What is on my pull list this week: Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini.
This book reminds me of a quote from Neil Gaiman talking about Metal Hurlant (the french comic magazine that Heavy Metal published translations from much of the time). He had imagined that there were stories that were as amazing as the art was beautiful. Though, upon reading the stories translated for the first time he found:
The literary depth and brilliance of the stories had all been in my head.
Low looks like something that should have been published in Metal Hurlant or Heavy Metal, but in the best possible way. It has the amazing art, over the top action, and characters in little or no clothing, though, unlike a many of the stories from those magazines, Low actually seems to have something behind the amazing art.
Set thousands of years in the future, humanity has fled into the seas. The sun is slowly going supernova, the surface of the Earth is no longer habitable, and humanity is at the bottom of the ocean slowly waiting to die. Most people have given up, living our their last days in hedonistic or violent orgies, except for one of the main characters, Estelle. The book opens with Estelle’s family being ripped apart by pirates, her two daughters kidnapped. The story then shifts to many years later when Estelle receives a signal from a probe looking for a new world for humanity, it has found something, but the probe has malfunctioned and is on the surface. Estelle heads out with son, her only remaining child, and heads off to see if there is hope for humanity.
Only a dozen or so issues in, but the story has stayed interesting, and managed to throw in a few twists.
LT;DR Review: Recommended. Though, it does have a bit of violence and other adult content (read nudity), so it is not one for the kids.