Doctor Aphra #26

Doctor Aphra #26

Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Emilio Laiso
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Ashley Witter

Here’s an odd couple for you – Doctor Aphra and Triple Zero. One is a selfish, self-proclaimed archaeologist who is always out for credits. The other is a murder droid who kills someone every minute in order to stay entertained. What happens when you force them together?

Well, it starts out pretty rough. Aphra doesn’t want to kill anyone and Triple Zerto wants to kill everyone. This puts them at odds, especially when each is trying to accomplish a separate mission to move them along – one a path of extreme violence, and one path avoiding violence. In the end, Aphra has to go along with Triple Zero because he’s not willing to compromise. Actually, in the end, he just screws everything up as his gleeful urge to kill eliminate the person who could have kept the bombs in their heads from going off. Of course Trip had to kill him.

Here’s the bad – seeing them at odds, especially seeing Aphra trying so hard to be good, doesn’t really work. We know Aphra is a gray character. Heck, we’ve seen her kill people in past in order to get ahead. She’s not that squeamish about killing. It’s one of the reasons Triple Zero liked her. But in this issue, they really push her being a goody two shoes. It just doesn’t seem quite right.

Here’s the good – all the while they’re doing these things, Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba are watching. Dr. Evazan actually plays the part of the narrator in the issue. He put a camera or hacked into Triple Zero somehow so they can look through his eyes and watch the two of them. That part of the issue is really funny and I love it.

The artwork is pretty good. The aliens and droids look a bit better than the human characters, and Aphra is…okay looking, but overall it’s pretty good.

With descent artwork and a story that’s a little mixed, the issue still edges out in the positive. I’m hoping the chemistry between Aphra and Trip can get a little more balanced out in the next issues, as I think that might help. I give this issue a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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