Low #11 Writer: Rick Remender Pencils: Greg Tocchini Colors: Dave Mccaig Letters: Rus Wooton Publisher: Image
Low is back this month with issue #11 beginning a new story arc. Sisters Della and Tajo Caine’s reunion in the previous story brings them back to their home town as they continue their journey to the surface and search for their mother Stel.
The focus of this issue is on the relationship and conflict that emerges between the two sister. As they were once captured by pirates and have been separated for years, the two of them are just beginning to know one another again and its anything but smooth.
The highlight of this issue is without a doubt the conflict and dialogue between Tajo and Della. As they return to their former family home they are bombarded by nostalgia through a hologram and we see that they have grown up into two completely different personalities. On one side theres the optimistic Tajo as she wants to take a moment to soak in the memories and reflect on them with her sister versus the pessimist Della who wants nothing to do with the past. All she’s concerned about is getting supplies for their mission. The two points of view clash and Della lashes out at her sister in anger after Tajo continuously tries to get her to open up to her.
Whats also great about this scene is that despite the issues complete absence of their mother Stel, her presence is very much felt.
There are many themes throughout the series, such as alienation, fear of losing loved ones, failure, but the theme of hope and how it effects ones course in life dominates. Is hope a good or bad thing? Can false hope blind us to an inevitable future? Can lack of hope keep us away a possible future of happiness. All these questions are ones that Rick Remender delves into with Low.
Another thing to note in the issue is that we get a few new characters who come into play. One that gives more characterization of Della and Tajo’s brother Marik. Another two that we take a detour in the story to establish that will without a doubt come into conflict with our protagonists later in the arc.
Since this is a very character and relationship driven issue there are no large sweeping aquatic splash pages which have been the highlight of the artwork for this series. Fortunately Gregg Tucchini is able to convey great emotion throughout the issue through expressive facial expressions rather it be shock, happiness, sadness, or anger. Again going back to Della’s outburst, Tucchini makes her emotions leap off the pages. However despite every page looking gorgeous, Tucchini’s style can be unclear at times and there are some panels that do lack clarity as to what is what.
Dave McCaig’s colors are very solid here as well as he uses a diverse palette of not only colors but shades as well. The blues, reds, and browns give the ocean a very dark, cold, and lonesome feel to them while the blue eyes of Della is absolutely mesmerizing.
Low #11 is another solid entry into the series. I’m a sucker for character driven stories and this issue delves into it as good as any. The conflict between two polar opposite sisters is entrenching and will grab your investment. Along with the solid expressive artwork this is a promising start to a new story arc.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach