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Sneak Peek: Low Volume 1 – The Delirium of Hope

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm by Tyler Waterman

When Low was first announced, I was one of those who was quick to dismiss this as “Remender does Bioshock.” Fortunately, I came to my senses quickly and got the book, and was rewarded for my faith with an epic tale of hope and despair that can’t be compared to anything else out there.

If you passed on this one like I almost did, now’s your chance to rectify that mistake, with the first collected volume of Low heading for shelves next month. Take a look at the preview below, and don’t miss this chance to dive into the deep!

Remender’s and Tocchini’s new series plumbs the depths of hope


Millennia ago, humankind retreated to the bottom of the ocean to escape the scorching radiation of the sun. Everyone knew it was a temporary fix — and now time is running out again. In LOW, the new Image Comics series by Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS) and Greg Tocchini (Last Days of American Crime), one woman believes she can save the human race, and she’s turned her gaze to the stars.

But Stel Caine may be the only one with hope — civilization is deteriorating into hedonism and corruption around her, and she must do all she can to not only save humanity but also keep what’s left of her family from falling apart.

“In terms of her and where she gains her optimism from…it’s faith,” Remender said of Stel in an interview with Comic Book Resources. “Writing a character for the first time that has faith, and has faith in this church, which is based on science instead of being based on a book that was written and mis-transcribed for 3,000 years or something. It doesn’t make her a dupe in my mind; it makes her somebody who is the last of a dying breed.”

Artist Tocchini creates a swirling, ethereal environment with vibrant washes of color, while inhabiting LOW’s underwater world with striking characters and futuristic technology.

“Greg and I have been working together long enough that it’s like volleyball,” said Remender. “I’ll send him some very basic ideas… And then Greg comes back with concepts and model sheet design pieces that are just out of this f*cking world and give me a hundred new ideas.”

A beautiful, fragile world; a society collapsing under its own decadence; a complex woman whose hope keeps her from despair — this is the science fiction world of LOW, VOLUME 1: THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE, in comic book stores on March 25 and bookstores on April 7. It is available for pre-order now.


LOW, VOLUME 1: THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini
ISBN 978-1-63215-194-0
Diamond Comic order code DEC140670
144 pages, paperback, full color
Collects LOW #1-6
Rated Mature
In comic book stores March 25, bookstores April 7

Praise for LOW:

“Tocchini’s dreamy renderings, and Remender’s confessional tone equips readers to explore the depths of epic grief in this heroine’s tale.” –Cassandra Clark, Multiversity Comics

“Remender and Tocchini have crafted a rich world, loaded with its own deep history, societal norms and resentments. Watching as this world unfurls and seeing what makes it tick ought to be as exciting as the tribulations of the Caine family. And if we’ve learned anything from Remender’s past work, there will be no shortage of tribulation.” –Robert Tutton, Paste Magazine

“Low is so rich with beauty, yet depressing as hell. I love every page of it.” –Nick Couture, Comicosity
“Tocchini’s art is, honestly, a revelation. It’s vivid, bright, both loose and tight, it draws you in and you can spend several enjoyable minutes unpacking even a single frame. Making a world in its last years this beautiful and bright in the face of the more recent black and grey dystopic universes is a treat, a gift. Low itself is just that, a treat, a gift, a chance for us to experience a world that is both broken and hopeful..” –Forrest Hollingsworth, Comics: The Gathering

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