Comic Review! Woo! It is like I review things … weird. Also third post in a week… unheard of. We are getting things back on track. Going to make blogging a habit. Going to make reading a habit again as well.
Series Title: Low
Volume: #2: Before the Dawn Burns Us
Issues Collected: #7-10
Publisher: Image Comics
Page #: 104
Genre: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic
Rating: M for Mature!
If you were wondering, no, I did not review the first volume of Low, and yes, I know this is a great over sight on my part. If you haven’t heard of this comic before you should definitely start there because this is a sequential comic and there are plot lines and characters that you will need to know from the first volume. This is not the case for all comics, but definitely for this one. This is not to say that this should be a problem because both volumes have been outstanding. I might do a more in depth review of the first volume soon as well, to make up for my over sight.
TL;DR: Read the First Volume First. It is Fantastic!
Now, on to the second volume.
My initial feelings?
*pained groan* THE ART IS SO GOOD. IT IS SO GOOD YOU GUYS. YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. I have said, again and again, if Tocchini sold prints I would buy them all. I need them
Now I have a friend who has said that he doesn’t trust comics whose art is outstanding because often the plots can be over shadowed by this. This may be true for some comics but I have always found that while this art is painfully gorgeous it only adds to the story being told. There have been few comics that I feel every brush stroke adds to the story. Figures in the background having their own plot, or doing things that would eventually show up in the main plot. The tiniest detail can have great importance. Some might find it distracting, but for me, it is so important.
As far as the plot goes, I don’t want to spoil the first volume if you haven’t read it. I have to say that watching the story unfold for characters we haven’t seen for a while was interesting.
The first issue in this volume has one of the most heart breaking endings I have read in a while. It perfectly embodies what I feel Low does so well. It shows a post apocalyptic world as it could be in many different forms. Each of the cities have taken a different aspect of the horrible side of human nature and upon realizing the futility of it all and the mortality of their race have fallen into depravity. This new city has such an interesting way of going about it. Not only is it interesting world building but the world building has shaped the characters. These worlds are not without consequence. It isn’t just Remender flaunting his imagination, as I feel is the case with Black Science, the world building is pertinent to the characters and how they live their lives, their beliefs, their morals, it all comes down to where they grew up.
Everything leads into something else.
If you aren’t sold on the art, or perhaps are over sold, know that this story is so well crafted. Pieces of it are woven together in such a way that I can do nothing but applaud it. This comic has everything I could want and more. I am sure that it is my favorite comic of the year and I wish more people would read it. I have all of the issues and both of the volumes so that I can lend them to people. Please pick it up if you haven’t already.
I hope those of you who celebrate it have a lovely Christmas Eve tomorrow and I will hopefully have a book review for you guys on Friday. No guarantees, but I will do my best.