Saturday, May 19, 2012

Higher Earth #1 (Review)

The new series from Boom! Studios, written by Sam Humphries, with artwork by Francesco Biagini.  Let me say from the start that I was drawn to this new on-going series NOT because of the writer or artist or publisher.....but because of the story concept.

The art is decent; by the way, with great colors by Andrew Crossley.  Biagini's art comes from different angles, and the fight sequences are good.  Sam Humphries' writing is good, carrying with it a great concept of awesome potential.  The former writer of Planet of The Apes, and soon to be Marvel Comics writer, Humphries shows his muster with a good first issue introducing us to Rex & Heidi; the two main characters, and Rex's bird (?).  The only place the writing fell short to me was that there was almost no revelation as to who the "enemy" is.....of course, I'm sure it will be revealed as the story progresses.

The first issue was only $ can't beat that!!

We are introduced to Rex right from the opening panel, falling out of the sky along with a massive amount of garbage.....someone tries to claim one of his belongings and is introduced to his shiny friend, a samurai sword.....then there is the black bird (?).  We then are introduced to Heidi; in a giant mechanical bear, beating down one of the locals to take back her toy dinosaur!  She is being watched by Rex, who is being watched by someone else.

Rex and Heidi are "introduced" at her hideout, a sword fight ensues....and questions arise.  How does Rex know Heidi? Who is Jed? Where did Rex come from?  He explains.......

"Space is Dead."
The Mysterious figure attacks Rex & Heidi....but is thrown out like yesterday's trash (pun intended). Heidi is given a choice by Rex to come with him to another Earth, or "do you want to sleep in garbage for the rest of your life?"

The issue ends with Heidi seeing a "better" earth for the first time.....Sunshine Earth 9.

The concept of multiple earths, and traveling across parallel universes is intriguing and shows that this title may have great potential.  I'll be collecting the monthlies on this one for a while to see where it's going.  Citizen's Grade: O.K.

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