Doctor Aphra #4

Doctor Aphra #4

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Penciller: Kev Walker
Inker: Marc Deering
Colorist: Antonio Fabela
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Kamone Shirahama

From Yavin to the Ordu Aspectu, Doctor Aphra #4 covers some ground. First off, Aphra and her compatriots have to deal with the Imperials on Yavin IV as they make their escape. Along the way we learn a little bit about Captain Tolvan before the story plunges ahead to the big prize, the Ordu Aspectu. But where will the story head from here? What will Aphra and her father learn about the Ordu Aspectu? And will Tolvan get her redemption as she chases them down?

Overall, this one was a pretty good issue. It starts out with a nice splash page of Tolvan staring at the Yavin temple as the secret beacon of the Ordu Aspectu is activated. It’s a good shot of the character with nice lighting and coloring. Seeing that trouble is brewing behind them, she orders her troops to regroup on the temple. This leads to some back and forth running and gunning as Aphra and crew look for a way out. All of the action leads to some more cartoony looking panels, but there’s still a good amount of detail to them. The action scenes are also well done and it keeps the comic entertaining. Once Aphra and company make their escape, the story slows down to establish a bit more a repertoire between Aphra and her father, and to lay down some nice background development on Captain Tolvan which brings in a fun cameo. The issue ends with Aphra and her father finding the place they’re looking for and leaves readers with a glimpse of the past. It also leaves us with a lot of questions.

The story and the artwork are pretty solid throughout the entire issue. I have to admit I like how the issue ended as it didn’t leave us hanging on what they saw after their hyperspace jump. By taking that extra step and placing the character in the ruins of the Ordu Aspectu, it raises more questions, which helps generate interest. As for the artwork, it complements the story, helps bring parts to life, and left me with only one complaint. At the end of the issue, Aphra and her father are wearing some pretty normal looking winter clothing. They don’t look Star Warsy at all. Her dad is wearing earmuffs and Aphra is wearing a stocking cap. It threw me out of the story and I think Kev Walker could have come up with something better regarding the cold weather garb. That aside, the visuals were good.

All in all, I give this one a four out of five metal bikinis and look forward to what happens next. This was a solid issue and it’s keeping my interesting in the series.

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Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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