or having bad things happen to good people in comics or nihilism in comics but it has to have a point, the whole point of Low is to try and make you as miserable as possible while reading it while saying exactly nothing; not recommended. Read Full Review

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