Doctor Aphra

Doctor Aphra #21

Writer: Si Spurrier
Penciller: Kev Walker
Inker: Marc Deering
Colorist: Java Tartaglia
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Ashley Witter

Doctor Aphra #21 can be best summed up with the last line in the comic, “I’m in love with an evil idiot.” It’s fun, exciting, and this issue packs in some laughs with great writing and enjoyable characters. Si Spurrier is really hitting out of the park and turning Aphra into a truly great Star Wars character. She really is the evil Indiana Jones in a galaxy far, far away.

The issue starts with Hera and Sana Starros joining forces to track down Aphra. Starros reveals a little bit of why she hates Aphra so much, but not the entire story. As much as I like what Si has done with Aphra, Starros is still a lost cause to me. Her character has been a problem from the start as she was nothing more than a gimmick. They billed her has Han’s wife, only to reveal that she wasn’t really Han’s wife, and ever since, she’s been the merc who only cares about money when ever you ask her, but when really pressed, she’ll do the right thing and reveal she’s truly a good person on the inside. It’s an infuriating, shallow caricature than I’ve never been able to get onboard with. Thanksfully, Aphra and Tolvan make up for it with both of them being enjoyable characters. And speaking of Tolvan, that is who Aphra uses her one call on…not Starros. She also uses a dirty trick to get Tolvan to commit to helping her, which is perfectly fitting for her character. The funny thing is just as they are about to escape, Aphra blows it on a treasure chase that relates to the weird Force ghost thing.

Storywise, this issue nails it for intrigue and entertainment. The characters are great, the story is fun, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. The is by far my favorite of the current Star Wars comics and the only way to make it better would be a change in the artwork. Kev, Marc and Java do a good job, but it’s not my favorite art team up out there. But there artwork is good. It has a nice, cartoony style that captures the action of the story and the emotions of the characters while looking overall pleasing.

On top of all of that, there’s some neat little surprises in this issue. For starters, they talk about Bor of the Mairan, aka a Bor Gullet alien (like the one Saw had in Rogue One, and how it’s only one of three in Imperial hands. Tolvan calls it a a mind leech. Not everyone was a huge fan of Bor Gullet, but I think the alien is interesting and no one has bothered exploring them yet, so I’m hoping Si takes off the gloves and dives in. Another little bonus in this issue is that Tolvan gets a tattoo like Aphra which apparently allows her to talk without speaking out loud. There have been some hints that Aphra’s tattoo actually serves a purpose, but I think this is the first time it’s actually done something.

With a fun story and good artwork, Doctor Aphra #21 delivers as this series continues to entertain above and beyond the others. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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