Shaper 1

A galactic empire hunts a race of shape shifters prophesied to overthrow its rule. When orphaned teenager Spry discovers that he is one of the hunted—a Shaper—he must learn to use his newfound abilities to escape the empire’s prime enforcer, Tor Ajax, and save his entire race!

Most would probably agree that one of the more challenging times of a person’s life are their teen years.  Toss in the factor of being an orphan and that only serves to make it all the more difficult.  That’s only the beginning of the problems that quickly mount as we start off with Shaper issue 1.

Spry is pretty much like any typical orphaned teen – troubled, rebellious and a dreamer.  Typical is far from what he ends up being, as he finds out both of his parents are part of a race of shape shifters that have been hunted for years.  After watching the woman he comes to realize is his mother get taken away, he starts off on a trip to rescue her and also to find himself.

Just in this first issue, we see a lot of the potential for the kind of intense art ahead.  There were quite a few panels with some very solid artwork.  Given the nature of this story, and just based on the few examples here, I’m sure there’s going to be some really cool shapeshifting design.

Given how this first issue started off, I think there’s a good chance this will be a pretty interesting book.  I’d like to learn where the story leads and definitely see more of the great artwork.  I would say so far this is a book worth checking out for a new series to follow.

For more on Shaper or other Dark Horse titles, check out Dark Horse Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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