Doctor Aphra #14

Doctor Aphra #14

Writers: Kieron Gillen and Si Spurrier
Artist: Emilio Laiso
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Ashley Witter

Doctor Aphra #14 marks a transition in the creative team as Si Spurrier joins Kieron Gillen in the writing duties and a new team of artists jump on board. This issue starts off as a little self-contained adventure with a familiar face from the past and ends on a serious knife turn as a new story arc comes into play. Doctor Aphra fans will not want to miss this one.

First off, lets tackle the artwork. Artist Emilio Laiso previously worked on Star Wars Annual #2, Shattered Empire #2, and the Rogue One comic adaptation. Colorist Rachelle Rosenberg also worked on the Rogue One comic adaptation and Star Wars Annual #2, so the two have a collaborative history which shows in this issue as the artwork and the coloring gel well together. However, Rachelle Rosenberg is no stranger to Star Wars having worked on the old Dark Horse comics Star Wars: Legacy when Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman were handling the series. The art style has a lot of detail, a strong animated style that looks great and maintains a consistent look for the characters, and a great combination of lighting and coloring that makes some of the panels really pop. Overall, I love the art.

As for the story, this one takes place on a little out of the way Imperial outpost on Someilk. Imperial Officer Magna Tolvan is shown dealing with her recent demotion following her run-ins with Aphra. The base comes under attack, and Tolvan has a chance to turn things around. Unfortunately for her, she runs into Aphra again. The story plays out well with some action, some drama, some humor and a lot of dialog squeezed in. On its own, it would have been a solid, standalone issue, but the last page holds a surprise that’s worth maintaining. It bodes well for the future.

With solid artwork and a fantastic story, Doctor Aphra #14 scores high on all fronts. I give it a perfect five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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