The prophecy motivating Cal Victus is fully fleshed out while Spry and his ragtag team attempt to track down Victus’ ship in order to save his mother. Is it good?
Eric Heisserer begins this issue of Shaper with a flashback to a more peaceful time where Cal Victus’ father has rescued his planet from a great flood with an uncanny ability to see into the future. Despite the peaceful times, Heisserer characterizes the young Cal Victus as a bored individual; however, the images depict him as cruel. He toys with an insect before furiously crushing it between the pages of his book. There are some issues with how he characterizes the young Cal Victus, stating his gift to see ten seconds into the future makes him dangerous and fearless. This is not the case for his father, who also happens to be able to see into the future, but is not limited by time. He is characterized as warm-hearted, wise, and loving. It would seem his talent would make him even more dangerous and fearless compared to his son.
If you thought there was a huge Star Wars influence on this book before, there can be no doubt now. As Spry and the crew begin tracking down Cal Victus, there is a scene where Kaylen, the other Shaper, attempts to train Spry to control his abilities. Much like Luke Skywalker, he struggles and lacks patience. Despite these struggles, it bonds the two not only through their mutual struggle and Victus, but in a way that only a teacher and a student can bond. This scene is followed up by one reminiscent of Grand Moff Tarkin, threatening the destruction of Alderaan if Princess Leia does not give up the location of the rebel base.
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