Doctor Aphra #36

Doctor Aphra #36

Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artists: Wilton Santos, and Cris Bolson
Inker: Walden Wong
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Ashley Witter

Doctor Aphra #36 is full of twists. Like literally. One twist leads to another twist to another twist and so on. Now here’s the thing, doing something like that is risky. You risk being too clever. And Simon Spurrier walks a very thin line in that regard. However, he pulls out one twist which has enough emotional impact to make up for all the cleverness. It’s worth it.

The story starts out with Doctor Aphra and Imperial Minister Pitina Voor. Voor shares her backstory, how she came to power, and why she wants the Emperor dead. Then she explains how she’s going to do it. But Aphra throws a wrench into the scheme and things get interesting. But then there’s a big reveal that adds some gut wrenching to the twists. In the end, there’s more surprises which add to the story in a very good way. It’s a nice hook. So without spoiling anything, Spurrier manages to pull off all the convoluted twists and scheming by tossing in some emotional punches into the story. Maybe it’s a cheap trick, but it does work. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good.

The artwork was also better in this issue. It’s similar in style to the last one, but it seems to be settling down into something consistent. There’s a lot of detail in the panels, good coloring and lighting. There’s also some really interesting spreads. For instance, the two page spread with all the holocam type images is rather interesting. There’s some nice collage spreads taking some artistic license to show off the characters as the imagery follows the dialog rather than what’s actually happening. And throughout all that, the art takes the time to spotlight the characters’ faces every now and then to accentuate the emotions and add to the story. All in all, I liked the art in this one.

With good artwork and a good story, I give this one a five out of five metal bikinis. I was a little down on the last issue, but this one rebounded and picked things back up.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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