Shaper #1

Writer: Eric Heisserer Artist: Felipe Massafera Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 18, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
8.0Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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!

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Mar 17, 2015

    Shaper is a fresh new take on the sci-fi genre, as though there are some familiar elements, the dramatic way in which writer and artist introduce us to this world makes it something completely original. The character depth, and elaborate plot developments will also entice readers, with the twists near the end having them returning for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Mar 20, 2015

    Shaper #1 is a solid start to the series and not only develops the characters very well but creates an interesting environment full of intrigue and underlying societal issues. The way Shaper's history is shown is entertaining and makes it simple to follow along while showing the severity of these actions. And Spry comes off as an intriguing protagonist and not a carbon copy of an archetype. And Felipe Massafera's artwork works wonderfully with the nature of Shapers. I don't know yet where this series will ultimately end up but if the start is any indication then I believe I'm going to enjoy this ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Nathan Brown Mar 18, 2015

    SHAPER is sure to become a sci-fi phenomenon, bringing along a new take on shapeshifters that hasnt been done before. It feels like the possibilities for the book are endless, and its going to be exciting to see where Eric Heisserer takes the book in the coming series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 18, 2015

    Shaper is an ambitious new title that aims to want to wow you. The things you see the Shapers known are astonishing creatures, and knowing this is a world where depths of space have been reached, they can turn into anything. It feels like the possibilities with this series is endless, and from here you should feel like everything you see is new. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 18, 2015

    Reading Shaper a few times, it definitely offers up a lot of potential with what it can do here and the opening issue, chaotic as it is in its structure in a few places, provides more than enough of a tease for fans of science fiction and space opera to check it out. There's a potentially star spanning adventure here with an epic scale it can work and a lot of history that it can delve into, but it's also all wrapped up in a young man that's certainly not wise to the ways of the universe and that can always lead to problems. The story works well enough here overall, though the last few pages are far busier and more revelatory than I think is necessary, and it's paired with some solid artwork that can really explore this world it wants to reveal in a very good way. There's some great designs here and interesting approaches to aliens and ships that alone has me hopeful for something fun. I'm cautiously optimistic to see where it'll be going. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - John F. Trent Mar 17, 2015

    Shaper #1 is an exciting adventure that details an on-going struggle between the persecuted Shapers and the Caliphate. Eric Heisserer is able to provide vital information whether it is characterization or world building through a creative opening hook, although there are a couple places where the writing is a little forced to detail certain world-building points. Filipe Massafera's artwork is thrilling to look at and the transformation sequences are top notch. Shaper #1 creates a compelling and unique story that I hope to enjoy for many issues to come! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Mar 19, 2015

    Despite some of my misgivings, I'll be sticking around Shaper for issues to come, for what I feel will be a somewhat oddly-paced, but otherwise fresh-faced space chase. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Mar 18, 2015

    "Shaper" #1 is a very strong start to the series with unique twists given to familiar ideas, good characterization and lavish art that makes this world seem a little closer to home. The expository setup is far more enjoyable than many such stories, boding well for next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 21, 2015

    Shaper creates a new world that looks and reads like a cinematic space opera. Although the art didn't always live up to my high expectations, it did enough to draw me in and serve the story. I've seen a lot of space opera books in the world of comics, so it remains to be seen if this one can stand out amongst the competition. So far I'll be back for another issue and hope that the story goes in a direction that's surprising and new. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Mar 24, 2015

    Man, I never thought Id see the day when there was a glut of sci-fi comics at the nations LCSs, but there are, and with so many appearing seemingly every week, it becomes hard to tell them apart. The story here by first-time comic writer Eric Heisserer does nothing much to get the reader involved in the characters. And while the art by Felipe (Light of Thy Countenance) Massafera is lovely and attractive but not enough to make me want to come back and read this book over all the other sci-fi comics on the stands, I just gotta say meh! This is one of those movies where the CGI is nice but the story seems like same old same old. Read Full Review

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