Doctor Aphra #5

Doctor Aphra #5

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

Doctor Aphra #5 digs deep into its archaeological roots as her and her dad explore the Citadel of Rur. Hot on their heels is the Empire and a squad of snow troopers. Unfortunately for Aphra, her murder droids and bounty hunter Wookiee won’t be enough to even the odds this time. Thankfully, she still has her wits.

This issue does a good job of mixing together action, forward plot movement and character development. There’s a shootout between the Empire and Black Krrsantan, comprising the burst of action for the issue. Aphra and her dad piece together who was at the Citadel of Rur and how they died, plus they find Immortal Rur himself. Along the way, her and her dad have a heartfelt chat about how they ended up where they’re at. There’s a lot of good content.

As for the art, it’s okay. Kev Walker’s take on Aphra is a little odd, primarily due to the choice of clothing. She looks like she’s wearing normal winter clothes rather than something from the galaxy far far away. Her dad has the same problem, and the imagery certainly limits the Star Wars feel of the issue. The visual flow of the story is done well and is easy to follow. The action makes itself felt and the characters, while cartoony, do express a lot of emotion. There’s an interesting choice of colors which turns from white-yellow, to blue, to green which helps break up the feel of the story. In the end, though, I think the artwork could be stronger. But’s it’s not too bad.

The story continues to be interesting, so that’s certainly in the series’ favor. I’m anxious to see where they’re going to go with the Immortal Rur, and whether Aphra will have a payday with all the antiques she’s picking up. There’s also that Imperial officer whose fate is undecided still. While I give this issue a three and a half out of five metal bikinis, I’m still looking forward to the next issue which is a testament of the story over the artwork.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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