Rough around the edges is a pretty apt description for LOW from Image Comics, especially if dark, somber tones and an emotional rollercoaster is something you’re looking for. To break it down, Low features a dystopian world given the fact that the end of the world is within sight, making people despondent, and giving up on life. The one family who has access to legacy technology are responsible for leading the people to a viable future, but after a pirate attack, things take an even darker turn for everyone.
The first thing I want to address is the art, I know many have complained that it’s hard to make out what’s going on, but after issue three the art already starts to improve and becomes clearer with every other page. Despite the roughness, it felt appropriate because it conveys the chaos of the story and the situation various characters are in.
Next is the dialogue - LOW is not only unfiltered but also feel like it’s straight from the heart. Each character has unique mannerisms of speech and their personality comes through quite prolifically. As an example: the Mother, when she isn’t distressed, feels far calmer compared to most other characters but can get emotional at times during which her speech pattern does change. The same can be said for the son, who, as his situation changes, so does his pattern. Each character really does stand out and is easier to remember and this creates better writing overall.
As a final note, I have mixed feelings but not necessarily in a bad way, the slightly negative point I would offer is that the story is so real it creates a dark somber feeling through which you do need to be prepared for a legitimate struggle. The positive side is that the first trade paperback covers a good amount of story, the premise is clear, our characters are established and we have a good amount of conflict and resolution to prepare us for the larger overarching story that is to come with later issues.
It's only later that I realised why I love anime and games. It's just how many ways one can express an idea.
Please login to post comments.
25 March 2015
Latest ReviewsBrowse All Reviews