Doctor Aphra #37

Doctor Aphra #37

Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Caspar Wijngaard
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Ashley Witter

Doctor Aphra #37 opens with bad dreams and ends with her nightmares, maybe. Now that Aphra has saved the Emperor, she has been rewarded with working for the Empire as an archaeological specialist on board the Executor. With such close proximity to Vader, she dreams of him every night, and apparently all of them are bad. It’s an interesting setup for the next arc but it doesn’t exactly pan out that well.

Her new assignment is Project Swarm being overseen by General Veers. There’s lots of Empire Strikes Back tie-ins as they’re sending out viper droids to find the rebel base. However, the artwork for Veers is pretty terrible. There’s no resemblance whatsoever, and his actions aren’t even in character. He actually clotheslines someone at one point and he occasionally zaps Aphra with a shock probe for comedic affect for the reading audience. The humor is a bit too slapstick in my opinion and it loses that Star Wars feel because of it. It’s a hard balance to want to do something in Star Wars that’s humorous but maintain that feeling that’s it’s still part of Star Wars. This issue does not do a good job of it.

In this issue, they end up going to planet with the shrine of some death cult. Aphra takes an opportunity to kill her boss and get a promotion by setting off some traps. She leaves behind Vulaada, and she ends up finding her dad only to have him end up being interrogated by Vader. It’s unclear where this arc is going, but so far, it’s a rocky start.

With okay artwork and okay writing, Doctor Aphra #37 leaves a bit to be desired on all fronts. I give it a two and half out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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