Nothing But Comics is about to hit our two year mark and in observance of the site’s anniversary, every Tuesday from now until we finish, one of our staff members will list off their favorite series, runs or issues of all time. This week it’s Tyler
The debut issue of Low is an interesting, fun and engaging story that does well in both building it’s world, introducing it’s actors and conveying it’s ideology in a compelling and entertaining fashion. In it we are introduced to an earth that has already been swallowed up by the sun and humanity has retreated into the sea for survival. Remender does a fantastic job of introducing and building his character’s as soon as they are introduced with a married couple and their children setting off on a new adventure filled with hope and excitement for the family that quickly turns sideways after some they stumble upon the bad guys. The main cast feels fully formed, real and three dimensional from the moment we meet them as a credit to Remender’s gift for dialogue and even though the villain’s can get a little too mustache twirling expositiony towards the end. His work with artist Tocchini on creating the setting is both majestic and awe inspiring as we are given page after page of lush, detailed and expansive views of the underwater city that humanity now inhabits. Tocchini has a rough pencil but it’s just sharp enough here to convey the scope and intricacies of the underwater civilization and it’s population. Rick Remender has another great book from Image and while that coming from the writer and publisher is starting to become old news it’s still pretty astonishing at the rate at which all parties involved manage to churn out such high quality product. What’s been most interesting is watching Remender mature as a writer within the last year with his work on Captain America, Deadly Class, Black Science and now Low where he still does a lot of the same stuff that made his runs on Uncanny X-Force & Secret Avengers great but also expands on that by exploring new themes, idea’s and styles. Low is another example of the writer firmly establishing his voice while expanding on that and with Tocchini doing art this well; it is a thing of beauty to behold. Remender and Image have another great comic, you should know that but you should also enjoy that because it doesn’t get much better.