Higher Earth #1

Higher Earth #1

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Francesco Biagini Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: May 9, 2012 Cover Price: $1.00 Critic Reviews: 9
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Space is dead. Why conquer other planets when there's a perfectly good Earth in the universe next door?

Heidi, a girl born in garbage. Rex, a soldier gone rogue. The only thing between them and their destiny is an empire of a hundred different Earths, across a hundred alternate timelines. One majestic planet dominates them all: HIGHER EARTH.

Created and written by Sam Humphries (SACRIFICE, MARVEL’S JOHN CARTER: GODS OF MARS, FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES) HIGHER EARTH is his sci-fi follow up to last year's surprise hit OUR LOVE IS REAL -- a fast-paced epic of infinite possibilities featuring arresting art by Francesco Biagini (ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST, DINGO).

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kyle Garret May 8, 2012

    There's a lot of action in this first issue, so much so that it easily could have been ruined by a bad or even average artist. I've never seen Francesco Biagini's work before, but I was really impressed with his art. There's an Eduardo Barreto/Ron Garney feel to it. The action is kinetic and the backgrounds are rich. I don't know if editor Dafna Pleban is responsible for getting Biagini on this book, but whoever did struck gold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 12, 2012

    This comic is a $1. It's the first step of a big space adventure. If you are into science fiction on any level you shouldn't pass this book up. If you just like general thrills and action you shouldn't pass this book up. Boom! clearly has a winner on its hands with this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 9, 2012

    I’m interested in this series for sure. I’m curious as to what it’s going to do differently from the “Big Two” outline that it’s based off of. Also I get the impression that it will have a lot of tributes to other Sci-Fi stories along the way which could be good or bad. As for the page count, it looks like twenty-two is the new standard even for the smaller press. I hope that it works out for this stories benefit because I can see the shortened page count hurting the pacing of the plot. Hopefully the second issue comes out swinging because it still has a lot of work to do to make this a monthly buy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 7, 2012

    "Higher Earth" is a good first issue, and at a $1 price point it's a win-win situation for buyers. You'll get a strong idea on if you want to read more and I suspect there will be a lot of readers that will sign on for a second dose. It's a nice launch for a new ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 8, 2012

    In certain ways, Higher Earth feels like Sam Humphries riffing on Cable meets Quantum Leap, with it's action thus far trumping the implications of illegal dimensional immigration. Like Our Love is Real before it, there's a germ of high concept that I hope dominates this series, giving it a strong voice and direction. This book definitely has the looks to be memorable, and now that the chase is on, I'll be curious to see how Sam Humphries builds up a universe on the run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran May 9, 2012

    Higher Earth is a mixed bag to be sure, but it's a bag I want to keep rummaging around. The characters still don't feel fully flushed out, even for a first issue. However, Humphries fills the story with enough action and questions that I want to know what happens next. Like I said, Higher Earth isn't yet a return to classic hard science fiction. But it could be, and I want to be there if it happens. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey May 9, 2012

    The art isn't exactly awe inspiring either. Francesco Biagini does a fine job, but his attention to detail is somewhat lacking and leaves the book feeling a bit empty at times. At one point, a character kicks a would-be assassin off a cliff that I didn't even realize was there. I had no idea there was a steep drop off inches away from the characters. While hiccups like this are apparent throughout the issue, Biagini does draw one hell of a bear-skin mech suit. Hopefully, we'll get to see some more unique stuff like that from this series. This issue is only a buck, so it's an easy sell; we'll just have to see if the series as a whole will be worth picking up month to month once the price goes up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher May 10, 2012

    I love it when companies decide that the best way to lure in new readers is to reduce the cover price to the point where it is foolish not to pick up a copy. For the smaller publisher this is very important, and for BOOM! Studios it appears to have paid off, as my local comic guy told me he got shorted this week because the book was in such high demand. Is it worth it? Sure it is, two characters on the run, tripping through the multiverse, with some unknown goal at the end of the tunnel, makes for an interesting first issue. Though tropes are scattered throughout the issue, it's still worth picking up for a buck and earns 3.5 out of 5 Stars. This is just the start, and I expect this is going to get a whole lot more interesting as the series goes on. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gilbert Short May 11, 2012

    “Higher Earth” is a book that had so much potential and wasted the opportunity to be something really special. The price point is enough to get you to at least check it out, but the next issues will really have to step it up if they want to keep people interested. Perhaps this is a lesson in getting what you pay for. Read Full Review

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