Friday, November 2, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Comic Review: Doctor Aphra By Kieron Gillen

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra By Kieron Gillen
Publishers: Marvel
Release Date: July 3rd, 2017
Format: e-comic

Source: Comixology
My Rating: 

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Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he'll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it's time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she's off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra's got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy! COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA 1-6
Starting off my #RRScifiMonth reviews with the most on brand review I can think of -- it's Star Wars and it's also a comic book! Today, I'm talking about Doctor Aphra.

Doctor Aphra has become a fan favorite among those that read the new Star Wars comics that Marvel has been putting out. She is briefly mentioned in From A Certain Point of View, but for the most part Aphra lives in the panels. This actually isn't the first appearance of her, this is just a series specifically about her. She also appears in the Darth Vader series, but if you didn't read her in the other series I don't think starting here is bad. You are basically introduced to the character and what she is about. You even get her very sad backstory. So I don't think you are missing anything if you want to jump right in here.

So Doctor Aphra, what is she about? Chaos! Seriously, girl don't give a fuck! She really doesn't, and it's kind of why I love her. Aphra is an "archaeologist" and I put that in quotes because she basically just finds ancient artifacts and sells it to the highest bidder. She is motivated by credits, and that's the kind of outlaw I like in Star Wars. She is just looking out for herself, and I can respect that. Her deposition is why I think Han Solo is actually really bad at being a "scoundrel." Han is the smuggler with the heart of gold that in the end will do the right thing. Aphra is kind of smuggler that would cut out Han's gold heart and sell it. She's cold-blooded, and I love it.

In this trade volume, Aphra is joined by her crew of two murder-droids (no seriously all they want to do is kill people) and a dark-haired Wookie named Black Krrsantan. You get a lot of her backstory and how her relationship with her father is really complicated and how exactly she comes to be an archeologist. Her dad does show up later, and it gets into some real interesting Jedi lore from there.

Aphra is a character that you are not really sure what she is going to do. Usually the wrong thing is the answer, but it's interesting to read about a character who's on the morally grey but kinda closer to black side of things. I also think she's cool because it makes you realize the conflict in Star Wars is not just Empire Vs. Rebellion there are those people in between that suffer because of both of them, and there are those in-between people that won't stand for it.

I'm definitely going to continue reading this comic series. I can't wait to see what Aphra does next!

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Happy Reads Everyone!