Written by Jude Terror on Thursday, January 09 2014 and posted in News with Benefits
The series is being billed as an aquatic sci-fi fantasy, whatever the hell that means.
Image Expo is chugging along, tossing out new series announcements from big name creators like it ain't no thang. The latest is Low, a sci-fi aquatic fantasy from Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. We have no fucking clue what a sci-fi aquatic fantasy is, but we're sure it will break multiple records as it sells out and goes back to press for multiple second printings. The Outhouse has undercover sources working to confirm rumors that Eric Stephenson has a gigantic gameshow style wheel in his office with writers, artists, and genres, and he just spins the damn thing to come up with new books. We'll update you when we know more.
UPDATE: Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool has some preview images as well as some info he got from Rick Remender in his hotel room, where the two are apparently having some kind of affair. We hope Rich knows what he's getting into - we hear Remender is into hobo water sports:
The idea for Low was born a number of years ago as I was reading an issue of National Geographic that was discussing the inevitable destruction of our solar system as the sun will inevitably expand and consume everything. I realized that this was a fact I had become aware of when I was about seven or eight years of age. And it reminded me of all of the scenarios that I imagined as a kid revolving around mans struggle to survive as the sun expanded. I remember it made me think how insignificant and useless every single thing we do is if one day the sun is going to consume everything. This series revolves around people facing that dilemma and finding the strength to remain optimistic throughout.
UPDATE - Press Release from Image:
A NEW AQUATIC SCIENCE-FICTION/FANTASY EPIC
Remender and Tocchini’s new series journeys from the depths to the scorched surface of Earth
Frequent collaborators Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE) and artist Greg Tocchini (Uncanny X-Force, Last Days of American Crime) will bring readers on another high-octane science fiction adventure, this time to the lowest depths of Earth after it has been ravaged by the sun’s radiation.
LOW is set in the distant future, after humanity has relocated to radiation-shielded cities below the sea and the surface of the planet has become a scorched uninhabitable wasteland. A probe has returned with information on a possible alternative planet for humans, but it has landed on the Earth’s surface. A few brave representatives from the warring human clans venture out to retrieve it and the hopeful news it bears.
More than just a science fiction story, LOW touches on the human condition, but in an unconventional way. “Low explores what happens to groups of humans who are holding out hope for a solution when one is quite unlikely. It's an examination of how quickly our ideals shift when we're forced to make pragmatic choices for survival,” explained Remender. “But at its core is an examination of how one person's optimism in the face of all of this hopelessness can potentially change everything for the better.”
The concept for the art on LOW was born out of one image. “When Rick Remender asked me what I wanted to do for our new project, I made a drawing of an astronaut removing her space suit in a curved setting. And that was it,” said Tocchini. “Everything I wanted and the way I imagined it was in that drawing. And that was our first ‘Big Bang’. The look of the whole Low universe came from that drawing.”
“Welcoming Rick back to Image Comics was one of my favorite moments of 2013,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “Black Science was an incredible return, and everyone here is excited for Deady Class, but I think it’s a real testament to Rick’s boundless imagination that he still has more new creator-owned work on the way. What he and Greg have planned for Low is nothing short of phenomenal, and we couldn’t be more proud to help them bring their vision to life here at Image.”
LOW is a new, ongoing science-fiction action series coming to Image Comics in 2014.