Doctor Aphra #20

Doctor Aphra #20

Writer: Si Spurrier
Penciller: Kev Walker
Inker: Marc Deering
Colorist: Java Tartaglia
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Ashley Witter

Doctor Aphra #20 kicks of “The Catastrophe Con” arc as it explores Accresker Jail. We’ve seen quite a few prisons in the Marvel Star Wars comics, and a lot of them are rather inventive. Accresker Jail is no different. This one has no cells, no curfews, no spotlights. It’s a giant piece of garbage being hauled by another ship, and slung into combat against enemy ships. The prisoners are slaved to droids that lead them into battle. If they disobey are get too far behind, the prisoners blow up. And despite her best attempts, Aphra looks like she’s going to have a tough time escaping this one.

The issue opens with a narrative dialog between Aphra and her interrogators. Meanwhile, the panels show some various peaks at what life on Accresker Jail is like. We see Aphra being forced into combat against Rebel forces, and we see her almost escape with the help of her probability droid. But then something really weird happens. A mysterious alien in a robe manages to push the restraining bolt on the probability droid through it’s armored exterior to the point that it starts to work. Thus the droid changes side and starts working for the Empire instead of Aphra. We don’t know who the stranger is, or whether they used the Force to make this happen. We only know it doomed Aprha, and the do gooder said it was for justice. But Aphra does have one more piece of hope. Her new friend had a transmitter. With her one phone call, Aphra reaches out to Sana Starros.

Now as far as the story goes, it’s pretty good. It’s intriguing, it’s interesting, and it’s mysterious. Who was the mysterious stranger? And while I’m no fan of Sana Starros as there has been some terribly inconsistent writing of her character in the past, it’s be interesting to see what could motivate her to save Aphra.

As for the artwork in this issue, there is a new art team at work. It’s a pretty good style. A little cartoony and comicy, but lots of detail and good consistency. Some of the panels are a little confusing as to what’s going on, but you can get the gist of it.

Overall, I give this issue a four out of five metal bikinis. It kicks off a new story and it lays a good groundwork for it.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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