23 November 2014

Here's The DL On Low

Do you remember Lost In Space? Either the crappy remake during the 1990s or even the original campy sci-fi television series from the 1960s, the premise of a family surviving and working together in a unknown land certainly isn't new but the trope definitely had a huge impact on science fiction as a whole. From traversing new and alien landscapes to adaptability and survival and of course who can forget giant robots flailing about danger?

The origins of Lost of Space come from The Swiss Family Robinson, a novel which is also about a family ship wrecked and have to learn to adapt and survive by working together. Both have similar morals: a family bond is strong and can endure. Or some such, I'm not a literary major.

Well, Low takes that tired trope and harpoons it.

I was actually recommended Low by my local comic book shop since they know I absolutely adore Saga, also published by Image Comics. They mentioned it was similar in that it's a family simply trying to survive but instead of the "everything's shitty" mantra of the main characters, Low's protagonist is consistently positive.

But first, a little back story: Low is an Earth completely irradiated on the surface as the sun has gone into super giant phase. People have started to live underwater in the dark depths of the oceans to escape the radiation but know full well this is only a temporary solution and they need to escape the planet altogether. There are only two major cities left under water and both of them have an impending expiration date as they crumble away and become unsustainable.

The main characters are from a long line of protectors, also known as Caines, with two little girls and a boy. The mother is very positive while the father has a more realist approach to situations. The story starts off with the family bringing the daughters on their first big expedition--but things go terribly awry.

The art is reminiscent of the comic series Trillium with a hint of old school sci-fi and can be a lot to take in on top of all the information they are providing you on each page through text bubbles. If you're looking for something that is easy to digest then Low probably won't be for you, but if you prefer some brain food with your comics then I do highly recommend giving the first issue a try.

But from the first page to the last, you're flung into this family's life and feel incredibly attached to the characters. Another interesting thing is that the two daughters are the ones who are interested in becoming these badass warriors while the son prefers to follow the path of his mother and be more on the support side.

This is also an interesting take on a usually neglected part of science fiction. Most people tend to place their sci-fi in space but we as humans know so little about our oceans and what lies beneath the depths that the landscapes can be completely alien to us. Low definitely places an emphasis on that wonder as well as danger with breathtaking panels and real world quantum physics thrown in to boot.

All in all, I highly recommend this comic for those interested in sci-fi, deeply rooted character development, and gorgeous art. This is also a great read to get caught up on if you're as bummed out as I am for Saga's current hiatus. :|

Are you going to take the plunge with Low?

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and I was not contacted to do this review.

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  1. Thanks for confirming this is worth the read. It's on our "keep an eye on this" list but it's getting a promotion now.

    1. No problem! Issue #5 comes out very soon, I believe December 4th? It's also a very interesting look into different philosophies on life (mom being an optimist, dad a realist, others being opportunists, etc.).


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