Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

Given fan reaction to the character's role as a supporting character in Marvel's recent Darth Vader series, you can't be too surprised to see that rogue scientist Aphra has earned her own ongoing comic. Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 is a little more tongue-in-cheek (and less murdery) than I expected for starring a sociopath, a pair of murder droids, and a bloodthirsty Wookiee. Set after the good doctor faked her death, the first comic centers on Aphra's struggles to pay off what appears to be a rather lengthy list of debts. Stealing an archaeological find, Aphra hopes to sell off the item for a tidy profit only to discover that history has finally caught up with her.

Along with the main story, which (to be fair) does include a pair of murders by Aphra and her droids, the fist comic also features a back-up tale involving Aphra's time in school and what lengths she went to get her doctorate (which is now suspended). It appears these events will play a large role in Aphra's current predicament which will also force the scientist to come to terms with her disapproving father. For fans.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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