Boom! Studios has taken a chance on Sam Humphries’s Higher Earth. This new series treads on the trappings of a familiar and often worn concept utilized in comic books. The exploration of the existence of a multiverse is the high concept that Boom! Studios must be banking on for the success of the series.
The series centers around an empire formed from hundreds of alternate reality Earths. It will always be a premise rife with potential, but potential is nothing without execution. The elements must be just right.
Although there is no boring expository dialogue or storytelling, there also isn’t much world-building in this first issue. There is a lack of a series springboard. It is difficult to decipher what shall inherently thrust the story month and month out. Part of it has to do with not knowing what the characters want or need, thus making them feel two-dimensional.
Regardless of stock characters, Francesco Biagini’s art is progressive and transitionally, smooth. It helps push the story forward. His handle on exhibiting expression is a talent useful for a story that is meant to astonish both characters and readers alike. He displays a comfort drawing anything ridiculous. This is a major boon for the series.
The one-dollar price point is the best part of this book. Just remember, you usually always get what you pay for.